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The chosen people: Israeli officials says aliens in contact with US, Israel

December

7

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5:33 pm

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The retired head of Israel's space security program said the "Galactic Federation" has been in contact with the US & Israel

The 87-yo retired general said aliens have been in contact with humanity for years, and told Israeli publication Yediot Aharonot that the aliens are researching "the fabric of the universe"

He said humans and aliens are cooperating in an underground base on Mars, and that Trump almost revealed the aliens' existence to the public

This has all been kept secret, he said, because humanity is not yet ready for the truth

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March

8

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11:28 pm

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In CDC guidelines released yesterday, the agency said that fully vaccinated Americans can spend time in small groups maskless

Yet it also said they should continue social distancing and wearing masks

It remains unclear how effectively the vaccines prevent spreading Covid, although emerging data shows they may help

So far, over 18% of Americans have received shots, and President Biden says shots for all American adults will be distributed by May

March

8

,

11:00 pm

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Twitter has sued the Texas attorney general, alleging that an investigation he opened into the company was politically motivated

In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into 5 Big Tech companies, over “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President"

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and other tech companies all suspended or banned President Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot

Twitter sued to stop the investigation, claiming that its ban of Trump was an act of free speech, and therefore protected by the Constitution

March

7

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9:12 pm

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The trial for Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, kicks off today with initial jury selection. It is one of the country's most heated court cases in years

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Last May, a viral video caught him kneeling on George Floyd's neck, sparking months of protests

The judge is reportedly also considering adding a charge of third-degree murder to make conviction more likely, although with a shorter sentence

The arguments are expected to begin on March 29. 3 other implicated officers are expected to stand trial this summer

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March

8

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11:41 pm

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Unilever, one of the world's largest conglomerates, announced that it will no longer use the word "normal" in beauty marketing, and will stop photo-editing its models

It said its beauty division - which is one of the world's largest advertisers - is “committed to tackling harmful norms and stereotypes and shaping a broader, far more inclusive definition of beauty”

Unilever has sought to market itself as a progressive brand, being a vocal proponent of corporate social responsibility and carbon neutrality

Brands owned by Unilever include Ben and Jerry's, Axe, Dove, Popsicle, Lipton, and Hellmann's, among dozens of others

March

4

,

12:19 am

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Large chains in Texas are going to continue requiring patrons to wear masks, despite the Governor's ending of all mask mandates

Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the "100%" opening of Texas. President Biden called the decision a "big mistake"

Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, CVS, and Target have all announced that they will be keeping mask mandates in place

All state Covid restrictions will end by March 10. Since September, businesses have operated at up to 75% capacity, with a statewide mask mandate

March

4

,

12:00 am

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Exxon Mobil, one of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, announced that it is launching a branch dedicated to capturing and storing carbon

Exxon has been heavily criticized for its contributions to climate change and seen as resistant to climate change concerns

Until now Exxon has maintained that investing in carbon-capture tech, which removes fossil fuel-produced carbon from the atmosphere, has not made economic sense

Yesterday, Exxon said that they expect the carbon capture market to hit $2T by 2040, and that carbon capture will become to most cost-effective way to reduce emissions

March

2

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10:50 pm

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Almost exactly 1 year after lockdowns began, Lyft announced that the last week of February was their best since then

Ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have been crushed by the pandemic, as social events and office work came to a halt

While Uber has benefited from its role in the food delivery space with Uber Eats, Lyft hasn't had the same cushion

Even so, Uber's stock is up 60% over the last year, and Lyft's is up 50%

March

1

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11:49 pm

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Yesterday, Instagram announced a new group-streaming feature called "live rooms," which will allow groups of up to 4 to live-stream together

The move is seen as a response to Clubhouse's growing popularity. On Clubhouse, groups of users can hold public conversations, which their followers can join

Beyond Clubhouse, celebrities and politicians have taken to group streaming on YouTube and Twitch during the pandemic

"We hope that doubling up on Live will open up more creative opportunities - start a talk show, host a jam session or co-create with other artists," Insta said in a statement

March

1

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11:40 pm

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Last week, stocks dropped as investors moved to safer assets

That trend was reversed yesterday, with US markets having their best day in about 9 months

With an economic rebound on the horizon, investors are facing uncertainty about how to respond

