September, 02 2022

⚖️ Empty Folders at Mar-a-Lago

The Justice Department released new details about the materials taken from Mar-a-Lago on August 8th. They revealed that agent found 48 empty folders, marked as classified.

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⚖️ Takeaways From Biden's Speech in Philadelphia

President Biden delivered a speech last night in Philadelphia, which positioned the current moment in history as one where America will need to choose between preserving democracy or sliding into fascism.

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🍿 Barbara Ehrenreich Passes Away

Barbara Barbara Ehrenreich was a prolific writer and activist who wrote about the struggles of the working class and the poor. Her book \"Nickel and Dimed\" is considered a classic in social justice literature. In the book, Ehrenreich went undercover as a low-wage worker to expose the indignities of working in the service industry. Her family announced today that she passed away at 81.

🍿 John Harwood Announces His Departure

News anchor John Harwood announced that today is his last day with the network CNN. Hardwood did not make it clear whether he elected to leave the network or was let go. The White House expert said he is looking forward to figuring out what is next for him.

💻 Youtube's Algorithm Under Fire

New York University researchers found that YouTube users who were skeptical of the results of the 2020 election were more likely to be fed election-fraud content by the YouTube algorithm.

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💻 Frank Drake Passes Away

Frank Drake, who was a famed astronomer and mathematician, has passed away. Drake created the equation which helps scientists organize and rationalize the potential for extraterrestrial life in the universe. Drake served on the board of directors at the SETI Institute and contributed to the organization devoted to the search for life in the universe. He was the director of the Arecibo observatory and most recently taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

⚡️ Access to Gazprom Remains Offline

Germany will no longer receive natural gas from the Russian provider Gazprom after they announced that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline needs further repairs and maintenance before they can resume transporting natural gas through the pipeline. Germany depends heavily on Russia for natural gas supplies, and the news means that Europe will need to scramble to secure alternative sources of natural gas before winter.

⚖️ Shake Up at The White House

Gina McCarthy, the president's domestic climate advisor, is stepping down from her post. The longtime Democrat John Podesta will step into her role and oversee $370 billion in funding for climate change initiatives allocated by the Inflation Reduction Act. Podesta has served in previous democratic administrations, including the Clinton administration, and is a heavy hitter in the clean energy solutions space.

💻 Samsung Confirms Hack

In a statement, Samsung confirmed that hackers had stolen some customer's information including demographic information, name, contact, device information and date of birth. They also said that the stolen information did not include credit card numbers or Social Security numbers. The company informed the individuals whose information was stolen and has begun notifying other customers.

🍿 Jane Fonda Shares Her Cancer Diagnosis

Beloved actress and activist Jane Fonda, 84, shared that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In her announcement, she advocated for equal access to healthcare and reassured fans that she would continue with her climate activism.

🍿 College Football Playoffs Expand

The college football playoffs are expanding to include 12 teams, likely by 2024 and definitely before 2026. The expansion will hopefully satiate fans of college football with longer playoffs. The teams will be comprised of six of the highest-ranked conference champions and six of the highest-ranked teams without league titles.

🍿 Coco Gauff Advances

18-year-old Coco Gauff will advance to the fourth round of the US Open. Gauff clocked a serve today at 128 mph and she is the youngest player ever to play in Round 16 of all four Majors since 1998.

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Lyft Pauses Hiring

September 28, 2022
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The context
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.
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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