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The American cities with the healthiest economies

Provo, Utah
A view of the city of Provo. Photo: George Frey / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Economic growth slowed in America's coastal cities and boomed in the middle of the country in 2017, USA Today reports, citing analysis from the Milken Institute. The top-performing city was Provo, Utah, which added 5,500 jobs from 2011 to 2016. Provo was followed by Raleigh, North Carolina and Dallas, Texas.

The big picture: "California still boasts four of the top 25 metro areas in economic prowess, but that’s down from six in 2016 ... [The state] is suffering from climbing business costs, such as labor and rent, while places like Raleigh and Dallas are benefiting from lower expenses and a business-friendly environment," per USA Today's Paul Davidson.

Haley Britzky 16 hours ago
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AI researchers are in high demand, and their salaries prove it

U1208 Lab at Inserm, which studies cognitive sciences and robot-human communication. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

The top researcher for a new non-profit lab called OpenAI made more than $1.9 million in 2016, and two other researchers at the company made hundreds of thousands of dollars despite joining in March and June of that year, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The lucrative salaries illustrate the growing demand not only for artificial intelligence but also for those who understand the technology behind it. However, as the NYT points out, the trend also poses a major problem for universities and government agencies who need AI expertise, both to train the next generation and to integrate the technology into everyday life.

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Snapchat will allow users to buy products via augmented reality

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Snapchat is letting users buy products through a new advertisers' augmented reality feature in its app called "Shoppable AR."

Why it matters: It's one of the most sophisticated uses of augmented reality for marketing that's been rolled out to date — and now that people can buy things directly using the tool, it's likely to spur more investment in the technology.