July, 11 2022

🍿 Jen Shah Pleads Guilty

The \"Real Housewives of Salt Lake City\" star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to wire fraud in an alleged telemarketing scheme.

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⚖️ Steve Bannon Agrees to Testify

Former White House's chief strategist under Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has agreed to testify before the January 6th committee.

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🍿 Pass the Mustard For the Next 15 Years

The \"Heinz Field\" will get a new name in 2022 after the Pittsburgh Steelers adopt a new sponsor, Acrisure. Acrisure is a fintech company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with ties to Steelers minority owner Thomas Tull.

🍿 Beanie Bows Out

Beanie Feldstein will end her tenure as Fanny Price in Funny Girl on Broadway sooner than anticipated. Actress Lea Michele will take on the starring role when Feldstein leaves.

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Biden's 2024 Run in the Air

According to a New York Times/Siena College poll, 64% of Democratic voters would prefer that President Joe Biden step aside for a new party pallbearer in 2024. His approval rating is sitting at 33%.

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Buy Now, Lose Out Later

Klarna confirmed that its valuation dropped 85% to $6.7billion after an $800 million funding raise.

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⚡️ Sri Lankan Developments

Protestors occupying the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka's residences have said they will continue to occupy the luxury homes until both have resigned. The Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, tweeted he intends to resign but did not provide a date, while the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is expected to step down on Wednesday.

💻 Uh Oh Ubisoft

Ubisoft tweeted that some of their most popular titles will be deactivated, including Assassins Creed: Liberation HD, starting September 1st.

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🍿 Rage Against the Supreme Court

During Rage Against the Machine's first concert in 100 years, they raged against the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade to the backdrop of several messages flashing across the screen behind the band, including messages about maternal mortality, ending with the text \"ABORT THE SUPREME COURT.\"

⚖️ Biden, Interrupted

The father of a Parkland shooting victim stood up to interrupt Biden's speech at the White House about the passing of the Bipartisan gun control bill.

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💻 Uber's Illegal Helping Hand

Thousands of leaked documents have exposed Uber's extraordinarily, and sometimes illegal, tactics to expand its business globally.

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💻 Become an iOS 16 Beta Tester

Anyone with a compatible phone can now download the beta version of iOS 16 for free. The system was released in June, but now the new features are available to all users.

⚖️ Doctor-Patient Privacy Priority

The Biden Administration told hospitals today that doctors must provide an abortion if the woman's life is at risk, regardless of state law. The Department of Health and Human Services clarified that this mandate supersedes any state regulations or restrictions on abortions that would mandate doctors cannot perform life-saving abortions.

🍿 Webb Telescope Images Arrive

The first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, which launched in December, were unveiled by President Biden today. The colored images released today are the deepest and sharpest infrared ever and show the gravitational distortion of galaxies far, far away.

⚖️ Judge Orders Graham to Testify

A Fulton County Judge has ordered Senator Lindsay Graham to testify before a grand jury investigating former president Donald Trump and his team's effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

⚖️ Minnesota Judge Protects Abortion

District Judge Thomas Gilligan ruled today that the Minnesota state constitution protects the right to an abortion, effectively blocking various restrictions in the state, like a 24-hour waiting period before a patient can access the procedure.

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Lyft Pauses Hiring

September 28, 2022
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The context
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 context
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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