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Microsoft Plans to Dominate Search Engine Space, Makes Additional Investment in ChatGPT



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Tech company Microsoft has disclosed it is currently in talks with ChatGPT-maker, OpenAI, to invest an additional $10 billion as it seeks to dominate the search engine space.

The recent deal marks the third phase of Microsoft’s growing partnership with OpenAI, which the tech company described as a “multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment”. Recall that Microsoft invested in the company in 2019 and 2021.

Microsoft CEO Satya Narayana Nadella via a blog post disclosed that the partnership with OpenAI was to advance groundbreaking independent AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform.

In his words,

“We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform. In the next phase of our partnership, developers and organizations across industries will have access to the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchains with Azure to build and run their applications.”

Also, speaking on its partnership with Microsoft, OpenAI boss Sam Altman stated that the three-year partnership with the tech company has so far been great, adding that his startup is ecstatic to continue its independent research and work toward creating advanced AI that benefits everyone.

Investors King understands that Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI ChatGPT was necessitated to give the platform access to some of the most popular and advanced artificial intelligence systems, as it competes with the likes of Google, Meta, etc to dominate the search engine space, as well as dominate the fast-growing technology that generates text, images, and other media in response to a short prompt.

Recall that the ChatGPT which was rolled out last year has become a viral sensation as many tech executives and venture capitalists seek to invest in it, which has also seen people use it to carry out different tasks.

The bot is capable of responding to queries in a natural and human-like manner, carrying on a conversation and answering follow-up questions, unlike the basic list of blue links that a Google search provides.

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Edutech Firm Gets $40m Fund For E-learning Expansion



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A digital educational company, Classera Inc. has disclosed that it raised $40m for its global expansion in its Series A funding round.

The edutech firm expressed readiness to enlarge its e-learning platform scope to further penetrate into more African nations. 

Investors King learnt that Classera engages the world’s latest technology to bring about a positive transformation in the educational system. It encourages the use of digital communication systems instead of the traditional learning methods at all levels of education.

A statement by the company explained that the Series A funding round was embarked on by the Public Investment Fund-owned Sanabil Investments, in collaboration with Global Ventures, Seedra Venture, Endeavor Catalyst, Sukna Venture and 500 Global Company.

Classera averred that the fund gathered would be used to expand into Asia Pacific and other parts of the world, selling more educational solutions and partnering with other organisations.

The company said in a release that the round was led by the Public Investment Fund-owned Sanabil Investments, accompanied by Global Ventures, Endeavor Catalyst, 500 Global, Sukna Venture, and Seedra Ventures.

According to the Strategic Partnerships Director of Classera Inc., Mahmoud Gabry, the firm has its focus on Africa in its scope expansion.

He expressed excitement with the company’s new partnership with TD Africa which has a rich database and records on e-learning solutions in Nigeria and Ghana.

Gabry said, “As we just completed one of the largest funding rounds a company with no prior funding had done in the EdTech industry, we are determined to extend our worldwide presence focusing on Africa to accomplish our vision.

“Today, I am very excited about our new partnership with TD Africa to empower the learning journey of our clients in Nigeria and Ghana benefiting from the innovation brought by Classera and its globally recognized and awarded learning solutions spearheaded by its state of art Learning Super Platform.”

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Online Car-Sharing Company Getaround Given Six Months to Cure Its Stock Deficiency



Online car sharing company Getaround has been given a period of six months by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to cure its stock price deficiency or risk being delisted.

The company announced that it received a notice from NYSE for not complying with continued listing standards because the average closing price of its common stock was less than $1.00 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period.

The car sharing company however disclosed it plan to notify the NYSE of its intent to cure the stock price deficiency and return to compliance with NYSE’s continued listing standards.

Under NYSE rules, Getaround has a period of six months from receipt of the notice to cure the stock price deficiency and regain compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards.

Investors King understands that the car-sharing company made its public market debut last year in December, through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

This combination saw the company’s stock trade at around $10 per share and promptly lost 65% of its value. The merger had valued Getaround at about $1.2 billion which it disclosed its intention to use the funds to invest in new markets and expand its products.

Meanwhile, following Getaround delisting warning from NYSE, investors have expressed concern, noting that it is a bit too early for the company to receive such a warning. They however disclosed that the warning isn’t entirely unsurprising, looking at Getaround’s balance sheet.

They further revealed that the car-sharing company scaled somewhat aggressively over the past couple of years, claiming to have a network 20 times larger than its nearest competitor while disclosing that the scale has come at the cost of negative growth and rising losses.

In the first three quarters of 2022, Getaround revenue plummeted and its operating cost increased in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the year prior on September 2022, the company’s operating cash burn was $63.2 million compared to $53.3 million in the same period in 2021.

Getaround is an online car rental service company that provides peer-to-peer car-sharing services powered by its technology, which allows car owners to earn an income by sharing their cars with pre-qualified drivers on the Company’s network.

It makes sharing cars and trucks through its cloud and in-car Connect technology. The Company empowers consumers to shift away from car ownership to cars from entrepreneurial hosts.

Launched in 2011, Getaround is available today in more than 1,000 cities across the United States and Europe.

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ChatGPT Debuts Premium Version With Enhanced Users Experience

The new service aims to provide users with a premium experience that includes faster response times, priority access to new features and improvements, and access to ChatGPT during peak times.




American artificial intelligence company OpenAI, makers of AI chatbot ChatGPT, have rolled out a premium version “ChatGPT plus” which comes with an enhanced user experience.

The new service aims to provide users with a premium experience that includes faster response times, priority access to new features and improvements, and access to ChatGPT during peak times.

The ChatGPT plus comes with a subscription plan of $20 per month which is launching only in the United States for now. Meanwhile, Open AI is starting to invite people on its waiting list to use the ChatGPT plus and intends to expand access and support to other countries and regions shortly.

The company wrote in a blog post,

“We launched ChatGPT as a research preview so we could learn more about the system’s strengths and weaknesses and gather user feedback to help us improve upon its limitations,

“Since then, millions of people have given us feedback, we’ve made several important updates and we’ve seen users find value across a range of professional use cases including drafting and editing content, brainstorming ideas, programming help, and learning new topics.”

Investors King understands that the newly launched “ChatGPT Plus” which comes with a monthly subscription fee will not in any way affect the free usage of the chatbot after the company noted that it values its free users.

Open AI disclosed that it will continue to offer free access to ChatGPT while noting that the subscription pricing model will help ensure free access remains broadly available. The company also disclosed its plan to refine and expand this offering based on users’ feedback and needs.

The launch of ChatGPT plus which comes with a subscription fee of $20 per month shouldn’t come as a surprise after the CEO last year hinted at possible monetization plans.

Recall that last year December, the company’s CEO Sam Altam took to Twitter to announce that ChatGPT had crossed 1 million users. Under the tweet, a user asked if the service will remain free forever. He responded by saying that there are possible plans to monetize it at some point, noting that the compute costs are eye-watering.

Meanwhile, the evolution toward paid versions is often a common playbook for newer technologies, where companies at first release free or very low-cost versions to attract users and then monetize it later.

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