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  • McDonald’s China unit is part of the first batch of multinational food companies on the mainland that have committed to build apps based on HarmonyOS
  • A developer preview version of Huawei’s new mobile operating system, HarmonyOS Next, is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2024

The European Union is nearing a deal on what is poised to become the most extensive and wide-reaching regulation of artificial intelligence in the Western world.

Google on Wednesday launched project Gemini, an artificial intelligence model trained to behave in humanlike ways, that is likely to intensify the debate about AI’s potential promise and perils.


Dozens of start-ups along with Intel and Nasa are part of the new AI Alliance announced on Tuesday, but the two dominant players in the US are not among the founding members.

The tech giant had previously said it would block news on its platform over a new law that aims to make internet firms share ad revenue with news publishers.

The company also released new versions of its home-grown chips, including one designed for AI applications, and deepened its relationship with Nvidia.

Under the collaboration, DingTalk has become one of the first intelligent business platforms to launch an app based on HarmonyOS, the Alibaba unit says.


Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said he expects China to be ‘at the forefront’ of artificial intelligence, and that it is important for the US to collaborate with the Asian nation on both regulation and innovation.

China needs to develop 1 million artificial intelligence-native applications and less AI large language models, according to Baidu co-founder, chairman and chief executive Robin Li.

Google’s DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence model that uses decades of historical weather conditions to produce accurate 10-day forecasts in less than a minute.

Nvidia on Monday added new features to its top-of-the-line chip for artificial intelligence, saying the new offering will start to roll out next year with, Alphabet’s Google and Oracle.

More than 700 million devices currently run on HarmonyOS, with more than 2.2 million third-party developers creating apps for the platform, according to Huawei.

The European Commission is looking into what measures TikTok and YouTube have taken to protect children’s mental and physical health, and what AliExpress is doing to shield consumers from illegal goods.

OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo likely to kick off another flurry of activity among Chinese competitors, with firms such as Baidu and Alibaba showcasing their products at Wuzhen Summit.

Ernie Bot 4.0 was unveiled by Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li Yanhong last month and promises improved capabilities in understanding complex questions and generating pictures.

The region’s internet economy is now on track to reach US$295 billion by 2025, down from a previous forecast of US$330 billion, according to research from Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain & Co.

The action relies on the Cold War-era Defence Production Act, which gives the government certain control over companies when national security is at stake.


Xiaomi has become the latest industry player to create a single system that works across smartphones, vehicles and IoT products, as Huawei works towards liberating its own integrated OS completely from Google’s Android.

The White House is set to release the order on Monday, aimed at promoting the safe and responsible deployment of AI with a government-wide strategy.


Microsoft’s revenue from the Azure cloud-computing platform beat estimates in the September quarter, while Google Cloud’s sales growth ground to its slowest pace in at least 11 quarters.

The fine is a reputational hit for a company that has seen a continuous revenue decline as advertisers cut spending amid lax content moderation.


Toughened requirements on which apps Apple can offer in China are set to make it difficult for locals to download banned foreign apps like Instagram and YouTube, while also making life harder for app developers.


The comments come as a growing group of US lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to impose export control restrictions around RISC-V, an ingredient to create chips for smartphones or artificial intelligence.


Apple held talks with DuckDuckGo to replace Alphabet’s Google as the default search engine for the private mode on Apple’s Safari browser, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In addition to the new Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2, Google has also announced plans to add generative AI capabilities to its virtual assistant, allowing it to do things like help people plan a trip.

Generative AI-based tools were used in at least 16 countries to distort information on political or social issues over the period June 2022 to May 2023, according to the annual Freedom on Net report.