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Elon Musk announced that X (formerly Twitter) will start displaying headlines again in preview cards with URLs, after removing them last month. In an upcoming update, the title will be overlaid on the upper portion of the image of a URL card. Musk did not provide a specific timeline or example of the new card layout. This change may benefit publications that rely on standard formats, but its effectiveness will depend on the design of the new card.

Apple may be introducing a touchscreen to its MacBook in the near future, according to a reliable Apple tipster. This feature has long been requested by users and is already present in high-end Windows laptops. The touchscreen may feature a new construction style, making it thinner and more integrated with the display. This development could bring macOS and iPadOS closer together and enhance the MacBook’s functionality. It is anticipated that the touchscreen MacBook may be released in 2026.

Google has announced that inactive Google accounts, including Gmail and Photos, will be deleted starting from December. If you want to keep your account, you need to perform a small action, such as sending an email or using Google Search, to mark it as active. Accounts that have not been used in any way for two years will be subject to deletion. Google will provide multiple warning notifications to inactive accounts before deleting them. Accounts with previously uploaded YouTube videos, Workspace or Business accounts will not be deleted.

Nepal has banned TikTok due to concerns about the app disrupting social structures and causing harm to family and social relationships. The decision was made by Nepal’s cabinet, and the country’s largest internet service provider has already complied with the ban. This follows similar actions taken by other countries, including India, which has completely banned TikTok. The app has faced scrutiny and restrictions in various countries amid concerns about its impact on society and data security.

OpenAI’s leadership crisis has ended with Sam Altman being restored as CEO, and the company’s partnership with Microsoft remaining intact. Altman’s reappointment is seen as a personal victory for him and a defeat for AI skeptics. Microsoft, which has a $13 billion stake in OpenAI, is expected to have a stronger influence on the company’s governance. The addition of Bret Taylor and Larry Summers to OpenAI’s board aligns the company with influential elites. The outcome may also affect the push to slow AI development and raise concerns about the credibility of AI skeptics.

OpenAI, the leading AI company, went through a tumultuous week of power struggles, firings, and negotiations. CEO Sam Altman was initially fired by the non-profit board but was reinstated after intense pressure from employees and Microsoft. Altman’s return came with changes to the board, with Bret Taylor as the new chair. OpenAI will maintain its legal structure and continue its mission to develop safe and beneficial AI. The crisis highlighted the challenges of corporate control over AI and the interests of humanity.

Procreate has launched its new app called “Dreams” which allows users to create 2D animations, videos, and stories. The app is designed to be powerful and accessible to anyone. Procreate hopes to attract a new generation of creators with the affordable pricing of the Dreams app. It is available for download from the App Store.

Elon Musk has confirmed that the AI chatbot Grok will be available to X’s Premium+ subscribers next week. Grok, created by X’s owner, promises to have a unique personality and the ability to answer “spicy” questions. It will also have access to real-time knowledge via the X platform. The addition of Grok to the Premium+ subscription could help boost sign-ups, as X is facing an advertiser exodus and revenue is needed.

Stability AI has introduced Stable Video Diffusion, a new generative AI tool that allows users to create videos from a single image. The tool, currently available for research purposes, incorporates two image-to-video models capable of generating 14 to 25-frame videos at speeds of 3 to 30 frames per second and a resolution of 576 × 1024. While the tool has some limitations, such as the inability to generate perfect photorealism or legible text, it represents a significant advancement in generative AI video models. Stability AI plans to showcase potential applications in sectors like advertising, education, and entertainment.

Spotify is threatening to leave Uruguay if a new bill regarding artist remuneration is not changed. The bill states that performers of streamed music are entitled to financial remuneration, which Spotify opposes. The company argues that it already pays a significant portion of its revenue to rights holders and paying artists more would make its business unsustainable. It remains to be seen if Uruguay’s government will amend the bill.