September, 21 2022

⚖️ $250 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Donald Trump

The New York Attorney General, Letitia James, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against former president Donald Trump. The lawsuit alleges that Trump defrauded lenders by inflating and falsifying statements about his wealth.

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⚡️ Putin Activates Reservists

Vladimir Putin announced this morning that he would activate as many as 300,000 reservists to bolster the war effort in Ukraine. The deeply unpopular move sparked protests against the Kremlin, and one-way flights out of Russia started to sell out today.

🍿 Tom Hardy Wins Surprise Gold

Actor Tom Hardy who portrayed Bane in \"The Dark Night Rises,\" lived up to this character's name this weekend when he entered a marital arts tournament. He was a surprise competitor at the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in Milton Keynes, England, where he won gold.

🍿 Sarver Discusses Possible Sale

The owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, Robert Sarver, announced that he is looking for potential buyers for the teams. Sarver was suspended for a year and ordered to pay a $10 million fine for using racist and misogynistic language in the workplace, harassing female employees, and bullying staffers.

🍿 Lasso Plus FIFA

FIFA announced that Ted Lasso, and his team AFC Richmond, will be playable in FIFA 23. The team will not be part of the premier league in the game but will live in the Rest of the World side of the game.

💻 Moonlighting at Wipro

The IT services company, Wipro, fired 300 employees for moonlighting for competitors in a huge move announced today. Wipro employs about 25,000 people across 60 nations, and they have taken an aggressive stance against employees taking on projects or jobs for competitors.

💻 Twitch Updates Revenue Model

Twitch announced a plan to cut subscription revenue from some of the platform's top streamers as part of their push towards implementing ads.

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⚡️ Powell Raises Interest-Rates Again

The chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, raised interest rates by another 0.75 percentage points today. The rate hike is the third consecutive hike by the Fed, which is committed to doing anything it can to curb inflation.

⚖️ Biden Addresses Putin at the UN

President Biden delivered a fiery address at the United Nations General Assembly today condemning Putin's war on Ukraine and calling on the UN to step forward to uphold the values of its charter. President Biden has pushed for more aid to Ukraine, especially after a surprise offensive that pushed Russian forces east and retook large swaths of the country.

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⚖️ Protests in Iran

Protests have erupted in Tehran and across Iran after a young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, was killed in police custody. The 22-year-old was detained by Iran's \"morality police\" for violating the country's Islamic dress code. Protestors have taken to the streets to protest her death, and women have been filmed burning their headscarves in videos circulating on social media.

⚖️ Oopsie in Ohio

The Associated Press reported today that GOP Ohio House candidate, J.R. Majewski, lied about being deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Majewski has frequently spoken about being deployed to Afghanistan with the Air Force and the \"deplorable\" conditions he endured while serving in the country. But, according to records obtained by AP, he never deployed to Afghanistan at all. Instead, he helped to load cargo planes in Qatar, miles and miles away from danger.

💻 Internet Access Restricted in Iran

Protests over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Masha Amini, while in the custody of Iran's \"morality police\" prompted Iran to restrict access to Instagram and WhatsApp. In Western Iran, where Amini is from, Internet access has been almost wholly restricted as protests grew in size and intensity.

💻 October Surface Event Announced

Microsoft will hold an event on October 12th to launch new Surface devices. The event is scheduled to take place just before the Ignite Event in Seattle, but the \"Microsoft Fall Event 2022\" will likely be virtual.

💻 Musk's Optimus Stage Fright

Elon Musk is reportedly preparing to reveal the final iteration of the humanoid 'Optimus' robot on September 30th after unveiling a prototype during the company's AI Day in August 2021.

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💻 Cars Need to be Smarter About Driving Under the Influence

The National Transportation Safety Board called on the federal government to require all new vehicles manufactured in the U.S. to contain technology to evaluate whether the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol after a 2021 crash in California that killed nine people.

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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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