August, 23 2022

🍿 Durant Sticks to the Team He Knows

Durant initially asked for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on June 30th, and he reiterated his desire to leave in a meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai in London. Instead, Durant will stay in Brooklyn as his four-year, $198 million extension kicks in this season.

🍿 Archetypes Starts Streaming

The new show from Meghan Markle, Archetypes, started streaming on Spotify today. The podcast is the former Duchess's first, the first result of a potentially lucrative partnership between Markle and her husband Prince Harry's production company and Spotify. The first episode features tennis star Serena Williams.

🍿 Buckle Up for Another Batman

Matt Reeves will write and direct a sequel to his blockbuster, \"The Batman,\" which made Warner Bros. $770.8 million worldwide. He also signed on with Warner Bros. to direct Colin Farrell in a spinoff of \"The Penguin.\"

⚖️ FBI's Urgency Explained

A letter from the National Archives revealed the cause for the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago. According to the letter written by the the head of the National Archives, Trump's team had refused to comply with orders to return some of the government's most classified documents on multiple occasions by withholding documents from NARA. The FBI found more than 300 additional classified documents at Mar-a-Lago this August after NARA expressed alarm when they discovered Trump's team still withheld documents after the first round of seizures back in January.

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⚖️ Whitmer's Potential Kidnappers Convicted

The two men who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were convicted today. The verdict was decided by a federal jury in Michigan after the prosecutor appealed an earlier decision by another jury not to convict the men.

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💻 Twitter Whistleblower's Report

The former security chief of Twitter, Peiter Zatko, has accused the platform of having \"egregious deficiencies\" in its security protocol and pointed out significant flaws in its cyber security systems.

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🍿 Morty in the MultiVersus

Players can now mash up Morty from the TV Show \"Rick and Morty\" against other characters from DC Comics, Cartoon Network, and Looney Tunes in MultiVersus from Warner Bros. Games.

⚖️ Paul Pelosi in Hot Water

The husband of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had pled guilty to driving under the influence in a crash in Napa, California, in May. Paul Pelosi will serve eight hours of community service and spend three years on probation.

⚖️ Officers Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Won't Face Charges

The officers who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta won't face charges after a specially appointed prosecutor ruled that the two officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, acted reasonably. The officers killed Brooks in June 2020 outside of a fast food restaurant after the officers attempted to arrest him for driving under the influence.

⚖️ First Plea in the Breonna Taylor Case

Kelly Goodlett, a former Louisville, Kentucky police detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify a search warrant application used by the officers who conducted a no-knock search on Breonna Taylor's apartment. Taylor was shot and killed during the search. She is the first police officer to be convicted over the March 2020 raid.

💻 Yelp Addresses Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Yelp will begin flagging crisis pregnancy centers to help users seeking reproductive care end up in the right place for their needs. The new listing criteria will alert users that crisis pregnancy centers do not offer abortion services and do not typically offer medical services.

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💻 Apple Rolls Out Beta for iPad 16

Apple released the iPadOS 16 beta software update to developers today to test the update. The update for the iPad will be released this fall separately from the update for iOS devices. The new update features Stage Manager, a new feature for Apple devices that lets users manage their different applications in a theater-type view.

💻 Capitol Records Drops AI Rapper

The activist group Industry Blackout wrote an open letter to Capitol Records, describing the label's artificial intelligence-based, virtual reality rapper FN Meka as a caricature of a Black rapper, an amalgamation of harmful stereotypes, and offensive to the Black community. FN Meka is a virtual musician and his music includes lyrics with the N-word, despite being created and manned by the two white founders of Factory New. In response to backlash, Capitol Records cut ties with the project today and apologized for its insensitivity.

⚖️ Charlie Crist Wins Florida Primary

Charlie Crist beat out State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Democratic primary to run against Governor Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor in November.

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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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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.
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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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