July, 07 2022

⚖️ Boris Johnson Resigns

The embattled Prime Minister of the U.K. resigned today after two days of chaos in the British Government, which saw several of his cabinet members resign.

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🍿 Griner Pleads Guilty

WNBA star Brittney Griner pled guilty to drug possession and drug smuggling charges in a Russian court today, saying she had inadvertently broken Russian law by traveling with vape cartridges.

💻 More Kids for Musk

Elon Musk revealed that he has been doing his part to populate the earth after news broke that he fathered twins in November with a top executive at his company, Neuralink.

🍿 Paul Versus Rahman

Fledgling boxing star and social media kingpin Logan Paul was supposed to fight boxer and Love Island alum Tommy Fury, but he is now slated to fight Heavyweight Paul Rahman at Madison Square Garden in August.

💻 Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Passes Away

Kazuki Takahashi was found dead off the coast of Japan. 60-year-old Takahashi was the creator of the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! which was much beloved by anime fans.

🍿 Grant Gets Petty

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned Thursday, but not before actor Hugh Grant requested that \"Yakety Sak,\" the theme song from Benny Hill, be blasted at the Parliament Building to provide a clownish soundtrack to the prime minister's exit. Grant tweeted at Stephen Bray, an activist standing outside parliament with speakers, asking him to play the song.

💻 You Get a Supercharger! You All Get a Supercharger!

According to a White House memo, Tesla Superchargers will be available to non-Tesla vehicles in the U.S. in late 2022.

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💻 Binance.US Gets a New CFO

The U.S. division of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance.US, has finally hired former Acorns and Pay-Pal executive Jasmine Lee as their new CFO.

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🍿 James Caan Passes Away at 82

Actor James Caan, best known for his roles in \"The Godfather\" and \"Misery,\" passed away at 82 today. Fans will remember him for his ability to play tough guys with a vulnerable side.

⚖️ China Denies Espionage Charges

In a joint event in London, FBI Director Christopher Wray and MI5 Director-General Ken McCallum raised the alarm over alleged Chinese spying and hacking.

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⚖️ Ramesh Balwani Convicted of Fraud

The former Theranos executive, Ramesh Balwani, was convicted of fraud for his role in defrauding Theranos investors and patients who used the phony blood tests alongside the infamous Elizabeth Holmes.

⚖️ Derek Chauvin Sentenced

Former officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd's civil rights when he killed Floyd in 2020.

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💻 Twitter Lays Off More Staffers

Twitter has laid off 30% of its talent acquisition team amidst a two-month-long hiring freeze, the impending takeover by Elon Musk, and fears of a looming recession.

🍿 Raiders Hire Sandra Douglass Morgan

The Las Vegas Raiders, formerly of Oakland, California, have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their new team president in a historic hiring decision.

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#Headline#*Snapchat Gets a Lot More Secure

The parent company of Snapchat, Snap, has hired the director of the Secret Service, James Murray, as its new chief security officer. Murray will be responsible for coordinating and protecting the safety of Snap employees and will work with law enforcement when necessary.

🍿 Minion Mania

A new Minions movie is out, and thanks to a viral Tik Tok trend, people are wearing suits and ties to see the latest film in theaters, leaving other moviegoers scratching their heads for an explanation.

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⚖️ California Will Ride the Insulin Wave

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will make its own insulin to help lower the cost of the lifesaving drug for diabetics.

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Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
Technology
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Overwatch 2's Shaky Launch

Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
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Tuesday kick off

  • Overwatch 2 went live on Tuesday.
  • Many players were unable to make it onto the new game servers or experienced issues while they were on.
  • Blizzard's Overwatch Game Director Aaron Keller provided an update today, saying that DDoS attacks had slowed down servers but that the developers were working to improve the game functionality for players.
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DDoS impact

  • Activision Blizzard president Mike Ybarra tweeted that the game was experiencing server issues and that teams were working to fix the problems.
  • The server issues were caused by a massive DDoS attack which kept players from getting into the game and forced them into long queues.
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An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
Politics
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Court Rules Against DACA

An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
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DACA decision

  • The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed a 2021 ruling by a federal district judge in Texas who ruled that DACA was an overreach of former President Barack Obama's authority.
  • The Texas ruling allowed for DACA to continue while the litigation continued.
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Reconsidering

  • The ruling sent the case back to a lower court to consider the new Biden administration guidelines, which were issued in August.
  • The decision also ruled that current enrollees could renew their status and still obtain work permits and a Social Security number.
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Crew 5 Launches

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NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Crew 5 Launches

NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
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New crew

  • The crew members took flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Nicole Mann is the mission commander, and the crew includes a Russian astronaut, Anna Kikina, and a Japanese astronaut, Koichi Wakata. Joe Cassada is the pilot for the mission.
  • The crew will spend about six months conducting scientific research about fluid behavior in microgravity, cardiovascular health in space, and bioprinting to help prepare future missions for space exploration.
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Russian addition

  • The inclusion of Russian astronaut Anna Kikina shows that the US and Russia are still collaborating on space exploration despite the war in Ukraine.
  • Kikina is the first Russian astronaut to fly aboard a SpaceX vessel and was training to be on a Russian space flight but was transferred to the SpaceX mission.
  • The mission commander, Nicole Mann, is the first Native American woman to fly in space.
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