Monday 13 June 2022

⚖️ Ginni Thomas In Ever Hotter Water

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Virginia Thomas's emails imploring Arizona lawmakers to overturn the results of the 2020 election have been revealed to the public.

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💻 Is the AI Alive? One Google Engineer Thinks So

Google suspended the engineer who is convinced that Google's AI-based chatbot generator, LaMDA, has achieved sentience.

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🍿 Jennifer Hudson Gets the EGOT

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson won a Tony Award this weekend, completing the elusive EGOT.

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🍿 Rebel Wilson Comes Out On Her Own-ish Terms

Actress Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram that she'd found her Disney princess, but the story behind the post is causing controversy.

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💻 Celsius Hits the Freeze Button

Crypto lender Celsius announced they were freezing all account withdrawals due to market instability as crypto's value plummets.

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⚖️ The House Resumes Hearings for the Capitol Riots

Monday's hearings brought new allegations against Trump's campaign to overturn the 2020 election and featured testimony from fired Fox News Editor Chris Stirewalt and other members of Trump's team.

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🍿 James Patterson Makes the Internet Cross

Multi-millionaire author James Patterson gave an interview describing a new kind of "racism" facing older white men in the entertainment industry.

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🍿 Philip Baker Hall's Final Honor

Philip Baker Hall, star of "Secret Honor" and other classic films, passed away peacefully at age 90.

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💻 FAA Forces SpaceX to Adapt

The Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated assessment of the SpaceX launch site and Starship program in South Texas.

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💻 Consider Microsoft's Neutral Mode Activated

Microsoft entered into a historic agreement with a union formed at their recent acquisition, Activision Blizzard, that may set the new gold standard within the gaming industry.

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SEC Fines Oracle

September 27, 2022
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The SEC has fined the software giant Oracle $23 million for bribing foreign officials.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

SEC Fines Oracle

The SEC has fined the software giant Oracle $23 million for bribing foreign officials.
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Big trouble

  • The SEC charged Oracle for the second time with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act between 2016 and 2019.
  • The charges allege that Oracle subsidiaries in Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and India used funds to bribe foreign officials.
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Pay up

  • Oracle will pay $23 million to settle the case, $15 million in a civil fine, and about $7.9 in disgorgement and interest.
  • Oracles subsidiaries used the slush funds bribes to win business abroad.
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The context
Cloudflare announced the launch of a $1.25 billion "Workers Launchpad" for startups who use the platform. The launchpad will connect the startups with venture firms who have offered to invest in Cloudflare users.
Technology
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cloudflare Sells the Ultimate Incentive

Cloudflare announced the launch of a $1.25 billion "Workers Launchpad" for startups who use the platform. The launchpad will connect the startups with venture firms who have offered to invest in Cloudflare users.
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Funding for starters

  • The Workers Launchpad Funding Program will provide up to 1.25 billion in financing to startups building on Cloudflare Workers. The computing platform has been used to launch more than 3 million applications since 2017.
  • One of the venture partners said that they have seen an increase in the number of startups building applications on Cloudflare Workers and are excited to support the company's growth.
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Connecting the dots

  • Cloudflare's platform is about five years old, and the promise of access to venture funding will hopefully attract more developers to the platform.
  • The partnering venture firms will invest $1.25 billion from their existing funds into the startups.
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Politics

Ken Paxton Runs Away

September 27, 2022
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The context
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went viral for fleeing his home to avoid being served a subpoena to appear in an abortion case.
Politics
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ken Paxton Runs Away

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went viral for fleeing his home to avoid being served a subpoena to appear in an abortion case.
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Under cover

  • Ernest Martin Herrera was attempting to serve Ken Paxton with a subpoena for a lawsuit filed by Texas nonprofits who want to provide Texans with funding to travel out of state to get abortions.
  • Paxton avoided the process server at all costs and eventually got into his wife's car and drove away from his house.
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Court filing

  • Paxton claimed he was protecting his family by fleeing the process server.
  • Paxton criticized the media as well for reporting without knowing the contents of the affidavit.
  • Federal Judge Robert Pittman eventually squashed the subpoena and granted Paxton a reprieve from testimony.
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