Many stocks have benefited from low interest rates over the last year. With low interest rates, stocks are relatively more attractive than leaving money in bonds or banks

February

28

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11:26 pm

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a new plan to have companies create cities and run them on cryptocurrencies

Sisolak has dubbed these cities “Innovation Zones," where companies would use the newest tech to run everything from the schools to the government

The zones would require companies to invest $1B over 10 years and acquire 50,000 acres of connected uninhabited land

“Companies can collaborate on a future together that would make Nevada not just a national but global leader in Blockchain technology," Sisolak said

February

28

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10:13 pm

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Last week was Bitcoin's worst since March, with It dropping over 9% after hitting an all-time high of $58k last Sunday

The crypto continued to fall over the weekend, bottoming out at $43.2k last night

Appearing to drive the dip was a broader sell-off of assets, including stocks and bonds

Elon Musk's statement last week that the price of Bitcoin seemed "high" may have also played a role

February

25

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4:40 pm

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ByteDance has settled for $92M over allegations that TikTok illegally collected teenage users' data

The accusers alleged that TikTok wrongly took personal information from minors, including face scans

There were 21 class action law suits filed against TikTok representing teens across the United States

The attorneys had alleged that TikTok collected children's data to target advertising and content in a way that was illegal

February

24

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11:22 pm

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The GameStop saga isn't quite over, with the stock jumping over 100% yesterday

Driving the jump was a shake-up at the company. On Tuesday, GameStop announced that the company's CFO was resigning

Trading of the stock was stopped yesterday after it jumped 103.9%. After the market closed, it jumped another 83%

GameStop is reportedly replacing its CFO with someone with a tech background in an attempt to boost the struggling company's online sales

February

24

,

1:08 am

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At the company's annual shareholder meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook said they have acquired about 100 companies over the last 6 years

At that rate, Apple has been acquiring companies every 3 to 4 weeks on average since 2014

Cook said the acquisitions are generally to acquire talent and tech, which it often then incorporates into Apple products

Apple's notable acquisitions include companies like Beats Headphones and Shazam, the music identification app

February

24

,

12:30 am

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Tesla stock fell 8.6% on Monday in its worst day since September, wiping over $15B off Elon Musk's net worth. The stock fell from $781 to $652 between Friday and Tuesday morning

Tesla stock surged over 700% last year and an additional 25% to start 2021, but lost nearly all of this year's gains on Monday

Musk's net worth peaked at $210B in January, at which point he surpassed Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person

Since then, Musk and Bezos have been trading spots at the top of the rich list

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March

8

,

9:45 pm

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Jerry Jones just stuffed Dak Prescott's stocking with a juicy new four-year, $160M contract ($125M of which is guaranteed)

The 27-year-old Mississippi State alum fractured his ankle in Week 5 of the 2020-21 season and missed the remaining games

Rumors swirled this offseason about a changing of the guard at the Cowboys QB position, especially in the wake of Russell Wilson's alleged interest in a Dallas trade

On an annual basis, this new contract makes Prescott the second highest-paid QB in the NFL after Patrick Mahomes

March

7

,

10:06 pm

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Adam Silver announced his support for the new Overtime Elite basketball league, which will pay players between the ages of 16 and 18

Speaking at the annual NBA all-star weekend update, Silver said the League is not opposed "to paying young people.” Players have to be 19 to enter the League, but NCAA players are not paid

Media company Overtime is sponsoring the league, which launches in September. It's meant to provide an alternative to existing uncompensated high school basketball leagues

The league is backed by players including Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and will pay young players over into the six figures

March

4

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12:12 am

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Amazon is set to pay up to $1B per year to secure exclusive rights to Thursday night NFL games beginning in 2023

The games would be available only on local TV in the teams' markets, and on Amazon streaming

Amazon has been aggressively trying to enter the sports streaming market, and has been streaming some Thursday night games in conjunction with Fox

Fox, NBC, and CBS are all set to resign contracts with the NFL, too. They are each expected to pay about $2B a season over the next decade, up from roughly $1B today

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March

8

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11:47 pm

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Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of single-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), particularly masks, on the environment

Divers in the Philippines recently found a coral reef near a major city that had been covered in discarded PPE

