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The number one podcast about tech business and culture, from James "JR" Hennessy and Raph Dixon.

    What's Tencent All About?

    What's Tencent All About?

    Tencent is one of the largest and most valuable companies on earth, with operations that touch just about every part of the digital economy in China and beyond. From WeChat to gaming to film production to payments, Tencent continues to expand far beyond its original station as a Chinese app developer.

    In this ep, we take a tour through Tencent, including its weird connections to a South African company. Classic Down Round material.
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    GameStop Revisited (PREVIEW)

    GameStop Revisited (PREVIEW)

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    You thought that because COVID was long over you could stop hearing about GameStop. Wrong! Keith "RoaringKitty" Gill has returned, and the notorious meme stock has been pumping as a result.

    We took this as an excuse to revisit the GameStop story from the beginning, exploring the factors which led to the original phenomenon. 
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    WWDC 2024: AI For The Rest Of Us Chumps

    WWDC 2024: AI For The Rest Of Us Chumps

    This week, Apple held the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where it traditionally announces its upcoming software updates.

    As predicted, the company announced its moves into generative AI – which it is bundling under the name Apple Intelligence – alongside a partnership with OpenAI. In this ep, we dive into the announcements, and what they mean for Apple going forward.
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    Down Round Featuring Microsoft Copilot + PC (PREVIEW)

    Down Round Featuring Microsoft Copilot + PC (PREVIEW)

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    A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced its new Surface Laptop with Copilot + PC, which it intends to be a direct competitor with the MacBook Air. On the one hand, it's an interesting attempt to get Windows PCs back into competition. ON the other hand, it's also an attempt by Microsoft to wind LLMs an AI into its operating system.

    In this ep, we talk about the Apple/Microsoft rivalry, and whether these attempts to cram AI in at the operating system level will appease investors who are looking for revenue.

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    The Tech-Military Complex

    The Tech-Military Complex

    For a long time, it wasn't a great look for startups and big tech – outside of companies like Microsoft – to openly work with the military-industrial complex. That was for contractors like Raytheon and General Dynamics. Tech generally maintained the sunny disposition that it was better to enable world peace through well targeted digital ads.

    That has changed, and startups like Anduril are now positioning themselves as a new generation of military supplier, marrying Silicon Valley innovation with surveillance tools and military weaponry. In this ep, we look at the history of Silicon Valley and the military, and this new crop of weapons makers.

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    Defence and Anduril unveil first Ghost Shark prototype
    ‘The machine did it coldly’: Israel used AI to identify 37,000 Hamas targets – The Guardian
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    Google & OpenAI's Rough Couple Of Weeks (Pt. 1)

    Google & OpenAI's Rough Couple Of Weeks (Pt. 1)

    In the first part of a two-part episode on Google and OpenAI's tough PR challenges of the past couple of weeks, we dive into Google's launch of AI summaries on the web, which led the venerable search engine to recommend pregnant women blast cigs and amateur chefs to mix glue into their pizza sauce.

    We chat about the rocky launch, what it means for Google, and how it might affect the web going forward. Later this week, premium subscribers can hear us talk about OpenAI's fight with Scarlett Johanssen and its own employees over NDAs. (Sign up here and you won't miss out!)

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