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Quick Take: Hitachi/Google Cloud AI Partnership

Hitachi and Google Cloud announced a multi-year partnership to drive enterprise innovation and productivity using generative AI. Hitachi will establish a new business unit that addresses industry challenges with AI technologies like Gemini models and Vertex AI. The partnership also helps expand Hitachi’s Lumada digital business and improve operational efficiencies within the Hitachi Group.

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Quick Take: Microsoft Corp. and G42 Digital Investments in Kenya

Microsoft and G42 announced a substantial digital investment initiative in Kenya, partnering with the Republic of Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy.

The initiative, supported by an initial $1 billion investment arranged by G42, aims to enhance Kenya’s digital infrastructure, AI capabilities, and connectivity, fostering the region’s digital transformation and economic growth.

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Microsoft New Phi-3 Model Additions

This week at the Microsoft Build 2024 conference, the tech giant announced an exciting set of updates to its Phi-3 family of small, open models. The news includes the introduction of Phi-3-vision, a multimodal model that combines language and vision capabilities, providing developers with powerful tools for generative AI applications.

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Quick Take: IBM and Salesforce Strategic Partnership

At IBM Think in Boston this week, IBM and Salesforce announced an expanded strategic partnership integrating IBM’s watsonx AI and Data Platform capabilities with the Salesforce Einstein 1 Platform. This collaboration gives enterprise customers great choice and flexibility in AI and data deployment.

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