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SolarZero enables world-first trade in NZ electricity reserves market

solarZero, New Zealand’s leading solar and battery storage provider became the first in the world to trade energy grid stability services from its virtual power plant (VPP) in the NZ Electricity Reserves Market. solarZero’s energy trading breakthrough means New Zealand is a test market the rest of the world will be watching and follows the company’s acquisition by a fund managed by BlackRock Alternatives’ Climate Infrastructure.

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Axiom acquires Plexus’s flexible legal talent division Plexus Engage

November 10, 2022

Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent, announced it has acquired Plexus Engage, a subsidiary of Australian headquartered legal technology company Plexus. Plexus Engage offers highly experienced, flexible lawyers for in-house legal teams to support projects or augment capacity. This acquisition further advances Axiom’s long-term mergers & acquisitions and geographic expansion plans, providing an entry into Australia and enhancing Axiom’s footprint in the APAC region.

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Retail media platform Zitcha secures $2.9M to enter U.S. market

November 10, 2022

Independent retail media platform Zitcha has raised $2.9 million in seed funding led by Australian venture capital firm OIF Ventures, launching a new phase of expansion that will see the platform scale up and officially launch in the U.S. Software platform Zitcha connects the media assets of retail brands including email, apps, digital in-store screens, web and social media. The platform automates the purchasing of media across these channels allowing retail suppliers to connect directly with consumers at every touchpoint enabling better sales attribution.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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