September, 22 2022

💻 Instagram Crash

Instagram crashed for users today who complained that they could not post photos or view the app in several countries like India.

🍿 Drama at the Celtics

Coach of the Boston Celtics, Ime Udoka, may be suspended for the upcoming 2022-2023 season for pursuing an intimate relationship with a member of the franchise's staff. Udoka coached the Celtics to the NBA final last season, and the possible suspension is unprecedented in the NBA.

🍿 Unholy Out Now

Sam Smith and Kim Petras released their collaboration \"Unholy\" after teaser clips of the song went mega-viral on Tik Tok.

💻 Football and Amazon Off to a Good Start

Amazon Prime's first exclusive Thursday Night Football Game was a smashing success, debuting to 15.3 million viewers. The number of viewers exceeded Amazon's expectations that 12.5 million people would tune in.

💻 Triumphant Trombone Champ

A new game from Holy Wow Studios, Trombone Champion, has gone massively viral after launching last week. The game lets you try to cover classic songs like 'The Star Spangled Banner' by sliding the cursor to hit your trombone-playing-avatar's notes.

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💻 Meta Pays Up

A judge has ordered Meta to pay the voice-to-text transcription company, Voxer $175 million for patent infringement.

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⚖️ Second Act of Sandy Hook Trial

Alex Jones once again appeared before a court in Connecticut to try and limit the amount of damages he has been ordered to pay to the parents of a victim of the Sandy Hook Shooting.

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⚖️ Special Master Asks for More

Judge Raymond Dearie's latest request for Trump's legal team is that they provide evidence to support their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago. Dearie requested an itemized list of items the team believes were planted and not taken from Mar-a-Lago.

⚖️ House Passes Policing Bills

The House passed four new policing bills after divisions in the Democratic party caused the bills to stall out temporarily. The bills eventually passed after lengthy negotiations between progressive and more moderate Democrats.

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💻 Apple Updates the Shakes

Apple is issuing an update for iPhone's that updated to iOS 16. iOS 16.0.2 will address the camera shaking bug that some users experienced in third party apps like Snapchat and Tik Tok.

⚡️ Prisoner Exchange in Ukraine

Several hundred prisoners of war are back home after a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was conducted today. Amongst those who returned to Ukraine in the surprise exchange are citizens of ten citizens from five countries, including the U.K. and the U.S.

💻 Facebook Users Go After Meta

A group of Facebook users is suing Meta for using an iOS loophole to track users. The users allege that Meta broke Apple privacy rules and federal privacy protections by monitoring users through Facebook's in-app browser.

💻 New to DocuSign

DocuSign has hired the former president of the Americas and global partners at Google, Allan Thygesen, to be their next CEO. Thygesen will start as CEO on October 10th.

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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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