August, 12 2022

⚖️ Trump Warrant Unsealed

The unsealed warrant obtained by the FBI to seize 33 items revealed that the FBI was looking for documents related to espionage, nuclear weapons, and classified secrets when they raided former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago.

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💻 Australia Fines Google

Google has been hit with a $43 million fine by the Australian court for misleading users about the collection and use of their location data on Android phones.

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⚡️ Author Salman Rushdie Attacked

The author Salman Rushdie who received death threats from Iran and extremist groups for his writing was attacked onstage at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. The author wrote the book the Satanic Verses in 1988. After its release, he was forced into hiding for nine years after receiving death threats.

💻 Amazon Rings Viral TV

MGM, a production company, owned by Amazon, is developing a viral video show featuring footage from Amazon Ring cameras.

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💻 Samsung Heir Pardoned

The vice chairman of Samsung Electronics will receive a presidential pardon in South Korea after serving 18 months and being on parole for bribing the former president, Park Geun-hye. The pardon will remove the criminal charge from his record and allow him to resume his role as vice chairman to the fullest capacity. He is expected to bolster Samsung's expansion into semiconductor chip making.

💻 Hyundai Decides What to Do With Boston Dynamics

Hyundai, who acquired the robot-makers Boston Dynamics, announced that they will launch Boston Dynamics AI Institute with a $400 million investment to research artificial intelligence and robotics. The founder of Boston Dynamics, Marc Raiber, will head the new institute.

💻 TwitchCon Changes Rules

Masks will now be required indoors during the upcoming TwitchCon in San Diego. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test will also be required. The decision came after backlash on social media over the initial no-mask policy caused some creators or potential ticket buyers to bow out of the conference.

🍿 Branching Off The Black Keys

Michelle Branch was arrested in Nashville after striking her husband, Patrick Carney of the band, The Black Keys. The arrest comes three days after the 6-month pregnant Branch announced their separation after Carney had an affair with someone at his management company.

🍿 New Music Friday

Megan Thee Stallion's sophomore album, Traumazine, dropped today. The Game and Rod Wave also dropped albums today.

🍿 Rip Anne Heche

The actress Anne Heche passed away today at the age of 53. Heche was on life support after crashing her car into a home in Los Angeles on August 5th. The home that Heche crashed into burned down after the crash ignited a fire.

⚖️ NARA Silences Critics

After the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago was unsealed, former President Trump took to social media to claim that former President Obama had taken millions of records with him to Chicago after he left office. The National Archives (NARA) responded with a statement clarifying that the records had been properly declassified and remained in NARA possession in a facility in Chicago, which Obama has no say over.

🍿 Bye Bye CNN

Jeffery Toobin announced he is leaving CNN after 20 years on the air. Last year, Toobin was placed on leave after he exposed himself on a zoom call with staffers at CNN. He was fired from the New Yorker after the incident.

⚖️ Inflation Reduction Act Off to Biden

The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act today, sending the ambitious spending bill to Biden's desk. The bill includes landmark spending on climate change initiatives, healthcare, and new tax provisions.

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The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Rust Documentary Is Moving Full Speed Ahead

The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
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Green light for Rust documentary

  • The producers of the film “Rust” announced that they had found a cinematographer to continue the production of the film after it was halted when the former cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed in an on-set accident.
  • The producers announced in October that the film would be completed in Hutchins’ honor and that a documentary would be made about the completion of the film.
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Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
Technology
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Meta May Be Planning Further Layoffs

Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
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Here we go again

  • Meta is preparing for a new round of job cuts that are expected to take place in March and will affect an unknown number of people.
  • In November, Meta laid off about 13% of its workforce.
  • Meta is one of the few tech companies to expand on earlier layoffs from 2022, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that 2023 will be a year of "efficiency."
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January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
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Higher than expected

  • Consumer prices rose 0.5% in January, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index, which was higher than experts expected.
  • The Federal Reserve may issue a more aggressive hike in the coming months to slow inflation.
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