Musk looks to charge everyone for X, YouTube bans ads on Russell Brand channel

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has suggested that all users of X, formerly called Twitter, may have to pay for access to the platform. In a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the billionaire said a payment system was the only way to counter bots. “We’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the system,” the Tesla and SpaceX boss said. The BBC approached X for further details but has not yet received a statement from the company. It is unclear whether this was just an off-the-cuff comment, or a signal of firmer plans that have yet to be announced. BBC 

YouTube has suspended adverts on videos by Russell Brand after the comedian was accused of rape and sexual assault. The Google-owned company said it had suspended the monetisation of Brand’s channel for “violating our Creator Responsibility policy”. It comes after four women made sexual abuse allegations against the star between 2006 and 2013 as part of an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches. Brand, 48, denies any allegations against him.  Sky News 

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has revealed that Brits need to charge their electric vehicle less than once a week to fit in their normal full week of driving. On average, Brits drive 127 miles a week with the most common uses being grocery shopping (11 miles), visiting friends and family (22 miles) and shopping for other goods (7 miles).  A single charge typically lasts up to 250 miles meaning the average household in the UK would need to charge their electric vehicle less than once a week, this is despite around two-fifths (41%) of drivers believing they would have to charge their cars every three days. Tech Digest 

Despite nearly half of drivers (47%) thinking electric vehicles will fit into their lifestyle there are still several barriers to purchase. The cost of batteries fell by nearly 10 per cent in August, taking them past a key milestone that is seen by energy analysts as a “tipping point” to supercharge the transition to electric vehicles. The price of lithium-ion battery cells, which power everything from smartphones to the International Space Station, fell below $100/ kilowatthour (kWh) last month – a 33 per cent drop from March 2022 and an 8.7 per cent month-on-month drop. Independent 

It looks like the initial hype surrounding generative AI is running out of steam. But according to Mustafa Suleyman, one of the cofounders of DeepMind, generative artificial intelligence is just a phase before the next wave: interactive AI, where machines perform multi-step tasks on their own by talking to other AIs and even people. Suleyman gave his opinion on the state of AI in an interview with MIT Technology Review last week. Techspot

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Microsoft court documents show plans to remaster The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and Fallout 3as well as other unannounced games like a new Doom game, Dishonored 3, and more. According to The Verge reporter Tom Warren, who shared a tweet today, “A massive amount of highly confidential and unredacted Microsoft docs have leaked as part of the FTC v. Microsoft case. They were attached to a single file and incorrectly hidden and posted publicly. A huge error that has led to a giant leak. More to come.” Tech Radar

Alongside new iPhones and Apple Watches, Apple is releasing a new version of its AirPods Pro this month. The 2nd Generation AirPods Pro with USB-C — a mouthful of a model name — don’t have any radical hardware changes. Apple replaced the proprietary Lightning port with a USB-C charger to match the rest of its lineup. But a slew of software features…will make it much easier for AirPods Pro users to leave their earbuds in all day while navigating cities or talking to co-workers. CNBC

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