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Apple's NFT Stance

October 27, 2022
The Verge
The context
Apple changed guidelines on the Apple App Store for developers. The changes add new regulations for ads and Web3 sales, which increase Apple's revenue from the platform.
Apple's NFT Stance

Got to keep Control

  • Apple updated the App Store with new rules for app sellers on the platform.
  • The changes give Apple a cut of advertising revenue in social media apps and Web3 apps where customers purchase NFTs.
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LastPass Hacked Again

December 1, 2022
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The context
The password manager LastPass announced today it suffered a breach for the second time this year.
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Thursday, December 1, 2022

LastPass Hacked Again

The context
The password manager LastPass announced today it suffered a breach for the second time this year.
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Oops times two

  • LastPass is a major password manager.
  • LastPass announced today that it had suffered another breach where an "unauthorized party" gained access to some customers' information stored by LastPass in a third-party cloud service.
  • The party used information stolen from LastPass's last breach in August to gain access.
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Close call

  • LastPass announced that it suffered a second breach in three months, conducted by the same unauthorized party that managed to gain access in August.
  • The CEO, Karim Toubba, reassured users that the company quickly detected the unusual activity and that the customers' passwords remain safely encrypted.
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The context
Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bret Taylor Steps Down at Salesforce

The context
Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
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Taylor steps down

  • Bret Taylor was the board chair of Twitter before the company was bought and taken over by Elon Musk.
  • Today, he announced that he is stepping down as co-CEO at Salesforce.
  • Taylor said he made the decision out of a desire to return to his "entrepreneurial roots."
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Stock falls

  • Salesforce reported earnings and revenue today that beat Wall Street's expectations.
  • The company also announced that co-CEO Bret Taylor is stepping down, leaving co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff the sole person in charge.
  • Salesforce stock fell after the announcement.
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The context
SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

SpaceX Raises Prices in Ukraine

The context
SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
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Almost double

  • SpaceX has started charging almost double for Starlink satellite terminals in Ukraine after demand skyrocketed because of Russia's targeted campaign to take out the country's electrical grid.
  • The company is also raising the price of the monthly subscription needed to use the service from $60 to $75.
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Necessary evil

  • The price of Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine is set to almost double, according to reporting from the Financial Times.
  • The cost of the terminals will reportedly go from $200 per device to $500 or $700 with the new price hike.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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The context
An appeals court has reversed a decision from Judge Aileen Cannon to allow a special master to review the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, which is a notable victory for the Justice Department.
Politics
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Special Master on Pause

The context
An appeals court has reversed a decision from Judge Aileen Cannon to allow a special master to review the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, which is a notable victory for the Justice Department.
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Stop the review

  • In a decisive defeat for Trump’s legal team, a federal appeals court ruled to halt a special master’s review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • The three-judge panel ruled that Judge Aileen Cannons ruling to appoint a special master to review the documents was beyond the scope of her judicial powers and went further, instructing her to dismiss the case entirely.
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Good for the DOJ

  • The ruling from the federal appeals court effectively halted the outside review of the documents seized from former President Trump’s residence in Florida.
  • The investigation into Trump’s mishandling of the documents is one of three criminal investigations into the former president.
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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program.
The context
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program.
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On hold

  • The Supreme Court will hear a case and decide whether the executive order issued by Biden to cancel billions in student debt oversteps his authority as President.
  • The Court declined to remove an injunction blocking the program from going into effect, so the program is on hold until the Court issues a ruling.
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Case against

  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program beginning in February.
  • Student debt cancellation will be placed on hold until the Supreme Court issues a ruling.
  • The case was brought by a coalition of Republican-led states who allege that the program is fiscally irresponsible and unconstitutional.
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The context
A coalition of survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed nineteen elementary school students and two teachers have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies, the school district, and others.
Politics
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Uvalde Survivors File $27B Class Action Lawsuit

The context
A coalition of survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed nineteen elementary school students and two teachers have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies, the school district, and others.
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Seeking justice

  • Survivors of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies in Texas.
  • The coalition behind the suit is comprised of teachers, parents, students, and school staffers impacted by the mass shooting.
  • The suit claims that the victims and survivors were irreparably damaged by the misconduct and failures of law enforcement, who failed to respond properly to the shooting.
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Taking action

  • The lawsuit seeks damages from law enforcement's profoundly flawed response to the mass shooting in May at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
  • One of the survivors in the suit spoke about the traumatic experience of watching his teacher endure almost seventy minutes of pain after being shot. At the same time, law enforcement waited outside to respond to the shooting.
  • The survivors are seeking $27 billion in damages.
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Technology
May 19, 2022

This Week in Tech

Meta caught the attention of researchers and investors. Sony released new earbuds that caught many a gearhead’s attention, and the DOJ declared it would no longer charge “good faith” hackers who partake in security research. 

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Meta-Maniacs

May 18th, 2022

Zuckerberg’s brainchild, the Metaverse, struggles to find lift-off on the markets with mixed results. 

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Sources: Fortune, Microsoft News, Euronews

Sony’s New Earbuds Hit The Market 

May 18th, 2022

Sony’s the name on everybody’s lips today as they announced they are releasing a $200 wireless earbud, and social media is aflame with reviews for their noise-canceling earphones.

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Sources: TechCrunch, TNW, Gizmodo

Good Day To Be a Good Faith Hacker

May 19th, 2022

The DOJ announced on May 19th that they would no longer prosecute so-called “good faith hackers” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The decision protects hackers who expose security flaws in the interest of public good. 

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Sources: TechCrunch, CNET, Vice

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