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Record Black Friday Weekend Turnout

November 29, 2022
CNBC, TechCrunch
The context
According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, shoppers showed up in record numbers to shop in person over the holiday weekend, starting with Black Friday. In addition, online sales on Cyber Monday also hit a record number of $11.3 billion.
Record Black Friday Weekend Turnout

Record turnout

  • Shoppers showed up in record numbers from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation.
  • The survey reveals that more than 122.7 million people shopped in person over the holiday weekend.
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Cyber Monday jump

  • Cyber Monday sales soared to $11.3 billion in sales, a jump of 5.8% from last year.
  • The "Cyber Week" sales are expected to reach $35.27 billion.
  • It is unclear whether the surge represents people buying goods on sale due to inflation and whether the pattern will continue into the rest of the holiday season.
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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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The context
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.
Technology
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Google Tees Up its AI Against Bing

The context
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
Microsoft launched the integration between ChatGPT and its search engine, Bing, today. Users aren’t able to interact with the bot yet but can view a demo on the Bing homepage.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

ChatGPT-Enabled Bing Blasts Off

The context
Microsoft launched the integration between ChatGPT and its search engine, Bing, today. Users aren’t able to interact with the bot yet but can view a demo on the Bing homepage.
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ChatGPT goes mainstream

  • Microsoft integrated ChatGPT into Bing and released a demo on the Bing homepage today.
  • The bot aims to provide answers to search queries directly to enhance productivity.
  • Microsoft added a more complex version of GPT, GPT 4, into the search engine, which is able to provide more useful answers, annotate answers and provide up-to-date results with fewer errors.
  • One implication of the integration could be that articles or blogs may get fewer clicks, meaning fewer dollars for publishers from ads.
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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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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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ABC, Newsweek, Fox News, Billboard, The Hill, CNN

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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The context
Staffers at NBC and MSNBC are planning a walkout amid layoffs at NBC.
Entertainment
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NBC and MSNBC Plan Walkout Amidst Layoffs

The context
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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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

The context
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

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.
Entertainment
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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Technology
May 19, 2022

This Week in Tech

Meta caught the attention of researchers and investors. Sony released new earbuds that caught many a gearhead’s attention, and the DOJ declared it would no longer charge “good faith” hackers who partake in security research. 

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Meta-Maniacs

May 18th, 2022

Zuckerberg’s brainchild, the Metaverse, struggles to find lift-off on the markets with mixed results. 

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Sources: Fortune, Microsoft News, Euronews

Sony’s New Earbuds Hit The Market 

May 18th, 2022

Sony’s the name on everybody’s lips today as they announced they are releasing a $200 wireless earbud, and social media is aflame with reviews for their noise-canceling earphones.

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Sources: TechCrunch, TNW, Gizmodo

Good Day To Be a Good Faith Hacker

May 19th, 2022

The DOJ announced on May 19th that they would no longer prosecute so-called “good faith hackers” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The decision protects hackers who expose security flaws in the interest of public good. 

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Sources: TechCrunch, CNET, Vice

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