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Despite Microsoft’s efforts to get rid of regulatory problems with the purchase of Activision Blizzard, the US government contested this Thursday (8) the deal of $69 billion (BRL 359 billion).
The transaction, which was the largest in the games industry and in Microsoft’s history, is expected to go to court.
Understand: the FTC (US Federal Trade Commission, body equivalent to Cade) claims that Microsoft (owner of the Xbox console) has a history of buying valuable content in the games sector to use it to outperform other manufacturers.
- “Microsoft has already shown that it can and will withhold content from its rivals,” said Holly Vedova, director of the FTC’s competition office.
Activision is the producer of popular franchises such as “Call of Duty”, “World of Warcraft” and “Diablo”.
- Sony (from PlayStation) contested the deal for fear of losing access to games, especially “Call of Duty”, whose most recent release, “Modern Warfare II”, yielded $1 billion in the first ten days of sales.
- Microsoft even tried, unsuccessfully, to evade the FTC’s questioning by this week granting Sony and Nintendo access to “CoD” for 10 years.
In reaction to the decision, Microsoft said the deal will increase competition and create opportunities for developers and gamers. Activision says it is confident the transaction will go through.
New reality: the questioning of the US government reinforces the signal of how the administration of President Joe Biden will deal with big deals involving big techs.
- A regulatory tightening was expected since Lina Khan, a critic of big companies, was chosen for the FTC.
- The Justice Department and the FTC have each contested eight trades so far under the Biden administration. In the same period under Trump, there were questionings of one and five, respectively, reported the New York Times.
Have you seen this ‘ultraintelligent’ robot?
An ‘ultraintelligent’ robot that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to suggest answers to school tasks, write poems and programming codes has stirred social networks since it was put on the air, last Thursday (1st).
It’s ChatGPT, a free platform from the OpenAI lab.
Understand: the tool is similar to a search engine, but it delivers only one result, which is sometimes so well developed that it seems to have been done by an expert.
- This is because ChatGPT was stocked and trained in 2021 with a huge amount of data that researchers found on the internet and other sources.
It has problems and limitations, of course. In simulations made by the blog #Hashtag, from Sheetthe robot puts names of players who were not called up when it simulates a possible Cup final between Brazil and France.
In another test that went viral, the user tells the robot that he is a senior data engineer at Twitter and needs ten plausible ideas to pitch to Elon Musk about his work, or he would be fired. The answers are so developed that they are frightening (see herein English).
An advanced AI tool also raises ethical dilemmas and even economic issues, which were addressed by columnist Bernardo Guimarães.
Want to test? The tool is free, just enter this link and register. The site is in English, but it is possible to write and get answers in Portuguese.
It’s not just ChatGPT. Other AI tools have also taken off recently. These are the cases of Lensa, which creates imaginary portraits in high definition, and DALL-E 2, which generates realistic images from text descriptions.
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Luiz Barsi Filho, 83, is considered a legend in the world of finance. Based on the discipline with which he adopted his investment plan, he managed to build a fortune of R$ 4 billion in stocks in companies on the Stock Exchange.
In your autobiographyBarsi recounts his trajectory from Quintalão, as the tenement where he lived when he was younger was called.
- It was at that time, at the age of 15, that he started a technical course at the school of commerce and business finance and had his first contact with business finance.
The investment strategies themselves are broken down in detail in the book.
- They do not involve investment suggested by the bank in fixed income, which he calls “fixed loss”, and much less in day trade (a strategy that seeks gains in daily operations with the ups and downs of stocks and indices).
“I have nothing against the banker, but we need to have our own opinion. I will say it with all the letters: never hand over your money without your participation, without you having a technical explanation, because then you will never win” , recommends.
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