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Meta to launch automated code generation software

Tim Cook tweets to celebrate Apple's 30th anniversary in China

Musk's SpaceX turns profitable for the first time

Evergrande clarifies: the application to the US court does not involve bankruptcy

Microsoft CEO: AI is as far-reaching as the Internet wave

Google AI expert chooses to set up shop in Tokyo

The former Huawei genius boy built "Iron Man" in 6 months

Photographer Dai Jianfeng said he received death threats, and Visual China responded: support the police

Bytedance launches AI dialogue product "Doubao"

Nature published: LK-99 is not a room temperature superconductor

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Starbucks China Innovation and Technology Center settled in Shenzhen

2023 Summer Box Office No. 1 in the same period in Chinese film history

One Fun Thing | The longest photo ever seen on my phone

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What to watch on the weekend | "I Passed the Storm"

Game Recommendation|"Black Book – Black Book"

✏ This week's big news at a glance

Meta to launch automated code generation software

According to The Information, two people familiar with the matter said that Meta plans to launch a software that helps developers automatically generate coding code, which will challenge the proprietary software of OpenAI, Google and others.

Meta's code-generating AI model, called Code Llama, will be open-source software and could be available as soon as next week, people familiar with the matter said.

The new coding model is comparable to OpenAI's Codex model, and Code Llama, built on top of Meta's Llama 2 software, is a large language model that can understand and generate conversational text.

The open-source Llama 2 has upended the field of artificial intelligence, allowing companies to make their own AI applications without paying for software from OpenAI, Google, or Microsoft.

Tim Cook tweets to celebrate Apple's 30th anniversary in China

Yesterday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted: "As we celebrate Apple's 30th anniversary in China, we would like to thank all our colleagues, customers and partners from the bottom of our hearts."

In 1993, Apple set up an office in Beijing. In 2008, the first Apple retail store in mainland China opened in Sanlitun, Beijing. Now there are 55 retail stores in Greater China.

Data shows that China is currently the largest market for the iPhone, with more than 250 million users, accounting for more than 30% of the world's total users.

Musk's SpaceX turns profitable for the first time

SpaceX turned profitable in the first quarter of 2023 after two years of annual losses thanks to a surge in revenue, according to the Wall Street Journal.

SpaceX's first-quarter profit was $55 million on $1.5 billion in revenue.

SpaceX's revenue will double to $4.6 billion in 2022, helping the company cut last year's loss to $559 million from $968 million the year before, the report said.

The company's total spending in 2022 is reported to be about $5.2 billion, up from $3.3 billion the previous year.

Evergrande clarifies: the application to the US court does not involve bankruptcy

It has been reported that China Evergrande Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in New York under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code, which allows US assets to be protected when companies make restructuring arrangements in other regions.

According to the Financial Associated Press, Evergrande issued a clarification announcement saying that the application to the US court does not involve bankruptcy.

The company is currently promoting overseas debt restructuring as planned.

Since the Group's US dollar bonds are governed by New York law, the company applied to the US court for recognition of the overseas debt restructuring agreement arrangement under the legal system of Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in accordance with Chapter 15 of Title 11 of the US Code, which is a normal promotion of overseas debt restructuring. Part of a reorganization proceeding that does not involve a bankruptcy filing.

Microsoft CEO: AI is as far-reaching as the Internet wave

In 1995, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates sent a memo calling the Internet a "wave" critical to every part of the company's business.

Microsoft's current CEO Satya Nadella said on "The Circuit With Emily Chang" that he believes the impact of artificial intelligence will be equally profound.

Microsoft plans to transform through projects such as OpenAI Inc., a startup that has attracted a lot of attention for its generative AI technology and has committed $13 billion to it.

In the program, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman also responded to the rumor that "Microsoft may acquire OpenAI", emphasizing that the company will not sell.

Google AI expert chooses to set up shop in Tokyo

Two well-known former Google researchers David Ha and Llion Jones announced the creation of an artificial intelligence company Sakana AI, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Sakana AI said it will build its own generative AI models — software that can generate text, images, code and other multimedia.

The word "Sakana" comes from the Japanese word さかな (sa-ka-na), which means "fish". Taking this as the company name is to evoke the idea of ​​"a group of fish coming together to form a coherent entity from simple rules".

According to the two co-founders, their research is inspired by natural concepts such as evolution and collective intelligence.

"We plan to make multiple smaller AI models, each with its own unique strengths and smaller datasets," said David Ha.

"And let these models work together like a school of fish to solve a problem and provide support for products such as ChatGPT." Although he also clarified that this is just an idea.

The former Huawei genius boy built "Iron Man" in 6 months

At the Xiaomi press conference a few days ago, Lei Jun brought a robot dog "Iron Egg 2" to the stage, setting off a climax. In the past few years, under the waves of Metaverse and AIGC, robots seem to have become an unpopular track, but in fact it has attracted more and more entrepreneurs to join in.

Yesterday, former Huawei "genius boy" Zhihui Jun (Peng Zhihui) released his first product after starting a business – the humanoid robot "Yuanzheng A1".

Mr. Zhihui, who was once called "Wild Iron Man" by netizens, really made himself an Iron Man.

"Yuanzheng A1" Zhiyuan embodied intelligent robot is 175cm tall and adopts a humanoid shape as a whole. This robot has more than 49 degrees of freedom, of which the robot hand has 12 active degrees of freedom and 5 passive degrees of freedom.

Mr. Zhihui said that "Expedition A1" will first be used in new energy manufacturing and 3C manufacturing, and it has already been docked with leading companies.

