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Microsoft secures non-voting board seat at OpenAI

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Microsoft will have a non-voting board seat at OpenAI, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Elon Musk claims advertisers are trying to 'blackmail' him, says 'Go f--- yourself'

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Elon Musk, the owner of social media site X (formerly Twitter), scoffed at advertisers boycotting the platform because of his controversial statements.

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Elon Musk says he won't vote for Biden over Trump

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Elon Musk said Wednesday that he wouldn't vote for President Joe Biden in the upcoming 2024 election.

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I highly recommend this 12-in-1 electric screwdriver, and it's still 53% off

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This screwdriver would make a great stocking stuffer for the discerning DIYer. And right now you can snag one at more than half off.

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The 101 best Cyber Monday deals still available: Live updates

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Cyber Monday may be over, but ZDNET found the best deals on TVs, headphones, smartphones, and other gadgets from Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, and more that are still live.

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Apple names the 14 best apps and games of 2023. Your next favorite app may be on the list

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Out of the millions of apps on the app store, these fourteen took the crown. Here's what they are and why you may want to download them.

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Meta updates political advertising rules to cover AI-generated images and videos

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Meta details more updates to its political advertising policy, taking in account AI.

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The United States Joins Kenya for Third Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Nairobi

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The Government of Kenya hosted the third U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 27, fulfilling a commitment by both governments made at the U.S.-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue earlier this year.
Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel C. Fick led the U.S. delegation, which included representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, and Justice. Mr. Thomas Sakah, Secretary Security, for the Ministry for Internal Security and National Administration led the Kenyan delegation, which included representatives from the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee, State Law Office, National Police Service, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Communications Authority of Kenya, Office of the National Security Advisor, Kenya Defence Forces, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, and Ministry of Information, Communications and Digital Economy.
U.S. and Kenyan officials discussed a range of topics, which included engagement on cyber and digital capacity building, implementation of the Framework for Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, collaboration on combatting cybercrime, promotion of secure and trusted information and communication technology infrastructure, and the advancement of digital freedom. Officials also discussed ways to achieve Kenya's digital economy goals by attracting investment and fostering job creation through innovation. The dialogue reaffirmed a mutual commitment to leveraging the U.S.-Kenya partnership to promote an affirmative vision for a secure and stable cyberspace.
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Okta hackers stole data on all customer support users, company says

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The expanded scope of the breach comes ahead of Okta's earnings report, and after the company first disclosed the breach in November.

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Apple is trying to unwind its Goldman Sachs credit card partnership

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The move would end one of the highest-profile partnerships between giants in the tech and banking sectors.

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Best Buy will sell you the iPhone 15 Pro Max for $100 off after Cyber Monday

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The big-screen iPhone, with 256GB of storage, can be had for just $1,099 if you meet Best Buy's requirements listed below.

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The 38 best Cyber Monday Samsung deals still available: Galaxy Z Fold 5, S95C OLED TV, more

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For the best post-Cyber Monday offers on Samsung products, check out ZDNET's roundup of Galaxy phones, 4K TVs, smart appliances, and more.

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The 13 best Roborock robot vacuum Cyber Monday deals still available

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Roborock has slashed the prices of its popular robot vacuums and robot vacuum mops. Here are the best Roborock Cyber Monday deals that are still available -- but hurry, these last-minute deals expire soon.

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E-commerce stocks rally after Black Friday shoppers spend record online

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Shares of e-commerce stocks such as Shopify, Etsy and Wayfair all surged Monday on strong Black Friday online sales and rosy projections for Cyber Monday.

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Binance founder Changpeng Zhao ordered by judge to stay in U.S. ahead of prison sentencing

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A federal judge on Monday ordered Binance ex-CEO Changpeng Zhao to remain in the U.S. at least temporarily after his guilty plea last week.

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iRobot shares plunge 17% after EU warns Amazon deal 'may restrict competition'

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The European Commission said it found that Amazon may have the ability to prevent or degrade iRobot rivals' access to its online site.

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The 60+ Best Buy Cyber Monday deals: Last chance to save

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Cyber Monday may be almost over, but Best Buy still has lots of deals on Apple products, robot vacuums, TVs, headphones, household tech, and more.

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The 17 best Verizon Cyber Monday deals

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Verizon is offering last-minute Cyber Monday deals on the iPhone 15, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and more. ZDNET rounded up the best Verizon deals so you can save.

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The United States Joins Kenya for Second Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Nairobi

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The Government of Kenya hosted the second U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 27, fulfilling a commitment by both governments made at the U.S.-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue earlier this year.
Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel C. Fick led the U.S. delegation, which included representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, and Justice. Mr. Thomas Sakah, Secretary Security, for the Ministry for Internal Security and National Administration led the Kenyan delegation, which included representatives from the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee, State Law Office, National Police Service, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Communications Authority of Kenya, Office of the National Security Advisor, Kenya Defence Forces, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, and Ministry of Information, Communications and Digital Economy.
U.S. and Kenyan officials discussed a range of topics, which included engagement on cyber and digital capacity building, implementation of the Framework for Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, collaboration on combatting cybercrime, promotion of secure and trusted information and communication technology infrastructure, and the advancement of digital freedom. Officials also discussed ways to achieve Kenya's digital economy goals by attracting investment and fostering job creation through innovation. The dialogue reaffirmed a mutual commitment to leveraging the U.S.-Kenya partnership to promote an affirmative vision for a secure and stable cyberspace.
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The 170+ best Cyber Monday deals: Last chance to save on expert picks

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Don't miss the best Cyber Monday deals on Apple products, TVs, headphones, smartphones, and other gadgets from Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, and more, before the sale ends tonight.

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The 170 best Cyber Monday deals you can buy right now: ZDNET's top picks

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Black Friday may have passed, but you can now find Cyber Monday deals on Apple products, TVs, robot vacuums, headphones, smartphones, and more, from Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, and Walmart.

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Sling TV Black Friday deal: Get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite and 50% off your first month

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If you want to cut the cord, don't miss this Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal from Sling TV, ZDNET's pick for the best live TV streaming service.

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The best Cyber Monday Apple deals: Apple Watches, iPads, MacBooks, and more

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Apple deals rarely appear, but Cyber Monday is a great time to buy a new iPad, iPhone, MacBook, pair of AirPods, or accessory for less. Here are the best Cyber Monday Apple deals.

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Meta Quest 2 for $200 is the best Cyber Monday deal for 2023

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The Meta Quest 2 can do most of what the new Quest 3 can do, and this is the lowest price I've seen for a high-quality VR headset.

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Save $400 on the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra ahead of Cyber Monday

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If you've had your eye on a two-in-one robot vacuum and mop, the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra is still $400 off following Black Friday.

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Black Friday deals are still alive! Best 150+ deals from Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, and more

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Catch these Black Friday deals before they're gone on Apple products, TVs, robot vacuums, headphones, smartwatches, smartphones, and more. These are ZDNET's picks for the best deals still available.

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iRobot shares close up 39% on report Amazon deal set to get EU approval

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Shares of iRobot, the maker of Roomba vacuums, closed up about 39% Friday after a report said the European Union is set to approve Amazon's acquisition.

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Bitcoin rises to new high for the year Friday above $38,000

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Crypto prices have recovered from a big dip earlier in the week, with bitcoin hitting a new high for the year on Friday.

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Nvidia shares close down on report it delays China AI chip designed to comply with U.S. export rules

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Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter, reported that Nvidia told Chinese customers that it is delaying the launch of an AI chip that is designed to comply with U.S. export rules until the first quarter of next year.

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The 150+ best Black Friday deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Apple, and more

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We've rounded up the best deals on Apple products, televisions, headphones, smart watches, and more that makes this Black Friday shopping season worth your money.

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The 17 best Black Friday security camera deals you can buy

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Black Friday is coming to a close, and ZDNET's experts found the best security camera deals from brands like Ring, Blink, Arlo, and more that you can still score now.

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Meta Quest 2 for $200 might be the best Black Friday deal still available

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The Meta Quest 2 can most of what the new Quest 3 can do, and this is the lowest price I've seen for a high quality VR headset.

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$115 million stolen from two crypto firms linked to Justin Sun after hack

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Around $115 million so far has been stolen after hackers exploited the HTX exchange and Heco Chain, two cryptocurrency platforms linked to Justin Sun.

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The 17 best Black Friday Kindle deals

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Snatch up these discounted Kindle models, cases, and accessories for Black Friday.

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The 26 best Black Friday 2023 Chromebook deals

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Here's where to find the best Black Friday Chromebook deals from HP, Asus, Acer, and more.

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The 150 best Black Friday deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Apple, and more

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ZDNET's editors have uncovered the best Black Friday deals you can buy right now on Apple products, robot vacuums, TVs, smartwatches, headphones, laptops, VR headsets, and other tech products.

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Sam Altman's back. Here's who's on the new OpenAI board and who's out

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After several days of crisis and tumult, Sam Altman has returned as the CEO of OpenAI. Three new board members have replaced the leadership that fired Altman.

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How Meta could benefit from the OpenAI shakeup

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Meta and Mark Zuckerberg, who had the luxury of watching the OpenAI boardroom drama from the sidelines, could end up indirectly benefiting the most.

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Global smartphone sales rebound in October after declining for more than 2 years: Counterpoint

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The global smartphone market grew 5% year-on-year in October after months of negative growth, said Counterpoint Research.

