December, 15 2022

⚖️ House Passes Referendum on Puerto Rico

The House passed a referendum offering Puerto Rico its' first-ever vote to decide on independence, full U.S. statehood, or sovereignty.

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💻 Trump Turns to NFTs

Former President Trump announced a line of NFT trading cards featuring images of the president as a superhero or a cowboy.

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⚖️ Would-Be Whitmer Kidnappers Sentenced

The three men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer were sentenced today. Paul Bellar was sentenced to a minimum of seven years, Joseph Morrison was sentenced to ten years, and Pete Musico was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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💻 PayPal and MetaMask Partner Up

PayPal is teaming up with the crypto wallet company, MetaMask to offer users an easier way to buy crypto.

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💻 Coolant Leak on the Soyuz Spacecraft

A coolant leak on the Russian Soyuz Spacecraft caused two Russian Astronauts and one American astronaut to cancel a planned spacewalk. The spacecraft is docked at the International Space Station, and the astronauts are not in any danger, but their ride home may be out of commission thanks to the leak.

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🍿 Henry Cavill Won't Return to Superman or The Witcher

Henry Cavill announced that he would return to the role of Superman in October, but then this week, he told fans he would no longer be returning as Clark Kent under James Gunn and Peter Safran's new DC comics leadership. Cavill was recast in the series The Witcher in response to the October news, but he will not return to the Witcher even though he won't take up the role of Superman after all.

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⚖️ Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Convicted

The Texas police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson was found guilty of manslaughter today. The officer shot and killed Jefferson through her bedroom window as he responded to a call from a neighbor.

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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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