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Israel Strikes Gaza

August 5, 2022
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Israel hit Gaza today with a series of airstrikes, killing eight people, including a five-year-old girl. The militant group, Islamic Jihad, said that the leader of the Northern Gaza faction, Taiseer al-Jabari, was killed in the strike.
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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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FCC Tackles Space Debris

September 29, 2022
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The FCC ruled today that satellites must stop orbiting within five years of ending their mission.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

FCC Tackles Space Debris

The context
The FCC ruled today that satellites must stop orbiting within five years of ending their mission.
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Off to the ether

  • Satellites in low Earth orbit will have to exit their Earth orbit five years after their mission end date.
  • The FCCs ruling aims to prevent space debris from clogging up the skies.
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Unanimous decision

  • The FCC unanimously voted to adopt the new rules.
  • More than half of the 10,000 satellites launched since 1957 no longer work, and they clog the skies, which makes space exploration challenging. It is expensive and difficult to avoid space debris, so the new regulations will make space exploration easier.
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Technology

Meta Enters a Freeze

September 29, 2022
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Meta announced that Meta is entering a hiring freeze and warned employees that the company intends to restructure and cut costs, prompting fears of impending layoffs.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Meta Enters a Freeze

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Meta announced that Meta is entering a hiring freeze and warned employees that the company intends to restructure and cut costs, prompting fears of impending layoffs.
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Zuckerberg's thoughts

  • Mark Zuckerberg announced the freeze, the beginning of a new era for Meta.
  • Meta intends to slash the budgets of various teams.
  • In July, he cautioned Meta employees that the company was restructuring to cut costs.
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Lean and mean

  • Zuckerberg made the announcement during a weekly all-hands Q&A session.
  • He said the decision was made to keep teams lean in order to make it through the anticipated economic downturn.
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Politics

Student Loan Reversal

September 29, 2022
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Today, the Department of Education quietly ended a program that allowed borrowers with privately held FFEL or Perkins loans to consolidate their debt with the Department and qualify for student loan forgiveness.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Student Loan Reversal

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Today, the Department of Education quietly ended a program that allowed borrowers with privately held FFEL or Perkins loans to consolidate their debt with the Department and qualify for student loan forgiveness.
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Scaling back

  • The Biden administration quietly repealed student loan forgiveness for millions of Americans whose federal student loans are owned by private companies.
  • The decision was made over fears that private companies would legally challenge the program.
  • The Education Department said in August that borrowers with loans held by private lenders would be able to consolidate their debt into a new loan made by the Education Department, allowing them to qualify for loan forgiveness. Today was the deadline for borrowers to do so.
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Forward looking

  • As of the end of today, borrowers with FFEL and Perkins loans will no longer be able to consolidate their under a loan with the Education Department, disqualifying them from student loan forgiveness.
  • Limiting the number of FFELs borrowers who qualify for loan forgiveness may make them less likely to legally oppose debt relief.
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