The Asian Development Bank released an estimate that Manila, the Filipino capital, alone has been generating about 280 tons of PPE waste daily

Environmentalists worry that substantial waste is being generated in cities across the world, ending up in oceans, being consumed by fish, and polluting habitats

March

7

,

11:19 pm

Source:

A new trend is taking off in Australia: Taking a flight to an unknown destination

Australia's Qantas Airlines has brought back "mystery flights," which were popular in the 90s. Passengers pay a fixed fee for a morning departure and same day return from a random destination

The cost is $737 for economy class or $1,579 for business. The first 3 flights, announced last week, sold out within 15 minutes

The popularity is attributed to the lack of international travel and a general boredom from Covid lockdowns

March

7

,

9:23 pm

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A Wall Street Journal report showed that Russian intelligence is trying to undermine the United States' Covid vaccine campaign

A diplomat told the WSJ that at least 4 websites "directly linked to Russian intelligence services” are publishing articles to undermine faith in the vaccines' efficacy and safety

The campaign has primarily targeted the Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to be approved in the United States

The misinformation has also been seen as a tactic for Russia to promote and boost sales of its own vaccine, the Sputnik V

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March

4

,

11:52 pm

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A study from the World Obesity Federation found that Covid fatality rates were 10x higher in countries where over half the population was overweight

While age has long been seen as the best indicator of Covid outcomes, the organization said this “shows for the first time that overweight populations come a close second”

The head of the WHO said this should be a wake-up call for countries to deal with obesity

In every country with more than 100 deaths per 100k population, most people are overweight. These include the US, UK, Argentina, and Belgium

March

3

,

11:46 pm

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A study found that the squid-like cuttlefish is one of the few animals known to possess self-control

In the study, researchers offered cuttlefish food under 2 different conditions

Under 1, the food would be immediately accessible; under the other, the food would only be reachable after a delay

The cuttlefish quickly realized that they needed to wait to get the food under the second condition, indicating self-control and a level of intelligence associated with animals including humans, chimps, and parrots

March

2

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11:00 pm

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The world's largest LSD microdosing study has shown that the supposed positive effects may be nothing more than placebo

Imperial College London conducted the trial. It looked at whether consuming small LSD doses brought actual mental and physical benefits

It found that while study participants experienced a boost to mood and creativity, there was not a notable difference between those who consumed LSD and those who consumed a placebo

191 participants micro-dosed LSD or a placebo over a 4 week period, and recorded the effects. Microdosing has exploded in popularity after becoming trendy in Silicon Valley

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March

9

,

12:17 am

Source:

The Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew is being scrubbed from Space Jam 2 after his "cancellation" stemming from a New York Times op-ed. His recorded scene will not be included in the final movie

The article alleged that Pepe Le Pew "normalized rape culture" with his repeated and aggressive attempts to seduce Penelope Pussycat

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Warner Bros has no plans to bring Pepe into future Looney Tunes productions

Pepe Le Pew first appeared in a cartoon in 1945 and was voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. The intention for Pepe has always been comedy, but Warner Bros has made it clear: They're no longer laughing

March

8

,

11:56 pm

Source:

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai signed a deal with Apple to produce documentaries, comedies, dramas, children's shows, and other programming for AppleTV+

Yousafzai is from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15 after advocating for girls' education

"I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Apple to help bring these stories to life," she said

She is a woman's rights advocate and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is now 23

March

8

,

11:52 pm

Source:

The 2 first dogs, Major and Champ, were evicted from the White House after allegedly biting and menacing staff

The German Shepherds were sent back to the Biden family home in Delaware last week

Major is 3 and the first rescue to live in the White House

Champ is 13 and live with President Biden since 2008

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March

9

,

12:17 am

Source:

The Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew is being scrubbed from Space Jam 2 after his "cancellation" stemming from a New York Times op-ed. His recorded scene will not be included in the final movie

The article alleged that Pepe Le Pew "normalized rape culture" with his repeated and aggressive attempts to seduce Penelope Pussycat

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Warner Bros has no plans to bring Pepe into future Looney Tunes productions

Pepe Le Pew first appeared in a cartoon in 1945 and was voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. The intention for Pepe has always been comedy, but Warner Bros has made it clear: They're no longer laughing

