November, 30 2022

⚖️ Respect For Marriage Act Passes

The Senate voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex and interracial marriage.

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💻 DoorDash Layoffs

DoorDash announced it has laid off 1,250 employees in an effort to rein in operating costs for the post-pandemic era.

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💻 Sony Steps Into the Metaverse

Sony released a new motion tracking system designed to project your movements onto an avatar in the Metaverse called \"Mocopi,\" which will retail for about $358.

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🍿 Spotify Wraps 2022

Spotify Wrapped dropped today, and this year they added a feature that gives users their \"music personality.\" Bad Bunny is also the most streamed artist on Spotify for the third year in a row.

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💻 Robots That Kill

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve a measure that will allow police to use ground-based robots to kill suspects in instances where \"risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.\" The SFPD does not currently own any robots equipped to kill people.

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⚖️ Hakeem Jeffries Steps into Pelosi's Shoes

House Democrats have elected Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi, making him the first Black legislator to lead a party in Congress.

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⚖️ House Votes to Avert Rail Strike

The House voted to pass a resolution to avert a potential rail strike ahead of the holiday season. The House added a provision to provide rail workers with paid sick leave to appease union workers who were upset about the conditions of the resolution.

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⚡️ Powell Slows Interest Rate Hikes

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced that the Fed will continue to raise interest rates to fight inflation but that the hikes will be in smaller increments until they hit the 2 percent annual target. After Powell's announcement, the Dow jumped 300 points, and the S&P rebounded after a three-day losing streak.

🍿 FIFA Changes Its Mind

FIFA assured spectators that rainbow items and banners or signs protesting the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Qatar or supporting protests in Iran would be allowed at World Cup stadiums. FIFA made the announcement a day after Iran was eliminated from the tournament and after spectators reported that rainbow or protest items were seized by stadium security.

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💻 SpaceX Raises Prices in Ukraine

SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.

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🍿 Fleetwood Mac's Songbird Passes Away

Christie McVie, the Fleetwood Mac star responsible for the songwriting behind hits like \"Everywhere,\" passed away today at 79. The band posted a message, grieving the loss of the talented musician and songwriter. McVie was a devoted, original member of the band and had a successful solo career as well.

💻 Bret Taylor Steps Down at Salesforce

Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.

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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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