October, 19 2022

💻 New Pictures of the Pillars of Creation

The newest photos from the James Webb Telescope provided new photos of the Pillars of Creation, which are dense clouds of gas and dust where new stars are forming.

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💻 DOE and Battery Manufacturers Crossover

The Department of Energy awarded $2.8 billion to domestic battery producers to boost the production of batteries for electric vehicles and the electrical grid.

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💻 BMW Brings Electric Production Stateside

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💻 Tesla Tank

Tesla missed Wall Street's estimates for its third-quarter revenue, delivering fewer vehicles than expected. The news sent shares falling today.

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⚖️ Next Round of Eastman Emails

A California judge has ruled that new emails from John Eastman about Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election be turned over to the Jan 6th Committee. Eastman served as a legal advisor to Trump leading up to the Capitol riot.

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⚡️ Putin Orders Martial Law in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered martial law in the Russian-occupied and illegally annexed territories of Ukraine as Ukrainian forces rapidly approached the territories. The order could mean mass deportations of Ukrainian citizens out of the occupied areas and new wartime measures for Russian citizens.

⚖️ Circle K Strain

The Florida gas station chain, Circle K, will start selling marijuana products next year after signing a partnership with Green Thumb Industries.

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🍿 Paul Haggis Trial Begins

The trials of Paul Haggis and Danny Masterson, both high-profile Scientologists, began this week. Haggis is on trial for assaulting a 26-year-old woman in a suit filed in 2017. Masterson is on trial for three counts of rape.

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⚖️ Pence's Warning

During former vice president Mike Pence's remarks at a Heritage Foundation event in Washington, he warned against the growing tide of populism within the Republican party. He also admonished Putin apologists who were unwilling to stand up to the Russian president over his attack on Ukraine.

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⚖️ Trump Deposed

Former president Donald Trump deposed today in a defamation suit filed by E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of assaulting her in the 1980s.

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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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