The UK Treasury and Bank of England are designing a “digital pound”, Google revealed plans on Monday to launch a chatbot to rival OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT, more than 11,000 residents of Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta have filed a claim for compensation against Shell, and a ruling by a US court will make companies think twice about using bankruptcy schemes such as the Texas two-step to handle lawsuits.

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UK to design ‘digital pound’ that could fend off a future private tech rival

Google reveals plans for chatbot ‘Bard’ as AI tech race heats up

Talc ruling a blow to the ‘Texas two-step’ bankruptcy jig

Shell hit with damages claim by 11,000 Nigerians in UK High Court

Behind the Money episode about the Texas Two-Step

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