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September 29, 2022
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Hurricane Ian battered Florida with heavy rain and severe flooding, shocking residents of the state in cities like Orlando with high flood waters after being reduced to a tropical storm after its initial landfall on Florida's coast. Rescues are underway in heavily hit coastal areas by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard, and the National Guard. Unfortunately, the storm strengthened again into a Hurricane and is barreling toward South Carolina next.
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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 Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were “directly responsible” for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
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The Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were “directly responsible” for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
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Investigation update

  • Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said that the five officers, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, were “directly responsible” for the horrific abuse suffered by 29-year-old Trye Nichols.
  • Nichols was beaten for three minutes at a traffic stop by the officers and later died at a hospital from his injuries.
  • The officers were released from duty, and there is an ongoing investigation into the abuse.
  • Davis made the announcement today, saying that the department wants to be honest and transparent about the ongoing investigation.
  • The DOJ and the FBI opened a civil rights investigation into Nichol’s death.
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"Stranger Things" is officially 2022's most streamed show, according to Nielsen’s year-end streaming rankings.
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Thursday, January 26, 2023

2022's Most Streamed Show Was Stranger Things

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"Stranger Things" is officially 2022's most streamed show, according to Nielsen’s year-end streaming rankings.
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Massive ratings for Stranger Things

  • According to Nielsen's year-end streaming data, the consumption of streaming content rose by about 27 percent compared to 2021.
  • Viewers in the US spent the equivalent of 19.4 million years on streaming platforms.
  • The most streamed show by miles was Stranger Things from Netflix.
  • Stranger Things was viewed for more than 52 billion minutes in 2022.
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NBC's streaming service Peacock topped 20 million subscribers, but they saw quarterly losses widen to $978 million and management expects a $3 billion peak loss in 2023.
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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Peacock Reaches 20 Million Subscribers

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NBC's streaming service Peacock topped 20 million subscribers, but they saw quarterly losses widen to $978 million and management expects a $3 billion peak loss in 2023.
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Peacock's shaky lift off

  • NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock grew revenue and subscribers to 20 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, but its loss widened further compared with the year-ago period.
  • Management predicted that the service would lose $3 billion in the coming year.
  • The ad market bottomed out in late November and early December, which cut into the service's revenue.
  • The total media unit revenue for the last quarter of 2022 increased by 2.6 percent, while its adjusted EBITDA fell to $132 million.
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