October, 04 2022

💻 AI Bill of Rights

The Biden administration released a set of guidelines called the AI Bill of Rights. The principles outlined by the bill of rights are guidelines, not legislation, and are described by the White House as a call to action.

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💻 All-in on the USB-C

The EU parliament passed a law that mandates that all phones, including iPhones, have a USB-C Port. The new regulations will force Apple to use the USB-C charger.

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🍿 Loretta Lynn Passes Away

The family of the country superstar Loretta Lynn confirmed that she passed away today at 90. The autobiographical film \"Coal Miner's Daughter,\" was a hit retelling of her rocky path to fame, beginning in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Lynn was known for her Kentucky drawl, plucky songs, and inspiring life story.

💻 Yet Another Twitter Case Twist

Elon Musk has reportedly offered to buy Twitter for the original price of $54.20 per share, just weeks before the trial is scheduled to kick off in Delaware.

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⚖️ Herschel Walker's Very Bad Night

A bombshell report was published last night that alleges that Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker paid for a woman that he was in an extramarital sexual relationship with to have an abortion. His son also took to Twitter to lambast Walker for being an absent father. The GOP tried to rally around Walker today.

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💻 Transition to Overwatch 2

Overwatch 1 is officially offline and was replaced today by Overwatch 2. Users complained about being stuck in a queue to get into the new server on social media and reported server crashes that prevented them from making it onto the next generation video game.

⚖️ Trouble at Truth Social

After Elon Musk reportedly revived the deal to buy Twitter, shares in the SPAC that's trying to take Trump Media (which owns Truth Social) public fell. Rumors of investors backing away from the SPAC deal thanks to an SEC investigation and financial troubles also caused Digital World to slide.

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⚖️ Trump Courts the Supreme Court

Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the review of the documents seized by the DOJ from Mar-a-Lago.

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⚖️ Biden's Reproductive Rights Guidelines

President Biden delivered remarks sharing guidelines for protecting reproductive rights today, which marks 100 days since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

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🍿 More Fraiser Due

Paramount+ has reportedly closed a deal to host a 'Fraiser' sequel on the platform. Kelsey Grammar will star in the sequel as psychiatrist/radio host Frasier Crane. The show will follow Fraiser as he moves to a new city and may feature cameos from the surviving members of the original cast.

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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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