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Joint Statement from the United States, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain on Switzerland Joining the Blue Dot Network Steering Committee

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The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain on the occasion of Switzerland joining the Blue Dot Network Steering Committee.
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The United States, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain welcome Switzerland joining the Steering Committee of the Blue Dot Network. 
The goal of Blue Dot Network certification is to promote quality infrastructure that is financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable; consistent with international standards, laws and regulations, and that benefits all users and stakeholders in our respective societies.  Pilot projects using Blue Dot Network criteria have demonstrated the certification process is effective at delivering local economic development and adhere to international standards and best practices.
The Blue Dot Network represents the future of sustainable and inclusive infrastructure development.  We are excited to welcome Switzerland as another partner in leading this effort.  We all benefit when we use recognized standards to develop roads, bridges, electrical grids, communication networks and other infrastructure.
To learn more, visit the Blue Dot Network website.
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The 125 best Black Friday deals: Live updates from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, more

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ZDNET's experts filtered out the best Black Friday deals you can buy right now, and we're continuing to bring the freshest deals to you live. Find sales on Apple products, robot vacuums, TVs, headphones, household tech, and more.

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The Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) is just $179 at Walmart

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You can snag Apple's latest base model watch -- the SE (2nd Gen) -- for $70 off its regular price ahead of Black Friday.

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The 62 best Black Friday 2023 gaming desktop deals

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Black Friday is this week, and you can save up to $1,350 on gaming desktops from brands like MSI, Alienware, and Corsair during sales events at Amazon, Best Buy, and more.

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Nvidia's revenue triples as AI chip boom continues

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Nvidia called for accelerating revenue growth in the next quarter, even as executives warn that government limits on sales to some countries will hurt results.

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Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao pleads guilty to federal charges, steps down

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The U.S. Department of Justice brought criminal charges against Binance and its billionaire founder and CEO, Changpeng Zhao.

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Jeff Bezos 'aggressive' again Tuesday selling more Amazon stock after unloading shares last week, sources say

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Jeff Bezos is expected to be "aggressive" in dumping more shares of Amazon on Tuesday, sources told CNBC's David Faber.

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Recorded live at APEC 2023: How will the Asia-Pacific region shape global growth?

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Hear exclusive insights recorded live at the premier annual summit of Asia-Pacific business and government.

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EcoFlow's massive 400W solar panel just dropped to $699 for Black Friday

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Normally, a quality 400W solar panel is going to cost you well over $1,000, but this Black Friday deal sees the price slashed by $500!

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Transform your photos with this advanced photo editor, on sale for $150 now

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This program offers AI-powered photo editing tools that will help you create perfect lighting, skies, and more -- and it's on sale now ahead of Black Friday.

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DJI Mini 2 SE drone just dropped to less than $300 for Black Friday

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Grab $40 off this awesome DJI Mini 2 SE drone with this Amazon Black Friday deal.

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The United States and the Republic of Korea Hold Public-Private Dialogue between the U.S. Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) and Korea's Carbon-Free (CF) Alliance

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U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez and Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Kyu Bang led the U.S.-Korea Clean Energy Business Roundtable held on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Summit on November 16.  Building upon the 70-year alliance between the two nations, the Clean Energy Business Roundtable discussed opportunities to strengthen and renew our mutually beneficial clean energy cooperation.  Prominent business leaders from various sectors represented by the Clean Energy Buyers Association and Carbon-free Alliance, such as IT, semiconductors, automobiles, batteries, steel, energy equipment, and energy supply, including Samsung Electronics, LG Energy Solution, Hyundai Motor, POSCO, SK, LS Electric, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and ExxonMobil attended and explored collaborative means to achieve climate goals.
Participating companies from both nations acknowledged the importance of public-private cooperation and committed to providing a joint response between the governments and companies in achieving net zero-emissions and responding to the pressing issue of climate change.  The two countries governments discussed measures that will promote the use of various clean energy sources and expand investment in clean power, in addition to providing policy support.
The United States highlighted the important role that the private sector can play in sending signals to government policymakers on corporate renewable energy demand and policy actions to expand clean electricity as a top priority for decarbonizing their operations.
Minister Bang underscored the importance of mobilizing all policy efforts at hand, particularly in light of the need for a stable supply of large-scale power and the imperative need to achieve carbon neutrality among the global companies in attendance.  He discussed how the Carbon-Free (CF) Alliance Initiative of Korea and the U.S. Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) share a common vision of expanding clean power through the use of carbon-free energy.  He expressed his optimism for a mutually beneficial partnership between the two initiatives, starting with this meeting.
President Lee Hoesung of the CFE Alliance attended the meeting and emphasized the urgent need for solidarity from the international community to overcome the climate crisis facing the world.  He added that improving the capacity to supply carbon-free energy from a technology-neutral perspective is crucial in achieving this goal.


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Hundreds of OpenAI employees threaten to follow Altman to Microsoft unless board resigns

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Hundreds of OpenAI employees have signed a letter demanding the board resign or face an employee exodus to Altman's new venture at Microsoft.

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Biden joins Meta's Threads after White House rebukes Elon Musk for 'anti-semitic rhetoric' on X

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have joined Meta's Threads app, which competes with Elon Musk's X

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Nvidia stock closes at all-time high, a day before earnings

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Nvidia's earnings report on Tuesday may give investors their clearest picture yet of the demand for artificial intelligence technology heading into next year

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The 25 best early Black Friday Dell deals

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If you're looking for a monitor to upgrade your work setup or a reliable laptop to work on the go, you can't go wrong with Dell, especially with these early Black Friday deals on Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and more.

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Buy an Xbox Series X for just $449 for Black Friday

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Microsoft slashed the price of the Xbox Series X by $50 for Black Friday, so you can purchase this current-gen console for under $500.

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The 37 best early Black Friday 2023 Sam's Club deals

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Black Friday is almost here, and Sam's Club has early deals on Samsung, Fitbit, Lenovo, Garmin, and more. ZDNET has the best early Black Friday deals on TVs, headphones, monitors, drones, speakers, fridges, and more.

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Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman returns to headquarters for talks following his abrupt ouster

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Altman posted a photo of himself on X, formerly Twitter, wearing an OpenAI visitor badge, writing, "first and last time i ever wear one of these."

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Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt resigns from GM-owned robotaxi unit

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Cruise CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt has resigned from his role at the autonomous vehicle venture owned by General Motors, according to a company statement.

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OpenAI shakeup has rocked Silicon Valley, leaving some techies concerned about future of AI

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The sudden ousting of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI has rocked Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

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The 22 best early Black Friday Apple watch deals

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Ahead of the holiday hustle ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals on Apple's tried-and-true watches -- including the SE, Series 8, Series 9 and Ultra models -- so you can snag savings right now.

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The Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) drops to its lowest price of $189 ahead of Black Friday

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You can snag Apple's latest base model watch -- the SE (2nd Gen) -- for $60 off its regular price at some major retailers, even ahead of Walmart's upcoming sale. Grab this deal while it lasts.

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Amazon's Black Friday sale has kicked off. Here are the 137 best deals

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ZDNET rounded up the best Amazon Black Friday deals that you can score right now -- including TVs, robot vacuums, headphones, laptops, security cameras, home essentials, and more.

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OpenAI investors push to bring Altman back as CEO one day after he was ousted by board

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Some OpenAI investors are joining together to try to get Sam Altman to return as CEO after the board fired him on Friday

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Facebook-parent Meta breaks up its Responsible AI team

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Most members of the RAI team have been reassigned to the company's Generative AI product division.

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The Samsung S95C OLED for $700 off is my pick for best Black Friday TV deal

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Exceptional contrast and low-light scenes that are surprisingly distinguishable make this one of the best OLED TVs yet. And it's on sale during Black Friday week.

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OpenAI ousted CEO Sam Altman, but is reportedly reconsidering the move

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Reports on Saturday claim that the board has gone back to Altman and asked him to return to the CEO role, under pressure from investors.

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Serious about fitness? This Garmin is a near-perfect sports watch, and it's $200 off right now

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Garmin achieves near perfection with the Epix Pro and its AMOLED display, LED flashlight, flawless construction, and extensive ecosystem. This Black Friday deal makes it even more worth it.

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Sam Altman's last days as OpenAI CEO gave no indication trouble was brewing

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In the weeks leading up to Sam Altman's ouster on Friday, the OpenAI CEO was as active in public as ever

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OpenAI's Sam Altman exits as CEO because 'board no longer has confidence' in his ability to lead

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OpenAI's board of directors said Friday that Sam Altman will step down as CEO and that technology chief Mira Murati will become interim CEO.

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Apple, Disney, other media companies pause advertising on X after Elon Musk boosted antisemitic tweet

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Apple, Disney, Warner Bros., Comcast, and Lions Gate have paused online ad campaigns on X after owner Elon Musk made antisemitic comments on the platform.

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Tech stocks wrap up strongest three-week rally since early days of Covid in April 2020

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The Nasdaq just closed out its best three-week run since April 2020, driven by encouraging data on inflation

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The best early Black Friday storage and SSD deals

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Take advantage of the best early Black Friday deals on HDDs, SSDs, and flash drives, from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and more.

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Best early Black Friday deals on products ZDNET's tested and recommend

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For Black Friday deals on products that are truly worth the money, look no further than this list of gadgets and gizmos tested by ZDNET's subject matter experts.

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OpenAI ousts its CEO, Sam Altman, the face of generative AI

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'The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.'

