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Friday’s top tech news: Jury rules in Elon Musk’s favor in securities fraud trial

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To close out Friday’s news, a ruling arrived with unexpected speed in a securities fraud trial accusing Elon Musk of fraud based on his 2018 tweets that he was thinking about taking Tesla private.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Musk is not liable for losses incurred by investors based on the tweet, avoiding a verdict that could have potentially cost him billions of dollars in damages.

It’s funny, Google has been promoting its AI efforts for years, but something about the mainstream attention ChatGPT has been getting, combined with Bing-owner Microsoft’s interest in the technology, seems to have lit a fire underneath the search giant. Google is holding an event about search and AI next week on February 8th. And CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent comments really make it sound as though Google will soon let people interact with its AI technology in a way that’s very similar to ChatGPT.

As we prepare to welcome Sony’s PSVR2 into the world later this month, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know it hasn’t forgotten about its own Quest headset. During Meta’s earnings call, the CEO said the new headset would support its mixed reality tech when it launches later this year.

Finally, Aqara, a smart home company that announced a very interesting presence detection sensor at CES this year, is gearing up to support the new Matter smart home standard. Although this paves the way for its tech to integrate more seamlessly with other smart home devices, there are, unfortunately still a lot of caveats.

Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Friday, February 3rd, 2023.