September, 23 2022

⚡️ Dow Drops Again

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by over 600 points today, falling below 30000 for the first time since June amid fears of an imminent global recession.

🍿 Celtics Speak Out

The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.

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⚡️ Tropical Depression Nine Intensifies

Tropical Depression Nine is on a path through the Caribbean and headed for Florida. The tropical depression may intensify into a hurricane as it approaches Florida. Heavy rain is the main risk associated right now as it approaches the northwestern Caribbean.

⚖️ GOP Reveals Plan for the House

House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy rolled out the GOP's 'Commitment to America,' which is a legislative plan for the party if they take the House in the November midterms.

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🍿 Hilary Mantel Passes Away

The prolific British novelist, Hilary Mantel, passed away today at 70. She is best known for the Wolf Hall Trilogy, which follows Thomas Cromwell during his tenure as Henry VIII’s chief fixer and enforcer. Her witty, vibrant writing style brought history to life for readers, and she will be remembered for bringing characters to light for 21st-century readers.

💻 Tesla Countersues

After a judge refused to toss out a racial bias suit filed against Tesla, the electric vehicle maker filed a countersuit against the California agency behind the suit.

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💻 Controversial Real-Time Monitoring Begins in San Francisco

Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.

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⚖️ Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.

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⚖️ Chaos at Russian Border

After Putin announced earlier this week that he was activating reservists to fight in Ukraine, the borders between Russia and Georgia, Finland, Kazakhstan, and Belarus have been jammed with cars of men fleeing the country to avoid being drafted. Plane tickets sold out due to the high volume of people trying to leave the country. A large number of Russia's fled to Turkey, because Russians are permitted to fly into the country without a Visa.

⚖️ Referendum Votes in Occupied Ukraine

Russian soldiers went door to door in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, demanding that residents vote on whether they wanted to be annexed by Russia. Ukraine and the West have denounced the votes as a sham.

💻 Google's Unfamiliar Territory

At an all-hands meeting, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai told employees to get on board with cost-cutting measures after he was asked about the company's new policy of \"nickle and diming\" the employee entertaining, travel, and swag budget. Pichai encouraged the employees griping about lower budgets for the \"fun\" stuff to consider the company's position in the worsening macroeconomic climate.

⚖️ Biden Promises to Codify Roe

At a Democratic National Committee event, President Biden told voters that if they elect two more Senate Democrats, he will fight to codify the right to abortion. Biden told the crowd, \"I promise you, we're going to codify Roe and once again make Roe the law of the land.\" The two Democrat votes would help Senate Democrats overcome the threat of a Republican filibuster to pass the necessary legislation to codify Roe-era protections.

⚖️ New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.

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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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