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2024-06-13 14:00:43| Engadget

Netflix is taking advantage of some high drama in the hot dog-eating world with its next live-streaming event. A couple of days ago, Joey Chestnut was banned from Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Content over his apparent partnership with a plant-based brand, as pretty much every major news site in the world inexplicably reported.  Cue Netflix, which leaped in with its own frank-eating event called Chestnut vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef, set to be live-streamed on Monday, September 2. It features two of the best-known (only-known, for most people) hot dot-eating personalities in the form of Chestnut (40) and Takeru Kobayashi (46), with the latter coming out of semi-retirement for the occasion. "Through all of my years in competitive eating, Kobayashi stands out as my fiercest rival," Chestnut said in a Netflix press release. "Retiring for me will only happen after I take him down one last time," added Kobayashi. A rivalry simmering for 15 years. CHESTNUT VS. KOBAYASHI: UNFINISHED BEEF the ultimate hot dog eating competition will air LIVE on Netflix, Monday, September 2. pic.twitter.com/MeVQP1lQuS Netflix (@netflix) June 12, 2024 Chestnut (40) won 16 of the last 17 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contests (held by the Major League Eating organization) and holds the all-time record with 76 hot dogs and buns eaten set in 2021. Kobayashi (46), meanwhile, is known as "the father of competitive eating" and won the Nathan's event six consecutive times. At one point, he was also banned from that event (for non vegan-hot-dog reasons). The New York Post reported that Chestnut partnered with Impossible Foods, which manufactures the plant-based "Beef" hot dog. That was apparently anathema to Nathan's, which makes what it calls "100 percent beef hot dogs" (that the nonprofit Environmental Working Group considers not very healthy).   "We are devastated to learn that Joey Chestnut has chosen to represent a rival brand that sells plant-based hot dogs rather than competing in the 2024 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest," Nathan's told CBS in a statement. "It seems that Joey and his managers have prioritized a new partnership with a different hot dog brand over our long-time relationship."  By hosting its own event, though, Netflix is taking the meat out of Nathan's annual July 4th contest Sherlocking it Apple style, if you will. Previous Netflix live events include The Roast of Tom Brady, and following the Chestnut vs. Kobayashi affair, Netflix will stream the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson fight on November 15, 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/netflix-has-sherlocked-nathans-hot-dog-eating-contest-120043454.html?src=rss


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2024-06-13 13:15:01| Engadget

A number of former SpaceX engineers are suing Elon Musk for sexual harassment, retaliation and creating a hostile workplace environment. The suit comes in the wake of a blockbuster WSJ report that lifted the lid on Musks treatment of SpaceX employees. This same group penned an open letter in 2022 highlighting Musks behavior which, they say, caused them to be fired. They have also filed complaints against SpaceX with the NLRB, another government agency Musk is waging war against. Dan Cooper The biggest stories you might have missed Chinese EV makers face additional tariffs of up to 38 percent in the EU Music publishers accuse Spotify of bait-and-switch subscription scheme Sony Pictures is buying Alamo Drafthouse PlayStation Plus June offerings include Monster Hunter Rise and three Lego games Astro Bot is a supremely silly and incredibly smooth platformer ChromeOS will lean more on the same tech that powers Android Jabra says its exiting the consumer headphones business just as it announces new earbuds You can get these reports delivered daily direct to your inbox. Subscribe right here! Apple seems to have persuaded OpenAI to work for exposure Even Sam Altman bowed to Tim Cook. Apple may be coy about what it calls its machine-learning platforms, but its not as if everyone doesnt know its leveraging OpenAIs technology. Apparently, it pulled this feat off for free, getting OpenAI to share its wares for access to Apples vast user base. Not to mention that if it can get people to pay for an OpenAI subscription, itll more than pay for itself over time. Not that OpenAI is hurting for cash right now its apparently raking in twice as much revenue as it did last year. Continue Reading. A hacker obtained Tile customers personal information And revealed tools used to serve law enforcement requests. A hacker has reportedly obtained the personal information of Tile customers, its parent company has admitted. Life360 says only their names, device ID, physical and email addresses were accessed no government or credit card data. The breach may have also revealed Tile has a special tool used to process location data requests made by law enforcement. Continue Reading.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-musk-sued-for-sexual-harassment-111501662.html?src=rss


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2024-06-13 05:58:16| Engadget

