Musk Launches Preview of Grok AI Chatbot


Elon Musk’s ‘xAI’ company has launched the preview of ‘Grok’, a new and rebellious AI chatbot that’s modelled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Grok  Grok is Musk’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. Musk was a co-founder ChatGPT’s OpenAI before stepping down from its board in 2018, and his new xAI company…

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€345m Children’s Data Privacy Fine For TikTok

TikTok Fine

Video-focused social media platform TikTok has been fined €345m by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) over the privacy of child users.  The Processing of Personal Data  The fine, as well as a reprimand (and an order requiring them to bring its data processing into compliance within three months) were issued in relation to how the…

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Tik Top Tops News Source For Young Adults

Featured Article: More People Follow 'TikTok News'

With the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2023 showing TikTok now being the source of news for 20 per cent of 18–24-year-olds at the expense of news websites and apps, we look at where most people now get their news from and the reasons why.  The Report  The Reuters Institute report is based on the…

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Reddit’s ‘Blackout’ User Protest 

Featured Article: Reddit’s ‘Blackout’ User Protest

Following thousands of moderators making their subreddit communities private for 48 hours as a protest, we look at the reasons why, together with the implications for Reddit, its users, and other stakeholders.  What Is Reddit?  Reddit is a social media platform where users can join communities called ‘subreddits’ to share content, participate in discussions, and…

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TikTok Fined £12.7m By UK Data Watchdog

Tech News : TikTok Fined £12.7m By UK Data Watchdog

Embattled Chinese owned short-video-sharing platform TikTok has received a £12.7m fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for breaching UK data protection law by failing to protect children’s privacy when using the TikTok platform.  Notice Of Intent Issued Last Year  The ICO issued TikTok Inc and TikTok Information Technologies UK Limited (‘TikTok’) with the ‘notice of…

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Dealing With Social Media Addiction

Featured Article : Dealing With Social Media Addiction

With TikTok announcing new features for teens and families, including a 60-minute daily screen time limit, we look at the issue of social media addiction and ideas for tackling it.  TikTok Time Limit  (Short) video sharing app TikTok has just announced that every account belonging to a user below age 18 will automatically be set…

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TikTok Trouble?

Tech-Insight : TikTok Trouble?

Following the banning of Chinese short video sharing app TikTok from EU and US government devices, plus more trouble on the way in Canada, we look at some of the reasons why.  Banned From EU Government Devices  The European Commission recently decided to ban the TikTok app from staff phones (work and personal devices). EC…

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Twitter Roundup

Featured Article : Twitter Roundup

Here, we look at more of the rapid changes at Twitter, what the reaction has been, how this has affected the platform, plus the wider implications.  All Change  The beginning of Twitter’s (current) saga was when the world’s richest man, Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk bought shares in the social media giant back in…

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What Is Twitter’s ‘Blue Tick’ All About?

Featured Article : What Is Twitter’s ‘Blue Tick’ All About?

Following announcements that Twitter under Musk will generate revenue by blue tick subscriptions, we look at what this means and at the blue tick chaos that followed the announcement.  What Is this ‘Blue Tick’ ?  Twitter’s paid-for Blue service, launched last year, is a subscription service – $7.99 (£6.99) per month in the US, also…

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