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According to Clément Delangue, CEO of Hugging Face, more founders are looking to sell their AI startups. Delangue says he is currently receiving inquiries from about ten founders a week who are interested in being acquired. Hugging Face itself recently announced the acquisition of Argilla for $10 million. This is the fourth acquisition for the New York startup, which raised $235 million from investors last year and is valued at $4.5 billion. Argilla develops software that allows people to collaboratively improve data sets to train artificial intelligence. Argilla's 13 employees will become part of Hugging Face, but will continue to operate independently under the same name.

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Microsoft has released a set of vision models called Florence 2. Florence 2 is a prompt-based vision model designed for computer vision and image processing tasks such as image description, object recognition, localization, and segmentation. According to Microsoft, Florence 2 can outperform other specialized and larger vision models in some tasks. To train Florence, Microsoft created the FLD-5B dataset, which contains 5.4 billion annotations for 126 million images. The models come in two sizes, with 0.23B and 0.77B parameters, and are available on Hugging Face for commercial use under the MIT license.

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TikTok has launched Symphony Digital Avatars, a generative AI tool that allows creators and brands to create AI avatars of real people for branded content. The tool offers stock avatars, pre-built avatars created with paid actors, and custom avatars representing a creative or brand spokesperson. With the Symphony AI Dubbing AI tool, content can be translated into more than 10 languages. TikTok is also launching the Symphony Collective, an advisory board to provide feedback on TikTok's AI marketing solutions.

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Introducing Symphony Digital Avatars, to help creators and brands captivate global audiences and deliver impactful messages in an immersive and authentic way. Check out our Newsroom to learn more.

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Apple has released 20 new Core ML models and 4 datasets on the Hugging Face platform to help developers build AI applications that run directly on devices. The models cover areas such as image classification, deep segmentation, and semantic segmentation, and are optimized to run on Apple devices without a network connection. Apple is working closely with Hugging Face to advance initiatives such as the MLX community and the integration of open-source AI into Apple Intelligence capabilities.

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