July, 06 2022

💻 Voyager Digital Ends the Journey

Crypto broker Voyager Digital has filed for bankruptcy just a few weeks after suspending withdrawals and transactions on the platform.

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💻 Juul to Stay On Shelves

The FDA ruled that Juul cannot continue to sell its products in the U.S. on June 23rd. But now, the FDA is letting Juul appeal the ban and continue to sell their products during a review.

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⚖️ Update on the Highland Park Shooter

The shooter who killed seven people and wounded dozens at the Highland Park July 4th parade is in custody and has confessed to the crime, which has revealed new disturbing details about the attack and exposed flaws in Illinois gun-control legislation.

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🍿 Nipsey Hussle's Killer Found Guilty

A jury has found Eric Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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🍿 Stars Hit the Balenciaga Runway

Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, Kim Kardashian, and Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn walked in the Balenciaga Couture show in Paris in Demna Gvasalia's latest couture presentation with the brand.

🍿 Biden Calls Griner's Wife

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife to reassure her they are prioritizing freeing Griner from Russia.

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💻 Apple Debuts Lockdown Mode

Apple announced it is working on a new IOS mode called \"lockdown mode\" which will protect high-profile users phone from even the sneakiest spyware.

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🍿 Duffer Brothers Take on Manga

The creative force behind Stranger Things has formed Upside Down pictures and will take on new projects with Netflix, including a live-action series retelling of the manga \"Death Note\" and a series adaptation of \"The Talisman\" by Stephen King.

⚖️ Grand Jury in Georgia Calls More to the Stand

A grand jury in Georgia is investigating Trump and his team's involvement in possible criminal interference after the 2020 presidential election saw Georgia flip blue for Biden.

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⚖️ Foreign Formula May Be Here to Stay

The Biden administration is working on a plan with the FDA to authorize foreign-made infant formula to remain on U.S. shelves long term to prevent future shortages and diversify the supply chain.

🍿 Stars Pack Amsterdam

The trailer for the highly anticipated film \"Amsterdam\" came out today and showcases an absolutely jam-packed cast, featuring Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mike Meyers, and a surprise cameo from Taylor Swift.

🍿 Viola Davis Is the Woman King

The new trailer for The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, and John Boyega, dropped today. The movie follows the story of the Dahomey Amazons, an all-female army that made the Kingdom of Dahomey a fierce military power in West Africa. Mbedu portrays Nawi, the last Dahomey Amazon.

💻 Parents Sue Tik Tok

The parents of an eight-year-old and nine-year-old girl are suing Tik Tok after their children died while attempting the \"blackout challenge\" where viewers are encouraged to choke themselves until they pass out. The parents say Tik Tok should have deleted content related to the challenge.

⚖️ Trump Foes Hounded by IRS

It was revealed today that two F.B.I. foes of Donald Trump, former F.B.I. Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe were the subjects of unlikely and intensive audits by the I.R.S.

⚡️ Explosions at American Stonehenge

Authorities are investigating a possible explosion at the Georgia Guidestones, which are sometimes referred to as the American equivalent of Stonehenge.

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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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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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