After discovering that its Gemini AI was producing erroneous historical photographs, Google has announced that it is suspending the tool's capacity to create images of humans. In an apparent attempt to challenge the gender and racial stereotypes present in generative AI, Gemini has been producing a variety of images, including those of the US Founding Fathers and German soldiers during the Nazi era.


In a statement published on X, Google states, "We're already working to address recent issues with Gemini's image generation feature." "We're going to stop creating people's images while we do this, and we'll re-release an improved version soon."




Within twenty-four hours of admitting that its AI model had produced some inaccurate historical photographs, Google decided to stop creating images of humans in Gemini. Certain Gemini users have been searching for pictures of historical groups or individuals, such as the Founding Fathers, and when they did, they discovered AI-generated non-white persons. This has given rise to internet conspiracies suggesting that Google purposefully avoids showing images of white individuals.




Earlier this month, Google began providing image generation through Gemini (previously Bard), a move aimed at competing with Microsoft's Copilot and OpenAI. The image generation program generates a set of images depending on a text input, just as its competitors.

Google has confirmed that image generation is accessible in English worldwide, but not in the UK, Switzerland, or the European Economic Area. This explains why the UK's testing was unsuccessful.

Google Halts Gemini's AI Image Generation Amid Diversity Concerns




Owners of Wyze smart home devices, such as dashcams and security cameras, are complaining this morning that their gadgets are unavailable to them and that error messages are being displayed by the apps. According to users in the Wyze Discord, the issues started as early as 4 AM ET, and by 6 AM ET, reports of them had spread widely.


Users report that they are unable to connect to their security cameras via the app in Wyze forum discussions regarding the service outage. Users are unable to control their devices using the app, and cameras seem to be going offline. Some report that their gadgets have vanished from their accounts, or that their apps are failing.




A request for comment or information about the root of the issue was not immediately answered by Wyze, but as of 9:31 AM ET, a post on their customer support site shows the firm is aware of the issue and is investigating it.

Although customer support messages often attribute problems to a "partner service," AWS isn't currently reporting any outages.





Although Wyze produces well-liked home security systems, there have been privacy issues in the past. Wyze attributed a web caching problem to user reports in 2023 claiming to be able to view camera feeds from other people's devices. Users said that in that particular instance, their own gadgets vanished and were replaced by others', including streams that revealed private areas of strangers' residences.


Unveiling the Vulnerabilities: How the Wyze Outage Disrupted Home Security Camera Access




 This summer will mark the formal start of Disney's crackdown on password sharing. Disney Plus accounts "suspected of improper sharing" would have the opportunity to subscribe on their own, according to Disney Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston during a Wednesday earnings call.




Disney also announced that account holders will be able to add people from outside their home for a "additional fee," though it did not specify how much that would cost. "With our exceptional content, we aim to reach as wide an audience as we can," stated Johnston. "We're excited to introduce this new feature in order to enhance customer satisfaction in general and increase the number of subscribers."




Disney Plus and Hulu have revised their terms of service this year to prohibit consumers from sharing their memberships with individuals who are not members of their household. starting January 25, the new terms became effective for new subscribers; however, starting March 14, they will also apply to current members. A variant of paid sharing was previously introduced by Netflix last year; users had to pay an additional $7.99 a month to add a person who wasn't at home.


Disney Plus, which released the beta version of its one-app experience with Hulu last year, is set to launch the experience in March. In addition, the company's earnings report showed that Hulu attracted 1.2 million new members, while Disney Plus lost 1.3 million US and Canadian users as a result of price increases last year.




ESPN, a division of Disney, announced on Tuesday that it will be collaborating with Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery to introduce a new live sports streaming channel. In addition to being accessible to Disney Plus bundle customers with Hulu and ESPN Plus, the as-yet-unnamed service will debut this autumn. In light of dwindling viewership and a contracting ad market, Disney intends to introduce a direct-to-consumer version of ESPN in August 2025, coinciding with the service's announcement.

Disney Plus Summer 2024 Update: Crack Down on Password Sharing





 Danny Sullivan, a representative for Google's company's search team, has verified that the company has gotten rid of links to page caches from its search results page. Sullivan stated about X, "It was meant to help people access pages when way back, you often couldn't depend on a page loading." Things have significantly improved these days. Thus, the decision was made to retire it.





In the past, you could view a webpage as Google views it by using the cache feature, which is helpful for more reasons than just seeing a page that is taking a long time to load. It can also be a very useful news gathering tool, allowing reporters to see exactly what information a company has added (or removed) from a website and a way to see details that people or companies might be trying to scrub from the web. SEO professionals could use it to debug their sites or even keep tabs on competitors. In case a website is restricted in your area, using Google's cache can serve as a fantastic substitute for a VPN.






The cache of a page can usually be accessed in a few different ways. Next to a search result, there was a "Cached" button that could be accessed from the three button menu at the bottom of the "About this result" panel. For those who are knowledgeable, you can also add the prefix "cache:" to a URL before doing a search to instantly get to Google's cached copy. 



Over the past few months, Google's cache links have been gradually removed, albeit it isn't quite finished yet. Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable noticed that the links were completely gone by the end of January after they started to fade sporadically from search results in early December. Danny Sullivan verified in his tweet that the "cache:" search operator will be eliminated "in the near future," along with the removal of the links. 




Even though the cache links are only being removed now, the signs have been there for some time. The cached view was described as a "basically unmaintained legacy feature" by Google developer relations engineer Martin Splitt in the beginning of 2021.


Though Sullivan expects that Google will eventually provide links to the Internet Archive that may be used to display how a webpage has changed over time, it doesn't appear that Google has any immediate plans to replace the service. He warns, "No promises." It involves individuals well beyond me, so we need to talk to them and see where this might all lead. But overall, I believe it would be pleasant.


Google Search is officially retiring search caches