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Mastercard says wide adoption of central bank digital currencies is 'difficult'

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The difficult part of CBDCs is adoption, Ashok Venkateswaran, Mastercard's blockchain and digital assets lead for Asia-Pacific, told CNBC.

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Amazon will allow auto dealers to sell cars on its site, starting with Hyundai

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The company has slowly entered the car buying business over the years by launching a digital showroom for shoppers to research and compare vehicles.

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Elon Musk boosts antisemitic tweet, claims ADL and other groups push 'anti-white' messaging

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Musk agreed with a tweet that said Jewish people have been pushing "dialectical hatred" against whites, and later criticized the Anti-Defamation League.

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New Partnership with the Philippines to Explore Semiconductor Supply Chain Opportunities

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Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State will collaborate with the Government of the Philippines to explore opportunities to grow and diversify the global semiconductor ecosystem under the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund, created by the CHIPS Act of 2022.  This partnership will help create a more resilient, secure, and sustainable global semiconductor value chain.
The initial phase will involve a comprehensive assessment of the Philippines' existing semiconductor ecosystem and regulatory framework, as well as workforce and infrastructure needs.  The insights gained from the assessment will serve as the basis for potential future joint initiatives to advance this critical sector.
The United States and the Philippines are key partners in ensuring the global semiconductor supply chain can keep pace with the digital transformation underway worldwide.  Manufacturing of essential products ranging from vehicles to medical devices relies upon the strength and resilience of the semiconductor supply chain.  This collaboration between the United States and the Philippines underscores the significant potential to expand the Philippines' semiconductor industry, to the benefit of both of our nations.
In August 2022, President Biden signed the CHIPS Act of 2022, a U.S. law that appropriated new funding to boost domestic manufacturing and research of semiconductors in the United States.  The CHIPS Act of 2022 created the ITSI Fund, which provides the U.S. Department of State with $500 million ($100 million per year over five years, starting in Fiscal Year 2023) to promote the development and adoption of secure and trustworthy telecommunications networks and ensure semiconductor supply chain security and diversification through new programs and initiatives with our allies and partners.
More information about the ITSI Fund: The U.S. Department of State International Technology Security and Innovation Fund.


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Tuning the Linux kernel with AI, according to ByteDance

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Linux works well for most jobs, but to get it to work great requires kernel tuning, and that's never easy. ByteDance has a proposal to make this easier.

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How to set up Alexa's new Map View, and why you'll need one of these iOS devices

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Map View makes it easier to control smart home devices in different rooms, but it's not available for all Amazon Alexa users.

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Acting Special Coordinator for the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment Matza's Travel to San Francisco

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Office of the Spokesperson

Acting Special Coordinator for the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI) Helaina Matza will travel to San Francisco November 15-16 to participate in meetings during Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week.  In San Francisco, she will advance ongoing PGI-led efforts to advance investment in quality, sustainable infrastructure opportunities in the Indo-Pacific.  Acting Special Coordinator Matzawill meet with government officials also attending Leaders' Week as well as private sector partners to discuss potential infrastructure financing in the Asia-Pacific region. Acting Special Coordinator Matza will also attend the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI) Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Investor Forum co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Senior Advisor to the President Amos Hochstein. This forum will focus on identifying ways to mobilize capital, unlock sustainable long-term economic growth, facilitate commercial activity, and strengthen supply chains in IPEF countries.


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Amazon's Black Friday sale starts tomorrow -- Here's the 78 best deals live now

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Amazon's holiday sales will officially kick-off tomorrow and run through Nov. 27, but ZDNET rounded up the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you can score right now -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, laptops, security cameras, home essentials and more.

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Cisco stock plunges on light guidance after product order slowdown

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Cisco's pace of product orders decelerated as customers worked to implement offerings they bought in the past few quarters.

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Cruise is taking all its vehicles off public roads amid expanded safety probe, staff changes

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Cruise, General Motors' embattled driverless car unit, said Tuesday it will pause all public road operations: supervised, manual and driverless.

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Microsoft is fine avoiding China as U.S. considers national security implications, CEO Satya Nadella says

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC's Jon Fortt that the company has notable Chinese customers that operate outside the mainland

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The 65 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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Amazon's holiday sales will officially run from Nov. 17-27, but ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon that you can score right now -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, laptops, home essentials and more.

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The best sound systems of 2023: Expert recommended

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The top sound systems bring music or movies to the next level with clear immersive audio and wireless capabilities. Plus, some are on sale for Black Friday.

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The 13 weirdest Black Friday deals we've found for your stocking stuffer needs

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These doodads from Amazon make great novelty gifts for your Secret Santa pick, or the person in your life who has everything.

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Secretary Blinken's Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Republic of Korea Park

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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko and Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Park Jin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in San Francisco.
Secretary Blinken, Foreign Ministers Park and Kamikawa discussed the situation in the Middle East, the DPRK's increasingly destabilizing actions, including Pyongyang's support for Russia amidst Russia's war of aggression, and the importance of greater economic cooperation. 
The three discussed the importance of greater economic cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to build on the historic Camp David Summit to enhance U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral efforts in strengthening regional security, promoting economic prosperity, and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States' ironclad commitment to the defense of Japan and the ROK.


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Snap shares jump on deal with Amazon that lets users buy products without changing apps

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Snap shares rose on Tuesday, underscoring investor enthusiasm over a new online advertising deal with Amazon

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Alphabet pays Apple 36% of Safari search revenue, Sundar Pichai confirms

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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday confirmed that Google pays Apple 36% of Safari search revenue, under the terms of a default search agreement.

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Joint Statement of the Japan-U.S. Economic Policy Consultative Committee

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The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Government of Japan on the occasion of the second ministerial meeting of the Japan-U.S. Economic Policy Consultative Committee. 
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We, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs KAMIKAWA Yoko; Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry NISHIMURA Yasutoshi; United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken; and United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, convened in San Francisco on November 14, 2023, for the second ministerial meeting of the Japan-U.S. Economic Policy Consultative Committee (EPCC).  
Japan and the United States have taken concrete steps to advance economic prosperity and security in 2023, including as part of Japan's G7 presidency and the U.S. APEC host year. We affirm our continued shared commitment to enhancing the rules-based international economic order and making our economies more competitive and resilient. 
Together with like-minded partners, we intend to build on efforts such as the G7 Leaders' Statement on Economic Resilience and Economic Security and APEC to create a resilient and sustainable future for all, including through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). These efforts enhance our ongoing, bilateral strategic coordination on economic resilience and economic security by further reducing vulnerabilities and countering malign practices that exploit and reinforce those vulnerabilities. 
We aim to maximally align our economic, technology, and related strategies to advance innovation and build the industrial base, supply chains, and strategic emerging industries of the future, while at the same time accelerating our decarbonization efforts in line with our 2030 climate commitments and achieving global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest. We commit to promote public-private collaboration toward this end, including in furtherance of reskilling and workforce development, as well as startup-friendly ecosystems, while supporting women's economic empowerment, women's leadership in the public and private sectors, and women entrepreneurs. We also plan to pursue cross-sectoral initiatives to further strengthen business-to-business collaboration between our two countries, including maximizing innovation and investment to support the clean energy transition. 
We intend to strategically promote coordination of policies to address rising threats to our economic and national security, and to enhance communication with other like-minded partners to achieve this objective. We also intend to enhance private sector engagement, to better inform our vision under EPCC. 
We remain deeply concerned with the impact of Russia's brutal war of aggression against Ukraine that continues to inflict death and destruction upon Ukraine's people. Russia's heinous war is also exacerbating fragility in the global economy by disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, increasing risk to financial stability, contributing to inflation, exacerbating market volatility, and constraining growth. We intend to continue to coordinate on preventing the cutting-edge technologies we develop, as well as existing technologies that are useful for military purposes, from being used to further military capabilities that threaten international peace and security.  

