June, 29 2022

⚖️ Supreme Court Expands Oklahoma's Authority in Native American Reservations

The Supreme Court today reversed a previous ruling that limited the state's power over Native American reservations to expand law state authority in reservations, in a win for Oklahoma officials.

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⚖️ Justice Breyer to Retire Thursday

Longtime Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire on Thursday, paving the way for Justice Ketanji Jackson to become the first black woman to serve on the court.

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💻 Snapchat Introduces Paid Subscription

Snapchat officially introduced a new paid subscription that offers more features to dedicated users for $3.99 a month.

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🍿 Cameron Diaz Comes Out of Retirement

Cameron Diaz will star alongside Jaime Foxx in the upcoming Netflix comedy, \"Back in Action,\" which starts production this week.

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💻 Radio Shack Gone Rogue

Radio Shack's Twitter is absolutely blowing up with tweets about vibrator batteries and callouts of various celebrities. Have they been hacked, or is this a radical brand strategy to revive the dormant consumer electronics company?

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🍿 Travis Barker Hospitalized

Drummer and husband to Kourtney Kardashian, has been hospitalized for an unknown ailment, but he posted from the hospital asking for prayers.

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💻 Disney CEO Staying On

The Disney board unanimously voted to extend CEO Bob Chapek's contact for another three years.

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🍿 R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years Behind Bars

55-year-old Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking and racketeering.

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⚖️ Georgia Gears Up for an Exciting Election

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows a tight race between Governor Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams and a widening gap between Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock.

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⚖️ Turkey Gives Finland and Sweden the Green Light to Join NATO

President Biden praised Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for lifting his veto after Finland and Sweden agreed to Turkey's terms, allowing the nordic countries to join NATO.

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💻 FCC Commissioner Wants Tik Tok Gone

Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr posted a letter to Apple and Google on his Twitter, asking them to ban the lion in sheep's clothing video-sharing app, Tik Tok, from its app stores due to data privacy concerns over the company's Chinese ownership.

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💻 Tesla Closes San Mateo Office and Lays Off Workers

Tesla shuttered its San Mateo office and laid off 200 employees working on improving the company's Autopilot system.

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🍿 Bono's Secret Brother

U2 frontman and rock star revealed that he has a secret brother due to his father's affair before his mother died when Bono was just 14 years old.

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🍿 Halsey Calls Out Concert-Goers

During Halsey's recent concert, some audience members walked out of their performance after the star shared their pro-choice beliefs.

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Lyft Pauses Hiring

September 28, 2022
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Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
Technology
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lyft Pauses Hiring

Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
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Pause button

  • Lyft is reportedly canceling job interviews scheduled for this week and has frozen hiring across the U.S.
  • Bloomberg broke the report and said that sources within the company said the hiring freeze is a response to ongoing market uncertainty.
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Are layoffs next?

  • Employees at Lyft are worried that the freeze could turn into layoffs in the coming months.
  • The news also comes after a series of difficult setbacks for the company, including a driver shortage and a steep decline in the firm's stock.
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Technology

Fast Company Hack

September 28, 2022
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A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.
Technology
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fast Company Hack

A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.
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Pushed to users

  • The push notifications came from Fast Company's Apple News account.
  • The hack is one of the first, and most significant times that Apple's "walled garden" has been breached.
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Not good news

  • Fast company called the messages vile and shut down their website until the situation could be resolved.
  • The company did not share any details, but the hacker said it was easy to access the system using a default password shared across the company.
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The White House convened experts on hunger in the U.S. today for a conference to discuss how to approach the administration's effort to end hunger in the country in the next decade.
Politics
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

White House Aims to End Hunger

The White House convened experts on hunger in the U.S. today for a conference to discuss how to approach the administration's effort to end hunger in the country in the next decade.
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Focused on partnerships

  • The Biden administration has partnered with a variety of members of the private sector to help end hunger in America by 2030.
  • Some of the partners include Novo Nordisk, Publix, Danone, and Meijer. The partners have made multimillion-dollar commitments to expanding food access for Americans through food distribution programs or discounts.
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McGovern's role

  • The Biden administration is leaning heavily on legislation modeled and proposed by Representative Jim McGovern. McGovern lobbied and pushed the administration to host the conference.
  • Some of the policies discussed at the conference will require Congress to pass legislation, which could complicate the administration's goal if the Republicans take the House in the midterms.
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