June, 28 2022

⚡️ People Found Dead in a San Antonio, Texas Tractor-Trailer

At least forty-six people believed to be trying to cross the border from Mexico were found dead in an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio, and the remaining survivors from the truck were taken to the hospital.

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🍿 Hocus Pocus 2 is Coming to Silver Screens Near You

Disney released the trailer for Hocus Pocus, which reunites Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson sisters for a new take on the Halloween classic.

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💻 Sonic the Hedgehog Captures the Attention of Gamers Once More

Sega released the new trailer for Sonic Frontiers at the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase featuring a female narrator and new shiny graphics, and it launches later this year on Switch.

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💻 Creators of the Bored Ape Sue Copycat

Yuga Labs is suing artist Ryder Ripps for selling duplicates of Bored Apes in what they call a calculated campaign to confuse buyers and harm Yuga Labs.

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⚖️ Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years

Jeffrey Epstein's accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced today for her role in a sex-trafficking scheme that preyed on underage girls and service a host of powerful men.

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🍿 Elmo Gets His Covid-19 Vaccine

Beloved childhood puppet Elmo got his first Covid-19 shot in a Sesame Street Workshop PSA, encouraging parents to vaccinate their young kids against Covid-19 now that the FDA approves it.

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💻 Meta Intends to Remove Ads and Posts with Abortion Pills from Platforms

Meta is in the news today for removing advertisements or posts containing information about the FDA-approved at-home abortion pills and banning discussion of the ruling within the company.

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⚖️ Contents of the Surprise January 6th Hearing

A former aide to White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified before the January 6th Committee about the former President's actions during the Capitol riot.

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💻 Pinterest CEO Steps Down

The CEO of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, will be replaced by Google Executive Bill Ready as part of the platform's push toward developing its e-commerce capabilities.

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SEC Fines Oracle

September 27, 2022
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The SEC has fined the software giant Oracle $23 million for bribing foreign officials.
Technology
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

SEC Fines Oracle

The SEC has fined the software giant Oracle $23 million for bribing foreign officials.
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Big trouble

  • The SEC charged Oracle for the second time with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act between 2016 and 2019.
  • The charges allege that Oracle subsidiaries in Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and India used funds to bribe foreign officials.
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Pay up

  • Oracle will pay $23 million to settle the case, $15 million in a civil fine, and about $7.9 in disgorgement and interest.
  • Oracles subsidiaries used the slush funds bribes to win business abroad.
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The context
Cloudflare announced the launch of a $1.25 billion "Workers Launchpad" for startups who use the platform. The launchpad will connect the startups with venture firms who have offered to invest in Cloudflare users.
Technology
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cloudflare Sells the Ultimate Incentive

Cloudflare announced the launch of a $1.25 billion "Workers Launchpad" for startups who use the platform. The launchpad will connect the startups with venture firms who have offered to invest in Cloudflare users.
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Funding for starters

  • The Workers Launchpad Funding Program will provide up to 1.25 billion in financing to startups building on Cloudflare Workers. The computing platform has been used to launch more than 3 million applications since 2017.
  • One of the venture partners said that they have seen an increase in the number of startups building applications on Cloudflare Workers and are excited to support the company's growth.
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Connecting the dots

  • Cloudflare's platform is about five years old, and the promise of access to venture funding will hopefully attract more developers to the platform.
  • The partnering venture firms will invest $1.25 billion from their existing funds into the startups.
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Politics

Ken Paxton Runs Away

September 27, 2022
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went viral for fleeing his home to avoid being served a subpoena to appear in an abortion case.
Politics
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ken Paxton Runs Away

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went viral for fleeing his home to avoid being served a subpoena to appear in an abortion case.
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Under cover

  • Ernest Martin Herrera was attempting to serve Ken Paxton with a subpoena for a lawsuit filed by Texas nonprofits who want to provide Texans with funding to travel out of state to get abortions.
  • Paxton avoided the process server at all costs and eventually got into his wife's car and drove away from his house.
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Court filing

  • Paxton claimed he was protecting his family by fleeing the process server.
  • Paxton criticized the media as well for reporting without knowing the contents of the affidavit.
  • Federal Judge Robert Pittman eventually squashed the subpoena and granted Paxton a reprieve from testimony.
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