Strengthening the Rules-Based Economic Order in the Indo-Pacific Region 

1. Economic Engagement with the Indo-Pacific Region 
As Indo-Pacific nations, we have a shared responsibility to advance peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. As the region stands vulnerable to economic coercion and non-market policies and practices, it is critical to enhance resilience by building trusted supply chains and promoting open markets and fair competition. We need to encourage the region to uphold meaningful labor, social, and environmental protections that attract high-quality investment and downstream buyers. We also need to encourage regional actors to enhance economic integration with trusted partners. We welcome the significant progress made this year to deepen regional economic cooperation through IPEF and look forward to continuing to work closely with our IPEF partners to enhance our economic competitiveness in the region and globally. Acknowledging the impact of existing partnerships and initiatives to promote trade and investment in the Indo-Pacific region, we intend to use EPCC as a venue for bilateral discussions on further deepening economic ties in the region. 
2. Addressing Non-Market Policies and Practices 
We aim to build on the G7 Leaders' Statement on Economic Resilience and Economic Security to address non-market policies and practices that are increasingly used to create and reinforce strategic dependencies and systemic vulnerabilities. These non-market policies and practices pose a systemic challenge and are deployed strategically, systematically, and in combination to fundamentally skew the playing field, dominate domestic and global markets, and create vulnerabilities in global supply chains. We are seriously concerned about the wide and evolving range of such policies and practices, which include all forms of forced technology transfer, as well as harmful industrial subsidies and market-distortive practices of state-owned enterprises, including those that create excess capacity. Japan and the United States are working bilaterally, as well as with other like-minded partners, to address the systemic challenges posed by non-market policies and practices through utilizing and developing tools, as well as international rules and norms. 
3. Addressing Economic Coercion 
We affirm our bilateral information sharing and coordination on deterring and countering economic coercion, as well as our work with other like-minded partners, including through the G7 Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion. We welcome economic analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to deepen our understanding of the effects of economic coercion. We intend to continue to improve our ability to deter and mount a coordinated response to instances of economic coercion. We plan to continue engaging partners in the Indo-Pacific region to help them identify and reduce economic vulnerabilities to support their economic development, resilience, and prosperity. We remain vigilant and intend to continue to assess potential impacts of export restrictions on critical minerals, which could significantly affect production of solar panels, semiconductors, and other essential inputs for electric vehicles, computers, and smart devices. 
4. Addressing Trade Restrictions not based on Scientific Principles or Substantiated by Scientific Evidence 
We reiterate that measures affecting the free trade of food and agricultural products should be based on scientific principles and substantiated by scientific evidence and that restrictions on the imports of Japanese food products should be immediately rescinded. We reaffirm our satisfaction with Japan's plans to discharge Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) treated water, in light of findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international experts that Japan's plans are safe, science-based, and transparent. We acknowledge the reported monitoring results after each discharge to date, showing that the concentration of nuclides including tritium in sea water and marine products are far below internationally recognized standards. 
5. Building Transparent, Resilient, and Sustainable Supply Chains 
We intend to work together to formulate transparent, resilient, and sustainable supply chain strategies that promote reliable and trustworthy sources for strategic goods and also advance environmental protections. Through such efforts, we aim to promote a level playing field and counter non-market policies and practices.  
6. Promoting Quality Infrastructure and Sustainable Investment and Addressing Opaque Lending Practices 
We intend to continue working together with partner countries to make concrete progress in fostering investment under the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI), building on the G7 Hiroshima Summit and G20 New Delhi Summit. To this end, the United States and Japan support the establishment of a Blue Dot Network Secretariat to certify quality infrastructure projects. We will continue calling on all actors to adhere to international rules, standards, and principles for investment, lending, and debt transparency, including those in the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment, the G20 Operational Guidelines for Sustainable Financing, the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. We are expanding economic and diplomatic ties with Pacific Island Countries, including in the area of economic cooperation, by leveraging the private sector to enhance the business environment of these countries, and by jointly promoting the provision of business development support and access to fair, competitive, and transparent financing for startups and micro, small, and medium enterprises that contribute to the solutions needed for issues such as climate resilience and addressing the infrastructure gap. 
7. Personal Data Protection and Privacy 
Through the Japan-U.S. Commercial and Industrial Partnership (JUCIP), we will continue collaborating to facilitate cross-border data flows and effective data and privacy protections globally. In support of our efforts to enable cross-border data flows and operationalize Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), we plan to coordinate bilaterally and multilaterally on outreach to partners to promote expansion of the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum. We are committed to the establishment and promotion of the Global CBPR and Global Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) Systems as government-backed, internationally recognized certifications that can serve as the basis for the interoperability of privacy regimes globally. Furthering the objectives of effective data protection and privacy, we also intend to identify bilateral and multilateral opportunities for collaboration on the promotion of the OECD Declaration on Government Access to Personal Data Held by Private Sector Entities, including demonstrating how our countries adhere to the principles in the Declaration under our national laws and legal procedures, engaging non-OECD countries about supporting the Declaration, and providing input to planned OECD-led efforts to develop a roadmap for how non-OECD countries can demonstrate consistency with the Declaration. 

Enhancing Economic Resilience and Promoting and Protecting Critical and Emerging Technologies 

8. Computing Technology 
A) Semiconductors 
We intend to continue to consult closely on global semiconductor supply and demand trends to strengthen supply chains among like-minded partners and to enhance efforts toward early warning systems to detect disruptions to the supply of semiconductors. We intend to build upon productive discussions under the Joint Task Force on the development of next-generation semiconductors to enable new designs for chips used in emerging industrial applications. We encourage cooperation on the R&D roadmap to be accelerated between Japan's Leading-edge Semiconductor Technology Center (LSTC) and the U.S. National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC). We intend to promote cooperation in talent development involving academia and national research institutes and intend to start a collaborative project from next year while expanding and following up on these concrete projects.   
B) Artificial Intelligence 
We intend to lead discussions around AI with other like-minded partners in international fora, including the G7 Hiroshima AI Process and elsewhere. We welcome progress under the Hiroshima AI Process, particularly the Hiroshima Process International Guiding Principles for Organizations Developing Advanced AI Systems and the Hiroshima Process International Code of Conduct for Organizations Developing Advanced AI Systems and affirm our determination to further advance the Hiroshima AI Process together with other G7 members. We intend to continue supporting efforts by relevant ministers of the G7 to conduct multi-stakeholder outreach and consultation within the G7 and beyond. We share a sense of the need for improving the interoperability of governance frameworks and welcome the opportunity to collaborate toward developing a crosswalk, to be led by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Japan's Information-technology Promotion Agency, between the NIST AI Risk Management Framework and Japan's AI Guidelines. We intend to cooperate on expanding the availability of cutting-edge semiconductors essential for the development of generative AI in Japan and the United States. 
C) Quantum Information Science and Technology 
We welcome the revision of the MOU between NIST and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), which expands their cooperation toquantum technology, as well as the initiation of joint discussions on shared research interests and international standardization activities in support of the development of robust quantum supply chains and practical use cases. 
9. Biotechnology 
In view of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, we intend to promote linkages between the public and private sectors toward strengthening the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industrial base. We intend to continue working to enhance our competitiveness in biomanufacturing and to foster a healthy ecosystem for drug discovery and innovative biotechnology research between our two countries. 
10. Clean Energy Technology 
We intend to work to strengthen battery supply chains and promote innovative technologies such as perovskite solar cells, floating offshore wind, and advanced nuclear reactors, including small modular reactors. We intend to support the development of international standards and evaluation methods to grow the global market for secure, sustainable, and resilient clean energy technology while accelerating the deployment of these technologies in our domestic markets this decade. 
11. Advanced Communications Technology 
We intend to work to accelerate the adoption of 5G networks with Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) as a secure, commercially viable telecommunications approach in global markets, including by building workforce capacity and raising awareness of the Open RAN model. To this end, Japan intends to support the Asia Open RAN Academy (AORA) in the Philippines in its regional expansion to India and the Pacific Islands, as well as the development and implementation of the AORA interoperability lab in the Philippines. We intend to continue to advance the U.S.-Japan Global Digital Connectivity Partnership through the U.S.-Japan Dialogue on Digital Economy. We plan to continue supporting efforts to build secure and open 5G networks globally with an ambition to significantly increase the market share of Open RAN in the 5G market. Such efforts may include workshops, seminars, and proof-of-concept projects in third countries. 
12. Critical Minerals 
We are committed to continuing to support local value creation in critical minerals supply chains, including processing and refining, to ensure those supply chains remain robust, resilient, responsible, and transparent. We plan to continue our collaboration through the Minerals Security Partnership to strengthen supply chains for critical minerals; promote responsible and sustainable investment in extraction, processing, and recycling; and to drive high Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards in order to reduce dependence on certain countries. We support efforts to promote e-waste recycling in our countries and other partner countries in the Indo-Pacific region.   
13. Energy Security 
We underscore our commitment to reduce reliance on Russian energy. We intend to deepen our cooperation on nuclear energy and the building of robust civil nuclear energy supply chains. We aim to continue cooperation to support the development and deployment of advanced nuclear reactors, consistent with highest international nuclear security, nonproliferation, and safety standards, in each of our countries and in third countries, including through the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of SMR Technology (FIRST) program, building upon our existing cooperation in third countries such as Romania, Indonesia, and Ghana. We endorse the expanded use of zero-emission and renewable energy resources such as offshore wind, solar, nuclear, and others as appropriate to accelerate decarbonization of our respective power sectors during this critical decade, in line with domestic and international climate commitments, as well as the role of clean hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia, in decarbonizing hard to abate sectors, and we shared perspectives on the potential use of those fuels to generate zero-emission thermal power. We commend and support private sector efforts to strengthen supply chains for hydrogen production and utilization, including through joint workshops, seminars, research, and development. We intend to enhance action to reduce methane emissions across sectors, including from internationally traded fossil fuels, and to support methane emissions reduction in third countries. We welcome the conclusion of the Japan-U.S. Energy Security Dialogue at the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, California, from October 16-18, where our two countries reiterated our aim to strengthen our collective energy security and accelerate the clean energy transition. 
14. Food Security 
We remain committed to promoting rules-based, open, fair, transparent, predictable, and non-discriminatory trade as an essential basis for building more resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems, promoting food security, and making nutritious food more available and affordable. We welcome the launch of and intend to actively engage in the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils and to continue addressing food insecurity, including by collaborating on climate adaptation for nutritious crops and healthy soils in Africa and beyond. Recognizing the impact of the climate crisis on global food security, we intend to work together to support ambitious public and private agricultural research and development efforts to pursue increased agricultural productivity, soil health, and nutrition to meet the food needs of a growing global population. We encourage the private sector to be involved in efforts to make small farming more resilient and sustainable around the world and commend the Enhanced Linkages between Private sector and Small-scale producers (ELPS) initiative as welcomed in the 2023 G7 Agriculture Ministers' Communique. We welcome the establishment of the Japan-U.S. Dialogue on Sustainable Agriculture as announced in Miyazaki, Japan. We condemn Russia's weaponization of food exports and recognize the importance to global food security of resuming the shipment of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea. We intend to continue cooperating with like-minded countries to urge Russia to return to the Black Sea Grain Initiative to enable more normal shipments of Ukraine's grain and to improve global food security.   
15. Cybersecurity 
We applaud the success of the U.S.-led Cybersecurity Business Development Mission to Japan in September 2023 and intend to continue promoting information sharing on cybersecurity threats, including through discussion of threat assessment and mitigation efforts in the Japan-U.S. Cyber Dialogue. We also intend to continue working to ensure interoperability of Internet-of-Things (IoT) device labeling schemes currently in development in both countries. We intend to coordinate efforts on outreach to other like-minded partners towards global interoperability of IoT device labeling schemes. We intend to strengthen research collaboration between AIST's Cyber Physical Security Research Center (CPSEC) and NIST on cryptography and hardware security technologies under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for comprehensive research cooperation between AIST and NIST, which was renewed in 2019. 
16. Export Controls 
We intend to continue strengthening our cooperation on export controls to prevent our critical and emerging technologies, including microelectronics and surveillance systems, from being diverted for military or other uses that could potentially threaten international peace and security. 
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X, formerly Twitter, being 'overrun by trolls and lunatics' after Musk takeover, Wikipedia founder says

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A war of words between the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Elon Musk goes back to last year.

