Google trims jobs in trust and safety while others work 'around the clock'

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is laying off a handful of employees on its trust and safety team as part of broader staff cuts, even as it’s asking members of that group to be on standby over the weekend in order to troubleshoot problematic outputs related to its flagship generative AI tool, Gemini.

The cuts in the trust and safety solutions group ...Read more

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California approves Waymo's request to expand driverless robotaxis

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California state regulators on Friday approved Waymo’s request to allow driverless taxis to operate on the Peninsula.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stated in a disposition letter that Waymo’s driverless taxis can begin picking up fared passengers immediately.

Waymo’s updated passenger safety plan and the new features ...Read more

S&P 500 posts 15th record this year as tech roars: Markets wrap

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The stock market powered ahead amid a renewed rally in technology companies, with traders also sifting through the latest remarks from a slew of Federal Reserve speakers for clues on the interest-rate path.

The S&P 500 topped 5,100 — hitting its 15th record this year. Traders looked past weak economic data amid bets policymakers will be able ...Read more


US Bank requires workers to come back to office 3 days a week

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A year and a half ago, the CEO of U.S. Bancorp asked e mployees to start coming to the office more often, preferably three days a week.

Now the Minneapolis-based bank is making it mandatory.

In a recent message to employees obtained by the Star Tribune, company leaders noted that while branch employees are on site everyday, its guidance for ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: They say San Francisco is coming back as a tech hub, but it never really left

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Michael Suswal's first eye-opening encounter with the vibrancy of San Francisco came in 2017.

That's when he and his fellow co-founders of Standard AI, an artificial intelligence startup funded by the incubator Y Combinator, moved from New York to San Francisco for the summer.

"Initially we planned on going back to New York," says Suswal, 44. ...Read more


Boeing is in talks to buy ex-unit Spirit AeroSystems

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Boeing Co. is in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a move that would reclaim control of its struggling former aerostructures unit and the main supplier at the center of numerous quality issues affecting the 737 Max airliner.

“We believe that the reintegration of Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems’ manufacturing operations ...Read more

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Proposed bill strives to clarify legal vaping products in Georgia

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Georgia may adopt a directory of vaping products that can be sold in the state, a move that supporters say will help businesses know what they can sell and help authorities enforce the law.

Vape shop owners, however, have said the bill would significantly hurt their businesses and remove vapes that help people quit smoking.

Rep. Houston Gaines...Read more

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Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Altman for breaching firm's founding mission

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Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman, alleging they violated the artificial intelligence startup’s founding mission by putting profit ahead of benefiting humanity.

The 52-year-old billionaire, who was a co-founder of OpenAI but is no longer involved, said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Francisco that the ...Read more

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FAA raises new anti-ice system concerns on Boeing 737 Max, 787 jets

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it will mandate a fix for a new 737 Max design problem discovered by Boeing that, although it's a remote possibility, could theoretically disable the jet's engine anti-ice system.

A different flaw in the Max's engine anti-ice system design drew scrutiny in January and forced the company to drop a request...Read more

Boeing is in talks to buy ex-unit Spirit AeroSystems

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Boeing Co. is in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a move that would reclaim control of its struggling former aerostructures unit and the main supplier at the center of numerous quality issues affecting the 737 Max airliner.

The Wichita, Kansas-based supplier hired bankers to explore strategic options and has held ...Read more

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The computer will see you now: Artificial Intelligence usage grows at Central Florida hospitals

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Central Florida’s two major health systems, Orlando Health and AdventHealth Central Florida, are widely using Artificial Intelligence for administrative work and, increasingly, to sound early alarms about potential illnesses, including deadly pancreatic cancer and sepsis.

Eventually, some experts think AI could even be used to diagnose ...Read more

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Inside the rush to make Nevada the country's lithium capital

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ESMERALDA COUNTY, Nevada — Navigating the winding dirt path that may soon be paved for autonomous cars at Rhyolite Ridge is an easy feat for Bernard Rowe. He knows the prehistoric landscape well — and envisions its imminent, dramatic change better than anyone.

Rowe, a geologist and managing director of Australian mining company Ioneer, is ...Read more

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Ford EV drivers now can reserve adapter to access Tesla Superchargers

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Drivers of all-electric Ford vehicles can now reserve a free adapter to have access to more than 15,000 Tesla Inc. Superchargers, the automaker said on Thursday.

Having the Tesla-developed adapter will give retail customers of Mustang Mach-E SUVs and F-150 Lightning pickups access to Tesla version-three Superchargers in the United States and ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a big buck with a small bang

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In October 2016, Nissan took majority ownership in Mitsubishi North America. With this, the rollout of a new flagship was appropriate and the Mitsubishi Outlander was created. In 2024, a new position exists for Mitsubishi and it’s the Outlander PHEV. With Nissan funding the efforts, the Outlander is not surprisingly a Nissan Rogue in disguise ...Read more


Auto review: Lexus LC 500 leaves custom touches to you

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How do you improve on a luxury sports cruiser that is jaw-droppingly beautiful, supremely built, with a V-8 growl, athletic performance and exquisite two-tone interior with neck heaters?

Well, that’s your call. Be creative.

The 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible for the first time offers the Bespoke Build option, which allows buyers to customize ...Read more

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Larry Printz: Automotive startup Ineos unveils a green-pleasing SUV

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Automotive startup Ineos Automotive has unveiled its third model, the Fusilier, a new SUV scheduled to reach showrooms in 2027. The Fusilier follows the release of the Ineos Grenadier SUV in 2022 and Ineos Quartermaster pickup in 2023. So far, only the full-size Grenadier SUV is currently sold in the United States.

Unveiled in London at The ...Read more

Drugmaker Endo agreed to pay up to $465 million to settle criminal and civil claims related to opioid marketing

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Endo International, a pharmaceutical company whose U.S. headquarters is in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay the government up to $465 million to settle civil and criminal investigations into the sales and marketing of an opioid drug, federal authorities said Thursday.

As part of the deal — which must be approved by a bankruptcy judge ...Read more

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Vanguard CEO Buckley to retire by year-end, search underway

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Vanguard Group Inc. said its chief executive officer, Tim Buckley, will retire by year-end after more than three decades at the investment giant.

The Valley Forge, Pennsylvania firm’s board has initiated a wide search for its next CEO, according to a statement Thursday. Vanguard said Chief Investment Officer Greg Davis has been named ...Read more

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Newsom's office calls allegations about Panera Bread franchisee 'absurd,' says company is not exempt from law

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Gov. Gavin Newsom's spokesperson refuted a Bloomberg News story that alleged the governor pushed to exempt bakeries from the state's fast food wage law to benefit a political donor who owns Panera Bread restaurants, calling the report "absurd."

The Bloomberg story published this week alleged that Greg Flynn, a billionaire CEO of a restaurant ...Read more


Group's 'greenest' car is a Toyota hybrid while Hummer EV lands near the bottom

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The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is the “greenest” car you can buy in the United States, beating out electric-only vehicles, while the GMC Hummer EV is among the least environmentally-friendly on the market, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Of the top 12 greenest cars the research ...Read more