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Tech Bytes — Week in Review: Layoffs at Tesla, OpenAI’s deepfake detector and lots of new iPads
May 10, 2024

Tech Bytes — Week in Review: Layoffs at Tesla, OpenAI’s deepfake detector and lots of new iPads

Joanna Stern, senior personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal, joins to discuss some of this week's biggest tech headlines.

On this week’s Tech Bytes: Week in Review, OpenAI has unveiled its own deepfake detection software and is allowing a small group of disinformation researchers to use it.

Speaking of artificial intelligence, Apple this week unveiled a new suite of iPads (just in case you forgot they still make those). The company announced its new iPad Pro will, among other features, run on an AI-powered processing chip.

But first, a sales slowdown has hit electric car maker Tesla pretty hard of late. Now, the tech news site Electrek reports there’s been another wave of layoffs this week, directly affecting the company’s software, service and engineering departments. It also follows last week’s mass layoff of Tesla’s entire supercharger unit.

Marketplace’s Lily Jamali spoke with Joanna Stern, senior personal technology columnist with the Wall Street Journal, to unpack these stories.

More on everything we talked about

“Tesla (TSLA) launches another round of layoffs” – from Electrek

“Tesla sends out another wave of layoff notices as employees enter 4th week of job cuts” – from Business Insider

“Elon Musk Dispatches Tesla’s ‘Fireman’ to China Amid Slowing Sales” – from the Wall Street Journal

“OpenAI Releases ‘Deepfake’ Detector to Disinformation Researchers” – from the New York Times

“OpenAI to launch tool to detect images created by DALL-E 3” – from Reuters

“Apple’s New iPad Pro vs. New iPad Air vs. iPad: Why Are There So Many?” – from the Wall Street Journal

“Apple iPad event: all the news from Apple’s ‘Let Loose’ reveal” – from The Verge

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