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Wednesday’s top tech news: Google showcases its own AI search experiences

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Microsoft made a big splash yesterday with new ChatGPT-powered upgrades to its Bing search engine and Edge browser. Today, in what feels unlikely to be a coincidence, Google responded, presenting several AI-enhanced features for Search, Maps, and Translate during an event in Paris and giving a preview of its own “Bard” AI chatbot.

However, investors may not have been impressed — or they were scared off by an embarrassing AI flub — as the stock price for Google’s parent company, Alphabet, dropped after the presentation.

Now, we’re waiting to see what’s revealed during the first Nintendo Direct presentation of 2023 that’s scheduled for 5PM ET.

Meanwhile, in the world of politics, President Joe Biden once again railed against Big Tech in his Second State of the Union address. “Pass bipartisan legislation to strengthen antitrust enforcement and prevent big online platforms from giving their own products an unfair advantage,” Biden said and went on to call for legislation to protect children from data tracking and targeted advertising.

And now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day (click through to the tweet it’s quoting for the context):

Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Tuesday, February 8th, 2023.