August, 02 2022

🍿 Tiger Woods Turns Down Deal

As more and more players leave the PGA tour, enticed by massive sums of money to join the Saudi-backed league, LIV Golf, Greg Norman revealed that Tiger Woods turned down a $700-800 million offer to join the tournament.

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💻 Nomadic Coins

Hackers stole almost $200 million in coins from the cryptocurrency transactions platform Nomad. Nomad announced the hack today, saying they were working to return the coins to the rightful owners after hackers exploited a security upgrade to drain the company.

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🍿 Gyllenhaal for Swayze

Jake Gyllenhaal will take over for the late Patrick Swayze in Amazon's remake of \"Road House.\" The film's original director, Doug Liman, will direct the project.

🍿 Selena Gomez is a Working Girl

Selena Gomez and 20th Century will produce a remake of the classic \"Working Girl,\" which stars Joan Cusack, Melanie Griffith, and Harrison Ford. Ilana Pena will write the script, and the project will likely debut on Hulu.

⚖️ U.S. Treasury Sanctions Putin's Rumored Girlfriend

The Biden Administration announced today that they are imposing sanctions on several wealthy Russian billionaires, including Putin's rumored flame, Alina Kabaeva. Kabaeva is the head of a pro-Kremlin media group in Russia. The move means that any assets owned by the sanctioned individuals in the U.S. will be blocked.

⚖️ Monkeypox Response Coordinator Named

The Biden administration named Robert Fenton as the national coordinator for the country's monkeypox response as case numbers continues to rise. Demetre Daskalakis will be Fenton's right-hand man as deputy coordinator. To date, there have been 5,800 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S.

🍿 Dolphins Face the Music

The NFL has stripped the Dolphins of their ability to choose a first-round pick in the 2023 draft and suspended their head coach, Stephen Ross and fined him for $1.5 million. The decision comes after an investigation into the team for tampering with Tom Brady and the head coach of the Saints, Sean Payton, and allegations of pressuring the Dolphin's head coach to lose games intentionally.

🍿 Dane Cook is Engaged

The comedian Dane Cook, 50, announced he is engaged to his girlfriend of five years Kelsi Taylor, 23. He proposed in York Beach, Maine, in July.

⚖️ Tik Tok Bets Big on Influencers

Tik Tok will spend more money on influencers by next year than Facebook and Youtube by 2024, according to new data from Insider Intelligence. Instagram spends more than all the other social media platforms on influencer-driven marketing, but Tik Tok could soon be coming for their crown as well.

💻 Google Better Be Ready to Rumble

A judge ruled that Rumble can proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against Google. The online video platform alleges that Google listed its own platform, Youtube, first in search results and on Androids. Google maintains that Rumble is listed as high as it deserves and that its position on Google is no different than on other search engines.

💻 Antitrust May Take a Bite of Apple

A group of French iOS app developers is suing Apple over fees that make it difficult to sell their apps in the Apple app store and over antitrust practices that make it difficult to sell their apps anywhere else.

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⚖️ Department of Justice Saddles Up for Post-Roe Era

The Justice Department is suing Idaho over its abortion ban because it violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act by preventing medical professionals from providing abortions in medical emergencies. The case is the first suit by the DOJ since Roe v. Wade was overturned.

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⚖️ Nancy Pelosi Touches Down in Taiwan

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. elected official to visit the island nation in 25 years amidst simmering tensions between the U.S. and China over the visit and Taiwan's sovereignty.

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🍿 Batgirl Axed by Warner Bros.

Batgirl, which starred Leslie Grace as Batgirl and was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, has been canceled by Warner Bros., meaning that the $90 million production won't be released as intended initially on HBO Max or in theaters. The film was allegedly shelved due to a change in leadership priorities where executives wanted D.C. movies to be released in theaters, not to streaming services.

⚖️ Alex Jones Trial Kicks Off

The defamation trial against Infowars's Alex Jones and the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Shooting began today with emotional testimony from the parents and clashes between Jones and the presiding judge.

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⚖️ Senate Votes on the PACT Act Again

The Senate voted on the PACT Act again today after it failed to pass last Wednesday when 41 Republican senators unexpectedly blocked the bill. The PACT Act expands military healthcare benefits for veterans whose health was compromised by burn pits or toxic chemical exposures while serving. The Senate ultimately voted to pass the bill with no amendments.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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