October, 06 2022

⚡️ More than 30 Killed in Thailand

Thirty-six people, including more than 20 children, were killed by an attacker at a child care center in Nong Bua Lamph. The shooter was a former police officer who had been fired for possessing methamphetamines and reportedly killed himself after the attack.

🍿 Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to French author Annie Ernaux today. Ernaux is well known for her deeply personal books, which tell stories about a back-alley abortion and love affairs and explore the distortions of personal memory.

⚖️ Democrats Target Gulf

Three House Democrats have proposed legislation to end troop protection in Saudi Arabia after OPEC+ announced yesterday that they are slashing oil production to keep oil prices sky-high in the West and boost profits for Moscow.

💻 Gearing Up for Holiday Season at Amazon

Amazon announced they intend to hire 150k holiday workers, including part-time, seasonal, and full-time positions. The upcoming holiday season is expected to be difficult for many families, as a recent poll from the National Retail Federation revealed that 43% of consumers don't have enough money to pay for gifts.

⚖️ More Doc Details

New details have emerged from an inadvertently unsealed log of the documents taken from the former president, Donald Trump's residence in Mar-a-Lago. The log reveals that the documents are not protected by attorney-client privilege and are a mix of personal documents, potential pardons, and various legal documents.

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⚖️ Rochester Pays Up

The city of Rochester will pay $12 million for the wrongful death of Daniel Prude while in police custody in 2020.

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💻 Gaga for Google Day

Google revealed new details about the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch at the Pixel event today in Brooklyn.

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💻 Teens Circumvent the Juul Ban

Middle school and High schoolers replaced Juuls with disposable vapes after the FDA stopped Juul from selling vapes with flavored cartridges targeted toward youths, according to new data from federal agencies. 2.5 million kids say they use vapes or e-cigarettes, either containing nicotine, synthetic nicotine, or THC. The FDA is struggling to keep up with an oversaturated e-cigarette and vape market.

⚡️ Shooting in Dearborn, Michigan

Officers are responding to an active shooting at a Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Officers evacuated guests and staff of the hotel. The shooter is \"contained,\" and officers are negotiating with him.

⚖️ Biden's Marijuana Action

President Biden announced a sweeping federal pardon of all simple marijuana possession convictions. In doing so, he pardoned thousands of people in the most extensive action the White House has ever undertaken regarding US drug policy.

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⚖️ Charges for Hunter Biden

Federal agents have presented the U.S. Attorney of Delaware with sufficient evidence to charge President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, with tax crimes and for making a false statement to purchase a firearm. U.S. Attorney of Delaware David Weiss, appointed by former president Trump, will need to decide what to do with the evidence.

⚡️ Deaths in Vegas

Two people were killed and six people people were injured after being stabbed by an attacker outside of the Wynn Casino on the Vegas Strip today in Las Vegas. The suspect is in custody.

⚖️ Sasse Sized Shake Up in Congress

Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska is stepping down from his seat to become the president of the University of Florida. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will tap Sasse's successor.

🍿 Mario Trailer Released

The first trailer for \"Super Mario Bros\" from Nintendo was released today. Fans were excited about the visual quality of the animation, but some were disappointed by Chris Pratt, who voices Mario. The cast is stacked, including actors like Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Keegan-Michael Key.

💻 Edit Tweet Rolls Out

The Edit Tweet function became available to U.S. Twitter Blue users today.

⚖️ Leader of the Proud Boys Pleads Guilty

One of the leaders of the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys, has pleaded guilty to the charge of seditious conspiracy for his involvement with the Capitol riot. Jeremy Bertino is the first member of the organization to plead guilty.

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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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