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March

8

,

11:56 pm

Source:

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai signed a deal with Apple to produce documentaries, comedies, dramas, children's shows, and other programming for AppleTV+

Yousafzai is from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15 after advocating for girls' education

"I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Apple to help bring these stories to life," she said

She is a woman's rights advocate and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is now 23

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March

8

,

11:52 pm

Source:

The 2 first dogs, Major and Champ, were evicted from the White House after allegedly biting and menacing staff

The German Shepherds were sent back to the Biden family home in Delaware last week

Major is 3 and the first rescue to live in the White House

Champ is 13 and live with President Biden since 2008

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March

8

,

11:47 pm

Source:

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of single-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), particularly masks, on the environment

Divers in the Philippines recently found a coral reef near a major city that had been covered in discarded PPE

The Asian Development Bank released an estimate that Manila, the Filipino capital, alone has been generating about 280 tons of PPE waste daily

Environmentalists worry that substantial waste is being generated in cities across the world, ending up in oceans, being consumed by fish, and polluting habitats

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March

8

,

11:41 pm

Source:

Unilever, one of the world's largest conglomerates, announced that it will no longer use the word "normal" in beauty marketing, and will stop photo-editing its models

It said its beauty division - which is one of the world's largest advertisers - is “committed to tackling harmful norms and stereotypes and shaping a broader, far more inclusive definition of beauty”

Unilever has sought to market itself as a progressive brand, being a vocal proponent of corporate social responsibility and carbon neutrality

Brands owned by Unilever include Ben and Jerry's, Axe, Dove, Popsicle, Lipton, and Hellmann's, among dozens of others

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March

8

,

11:28 pm

Source:

In CDC guidelines released yesterday, the agency said that fully vaccinated Americans can spend time in small groups maskless

Yet it also said they should continue social distancing and wearing masks

It remains unclear how effectively the vaccines prevent spreading Covid, although emerging data shows they may help

So far, over 18% of Americans have received shots, and President Biden says shots for all American adults will be distributed by May

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March

8

,

11:16 pm

Source:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is working on an antenna that will connect trucks, airplanes, ships, and other large moving vehicles to satellite internet

SpaceX is planning to launch thousands of satellites in order to generate widespread wireless internet, called Starlink

The Starlink satellite network is known as a "constellation," and is meant to provide high-speed internet to people everywhere

“No longer are users willing to forego connectivity while on the move," a SpaceX exec wrote to the FCC

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March

8

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11:00 pm

Source:

Twitter has sued the Texas attorney general, alleging that an investigation he opened into the company was politically motivated

In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into 5 Big Tech companies, over “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President"

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and other tech companies all suspended or banned President Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot

Twitter sued to stop the investigation, claiming that its ban of Trump was an act of free speech, and therefore protected by the Constitution

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March

8

,

10:26 pm

Source:

36-year-old pilot Antonio Sena crashed his plane in the Amazon in Brazil on January 28 and was stranded for the next 36 days

After waiting around the wreckage for a week, he decided to mobilize and seek help away from the crash site

He spent the next four weeks scouring for food and looking for people. He lived off bird eggs, fruit, and other items he could gather in the Amazon

Eventually he came upon a group of chestnut pickers who contacted authorities. They airdropped for his rescue, and he's safe again

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March

8

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10:06 pm

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The pandemic has been brutal for airlines, but the tide is slowly turning. Last week was the best for airlines, excluding the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, since March 2020

The US averaged more than 1M flyers per day last week, including 1.28M on Sunday -- the third highest mark over the last year

Although this is great news, passenger totals in the past week were 56% below the equivalent week in 2019

With states reopening and vulnerable populations being vaccinated at a rapid pace, the outlook is bright for the airline industry. But there's still a lot of runway ahead before the skies are humming again

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March

8

,

9:45 pm

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Jerry Jones just stuffed Dak Prescott's stocking with a juicy new four-year, $160M contract ($125M of which is guaranteed)

The 27-year-old Mississippi State alum fractured his ankle in Week 5 of the 2020-21 season and missed the remaining games

Rumors swirled this offseason about a changing of the guard at the Cowboys QB position, especially in the wake of Russell Wilson's alleged interest in a Dallas trade

