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This news item is part of the top 5 news (Week 4, Feb 2024) specially curated for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

Google made a couple of important announcements related to AI. First is they are bringing Gemini AI into Google workspace. Google workspace, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, and all of it, that you are probably used to, will be getting Gemini AI built into it. You can opt in using new paid plans. It’s called Gemini Business Plans and you can either go for an Enterprise version or a regular version. Pass this information on to your administrative team. The second big news is about Google building Gemini AI into Performance Max ad campaigns. If you’ve been running this Performance Max ad campaigns, you will now start seeing Gemini coming in to help you with creating text assets and also image assets. They are building their powerful ImageGen 2 model into this. An important information that your ministry advertising team needs to know. We will link to all the details in the show notes.

Here is the full list of the news items from Week 4, Feb 2024 with source links from Gemini AI, WhatsApp, Nvidia, Instagram, X.

🗞️ News 1: Google Launches ‘Gemini Business’; Brings AI into Performance Max       

Source: Gemini | Google Ads 

🗞️ News 2: Instagram Expands ‘Creator Marketplace’ to Eight New Countries     

Source: Meta

🗞️ News 3: Nvidia Launches ‘Chat with RTX’ AI Chatbot That Runs Locally on a PC    

Source: Nvidia

🗞️ News 4: X Starts Rolling Out Audio, Video Calls Feature for Non-Premium Users       

Source: X

🗞️ News 5: WhatsApp Brings New ‘Text Formatting’ Including Lists, Block Quotes 

Source: WhatsApp

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