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Big Tech War Stories Alex Kantrowitz

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Go 1-on-1 with the builders in the trenches creating the Big Tech products you love, hate, and have never seen.

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    How Walt Mossberg Built Relationships With Jobs, Gates, and Bezos

    How Walt Mossberg Built Relationships With Jobs, Gates, and Bezos

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    Walt Mossberg is a legendary tech journalist and longtime columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Mossberg joins Big Tech War Stories to discuss how he formed connections with industry titans like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, and what drove their thinking and strategies. Tune in to hear revealing stories of how these CEOs handled criticism, approached product development, and viewed their role in shaping the tech landscape. We also cover Mossberg's own evolution as a journalist focusing on products rather than business, and how that unique lens gave him rare insights. Hit play for an engaging conversation that reveals the story behind the figures who shaped the technology world.
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    • 34 min
    How Meta Built Llama 3

    How Meta Built Llama 3

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    Ahmad Al-Dahle is Meta's VP of generative AI. He joins Big Tech War Stories to disucss how the company built its Llama 3 model, releasing today. Training Llama 3 took ten times more data, one hundred times more computing resources, and personality tweaks to make it more willing to answer questions it otherwise would’ve refused. You can get the full show as a paid subscriber on bigtechnology.com

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    How Google Built Its Dominant Web Advertising Business

    How Google Built Its Dominant Web Advertising Business

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    Google made $31 billion running ads across the web last year, capitalizing on a tech footprint that touches nearly every web page on the internet.
    The company’s ad server and ad exchange are ubiquitous, behind-the-scenes technology that helps websites make money, and it all dates back to its 2007 acquisition of DoubleClick. 
    In this month’s edition of Bi…

    • 19 min
    The Rise and Fall Of Facebook’s Politics Obsession

    The Rise and Fall Of Facebook’s Politics Obsession

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    By now you know about Facebook’s role in politics but how did it get there. And why is it now backing away. 
    Today, on Big Tech War Stories, we take you deep inside the company, on the ground with someone who spent 10 years on Facebook’s policy team — including running its elections unit — to discuss how Facebook handled politics, why it wanted it, and whether it can actually take a step back as major elections come its way.
    Our guest is Katie Harbath, she’s the founder and CEO of anchor change and someone with firsthand knowledge of how Facebook helped political candidates operate on the platform, where things went south, how influence campaigns impacted the company, and the social network’s calculations moving forward. 

    • 25 min
    Why Google Never Shipped Its ChatGPT Predecessor

    Why Google Never Shipped Its ChatGPT Predecessor

    Google had an equal — and perhaps better — version of ChatGPT working inside its company before OpenAI released its bot to the world. But it never shipped. 
    So why didn’t Google ship it?
    Gaurav Nemade, the bot’s first product manager, shares what happened on our new Big Tech War Stories podcast. This is the show’s first-ever episode —available to premium Big Technology subscribers — and we’re debuting with a free preview today.
    The key issues holding the bot back, according to Nemade, were public relations concerns and the dark cloud cast by Microsoft’s misadventure with Tay, a teenage character bot that turned Nazi overnight.
    “PR always top of mind for leaders,” says Nemade. “On the other side, OpenAI — they don't give a s**t about PR. For the most part, they don't. They are like, ‘Okay, this is what we think is right. This is a reasonable way of putting it out.’ They become vulnerable, they put it out, and then they work with the community.”
    Nemade also shares a list of potential products his team thought LLM technology could be used for, including imbuing non-playable characters in video games with complex personalities and bots that would get you out of awkward situations by calling your phone and talking you to safety.
    Google eventually did ship Bard, an LLM-powered chatbot, but Nemade is convinced it would’ve sat on the technology if OpenAI hadn’t forced its hand. More in the interview!
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    Thanks!
    Alex
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    • 48 min
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