Just a Moment News - 2024-05-29


Hello, everyone! Welcome to ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m Erika, and today, on May 29th, 2024, we’ll be discussing some intriguing news stories from around the world.

First up, let’s talk about something happening right here in South Africa. Today, as South Africans head to the polls for the general elections, a variety of businesses are rolling out special promotions for voters. By simply showing their ink-stained thumbs, voters can enjoy freebies like coffee, beer, and even discounts on public transport and mobile data. Local cafes, including Wimpy, Spur, and Motherland Coffee, are offering free coffee, while Hudsons Burgers provides a free draught beer with any main meal. Krispy Kreme is giving away an Original Glazed doughnut, and companies like Telkom have special data deals. There’s also a 20% discount on manicures at Sorbet Group salons and discounted Uber rides to polling stations. Southern Sun is even promoting a holiday special for voters.

Moving on to international news, Britain’s historic Royal Mail, which has been around for over five hundred years, is now under new ownership. The Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský’s EP Group has acquired International Distribution Services, the parent company of Royal Mail, for a sum of £3.57 billion. This acquisition is notable as it marks the first time Royal Mail will be controlled by a foreign owner. The deal comes at a time when Royal Mail has been facing financial challenges, though it has shown improvement over the last fiscal year.

In the realm of technology and security, an interesting breakthrough has occurred with a cryptocurrency wallet. Two years ago, a European named Michael, who had about $2 million in bitcoin locked in an encrypted file, forgot his password. With the help of Joe Grand, a security expert, they managed to crack the 11-year-old password by exploiting a flaw in the password manager RoboForm. This flaw made the generated passwords predictable, and after several attempts, they successfully accessed the wallet, which is now valued at $3 million.

Next, we have a major leak concerning Google’s search ranking system. Over fourteen thousand ranking features of Google’s algorithm have been exposed, revealing significant insights into how the search engine prioritizes content. This includes user engagement metrics and data from Chrome, which play a crucial role in ranking, despite previous denials from Google about their influence. This leak could have significant implications for SEO strategies moving forward.

Switching gears to the entertainment industry, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has shared his thoughts on artificial intelligence in Hollywood. He believes that while AI can enhance the creativity of writers and directors, it will not replace the unique human element essential for storytelling. This sentiment was echoed by filmmaker James Cameron, who also doubts AI’s ability to craft compelling narratives that resonate on a human level.

Lastly, a bit of corporate drama from the tech world. Former OpenAI board member Helen Toner revealed why the board decided to remove co-founder and CEO Sam Altman last year. The decision stemmed from several concerns, including undisclosed ownership interests and issues with safety process reports. This has led to a turbulent period for OpenAI, with rapid changes in leadership and ongoing debates about the direction of the company.

That wraps up today’s discussion on ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m Erika, and it was a pleasure sharing these stories with you. Remember, the world is full of stories, and we’re just here to discuss them, one moment at a time. Have a great day!

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