August, 23 2022

🍿 Durant Sticks to the Team He Knows

Durant initially asked for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on June 30th, and he reiterated his desire to leave in a meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai in London. Instead, Durant will stay in Brooklyn as his four-year, $198 million extension kicks in this season.

🍿 Archetypes Starts Streaming

The new show from Meghan Markle, Archetypes, started streaming on Spotify today. The podcast is the former Duchess's first, the first result of a potentially lucrative partnership between Markle and her husband Prince Harry's production company and Spotify. The first episode features tennis star Serena Williams.

🍿 Buckle Up for Another Batman

Matt Reeves will write and direct a sequel to his blockbuster, \"The Batman,\" which made Warner Bros. $770.8 million worldwide. He also signed on with Warner Bros. to direct Colin Farrell in a spinoff of \"The Penguin.\"

⚖️ FBI's Urgency Explained

A letter from the National Archives revealed the cause for the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago. According to the letter written by the the head of the National Archives, Trump's team had refused to comply with orders to return some of the government's most classified documents on multiple occasions by withholding documents from NARA. The FBI found more than 300 additional classified documents at Mar-a-Lago this August after NARA expressed alarm when they discovered Trump's team still withheld documents after the first round of seizures back in January.

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⚖️ Whitmer's Potential Kidnappers Convicted

The two men who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were convicted today. The verdict was decided by a federal jury in Michigan after the prosecutor appealed an earlier decision by another jury not to convict the men.

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💻 Twitter Whistleblower's Report

The former security chief of Twitter, Peiter Zatko, has accused the platform of having \"egregious deficiencies\" in its security protocol and pointed out significant flaws in its cyber security systems.

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🍿 Morty in the MultiVersus

Players can now mash up Morty from the TV Show \"Rick and Morty\" against other characters from DC Comics, Cartoon Network, and Looney Tunes in MultiVersus from Warner Bros. Games.

⚖️ Paul Pelosi in Hot Water

The husband of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had pled guilty to driving under the influence in a crash in Napa, California, in May. Paul Pelosi will serve eight hours of community service and spend three years on probation.

⚖️ Officers Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Won't Face Charges

The officers who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta won't face charges after a specially appointed prosecutor ruled that the two officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, acted reasonably. The officers killed Brooks in June 2020 outside of a fast food restaurant after the officers attempted to arrest him for driving under the influence.

⚖️ First Plea in the Breonna Taylor Case

Kelly Goodlett, a former Louisville, Kentucky police detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify a search warrant application used by the officers who conducted a no-knock search on Breonna Taylor's apartment. Taylor was shot and killed during the search. She is the first police officer to be convicted over the March 2020 raid.

💻 Yelp Addresses Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Yelp will begin flagging crisis pregnancy centers to help users seeking reproductive care end up in the right place for their needs. The new listing criteria will alert users that crisis pregnancy centers do not offer abortion services and do not typically offer medical services.

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💻 Apple Rolls Out Beta for iPad 16

Apple released the iPadOS 16 beta software update to developers today to test the update. The update for the iPad will be released this fall separately from the update for iOS devices. The new update features Stage Manager, a new feature for Apple devices that lets users manage their different applications in a theater-type view.

💻 Capitol Records Drops AI Rapper

The activist group Industry Blackout wrote an open letter to Capitol Records, describing the label's artificial intelligence-based, virtual reality rapper FN Meka as a caricature of a Black rapper, an amalgamation of harmful stereotypes, and offensive to the Black community. FN Meka is a virtual musician and his music includes lyrics with the N-word, despite being created and manned by the two white founders of Factory New. In response to backlash, Capitol Records cut ties with the project today and apologized for its insensitivity.

⚖️ Charlie Crist Wins Florida Primary

Charlie Crist beat out State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Democratic primary to run against Governor Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor in November.

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ChatGPT Earns an MBA

January 25, 2023
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The viral chatbot created by OpenAI, ChatGPT, passed an MBA exam given by a Wharton professor. The bot got a B on the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Politics
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

ChatGPT Earns an MBA

The viral chatbot created by OpenAI, ChatGPT, passed an MBA exam given by a Wharton professor. The bot got a B on the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
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ChatGPT passes MBA exam given by a Wharton professor

  • ChatGPT-3 passed the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration.
  • The test was administered and graded by Professor Christian Terwiesch, who authored a paper about the test called "Would Chat GPT3 Get a Wharton MBA? A Prediction Based on Its Performance in the Operations Management Course."
  • The bot scored between a B- and B on the exam and did an "amazing" job at basic operations management and process analysis questions.
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The context
Eight states and the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google for monopolizing the online advertising industry. The suit alleges that Google purposefully locked out competitors to claim profits that belonged to advertisers and publishers.
Technology
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Justice Department Versus Google

Eight states and the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google for monopolizing the online advertising industry. The suit alleges that Google purposefully locked out competitors to claim profits that belonged to advertisers and publishers.
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What's in the suit?

  • The Justice Department and eight states filed a suit against Google for abusing its position at the center of the online advertising industry to create a monopoly and claim profits that should have gone to advertisers and publishers.
  • The allegations in the suit also include charges that Google bought up competition and strong-armed advertisers into using Google over other competitors.
  • Google runs an automated auction when you load a site to find advertisers who are willing to pay to show their ads.
  • The suit won't have any immediate impact on users.
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Shutterstock has added a generative AI toolkit to its Creative Flow online design platform after inking a deal with OpenAI. Users can generate images with OpenAI's DALL-E 2 based on text prompts.
Technology
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Shutterstock Rolls Out Generative AI Toolkit

Shutterstock has added a generative AI toolkit to its Creative Flow online design platform after inking a deal with OpenAI. Users can generate images with OpenAI's DALL-E 2 based on text prompts.
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AI toolkit

  • Shutterstock and OpenAI partnered to offer users of its online design platform Creative Flow to generate images based on text prompt with DALL-E 2.
  • The images are ready for licensing right after they are generated on the platform.
  • Shutterstock's partnership with OpenAI is exciting for both as image generators become more and more mainstream.
  • The partnership could set Shutterstock apart by integrating it into the Creative Flow platform.
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