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The Weekly Authority: 😲 Did Google rip off ChatGPT?

Plus an upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4 competitor, a GPT-4 vs Bard rap battle, and woolly mammoth meatballs.

Published onApril 1, 2023

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 238th edition here with Google accused of ripping off ChatGPT, Apple’s WWDC invites, more Twitter drama, and a Galaxy Z Flip 4 competitor coming soon, plus woolly mammoth meatballs, a dating sim that does your taxes (really), and a GPT-4 vs Bard rap battle.

😛 If you’re reading this on our site: Pinch, punch, first of the month, and no return. I wonder what April Fools’ jokes the internet will have in store for us this year! If you’re reading the email in your inbox, April Fools’ Day has been and gone, and we’ve hopefully all survived it for another year…

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Weekly Wonder

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Fancy some woolly mammoth meatballs? Hmm, we’re not sure either, and no, this doesn’t appear to be an April Fool joke.

A food company in Australia claims to have made a meatball from the long-extinct woolly mammoth (h/t Morning Brew).

  • Vow specializes in “growing” unconventional meat in labs.
  • The idea is to reduce animal agriculture’s impact on the planet, offering an alternative choice to animal slaughter.
  • It seems like the mammoth was chosen to “start a conversation” and create marketing buzz.
  • Tim Noakesmith, the co-founder of Vow, said, “We chose the woolly mammoth because it’s a symbol of diversity loss and a symbol of climate change.”
  • Vow used the DNA sequence of a mammoth’s muscle protein combined with elephant DNA.
  • The resulting combo was inserted into a sheep muscle cell, grown alongside more sheep genes to create 400 grams of meat.
  • Sadly this delicacy won’t be available at your local Ikea — or restaurant — anytime soon. Actually, we’re not so sure that’s sad news.
  • And nobody’s tasted the mammoth meatball yet, so the jury’s still out on the flavor.
  • Watch this space though, as Vow’s targeting restaurants in Singapore with Japanese quail, its first cultivated meat product, later this year.

Tech Calendar

  • April 13 @ 8 AM EDT: ROG Phone 7 launches
  • May 5: Hogwarts Legacy lands on PS4 and Xbox
  • May 9: HUAWEI Mate X3 and P60 series Europe launch
  • May 10: Google I/O 2023
  • June 5: Apple WWDC (Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset?)
  • June 11: Xbox Games Showcase

Tech Tweet of the Week

Real world eval: GPT-4 absolutely crushes Bard in a rap battle
— Mehran Jalali (@mehran__jalali) March 26, 2023

Something extra

Jackelin Reyna / Houston Zoo

Check out this teeny-tiny tortoise, the tortoise son of Mr. Pickles, a 90-year-old radiated tortoise from Houston Zoo. He’s one of three brothers named Dill, Gherkin, and Jalapeño, and he’s special as this breed of tortoise rarely reproduces (h/t: Morning Brew).

Have a wonderful week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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