🌏 Hello, Tongyi Qianwen

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🌏 Hello, Tongyi Qianwen

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The public can now test Alibaba’s answer to ChatGPT. The Chinese e-commerce giant started rolling out its bot, called Tongyi Qianwen, as president Xi Jinping calls for greater state control of AI.

Meta shareholders voted to not assess political bias and hate speech in India. The proposal was motivated by concerns about the Facebook parent’s role in spreading anti-Muslim hatred in its largest global market.

US trade regulators slapped two fines on Amazon. The company has to pay $30 million for privacy violations via its Ring and Alexa devices. But are smart homes even the way of the future?

India removed the periodic table and evolution from school textbooks. The national organization overseeing syllabi for around 134 million students made the changes.

Where LGBTQ+ workers in the US lack legal protections

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Despite an increasing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, many LGBTQ+ employees don’t feel comfortable being “out” at work. Read the full story here.

Every boss and their briefcase is going to China

China is back on global leaders’ map, and it’s not so much a question of who is taking advantage of the nation’s wider, post-zero-covid doors as who isn’t.

These CEOs have paid China a visit in the past two months—or are planning to this month:

🚘🚀✖️Tesla-SpaceX-X CEO Elon Musk
🏦 JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon
☕ Starbucks’ Laxman Narasimhan
🚗 GM’s Mary Barra
🍎 Tim Cook of Apple
💊 Pfizer’s Albert Bourla
💄 LVMH’s Bernard Arnault

Read more about Bernard Arnault’s upcoming visit in particular, and why he’s trying to boost sales in the already-luxury-obsessed Chinese market.

Adidas is selling its last Yeezys to loyalists

Shoppers! Get your hands on (and feet into) the remaining Yeezy inventory! The shoes, which are a result of the brand’s now abandoned collab with the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye, can be yours—but only if you’re willing to have your loyalty to the German sportswear brand tested.

Adidas kicked off sales of its remaining Yeezy inventory yesterday on its Confirmed app. The shoes are available to customers that sign up for the adiClub membership and enter a drawing to make a purchase. Read more about Adidas’s strategy to offload the footwear and how it plans to use some of the earnings from its last Yeezy stock.

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But coconut water is expanding its own network. Vita Coco hopes so anyway, as it pushes bars and clubs to mix its coconut products into cocktails.

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