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The Kottke.org T-Shirt, a Fine Hypertext Product

Jason Kottke: For much of the nearly 25-year lifespan of kottke.org, the site’s tagline has been “home of fine hypertext products”. I always liked that it felt olde timey and futuristic at the same time, although hypertext itself has become antiquated — no one talks of hypertextual media anymore even though we’re all soaking in it. And...

Google and Mozilla Are Working on Versions of Chrome and Firefox for iOS That Don’t Use WebKit

Ben Lovejoy, rounding up the latest in mobile browser news for 9to5Mac: Currently, anyone can create a new iPhone browser, but with one huge restriction: Apple insists that it uses the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari. [...] Apple is therefore expected to drop the WebKit requirement sooner rather than later. In particular, the European...

Facebook’s iOS App Architecture

Dustin Shahidehpour, writing for Facebook’s engineering blog: Facebook for iOS (FBiOS) is the oldest mobile codebase at Meta. Since the app was rewritten in 2012, it has been worked on by thousands of engineers and shipped to billions of users, and it can support hundreds of engineers iterating on it at a time. As Eric Vitiello commented...

Joanna Stern on Microsoft’s New AI-Powered Bing

Joanna Stern interviewed Satya Nadella about Microsoft’s OpenAI-powered improvements to Bing and Edge (News+ link): “We are grounded in the fact that Google dominates this [search] space,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella told me in an interview. “A new race is starting with a completely new platform technology. I’m excited for users...

Microsoft Announces New AI-Powered Bing Search and Edge Web Browser

Yusuf Mehdi, consumer marketing chief at Microsoft: The new Bing experience is a culmination of four technical breakthroughs: Next-generation OpenAI model. We’re excited to announce the new Bing is running on a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT and customized specifically for search....

‘Shift Happens: A Book About Keyboards’

Marcin Wichary: Keyboards fascinated me for years. But it occurred to me that a good, comprehensive, and human story of keyboards — starting with typewriters and ending with modern computers and phones — has never been written. How did we get from then to now? What were the steps along the way? And how on earth does QWERTY still look the...

Poe: New AI Chatbot App From Quora

Sarah Perez, reporting for TechCrunch: Q&A platform Quora has opened up public access to its new AI chatbot app, Poe, which lets users ask questions and get answers from a range of AI chatbots, including those from ChatGPT maker, OpenAI, and other companies like Anthropic. Beyond allowing users to experiment with new AI technologies,...

Matthew Panzarino Interviews Apple Execs Tim Millet and Bob Borchers Re: M2 Macs

Matthew Panzarino, writing at TechCrunch: The M1 whacked a big old reset button on those restrictions, putting portable back into the power computing lexicon. And with M2, Millet says, Apple did not want to milk a few percentage points of gains out of each generation in perpetuity. “The M2 family was really now about maintaining that leadership...

Bard: Google’s Conversational AI Chat

Sundar Pichai, writing for Google’s blog: We’ve been working on an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA, that we’re calling Bard. And today, we’re taking another step forward by opening it up to trusted testers ahead of making it more widely available to the public in the coming weeks. Bard is still in very private...

Getty Images Sues AI Art Generator Stable Diffusion in the U.S. for Copyright Infringement

James Vincent, reporting for The Verge: Getty Images has filed a lawsuit in the US against Stability AI, creators of open-source AI art generator Stable Diffusion, escalating its legal battle against the firm. The stock photography company is accusing Stability AI of “brazen infringement of Getty Images’ intellectual property on a staggering...

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