August, 29 2022

💻 YC Names New CEO

Garry Tan has been named the next CEO and President of the technology start-up accelerator, Y Combinator.

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🍿 Radcliffe's Weird Al

The trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story dropped today starring Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al himself. The biopic was written by Yankovic and Eric Appel and will stream on Roku.

⚡️ Shooting in Bend

Two people were shot and killed by a gunman in Bend, Oregon last night by a gunman carrying an AR-15. The gunman was found dead by law enforcement, who responded to the shooting at a Safeway in Bend.

🍿 A New Position for Kaepernick

Former 49s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his girlfriend Nessa Diab announced the birth of the couple's first child. Kaepernick was blacklisted from the NFL after kneeling during the national anthem to protest the country's treatment of Black Americans and police brutality. He and Diab have been romantically linked since 2015.

💻 Impending Antitrust Suit Hangs Over Apple

The Justice Department is reportedly in the early stages of preparing an antitrust suit against Apple. The DOJ has been investigating the tech giant over allegations that they use their market influence to stifle other smaller tech companies and app developers.

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🍿 Foley's Back in Town

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, the third sequel in the lineup of the Beverly Hills Cop movies, which catapulted Eddie Murphy to stardom, added Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylour Paige to its casting lineup. The long-awaited sequel will stream on Netflix.

💻 Musk Calls Mudge to the Stand

Elon Musk's legal team has subpoenaed Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko as part of their ongoing legal battle with Twitter over Musk's withdrawal from his deal to buy the platform. Mudge published a whistleblower report over Twitter's security deficiencies and claimed that Twitter downplays the amount of bot activity on the platform as part of a pattern of intentionally deceptive practices. Mudge will be deposed on September 9th.

💻 FTC Sues Kochava

The Federal Trade Commission is suing the data broker Kochava for selling sensitive geolocation data that could be used to prosecute individuals for seeking reproductive services. Kochava sells location data as part of its app-analytics tracking offering, and the FTC is now demanding they cease selling and collecting location data.

💻 Meta's on Board with NFTs

Users of Instagram and Facebook can now post NFTs on the platforms and link them to their digital wallets. The latest update is an extension of Meta's recent expansions to allow users to integrate NFTs on its various platforms.

⚖️ Senator Graham Shares His Predictions

During an appearance on Fox News, Senator Lindsay Graham predicted 'riots in the streets' if Trump is indeed prosecuted for illegally withholding documents from the National Archives and storing them at Mar-a-Lago.

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⚖️ Biden Administration Bolsters Monkeypox Vaccine Production

The Biden administration announced today they are allocating $11 million in funding to Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help boost the production of the Jynneos smallpox vaccine, which is being administered to prevent the spread of monkeypox.

⚖️ DOJ Completes Initial Review

The Department of Justice has begun the process of reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, deciding to set aside records that are covered by the attorney-client privilege.

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💻 Sony Acquires Savage Game Studios

Sony is acquiring Savage Game Studios for an undisclosed amount. The announcement today, they revealed that Savage Game Studios would join the PlayStation Studios Mobile Division to build new games for PlayStation.

🍿 Serena's Last Bow

The U.S. Open kicked off today, and in addition to featuring surprising upsets and terrific tennis, this tournament will be Serena Williams's last. She announced that after the U.S. Open, she would retire from tennis to focus on her VC fund and family.

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Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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