News from Around the Web for Feb 23, 2024

News From Around the Web


#10 BMJ Study: Exercise is Twice as Effective as Anti-Depressants at Treating Depression - Tracy Beanz and Michelle Edwards for The HighWire
In case you haven’t heard, America is experiencing a severe mental health crisis. Yet, across the gamut, Americans are being deceived, exploited, manipulated, and harmed—both physically and mentally—by those entrusted to provide protection. Thanks to the unbelievable immorality surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the blatant failure of U.S. taxpayer-funded systems to care for its people is

#9 Reddit Strikes $60M Deal Allowing Google to Train AI Models on its Posts, Unveils IPO Plans - David Hamilton  for AP News

Reddit has struck a deal with Google that allows the search giant to use posts from the online discussion site for training its artificial intelligence models and to improve services such as Google Search. The arrangement, announced Thursday and valued at roughly $60 million, will also give Reddit access to Google AI models for improving its internal site search and other features. Reddit declined to comment or answer questions beyond its written statement about the deal...

#8 Vice News’ Top Editor Tells Staff He Doesn’t Know if Flagship Website Will Shutter - Lachlan Cartwright for The Hollywood Reporter

Hours after multiple staffers expressed concern that Vice Media was considering shuttering or gutting its flagship news website following the brand’s sale to a consortium of its former bankruptcy lenders, the CEO of the company weighed in with a memo (below) detailing the sweeping change. Vice Media chief Bruce Dixon confirmed that “several hundred” staffers would be laid off and “we will no longer publish content on vice.com” as the company transitions to a “studio model” to sell its content to other outlets...

#7 Nvidia's Stock Market Value Rose $273 Billion in a Day. How it Rose to AI Prominence, By the Numbers - AP News

Nvidia’s stock price jumped 16% on Thursday, increasing the company’s market value by a staggering $273 billion in just one day, a record amount. The chipmaker has been seeing soaring demand for its semiconductors, which are used to power artificial intelligence or AI applications. The company's revenue more than tripled in the latest quarter compared with the same period a year earlier...

#6 Google Pauses Ultra-Woke Gemini AI Image Generator Following ‘Inaccuracies’ in Historical Photos - Alana Mastrangelo for Breitbart

Google announced it is pausing its ultra-woke Gemini AI image generator, saying the tool has created historical photos with “inaccuracies.” “We’re already working to address recent issues with Gemini’s image generation feature. While we do this, we’re going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon,” Google said in a Thursday X/Twitter post... 

#5 MS Society Canned a 90-year-old Volunteer Over Gender Pronoun Usage - Joseph Mackinnon for Blaze Media

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently canned a 90-year-old volunteer who worked for the organization for several decades all because she dared to question its conformity to radical social constructivist conventions. The backlash online was swift and severe. Various critics expressed doubts about making future donations to the organization. Others accused the organization — which locked comments on X and saw at least one employee deep-six her social media accounts — of ideological capture or ageism...

#4 CBS Faces Uproar After Seizing Investigative Journalist’s Files -  Jonathan Turley for The Hill

“Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.” Those words, from CBS icon Edward R. Murrow, came to mind this week after I spoke with journalists at the network. There is trouble brewing at Black Rock, the headquarters of CBS, after the firing of Catherine Herridge, an acclaimed investigative reporter. Many of us were shocked after Herridge was included in layoffs this month, but those concerns have increased after CBS officials took the unusual step of seizing her files, computers, and records, including information on privileged sources...

#3 Can a Solar Flare Be to Blame for the AT&T Nationwide Outage? Here's What the NOAA Says - Kiah Armstrong for Fox 4 KDFW

With AT&T having been victim to a solar flare back in 1972 – can the same issue happen again? According to Space.com, a major solar flare interrupted AT&T's service on Aug. 4, 1972. Long-distance phone communication was knocked out across several states. "That event, in fact, caused AT&T to redesign its power system for transatlantic cables," Space.com wrote, citing a NASA account of the event. NASA reported that a solar flare happened at around midnight. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), three flares erupted from the sun in the afternoon on February 21 into the overnight hours. 

#2 Pro-gun Permitless Carry Law Closer to Passage in Louisiana - Wesley Muller for Louisiana Illuminator

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Blake Miguez, R-New Iberia, would establish what some refer to as “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry” in Louisiana.  Under current law, individuals must obtain a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm — or one that’s hidden from view. The permitting process requires individuals to pass background checks and complete extensive training on the safe and legal use of a firearm. It’s only available to people 21 and older. Miguez’s bill does away with that mandate. His proposal is one that far-right conservatives nationwide have pushed for years, claiming permit laws violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

#1 Ex-FBI Source Accused of Lying About Bidens and Having Russian Contacts is Returned to US Custody - AP News

A former FBI informant who claims to have links to Russian intelligence and is charged with lying about a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden’s family was again taken into custody Thursday in Las Vegas, two days after a judge released him. Alexander Smirnov, 43, was arrested Thursday morning while meeting with his lawyers at their offices in downtown Las Vegas. It came after prosecutors asked a judge in California, where the case originally was filed, to reconsider Smirnov’s custody status while he awaits trial. No hearing was held before he was arrested.



 

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