September, 19 2022

⚡️ Queen Elizabeth II Laid to Rest

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in her final resting place at St. George's Chapel today, after a service at Westminster Abbey. The funeral service was attended by family members, politicians, and world leaders and watched by millions more.

⚖️ Devastation in the Caribbean

Hurricane Fiona hit the Caribbean yesterday, knocking out power on the entire island of Puerto Rico before moving on to the Dominican Republic, causing landslides and dangerous flooding.

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⚖️ Mark Frerichs Freed by Taliban

The family of Mark Frerichs, a navy veteran who worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, says the Taliban have freed him in a suspected prisoner swap for Bashir Noorzai, a notorious drug lord and member of the Taliban.

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💻 Interpol on Notice

South Korean prosecutors have asked Interpol to issue a red notice on crypto fugitive Do Kwon, who is on the run after they issued a warrant for his arrest.

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💻 Ethereum Falls After Merge

The long-awaited Ethereum merge from a proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake model was executed last week. The merge is already having surprising consequences, including the price of the Ethereum coin dropping more than 17% and potentially turning the coin into a security, according to the SEC.

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⚡️ Earthquake in Mexico City

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The quake was felt in Mexico City, causing buildings to sway and prompting evacuations. The quake came just an hour after an earthquake drill was conducted to commemorate the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes, one in 1985 and another in 2017.

🍿 Sherri Papini Sentenced

Sherri Papini, the California woman who lied to authorities that two Hispanic women had abducted her, has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for mail fraud and lying to law enforcement officers. The mother of two faked her kidnapping in November 2016, reappearing later in the month sporting self-inflicted wounds. She fabricated a story that she had been abducted and abused when she was actually staying with an ex-boyfriend.

🍿 Serial Subject's Sentence Vacated

The subject of the blockbuster podcast 'Serial,' Adnan Syed's life sentence for murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was vacated by a Maryland judge today. The decision freed the 41-year-old, but he will likely face a second trial. His sentence was vacated after new evidence pointed to two new suspects in her murder and highlighted inconsistencies in the case against Mr. Syed.

⚖️ Biden in 60 Minutes

During an interview for 60 minutes this weekend, President Biden declared that the Covid-19 pandemic is over. However, he acknowledged that the country still has a \"problem with Covid.\" The interview took place in Detroit after President Biden made an appearance at the North American International Auto Show to celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act's funding for electric vehicle production.

⚖️ Electoral Count Act Introduced

Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Liz Cheney will introduce legislative reforms to the Electoral Count Act to enshrine protections for voters and codify the process of counting electoral votes after the GOP tried to find loopholes in the act to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The reforms will establish that the vice president does not have the authority to block the certification of electoral results. It will also raise the threshold needed for legislators to object to state electors.

💻 Teenage Uber Hackers Revealed

Uber revealed that the hacker who gained access to Uber's company systems and Slack hailed from the teenage hacking gang, LAPSUS$ teenagers. The hacker posted a lewd image on the company's internal website, sent inappropriate messages to employees on Slack, and leaked images of Uber's systems online. The company revealed that the hacker created an account for himself using a contractor's credentials, then spammed the contractor with multiple authentication requests until the contractor authenticated one and the hacker was in.

💻 Guard Your Inbox

Google will begin rolling out a new feature to keep campaign emails out of users' spam folders today ahead of the midterms. The Federal Election Commission approved the controversial new feature in August. Google proposed the change after Republican candidates and campaigns complained that their emails were being filtered out of users' inboxes more than democratic candidates were.

💻 UAE Shoots for the Moon

The United Arab Emirates will launch the \"Rashid\" rover to the moon in November aboard a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. It will be set on the moon by a Japanese ispace lander. The rover will study the moon's surface and carry multiple high-resolution cameras.

⚖️ Bexar County Investigation

The Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff announced an investigation into the flight funded by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which flew migrants from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha's Vineyard. The investigation will examine whether the political stunt violated local and federal laws.

💻 Edit Face Function

OpenAI will start letting users of DALL-E2 edit faces and that they upload to the platform. OpenAI wrote that they still have robust safety features to prevent people from creating deep fakes or inappropriate content on the platform.

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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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