August, 29 2022

💻 YC Names New CEO

Garry Tan has been named the next CEO and President of the technology start-up accelerator, Y Combinator.

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🍿 Radcliffe's Weird Al

The trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story dropped today starring Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al himself. The biopic was written by Yankovic and Eric Appel and will stream on Roku.

⚡️ Shooting in Bend

Two people were shot and killed by a gunman in Bend, Oregon last night by a gunman carrying an AR-15. The gunman was found dead by law enforcement, who responded to the shooting at a Safeway in Bend.

🍿 A New Position for Kaepernick

Former 49s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his girlfriend Nessa Diab announced the birth of the couple's first child. Kaepernick was blacklisted from the NFL after kneeling during the national anthem to protest the country's treatment of Black Americans and police brutality. He and Diab have been romantically linked since 2015.

💻 Impending Antitrust Suit Hangs Over Apple

The Justice Department is reportedly in the early stages of preparing an antitrust suit against Apple. The DOJ has been investigating the tech giant over allegations that they use their market influence to stifle other smaller tech companies and app developers.

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🍿 Foley's Back in Town

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, the third sequel in the lineup of the Beverly Hills Cop movies, which catapulted Eddie Murphy to stardom, added Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige to its casting lineup. The long-awaited sequel will stream on Netflix.

💻 Musk Calls Mudge to the Stand

Elon Musk's legal team has subpoenaed Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko as part of their ongoing legal battle with Twitter over Musk's withdrawal from his deal to buy the platform. Mudge published a whistleblower report over Twitter's security deficiencies and claimed that Twitter downplays the amount of bot activity on the platform as part of a pattern of intentionally deceptive practices. Mudge will be deposed on September 9th.

💻 FTC Sues Kochava

The Federal Trade Commission is suing the data broker Kochava for selling sensitive geolocation data that could be used to prosecute individuals for seeking reproductive services. Kochava sells location data as part of its app-analytics tracking offering, and the FTC is now demanding they cease selling and collecting location data.

💻 Meta's on Board with NFTs

Users of Instagram and Facebook can now post NFTs on the platforms and link them to their digital wallets. The latest update is an extension of Meta's recent expansions to allow users to integrate NFTs on its various platforms.

⚖️ Senator Graham Shares His Predictions

During an appearance on Fox News, Senator Lindsay Graham predicted 'riots in the streets' if Trump is indeed prosecuted for illegally withholding documents from the National Archives and storing them at Mar-a-Lago.

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⚖️ Biden Administration Bolsters Monkeypox Vaccine Production

The Biden administration announced today they are allocating $11 million in funding to Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help boost the production of the Jynneos smallpox vaccine, which is being administered to prevent the spread of monkeypox.

⚖️ DOJ Completes Initial Review

The Department of Justice has begun the process of reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, deciding to set aside records that are covered by the attorney-client privilege.

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💻 Sony Acquires Savage Game Studios

Sony is acquiring Savage Game Studios for an undisclosed amount. The announcement today, they revealed that Savage Game Studios would join the PlayStation Studios Mobile Division to build new games for PlayStation.

🍿 Serena's Last Bow

The U.S. Open kicked off today, and in addition to featuring surprising upsets and terrific tennis, this tournament will be Serena Williams's last. She announced that after the U.S. Open, she would retire from tennis to focus on her VC fund and family.

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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.
Technology
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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