September, 16 2022

⚖️ Update on Martha's Vineyard

The governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, provided an update saying that the immigrants who were flown to Martha's Vineyard under false pretenses by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will voluntarily depart to a military base in Cape Cod where they will be housed and given humanitarian aid.

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⚖️ Special Master Appointed

Judge Aileen Cannon has appointed a special master to review the documents seized from Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago. She appointed Raymond J. Dearie and denied an appeal by the DOJ, blocking them from reviewing the documents until the special master completes a review.

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⚖️ Evan Peters Takes on Dahmer

Evan Peters from 'American Horror Story will play the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in a Ryan Murphy series for Netflix. The trailer dropped today and shocked viewers with how accurate Peter's portrayal is.

🍿 Beckham Pays His Respects

Soccer superstar David Beckham paid his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II after waiting in the queue to see the queen Lying in State for 12-plus hours. Beckham told the press that he was lucky to meet the queen a few times and that he waited in line to celebrate the life of the long-reigning monarch.

🍿 Chrissy Teigen Reveals Story

Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, tragically lost their son Jack after she suffered life-threatening pregnancy complications. Teigen spoke today at the summit, 'A Day of Unreasonable Conversation,' about the experience. She advocated for abortion access since the abortion she received saved her life.

💻 Uber Hack

Uber is investigating a successful hack into their company systems after an 18-year-old posted in company channels that he had hacked into the company.

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💻 Biden Aims to Regulate Crypto

President Biden's administration just released a plan to regulate crypto, announcing their intention to pass regulations for the industry.

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🍿 Constantine Sequel Announced

Warner Bros announced they are working on a sequel to Keanu Reeves's 'Constantine.' Francis Lawrence will reunite with Reeves to direct the sequel.

🍿 Farewell to the Phantom

The longest-running show on Broadway, 'The Phantom of the Opera' will end its historic run in February after the show failed to recover from falling ticket sales during the pandemic. The show will celebrate its 35th anniversary before closing the final curtain.

🍿 Henry Silva Passes Away

The actor, Henry Silva, well known for his memorable villainous roles in movies like 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'Ocean's Eleven' passed away Wednesday at 94.

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Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bret Taylor Steps Down at Salesforce

Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
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Taylor steps down

  • Bret Taylor was the board chair of Twitter before the company was bought and taken over by Elon Musk.
  • Today, he announced that he is stepping down as co-CEO at Salesforce.
  • Taylor said he made the decision out of a desire to return to his "entrepreneurial roots."
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Stock falls

  • Salesforce reported earnings and revenue today that beat Wall Street's expectations.
  • The company also announced that co-CEO Bret Taylor is stepping down, leaving co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff the sole person in charge.
  • Salesforce stock fell after the announcement.
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SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

SpaceX Raises Prices in Ukraine

SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
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Almost double

  • SpaceX has started charging almost double for Starlink satellite terminals in Ukraine after demand skyrocketed because of Russia's targeted campaign to take out the country's electrical grid.
  • The company is also raising the price of the monthly subscription needed to use the service from $60 to $75.
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Necessary evil

  • The price of Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine is set to almost double, according to reporting from the Financial Times.
  • The cost of the terminals will reportedly go from $200 per device to $500 or $700 with the new price hike.
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FIFA Changes Its Mind

November 30, 2022
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FIFA assured spectators that rainbow items and banners or signs protesting the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Qatar or supporting protests in Iran would be allowed at World Cup stadiums. FIFA made the announcement a day after Iran was eliminated from the tournament and after spectators reported that rainbow or protest items were seized by stadium security.
Entertainment
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

FIFA Changes Its Mind

FIFA assured spectators that rainbow items and banners or signs protesting the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Qatar or supporting protests in Iran would be allowed at World Cup stadiums. FIFA made the announcement a day after Iran was eliminated from the tournament and after spectators reported that rainbow or protest items were seized by stadium security.
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Rainbow allowed

  • FIFA announced that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran over the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, will be allowed into World Cup Stadiums.
  • The decision was made one day after Iran was eliminated from the World Cup.
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Assurances made

  • FIFA assured the public today that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran will be allowed into the World Cup stadiums.
  • Spectators reported rainbow items or banners protesting the host country Qatar or supporting protests in Iran were seized, even though they were permitted.
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