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  1. Buckle up, because it's time to return to Camp Yellowjackets. Season 1's finale saw the girls deal with some major drama and an even bigger, more terrifying, reveal. After confronting her bestie Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) over Shauna's affair with (and impending pregnancy by) Jeff (Jack DePew), our former queen bee Jackie (Ella Purnell) decides to get some fresh air by spending the very chilly night outdoors. Unfortunately, the part where Jackie goes back inside and drinks hot chocolate with her teammates is a dying hallucination, and the team discovers Jackie's frozen body the next morning. Season 2 picks up almost two months later. Yup, it's officially winter in these here woods, which means one thing — our gals are about to embark on their journey into cannibalism. SEE ALSO: 10 things to remember about 'Yellowjackets' before Season 2 The Yellowjackets are right in the middle of a freezing winter. They're starving. They're depressed. But on the bright side, they have a new meat shed, and Shauna's managed to find some comfort by pulling a Norman Bates. Shauna's refused to let the other girls get rid of Jackie's body. Instead, she's propped up Jackie's corpse in the group's makeshift meat shed, which both slows down its decomposition and leaves her with ample time to chat with her dead friend. Shauna's trips to the meat shed might get more sinister. Credit: Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME. But putting Shauna's serial killer-y behavior aside for a moment, Yellowjackets might be giving us its first major clue into how the team's cannibalism begins. True, the group has nowhere else to put Jackie's body. And they're all trying to let Shauna grieve in her own special way. But whether or not they're aware of it yet, this decision is also keeping their only source of meat relatively fresh. And given the success rate of Natalie (Sophie Thatcher) and Travis's (Kevin Alves) hunting endeavors, no four-legged friends are about to join Jackie in the shed anytime soon. Adding to the foreshadowing is Shauna's fateful taste of flesh at the end of the first episode. While playing house with Jackie's body, Shauna accidentally jostles the corpse too hard, prompting Jackie's ear to fall off. What does she do with it? Well, she keeps it in her pocket, letting it sit there and gather lint while tempting her the entire episode, until she finally gives in and eats it right up — raw, uncooked, chewy cartilage and all. If that isn't a major signal that the Yellowjackets — or at least Shauna — are about to eat Jackie's body, then I don't know what is. The team is desperate for food. Credit: Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME. The team is starving, and all the clues so far — from Jackie's new, uh, living quarters to Shauna sinking her teeth into meat for the first time in a while — point to the inevitable: Jackie's about to be served up for dinner on a silver platter, bones and all. Shauna might keep her ear snack a secret. And there is a possibility the team might not eat Jackie. But with all the foreshadowing in this episode, it all seems very unlikely. In the off-chance they don't eat Jackie, then it's terrifying to think how far they'll let Shauna's imaginary conversations go. That might be an entire rabbit hole on its own. (And we know how Shauna feels about rabbits!) SEE ALSO: 'Yellowjackets' Season 2 review: Our favorite messed-up cannibals return — with even more bite All this theorizing means one thing: It's officially Yellowjackets season. It's time to nitpick every frame for any clue, and my bets are on this dreaded meat shed. Who knows? Maybe another body will be joining Jackie in there soon. The first episode of Yellowjackets Season 2 is now streaming on Showtime. View the full article
  2. There are some TV moments so perfect they're practically destined to become memes. Succession had Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) rapping. Euphoria had the "Bitch, you better be joking" line delivered in classic deadpan style by Maddy (Alexa Demie). The White Lotus had Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) hysterically shooting her way out of a boat cabin with her eyes screwed shut. Now, despite only being one episode in to its new season, Yellowjackets already has its own contender. And it involves everybody's favourite book club-believer, Jeff. SEE ALSO: 'Yellowjackets' Season 2 review: Our favorite messed-up cannibals return — with even more bite What's been going on with Jeff in Yellowjackets?Jeff (Warren Kole), who is married to Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) in the present day, has had a bit of a rocky time of things so far. In Season 1, his furniture store nearly went out of business, he was forced to take out a loan with some bad people in an attempt to save it, and he discovered his wife had been having a passionate affair instead of going to book club each week. On the other hand, it's difficult to feel too much sympathy for him. In an attempt to drum up some much-needed money to pay off his debts, Jeff attempted to blackmail Shauna's friends and fellow crash survivors in the first season. This little scheme inadvertently led to Shauna murdering her lover Adam (Peter Gadiot), whose real identity and motivation is still a series of question marks — but he definitely wasn't responsible for blackmailing the surviving Yellowjackets. All of which takes us up to the first episode of the second season, which sees Jeff accompanying Shauna to Adam's art studio in order to destroy any lingering