July, 19 2022

💻 Don't Stray Too Far from the Console

The new video game from Annapurna Interactive and BlueTwelve Studios, Stray, launched today, which turns players into a stray cat wandering the forgotten streets of a cybercity. If you're in the mood to curl up for a snooze on a cowboy robot, the game is playable on PS5, PlayStation 4, and PC.

🍿 University of Michigan Football Coach Gets Political

Jim and Sarah Harbaugh spoke at a pro-life fundraising event in southeast Michigan. The University of Michigan football coach delivered an address to pro-life charities and organizations about his beliefs. The coach has never been shy about voicing his political views.

🍿 If You Are Free For Four Hours

Zack Snyder's four-hour re-cut of the DC movie, The Justice League, is now available for purchase.

⚖️ Bill de Blasio is Out

Former mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has dropped out of the race for the New York House seat.

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⚖️ Republicans Say No to NATO

18 House Republicans voted no on a resolution supporting Finland and Sweden joining NATO, which the House passed today.

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⚖️ For All the Frijoles

A Texas blogger, who Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez paid, published a series of blog posts about his opponent, Republican Representative Mayra Flores, which refer to her as \"Miss Frijoles\" and a \"cotton-pickin' liar.\" The blogger received money from Gonzalez's campaign to presumably write posts that criticized Flores, but his campaign has said that they do not condone and did not sponsor his use of offensive language.

⚡️ Transformer Catches Fire

A transformer at the Hoover Dam briefly caught fire today, but there should be no impact of the fire on the power grid.

⚖️ Arrested Over Abortion

Thirty-five people were arrested outside of the Supreme Court today during a pro-choice protest. Amongst those detained for peacefully blocking the street were 17 members of Congress who are part of the Democratic Women's Caucus, including Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Katherine Clark, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

⚖️ Secret Service Stays Sneaky

The Secret Service has determined it cannot reconstruct missing texts and has no new texts to provide to the January 6th committee after they were purged following the committee's initial request for texts exchanged by agents on the days preceding and during the Capitol Riots.

💻 Another Blizzard Union

QA testers at Activision Blizzard in Albany want to follow the example of the Raven Software team, who unionized in May by joining the Game Workers Alliance and Communications Workers of America.

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💻 Welcome to the Otherside

If you are a virtual land deed owner in Yuga Lab's gaming platform \"Otherside,\" then you can start experiencing the NFT company's take on the metaverse. The founders are already thinking about the next steps after their virtual world beta testing is complete.

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⚡️ Temperatures Soar in the UK

London experienced its hottest day ever on record today when temperatures peaked at 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit at around 1 pm. Four fires destroyed homes inside and on the city's outskirts today as well.

🍿 Sesame Place Row

Stars have responded to a viral video showing an actor in a parade at Sesame Place repeatedly refusing to take photos with or shake hands with two Black girls who were watching the parade. Kelly Rowland took to Instagram to share her anger at the situation, saying she was \"so mad.\"

⚖️ Respect for Marriage Act Passes in the House

The House passed the Respect for Marriage Act, 267-157 today, with 47 Republicans joining Democrats in voting yes. The Act protects same-sex and interracial marriage, making them a federally protected right.

🍿 Wrong Kind of Action on the Law and Order: Organized Crime Set

A parking enforcement officer was shot and killed this morning on the set of the TV drama Law and Order: Organized Crime. The mayor of NYC, Eric Adams, released a statement on the shooting, saying, \"The NYPD is actively investigating the fatal shooting of a crew member of Law and Order: Organized Crime early this morning. We offer our deepest condolences to the victim's family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time, and will work diligently to bring the suspect to justice and stem the tide of gun violence we are seeing.\"

🍿 Media Stocks Rally

Netflix released its Q2 report today. It showed that the platform had lost fewer subscribers than anticipated, which caused media stocks, including Disney's, Paramount's, and Warner Bros. Discovery, to rally 6% after the release.

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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.
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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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The context
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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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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