Photographer Dai Jianfeng said he received death threats, and Visual China responded: support the police

On August 15th, the photographer Dai Jianfeng @Jeff的星空旅游 posted that the photos he took were called by Visual China, claiming that they were used infringing rights, and were asked to pay more than 80,000 yuan in compensation, which aroused concern.

That night, Visual China claimed that it was a misunderstanding, and pointed out that "the sales authorization chain of the pictures involved is clear."

The photographer authorized Stocktrek Images to sell the pictures, and Stocktrek Images authorized Getty Images to sell related pictures. Visual China is the exclusive partner of Getty Images in mainland China.

Photographer Dai Jianfeng did not accept this. He said, "I have checked with Stocktrek, and Stocktrek clearly told me: Visual China has no right to sell my work."

On the same day, Visual China took the initiative to remove Dai Jianfeng's work, and stated that it would "continue to maintain sincere communication with the photographer to eliminate misunderstandings."

On August 18, Dai Jianfeng issued a message saying that he was threatened by a private message and asked himself to apologize to Visual China. Dai Jianfeng said that he has called the police and will protect legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law through legal channels.

Visual China then responded: "We support @Jeff's Star Journey to call the police, oppose anyone using the Internet to make personal threats, and do not support any irrational words and behaviors."

Bytedance launches AI dialogue product "Doubao"

ByteDance has begun external testing of the AI ​​dialogue product "Doubao". Currently, the relevant app can be downloaded through its official website and supports Douyin login.

Doubao app is also the AI ​​project previously code-named "Grace" in Byte.

A person from the "Doubao" project team said that "Doubao" is a chat robot product that is still in the early stage of development and verification, and this launch is still a small-scale invitation-only test.

The "Doubao" in the current testing period still has many limitations, and the generated content may also be inaccurate. "Test users are welcome to provide feedback to help us continue to improve the product."

Nature published: LK-99 is not a room temperature superconductor

The suspicion of room temperature superconductivity for many days seems to have finally come to an end.

Dan Garisto, a science writer who once worked at Fermilab, published "LK-99 is not a room temperature superconductor – how scientific detectives can solve this mystery" in Nature.

The scientific detectives found evidence that LK-99 was not a superconductor—the cause of the sharp drop in the resistivity of the sample and the partial levitation of the magnet was due to impurities in the material, especially cuprous sulfide. This conclusion completely broke the hope of LK-99 as "the first room temperature and pressure superconductor in history".

"I think that's the end of the story, let's call it a day," says Inna Vishik, a condensed-matter experimentalist at the University of California, Davis.

The LK-99 saga began in late July when a team led by Sukbae Lee and Ji-Hoon Kim of the Seoul startup Quantum Energy Research Center published two preprint papers on arXiv. It is claimed that LK-99 can achieve superconductivity below 127ºC (400K) in normal atmospheric environment.

All previously identified superconductors function only at extreme temperatures and pressures.

The two papers quickly attracted the attention of researchers and amateurs, some of whom attempted to reproduce LK-99. After dozens of repeated experiments, many experts have stated that the evidence proves that LK-99 is not a room temperature superconductor.

Starbucks China Innovation and Technology Center settled in Shenzhen

Yesterday, Starbucks announced the establishment of the Starbucks China Innovation and Technology Center (SITC) in Shenzhen, which will be used to enhance its technical capabilities and data infrastructure, and further drive the digitization of stores and multi-channels.

The center will be located in Futian District and is scheduled to be put into operation in September this year.

It is reported that SITC will invest about RMB 1.5 billion for the first time in the next three years, recruit hundreds of outstanding technical talents in the initial stage, provide a development platform for people-oriented innovation, and redefine the retail landscape and customer experience.

SITC will focus on five key areas: Customers, Partners, Coffee, Efficiency, and Sustainability.

This autumn, after the official operation of SITC, another milestone for Starbucks – Starbucks China Coffee Innovation Industrial Park will also open as scheduled.

At that time, Starbucks' greenest coffee roasting plant and highly intelligent logistics center will be put into use.

2023 Summer Box Office No. 1 in the same period in Chinese film history

According to statistics from the National Film Administration, as of 7:00 on August 18, the box office of my country’s summer movies in 2023 will reach 17.8 billion yuan, exceeding the 2019 record of 17.779 billion yuan, setting a new summer box office record.

In addition, the number of movie viewers in this summer has exceeded 435 million. As of now, the top six box office hits this year's summer are all domestic films, among which "The Missing Her" temporarily tops the summer box office list.

"All or Nothing", "In the Octagonal Cage", "Fengshen Part I: Chaoge Fengyun", "Three Thousand Miles in Chang'an", and "Enthusiasm" temporarily ranked second to sixth on the summer box office list.

✨ It's the weekend!

One Fun Thing | The longest photo ever seen on my phone

The China Giant Tree Scientific Expedition Team released a photo of the giant tree: Southern Tibet Cypress No. 1, with a living height of 101.2 meters, the second tallest tree species in the world and the tallest tree in Asia, about 1450 years old.

How many times did you swipe on the screen of your phone to see this picture?

What to watch on the weekend | "I Passed the Storm"

Cruel domestic violence has turned families from a warm haven into the most dangerous place. Can the calls of "don't bear it any longer" lead Xu Min out of the storm?

The film is written and directed by Qin Haiyan, produced by Lu Yang and Wang Hongwei, and starring Tong Liya and Wu Yuhan.

Around the wife in the center of domestic violence, on the issue of getting rid of her husband's control and fighting for child custody, a story about breaking out of women's plight is unfolded, and it is currently being screened.

Game Recommendation|"Black Book – Black Book"

Epic's free game of the week, Black Book, is a dark RPG adventure game based on Slavic myths and legends.

The player takes the role of a young witch. Battle evil forces in card-based combat and explore a world where humans and mythical creatures coexist.

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