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In today's roundup, Chinese manufacturing shows a concerning slowdown, while in the eurozone, falling inflation points to possible rate cuts. Risk assets are soaring, but there's also a record amount of cash being parked in money market funds. In the AI world, Google's DeepMind has discovered 2 million new materials, and Microsoft has joined OpenAI's board as an observer, as the company works through its recent challenges. Lastly, Tesla has finally begun to ship its Cybertruck, but there's a catch.


ECB Rate Cut Hopes Rise As German And Spanish Inflation Eases

In November, German inflation unexpectedly dropped to 2.3%, with a similar trend in Spain, leading to speculation about possible ECB rate cuts. This shift indicates a broader eurozone trend of easing inflation, contrasting with earlier forecasts and influencing market expectations.

ECB Rate Cut Hopes Rise As German And Spanish Inflation Eases
Declining inflation in Germany and Spain signals a potential shift in ECB monetary policy, amidst a broader trend of easing eurozone inflation.

Chinese Manufacturing Sector Shows Signs Of Slowing

China's manufacturing sector contracts for a second month, with PMI falling to 49.4 amid economic challenges. Despite government efforts and previous GDP growth, the sector shows signs of slowing, affecting both manufacturing and services industries.

Chinese Manufacturing Sector Shows Signs Of Slowing
China’s manufacturing PMI contracts to 49.4, signaling economic slowdown despite efforts to boost growth.

Record Money Market Funds May Point To Bullish Times Ahead

A huge amount of money is now parked on the sidelines, and may be ready to flow back into risk markets when investors seek better opportunities.

Record Money Market Funds May Point To Bullish Times Ahead
Money market funds allow investors to access risk-free returns close to the current interest rate.

Google DeepMind AI Uncovers Over 2 Million Novel Materials

Google DeepMind researchers, using AI tool GNoME, identified 2.2 million new crystal structures, enhancing fields from renewable energy to computation. This marks a significant leap in material science, with potential applications in various technologies and a 45-fold increase over historical discoveries.

Google DeepMind AI Uncovers Over 2 Million Novel Materials
Google DeepMind’s AI tool GNoME discovers over 2.2 million new materials, revolutionizing material science.

Microsoft Joins OpenAI Board As Observer Amid Governance Revamp

Microsoft joins OpenAI's new board as a non-voting observer after a tumultuous week leads to major directorial changes, including the temporary ousting of CEO Sam Altman. The move aims to strengthen governance in the AI startup, which is refocusing after facing significant organizational challenges.

Microsoft Joins OpenAI Board As Observer Amid Governance Revamp
Microsoft secures observer role on OpenAI’s board amidst leadership overhaul and governance enhancements.

Tesla Launches Cybertruck Amidst Pricing And Production Challenges

Tesla unveils Cybertruck pricing, starting at $60,990, and begins deliveries. The launch follows delays and production challenges, with higher prices than initially announced in 2019. The futuristic truck signals Tesla's move into the competitive electric pick-up market.

Tesla Launches Cybertruck Amidst Pricing And Production Challenges
Tesla begins Cybertruck deliveries with prices starting at $60,990, marking a shift in its vehicle range and pricing strategy.

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