Thursday 23 June 2022

⚖️ Two More Key Supreme Court Decisions Released

Today the Supreme Court released two decisions, one that overturned a New York Law that restricted open carry of firearms and another that protects police from being sued for failing to read suspects their Miranda rights.

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💻 Happy 31st Birthday to Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog was released on June 23rd, 1991, and video game enthusiasts are taking to social media to celebrate the revolutionary game today.

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💻 Get Ready for Shelves without Juuls

The FDA ordered Juul to pull its product from American shelves after denying its application to sell its menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes and pods.

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⚖️ Senate Inches Closer to Passing Gun Safety Bill

After clearing a potential GOP filibuster, a bipartisan gun safety bill made it another step closer to passing in the Senate.

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🍿 Arch Manning to Play for the Texas Longhorns

Heir to the Manning football dynasty and top recruit Arch Manning announced his commitment to play for the Texas Longhorns.

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⚖️ Happy Title IX Day

Today is the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which cleared the way for equal educational and athletic access for girls and boys.

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⚖️ Stacey Abrams Pushes for a Living Wage for Police

Abrams, who is running for Governor of Georgia, outlined her plan to fund Georgia Law Enforcement to rebuild community trust and implement accountability.

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💻 More Layoffs Rattle the Tech World

MasterClass and Netflix announced layoffs, while other tech companies are withdrawing job offers, leaving applicants stranded.

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⚖️ Biden Administration Will Cancel Another $6 Million in Student Loans

Another round of defrauded students, about 200,000, will have their student loans canceled by Biden's Department of Education.

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🍿 Sorry, Charlie, Khaby Lame Is Now the King of Tik Tok

Tik Tok star Khaby Lame, famous for his exasperated expression, surpassed Charlie D'Amelio in followers, making him the most followed star on the platform.

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⚖️ Biden Will Pay Havana Syndrome Sufferers

The Biden Administration plans to pay current and former diplomats and spies for the U.S. who are victims of Havana Syndrome up to $200,000 in compensation.

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🍿 Could Kyrie Irving Be Leaving the Nets?

Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving's future is uncertain with the team as contract negotiations drag on, which could also pull Kevin Durant away from the Nets that had a disappointing season despite their star power.

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💻 What Voice Do You Want Alexa to Have?

Amazon is developing a feature using AI that would allow Alexa users to program the device to speak with the voice of a living or dead relative.

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⚖️ More Revelations from the Fifth January 6 Hearing

Today's hearings focused on Trump's efforts to influence members of the Department of Justice to fabricate or certify allegations of voter fraud, as well as the resistance of the DOJ who refused to do so.

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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.
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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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