Wednesday 22 June 2022

🍿 Bill Cosby Found Liable

A jury ordered Bill Cosby to pay Judith Huth $500,000 in the conclusion of a civil case that found him liable for sexually abusing Huth when she was 16 years old at the playboy mansion in 1975.

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⚖️ 2018 Florida Governor Candidate Andrew Gillum Charged with Fraud

The FBI has charged the Democratic candidate for Florida Governor in 2018, Andrew Gillum, with fraud for wire transactions made during 2016-2019 while he was campaigning for governor.

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🍿 Rapper Lil Tjay Shot

Lil Tjay, known for his hit "Resume," was shot in New Jersey and is undergoing emergency surgery.

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⚖️ Uvalde Shooting Update

In a hearing before the Texas State Senate, Department of Public Safety Director Scott McCraw testified that police in Uvalde lied about not having the right equipment or weapons to confront the shooter and were, in fact, able to access the room with the shooter in it.

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💻 Twitter Rolls Out Notes Feature

Twitter announced that a small group of writers is experimenting with a new feature called Notes, allowing writers to share long-form content on the platform without splitting it into threads.

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💻 eBay Goes for Digital Collectibles

eBay is acquiring the NFT marketplace, KnownOrigin, adding to their push to incorporate the trading and selling of digital collectibles into their marketplace.

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🍿 Obi Wan Season Finale Now Streaming

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🍿 Season Two of Umbrella Academy Available on Netflix

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
Politics
Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Technology

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The context
The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The context
The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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