On an annual basis, this new contract makes Prescott the second highest-paid QB in the NFL after Patrick Mahomes

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March

8

,

1:58 am

Source:

Why do we procrastinate? Science gives us the answer: Because it feels good

Procrastination puts the mind in its "happy place" while deprioritizing the long-term goals you might have set in the brain's prefrontal cortex

Studies show that college students who self-identify as procrastinators have lower GPAs (on average) than their peers who don't identify as such

Interestingly, the procrastinators also visited health clinics with greater frequency and experienced lower energy, less confidence, and more depression than their counterparts

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March

8

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1:47 am

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French billionaire and MP (Member of Parliament) Olivier Dassault died in a helicopter crash in Normandy this weekend

Dassault, 69, is the 361st wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $7.3B

France's President Emanuel Macron Tweeted, "During his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss"

Olivier's pilot was also killed in the 6:00 PM helicopter crash. Nobody else was on board

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March

8

,

1:36 am

Source:

Jack Dorsey is selling the first-ever Tweet as a NFT (non-fungible token) on a platform called Valuables

The ownership of a NFT is similar to that of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is recorded on a blockchain and allows for true digital ownership

The highest offer for the Tweet on Valuables is $2.5M from Sina Estavi, the CEO of Bridge Oracle. You can swoop in and take the lead for $2.6M!

The first Tweet in history was sent from Jack Dorsey himself in March 21, 2006 and read, "just setting up my twttr"

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March

8

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1:13 am

Source:

Mackenzie Scott, a philanthropist and the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, married a chemistry teacher at the Lakeside School, a prestigious private school in Seattle

Mackenzie Scott has a net worth of more than $50B, and is currently the third wealthiest woman in the world

The Lakeside School, which is where Bill Gates went to school as a kid, is reportedly the school of Mackenzie Scott's kids

Jeff Bezos gave the newlyweds his blessing with the statement, "Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them"

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March

7

,

11:19 pm

Source:

A new trend is taking off in Australia: Taking a flight to an unknown destination

Australia's Qantas Airlines has brought back "mystery flights," which were popular in the 90s. Passengers pay a fixed fee for a morning departure and same day return from a random destination

The cost is $737 for economy class or $1,579 for business. The first 3 flights, announced last week, sold out within 15 minutes

The popularity is attributed to the lack of international travel and a general boredom from Covid lockdowns

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March

7

,

10:22 pm

Source:

A woman in New York City felt a draft coming through her bathroom, and checked behind the mirror for its source

She found a crawlspace, which led to a 2-story apartment on the other side

The woman released a 4-part video series on TikTok, which went viral

The apartment had 3 bedrooms, but no signs of life other than an empty water bottle and some trash bags

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March

7

,

10:06 pm

Source:

Adam Silver announced his support for the new Overtime Elite basketball league, which will pay players between the ages of 16 and 18

Speaking at the annual NBA all-star weekend update, Silver said the League is not opposed "to paying young people.” Players have to be 19 to enter the League, but NCAA players are not paid

Media company Overtime is sponsoring the league, which launches in September. It's meant to provide an alternative to existing uncompensated high school basketball leagues

The league is backed by players including Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and will pay young players over into the six figures

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March

7

,

9:55 pm

Source:

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for a 2-hour, highly anticipated interview on primetime CBS Sunday night

Meghan Markle revealed that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal. She alleges that the palace refused to help her as she struggled with the pressure of her new station

In perhaps the most shocking turn of the interview, she claims that a senior member of the royal family expressed concern about the darkness of her son Archie's skin color. Oprah responded, "Whoa"

The Palace opened an investigation earlier this week into the numerous allegations of bullying that Palace staffers made against Markle. She allegedly brought multiple servants to tears and humiliated them

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March

7

,

9:23 pm

Source:

A Wall Street Journal report showed that Russian intelligence is trying to undermine the United States' Covid vaccine campaign

A diplomat told the WSJ that at least 4 websites "directly linked to Russian intelligence services” are publishing articles to undermine faith in the vaccines' efficacy and safety

The campaign has primarily targeted the Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to be approved in the United States

The misinformation has also been seen as a tactic for Russia to promote and boost sales of its own vaccine, the Sputnik V

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