Presenting the top trending news from the world of technology. News that we think every tech enthusiast should keep an eye on.
White House openly supports TikTok ban in US
The White House on Tuesday openly threw its weight behind a new bipartisan Senate bill that would allow the Biden administration to impose a nationwide ban on TikTok in the US. “Today we’re talking about the threat TikTok poses and how it could enable surveillance by the Chinese Communist Party,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement. Sullivan further urged that Congress should now quickly pass the bill, which it would make into a law before President Joe Biden signs it into law. However, ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has always denied the allegation that it is a Chinese company. Monitoring from the Communist government, the Biden administration and the US media at large continues to view TikTok through a suspicious lens.
Salesforce will integrate ChatGPT into Slack
Salesforce has become the latest tech giant to join the ChatGPT bandwagon. The CRM giant announced Tuesday that it has tied up with OpenAI to add its chat sensation ChatGPT to its collaborative work software Slack. Salesforce said its proprietary AI will combine with OpenAI to enable Slack to perform a range of business tasks, including email drafts, customer account information and generating computer code. Additionally, Slack will also use ChatGPT to help users summarize conversation threads and handle other questions. The move is yet another step in the mad race between technology companies to adopt Generative AI for their respective platforms. Generative AI can generate text, images and other content on the fly by inferring inputs from past data.
Elon Musk apologizes for mocking fired employee (know why)
Twitter founder and CEO Elon Musk received a lot of flak and criticism for mocking Haraldur Thorleifsson, a former disabled employee. The two had an ugly dispute over Thorleifsson’s work and pay. While there was nothing wrong with Musk inquiring about a former employee’s work, the tech billionaire took things a little too far by questioning Haraldur’s disability. Haraldur, known as Halli on Twitter, suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. Halley clearly did not take Musk’s words lightly and took a dig at the new Twitter boss for escorting security guards to the toilet despite being physically fit. Musk later apologized to Haraldur on Twitter.
Messenger is coming back to the Facebook app after nine years
Remember Messenger, the integrated messaging service on Facebook. The dedicated messaging service is making a comeback on Facebook after a total hiatus of nine years. Facebook and Messenger were first separated in 2014 with CEO Mark Zuckerberg assuring that having Messenger as a dedicated app would lead to a better user experience for users. But Facebook is now all set to undo it and Messenger is on its way back. However, the Messenger integration is still in the testing phase and full integration may take weeks or even months.