August, 09 2022

⚖️ FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

The FBI raided former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago yesterday. President Trump was in New York City at the time of the raid, which seemed to be focused on seizing documents from his home.

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🍿 RIP Issey Miyake

The Japanese fashion designer renowned for his bold style, Issey Miyake, passed away at age 84 on Friday. His family released the news of his death to local media, and fans of the designer were quick to respond, remembering him for his mix of traditional and modern approaches to design.

🍿 Williams Announces Retirement

Serena Williams took to Vogue Magazine to announce her upcoming retirement from tennis. Williams was unclear exactly when she would retire, but she called it one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make. She will presumably begin to phase out after the upcoming US Open.

⚖️ Taiwan Begins Drills

Taiwan has begun two days of military drills which simulate defending the island against an attack from China. Taiwan says the exercises were already scheduled and are not in response to Chinese drills that have been hammering Taiwan's airspace and surrounding waters with missiles.

⚡️ Blasts Near Crimea

Blasts have been heard near Crimea in Russia, and Ukraine has taken credit for the alleged strikes on the Russian-occupied airbase.

⚖️ CHIPS Bill Signed into Law

President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Bill into law today to boost domestic production of semiconductor chips through a series of subsidies available to companies like Intel to build out their chip-manufacturing capabilities.

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💻 Google Goes After Apple

Google launched a new campaign in an attempt to publicly shame Apple into improving texting between Android and iOS users, and it is pretty petty.

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🍿 RIP Lamont Dozier

Lamont Dozier passed away today at the age of 81. Dozier was one-third of Motown's most powerful hit machine and wrote the hit \"You Can't Hurry Love\" by the Supremes.

💻 Ford's Newest Truck, at a Cost

Ford is finally taking new orders for its electric F-150 Lightning truck, but with the caveat of a $7,000 price hike.

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⚖️ Another Step Towards NATO

President Biden signed off on Sweden and Finland's applications to join NATO today after the Senate approved the nordic nations' application. The 30 other member nations of NATO must also ratify Finland and Sweden's applications.

🍿 Lynch Arrested in Vegas

Former NFL player Marshawn Lynch was arrested in Las Vegas this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Lynch was arrested for a DUI in 2014 but negotiated the charges down to reckless driving.

⚖️ No Further Indictment in Emmet Till Case

A Mississippi Grand Jury declined to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter. Donham accused the young Emmet Till of inappropriate advances, which resulted in his brutal murder. In June, a team searching Mississippi court archives found the original warrant for Donham's arrest over her false accusations seventy years ago.

🍿 Cam Smith Will LIV It Up

No. 2 Golfer in the world, Cam Smith, has reportedly left the PGA tour to sign with the Saudi-backed tournament, LIV Golf. He was allegedly lured away with the promise of $100 million.

💻 Coinbase Reports Quarter 2 Earnings

Coinbase fell short of experts' quarter two expectations. The platform reported an almost 64% drop in revenue in Q2 at $808.3 million as the crypto winter continues to rage on. It also noted a declining number of users and assets stored on the platform.

⚖️ Scott Perry's Phone Seized

Representative Scott Perry told Fox News that the FBI seized his phone with a warrant today. The Republican Representative was with his family when the FBI approached him.

💻 Former Twitter Employee Convicted

A former Twitter employee was convicted today for failing to register as an agent of Saudi Arabia while employed by the social media platform. Ahmad Abouammo accessed user data from 6,000 accounts, some of which had been flagged by Saudi Arabian officials for their content criticizing the regime.

🍿 Judge Denies LIV Golfers

A Judge ruled to block three LIV golfers, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and Matt Jones, from playing in the upcoming PGA Tour playoffs in Memphis, Tennessee. The three sought a temporary restraining order which would have allowed them to bypass the PGA Tour's ban on any LIV golfers hoping to participate in the playoffs. They are part of a group of 11 LIV golfers involved in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA.

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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

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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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