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Balenciaga Turns East

October 21, 2022
Rolling Stone
The context
The fashion brand Balenciaga has officially cut ties with the rapper Kanye West after West doubled down on antisemitic comments he made on Instagram and during a podcast appearance.
Balenciaga Turns East

Cut it out

  • Kerring, which owns Balenciaga, announced that they have cut ties with the rapper and that it has no future plans for future projects with him after a series of antisemitic outbursts from the rapper.
  • Kanye's appearance during Balenciaga's Spring show at Paris Fashion Week has been deleted by the house and by Vogue Runway.
  • Balenciaga also removed a section from their website showcasing a collaboration between Kanye, Gap, and the house.
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Staffers at NBC and MSNBC are planning a walkout amid layoffs at NBC.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NBC and MSNBC Plan Walkout Amidst Layoffs

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Staffers at NBC and MSNBC are planning a walkout amid layoffs at NBC.
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Walkout imminent

  • Staffers at NBC News and MSNBC are planning a walkout to protest recent layoffs.
  • The NBC Guild says that nearly 300 workers intend to walk off the job on Thursday.
  • The NBC Guild also said that NBC has repeatedly broken the law by illegally terminating hard-working union journalists.
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Disney's DeSantis-Land

February 7, 2023
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The context
The battle between Ron DeSantis and Disney is heating up. A new bill introduced in Florida would give Ron DeSantis the authority to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando. DeSantis and Disney have been at odds since Disney criticized the Florida governor for his anti-LGBTQ policies.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Disney's DeSantis-Land

The context
The battle between Ron DeSantis and Disney is heating up. A new bill introduced in Florida would give Ron DeSantis the authority to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando. DeSantis and Disney have been at odds since Disney criticized the Florida governor for his anti-LGBTQ policies.
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DeSantis takes over

  • Under newly proposed legislation released on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would get to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando, FL.
  • DeSantis promised to take over the district last year after Disney criticized his administration’s anti-LGBTQ policies.
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Recently re-retired Tom Brady announced that he will begin his broadcast career with Fox in the fall of 2024.
Entertainment
Monday, February 6, 2023

Brady's Burgeoning Broadcast Career Begins

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Recently re-retired Tom Brady announced that he will begin his broadcast career with Fox in the fall of 2024.
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Fall debut

  • Tom Brady announced that he will begin his broadcasting career with Fox for the 2024 NFL season.
  • Brady said that he doesn't want to rush into the gig and wants to take the proper time to learn how to be a great broadcaster.
  • Brady recently announced his retirement from the NFL after playing one last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Politics
May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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Ongoing: Formula Shortage

May 19th, 2022

The U.S. has been hit by an infant formula shortage, causing many parents and caregivers to panic as store shelves continue to thin. The formula shortage is due to a combination of factors, and federal help is on the way. 

Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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Bing App Downloads Jump

February 8, 2023
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The context
Since Microsoft announced it would integrate ChatGPT from OpenAI into its search engine Bing, the Bing app has seen a 10x jump in downloads.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Bing App Downloads Jump

The context
Since Microsoft announced it would integrate ChatGPT from OpenAI into its search engine Bing, the Bing app has seen a 10x jump in downloads.
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10 times

  • Microsoft recently released a demonstration of a ChatGPT-enabled Bing.
  • Since announcing that Microsoft would be incorporating the chatbot into its search engine, the Bing app has seen a 10x increase in new downloads.
  • The jump in downloads shows the growing demand for new AI experiences, but users who want access to the new Bing will need to sign up for a waitlist and make Bing their default search engine on their PC or mobile device.
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Google released its new “multisearch” feature, which incorporates Google’s AI to combine text and images in a single response to a user prompt. The feature uses AI technology called Multitask Unified Model, which can make connections across different types of media and information.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Google Tees Up its AI Against Bing

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Google released its new “multisearch” feature, which incorporates Google’s AI to combine text and images in a single response to a user prompt. The feature uses AI technology called Multitask Unified Model, which can make connections across different types of media and information.
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Google’s A.I.-powered ‘multisearch,’ which combines text and images in a single query, goes global

  • Google’s new “multisearch” feature is now available for global users on mobile devices.
  • Multisearch is powered by Google’s AI Mutlitask Unified Model, which can draw connections between different formats of media and information.
  • The combination of words and images will help Google process and understand more complex search queries and will be especially helpful for shopping.
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The context
The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week has risen to 11,000.
Politics
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Death Toll Rises in Syria and Turkey

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The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week has risen to 11,000.
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Death roll rises

  • The death toll from the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday morning surpassed 11,000 on Wednesday morning.
  • Rescuers are continuing to attempt to rescue trapped families, and several successful rescues have continued to provide hope that others will be recovered.
  • Turkey struggled to respond quickly and effectively to the disaster, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the country’s response was improving.
  • The earthquake is the world’s deadliest in more than a decade.
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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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