August, 03 2022

💻 Robinhood Slashes Staff and Gets a Slap on the Wrist

The online investing platform Robinhood is having a tough Wednesday. The company announced it would cut about 23% of its staff, and the New York State Department of Financial Services slapped the crypto-trading division of the company with a $30 million fine.

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⚖️ Kansas Protects Abortion

Last night's primaries led to a significant victory for pro-choice activists in Kansas. The state overwhelmingly voted to protect the right to an abortion in its state constitution and reject a proposed amendment that would remove the right.

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🍿 What's Warner Bros. Up to?

Warner Bros. has removed six titles from the streaming service HBO Max, in the last two weeks, including Moonshot, Superintelligence, and The Witches. A Reddit user noticed the quiet removal of the titles after the company canceled the release of Batgirl. It could be an attempt to cut costs by not paying the streaming fee for underperforming titles.

⚖️ Takeaways from August 2nd Primaries

Votes have settled in key primaries in Missouri, Michigan, Washington, Arizona, and Kansas. In the contentious race for GOP nominations, Trump endorsed candidates either flailed or triumphed, and Democrats played a sneaky hand in Michigan.

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🍿 Cancel Netflix Trends

The hashtag, cancel Netflix, trended on Twitter today after the streaming service decided to cancel the show First Kill after just one season. Fans of the teen vampire show, which features two girls who fall in love in the style of Romeo and Juliet, shared that they are canceling their subscriptions to the service.

💻 No More Live Shopping

Facebook is discontinuing its Live Shopping features to shift the focus to Reels since users spend more time watching short-form videos than live videos. Live Shopping lets creators set up a Livestream where they can sell goods to followers or users who tuned in. The feature will shut down on October 1st.

💻 TwitchCon Under Fire

TwitchCon in San Diego announced they won't require attendees to wear masks, or be vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend the convention, prompting some creators to opt out of the conference altogether.

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⚡️ Representative Jackie Walorski Killed

Jackie Walorski, a Republican candidate from Indiana, was killed today during a car crash in her home district. Two of her staffers, Zac Potts and Emma Thompson, were also killed in the accident. Walorski, 58, began her tenure in Congress in 2013 and served as the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee.

🍿 NFL Appeals Watson Decision

The NFL has appealed a decision by a disciplinary officer to suspend Cleveland Browns Quarterback Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct. Under the current ruling, Watson will be suspended for six games for propositioning and inappropriately touching women he hired as massage therapists. The NFL wants Watson to be fined and suspended for at least a year.

⚖️ Make Way for Finland and Sweden

The Senate has overwhelmingly voted to approve Finland and Sweden's application to join NATO. The vote signifies the most significant expansion of the alliance since the 1990s and will bolster NATO's efforts to oppose the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

⚖️ Alex Jones Trial Update

In the defamation trial of Infowars's Alex Jones today, the host and conspiracy theory pusher admitted to the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting that he believes the shooting did occur. His admission was a remarkable break from previous denials of the shooting. The parent's lawyer also revealed that Jones's lawyer had accidentally sent him almost two years of records of texts and emails.

🍿 Shumpert Arrested for Possession

The NBA player, Iman Shumpert, was arrested at the Dallas/Forth Worth airport today when TSA found 6.1 ounces of marijuana in his luggage.

⚖️ Pelosi Takes Off from Taipei

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the congressional delegation have left Taiwan. As they left, China conducted military drills in the waters and skies surrounding the island. Before leaving, she spoke about the importance of supporting democratic Taiwan and refused to be bullied by Chinese threats.

💻 Google Merge Commence

Google has slowly been merging its two products, Duo and Meet. Google will essentially add the unique capabilities of Duo, a video chatting service, to their Meet service, which is designed for business communications. Today, they released an update to the Duo App in the Android and iOS stores featuring a new logo for the merged apps and an explanation for users.

💻 Starbucks Order for User Up

Starbucks is entering the Web3 space with a token-based rewards program that will launch next month. The coffee-themed NFTs will provide users with exclusive rewards and promotions.

💻 Twitter Reworks Spaces

Twitter will rework its spaces feature, allowing users to enter into audio rooms that will not be organized by theme. It will also include a daily digest for users to listen to curated programs.

🍿 Peacock's Many Lives

The popular sitcom Days of Our Lives will leave NBC's cable service after 57 years and start streaming on Peacock in the fall.

⚖️ Murkowsi Endorsed by Tim Scott

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is up for reelection in her home state of Alaska. Fellow Republican Senator from South Carolina, Time Scott, endorsed her in the race.

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Premiere date revealed

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Three men were indicted today in a plot to kill an Iranian-American journalist on US soil. The three members are part of an Eastern European criminal group with ties to Iran.
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Foiled plot

  • Three members of an Eastern European criminal group tied to Iran have been indicted for a plot to murder a US journalist who was critical of Iran.
  • The DOJ announced the charges against Rafat Amirov, Polad Omarov, and Khalid Mehdiyev.
  • The three were charged with murder-for-hire and money laundering for plotting to kill Iranian American journalist and human rights activist Mashih Alinejad.
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A court released body camera footage and the 911 call from the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of former speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi.
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Footage released

  • A court released police body camera footage and a 911 call from the October attack on former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in their San Francisco home.
  • The footage shows the attacker being tackled by police officers after attacking Pelosi with a hammer.
  • The footage was released by the San Francisco Superior Court.
  • Nancy Pelosi declined to comment on the footage.
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