🌎 Clone wars

Plus: Let the AI copyright wars begin

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Elon Musk’s X Corp threatened to sue Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta. The immediate popularity of Threads’ popularity is clearly getting on Twitter’s nerves. 

JetBlue is breaking up with American Airlines. The company will end its alliance with the US’s largest carrier to try and save its merger with Spirit Airlines. 


Deforestation in the Amazon forest fell by a third in the first six months of 2023. The next six months will be even more crucial in testing the Brazilian government’s environmental policies.

Food delivery companies are suing New York City. The likes of DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats can’t stomach the city’s pioneering minimum wage mandate for gig workers.


The company behind the Titan submersible has suspended operations. OceanGate’s future looks increasingly uncertain.

Let the AI copyright wars begin

Likely one of the first—and far from last—copyright lawsuits has been filed against OpenAI.

Novelists Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad claim that OpenAI’s large language model, ChatGPT, spit out pretty accurate summaries of their literary works when prompted, something they argue would be impossible unless the AI had been trained on their books without their consent.

There’s no doubt that, increasingly, regulators and courts will be tasked with mulling over the rules of copyright with regards to AI. It’ll open up a whole new murky legal area in the copyright debate… maybe even murkier than the legal rights of a selfie-taking crested macaque.


Nearly all of Mexico’s avocado exports are going to the US

Just about half of all the world’s avocado exports come from Mexico, and one country is gobbling up 86% of it: the US. But the northern neighbor’s $3 billion appetite for guac isn’t sustainable, and is contributing to a host of environmental issues.

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Take Toyota’s battery claim with a grain of salt

1,400+ km: Distance Toyota says its new technology can take electric vehicles on a 10-minute charge


To be fair, any advances that boost battery performance, improve the driving range, and cut costs of future EVs are exciting. But Toyota’s previous problems with its cars could make it tricky to convince the public that its latest product is reliable.

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Renovation of a Scottish castle is being postponed because of great crested newts. The protected species has made a home of the site’s pond.


The earliest supermassive black hole was found. Its mass is 9 million times the Sun’s.

Birds divorce for similar reasons as humans do. Infidelity and long periods of time apart sure can ruffle some feathers.


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