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I still love my iPhone 14 Pro, but not for the reason I expected

By Christine Romero-Chan | Digital Trends
  • But I really hope to see more apps that make use of Live Activities and Dynamic Island (especially since it may be coming to all iPhone 15 models ), because right now, it’s just losing a bit of its appea.
  • It’s hard for Apple to surprise people these days, but when the Dynamic Island was shown off during the iPhone 14 event, it was definitely unexpected.
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Is Walgreens Stock A Better Pick Over This Giant Retailer?

By Trefis Team, Contributor | Forbes - Markets
  • Although Walgreens WBA is trading at a comparatively lower valuation of 0.3x, trailing revenues than 0.7x for Walmart WMT, this gap in the valuation is justified given the latter’s superior revenue growth, profitability, and lower financial risk, as discussed below.
  • Looking forward, Walmart’s revenue growth over the next three years is expected to be marginally better than Walgreens’.
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The Pros And Cons Of Artificial Intelligence

By Q.ai - Powering a Personal Wealth Movement, Contributor | Forbes - Markets
  • It’s come a long way since then, and we’re starting to see a large number of high profile use cases for the technology being thrust into the mainstream.
  • But with this massive increase in the use of AI in our everyday lives, and algorithms that are constantly improving, what are the pros and cons of this powerful technology?
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Trust just enough: Veza opens platform to GitHub to foster authorization management

By Taryn Plumb | VentureBeat
  • And, securing data at its fundamental level means having the ability to visualize, manage and control authorization metadata, such as roles, groups, policies and permissions, said Thakur.
  • Increasingly, threat actors are using credentials and authorizations — either stolen or improperly granted to malicious insiders within an organization — to access and steal sensitive data.
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EU warns Elon Musk’s Twitter has ‘huge work ahead’ to comply with its strict new rules

By Jon Porter | The Verge
  • Thierry Breton, the commissioner responsible for implementing the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), posted a short video clip of a meeting with CEO Elon Musk, saying that he welcomed Musk’s “intent to get Twitter 2.0 ready for the DSA.”
  • A top European Union official has said that Twitter has “ huge work ahead ” to get ready for the bloc’s strict new rules for online platforms.
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Remembering the Arecibo Observatory Dish, Two Years After Its Collapse

By Isaac Schultz | Gizmodo
  • It happened in less than 10 seconds, two years ago today: The Arecibo Observatory’s 1,000-foot radio dish collapsed, eliminating one of the world’s most renowned sources of radio observations.
  • It was a great research facility for pulsar work—and many other things—and it is basically impossible to replace for U.S. researchers,” said Scott Ransom, a staff astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, in an email to Gizmodo.
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How ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Really Works

By WIRED Staff | Wired
  • This week on Gadget Lab, we dig into the buy now, pay later phenomenon and what it means for the future of shopping.
  • You can always listen to this week's podcast through the audio player on this page, but if you want to subscribe for free to get every episode, here's how:
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Virality! What Is It Good For?

By Katherine Cross | Wired
  • American University philosopher Jonathan Flowers recently tweeted : “A bunch of twitter alternatives are like ‘we don’t have virality, we’re so much better!’ Yeah, you know who depends on virality?
  • You can meet people like yourself—handy if you’re, say, part of the otherwise microscopic cluster of transgender communities.
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Max Levchin’s War on Credit Cards

By Lauren Goode | Wired
  • He will talk about credit cards endlessly, and he’ll skillfully bring it all back, every time, to his company Affirm.
  • Sure, PayPal led the charge in convincing the masses to buy stuff online, but so many people still pay for online purchases with a pre-internet product—old-fashioned credit cards.
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Stopping data leaks with AI, Shield raises $20M

By Tim Keary | VentureBeat
  • Shield’s financial compliance solution uses AI to conduct behavioral analysis and monitor employee activity across communication channels like WhatsApp, Slack and Microsoft Teams to continuously prevent data leaks.
  • One of key providers taking an AI-driven approach to threat prevention is risk intelligence provider Shield, which today announced it has raised $20 million as part of a series B funding round led by Macquarie Capital.
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AI Is Coming for the Thought Leaders

By Derek Thompson | Artificial Intelligence
  • I’ve wanted to type questions into a search bar and, in milliseconds, read the consensus from decades of scientific research.
  • “We started by thinking: How would an expert researcher answer important questions, like Is fish oil good for my heart?
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Telecoms firms investigated for failing to warn UK customers of price rises

By Mark Sweney | Technology | The Guardian
The telecoms regulator has launched an investigation into whether companies are ripping-off mobile and broadband customers by not telling them that they could face bill increases of hundreds of pounds when they sign their contract.Ofcom will investigate the sales practices used in the UK telecoms market – which is dominated by BT, EE, Virgin Media O2, Sky, Vodafone, Three and TalkTalk – after complaints that customers have not been told about mid-contract price rises when they sign up.Telecoms companies make billions of pounds a year by instituting price rises to mobile and broadband bills midway through contract periods, with […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The auction of 100 untouched Indonesian islands offers a unique chance to the super-rich

By Cassie Werber | Quartz
  • At a time when billionaires like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are queuing up to give away their fortunes, and when their efforts are more discredited than ever, wouldn’t it make sense for one of the super-rich to buy these development rights —and then leave the islands alone?
  • Indonesia has a terrible record of protecting its own biodiversity, and for the most part, its palm oil industry is to blame.
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10 Thursday AM Reads

By Barry Ritholtz | The Big Picture
  • In our own experience, we’ve never met anyone who made important financial decisions consistent with being anywhere in the ballpark of zero risk aversion.
  • • A Missing Piece of the SBF Puzzle : In a range of interviews and Twitter threads (see links and excerpts below), SBF explained that he approached financial decisions with little or no aversion to risk.
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Major Asset Classes | November 2022 | Performance Review

By James Picerno | The Capital Spectator
  • Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund (VWO) surged 14.3% last month, the ETF’s first monthly gain since May. Despite an unusually strong rally in November, VWO remains deep in the red for the year to date via a loss of 16.1%.
  • Comparing GMI’s performance to US stocks (VTI) and bonds (BND) over the past year shows that multi-asset-class portfolios continue to rally in line with the recent gains for equities and fixed-income securities.
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Developing countries take tax talks to the UN

Finance & economics
  • Ironically, the resulting deal claims to address a longstanding demand of developing countries: that firms pay more tax in the places where they do business, regardless of where they are resident.
  • Initial estimates from the OECD, before the plan was finalised, suggested that it would boost corporate-tax revenues by about 3-4% in poor countries—a similar proportion as in rich countries, but only around 0.1% of their GDP .
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JP Morgan in talks about swoop on stock trading app Freetrade

Business News - Markets reports and financial news from Sky
  • JP Morgan is in discussions about a takeover of Freetrade, a British stock trading app which targeted a £700m valuation during talks with investors earlier this year.
  • More recently, a report in the Financial Times said Freetrade had called off plans at the start of the year to raise external funding at a £700m valuation amid a rout in technology company valuations.
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