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Bill Gates sees AI as a threat to e-commerce behemoths. The Microsoft co-founder thinks the likes of Google Search, Amazon, and Shopify will soon be outdated because of progress in generative AI.
A Florida restaurant is suing the state and its governor over an anti-drag law. Hamburger Mary’s Orlando claimed the “Protection of Children” bill violates the business’s First Amendment rights.
Meta was hit with a record EU fine. The €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) penalty over data privacy, which the Facebook parent company plans to appeal, is bigger than its past six fines combined.
WhatsApp is getting an edit button. Users will soon have 15 minutes to fix their typos after they hit send.
The case for a public tech bank
The US government’s bailout of Silicon Valley Bank depositors—though not the bank itself—was an emergency move to save the economy from the ripple effects.
But what if the government got involved with tech banking a lot earlier? What if it created a public tech bank that would not only provide stability, but allow more long-term planning for tech projects that could improve the lives of generations to come?
In the latest episode of the Quartz Obsession podcast, economics reporter Nate DiCamillo explains to host Scott Nover why SVB’s failure is the perfect moment to rethink how we finance innovation.
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Exxon wants to join Big Shovel
“Big Shovel”: A phrase used by Daniel Yergin, an energy and geopolitics expert, to describe the mining boom that will power the shift from a fuel-intensive energy system to a critical minerals-intensive one.
ExxonMobil is just one of several oil giants digging into this opportunity, particularly in the extraction of batteries’ best friend, lithium. It’s all in an attempt to cash in on a future of renewable energy. Read more about the investments Big Oil is making.
Where it costs the most to get a work visa
Before you consider leaving it all behind and becoming an expat in a new country, it pays to know just how much it will cost to work there (in addition to which countries are known for large income gains).
Looking for a cheaper work visa? See which countries have the lowest fees.
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