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AI & Copyright: Authors Fight Back Against Tech CompaniesLock Icon

Authors including former Gov. Mike Huckabee are seeking class-action status in federal courts against the tech companies, alleging that they illegally used their works to train AI programs that emulate human language. read more >
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Microsoft and Others are Making New Tools to Help Small Businesses Capitalize On AI

MasterCard is piloting a product called MasterCard Small Business A.I., aimed at helping small business owners analyze data and offer other resources to help grow their business. read more >
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The New York Times Sues OpenAI, Microsoft Over The Use of Its Stories to Train Chatbots

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has filed a federal lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft seeking to end the practice of using its stories to train chatbots, saying that […] read more >
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Bitcoin Mining Outcry Comes to a Crescendo

Concerned citizens in DeWitt are fighting plans for more bitcoin mining, and state Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, and Arkansas Rice Growers Association Chair Kenneth Graves have joined their cause. read more >

Microsoft’s Media Literacy Program Aims to Empower Internet Users and Combat Misinformation

The tech company worked with the Trust Project, a nonprofit consortium of news organizations, to create advertisements directing internet users to a list of eight "trust indicators" that can be used to assess a website's credibility. read more >
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From Marketing to Design, Brands Adopt AI Tools Despite Risk

While text generators like ChatGPT and Microsoft's Bing chatbot can make the process of writing emails, presentations and marketing pitches faster and easier, they also have a tendency to confidently present misinformation as fact. read more >

AI Search Engines Can Now Chat With Us, but Glitches Abound

The spark rushing them to market was the popularity of ChatGPT, launched late last year by Microsoft's partner OpenAI and now helping to power a new version of the Bing search engine. read more >
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Google Hopes ‘Bard’ Will Outsmart ChatGPT, Microsoft in AI

Google's chatbot is supposed to be able to explain complex subjects such as outer space discoveries in terms simple enough for a child to understand. read more >
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Tech Industry Job Cuts Come Rapidly and in Big Numbers

Even with all of the layoffs announced in recent weeks, most tech companies are still vastly larger than they were three years ago. read more >
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White House Invites Dozens of Nations for Ransomware Summit

Recent attacks such as one that targeted the Los Angeles school district last month to underscore the urgency of the issue and the summit read more >
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Major Companies Stay Mum on Thorny Abortion Issue — For Now

Some experts believe companies are holding off weighing in because they want to wait to see the court's final ruling. read more >
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Supreme Court Wrestles With EPA Power to Curb Carbon Emissions

The case that could limit the Biden administration's plans to combat climate change. read more >
People wait in line for the new one-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Covina, California, on March 13, 2021.
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Employer Vaccine Mandates Convert Some Workers, But Not All

Tyson Foods says employee vaccinations are up 30% since it announced a mandate in August. read more >
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Biden, CEOs, Business Leaders Meet on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The president noted that Fox News, many of whose hosts have sharply criticized his policy, has required its employees to report their vaccination status and is moving to require testing for unvaccinated staffers. read more >
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Corporations Become Unlikely Financiers of Racial Equity

In the months since the police killing of George Floyd sparked a racial reckoning in the United States, American corporations have emerged as an unexpected leading source of funding for social justice. read more >
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Tech World Still a Man’s World

Although the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce now stands at 46.8%, it remains much lower than that in the technology sector. read more >
Kent Watson, vice president of technology at Metova in Fayetteville, says the internet of things creates vulnerabilities. What are they? “To some extent, we don’t know.”
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In the Internet of Things, Many Things to Worry About

The convenience of computer networks and smartphones and data-sharing devices — the “internet of things” — can seem a godsend to those who appreciate the speed and ease of staying connected. For others, the all-inclusiveness of the IoT — eye-oh-tee, as most tech people say — means a constant battle for security. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Walmart, Microsoft Expand Technology Center in Texas

Engineers from Walmart and Microsoft will work together in Texas as the Arkansas-based retail giant seeks more convenient ways for customers to shop. read more >
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CJRW@SXSWi: Big Data & Privacy: Are You Protected?

Elizabeth Michael, CJRW's social media manager, takes a look at data and privacy issues discussed at this year's South-by-Southwest Interactive festival in Austin. read more >
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‘Zillionaire’ Screed Has Arkansas Connection

An open letter that Nick Hanauer wrote to “My Fellow Zillionaires” was getting a lot of attention in Politico a couple of weeks ago, especially from political liberals delighted to see a rich guy making a self-serving case for higher minimum wage and a healthier middle class. read more >