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"China's Google" nabs a Microsoft vet to help run the company

Qi Lu, a former Microsoft executive who ran the Office and search groups during his tenure, is joining Baidu, China's largest search engine, as group president and COO, the company told media outlets. Lu left Microsoft last year for health reasons.

Why now: One particular area of Lu's expertise is artificial intelligence. While AI is still going through its period of massive hype in the industry, it will undoubtedly be important to future technologies and products. Baidu is already working on AI-related technologies such as self-driving cars and augmented reality.

In good AI company: In 2014, Baidu hired Andrew Ng as chief scientist in its Silicon Valley office. Ng is incredibly well respected among AI circles.

Facebook wants French entrepreneurs

The social network giant is one of the launch partners of Station F, a large startup hub in Paris set to open in the coming months, COO Sheryl Sandberg told local reporters on Tuesday.

The details: Facebook will have 80 desks within Station F's campus and will work with 10 to 15 data-focused startups every six months to provide mentorship. The arrangement could also be an opportunity for Facebook to get an early look at startups it may want to acquire.

That's not all: Sandberg also said that Facebook is also working on a separate program with Sciences Po, a local university, to develop a program around policy and privacy issues.

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A food revolution began pre-pandemic and COVID has only accelerated that. See how America's food industry is transforming, from farm to your table.

Abrams’ campaign manager rules out 2024 run if she wins governor's race

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In her first major interview since the official announcement, Stacey Abrams' campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo quashed speculation that the Georgia Democrat would interrupt a theoretical gubernatorial term to run for president in 2024.

Why it matters: Abrams' name has come up repeatedly as a top 2024 Democratic contender given President Joe Biden's age and Vice President Kamala Harris's low favorability rating.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors

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Donald Trump's social media startup on Saturday announced that it secured $1 billion in new investment as part of its ongoing efforts to become publicly traded via a blank check company.

Between the lines: None of the investors were identified, which is highly unusual for this sort of transaction.

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