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The 63 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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The 32 best early Black Friday 2023 Sam's Club deals

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If Sam's Club is your go-to for savings, you're in luck. ZDNET is gathering all the best early Black Friday deals already available.

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The 15 best early Black Friday 2023 Dell deals

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Salesforce appoints longtime executive Denise Dresser as Slack CEO

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Longtime Salesforce executive Denise Dresser has been appointed CEO of Slack, according to Marc Benioff.

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Nvidia unveils H200, its newest high-end chip for training AI models

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Nvidia said the H200 will generate output nearly twice as fast as the H100, based on a test using Meta's Llama 2 large language model.

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Senior Official for APEC Ambassador Matt Murray On the Secretary's Upcoming Travel to San Francisco, California for theAsia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders' Week Meetings

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MR PATEL:  Hey, everybody.  Thanks so much for joining us this morning for this preview call to preview both Secretary Blinken and President Biden's visit to APEC.  This call will be on the record but embargoed until the call's conclusion.  And joining us today we have the senior official for APEC, Ambassador Matt Murray.  We'll have some questions at the end, but before we turn to that, let me turn it over to Ambassador Murray to make some opening remarks.
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Well, thanks, Vedant, and it's good to be with all of you to preview what's coming up in APEC Economic Leaders' Week here in San Francisco.  The Leaders' Week program is the culmination of our year as the host of APEC before we hand over the responsibility to Peru, the APEC host economy in 2024.  At the outset, I would like to note that we truly appreciate the strong collaboration and support from San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and other state and local leaders and stakeholders as they prepare to welcome delegates from the 21 APEC economies next - this week.  It's going to be a great event due in large part to their outstanding efforts.
Our host year APEC theme, Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All, and our key policy priorities - interconnected, innovative, and inclusive - have guided our agenda this year and underscore U.S. dedication to the Asia-Pacific region.  Despite challenges from conflict and natural disasters, APEC remains committed to economic cooperation in this dynamic region that represents 40 percent of the world's population, nearly half of global trade, and over 60 percent of the global economy.  APEC economies unequivocally play an important role in ensuring global prosperity.
And the economic impact of our engagement in APEC translates into real opportunities and job growth here at home.  As of 2022, APEC members are the source of $1.7 trillion of investment into the United States, investment that provides jobs to 2.3 million American workers.  Likewise, U.S. exports to APEC economies in 2022 surpassed 1.3 trillion, with agricultural exports alone reaching $136 billion.  Over one-half - 55 percent - of all of our total exports were destined for APEC economies, and these exports support almost 7 million U.S. jobs, underlining the impact of our interconnected economies to communities all across the United States.
Throughout the year, we focused on key areas like the just energy transition, food security, disaster risk reduction, and the digital economy.  We've also worked to empower micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, women, indigenous peoples, and underrepresented communities in every region of the United States.  Our commitment to economic resilience is reflected in promoting good regulatory practices in APEC, implementing structural reforms, and combating corruption.
This week in San Francisco, we will hold our final two ministerial meetings.  The finance ministers meeting will be chaired by Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, while Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai will jointly convene their foreign and trade counterparts for the APEC ministerial meeting.  To conclude the week, President Biden will lead the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, establishing a strategic vision for regional collaboration in the coming year.
Leaders' Week will also feature the APEC Business Advisory Council dialogue with leaders, the APEC CEO Summit, the inaugural APEC Multistakeholder Forum, the inaugural Sustainable Future Forum, and other events organized by the private sector, civil society, academia, and nonprofit organizations.  We're proud of the progress that we've made this year through APEC and we remain committed to enhancing partnerships and engaging with stakeholders across the region as we continue working toward a resilient and sustainable future for all our people.
Importantly, APEC Economic Leaders' Week is just the most recent example of our engagement with the region.  Even in the face of unprecedented challenges around the globe, our commitment to this agenda and our partners in the Asia Pacific region has never been clearer.  In the past few weeks alone, Secretary Blinken has traveled to Tokyo for meetings with our G7 partners to tackle some of today's greatest challenges and to Seoul to strengthen coordination on a range of key issues.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is leading the U.S. delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands to reiterate U.S. commitment to addressing key Pacific priorities.  Secretary Austin is also visiting the ROK followed by meetings in Indonesia with his ASEAN counterparts, and this comes right after his 2+2 ministerial meeting in India with the Secretary last week.
President Biden and Vice President Harris have also been deeply involved in these efforts.  In October, President Biden hosted Australian Prime Minister Albanese for a successful visit.  In September, he hosted the Pacific Islands Forum Summit at the White House and upgraded our relationship with Vietnam to a comprehensive strategic partnership.  Vice President Harris traveled to Indonesia for the U.S.-ASEAN and East Asia summits the same month.  And we all have seen how the President is instrumentalizing our regional alliances when he hosted his Korean and Japanese counterparts at Camp David in August.  Both the President and Vice President look forward to welcoming APEC economic leaders to San Francisco this week to further highlight our longstanding economic ties with the Asia Pacific region.
In closing, we look forward to welcoming representatives of the other 20 APEC economies to San Francisco, and certainly all - certainly invite all of you as members of the media to actively participate, whether in person or virtually, in the press conferences and briefings during APEC Economic Leaders' Week.  Your reporting and perspectives are invaluable in amplifying the impact of APEC's efforts across the country and across the Asia Pacific region.  Thank you, and I look forward to taking your questions.
MR PATEL:  Great, thanks so much.  Operator, could you please repeat instructions on how to enter the question queue?
OPERATOR:  Certainly.  Ladies and gentlemen, if you have a question, please press 1 then 0 on your telephone keypad.  You can withdraw that question any time by repeating the 1-0 command.  If you are using a speaker phone, please pick up the handset before pressing the numbers.  Once again, if you have a question, 1 then 0 at this time.
MR PATEL:  Let's first go to the line of Josh Rogin with The Washington Post
QUESTION:  Hi, guys.  Thank you so much for doing the call.  I'm wondering if you could talk more about the IPEF economic forum interactions - what bilaterals might you have planned with members of that grouping, and can you preview any of the deliverables that might come out of it, and at the end of this what will you have to point back at to say that you made progress on the economic and trade and investment portion of this summit?  Thanks so much. 
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Sorry, the beginning of that was garbled.  Was it about IPEF, or what was the first part of the question?
MR PATEL:  Yes, it was on IPEF, Matt.
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Okay.  All right, sure.  So I think importantly APEC Leaders' Week is also a great opportunity to be a platform for a lot of these other regional economic discussions.  The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, of course, is one, where the negotiations are being led by the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative's office.  And we have 12 partners in common between IPEF and APEC, so certainly this week is a good opportunity to take advantage of counterparts from all of those APEC and IPEF members being in town at the same time, and being able to continue to hammer out in the negotiations some specific outcomes that they can be announced this week. 
We'll also have an IPEF ministerial that will be ongoing, and I think that as we've seen with APEC and IPEF throughout the year, there's a lot of complementarity between the topics that are being discussed in IPEF and the pillars on trade and on supply chains and on decarbonization and on anti-corruption and tax.  A lot of these issues are issues we also work on and focus on in APEC.  And so we certainly have been collaborating closely with our interagency counterparts who are leading the IPEF negotiations and look forward to what they're going to be able to announce later in the week.  Thanks.
MR PATEL:  Thanks so much.  Let's next go to the line of Gavin Bade with Politico.
QUESTION:  Hi there.  Thanks for doing this.  I just wanted to follow up on the IPEF - specifically, we've seen some reports over the weekend and this morning that the trade negotiations, the trade pillar of IPEF, may not be finalized at the APEC summit here.  What are you all telling your trading partners right now on that?  I know there had been some concern in Congress about that specifically from Sherrod Brown.  Are we going to see a finalized trade pillar this week or not?
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  So on that I would defer - refer you to U.S. Trade Representative's office as they're leading on that discussion.  I think, again, the focus of myself and our team out here this week has been really on the APEC meetings that are - we're going to be hosting this week, the ministerial and the leaders' meeting, and all of the other things associated with that, including the CEO summit, a lot of private sector engagement, the outreach to stakeholders, and all of that. 
So on any specifics on where the negotiations are on the trade pillar for IPEF, I'd refer you to USTR.
MR PATEL:  Let's next go to David Brunnstrom with Reuters.
QUESTION:  Yeah, hi.  Can you hear me okay?
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Yes.
MR PATEL:  Go ahead.
QUESTION:  Okay, thank you.  I just wondered whether we can expect a final strong statement coming from the APEC countries.  I mean, given the divisions on issues such as the Middle East and Ukraine, is it really possible to have a joint statement that addresses those issues?  Thank you. 
