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King Charles Lands at Buckingham Palace

September 9, 2022
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King Charles and the Queen Consort, Camila Parker Bowles, have arrived at Buckingham Palace for the first time with their new titles after leaving Scotland. King Charles will be crowned on Saturday and is expected to address the nation about his mother, Queen Elizabeth's death.
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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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Congress will enact legislation to impose an unpopular contract on rail workers to avoid a potential strike around the holidays.
Politics
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Congress Seeks to Avoid Rail Strike

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Congress will enact legislation to impose an unpopular contract on rail workers to avoid a potential strike around the holidays.
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Crisis potentially averted

  • President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed last night to support legislation to block a walkout of more than 100,000 union members before the holiday season starts in earnest next week.
  • The move was a relief to businesses who were concerned about the loss of 30% of the nation's freight movements before the holidays shipping crush.
  • The legislation is considered a narrow victory for the unions, which negotiated the legislation in September.
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Divided opinions

  • President Biden asked Congress to pass a tentative contract agreement that some railroad workers rejected, making some union members angry that they didn't get enough time at the bargaining table.
  • The tentative deal does not include paid sick days, which members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employers Division were upset about.
  • It is unclear how Democrats and Republicans will work together in the Senate to pass the contract.
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Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy.
Technology
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Twitter Changes Covid-19 Stance

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Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy.
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New policy

  • Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy but did say it would remove "demonstrably false or potentially misleading content" about the virus.
  • Twitter's communication department is unreachable to get a comment about the decision, and it is unclear why the company abandoned the policy.
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Lack of moderation

  • Twitter will no longer restrict tweets that contain Covid-19 misinformation policy or accounts that post fake information about the pandemic.
  • In October, Twitter began letting community members add Community Notes to posts with false information as a content moderation strategy.
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A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Truth Behind the World Cup Stadiums

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A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
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Qatar World Cup chief says between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died in projects connected to the tournament

  • The World Cup chief, Hassan Al-Thawadi, said today that between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died from work done on projected connected to the tournament.
  • The number is significantly higher than Qatari officials have said before.
  • The Guardian reported that since the country was awarded the World Cup in 2010, 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia have died.
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Higher estimate

  • Hassan Al-Thawadi made the revelation that 400-500 people had died while working on projects connected to the 2022 World Cup during an interview with Piers Morgan.
  • Qatar has enacted some reforms to the country's kafala employment system, including providing employees with higher salaries and food and housing allowances.
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