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US weekly jobless claims drop to nine-month low; productivity gains speed

Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease 11,000 to 1.655 million Productivity accelerates at 3.0% rate in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs grow at 1.1% pace WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week as the labor …

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ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base – analyst note

Feb 1 (Reuters) – ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. The report, citing data from analytics firm Similarweb, said an average of about …

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Adani market losses snowball to $100 bln on shelved share sale

NEW DELHI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – India’s Adani group shares sank on Thursday after market turmoil forced the conglomerate to ax a crucial $2.5 billion stock offer, deepening its market losses to more than $100 billion and sparking worries about the potential systemic impact. The withdrawal of Adani Enterprises’ (ADEL.NS) share sale marked a dramatic …

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Honda to start producing new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said it will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co (GM.N) this year and gradually step up sales this decade, in a bid to expand its hydrogen business. Honda will target annual sales of around 2,000 units of …

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Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends with a $2 billion …

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Dollar falls to nine-month low as Powell notes progress in disinflation

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The dollar extended losses on Wednesday and fell to a nine-month low against a basket of currencies after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell spoke of making progress in bringing down inflation pressures, even as the US central bank warned of further monetary policy tightening. Powell, speaking in a news …

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White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday expressed outrage on Tuesday at Exxon Mobil Corp’s record net profit in 2022 of $56 billion, a historical high not just for the company but for the entire Western oil industry. Oil majors are expected to break their own annual records due to high prices …

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Film academy says it will not disqualify surprise Oscar nominee Riseborough

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Hollywood’s motion picture academy will not revoke the unexpected best actress nomination for “To Leslie” star Andrea Riseborough, the group’s chief executive said on Tuesday after a review of an aggressive campaign on her behalf. Riseborough was nominated for Best Actress for playing an alcoholic single mother in the …

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ChatGPT owner launches ‘imperfect’ tool to detect AI-generated text

Jan 31 (Reuters) – OpenAI, the creator of the popular chatbot ChatGPT, has released a software tool to identify text generated by artificial intelligence, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. ChatGPT is a free program that generates text in response to a prompt, including articles, essays, jokes and even poetry, which has …

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