Most recent retail and ecommerce coverage

My team at Digital Commerce 360 has been hard at work the past two months putting out some big reports on the state of American ecommerce and the most-used ecommerce platforms among the top names in online retail. We also began rolling out new video shorts to complement the reporting and research. Here’s one about … Read moreMost recent retail and ecommerce coverage

What Satya Nadella gained for Microsoft after Sam Altman’s return to OpenAI

Satya Nadella

After recording the fifth episode of “The AI Artifacts Podcast” on Tuesday, my co-host Sarah Luger and I knew that the fluid situation surrounding Sam Altman’s firing and subsequent pressure to reinstate him as CEO at OpenAI was likely to remain in flux the following day. What we didn’t know was that a deal to … Read moreWhat Satya Nadella gained for Microsoft after Sam Altman’s return to OpenAI

What Sam Altman’s firing at OpenAI means for its (and AI’s) future

My “AI Artifacts Podcast” co-host and I were wrapping up our news discussion for this week’s episode when we saw breaking news that OpenAI’s board had just fired Sam Altman as CEO, naming Mira Murati (its CTO and a former podcast guest of ours) as the company’s new interim CEO. All of the news arrived … Read moreWhat Sam Altman’s firing at OpenAI means for its (and AI’s) future

The reason Microsoft made Activision Blizzard its largest acquisition ever

Microsoft’s newly closed acquisition of Activision Blizzard isn’t just the software giant’s biggest deal ever. At a cost of $68.7 billion, it’s also the most expensive video game industry acquisition of all time. After the companies first announced their intent in January 2022, regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S., the European … Read moreThe reason Microsoft made Activision Blizzard its largest acquisition ever

What may be behind slumping growth for internet fact-checking

fact-checking political speech

The past decade saw a boom in fact-checking organizations across the internet, according to annual census results from the Duke Reporters’ Lab. The momentum seems to have trailed off in the 2020s, however, with the total number of active organizations dedicated to fact-checks staying roughly the same since 2021. The group counted 417 fact-checkers when … Read moreWhat may be behind slumping growth for internet fact-checking

Why Instacart and Klaviyo are set to test unicorn IPOs for tech this week

Public and private markets put valuations through intense valuation adjustments over the past two years, leading the volume of IPOs for unicorn companies valued at $1 billion or more to fall off a cliff. Tech company unicorns took an extended hiatus from IPO’ing altogether. This week, that dry spell is likely to change, with both … Read moreWhy Instacart and Klaviyo are set to test unicorn IPOs for tech this week

How much water AI is going to drink

water consumption by AI computing

It’s no big secret that generative AI is resource-intensive. In fact, making a query with AI can cost “at least four or five times more computing per search” compared to traditional searches, according to Martin Bouchard, co-founder of Canada-based data center company QScale, who shared the calculation in a February article at Wired. That extra … Read moreHow much water AI is going to drink

Is Gen Z really bringing an end to mainstream pop culture?

Gen Z believes in no mainstream pop culture

Gen Z surveys and new studies on emerging behaviors almost always ignite one of two questions for me within the first paragraphs: (1) Are these behaviors or preferences really different from Millennials and Boomers at similar ages? (2) What’s in here that’s really unique for this generation and not just an insight about teens and … Read moreIs Gen Z really bringing an end to mainstream pop culture?

Why AI still can’t copyright its art

Artificial intelligence may be able to synthesize and generate works of art, but it still can’t receive copyrights in the U.S. following a decision by District Judge Beryl A. Howell on Friday. Howell found that “human authorship is an essential part of a valid copyright claim,” meaning that computer scientist Stephen Thaler remains unable to … Read moreWhy AI still can’t copyright its art