evidence of their affair. At this point, Jeff has made the decision to stick with Shauna and help her get away with the murder, but his feelings are clearly still a bit all over the place — as is evidenced by the brief but excellent scene that features him sitting in the car on his own after they've returned from setting fire to Adam's studio. Jeff + Papa Roach = Emmy time.The scene starts with Jeff sitting in the car, on his own, in his dimly lit garage. He looks troubled as he flashes back to having sex with Shauna in Adam's art studio, which was packed with paintings and illustrations of Shauna. After a few moments, he sighs and selects a song from his phone, then leans his head forwards against the steering wheel. For a few seconds, there's only silence. And then... CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES. THIS IS MY LAST RESORT. I actually laughed out loud when I heard those opening lyrics to Papa Roach's "Last Resort," a 2000 nu metal track that pretty much all millennials will recognize. It's such a perfectly angsty choice, especially for a former jock turned preppy dad like Jeff. What makes the moment even better is the way Jeff reacts to the song, nodding ever so slightly to the lyrics before banging the steering wheel to the drumbeat, then literally punching the seat next to him and the roof of his car as the song kicks into gear. I timed it, and the scene is only 37 seconds long. But it's 37 seconds of television perfection. Warren Kole got a little carried away while filming this scene.Apparently, Warren Kole had a good time filming the scene, too. He told Mashable that he loved reading it in the script because it gives a glimpse into how Jeff is privately coping with everything. "They had to start taping things back up after the first take." "He's a man who's got traditional suburban ideals, and he's lived the life, and he's pretty normal, and he's being confronted with a very intense scenario," Kole said. "His wife isn't satisfied with him; not only did she seek affection with another man, she is murderous, so she's reconstituting into this savage that he knew she was in the woods. This is a lot for a guy like Jeff to process, so he's doing his best, maybe regressing a little bit in terms of his behaviour and how mature he's going to be about it, but I think it's just him trying to clear the smoke out of his own head." To make the scene even more impressive, Kole revealed that he'd never actually heard the Papa Roach song before. "I listened to it like 50 times and just got a feel for it. It's got a great introduction, some drums there — I figured that'd be a good thing to hone in on, and just start in a place of, he probably uses this song to vent, maybe even celebrate in his past, but it quickly turns into this tantrum where the drum becomes him beating the car to shreds. They had to start taping things back up after the first take. The mirror had fallen and the carpeting was ripped up. Yeah, I went for it." He sure did. Just give him the Emmy already. Yellowjackets Season 2 premieres March 24 on Showtime's website and app, with new episodes released weekly on Fridays. Episodes also air every Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET, starting March 26. View the full article
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  4. TL;DR: You can find a wide range of free online courses from MIT on edX, meaning you can learn all about Python programming, finance, machine learning, and more without spending anything. We're always looking for the best online courses that you can take for free, but it's hard to beat MIT. As of March 24, a wide range of online courses from MIT are available for free on edX. You can find free courses on things like machine learning, Python programming, finance, business, and much more. We've checked out everything on offer and lined up a selection of standout options to get you started. These are the best free online courses available from MIT: Becoming an Entrepreneur Computational Thinking for Modeling and Simulation Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer? Financial Accounting Foundations of Modern Finance Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python Machine Learning with Python: From Linear Models to Deep Learning Supply Chain Analytics Understanding the World Through Data Not all of these courses are beginner-friendly, so it's worth researching everything carefully before signing up. You also don't get a verified certificate with free courses, unless you pay a small fee. Those are the only things to keep in mind before enrolling. There's nothing else standing in your way. Find the best free online MIT courses on edX. Opens in a new tab Credit: MIT Online MIT Courses (opens in a new tab) Free at edX Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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  9. If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need. What is Quordle?Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Is Quordle harder than Wordle?Yes, though not diabolically so. Where did Quordle come from?Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. How is Quordle pronounced?“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.” Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?Yes and no. Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you. After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle. What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset. Is there a way to get the answer faster?In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses: Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.” Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses. If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints: Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?Two words have twice-occurring letters. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?C, A, B, and T. What are the answers for today’s Quordle?Are you sure you want to know? There’s still time to turn back. OK, you asked for it. The answers are: COUCH APRON BROTH TITHE View the full article
