September, 15 2022

🍿 Federer Retires

Tennis superstar Roger Federer announced via Instagram that he would retire from tennis after playing in the Laver Cup. Federer has dominated the tennis world for over 20 years and is retiring at 41 after injuries and surgeries prevented him from enjoying and playing tennis the way he wanted.

💻 Adobe to Acquire Figma

Adobe is acquiring the online design startup Figma for $20 billion.

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⚖️ More Information from Martha's Vineyard

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took credit for sending a privately chartered plane filled with 50 immigrants to the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. The plane took off from San Antonio, Texas, and the passengers were told they were being sent to Boston.

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⚖️ More from Texas

Two buses of immigrants dropped passengers outside Vice President Kamala Harris's residence in Washington D.C. today. Fox News was staged outside her residence as the buses unloaded.

💻 Ethereum Merge Complete

The long-awaited Ethereum merge, which will change the energy-intensive process to certify ownership of cryptocurrency coins to a proof of stake model, went live today. Ethereum will now no longer rely on the resource-heavy mechanism for mining coins.

⚖️ Senate to Hear Marriage Equality Bill

The Senate will delay voting on a bill to codify same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections, as it is more likely they will have the votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

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⚖️ Amtrack Crisis Averted

Amtrack, the leaders of railroad workers unions, and president Biden all convened to avert a potential strike scheduled for Friday if Amtrack failed to settle with union leaders who demanded better conditions for workers.

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⚖️ House Passes Protections for Civil Service Workers

The House has passed a bill with protections for civil service voters against an executive order signed by President Trump during his final months in office. 'Schedule F' was an executive order that made it easier to fire federal civil service workers and replace them with less-qualified candidates, whom critics of the bill suspected were Trump loyalists. President Biden rescinded the order, but Trump has spoken about his intention to reinstate the order should he be elected.

🍿 Another One for Lively and Reynolds

Actress Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds are expecting their fourth child. Lively revealed her pregnancy on the red carpet at the 10th annual Forbes Power Women's Summit.

💻 California Gets Serious About Social Media and Minors

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act today, which mandates safeguards for minors using social media platforms. The protections include disclosures from social media companies about their misinformation and violent content policies.

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🍿 Cardi B Pleads Guilty

Rapper Cardi B pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges for her role in a bottle-throwing incident in 2018. Instead, she will avoid jail time and serve 15 days of community service.

💻 Shocking Fanbyte Layoffs

The editor-in-chief, the head of media, and other staff writers at Tencent's popular video gaming website Fanbytes were laid off today. The employees said they were given no warning, and the layoffs were a total shock. The site launched in 2018, and it is unclear how widespread the layoffs are.

🍿 Kyrie Irving Shares Infowars Video

Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving shared a 2002 video from Alex Jones's show, Infowars, about supposed secret societies that would bring a plague upon the earth on his Instagram story today. Jones is a notorious conspiracy theorist who is best known for falsely claiming that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged.

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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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