Top tech stories today: January 5, 2024

Save yourself the hassle of searching the web for important updates – we’ve got you covered. Here are the major global technology highlights as of January 5, 2024.

1. U.S. grants Microchip Technology $162M for semiconductor expansion

The Biden administration is providing a $162 million grant to Microchip Technology, an Arizona-based semiconductor supplier. This funding aims to boost semiconductor production for critical industries, including automotive, defense, and more, enhancing national supply chain resilience and creating over 700 jobs. (The New York Times)

2. Google must bargain with YouTube Union, NLRB rules

Alphabet’s Google violated US labor law by refusing to negotiate with the Alphabet Workers Union, representing contract workers for YouTube Music. The National Labor Relations Board rejected Google’s claim that it wasn’t the employer, stating the company must bargain with the union, which has faced changes in working conditions without negotiation. (The Straitstimes)

3. Microsoft introduces AI button on keyboards

Microsoft is adding a “Copilot key” to its Windows keyboard, providing direct access to the Copilot AI service. This move reflects the tech giant’s commitment to integrating AI into its products, with AI-capable PCs expected to drive the personal computer market’s resurgence post-pandemic. (Irish Examiner)

4. Samsung and Google to adopt Qualcomm’s new headset chip

Qualcomm announces that both Samsung and Google have plans to incorporate its latest headset chip. The chip, designed for use in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, is expected to enhance the performance and capabilities of headsets from these tech giants. (The Economic Times)

5. AI takes center stage at CES 2024

Despite OpenAI’s Sam Altman’s absence, CES 2024 is poised to showcase a myriad of AI applications in gadgets. From devices aiding the visually impaired to safety systems in schools, facial recognition with health assessments, and AI integration in vehicles, numerous companies are unveiling innovations, signaling 2024 as the year of AI in consumer tech. (CNA)

6. Russian database clears Google, Meta, TikTok debts

Fines imposed on Google, YouTube, Meta, TikTok, and Telegram by Russian courts seem resolved, as they are no longer listed as debtors in the state bailiffs’ database. Disputes arose over unlawful content and data storage, intensified after the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict. Twitter (X) and Twitch still face fines. (Reuters)

7. Intel launches Articul8 AI with DigitalBridge backing

Intel announces the formation of Articul8 AI, an independent company focused on AI software, with backing from DigitalBridge Group and other investors. Intel, retaining a stake, emphasizes addressing concerns about data privacy and security in AI work by developing a generative AI system initially with Boston Consulting Group. The move aligns with Intel’s strategy of seeking external capital for specific business units. (The Business Times)

8. Gujarat, India in talks to become Chipmaking hub

Gujarat state pursues investments from chipmakers in Japan, South Korea, and the US, aligning with India’s ambition to be a major chip manufacturing player. Despite initial incentive challenges, discussions with semiconductor companies, including Foxconn and Micron Technology, are ongoing. (The Business Times)


Elma Yuan

Elma Yuan was a junior reporter at BTW media interested in media and communication.

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