September, 06 2022

⚡️ New Prime Minister Confirmed

Liz Truss was appointed by Queen Elizabeth as England's 56th Prime Minister today, after being declared as the Conservative Party leadership election winner on Monday. Truss defeated Rishi Sunak to lead to Conservative Party after Boris Johnson stepped down as Prime Minister.

⚖️ Judge Sides with Trump

The Trump-appointed judge, Aileen M. Cannon, ruled that the Department of Justice must pause their investigation into the documents illegally retained by Trump at his residence in Mar-a-Lago until the appointment of a \"special master\" conducts an independent review of the hundreds of classified, top secret documents seized by the FBI.

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💻 Binance Dumps USDC

Binance will convert users' holdings in the stablecoins USDC, USDP, and TUSD into its own stablecoin BUSD on September 29th. Binance will no longer support the alternative stablecoins, but users will be able to withdraw their holdings before the automatic transfer on the 29th. Circle's USDC is the second largest stablecoin, while BUSD is the third largest.

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⚡️ Back to School in Uvalde

Students headed back to school today for the first time since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about three months ago. Local artists painted murals around the town to honor the lives of the 19 students who were shot and killed by the gunman.

🍿 Jake Paul and Anderson Silva Set a Date

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul will face off against Anderson Silva. Silva is a UFC fighting legend who was the UFC Middleweight Champion, holding that title for a record 2,457 days. He retired from UFC and returned to boxing in 2020.

💻 In the Shadow of the Apple Launch, Google Plans Pixels

Google announced an October 6th launch event to debut the Pixel Watch and Pixel 7. With the Pixel Watch, Google will be going up against competitors Apple and Samsung, which have been making wearables like the Apple Watch for years, so the Google Watch has a lot to measure up against.

💻 Buick's Big Time Electric Gamble

Buick is hoping to switch to selling only electric vehicles by 2030 and to do so, they are offering to buy out Buick dealers who don't want to transition to selling only EVs.

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⚖️ Cowboy Call Out

A New Mexico state district court judge has blocked Couy Griffin, who co-founded Cowboys For Trump, from holding office due to his involvement in the January 6th Capitol riots. The ruling immediately impacts Griffin by removing him from office as commissioner in Otero County, New Mexico.

🍿 Peter Straub Passes Away

Peter Straub, the author of 'Ghost Story' and 'The Talisman, has passed away. Fellow authors Stephen King and Neil Gaiman led social media by posting tributes to Straub, calling him a beloved friend and formidable force in the writing world.

🍿 Fraser's Triumphant Return

Brendan Fraser has returned to Hollywood to the tune of thunderous applause, 6 minutes of it to be exact, at the debut of his new film, 'The Whale' at the Venice Film Festival. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky and follows Fraser's character, Charlie, as he tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter, who Sadie Sink plays.

⚖️ Another Blow for Truth Social

The shareholders of Digital World Acquisition Corp refused to support an extension of a deal to merge the company with the parent company of Trump's social media app, Truth Social, causing the merger agreement to fall through, according to reporting from Reuters. DWAC is a SPAC and was initially going to infuse $1.3 billion into Trump Media & Technology Group and take the company public.

🍿 Justice On Hold Again

Justin Bieber has once again pressed pause on his 'Justice Tour' after briefly resuming tour dates. Bieber halted the tour in June after revealing he was diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, which causes partial facial paralysis. The tour was initially scheduled to run through December but will now resume in January and end in March 2023.

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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.
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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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