November, 29 2022

🍿 Truth Behind the World Cup Stadiums

A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.

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💻 Twitter Changes Covid-19 Stance

Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy.

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⚖️ Congress Seeks to Avoid Rail Strike

Congress will enact legislation to impose an unpopular contract on rail workers to avoid a potential strike around the holidays.

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💻 Snap's New Remote Work Policy

Staffers at Snap, the makers of Snapchat, have been told that they will need to be in the office four days a week starting in February.

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🍿 Swifties Spark FTC Investigation

After fans could not buy tickets on Ticketmaster for Taylor Swift's upcoming \"Eras\" tour and ticket prices skyrocketed to the thousands, the site canceled the public sale of tickets. Now, a coalition of Senators is demanding answers from the FTC about the bots used by ticket scalpers that the company blamed for the disaster.

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💻 Record Black Friday Weekend Turnout

According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, shoppers showed up in record numbers to shop in person over the holiday weekend, starting with Black Friday. In addition, online sales on Cyber Monday also hit a record number of $11.3 billion.

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🍿 USA Beats Iran

The US men's National Team beat Iran today, advancing to the knockout round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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⚖️ Stewart Rhodes Found Guilty

The leader of the far-right extremist group, the Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Fellow group member Kelly Meggs was convicted on the same charge.

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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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