Mike Isaac

technology reporter, New York Times

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OpenAI, the company that created Chat GPT, unexpectedly ousted its chief executive Sam Altman on Friday. By Monday, Microsoft had hired him to run a new research unit.

Silicon Valley is in upheaval as OpenAI fires founder Sam Altman

OpenAI, the company that created Chat GPT, unexpectedly ousted its chief executive Sam Altman on Friday. By Monday, Microsoft had hired him to run a new research unit.

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Meta says its platform Threads already has more than 100 million users. Can it actually replace Twitter? KCRW looks at the promise and perils it faces.

Can Threads replace the beleaguered Twitter?

Meta says its platform Threads already has more than 100 million users. Can it actually replace Twitter? KCRW looks at the promise and perils it faces.

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The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly investigating the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Its failure is the latest problem hitting the tech industry.

What’s overall health of tech industry, as SVB fallout continues?

The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly investigating the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Its failure is the latest problem hitting the tech industry.

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