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Despite the steep sanctions imposed after the Ukraine invasion, Russia's economy is thriving due to aggressive war-time spending, leading to a 2.6% GDP growth projection for 2024. The IMF also upgraded economic outlooks for the US, China, and other countries.

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VCs have accumulated a large amount of cash but are cautious about investing due to high-interest rates and reduced returns. They are shifting towards safer investments in established companies and their existing portfolios, resulting in a decline in startup funding and an increase in startup failures.

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Microsoft seeks to patent a tool providing insight into how visual AI models make decisions by creating saliency maps that highlight image regions influencing model classifications.

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Apple patented a technology using optical sensors to enhance voice detection in noisy environments. The sensors capture vibrations from voices and other surfaces, allowing AI to distinguish between speakers and adjust the microphone accordingly. This improvement aids in Apple's pursuit of sharper voice recognition technology.

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The US Treasury is increasing bond auctions to offset the widening deficit. However, the Fed's interest rate hikes have increased debt costs. Market optimism for rate cuts has been tempered by the Fed's cautious stance. The upcoming presidential election may further impact the government debt market due to potential tax policy changes.

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Universal Music Group (UMG) and TikTok are in a licensing dispute, with UMG accusing TikTok of underpaying artists and using bullying tactics. UMG has threatened to withdraw its music from TikTok, but it may be difficult to enforce due to the platform's popularity and users' ability to post music independently.

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NY Community Bank's loss and dividend cut caused its stock to plunge and the KBW Regional Banking Index to drop 6%. This highlights the challenges faced by regional banks as commercial real estate struggles and the Fed winds down support programs.

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Boeing's patent suggests using AI for aircraft inspection, identifying anomalies by analyzing images taken by drones. This method aims to address issues like cosmetic deviations and structural damage, potentially improving safety and reducing human errors.

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to hold Amazon liable for third-party vendor products. This marks a significant shift, as Amazon has long claimed to be a platform rather than a retailer.

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WeightWatchers' stock has plummeted due to declining subscription demand amid the rise of anti-obesity drugs like Wegovy and Zepbound. Despite acquiring Sequence, WW faces stiff competition from Eli Lilly's telehealth platform and declining app downloads.

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Google has signed power purchase agreements with two Dutch wind farms to offset carbon emissions from its European data centers. The agreements will add 700MW to the grid and power the data centers with 90% clean energy by 2024. The move aims to match clean energy use with energy consumption by 2030, but the increasing energy demands of AI pose a challenge.

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To combat population decline and stimulate economic growth, small towns are offering incentives to attract new residents, including land, cash, and community amenities. These programs target remote workers and individuals seeking a more affordable cost of living and sense of belonging, but their long-term impact is still being evaluated.

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Meta, formerly Facebook, is expanding into the metaverse and AI realms. While it dominates digital advertising, its metaverse goals include making mixed reality accessible. AI development focuses on consumer-facing applications, leveraging its abundant user data. However, concerns arise over data privacy and security risks with AI models.

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The "Magnificent Seven" tech giants have diverged in performance following earnings season. Meta has rebounded, while Apple and Tesla have struggled. Elite stocks now account for more significant market gains, leaving smaller companies behind.

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Despite economic challenges in China, major Western brands like Apple, Tesla, and GM remain optimistic about the market's long-term potential. They anticipate that government stimulus measures and a growing middle class will boost consumer spending. However, the reliability of Chinese economic data remains a concern.

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European budget airlines are expecting a surge in flights this summer, with record-breaking seat availability. Despite economic concerns, passenger demand remains high, leading to increased bookings and fares. In contrast, US flight prices are expected to remain stable.

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