  10. The hip-hop podcast host was found guilty for manslaughter, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon for injuring multiple people and killing Ronald McPhatter, Troy Ave’s bodyguardView the full article
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  12. The culmination of dozens of national security and data privacy hearings on the congressional floor saw lawmakers meeting this week to discuss the fate of popular app TikTok, facing a potential government ban. Unlike your typical hearing, though, the debate's defense isn't just pushing data or precedent, it's brought to life by the creators themselves, on site in D.C. to tell their stories, create content, and make a point: We're the ones using the app, and we want a say. On Wednesday, following a TikTok press conference and meetings with representatives, creator Grace Amaku, known online as @grace_africa, posted a video of herself running through the Capitol Rotunda to a popular TikTok clip from singer Lizzy McAlpine's "Ceilings." "But it's not real! And you don't exist!" the song crooned over her circuit of the historic building. Creators joined a press conference outside the Capitol steps before lawmakers would speak on TikTok's fate. Credit: Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images for TikTok Meanwhile, Aidan Kohn-Murphy — the founder of TikTok-based nonprofit youth advocacy group @GenZForChange — was filming himself as the first person to scream "Twink!" in the domed room. Responding to Kohn-Murphy's video, user @CapCorgiTTV wrote, "There is nothing that will convince lawmakers to ban TikTok more than meeting with actual TikTok content creators lmao." "There is something so difficult for my brain to compute about TikTok infleuncers [sic] doing romanticized videos of the Capitol when I've straight up had a mini breakdown on one of those benches she passed," tweeted Daily Beast politics reporter Ursula Perano, sharing Amaku's TikTok. SEE ALSO: What is digital self-harm? There’s certainly humor in the juxtaposition of creators recording themselves running through the rotunda with the latest TikTok bedroom pop hit as a soundtrack, or dancing on the building's roof while lawmakers decide the fate of the app, but many of the creators feel passionately about protecting the communities they've formed there. For them, the question isn't one of geopolitical debate, as mental health advocate and TikTok creator Jorge Alvarez explained. "This is more pressing for people, financially and economically. This is such a critical organizing tool. There is substantial progress being made, regardless of what they're saying. I hope that at some point, they can recognize that there were people here that were trying to put a face to this." And, of course, posting online is in their nature. Influencers are going to influence, creative people are going to create, advocates are going to advocate. It's important that it's not uber-famous creators who are banging pots on the front lawn of the White House. Most of those folks would move through a TikTok ban or sale unscathed, with many having already successfully transitioned off the app into real-world, money-making opportunities and Hollywood gigs. Instead, TikTok has brought creators like Alvarez, Tiffany Yu, Deidre Kelly, and even Amaku and Kohn-Murphy, who represent a different part of the app focused on advocacy, education, and smaller community building. At risk, this group of creators contends, is a free platform for marginalized groups to share new perspectives and knowledge, gain confidence in individual advocacy, and even build economic self-sufficiency. Yu, a disability advocate who posts videos about anti-ableism and disability-forward career advice, explained the stakes for the disabled community on TikTok. "Disabled people are some of the most socially-isolated and socially-excluded groups out there. It's not only that we feel lonely, it's that systems, infrastructure, or other barriers keep us excluded to keep us feeling lonely," she said. While Yu has spent the last 25 years of her life battling the isolation and grief associated with a sudden onset disability, and has dedicated her time doing work to bridge these gaps through grassroots and nonprofit advocacy, TikTok has offered a much more expansive tool to reach others like her. It also has opened up new ways for disabled creators to support themselves, in community. "We need advocacy plus economic self sufficiency. I think that for a long time, they have felt mutually exclusive," Yu told Mashable. "Becoming a creator, for me, is possibility. Other people haven't given us opportunities, so we're going to create them ourselves." Yu says people of marginalized groups also need social connections to survive, and the internet has stepped in to provide them. A sense of empathic conversation and intimacy on the app resounded through the conversations with TikTok creators in D.C., who also argue that the kind of organizing and advocacy possibilities on a video-based community app like TikTok don't really exist elsewhere. "It was the easiest app to get started on, and it was the only app where