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Google CEO tells employees Gemini AI blunder ‘unacceptable’
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Google CEO tells employees Gemini AI blunder ‘unacceptable’

In a memo Tuesday evening, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the company’s artificial intelligence mistakes, which led to Google taking its Gemini image-generation feature offline for further testing.Pichai called the issues “problematic” and said they “have offended our users and shown bias.” The news was first reported by Semafor.Google introduced the image generator earlier this month through Gemini, the company’s main group of AI models. The tool allows users to enter prompts to create an image. Over the past week, users discovered historical inaccuracies that went viral online, and the company pulled the feature last week, saying it would relaunch it in the coming weeks.“I know that some of its responses have offended our users and shown bias — to be clear, that’s completely unacc...
Judge denies Trump request to post $100M bond instead of ‘impossible’ $464M penalty in N.Y. fraud case
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Judge denies Trump request to post $100M bond instead of ‘impossible’ $464M penalty in N.Y. fraud case

A New York appeals court judge on Wednesday denied a request by former President Donald Trump’s attorneys to delay enforcement of the recent $464 million judgment against him, his sons and his company.Trump's lawyers had asked the judge to instead allow the former president to post a $100 million bond instead of the statutorily required full amount.In a brief ruling after an emergency hearing, Justice Anil C. Singh rejected the request to reduce the bond amount but granted other requests the Trumps were asking for, including allowing them to continue to borrow money. Singh's order is temporary until a full panel of appeals court judges weighs in on the matter.In a filing Wednesday with the state Appellate Division, Trump's attorneys said it would be "impossible" for the billionaire to p...
Nottingham Forest v Manchester United, Liverpool v Southampton: FA Cup – live | FA Cup
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Nottingham Forest v Manchester United, Liverpool v Southampton: FA Cup – live | FA Cup

FA Cup quarter-final drawWolves or Brighton v Coventry CityNottingham Forest or Manchester United v Liverpool or SouthamptonChelsea or Leeds v Leicester CityManchester City v Newcastle UnitedShareUpdated at 14.10 ESTKey eventsShow key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this featureWhat’s happening at Molineux, you ask? Well, Brighton are camped in the Wolves half but not making anything happen – and suddenly Pedro Neto is away on the break! He shapes to shoot, but takes a touch too long and his effort is blocked by Igor.ShareBack under way at Anfield. At the City Ground, Bruno Fernandes whips a shot with the outside of his boot, but it’s high and wide.Share“How many footballers’ sons are currently togging out for Premier league clubs? Danns, Koumas, Kluivert, Haaland – any more...
New Mexico teacher had students duel with swords in class, leading to serious injury of teen girl, lawsuit says
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New Mexico teacher had students duel with swords in class, leading to serious injury of teen girl, lawsuit says

A pair of New Mexico high school students dueled with swords in class at the behest of their teacher, badly and permanently injuring a teenage girl, her family said in a lawsuit.The civil action was filed by Arnold and Judy Gachupin, guardians and grandparents of a student — only identified as N.S. — who allegedly suffered severed nerves and tendons from a May 2, 2022 sword fight at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque.The suit named Albuquerque Public Schools, Assistant Principal Manuel Alzaga and former chemistry teacher Loviata Mitchell as defendants.Mitchell allegedly brought katana- and rapier-style swords to school that day, had students re-arrange desks to form a ring in the middle of class and had pairs of pupils square off, the lawsuit claimed.After the first pair of duelin...
CDC advisers recommend spring Covid boosters for older adults
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CDC advisers recommend spring Covid boosters for older adults

People at higher risk for the most severe complications of Covid — primarily those ages 65 and older — should receive a booster shot this spring, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Another round of the vaccine given within the next few months would offer the best protection possible, they said, ahead of another likely rise in illness this summer. Over the past four years, there’s tended to be both a winter and a summer wave of Covid, with cases peaking in January and August, respectively, according to the CDC.For that reason, advisers to the CDC said that the approach to Covid vaccination is still different from the strategy used for the flu, which typically only peaks during the winter. “I hope that we are moving in the direction of getting more...
El lder republicano del Senado, defensor de la ayuda a Ucrania, dejar el cargo en noviembre
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El lder republicano del Senado, defensor de la ayuda a Ucrania, dejar el cargo en noviembre

