August, 31 2022

💻 Michael Saylor Gets Sued

The co-founder of MicroStrategy and tech billionaire Michael Saylor has been sued by the Attorney General of Washington D.C. for evading an alleged $25 million in taxes. MicroStrategy has been named as a co-defendant for possibly aiding Saylor in avoiding taxes.

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⚖️ Key Ruling in Michigan

The Michigan Supreme Court will likely hear a case over whether to put a constitutional amendment to protect the right to an abortion on the ballot in November.

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🍿 Shake Up Wakes the Dragons

The co-showrunner for the HBO hit House of the Dragon is leaving the series. Miguel Sapochnik will be replaced by an Emmy-winning alum of Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor.

💻 Cloudflare Catches Flack

Cloudflare is the subject of a campaign by users who want the platform to ban Kiwi Farms, which is a forum that fosters hate and harassment towards trans creators.

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⚡️ FDA Approves Updated Boosters

The FDA has approved updated boosters that target the omicron strain of Covid-19 ahead of a Fall push to encourage Americans to rearm themselves against the virus. The boosters from Pfizer and Moderna target the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 and the original Covid-19 virus.

⚖️ DOJ Releases More Information About Raid

The Department of Justice released more information justifying the raid on Mar-a-Lago on August 8th. The release outlines how the DOJ made a case for obstruction after Trump's team withheld documents from the FBI in January.

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⚡️ Affinity V Blocks the Canal

The Affinity V briefly ran aground in the Suez Canal today before being refloated by tugboats. The oil tanker got stuck in a similar spot to the Evergreen, which blocked the Suez canal in 2021.

🍿 Leo's on the Market for 25 and Under

Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Camilla Morrone have reportedly split four months after her 25th birthday. The 47-year-old DiCaprio hasn't dated someone over the age of 25 since 1999, aside from four months with Morrone. The two dated for four years.

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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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Technology

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 context
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.
Politics
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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