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“First Look: Boston Dynamics’ Newly Unveiled Atlas Robot Amazes Experts”

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This week Boston Dynamics retired its well-known Atlas robot that was powered by hydraulics. Then today it unveiled its new Atlas robot, which is powered by electricity. Its new Atlas robot is leaner, and appears to have improved range-of-motion. Size and ability to contort and maneuver are not cosmetic elements to a humanoid robot — they can unlock new use cases and possible work environments. Happily for those of us who want a domestic robot to handle household chores and hold our hands whilst we cry, there are other startups working on the humanoid robot project.

“Ex-SpaceX Leader Tom Ochinero Establishes Fresh Venture Capital Entity, Documents Disclose”

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Former senior SpaceX executive Tom Ochinero is teaming up with SpaceX alum-turned-VC, Achal Upadhyaya, and one of Sequoia’s top finance leaders, Spencer Hemphill, on a new venture called Interlagos Capital, TechCrunch has learned. There is little public information available about Interlagos, and the trio did not respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment. Ochinero, Upadhyaya and Hemphill are all listed on the documents. Ochinero is just the latest SpaceX executive to move from the behemoth space company into venture investing. Other notable investors in the SpaceX-to-VC pipeline include Founders Fund’s Scott Nolan, who was a very early SpaceX employee, and Alpine Space Ventures’ Bulent Alton.

Undercover Project: Facebook Monitored Snapchat Traffic Without Users’ Knowledge, According to Confidential Documents

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In 2016, Facebook launched a secret project designed to intercept and decrypt the network traffic between people using Snapchat’s app and its servers. The goal was to understand users’ behavior and help Facebook compete with Snapchat, according to newly unsealed court documents. The newly released documents reveal how Meta tried to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors, including Snapchat and later Amazon and YouTube, by analyzing the network traffic of how its users were interacting with Meta’s competitors. Given that Snapchat encrypted the traffic between the app and its servers, this network analysis technique was not going to be effective. Later, according to the court documents, Facebook expanded the program to Amazon and YouTube.

The Demand for AI Investment: Astera Labs Goes Public

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Astera Labs IPO will reveal how much investors want in on AI Startups with an AI angle would do well to pay attentionWhile the technology world breathlessly awaits Reddit’s public debut, another company you might never have heard of is about to go public: Astera Labs. While Reddit’s IPO could do well from investors looking to buy a well-known social media company that has an interesting, burgeoning AI data business, Astera Labs is an AI hardware story. So, on an annual basis, this is far from the kind of profitable company IPO experts say this harsh market requires. In the third quarter of 2023, Astera Labs’ revenue began growing dramatically: from $10.7 million in Q2 2023 to $36.9 million in Q3, and $50.5 million in Q4. Putting it all together: Astera Labs has caught a wave thanks to AI data center spending.

Rivian’s R2 SUV Amasses Over 68,000 Reservations Within 24 Hours of Unveiling

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The Rivian R2, an all-electric sport utility vehicle that’s smaller and more affordable than the automaker’s flagship SUV, appears to be a hit with potential customers. At least, if the number of reservations for the R2 is any guide. Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe posted Friday on Instagram that the company had received more than 68,000 R2 reservations less than 24 hours since the vehicle was revealed at an event in Laguna Beach, California. The R2 is a five-seat, all-electric midsized SUV that will have more than 300 miles of range and a base price of $45,000. Rivian also revealed Thursday the R3 and the R3x, all-electric hatchback vehicles with sporty Honda e vibes.

“Unveiling the Truth: Uncovering Reluctance to Safeguard Children in Unredacted Meta Documents”

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Internal Meta documents about child safety have been unsealed as part of a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Department of Justice against both Meta and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The documents reveal that Meta not only intentionally marketed its messaging platforms to children, but also knew about the massive volume of inappropriate and sexually explicit content being shared between adults and minors. “For years, Meta employees tried to sound the alarm about how decisions made by Meta executives subjected children to dangerous solicitations and child exploitation,” Torrez continued. Meta’s acknowledgement of the child safety issues on its platform is particularly damning. When including reports from Instagram (5 million) and WhatsApp (1 million), Meta platforms are responsible for about 85% of all reports made to NCMEC.

“Experience the Future: Unveiling New Hardware and AI Advancements from Nvidia, Samsung, and More at CES 2024”

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LG will also feature updates on home, mobility and, you guessed it, AI in its CES event. ETPanasonic is leading with their energy and climate policies, in a break from the other companies keeping a big focus on AI reveals. As has been the case for several years, Samsung will focus on the rest of their product lines at CES 2024. Sony has highlighted the use of its technology within its film and gaming efforts at past CES events, and by focusing on “Powering Creativity with Technology,” that looks to be the same at CES 2024. ETHonda’s been pretty clear about what to expect from its CES event this year: the reveal of a new EV series, complete with a purple-tinted tease of its form factor.

“Unveiling the Future: Top Hardware and AI Updates at CES 2024 featuring Nvidia, Samsung and More”

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So it’s no surprise Nvidia promises a focus on AI and content creation during their kickoff address at CES. LG will also feature updates on home, mobility and, you guessed it, AI in its CES event. ETPanasonic is leading with their energy and climate policies, in a break from the other companies keeping a big focus on AI reveals. ETHonda’s been pretty clear about what to expect from its CES event this year: the reveal of a new EV series, complete with a purple-tinted tease of its form factor. As has been the case for several years, Samsung will focus on the rest of their product lines at CES 2024.

“Envisioning CES 2024: Unveiling Advanced Tech and AI Enhancements by Nvidia, Samsung, and More!”

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So it’s no surprise Nvidia promises a focus on AI and content creation during their kickoff address at CES. LG will also feature updates on home, mobility and, you guessed it, AI in its CES event. As has been the case for several years, Samsung will focus on the rest of their product lines at CES 2024. Samsung has already revealed some AI applications in the kitchen and in its updated robot vacuum lineup, with more expected from its CES event being livestreamed via their newsroom site. Sony has highlighted the use of its technology within its film and gaming efforts at past CES events, and by focusing on “Powering Creativity with Technology,” that looks to be the same at CES 2024.