September, 30 2022

⚖️ Justice Ketanji Takes Oath

Justice Kentanji Jackson was welcomed onto the Supreme Court today as she took the judicial oath in a ceremony held at the court. President Biden and Vice President Harris attended the ceremony.

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🍿 Trevor Noah to Leave the Daily Show

Noah announced his departure from The Daily Show on Thursday, almost seven years to the day since he took over from Jon Stewart. Noah expressed his gratitude to everyone who'd supported Comedy Central's \"crazy choice\" to hire \"this random African\" to host the show.

🍿 The Next Met Exhibition Announced

The Metropolitan Museum of of Art announced that the theme of next year's Met Gala will celebrate the work of the designer, Karl Lagerfeld. The corresponding exhibit will feature Lagerfeld's work from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019. The Met will also publish a book of Lagerfeld's work that will be available for purchase.

⚖️ Escalation in Ukraine

Russia is moving to annex the occupied regions of Ukraine that voted in sham elections earlier this week to join Russia. Ukraine formally requested an \"accelerated accession\" to join NATO and responded to Russia, saying they would fight to retake the occupied regions.

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🍿 Community Movie Greenlit

Peacock announced that the beloved tv show 'Community' is getting a movie. The movie will feature the original cast of the show. \"Six seasons and a movie\" became a cheeky rallying cry for fans before the show ended after six seasons in 2015, and the show's writer said he was excited to fulfill the prophecy.

🍿 Blake Griffin Goes to the Celtics

The Celtics have agreed to a one-year contract with Blake Griffin. The veteran forward will join a stacked roster of players.

💻 Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.

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💻 Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.

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💻 Sandberg Leaves Meta

Today was Sheryl Sandberg's last day as COO at Meta. She announced she would be stepping down from her post in July. She will remain on the company's board.

⚖️ Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.

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⚡️ Upheaval in Burkina Faso

In the second takeover in eight months, the Capitan of the Burkina Faso army, Ibrahim Traore, announced a military takeover. According to him, soldiers had blocked access to administrative buildings and shut down the television. It is not clear yet whether it was a coup attempt or if it was successful.

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Senator Lindsey Graham testifies before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury about his involvement in former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Politics
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Graham Finally Testifies in Georgia

Senator Lindsey Graham testifies before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury about his involvement in former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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Graham testifies

  • Senator Lindsey Graham testified before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating attempts to interfere with the results of the 2020 presidential election today.
  • Graham spent months trying to avoid the subpoena from the grand jury before finally testifying today after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency filing from Graham.
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After all

  • Graham was one of Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress.
  • The subpoena issued by the grand jury asked for his testimony about attempts to interfere with Georgia's election results and a scheme to "find" additional votes for Trump.
  • The grand jury questioned Graham about calls he made to Georgia's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger.
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The FTC is seeking to block Meta from acquiring the virtual reality fitness platform, Within. The FTC claims that Meta killed in-house plans to develop a VR fitness app in favor of buying Within.
Technology
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

FTC Tells Meta to Look Within

The FTC is seeking to block Meta from acquiring the virtual reality fitness platform, Within. The FTC claims that Meta killed in-house plans to develop a VR fitness app in favor of buying Within.
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No competition here

  • The FTC says that Meta killed plans to design and build its own virutal reality fitness app, instead deciding to poach talent from Within and eventually make an offer to buy the already established virtual reality fitness app maker.
  • The FTC is arguing that the acquistion violates federal antitrust laws because it will decrease competition within the virtual reality fitness market.
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States agree

  • Twenty-three states support the FTC motion to stop Meta from acquiring virtual reality content maker Within.
  • The case argues that the deal would harm industry competition and consumers.
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A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Texas Regulator Tackles Celebs Who Endorsed FTX

A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
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Probe opens

  • While little federal regulation exists about the status of cryptocurrencies, state securities laws could be an avenue to reprimand celebrities for hawking crypto.
  • Celebrities heavily promoted FTX, and its downfall could be the biggest lesson yet about the legal risks of endorsing cryptocurrency coins or companies.
  • The SEC has pursued legal action against other celebrities for similar endorsements, including fining Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for promoting a crypto token on her Instagram.
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Celebs on notice

  • The Texas State Securities Board began investigating FTX last month to determine whether state residents were dealing in unregistered securities by buying and selling yield-bearing cryptocurrency coins or tokens.
  • When the company filed for bankruptcy on November 11th, the board expanded its probe to investigate celebrities like Tom Brady and Steph Curry, who promoted the exchange to uninformed and vulnerable fans.
  • The probe will look at what FTX told the promoters to say about the exchange, what they were paid, and what they told fans
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