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In Race to Build A.I., Tech Plans a Big Plumbing Upgrade
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In Race to Build A.I., Tech Plans a Big Plumbing Upgrade

Linked media - Related media If 2023 was the tech industry’s year of the A.I. chatbot, 2024 is turning out to be the year of A.I. plumbing. It may not sound as exciting, but tens of billions of dollars are quickly being spent on behind-the-scenes technology for the industry’s A.I. boom. Companies from Amazon to Meta are revamping their data centers to support artificial intelligence. They are investing in huge new facilities, while even places like Saudi Arabia are racing to build supercomputers to handle A.I. Nearly everyone with a foot in tech or giant piles of money, it seems, is jumping into a spending frenzy that some believe could last for years. Microsoft, Meta, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, disclosed this week that they had spent more than $32 billion combined on da...
In Content Warning, Role-Play as Influencers Dying to Go Viral – Generic English
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In Content Warning, Role-Play as Influencers Dying to Go Viral – Generic English

Linked media - Associated media “I’ve spent a lot of my teenage years and now my 20s on the platform — I think that’s true for the majority of people who play our games,” Nylund said. “YouTube has been with me the whole journey of making games and one of the ways I originally found players to play them.” Though it may take place in a future dystopia, the YouTube parody component makes the game feel strikingly present-day. There are other hypermodern aspects, like a cage creature that forces people to fill out a Captcha if they want to escape and a feature that mimics livestreams, complete with fake commenters reacting to the clips. While Content Warning does not have an official story mode, there is subtle lore. The concept, which was created by Nylund, is that players live in a clou...
Israeli Officials Believe I.C.C. Is Preparing Arrest Warrants Over Hamas War – Generic English
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Israeli Officials Believe I.C.C. Is Preparing Arrest Warrants Over Hamas War – Generic English

Related media - Related media The Hamas-led raid last October led to the killing of roughly 1,200 people in Israel and the abductions of some 250 others, according to Israeli officials. The subsequent war in Gaza, including heavy Israeli bombardment, has killed more than 34,000 people, according to Gazan officials, caused widespread damage to housing and infrastructure, and brought the territory to the brink of famine. The Israeli assault in Gaza has led the International Court of Justice, a separate court in The Hague, to hear accusations of genocide against the Israeli state and has spurred a wave of protests on college campuses in the United States. If the I.C.C. does issue arrest warrants, they would come with deep stigmatization, placing those named in them in the same category ...
Barbra Streisand’s Ozempic Comment to Melissa McCarthy Prompts a Conversation – Generic English
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Barbra Streisand’s Ozempic Comment to Melissa McCarthy Prompts a Conversation – Generic English

Connected media - Connected media As the drugs have grown in popularity, so too has the pressure for public figures to disclose whether they’re using them. Some have made an event out of revealing they take medication — perhaps none more notably than Oprah Winfrey, who announced in People magazine that she was taking a weight loss drug and “done with the shaming.” She later hosted a prime-time special devoted to weight stigma and the new medications. Elon Musk was one of the earliest proponents, writing on Twitter in 2022 after being asked how he had become so “fit, ripped & healthy” that he was taking another drug, Wegovy. Some experts worry that fixating on who is and is not taking the drugs can transmit a damaging message about bodies and weight. “It should not be something th...
Apple Reports Decline in Sales and Profit Amid iPhone Struggles in China – Generic English
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Apple Reports Decline in Sales and Profit Amid iPhone Struggles in China – Generic English

Connected media - Connected media The poor results stood in contrast to the strong performances of other big tech companies. Over the past two weeks, Amazon reported that its quarterly profits had tripled, Microsoft increased quarterly sales from cloud computing by a third and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced that it would pay its first dividend. Those companies’ sales have accelerated in part because of their investments in generative artificial intelligence. The technology, which can write essays and software code, is one that Apple hasn’t yet incorporated into its products. Investors hope that will change in June when Apple holds its annual developers’ conference and reveals its newest software. “This is a bellwether stock that is going through a volatile time,” said S...
Many Ukrainian Prisoners of War Show Signs of Trauma and Sexual Violence – Generic English
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Many Ukrainian Prisoners of War Show Signs of Trauma and Sexual Violence – Generic English

