xAI launches Grok AI in private beta: spicy LLM, real-time data from X, at GPT-3.5-quality
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Top stories today:
- xAI launches Grok AI in private beta
- ChatGPT bot builder, integrations with Drive, 365 exp. today
- S&P500 earnings in Q3 so far +3.7% YoY
- Israel surrounds Gaza City as U.S. prepared to intervene
0. Data and calendar
All values as of 6 AM ET / 3 AM PT, other than S&P500 close (4 PM ET / 1 PM PT).
All times are ET.
1. xAI launches Grok AI in private beta: spicy LLM, real-time data from X, at GPT-3.5-quality
Grok can access real-time data from X:
Unclear how this is better than GPT's Bing search features.
Grok's quality is on par with GPT-3.5 and Llama 2, but lags behind GPT-4, Claude 2, and Palm 2
2. ChatGPT bot builder, integrations with Google Drive, Microsoft 365 expected today at OpenAI's Dev Day
Creating customized bots is expected to become even easier:
ChatGPT will likely be able to access user data on Google Drive and Microsoft 365
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4. S&P500 earnings in Q3 so far +3.7% YoY, after 3 negative quarters
Services sectors led the way, while materials, healthcare, and energy saw strong earnings contractions
5. Israel surrounds Gaza City as U.S. prepared to intervene militarily if Iran attacks
U.S. prepared to intervene militarily if Iran attacks Israel.
Iran's defense minister: U.S. will be “hit hard” if no cease-fire.
Blinken meets PA's Abbas, both suggest PA may govern Gaza post-war.
Iraq, Turkey stops also included in his Middle East trip.
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah to speak again on Sat.
U.S. senators to introduce resolution warning Iran not to escalate.
Satellite companies restrict Gaza images.
Israeli minister suspended after suggesting nuking Gaza an option.
300+ Americans have left Gaza: U.S.
Aging Middle East makes revolutions less likely: Noah Smith.
6. Foreign firms in China pull out $40B in earnings in Q3
7. Recent increase in U.S. natural rate due to larger U.S. debt: analysis
8. Interesting videos, posts, and memes
9. Other headlines
Apple Car expected “later in the decade.”
Foxconn's revenue -4.6% YoY to $23B, as China probe starts.
China invests $5.4B in 2-year-old semiconductor startup.
Palo Alto Networks to buy Talon Cyber Security for $600M-$700M.
X selling popular handles for up to $50K each.
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Putin negotiates military bases in Libya, worrying U.S.
Russian oil taxes 2x in Oct., as country averts sanctions.
Saudi Arabia, Russia extend oil output cuts until year-end.
Ukrainian missile damages Russian ship in Crimea.
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