At Apple's recently concluded annual conference for developers, the company announced that it teamed up with OpenAI to bring its technology to the iPhone and its other devices. It's easy to imagine a huge amount of money changing hands in a deal between a massive corporation and a fast-rising tech firm. But according to a new Bloomberg report, nobody paid anybody in that partnership. Apple is reportedly not paying OpenAI, because it believes that putting its technology in front of hundreds of millions of users is equal to or even better than any kind of monetary payment.  Apple will use OpenAI's GPT-4o model to power AI tasks on iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. Siri, for instance, will tap into ChatGPTs capabilities if users ask it to create menu ideas, to summarize articles or to find photos based on a description of what they contain. Apple's writing tools can also use ChatGPT to write stories, as well as to rewrite and proofread existing text. Users will be able to enjoy these features without having to log into or pay for ChatGPT, but they do get access to extra perks if they pay for a Plus account.  As Bloomberg points out, OpenAI could make money from the deal by convincing Apple users to pay $20 a month for ChatGPT Plus. And if those users sign up on an Apple device, then the iPhone-maker will also get a commission. In the future, Apple intends to generate more earnings from AI by getting into revenue-sharing agreements with its partners, the news organization says. It's aiming to get a cut of what those partners will earn from monetizing results in chatbots on Apple's operating systems, in particular, because it believes more and more users will turn to AI over search engines. That means it could earn less money from its long-standing (and lucrative) search deal with Google.  Apple has yet to reveal its future AI partners, but it's reportedly in talks with Google to offer Gemini integration to iOS users as soon as later this year. It's also reportedly talking to Anthropic to offer its Claude AI chatbot as another option. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apple-seems-to-have-persuaded-openai-to-work-for-exposure-033636236.html?src=rss


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2024-06-13 01:52:55| Engadget

Spotify has once again drawn the ire of the music industry. The National Music Publishers' Association has called on the Federal Trade Commission to examine the streaming service's addition of audiobook content into all of its paid subscription plans. According to the group's FTC complaint, Spotify's recent actions are part of "a scheme to increase profits by deceiving consumers and cheating the music royalty system." This requires some backstory. In November 2023, Spotify announced that it would include 15 hours of audiobook content as part of all its Premium subscription plans. A few months later, the company unveiled a new audiobook-only subscription, offering the same number of listening hours for $10 a month. The publishers' organization claims that Spotify's recent price increases are based on offering that extra audiobook content, and that paying customers are automatically being charged for a service they didn't choose and can't opt out of without switching to the free, ad-supported listening experience. And the additional revenue from the higher Premium subscription costs may not go to the music composers. According to the FTC complaint, Spotify will pay about $150 million less in music royalties over the first year of these new bundled Premium plans. The NMPA letter goes so far as to call the new audiobook-only plan "a sham" that "exists solely to allow Spotify to claim that audiobook content is a significantly and independently valuable aspect of its 'bundled' Premium Plan, as the Audiobook Access Plan costs only $1 less than the Premium Plan with the exact same audiobook content and music." At this early stage, it's hard to say whether this issue will impact Spotify's planned overhaul of its royalty model. Both artists and publishers have routinely criticized the streaming ecosystem at large and Spotify in particular for underpaying the creatives behind the music.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/music-publishers-accuse-spotify-of-bait-and-switch-subscription-scheme-235255614.html?src=rss


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2024-06-13 01:03:25| Engadget

We dont know if OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, is actually making any money so far. But thanks to a Wednesday report in The Information, what we do know is that the company doubled its annualized revenue a measure of the previous months revenue multiplied by 12, as the publication helpfully explained in the last six months. OpenAIs annualized revenue was $3.4 billion, CEO Sam Altman reportedly told staff. Thats up from $1.6 billion around the end of last year, and $1 billion a year ago. Most of this revenue came from a subscription version of ChatGPT, which offers higher messaging limits to people who pay at least $20 a month, as well as from developers who pay the company to use the companys large language models in their own apps and services. About $200 million on an annualized basis comes from Microsoft, which gives OpenAI a cut of sales of OpenAIs large language models to customers using Azure, Microsofts cloud computing platform aimed at businesses. Notably, an OpenAI spokesperson told The Information that the financials were "inaccurate" but did not explain which details it disputed. OpenAI did not immediately respond to Engadget's request for comment. Earlier this week, Apple announced a partnership with OpenAI. The company plans to hook ChatGPT right into its operating systems for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, letting Siri reach out to ChatGPT to answer questions. The financial terms of that deal, however, are still unknown.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/openais-revenue-is-reportedly-booming-230324957.html?src=rss


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