August, 30 2022

💻 Twitter Circle Debuts

Twitter is bringing MySpace back by debuting Twitter Circle, which allows you to restrict who gets to see your tweets by picking 150 friends to be a part of your circle.

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⚖️ State of Emergency in Jackson Mississippi

Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, have lost access to reliable drinking water indefinitely after Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves announced a state of emergency. The already troubled water system supplying the city has been further damaged by recent flooding and has suffered from a lack of funding for years.

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🍿 Golfers Make Their LIV Golf Debut

Golfers Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, and Harold Varner will make their LIV Golf debut this week. Smith won the Players Championship this year and is ranked second in the world. Joaquin Niemann won the Genesis Invitational earlier this year. Bubba Watson will also make his debut as a non-playing captain.

🍿 Ben Kingsley Returns to Marvel

Ben Kingsley will return to Marvel to reprise his role as Trevor Slattery from \"Shang-Chi and then Legend of the Ten Rings and Iron Man 3. He will join the new Wonder Man series directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

⚖️ Biden's Remarks from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

President Biden traveled to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to deliver remarks about public safety and reiterated his commitment to ban assault weapons.

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💻 Truth Social Not Approved for Google Play Store

Former President Donald Trump's social media app, Truth Social, was not approved for sale on the Google Play Store over content moderation concerns.

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⚡️ Gorbachev Passes Away

The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, passed away today at 91 after a long bout with a serious illness. Gorbachev ripped away the iron curtain by establishing diplomatic relations with the U.S. and transitioned the Soviet Union out of the Cold War.

💻 Starlink Sets Sail

Royal Caribbean cruise ships will now be equipped with Starlink internet. The cruise company is adding Starlink internet to its entire fleet, which is a major win for Starlink's new maritime push.

💻 Snap Plans More Layoffs

Snap is planning to lay off 20% of its workforce according to reporting from The Verge. The layoffs will allegedly begin on Wednesday. The company has lost almost 80% of its stock value since the beginning of the year.

💻 Musk Asks for a Trial Delay

Elon Musk's legal team has responded to Twitter's suit against him, asking that the trial be delayed until late November 2022 due to new evidence from Peiter Zatko's whistleblower report about Twitter's security deficiencies.

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Lyft Pauses Hiring

September 28, 2022
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Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
Technology
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lyft Pauses Hiring

Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
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Pause button

  • Lyft is reportedly canceling job interviews scheduled for this week and has frozen hiring across the U.S.
  • Bloomberg broke the report and said that sources within the company said the hiring freeze is a response to ongoing market uncertainty.
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Are layoffs next?

  • Employees at Lyft are worried that the freeze could turn into layoffs in the coming months.
  • The news also comes after a series of difficult setbacks for the company, including a driver shortage and a steep decline in the firm's stock.
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Fast Company Hack

September 28, 2022
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A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.
Technology
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fast Company Hack

A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.
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Pushed to users

  • The push notifications came from Fast Company's Apple News account.
  • The hack is one of the first, and most significant times that Apple's "walled garden" has been breached.
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Not good news

  • Fast company called the messages vile and shut down their website until the situation could be resolved.
  • The company did not share any details, but the hacker said it was easy to access the system using a default password shared across the company.
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The White House convened experts on hunger in the U.S. today for a conference to discuss how to approach the administration's effort to end hunger in the country in the next decade.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

White House Aims to End Hunger

The White House convened experts on hunger in the U.S. today for a conference to discuss how to approach the administration's effort to end hunger in the country in the next decade.
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Focused on partnerships

  • The Biden administration has partnered with a variety of members of the private sector to help end hunger in America by 2030.
  • Some of the partners include Novo Nordisk, Publix, Danone, and Meijer. The partners have made multimillion-dollar commitments to expanding food access for Americans through food distribution programs or discounts.
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McGovern's role

  • The Biden administration is leaning heavily on legislation modeled and proposed by Representative Jim McGovern. McGovern lobbied and pushed the administration to host the conference.
  • Some of the policies discussed at the conference will require Congress to pass legislation, which could complicate the administration's goal if the Republicans take the House in the midterms.
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