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U.S. government reports hundreds of unexplained UFO sightings

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The U.S. Government has received over 350 reports of unidentified flying objects since March 2021

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence has revealed 247 reports of “unidentified anomalous phenomena” (UAP) have been filed since June 2021.

The agency had records of another 144 sightings of suspicious objects in the skies before then.

“UAP events continue to occur in restricted or sensitive airspace, highlighting possible
concerns for safety of flight or adversary collection activity.

“We continue to assess that this may result from a collection bias due to the number of active aircraft and sensors, combined with focused attention and guidance to report anomalies,” the report said.

Around half of all reported instances remain unexplained.

“Some of these uncharacterized UAP appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities and require further analysis,” the report found.

The U.S. Defence Department has increasingly faced pressure from Congress to investigate the sightings.

Pilots and other aeronautical personnel have been encouraged to report and unearth the unexplained sightings.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will assess the links UFOs pose to the U.S.

In addition, it will look into the potential links between UAPs and “adversarial foreign governments, other foreign governments, or nonstate actors.”

California Democratic representative Adam Schiff said Americans deserve transparency into the matter.

“Unidentified aerial phenomena remain a national security matter, and I will continue to support thorough investigations of all UAP reports and oversight by the Congress,” he said.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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OpenAI to offer premium ChatGPT service

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OpenAI has announced a monthly plan that will give you priority access to the ChatGPT bot

ChatGPT Plus is set to cost $20/month, and allow a user the ability to use the chatbot even during peak times, where free users would have to wait.

The company also says the plan will give you “faster response times” and “priority access to new features and improvements.”

OpenAI will be sending out invitations for the service to people in the U.S. over the next few weeks, before expanding to other regions around the world.

This comes amid the company revealing that a mobile phone version of the chatbot is being developed.

Currently, it is only available as a computer program.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’

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Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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Meet the world’s first flying motorcycle

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One way to avoid peak hour traffic is by flying over it, and it may be more affordable than you think.

 
Jetpack Aviation is testing the first legal bike to cruise the skies at its California facilities.

Dubbed ‘the Speeder’, it has eight small, powerful jet engines allowing the aircraft to carry up to 600 pounds and fly at a maximum 60 miles per hour speed for about 30 minutes.

Multiple sensors throughout the aircraft are able to detect and automatically avoid any obstacles, including buildings and trees.

The tick of approval for the Speeder is still years away, but pre-orders have already begun, with prices starting at $381,000.

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