✅ The Weekly Download #37: Google is telling us to eat GLUE

Google's new AI Overviews were launched last week and let's just say the results are....unhelpful.

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Hello everyone, apologies for the late email. We usually send these over the weekend, but I didn't have time earlier. Let's get back to it. Here’s what happened in the past week in tech.

  • ⚡️ Tech Snippets

  • 📰 The Headlines

  • 🗞️ Notable Mentions

  • 🛠️ Tools

  • 📔 Good Reads

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THIS WEEK IN TECH

via CNBC

Google's new AI Overview tool is catching heat, and rightfully so.

  • 🤦‍♂️ AI Overview Fail: Google’s AI Overview tool messed up big time, claiming Obama is a Muslim and suggesting non-toxic glue for pizza sauce, with no way for users to opt out.

  • 🤷 Gemini Debacle: This isn’t new for Google; their Gemini image tool also faced backlash for historical inaccuracies.

  • ⛓️‍ Rushed Rollouts: People are starting to lose faith in the search engine because of large language model tools like ChatGPT.

QuickTechie: It’s kind of ironic seeing that Google penalizes and bans websites from its search engine for producing unhelpful content. Apparently, the rules don’t apply to them. (link)

Well, it’s finally happening. The Department of Justice slapped Live Nation with a lawsuit, claiming the company engages in anti-competitive business practices.

  • ⚖️ DOJ vs. Live Nation: The US Department of Justice is taking on Live Nation and Ticketmaster, filing a lawsuit to break up their monopoly over live music and events.

  • 💵 Monopoly Woes: The DOJ claims their monopoly hikes ticket fees for fans, limits artists' performance opportunities, and restricts venues' ticketing options.

  • 🔧 Fixing the Problem: The lawsuit is pushing for "structural relief," including possibly breaking off Ticketmaster, to resolve the anticompetitive issues.

QuickTechie: My question is, what took the DOJ so long to bring this suit forward? I mean, cmon. Personally speaking, Live Nation deserves whatever judgment comes out of this. If you bought a ticket in the past 20, you feel my pain, right? (link)

Sorry California

  • 🎥 California has enacted the Parent's Accountability and Child Protection Act, mandating age verification for adult websites and other businesses like fireworks, body branding, and BB guns.

  • 🤬 Pornhub has opted to withdraw from states enforcing such laws, contending that age verification requirements make the internet riskier for both adults and children.

  • 👶 The law aims to protect kids, but critics worry it might backfire by driving people to less safe online spaces.

QuickTechie: California now requires you to verify your age, big whoop. I don’t see how this could be a bad thing, but hey, I don’t make the rules (link)

NOTABLE MENTIONS

NOTABLE MENTIONS

  • Sonos released its first-ever headphones

  • SpaceX's Starship test flight faces setback as engine explodes (link)

  • YouTube has now begun skipping videos altogether for users with ad blockers (link)

  • Scarlett Johansson’s OpenAI clash is just the start of legal wrangles over artificial intelligence (link)

  • Facebook account takeovers are targeting people you know, turning friendship into fraud (link)

  • Voice-Based Song Identification Feature Launched on YouTube Music for Android (link)

  • Apple’s first foldable MacBook rumored for early 2026 release (link)

  • Elon Musk’s X to remove public likes, encouraging edgy content (link)

  • T-Mobile says prices are going up on older plans (link)

🙋‍♂️ MORON OF THE WEEK

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Alright folks, this is where I wrap it up. As always, my door is always open. Reply to this email and say hi. Always happy to talk shop.

-Kevin 

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