July, 18 2022

⚡️ Happy Mandela Day

Today marks the birthday of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and humanitarian hero.

🍿 Prince Harry to the Podium

Prince Harry spoke in front of the United Nations today to commemorate Mandela Day. He spoke candidly about his mother's love for the South African leader and encouraged the attendees to step up to lead through unprecedented times.

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⚖️ Dr. Fauci Announces His Retirement

Dr. Fauci says he will retire by the end of President Biden's current term.

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⚡️ UK Heatwave Overwhelms

The UK is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave with record-breaking temperatures that are super-heating the country. The Met Office issued its first-ever Red Warning for exceptionally high temperatures today.

⚖️ Results of the Uvalde Report

The report on the Uvalde Shooting released by a Texas investigative committee shows \"systemic failures\" in the police and state-level response to the shooting.

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💻 UAE to the Moon?

The United Arab Emirates will commit $820 million to a new space fund to boost its interstellar capabilities. The first investment will be in a satellite network.

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🍿 Lawrence Gets the Girl After All

The actor Jay Ellis, famous for playing Lawrence in Issa Rae's \"Insecure\" and for his role in \"Top Gun,\" married model Nina Senicar in Tuscany today.

🍿 Another Go for the Powerpuff Girls

Maybe the third time will be the charm for the Powerpuff girls! The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will be rebooted by Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network, and the original creator, Craig McCraken.

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💻 Slack Ups the Ante

Slack announced they are raising the price of subscriptions to the messaging service. The free plan is also changing, with Slack switching from tracking the number of messages sent to the time the messages are displayed. Messages on the free plan will be viewable for 90 days after they are sent.

🍿 Claes Oldenburg Passes Away

The pop-artist famous for his oversize statues of everyday items passed away today at 93. Oldenburg often worked alongside his late wife, Coosje van Bruggen to create larger-than-life renditions of cutlery, hamburgers, or even light switches.

💻 Russia Fines Google

Russia reportedly fined Google around $360 million for content violations showing the Ukraine war, which they call \"fake news.\"

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⚖️ House Tackles Marriage

A bipartisan effort to protect the right to marriage in the wake of Justice Clarence Thomas's call to reconsider cases like Obergefell v. Hodges, which established the right to same-sex marriage, was introduced in the House today. The bill seeks to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and require federal recognition of same-sex marriages in all 50 states.

🍿 Meeting of Two First Lady's Minds

Jill Biden will meet with the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, tomorrow during her trip to the capital, during which she will also speak before Congress. Zelenska met with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken today.

🍿 Colbert Staffers in the Clear

The members of Stephen Colbert's staff who were arrested at the Capitol after a miscommunication left them without an escort when they entered to conduct interviews with members of Congress will not be prosecuted.

🍿 Ben Affleck and J-Lo Get Hitched

Actor Ben Affleck and Singer/Actress Jennifer Lopez finally made it down the aisle this weekend in front of their respective children at midnight at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas. The singer announced their nuptials via newsletter and posted photos of the happy couple.

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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.
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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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