October, 05 2022

⚖️ OPEC+ Slashes Production

OPEC+ and Russia agreed to slash oil production, in the biggest production cut since the pandemic's start. The move will likely benefit Russia and leave the West with soaring gas prices.

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🍿 Rust Settlement

The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.

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💻 Crew 5 Launches

NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.

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⚖️ Court Rules Against DACA

An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.

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💻 Overwatch 2's Shaky Launch

Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.

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⚖️ Biden Visits Florida

President Biden visited Fishermans Pass in Fort Myers, Florida, alongside Governor Ron DeSantis and delivered remarks about Hurricane Ian. In his remarks, he spoke about the impact of climate change on coastal communities, which is making hurricanes more and more severe. He also commemorated the 80 people who were killed by the hurricane.

💻 Twitter Trial Still a Go

The presiding judge in the trial between Twitter and Elon Musk said the is still on for October 17th, even though reports broke yesterday that Musk tried to proceed with the original deal to buy the platform. Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick said she had not received any filings that would dissolve the suit.

⚖️ Potential Kidnappers Stand Trial

The three men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer stood trial today. The so-called Wolverine Watchmen's trial kicked off with opening statements from prosecutors who established the three as part of a paramilitary gang that prepared to take extreme violent action because of their dissatisfaction with the government.

⚖️ Court Accelerates DOJ Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta accelerate a DOJ appeal challenging the appointment of a special master to review the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago. The Court set an aggressive timeline, ordering multiple briefs by the DOJ and Trump's team by November 17th.

🍿 Sorokin Released

Anna Sorokin, the subject of the series 'Inventing Anna,' was released from federal jail today after serving a sentence for overstaying her Visa in March of 2021. The con artist was arrested again just one month after serving three years of a four-year sentence for theft of services and grand larceny.

🍿 Mega Money for Lucky Fan

The fan who caught Aaron Judge's 62nd home run has reportedly been offered 2 million for the history-making baseball. But, JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane Inc, hasn't heard back from Cory Youman, who caught the ball in the game against the Texas Rangers.

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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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