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Thanks for the question.  We're certainly working towards having a strong consensus statement in APEC for the leaders to be able to release at the end of the week.  As you pointed out, there's been a lot of friction over the last couple of years with statements primarily due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.  Russia, of course, is a member of APEC, and many of the APEC economies have felt the detrimental economic impact of the war in Ukraine on the economies in the region, in terms of food security, energy security, macroeconomic instability, et cetera. 
So that has been certainly an issue that's been difficult to manage in APEC.  But last year, Thailand hosted APEC and was able to announce a consensus Leaders' Declaration, and we certainly want to try to do the same thing this year.  And we're working very hard with all of our likeminded partners and economies, economic partners throughout APEC, to try to deliver that kind of result.
MR PATEL:  Let's next go to George Kelly with The San Francisco Standard.
QUESTION:  Good morning.  I wanted to ask if there's anything that San Francisco, as a setting for the conference, has made either easier and more fruitful or difficult and more challenging in terms of convening dignitaries, diplomats, and executives.
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Thanks for the question.  San Francisco has done an incredible job.  I first came here for an advance visit in January and met with many of the city officials.  And of course, at that point in time, planning for APEC Economic Leaders' Week was still in just its earliest stages.  To - I came back in June for some meetings and for - to do some outreach events, and then coming back in November and to see the progress the city has made in getting ready for this major event, which, as Mayor London Breed and has said, is going to be the largest gathering of international leaders here in San Francisco since 1945.  It's truly been remarkable.
I think also, for us on the APEC team, our focus has been on the policy side of what we're trying to deliver in APEC.  We talked about the theme being creating a resilient and sustainable future for all.  A lot of our focal points from a policy perspective are on sustainability and inclusivity, on the digital economy, and on resiliency.  And so when you look for a city to host a meeting like this, you want to find the best possible backdrop where you can highlight all of those policy priorities.  And I can't think of a better place right now than San Francisco to be able to serve as that backdrop this week. 
So we're very excited about the partnership we've been able to develop with the city in the planning for this, and we're really looking forward to a terrific week here in San Francisco.
MR PATEL:  Let's next go to David Akin with Global News.
OPERATOR:  Mr. Akin, your line is open, sir.
QUESTION:  Sorry.  I'm the guy who forgot to hit unmute on this particular call.  Thank you for taking our questions.  Very much appreciated.  Ambassador, I just wonder if you could sketch out what, if any, presence Russia has at this particular series of meetings.  Obviously, their leader's not going to be attending, but is there any presence at any of the ministerial levels?  Just curious if you could sketch out that.
And also, India, of course, is not an APEC member, but I'm wondering as well:  Has India - have any sort of standing at any of these - for the ministerials, just to sort of exchange some views? 
And then finally, I just wondered:  As you were on your travels talking to other APEC member economies, I'm wondering what you got in terms of some of the priorities you saw.  Were some countries interested in climate?  Was it mostly trade?  What about security, the rise of China, gender issues, getting women in the workforce - I mean, there's a whole host of things.  Maybe you could give us your sense, as you prepare the agenda, what was on the - what was on the priority list for some of the members that would be arriving.
So three questions there.  Sorry to give you so many.
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  No, thanks for the questions.  I'm going to hit the last one first, if that's okay.  I think one of the things we've seen over the last year and a half, in coming out of the COVID pandemic, both Thailand's APEC host year last year and in our APEC host year this year, is that there's a - I think, in my view, a remarkable convergence across the APEC region in identifying the challenges that we all face and shared concerns that we all have. 
I mentioned a moment ago looking at issues around sustainability and digital economy and resiliency, and I think those issues come up in every single engagement, every single visit that I've certainly had around the region.  And that's whether - I was in New Zealand at the beginning of the year in the middle of a cyclone, where there's a lot of discussion about the sustainability issue at that time.  I was in Singapore within the last year talking about supply chain resiliency and some of those issues.  I was in Peru a couple months ago in preparation for their host year, and certainly we were talking a lot about issues around economic inclusion.
And so as you travel around the region, all of these things come up a lot.  And a big one, too, is how small- and medium-size enterprises can be successful.  That's a real key point across the region right now as well and how they can be connected to supply chains.  And you mentioned women's economic participation and women's economic empowerment as well.  I think there's a really strong convergence across the region on the importance of these issues.
I think the challenge in APEC - or any international fora - is while the concerns are all shared and the identification of the problem set may be shared, the view on what to do about it differs from economy to economy.  I think that's true whether you're talking about sustainability or digital resiliency or whatever.
So for me, that, I think, is why APEC is a really important forum, because it does allow us to convene leaders, ministers, senior officials, experts in various fields together across a whole year.  We've had meetings already in Honolulu, in Palm Springs, in Detroit, in Seattle, and now San Francisco to try to come up with consensus-based, non-binding ways to really share best practices and be able to collaborate on these issues.  So I think that's how I would kind of describe the current state of play there. 
On Russia's participation, they'll be represented by their deputy prime minister in the leaders' meeting.  We have been pretty consistent all year long in saying that, while we were very excited to be hosting APEC, we would do so within the laws and regulations of the United States, including with respect to sanctions.  And so Russia will have officials here but they will be non-sanctioned officials.  I did - was in meetings earlier this week with my senior official counterpart from Russia, and we - there will be Russians in various meetings, but not at the same level because of the sanctions issue. 
And then with respect to India, we've invited India to be one of the guest economies this year, and so we're expecting Indian participation at the ministerial level on Thursday.  And we should be confirming the name of India's participant in that very soon.  Thanks.
MR PATEL:  Let's now go to Morgan Chalfant with Semafor.
QUESTION:  Thanks so much for doing this.  I just wanted to ask you about AI.  There are some reports about a potential agreement on AI between the U.S. and China coming out of the Biden-Xi meeting.  I'm wondering if you can confirm that this is the case.  Can you talk a little bit about what that might look like and what the thinking behind it is?
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Sure, thanks for the question.  I don't have any information on an AI agreement between the U.S. and China coming out of the bilat.  I will say that, just generally speaking across, again, the APEC arc of meetings throughout the year, AI has come up in a number of different ways.  And certainly, there's obviously a growing interest around the region in how we can collaborate in this area. 
We've talked about AI in APEC meetings, at the Human Resources Development Working Group in terms of how AI factors into the future of work.  We've talked about AI and responsible use of AI through some of the digital meetings, particularly in Seattle in August.  And there are certainly going to be events happening this week in which AI is going to be discussed.  But I don't think we're at a point, at least in APEC, where we're ready to announce some broader agreement or broader understanding on an outcome related specifically to AI.  I do think, though, that this year has been a very good opportunity for us to advance discussions in that area, and we want to continue to do so as we move forward in APEC and also in other fora, and certainly bilaterally.
MR PATEL:  Great, thanks so much.  And let's go to Demetri Sevastopulo from the Financial Times.
QUESTION:  Thank you.  Can you hear me okay? 
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Yes. 
QUESTION:  Great, thanks.  Matt, I'm curious - of all the announcements coming this week, what do you think is going to resonate most with the average layperson who's not steeped in these issues to the point that they'll go, oh, that's very interesting, that's significant? 
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Thanks for the question.  I think that as we look at a big summit like APEC, and we're hearing about this a lot this week in San Francisco in - particularly with how does it relate to average people.  I think one of the things we're very pleased about with the direction of APEC over the last couple of years that - it's become a much more comprehensive discussion where, for example, sustainability and inclusion are really key topics of conversation. 
One of the things that we did in collaboration with the city of San Francisco earlier this week is myself and my senior official counterparts from Australia and Thailand, we did a press conference for high school students from the Bay Area, from public schools here.  And I was really struck by their questions really being all about the topics around sustainability and inclusion.  So I think from the APEC perspective specifically, the degree to which we're able to announce some progress on the sustainability and inclusion front I'm very hopeful will be - will resonate with regular people, with students, with other stakeholders. 
We also this week held a multistakeholder forum for the first time, which was hosted by Commonwealth Club and World Affairs Council here in San Francisco.  They put together the program.  They invited members of civil society and students and journalists and others from around the APEC region to come here for a three-and-a-half-day program on the just energy transition.  And I was pleased to be able to participate in the opening of that, and really, again, that issue really resonates right now in so many ways for people, whether they are focused on the clean energy piece or climate change or labor issues or whatever it might be.  So I think that our discussions in that area, our outcomes in that area are also very important. 
I think secondly, I would just say, again, APEC is a great platform for a lot of things to happen, and a lot of the bilateral engagements that are going happen here, a lot of the other activities that are going to happen here - I remember first hearing about APEC as a student and being very interested in its just convening power.  And so to have this situation in 2023 where we're able to convene all these leaders and ministers and get to some specific outcomes in those meetings, we certainly hope that that will also resonate with the public as well.
MR PATEL:  Great, thank you so much.  That's all the time we have for questions today.  Again, I want to thank everyone for joining.  As a reminder, this call was on the record and embargoed until the call's conclusion, which will be momentarily.  Thanks for joining. 
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:  Thank you, everyone.


