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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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.
Technology
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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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.
Politics
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.
Technology
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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