July, 15 2022

🍿 Jaime Spears Ordered to Cough Up Documents

Britney Spears's legal team succeeded in getting a judge to order Jaime Spears to sit for a deposition and produce all the documents the team requested, including extensive financial records.

⚡️ Biden Touches Down

President Biden has touched down in Saudi Arabia for the last stop on his Middle Eastern tour.

⚖️ Manchin Gets in the Way Again

Senator Joe Manchin has tanked the Democrat's ambitious plan to fight climate change. Manchin decided not to support ambitious, Democrat-only legislation that aimed to address inflation, the cost of prescription drugs, energy, and the climate crisis.

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🍿 Lizzo is Extra Special Today

The singer Lizzo drops her new album, Special, today. One single from the album, \"About Damn Time,\" is already a summer hit.

🍿 Steve Lacey's a Sophomore

Steve Lacey released his sophomore album today, titled \"Gemini Rights.\"

🍿 Another Year for Linda

Singer and the Queen of Rock, Linda Ronstadt, turns 76 today.

🍿 Paramore on Tour

The band Paramore announced they are going on tour for the first time since 2018 this fall.

💻 Switch Up at Tik Tok

The chief security officer of Tik Tok is stepping down after scrutiny from U.S. officials over data privacy concerns.

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💻 Sony Acquires Bungie

Sony's deal to acquire Bungie went through today, and the developer of Destiny 2, is officially part of the Sony family.

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🍿 YoungBoy Never Broke Again Found Not Guilty

22-year-old rapper, YoungBoy Never Broke Again was found not guilty today of charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition as an already convicted felon. His lawyers argued he was unaware the gun was in the car he was driving when he was pulled over for a separate arrest warrant.

🍿 Beyoncé is the New Queen of Tik Tok

Beyoncé joined Tik Tok today with a compilation of other creators dancing to her song, which has promoted those creators to freak out online at the surprise.

⚖️ House Passes Bills to Codify Abortion Access

The House of Representatives passed two bills today to protect access to abortion for Americans, but the bills are likely doomed in the Senate.

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🍿 A Better Barbie

The Primatologist Jane Goodall, known for her kind spirit and dedication to rescuing chimpanzees, is the inspiration for Mattel's newest Barbie. The Barbie is made from recycled materials and sports Goodall's faithful chimpanzee companion, David Greybeard.

⚡️ Quintero Captured

Mexican authorities have captured the drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero who is responsible for the murder of a U.S. DEA agent in 1985.

⚖️ Biden and the Crown Prince

President Biden told reporters at a press conference from Saudi Arabia that he kicked off his meeting with the Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, by letting him know his feelings about the Crown Prince's alleged involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden said that the Crown Prince claimed he had nothing to do with the journalist's death but that Biden had pushed back on that claim.

⚖️ Biden Responds to Manchin

President Biden responded to Senator Joe Manchin blocking the Democrat's economic spending bill that focused on funding climate change solutions, saying he would take action instead. \"If the Senate will not move to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, I will take strong executive action to meet this moment.\"

⚖️ Jayland Walker Autopsy Results Are In

The autopsy results have been released for 25-year-old Jayland Walker, who was shot by police during a traffic stop. Walker had 46 wounds from bullets fired by the officers.

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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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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.
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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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