September, 26 2022

⚡️ Hurricane Ian Warning

Hurricane Ian was gathering just south of Cuba this morning, prompting warnings for Florida residents of heavy rain and possible tornados in the coming days.

💻 Impact Imminent

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission culminated tonight, when NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to try and knock it off course. The DART spacecraft has been headed towards the asteroid, Dimorphos, for ten months and made contact tonight at about 7:15 ET.

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🍿 Pro Bowl Reworked

The NFL is replacing the Pro Bowl, held the day before the Super Bowl, with 'The Pro Bowl Games.' Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions company will decide the programming for the several-day event, which will see players showcase football and non-football skills for viewers.

⚖️ Sinema and McConnell, Sitting in a McConnell Center Tree

Mitch McConnell introduced Arizona's Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema at his center in Kentucky, praising the first-term senator for her defense of the filibuster. Sinema went on to deliver a speech at the McConnell Center.

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⚖️ Snowden's New Home in Russia

Edward Snowden, who has been living in Russia since 2013 when he was stranded in Moscow's airport on his way to Ecuador, was granted citizenship by Russian President Vladimir Putin today. Snowden is a former U.S. intelligence contractor who leaked classified NSA documents about mass surveillance techniques to news organizations in 2013.

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⚖️ Cuba Legalizes Gay Marriage

Cuba legalized same-sex marriage today with a historic referendum. The referendum was voted on by 74.1% of Cuba's population, with 3,936,790 voting to pass the protections for same-sex couples against discrimination and to legalize same-sex marriage.

⚖️ Braves at the White House

President Biden welcomed the Atlanta Braves to the White House today to celebrate their 2021 World Series win. In his remarks, Biden cheekily joked that he was also used to being underestimated; the Braves had not won a World Series in 26 years before their 2021 triumph.

💻 Jeepers it's Jupiter!

Jupiter will reach the closest point to earth in its orbit today. The position marks the closest it has been to earth since 1963; it won't be this close for another 107 years. Jupiter will be the brightest star in the sky tonight for onlookers eager to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event.

💻 UK Arrests Teen Hacker

Police in the U.K. have arrested the teenage hacker who allegedly hacked Uber and Rockstar Games. The teen accessed Uber's company channels and systems, where he shared inappropriate and lewd messages. He also released footage from Rockstar Games' upcoming launch of GTA VI and threatened to release more if he was not adequately compensated.

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💻 Red Notice on Kwon

Interpol has issued a red notice for Do Kwon, the founder of Terraform Labs, who is running from South Korean authorities.

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💻 Nexo Sued

Eight state securities regulators are suing Nexo and Nexo Capital. The charges allege that they misled investors about their registration status after failing to register with the state's securities and commodities brokers. New York Attorney General Letitia James wants Nexo to use its revenue from its crypto deposit accounts to pay back customers they misled, while California issued a cease-and-desist on the accounts use.

🍿 Last of Us Trailer Released

HBO Max released the trailer for the adaptation of the popular video game, 'The Last of Us.' Between the Playstation 3 and 4, the game sold 17 million copies. The show will star Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, a smuggler and teenage girl/package trying to escape victims of a fungus outbreak turned monsters.

🍿 Ready for AI Darth Vader?

James Earl Jones is retiring from his longtime role of voicing Star Wars' Darth Vader. He will pass the role onto the Ukrainian company, Respeecher, which trains AI to replicate the voice of actors who can no longer play a part. So from now on, AI will voice the beloved Darth Vader for Disney.

🍿 Brett Farve Starts to Slide

The former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Farve, is under fire for reports that show he conspired with Mississippi officials to fraudulently receive at least $5 million in welfare funding from Mississippi to build a volleyball stadium. Now, his podcast and radio show has been suspended by ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM, marking the first action taken against Favre since the news broke earlier in September.

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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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