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Surveillance des notifications : un sénateur américain demande la fin du secret

Notifications iPhone

“Les pratiques de surveillance de l’oncle Sam ont été copieusement épluchées durant la dernière décennie, provoquant divers scandales et réactions, notamment du côté des entreprises de la tech. Chez les GAFAM en particulier et dans de nombreuses autres entreprises du domaine, on a ainsi vu apparaître des rapports de transparence.
Toutes les informations n’ont pourtant pas le droit d’être publiées, loin de là. Tout ce qui touche aux notifications n’est ainsi pas autorisé. Dans une lettre au ministère américain de la Justice, le sénateur Ron Wyden, également président du comité sénatorial des finances, a demandé à ce que soit levée cette interdiction pour Apple et Google, chez qui ces notifications transitent. Pourquoi ? Parce que des gouvernements étrangers (non nommés) font régulièrement des demandes de surveillance dans ce domaine, selon un « tuyau » reçu en 2022. Les États-Unis useraient également de cette méthode, selon Reuters.
« Les données que ces deux entreprises reçoivent comprennent des métadonnées, indiquant quelle application a reçu une notification et quand, ainsi que le téléphone et le compte Apple ou Google associé auquel cette notification était destinée. Dans certains cas, elles peuvent également recevoir du contenu non chiffré, qui peut aller des directives de l’application au texte affiché par l’utilisateur dans une notification d’application », explique Wyden.”

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Gemini: All you need to know in 90 seconds

“In this short video, hear from Google leaders and AI experts as they introduce you to Gemini — Google’s largest and most capable AI model. It’s built from the ground up to be multimodal — meaning that it’s trained to recognize, understand and combine different types of information, including text, images, audio, video and code. And it’s optimized in three different sizes: Ultra, Pro and Nano. Welcome to the Gemini era.”

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Google Preps Public Preview of Gemini AI After Postponing In-Person Launch Events


“After Google quietly scrapped a set of in-person events to launch Gemini, its biggest artificial intelligence initiative in a decade, the company has planned a virtual preview of the new AI as soon as this week, said a person with knowledge of the situation. By giving journalists and software developers a first look at some of the technology’s capabilities, Google could relieve some pressure from investors to prove it can catch up to ChatGPT creator OpenAI. Google representatives for weeks have been giving private demonstrations of the technology to business partners but they have said that cloud customers wouldn’t get access to the primary version of Gemini until next year.”

Source : Google Preps Public Preview of Gemini AI After Postponing In-Person Launch Events — The Information

TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)  |  Google Cloud

“Découvrez la magie des TPU Google Cloud, y compris une vue exceptionnelle des centres de données où se déroule toute l’action. Nos clients utilisent des Cloud TPU pour exécuter certaines des charges de travail d’IA les plus importantes au monde, et cette puissance ne se résume pas à une simple puce. Dans cette vidéo, découvrez les composants du système TPU : mise en réseau de centres de données, commutateurs de circuits optiques, systèmes de refroidissement à eau, vérification de la sécurité biométrique, etc.”

Source : TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)  |  Google Cloud

Google throws California $93M to make tracking suit go away

“As has been the case in similar lawsuits filed against Google, California alleges that Google designed its location tracking system to deceive users into allowing the collection of location data that could be sold to advertisers for Google’s benefit. Even when such collection was disabled, the California suit alleged, data was still collected through other sources; Google was also misleading about users’ ability to opt out of location-based ad targeting, California claims.
« Our investigation revealed that Google was telling its users one thing – that it would no longer track their location once they opted out – but doing the opposite and continuing to track its users’ movements for its own commercial gain. That’s unacceptable, and we’re holding Google accountable with today’s settlement, » said California AG Rob Bonta. ”

Source : Google throws California $93M to make tracking suit go away • The Register

Google forced to postpone Bard chatbot’s EU launch over privacy concerns


“Google will have to postpone starting its artificial intelligence chatbot Bard in the European Union after its main data regulator in the bloc raised privacy concerns. The Irish Data Protection Commission said Tuesday that the tech giant had so far provided insufficient information about how its generative AI tool protects Europeans’ privacy to justify an EU launch. The Dublin-based authority is Google’s main European data supervisor under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). « Google recently informed the Data Protection Commission of its intention to launch Bard in the EU this week, » said Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle. The watchdog « had not had any detailed briefing nor sight of a data protection impact assessment or any supporting documentation at this point. »”

Source : Google forced to postpone Bard chatbot’s EU launch over privacy concerns – POLITICO

Google « We Have No Moat, And Neither Does OpenAI »


“At the beginning of March the open source community got their hands on their first really capable foundation model, as Meta’s LLaMA was leaked to the public. It had no instruction or conversation tuning, and no RLHF. Nonetheless, the community immediately understood the significance of what they had been given. A tremendous outpouring of innovation followed, with just days between major developments (see The Timeline for the full breakdown). Here we are, barely a month later, and there are variants with instruction tuning, quantization, quality improvements, human evals, multimodality, RLHF, etc. etc. many of which build on each other. Most importantly, they have solved the scaling problem to the extent that anyone can tinker. Many of the new ideas are from ordinary people. The barrier to entry for training and experimentation has dropped from the total output of a major research organization to one person, an evening, and a beefy laptop.”

Source : Google « We Have No Moat, And Neither Does OpenAI »

‘The Godfather of AI’ Quits Google and Warns of Danger Ahead

Geoffrey Hinton, wearing a dark sweater.

“Around the same time, Google, OpenAI and other companies began building neural networks that learned from huge amounts of digital text. Dr. Hinton thought it was a powerful way for machines to understand and generate language, but it was inferior to the way humans handled language.
Then, last year, as Google and OpenAI built systems using much larger amounts of data, his view changed. He still believed the systems were inferior to the human brain in some ways but he thought they were eclipsing human intelligence in others. “Maybe what is going on in these systems,” he said, “is actually a lot better than what is going on in the brain.”
As companies improve their A.I. systems, he believes, they become increasingly dangerous. “Look at how it was five years ago and how it is now,” he said of A.I. technology. “Take the difference and propagate it forwards. That’s scary.”
Until last year, he said, Google acted as a “proper steward” for the technology, careful not to release something that might cause harm. But now that Microsoft has augmented its Bing search engine with a chatbot — challenging Google’s core business — Google is racing to deploy the same kind of technology. The tech giants are locked in a competition that might be impossible to stop”

Source : ‘The Godfather of AI’ Quits Google and Warns of Danger Ahead – The New York Times

Google says hackers could silently own your phone until Samsung fixes its modems


“Project Zero, Google’s team dedicated to security research, has found some big problems in the Samsung modems that power devices like the Pixel 6, Pixel 7, and some models of the Galaxy S22 and A53. According to its blog post, a variety of Exynos modems have a series of vulnerabilities that could “allow an attacker to remotely compromise a phone at the baseband level with no user interaction” without needing much more than a victim’s phone number. And, frustratingly, it seems like Samsung is dragging its feet on fixing it.”

Source : Google says hackers could silently own your phone until Samsung fixes its modems – The Verge

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