October, 03 2022

🍿 Kim Kardashian's Cryptocurrency Blunder

Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.

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💻 Supreme Court to Hear Tech Liability Cases

The Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases during their upcoming term that challenge Big Tech's Section 230 liability protections which have protected tech companies like Google and Youtube from being held liable in the past for hosting extreme content containing violence or terrorist propaganda.

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🍿 Lindsay Lohan Shares Peek of Comeback

Lindsay Lohan released images today from her first major movie in a decade, which comes out this Christmas on Netflix. 'Falling for Christmas' is the first movie of a three-picture deal between Lohan and Netflix. The actress produced and starred in the film.

⚖️ Conservative Court's New Slate

The Supreme Court is gearing up for a contentious term. They released their slate today of the cases they have agreed to hear, including a challenge to the Clean Water Act, affirmative action, the Voting Right Act, and the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act.

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⚖️ Fallout Over Lee County Evacuation

Lee County, Florida, wasn't given the order to evacuate until the day before Hurricane Ian slammed into the county. Now, criticism over the timing of Hurricane Ian evacuations is being levied at Governor Ron DeSantis and FEMA because of the number of deaths and necessary rescues in the county after the storm battered it.

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🍿 Peek Into Wakanda

Marvel gave fans their best look yet at the upcoming Black Panther sequel. In the new trailer, they gave fans a closer look into the mysterious adversaries of Wakanda, the Talokan, and explore the fall out of the late Chadwick Boseman's character, T'Challa's decision to show the world the truth of Wakanda's technological advancement.

⚡️ The Bidens Touch Down in Ponce

President Biden and the first lady landed in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to survey the damage caused to the US territory by Hurricane Fiona and recent earthquakes. Biden will deliver remarks about the hurricane recovery efforts. He will head to Florida after delivering his remarks.

⚖️ Oath Keepers Trial Begins

The trial of five leaders of the right-wing extremist group, the Oath Keepers, began today. The trial is the highest profile Jan 6th case because the defendants, led by Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, helped organize the Capitol riot.

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🍿 Yates Wraps Up Investigation

The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.

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🍿 Sacheen Littlefeather Passes Away

The actress who declined Marlon Brando's Oscar on his behalf in 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather, has passed away at the age of 75. Littlefeather was born Marie Louise Cruz in California. Brando became her mentor and friend after they met in San Francisco as she was pursuing acting, and he encouraged her to take the stage at the Oscars. After the Oscars, she was blacklisted in Hollywood and returned to San Francisco, where she continued advocating for Native Americans and worked in theater and healthcare.

💻 Richard Liu Case Settles

Richard Liu settled a sexual misconduct case, which was meant to go to civil trial today in Minneapolis. The JD.com tycoon was accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student, in 2018. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by either party.

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⚡️ Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo. Pääbo sequenced the DNA from 40,000-year-old bones, establishing the Neanderthal genome. His method for extracting and sequencing ancient DNA launched the field of ancient DNA studies.

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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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