September, 28 2022

⚖️ Hurricane Ian Lands in Florida

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida today, slamming southwest Florida with heavy rain and high winds. The Biden administration authorized FEMA to provide aid in Florida as the storm surge threatened homes and lives.

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🍿 Katie Couric Reveals Diagnosis

Former \"TODAY\" show co-anchor Katie Couric revealed that she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Couric shared her diagnosis on Instagram, advocating for women to get yearly screenings for the prevalent disease.

💻 Skull and Bones Delayed Again

The highly anticipated video game, 'Skull and Bones' has been postponed for the fifth time. Ubisoft's pirate epic has been in development since 2017. The new release date is in March 2023.

🍿 Tariq Quits Blade

Director Bassam Tariq quit Marvel's 'Blade' just two months before production was due to begin. Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the vampire slaying flick. Tariq said he would stay on as an executive producer on the project.

🍿 Lizzo's 200-Year-Old Solo

The singer Lizzo played James Madison's 200-year-old crystal flute at her concert in DC on Tuesday. The Library of Congress granted Lizzo permission to play the flute, which was escorted by police onstage.

⚖️ White House Aims to End Hunger

The White House convened experts on hunger in the U.S. today for a conference to discuss how to approach the administration's effort to end hunger in the country in the next decade.

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💻 Fast Company Hack

A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.

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💻 Senate Comes for Crypto

Senators Marsha Blackburn and Cynthia Lummis have introduced amendments to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 that would include regulations for cryptocurrency companies. The Cryptocurrency Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act will mitigate the fallout from data breaches or hacks into cryptocurrency platforms.

💻 Lyft Pauses Hiring

Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.

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⚖️ New Aid for Ukraine

Congress has authorized new aid for Ukraine. The new $1.1 billion security assistance package will more than double the number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that Ukraine has on the battlefield and provide additional military and humanitarian aid funding.

💻 Celsius Network CEO Resigns

The CEO of the crypto platform, Celsius, announced he would step down, effective immediately. In a letter to employees, Alex Mashinsky apologized for the state of the company, which paused withdrawals and transactions in May in the early days of the crypto winter.

💻 Meta Bans Pornhub

Meta has permanently banned the pornography sharing site Pornhub from Instagram. Meta said the decision was made after Pornhub repeatedly violated Meta's content sharing policies.

⚖️ Powell's Countersuit Tossed

A judge tossed out Sidney Powell's countersuit against Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion Voting Systems is suing Trump-ally Powell for defamation. She attempted to countersue the company for \"abuse of process,\" which the presiding judge rejected.

⚖️ Bill Plante Passes Away

The legendary CBS White House correspondent, Bill Plante, passed away today at 84. Plante began his career at CBS in 1964 and worked with the network for 52 years before retiring. He covered the Vietnam War, covered all the presidential elections from 1968 to 2016, and was an anchor on the network from 1988-1995.

🍿 New Barney Docuseries

A new docuseries from Peacock will explore the surprisingly dark world behind 'Barney,' the popular kids' show. The series, 'I Love You, You Hate Me,' will focus on the strange rumors about the show, from death threats to drug use.

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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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