Associated media - Associated media Interrogators put him through a mock execution, firing a volley of gunfire beside him while he was blindfolded. They threatened him with rape, the serviceman said, making him choose what they should use — a mop handle or the leg of a chair. “Do you want to do it yourself or do you want us to help you?” they taunted him. He said that he was never actually penetrated, but that others were raped. “After that you cannot walk normally,” he said. “You suffer for weeks. Other guys had the same treatment.” “I think they had such an order to break us psychologically and physically so that we would not want anything else in life,” he said, adding that there were suicides in the Taganrog jail. “You could hear the screams all day,” the serviceman said. “Imposs...
Even With Gaza Under Siege, Some Are Imagining Its Reconstruction – Generic English
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Even With Gaza Under Siege, Some Are Imagining Its Reconstruction – Generic English

Connected media - Linked media Mr. Choa, 64, has spent much of his international architectural career wrestling with such details. After the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he took part in a commission tasked with sketching out the future of Lower Manhattan. He later lived and worked in China, where he oversaw master plans in major urban areas. After moving to London in 2006, he continued such work in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. He first grappled with a detailed plan for Gaza in 2015 through work commissioned by Palestinian business interests. He led several missions to Gaza, meeting with the Palestinian Authority and the arm of the Israeli Defense Forces that administered the territory. But the pandemic and Israeli concerns about security halted th...
First Patient Begins Sickle Cell Gene Therapy That F.D.A. Approved – Generic English
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First Patient Begins Sickle Cell Gene Therapy That F.D.A. Approved – Generic English

Connected media - Connected media Top of the Waiting List Last week, Kendric came prepared for the stem cell collection — he has spent many weeks in this hospital being treated for pain so severe that on his last visit, even morphine and oxycodone could not control it. He brought his special pillow with a Snoopy pillowcase that his grandmother gave him and his special Spider-Man blanket. And he had a goal. “I want to be cured,” he said. Bone marrow stem cells, the source of all the body’s red and white blood cells, are normally nestled in a person’s bone marrow. But Kendric’s doctors infused him with a drug, plerixafor, which pried them loose and let them float in his circulatory system. To isolate the stem cells, staff members at the hospital inserted a catheter into a vein in Kendr...
Everything You Need to Know About Smartphone Backups – Generic English
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Everything You Need to Know About Smartphone Backups – Generic English

Connected media - Linked media What would you do if you permanently lost all the photos, notes and other files on your phone? If you have a backup system in place, you’d likely know what to do next: Restore it all to a new phone. But if you haven’t thought about it, fear not: The backup process has become so simplified that it takes just a few screen taps. Here’s a quick overview of some ways you can keep your files safe, secure and up to date. Getting Started When you first set up your phone, you created (or logged into) a free account from Apple, Google or Samsung to use the company’s software and services. For example, this would be the Apple ID on your iPhone, the Google Account on your Android phone or the Samsung Account on your Galaxy device. Linked media - Linked media ...
Johnson & Johnson Proposes $6.5 Billion in New Talc Settlement Offer – Generic English
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Johnson & Johnson Proposes $6.5 Billion in New Talc Settlement Offer – Generic English

Linked media - Connected media Last year, Johnson & Johnson proposed an $8.9 billion settlement to resolve 40,000 suits through a subsidiary created in 2021 to absorb the liability from its talc powder lawsuits. The plan was to have the unit file for bankruptcy protection — turning to the court to then disburse the settlement. Lindsey Simon, a bankruptcy professor at Emory University School of Law, said the reason bankruptcy court was an appealing way to settle mass litigation was that it allowed a company to end cases from claimants who did not agree to its offer, and also from future claimants. “The ability of bankruptcy law to force that 25 percent to accept a deal impacting their rights — current and future claimants — that’s strong medicine,” she said. “That’s a heavy benefi...