🌎 Cruise cuts

Plus: The $40,000 chip everyone wants.

A Cruise self-driving car is seen in San Francisco where it does most of its testing, in California, U.S., September 26, 2018.
Photo: Heather Somerville (Reuters)

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Cruise is halving its fleet of autonomous taxis in San Francisco. California regulators ordered the GM-owned company to cut the size of its fleet by 50% after two collisions last week.

Tesla said its cyber breach was an insider job. The electric vehicle maker is suing two former staffers for leaking data linked to 75,000 employees and users.

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Ecuador and Guatemala voted for new presidents. Ecuador is headed for a runoff, while an anti-corruption candidate swept to victory in Guatemala.

Meta’s news ban in Canada is making it harder for wildfire evacuees to get life-saving information. Meta pulled news links from Facebook and Instagram to avoid paying publishers as per the terms of a recent law.

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Tropical storm Hilary made landfall in southern California. It’s the first tropical storm to batter the area since 1939, prompting authorities to issue a state of emergency.


The world’s most sought-after hardware

Those interested in developing and using generative AI—er, basically everyone and everything these days—are in the market for a certain $40,000 chip.

That chip is Nvidia’s H100. Tech giants like Microsoft and Google are the most obvious customers of the H100, but even Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and of course, Elon Musk, have snapped up these chips to build their own AI applications.

Quartz’s Michelle Cheng looked into what makes Nvidia’s hardware so coveted.


And the world’s most successful Women’s World’s Cup

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For the first time ever, Spain won the Women’s World Cup in a victory over England. The match concluded what’s been dubbed the most successful tournament in Women’s World Cup history.

Before the final, FIFA said the competition had already generated $570 million. The president of the international football association called the number a feat “even in men’s football.” But Gianni Infantino then proceeded to score an own goal in the pay equality debate.

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One big number: 50%

The percentage of environmental scientists and activists (out of a sample of 380,000 users) that have left Twitter, now X, since Musk’s takeover last year

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There’s a couple of key reasons why climate activists are leaving Twitter: rising levels of abuse and hate speech, and changes to the site’s application programming interface (API). As Quartz’s Faustine Ngila explains, it’s a particularly inopportune time to have fewer voices sharing vital climate data and discourse.


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Surprising discoveries

Cheesemakers are microchipping their wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The edible devices are smaller than a grain of salt and are meant to ward off counterfeits.

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Mars is spinning faster and faster every year. Changes in the red planet’s ice caps may be the accelerant.

People are trying to shame Bogotá into fixing its sidewalks. Activists are painting broken concrete slabs pink, which seems pretty mild compared to what they do in Manchester.

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An invasive species of hornet was found in the US for the first time. The yellow-legged insect, a native to Southeast Asia, is a threat to honeybees.

A Belgian university is offering a course that’ll study Taylor Swift lyrics. It’s called “Literature (Taylor’s Version).”

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