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Title    Microsoft in Deal With Semafor to Create News Stories With Aid of AI Chatbot
Date    Wednesday February 07, @05:52PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the AI-overlords dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/02/06/1024216

Freeman writes:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/02/microsoft-in-deal-with-semafor-to-create-news-stories-with-aid-of-ai-chatbot/

Microsoft is working with media startup Semafor to use its artificial intelligence chatbot to help develop news stories—part of a journalistic outreach that comes as the tech giant faces a multibillion-dollar lawsuit from the New York Times.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft is paying an undisclosed sum of money to Semafor to sponsor a breaking news feed called "Signals." The companies would not share financial details, but the amount of money is "substantial" to Semafor's business, said a person familiar with the matter.

[...] The partnerships come as media companies have become increasingly concerned over generative AI and its potential threat to their businesses. News publishers are grappling with how to use AI to improve their work and stay ahead of technology, while also fearing that they could lose traffic, and therefore revenue, to AI chatbots—which can churn out humanlike text and information in seconds.

The New York Times in December filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI, alleging the tech companies have taken a "free ride" on millions of its articles to build their artificial intelligence chatbots, and seeking billions of dollars in damages.

[...] Semafor, which is free to read, is funded by wealthy individuals, including 3G capital founder Jorge Paulo Lemann and KKR co-founder Henry Kravis. The company made more than $10 million in revenue in 2023 and has more than 500,000 subscriptions to its free newsletters. Justin Smith said Semafor was "very close to a profit" in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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  1. "Freeman" - https://soylentnews.org/~Freeman/
  2. "AI Threatens to Crush News Organizations. Lawmakers Signal Change Is Ahead" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/01/12/0215242
  3. "New York Times Sues Microsoft, ChatGPT Maker OpenAI Over Copyright Infringement" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/12/28/2310243
  4. "Microsoft Shamelessly Pumping Internet Full of Garbage AI-Generated "News" Articles" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/11/04/0352215
  5. "Google, DOJ Still Blocking Public Access to Monopoly Trial Docs, NYT Says" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/10/20/0346204
  6. "After ChatGPT Disruption, Stack Overflow Lays Off 28 Percent of Staff" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/10/17/0326201
  7. "Security Risks Of Windows Copilot Are Unknowable" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/10/11/1157217
  8. "Microsoft AI Team Accidentally Leaks 38TB of Private Company Data" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/09/23/189224
  9. "Microsoft Pulls AI-Generated Article Recommending Ottawa Food Bank to Tourists" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/08/20/0156220
  10. "A Jargon-Free Explanation of How AI Large Language Models Work" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/08/05/1718249
  11. "the Godfather of AI Leaves Google Amid Ethical Concerns" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/05/02/1720244
  12. "The AI Doomers' Playbook" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/04/18/043250
  13. "Ads Are Coming for the Bing AI Chatbot, as They Come for All Microsoft Products" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/04/04/047231
  14. "Deepfakes, Synthetic Media: How Digital Propaganda Undermines Trust" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/03/19/1318240
  15. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=62021

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