Briefly informed: Microsoft, Amazon, steel production with hydrogen, Netflix

Microsoft apparently wants to make itself more independent of suppliers like Nvidia. As early as 2019, the company is said to have started developing AI chips that are suitable for training Large Language Models (LLMs) – so-called inferencing. In the meantime, the first pre-production samples are said to be available, which people at Microsoft and at the partner OpenAI are testing. This is reported by the website The Information, citing sources believed to be involved in the development. Accordingly, the chip order manufacturer TSMC produces the chips in a modern process with 5-nanometer structures. An in-house development would have two advantages: Microsoft can tailor the chips to its own needs and potentially save money. Once the chips have been designed, Microsoft can buy them at the production costs – middlemen like Nvidia who want to earn some money are eliminated.

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Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet have expressed concerns to Amazon that minors can access “sexually explicit photos” via the Kindle e-book app. They demand better moderation. This is reported by the Reuters news agency. In terms of content, it is therefore about the e-book flat rate Kindle Unlimited, which gives access to hundreds of thousands of titles for a monthly fee of just under 10 euros, including many self-published works. While Amazon can reject titles that contain “pornography,” for example, it rarely does so. In this way, some of the young users can also access works with erotic content, nude photos or pornographic images.

The German steel group Salzgitter will receive one billion euros from state funds to set up hydrogen-based, low-CO₂ steel production. The group received the final funding notifications at the Hanover Fair from Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck and Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil. Accordingly, 700 million euros come from the federal government and another 300 million from the federal state. Salzgitter AG itself has already approved a billion for the conversion, it is said. The first stage of expansion should therefore be implemented by the end of 2025, and the entire production should be converted by 2033.

Netflix is ​​granting some respite in its increased crackdown on so-called account sharing. When announcing its quarterly figures, the streaming company announced that it would only stop sharing Netflix passwords in many international markets during the course of the second quarter. Previously, Netflix had actually called the elapsed first quarter as a period. So far, Netflix has been taking action against the disclosure of passwords in several Latin American countries, Spain, Portugal and Canada. Other large markets – above all the USA and Central European countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland – have so far escaped unscathed.


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