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Scarlett Johansson brings receipts to OpenAI controversy

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OpenAI announced this week that it would remove Sky, one of the voices used by its new GPT-4o model, after users discovered it sounded eerily similar to Scarlett Johansson’s AI character in Her. The actress released a statement saying she had hired legal counsel to question how the voice was developed. While the company claims the voice is not based on Johansson’s, the actress said she was previously approached by OpenAI about using her voice for the model.

The U.S. Department of Justice and 30 state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, alleging antitrust practices. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference that Live Nation “stifled competition.” The lawsuit comes after lawmakers deepened their investigation into the entertainment giant’s control over the industry. The lawsuit was sparked by Taylor Swift fans’ failed attempts to buy tickets for the Eras tour in late 2022.

Techstars also underwent a major shakeup this week. CEO Maëlle Gavet announced that she will be leaving the company at the end of the month, and co-founder and board chairman David Cohen will replace her. Gavet’s leadership style has been controversial during her tenure. A TechCrunch investigation found that the company had an “autocratic and punitive” culture that led to a large number of employee turnover.

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