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Smart Buoys Off the Coast of Chile Help Save, Track Whales

Plus, India hits Google with a $113 million fine for anti-competitive practices in the Google Play app store, and online photo giant Shutterstock expands its offerings of AI-generated images.

black and white line drawing of a whale breaching


According to the World Sustainability Organization, 18,000 to 25,000 whales die every year from collisions with ships, but a new tech solution may bring that number down. In partnership with the MERI Foundation, the Chilean government has put a smart buoy 684 miles off its shore in the Gulf of Corcovado. The buoy is fitted with oceanographic sensors and Listening to the Deep Ocean Environment software that detects a whale’s type and location and alerts nearby ships. It also monitors the ocean’s health, providing data on climate change’s impact on sea life.
Source: Engadget


The Competition Commission of India in October hit Google with a $113 million fine for anti-competitive practices in the Google Play app store. Currently, the tech giant requires developers to use its billing system to charge for apps and in-app services. The Competition Commission said in a statement that this means “app developers are left bereft of the inherent choice to use [the] payment processor of their liking from the open market” and gave the company three months to stop the practice and allow developers to charge via third-party services.
Source: Gizmodo


Major stock photography website Shutterstock has announced a new direction for its burgeoning AI market, extending a partnership with artificial intelligence firm OpenAI. Shutterstock plans to integrate OpenAI’s text-to-image platform DALL-E 2 directly into its system and will reimburse creators when their work is sold to train the AI. Images created by DALL-E 2 will be available on the same market as those of human contributors, and Shutterstock will ban sale of AI art uploaded to its platform from any other generator.
Source: The Verge
Lauren Kinkade is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.