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Amazon cuts more than 180 jobs in gaming division

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Amazon on Monday announced it will cut more than 180 jobs in its Amazon Games division as it refocuses its efforts on Prime Gaming.

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New Partnership with Indonesia to Explore Semiconductor Supply Chain Opportunities

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Office of the SpokespersonThe U.S. State Department will partner with the Government of Indonesia to explore opportunities to grow and diversify the global semiconductor ecosystem under the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund, created by the CHIPS Act of 2022. This partnership will help create a more resilient, secure, and sustainable global semiconductor value chain.The United States views Indonesia as a partner in ensuring the semiconductor supply chain can keep pace with the digital transformation underway. Products ranging from vehicles to medical devices increasingly rely on semiconductors as the building blocks of today's economy.This collaboration underscores the significant potential to expand this industry in Indonesia to the benefit ofboththe United States and Indonesia.The partnership will begin with a review of Indonesia's current semiconductor ecosystem, regulatory framework, and workforce and infrastructure needs. The outcome of this review will inform potential future collaboration on developing this critical sector.In August 2022, President Biden signed the CHIPS Act of 2022, a U.S. law that appropriated new funding to boost domestic manufacturing and research of semiconductors in the United States. The CHIPS Act of 2022 created the ITSI Fund, which provides the U.S. Department of State with $500 million ($100 million per year over five years, starting in Fiscal Year 2023) topromote the development and adoption of secure and trustworthy telecommunications networks and ensure semiconductor supply chain security and diversificationthrough new programs and initiatives with our allies and partners.More information about the ITSI Fund:The U.S. Department of State International Technology Security and Innovation Fund.

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The 63 best Walmart Black Friday deals: iPads, robot vacuums, and more

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Make the most of the Holiday shopping season with the best Black Friday deals from Walmart.

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The best early Black Friday 2023 deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and more

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ZDNET has found early Black Friday deals on everything from robot vacuums to Apple products to laptops to phones so you can get your holiday shopping done early.

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SpaceX worker injuries rise as Elon Musk accelerates Mars mission, report says

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Reuters documented at least 600 previously unreported workplace injuries at Musk's rocket company.

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The 67 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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Amazon's holiday sales will officially run from Nov. 17-27, but ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon that you can score right now -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, laptops, home essentials and more.

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I tested the world's smallest smart robot vacuum, and it left a big impression

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Don't let its size fool you. The SwitchBot K10+ Mini robot vacuum is almost more capable thanks to its compact design.

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I did not expect this $180 Android tablet to be as impressive as it is

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If you're looking for a solid but cost-effective Android tablet, the Oukitel OT5 is a great option that won't break the bank.

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Patients are lining up for $2,500 full-body MRI scans that can detect cancer early

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Thousands of people have paid $2,500 for full-body MRI scans from Prenuvo, whose technology can detect more than 500 health conditions

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Shares of ed-tech company 2U plummet 57%, fall below $1 for much of day

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Online education company 2U saw its stock fall to below $1 for much of the day Friday after a concerning revenue forecast.

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China's ICBC, the world's biggest bank, hit by cyberattack that reportedly disrupted Treasury markets

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The U.S. financial services division of Chinese bank ICBC was hit with a cyberattack that reportedly disrupted the trading of Treasurys.

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Get these comfy stereo wireless headphones for just $25

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These stereo headphones use bone-conduction technology and offer several hours of continuous runtime.

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The 70 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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State Department Promotes Public-Private Dialogue to Spur Investment in Strategic Mining, Processing, and Recycling Opportunities to Advance the Clean Energy Transition

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Office of the SpokespersonDemand for critical minerals, which are essential to the clean energy transition and other technologies, is projected to grow by 4 to 6 times by 2040. For some minerals, like lithium, demand will increase as much as 42 timesin the coming decades. Transparent, diverse, predictable, secure, and sustainable supply chains for critical minerals are vital to deploying clean energy technologies at the speed and scale necessary to combat climate change.On November 1, 2023, the State Department, alongside the nonprofit SAFE's Center for Critical Minerals Strategy, announced theMinerals Investment Network for Vital Energy Security and Transition (MINVEST), a new public-private partnership to provide investment opportunities in strategic mining, processing, and recycling, which are held to the highest environmental, social, and governance standards. The State Department launched a webpage to spur interest across the public and private sectors to address challenges and create opportunities through MINVEST.Visit the State Department's MINVEST webpage to learn more about how to engage:https://www.state.gov/minvest.To stay updated, follow the State's Office of Global Partnerships Twitter@GPatState, Facebook@GPatState, and LinkedIn@GPatState, or the hashtag#MINVESTPartnership.For questions about potential partnership opportunities, please contact:MINVEST@secureenergy.com, and for media inquiries:gp_pdcomms@state.gov.

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China's largest chipmaker SMIC posts a 80% drop in third-quarter profit

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China's largest chipmaker SMICon Friday posted a 80% profit drop as global demand weakness hit foundries hard.

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Joint Statement onU.S.-Paraguay Cybersecurity and Digital Cooperation

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The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Paraguay on the occasion of Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez's November 9-10 visit to Asuncin.
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On November 9, 2023, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez met with Minister for Information and Communications Technology Gustavo Villate to discuss U.S.-Paraguay cybersecurity and digital cooperation.
Building on their close ties and partnership, the two delegations shared their concern over the threat posed by state and non-state actors in cyberspace.  The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation to prevent, disrupt, and respond to threats. 
On digital issues, both countries recognized the importance of building a trusted, resilient, and secure digital ecosystem.  This includes ensuring that information and communications technology companies are focused on protecting privacy, intellectual property rights, and human rights.
Both governments agreed to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet in order to enable people to safely and openly engage online, reliably receive critical services and information from their governments, exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and drive inclusive economic growth.  The U.S. government will work with Paraguay on ways to attain its digital infrastructure goals. 
We will continue strengthening cooperation to build a more secure, resilient region and address shared threats in cyberspace.  We will seek to broaden this collaboration by including like-minded partners in these efforts.
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Microsoft briefly restricted employee access to OpenAI's ChatGPT, citing security concerns

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Microsoft told employees on Thursday that "a number of AI tools are no longer available" due to security reasons.

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Google employees typically work more than eight hours a day: Internal memo

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Employees said they were eager to share the HR representative's response with their relatives.

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Set your parental controls: A combined Disney+ and Hulu app is on the way

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The new app should be available next spring, but beta testing will start next month.

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The iPhone 15 Pro can now capture spatial video for the Apple Vision Pro

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The ability to record spatial video for the Apple Vision Pro is now available through iOS 17.2 beta on iPhone 15 Pro.

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Everything you need to upgrade to a smart kitchen

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ZDNET rounded up the best smart kitchen appliances and gadgets to upgrade your kitchen.

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Create your own Email This Page bookmarklet

Here's a quick way to send yourself an email containing a link to any page you want to visit again later. You can even enter a price if it was something you were thinking of buying.

Start by clicking to add a bookmark to your browser's toolbar.
For the Name field, enter "Email This Page".
For the URL field, copy all of the code below, and paste it in.
Then replace YOUR.EMAIL.ADDRESS@HERE.COM, with the address of where you always want these emails sent. Finally, click Save.

That's it. Now, no matter what page you're on, you just click your new Email This Page bookmarklet, and it'll prompt for a price, if there's none just click the "OK" button (or press the Enter key), and you'll be taken to your email client in a formatted email with a prefilled Subject and Body.

The Subject will be the title of the page you're on.
And the Body will contain a link to the page, and if you entered a price, it'll show up below the link for reference. Then just click Send.

If you want to exit without doing anything, just click Cancel.

Note: Some web pages do their own javascript stuff that might cause your new "Email This Page" bookmarklet to not work as expected, or at all, so just be aware of that.

Hope you find it as useful as I do.

============== code below ==============

javascript:(function(){ea='YOUR.EMAIL.ADDRESS@HERE.COM';per="";price=prompt("Enter the price or press Enter key: ");prtxt="" ;if (price === null) {} else {if (price != "") {per='/ea';prtxt=escape('\r\n\r\n')+"$"+price};lhref=location.href;location.href='mailto:'+ea+'?subject='+escape(document.title)+'&body='+escape(lhref)+prtxt+per};})();

============== code above ==============


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SEC Chair Gensler says rebooted FTX run by ex-NYSE chief is possible if done 'within the law'

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After FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was found guilty of fraud charges last week, SEC chair Gary Gensler said the crypto exchange could be revived.

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UK's top tech cop tells platforms how to comply with tough new online safety rules

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Ofcom outlined new codes of practice that it wants platforms like Google, Apple, Meta, Amazon and Microsoft, to follow under its tough new online safety laws.

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Snap conducts a small round of layoffs to its product team

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Snap has conducted a round of layoffs impacting 20 product managers as part of a reorganization intended to streamline the social-messaging company.

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Vision Pro led Samsung and Google to reboot their VR headset plans; now targeting end of 2024: report

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The joint venture between Google, Samsung, and Qualcomm reportedly has 2024 plans for 30,000 units of their mixed reality headset to rival Apple Vision Pro.

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Next year's Samsung Galaxy smartphones to feature live AI translations of calls

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It is one feature among many coming with Galaxy AI that will debut with Galaxy S24 smartphones launching early next year.

