July, 27 2022

💻 Upgrading GTA 6

The popular video game Grand Theft Auto 6 will reportedly feature its first female playable character. She will be Latina, and players will roam the wild streets of Miami.

🍿 Mendes Shutters World Tour

Singer Shawn Mendes took to social media to announce that he was canceling the remainder of his tour dates in the US and Europe after postponing the past few weeks of shows. Mendes says he decided to cancel the shows to protect his mental health.

⚖️ Out of Isolation

President Biden announced he is out of Covid-19 isolation after following quarantine protocols at the White House Rose Garden. He said his symptoms were mild and that his recovery was easy. He will continue wearing a mask around others for ten days per CDC guidelines.

🍿 Lachey Catches Flack

The host of the Netflix show \"Love is Blind\" has come under fire for her comments about why the show doesn't have a more body-diverse cast. In an interview, she says that contestants with diverse bodies do not make the show because they are too \"insecure\" to make it past the talking stage of the show or to try out for the show at all.

⚖️ Lasry Bites the Wisconsin Dust

Alec Lasry, the senior vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks and candidate for Senator in Wisconsin, announced today that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse fellow Democratic candidate, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes. Lasry said the most important thing is to defeat incumbent Senator Ron Johnson.

🍿 Pinocchio by Toro

The new trailer for a stop motion \"Pinocchio\" directed by Guillermo del Toro dropped today. The cast features Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, John Turturro, and David Bradley. It will debut on Netflix in December.

🍿 Covering the First Lady of Ukraine

British Vogue published a special global digital cover story on Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine. In the edition, she and her husband speak about the Ukraine war and their personal life.

💻 Exciting August for Gamers

Sony has ensured that August will be an exciting month for Playstation gamers. The games Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, and Little Nightmares will be free to download for Playstation Plus users.

💻 Truly Unstoppable Domain

The Web3 startup Unstoppable Domains raised $65 million in Series A funding, reaching a $1 billion valuation.

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⚖️ CHIPS is a Go

The Senate passed the CHIPS Act to subsidize the domestic production of semiconductor chips. The bill will provide a $280 billion boost to chip production to compete with Asia.

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⚡️ Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again

The Federal Reserve voted to increase interest rates by 0.75 of a percentage point in a second hike to try and fight rising inflation. The vote was unanimous in favor of raising interest rates to try and curb inflation without triggering a recession.

⚖️ Biden Proposes a Strategic Trade

President Biden has proposed freeing Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. The secretary of state, Antony Blinken, will speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the proposed swap.

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⚖️ House Passes Anti-Human Trafficking Bill

The House passed an anti-human trafficking bill on Tuesday. Today, the press caught wind of the Republicans who voted against the bill, which sent social media into a frenzy. Among the 20 Republicans who voted against the bill are Representative Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor-Green, and Lauren Boebert.

💻 Rivian Layoffs Begin

Rivian has begun to lay off 6% of its workforce to restructure the electric-truck making company. Employees who are laid off will get 14 weeks of regular pay and health coverage. The layoffs are meant to help the truck maker cut costs while ramping up production of their vehicle models and increasing profits.

💻 Meta's Rare Miss

Meta has posted its first-ever quarterly revenue decline in Q2 and announced that its chief financial officer, David Wehner, will become its chief strategy officer.

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⚖️ The Democratic Agenda Rides Again

Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are proposing a new Democratic spending agenda. The pair authored the new bill that includes measures to address climate change, taxes on the wealthy, and healthcare reforms.

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💻 Ai Thinks You'll Like This Instagram

During the announcement of Meta's disappointing Q2 earnings, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Instagram will double down on showing users content generated by Meta's AI, not from the creators or friends you follow. By the end of next year, over 30% of the content in your feed will be recommended, not content from the people you follow.

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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

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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Disney's DeSantis-Land

February 7, 2023
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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 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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Mercedes Benz is bringing the electric sprinter van to North America in 2023.
Mercedes Benz is bringing the electric sprinter van to North America in 2023.
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Electric sprint begins

  • Mercedes is releasing the largest version of its electric sprinter van in North America in 2023.
  • The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter has excellent mileage both on the highways and in cities.
  • The van can charge with alternating current and direct current.
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