Bobby Allyn Bobby Allyn is a technology correspondent at NPR based in Los Angeles.
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Bobby Allyn is a technology correspondent based in Los Angeles.

He reports on Big Tech, startups, social media, artificial intelligence, surveillance and privacy issues, tech litigation, Silicon Valley culture and other tech-related topics.

He's covered TikTok's battle against U.S. regulators, the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes and Elon Musk's hostile take-over of Twitter.

He came to Los Angeles after stints in San Francisco, Washington and Philadelphia where he covered criminal justice at member station WHYY. He helped lead NPR's reporting of Bill Cosby's two criminal trials.

At other points in life, Allyn has been a staff reporter at Nashville Public Radio and daily newspapers including The Oregonian in Portland and The Tennessean in Nashville. His work has also appeared in BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, a former mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Allyn is the son of a machinist and a church organist. He's a dedicated bike commuter and long-distance runner. He is a graduate of American University in Washington.

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Friday

Artificial Intelligence and Trump on trial. David McNew/AFP; Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

2 artists claim credit for ‘All eyes on Rafah.’ The internet's most viral AI image

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Amirul Shah (left) is a college student and photography enthusiast. Zila Abka is a science teacher, anAI art hobbyist and a pro-Palestinian activist. Amirul Shah and Zila Abka hide caption

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Friday

Scarlett Johansson arrives at the BAFTA Film Awards in London last year. Johansson says she was stunned when OpenAI unveiled a voice assistant that sounded eerily similar to her. New lab analysis suggests she has a point.
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Wednesday

OpenAI faces new scrutiny on AI safety

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Friday

Will AI search engines lead to the death of the website? Some fear they will

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Tuesday

Scarlett Johansson demands answers about the voice for ChatGPT's personal assistant

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Monday

When OpenAI announced its latest ChatGPT last week, the AI voice it used in its demo was quickly compared to Scarlett Johansson's voice in the 2013 sci-fi film "Her," but now the company says it is pulling the voice. Leon Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

OpenAI releases latest ChatGPT — it can talk, laugh and even sing like a human

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Tuesday

TikTok sued the Biden administration in response to a new law that bans the video app in the U.S. unless it is sold in the next 12 months. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Tuesday

TikTok's suit is in response to a law passed by Congress giving ByteDance up to a year to divest from TikTok and find a new buyer, or face a nationwide ban. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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TikTok challenges U.S. ban in court, calling it unconstitutional

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Monday

What a TikTok ban would mean for creators who rely on the platform to make a living

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Social media creator Lauren-Ashley Beck has more than 500,000 TikTok followers. Money she earns on the platform is now her largest source of income. Grace Widyatmadja/NPR hide caption

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Possible TikTok ban could be 'an extinction-level event' for the creator economy

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Biden gives TikTok a year to find a buyer or be banned

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Monday

A TikTok ban in the United States took a step closer to becoming a reality

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Saturday

Friday

An Instagram page where the user has hidden their entire photo grid. The trend is being led by younger members increasingly concerned for their privacy. NPR hide caption

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Friday

Some California users of Google were not able to access local news on Friday after the tech giant restricted news links in the state in response to a bill that would force the tech giant to pay publishers. Don Ryan/AP hide caption

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