Pablo PardoCorresponsal WashingtonActualizado Mircoles, 28 febrero 2024 - 20:47Cambio de guardia en Washington. Mitch McConnell, el hombre que ha dirigido el Partido Republicano en el Senado desde hace 17 aos y medio, deja el cargo en noviembre. As lo anunci este mircoles McConnell, que cumpli 82 aos la semana pasada, y que en los ltimos meses se ha visto aquejado de problemas de salud que han sido a menudo citados como un ejemplo de la gerontocracia que dirige la primera potencia mundial.Pero la salida de McConnell del liderazgo republicano es un triunfo ms para Donald Trump. McConnell es un republicano "a la vieja usanza", que hizo ms que nadie -y con ms xito que nadie- para desgastar a Obama en sus ocho aos en la Casa Blanca, cuando infligi derrota tras derrota a los demcratas en la...
Apple annual shareholder meeting 2024, AI investments
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Apple annual shareholder meeting 2024, AI investments

Apple CEO Tim Cook (2nd R) greets customers as he arrives for the release of the Vision Pro headset at the Apple Store in New York City on February 2, 2024.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday that his company is pouring money into artificial intelligence, one of the strongest signals yet that the iPhone maker is embracing the generative AI craze that's consumed the tech industry.The company sees "incredible breakthrough potential for generative AI, which is why we're currently investing significantly in this area," Cook said at Apple's annual shareholder meeting, which was held virtually. "We believe it will unlock transformative opportunities for our users when it comes to productivity, problem-solving and more."Apple hasn't unveiled competing products to...
Archivos militares rusos filtrados revelan los criterios del Kremlin para iniciar un ataque nuclear
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Archivos militares rusos filtrados revelan los criterios del Kremlin para iniciar un ataque nuclear

La amenaza de ataque nuclear por parte de Rusia sobrevuela desde hace años. De hecho, en varias ocasiones han ensayado ataques nucleares masivos. Según varios archivos militares filtrados a los que ha accedido 'Financial Times' , entre los ensayos de uso de este tipo de armas se incluyen escenarios de entrenamiento para una invasión de China. Los citados informes muestran un umbral para el uso de estas armas nucleares tácticas más bajo de lo que el Kremlin ha admitido públicamente. En concreto, según los datos, este umbral mostraría una combinación de factores según los cuales las pérdidas sufridas por Rusia «conducirían a una incapacidad de detener una agresión enemiga importante», algo que califican como «una situación crítica para la seguridad» del país. 'Financial Times' cita 29 arc...
Trump lawyers plan to post $100 million bond in NY fraud appeal
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Trump lawyers plan to post $100 million bond in NY fraud appeal

Former US president Donald Trump arrives to the court room following a break at the New York State Supreme Court on the first day of his civil fraud trial, in New York City on October 2, 2023.Ed Jones | AFP | Getty ImagesAttorneys for Donald Trump on Wednesday said the former president and his co-defendants plan to post a $100 million bond to pause enforcement of their civil fraud judgment — though that is just a fraction of the total amount that they have been ordered to pay.To secure a "complete" appeal bond — which could cost more than $550 million — would be "impossible," the defense lawyers wrote in a court filing to the appellate division of Manhattan Supreme Court.New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought the fraud case, asked the appeals court later Wednesday to deny ...
Sen. Mitch McConnell will step down as Republican leader at the end of the year
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Sen. Mitch McConnell will step down as Republican leader at the end of the year

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will step down from the helm of the Republican Conference this year, ending his time as the longest-serving leader in Senate history.The Kentucky Republican, who has served as GOP leader since 2007, made his announcement in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. An election to replace him as leader will occur in November with his successor taking charge in January."One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter, so I stand before you today, Mr. President and my colleagues, to say this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate," McConnell said, adding in his address that he had "total clarity and peace about the sunset of my work."Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wit...