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Humane may be launching a $699 AI-powered projector to replace your phone. That's not the craziest part

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The secretive startup, founded by former Apple employees and backed by OpenAI's CEO and Microsoft, is launching its AI Pin wearable tomorrow.

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Microsoft closes at all-time high on fresh OpenAI-related optimism

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Analysts see Microsoft benefiting from software developers taking advantage of tools from OpenAI, the Office software maker's strategic partner.

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Group of Google contractors who work on Search and Bard win union vote

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A group of Google contractors, some of whom have worked on Search and Google's artificial intelligence chatbot Bard, have successfully voted to unionize.

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Is privacy possible in the age of AI?

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Google's Chief Privacy Officer, Keith Enright, joins the Take on Tomorrow podcast to discuss the unique privacy challenges presented by generative AI.

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The 20 best early Black Friday 2023 Dell deals

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If you're looking for a monitor to upgrade your work setup or a reliable laptop to work on the go, you can't go wrong with Dell; especially with these early Black Friday deals.

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The 54 best Amazon early Black Friday deals 2023: Updated daily

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Amazon's holiday sales will officially run from Nov. 17-27, but ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon that you can score right now -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, laptops, home essentials and more.

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The 25 best early Black Friday 2023 Sam's Club deals

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If Sam's Club is your go-to for savings, you're in luck. ZDNET is gathering all the best early Black Friday deals already available.

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Acting Deputy Secretary of State Nuland's Travel to Tokyo

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Office of the Spokesperson

Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will travel to Tokyo, Japan November 6-9, where she will participate in the second G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of 2023.
Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland will join Secretary Blinken, her G7 political director counterparts, and the other foreign ministers for broad-ranging consultations on major global challenges. She will meet with Senior Defense Foreign Minister Funakoshi Takehiro, Vice Foreign Minister Okano Masataka, and Deputy National Security Advisor Akiba Takeo to discuss our bilateral agenda, Ukraine, and our cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
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WeWork, once valued at $47 billion, files for bankruptcy

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Office-sharing company WeWork filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court Monday.

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Cruise confirms robotaxis rely on human assistance every four to five miles

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Cruise recently took the drastic move of grounding all of its driverless operations following a collision that injured a pedestrian in San Francisco.

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Here's how much WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann made before the company's bankruptcy

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Adam Neumann likely remains a wealthy man despite the collapse of WeWork, which was once the most valuable startup in the United States.

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OpenAI CEO: We're happy if Microsoft makes a sale, and they're happy if we make a sale

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman tells ZDNET, in the quest for enterprise AI business, each company tries its best for 'the most shared success possible.'

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The 52 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, headphones, home essentials and more -- so you can get ahead this holiday shopping season.

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The best soundbars of 2023: Expert tested and recommended

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ZDNET put some of the best soundbars to the test to come up with this list of our top picks.

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Huawei, Tencent among top cybersecurity patent holders as China fosters own tech, report says

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Chinese companies have accelerated in global patent holdings amid growing U.S.-China tensions, according to a Nikkei Asia report.

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Elon Musk debuts 'Grok' AI bot to rival ChatGPT, others

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After its beta phase, Grok will be available to premium members on X, formerly Twitter.

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Samsung's latest swiveling projector is secretly the best gaming console you can buy this holiday season

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The Samsung Freestyle 2 builds on its predecessor with greater functionality, a better remote, and some literally game-changing features.

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Forget AirPods Pro: These Bose noise-cancelling earbuds sound better and feel premium

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The new Bose QuietComfort Ultra earbuds deliver impressive noise-cancellation and a vibrant sound, all in a compact and uniquely shaped design.

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Starbursts, smuggled coffee and Martin Shkreli: How CNBC reported the Sam Bankman-Fried trial

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For five weeks, CNBC reported from inside the courthouse where the Sam Bankman-Fried trial was being held in downtown Manhattan.

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Sam Bankman-Fried faces over 100 years in prison at sentencing. Experts weigh in on how much time he'll actually get

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Legal experts compared the convicted FTX fraudster's case to that of Bernie Madoff, who got sentenced to 150 years in prison.

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Can AI curb loneliness in older adults? This robot companion is proving it's possible

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For users of ElliQ, 95% said that it helped reduce their loneliness and improve their well-being. Could it help your loved one?

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This useful scanner can solve one of the biggest car mysteries

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Modern cars need modern repair tools, and when that dreaded "check engine" warning light comes on, this tool can help you get to the root of the problem.

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Pair your computer with this geeky controller for the ultimate productivity boost

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Use a photo or video editor a lot? The TourBox Elite controller will let you get a lot more done in a lot less time.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is leaving Seattle for Miami

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced late Thursday that he plans to leave Seattle and move to Miami.

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Chinese Tesla rival Nio cuts 10% of workforce as CEO predicts 'intense competition'

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China's Nio has been hit by weak consumer sentiment in the world's second-largest economy, stiff competition and a price war started by Elon Musk's Tesla.

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The 27 best early Black Friday 2023 Sam's Club deals

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If Sam's Club is your go-to for savings, you're in luck. ZDNET is gathering all the best early Black Friday deals already available, including some doorbuster discounts.

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The 39 best early Black Friday Amazon deals 2023

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ZDNET rounded up the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon -- including TVs, robot vacuums, earbuds, tablets, home essentials and more -- so you can get ahead this holiday shopping season.

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AirPods Pro 2 vs. Bose QuietComfort Buds 2: Which wireless buds will best rock your world?

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Both Bose and Apple offer impeccable noise cancelation in their small but mighty earbuds. Both premium earbuds are on sale now, so here's how to choose the right pair.

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Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all seven criminal fraud counts

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Sam Bankman-Fried's criminal trial wrapped up on Thursday, leaving the jury to decide the fate of the FTX founder.

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Here are the emails, texts and photos that could put Sam Bankman-Fried in prison for life

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The monthlong criminal trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is wrapping up, and jurors now have a mountain of evidence to consider

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Elon Musk says AI willeventually create a situation where 'no job is needed'

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The billionaire technology leader said late Thursday that AI will have the potential to become the "most disruptive force in history."

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U.S.-Norway Energy and Climate Forum

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Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Geoffrey R. Pyatt led the American delegation at the U.S.-Norway Energy and Climate Forum alongside representatives from the Departments of State, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Defense, and the National Security Council (NSC) on October 30.  The two countries covered a range of topics including European energy security, support to Ukraine, renewable energy development, and carbon management.  Norway, which was represented by Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Aasland and his delegation, is a global leader in the energy transition and has been a valuable partner in the United States' efforts to secure global energy markets amid Russia's brutal and illegal war against Ukraine.  The outcomes from the Forum, captured in a Joint Statement, will help inform both countries' priorities for COP28 and future cooperation.  
For further media information, please contact ENR-PD-Clearances@state.gov 


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'I love you': This robot adopts AI to curb senior citizens' crushing loneliness

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This tiny robot is at your side to chat, play games, exercise, sip a drink, motivate, and more.

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Buy a Microsoft Office license for just $60 right now

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Pay just once and get the complete Microsoft Office 2021 app suite (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) on your PC or Mac for life.

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The best early Black Friday Apple deals 2023

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While Apple deals rarely appear, the Black Friday sales event is an opportunity to pick up a new iPad, iPhone, or MacBook for less. These are the best discounts available right now.

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Sam Bankman-Fried lawyer says government portrayed FTX founder as a 'monster'

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Closing arguments kicked off on Wednesday in Sam Bankman-Fried's criminal fraud trial, with prosecutors walking the jury through four weeks of evidence

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SolarEdge shares sink after company offers weak Q4 guidance

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The company warned Wall Street in October to expect a weaker third quarter and softer fourth-quarter guidance.

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UK invests $273 million in AI supercomputer as it seeks to compete with U.S., China

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The investment comes as the U.K. hosts its landmark AI safety summit, which is being held in Bletchley Park, the home of the World War II codebreakers.

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Best early Black Friday deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and more

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If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, check out these great early Black Friday deals that are already available.

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The best driveway alarms of 2023, researched and reviewed

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ZDNET rounded up the best driveway alarms of 2023 that withstand heavy rainfall, have a long transmission range, and include motion sensors.

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Google can now solve trickier math problems for you with these new features

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Parents, rejoice! Just snap a picture and let Google do the rest.

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Microsoft releases big Windows 11 update with Copilot AI assistant included

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Microsoft is bringing an artificial intelligence assistant to its next-generation PC operating system. It might prove more informative than Siri on the Mac.

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Sam Bankman-Fried defense rests in criminal trial, closing arguments kick off Wednesday

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Sam Bankman-Fried's criminal trial is about to wrap up after the defendant's testimony concluded on Tuesday and the jury was sent home

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AMD gives soft fourth-quarter guidance, but expects to sell $2 billion of AI chips next year

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AMD is one of the few chipmakers capable of making the kind of high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) needed to train and deploy generative AI models

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How Apple's new M3 silicon compares to the M1 and M2 chips - from GPU cores to transistors

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Apple's M3 chipset revolution arrives, swiftly succeeding the M2 -- discover the full family from M3 to M3 Max and how it compares with previous generations.

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The 15 best early Black Friday 2023 Samsung deals

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For Samsung loyalists, let this deals roundup guide you through the best Black Friday offers on Galaxy phones, TVs, home appliances, and more.

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The 15 best early Black Friday 2023 phone deals

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From iPhones to Androids, ZDNET has scoured the digital catalogs to find you the best phone deals this Black Friday.

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