I was seeing conversation and dialogue happening at the time," Alvarez explained of his TikTok beginnings in 2021. Creators met with congressional and TikTok representatives, like CEO Shou Zi Chew. Credit: Julian Mackler / BFA.com "It's been such an important tool in terms of amplifying my own voice, getting myself to the national stage at the White House, having the recognition and the resources now to be able to take my advocacy and do something with it," Alvarez said, "to activate my theory of change, which is very important in the activism and nonprofit world." Kelly, a sixth grade math teacher whose educational videos have blown up among students and caregivers alike, says she's been able to use her TikTok platform to partner with outside organizations she wouldn't have otherwise had access to — collaboration which achieves wins like free lunches for kids and school resources, and which other educators use to supplement poor funding. "TikTok is another way of pushing your voice further out there," Kelly said. "There are big companies reaching out to content creators. It's a huge platform." SEE ALSO: TikTok users' favorite moments from the TikTok congressional hearing Along with fellow creators, Kelly spoke directly to representatives, like newly elected, Gen Z Rep. Maxwell Frost, about the impact TikTok has on her relationship with her students and other education-focused creators. "We are all still trying to educate, not just in our own classrooms, but by using TikTok as a source." Meanwhile, the wider political dialogue is weighing questions of corporate malfeasance and global data privacy, pegged to the country's political attitude towards TikTok's ownership. Speaking directly to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew at Thursday's hearing, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH5) summed up the feelings of many representatives, saying, "Earlier this week you posted TikTok videos asking American users to mobilize in support of your app and oppose the potential U.S. government action to ban TikTok in the U.S. Based on the established relationship between your company and the Chinese Communist Party, it's impossible for me to conclude that the video is any different than the type of propaganda that CCP requires Chinese companies to push on its citizens." TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew addresses platform representatives and creators. Credit: Julian Mackler / BFA.com On top of concerns about youth safety and data security unprotected by "Big Tech," other representatives pointed out the spread of inaccurate and harmful medical information, graphic content, and the role of social media in mental and emotional health. All of which have fueled a growing wariness toward the app from critics including older generations and industry leaders. But many online have pointed out a kind of hypocrisy in the fervor shown by congressional leaders to ban the app, specifically pointing out similar data privacy concerns on other platforms, and the slow move by the Biden Administration to codify other protections for young people, and for people of color. "These folks just aren't on TikTok," Alvarez said. "They don't really understand what the app is beyond entertainment alone." Some, including pro-TikTok representatives, also feel like the week's comments are part of underlying xenophobia toward Chinese tech leaders and the app's users. "That xenophobia hasn't really changed. It's just a little bit more covert. It's just evolved," Amaku told Mashable. "It would be amazing if one of the representatives could speak out against xenophobia, because nobody has, and it's so very blatant." Amaku also explained to Mashable her motivation for posting the rotunda clip during the week's proceedings. "I used that song in particular because it talks about the removal of joy that was once in someone's life. TikTok was a dream for a lot of people, and now with all of these bills, it's like a dream that you're being woken up from." She explained the irony of being toured around an institution built upon slavery, upon the subjugation of non-white, non-male bodies. "It's me surrounded by all these leaders that, yes, built the United States of America, but also weren't using the most moral, virtuous routes," she said. "And still today, they're controlling our free speech. They're still controlling our progression." Amaku explained that she joined the group in D.C. to advocate for young people on TikTok who are no longer letting injustice slide, as well as to push back against representatives who don't understand the app. She says that TikTok has become a space where the "non-popular" kids are uplifted, as someone who faced racist and xenophobic bullying herself because of her first-generation, Nigerian American identity. "TikTok is about that expression and letting yourself not be confined by social norms — the flourishing of creativity — so that's why I find it to be my safe place." Following Thursday's hearing, TikTok representative Brooke Oberwetter issued a statement reflecting on the day: "Shou came prepared to answer questions from Congress, but, unfortunately, the day was dominated by political grandstanding that failed to acknowledge the real solutions already underway through Project Texas or productively address industry-wide issues of youth safety. Also not mentioned today by members of the Committee: the livelihoods of the 5 million businesses on TikTok or the First Amendment implications of banning a platform loved by 150 million Americans." As government representatives themselves have used TikTok as a way to reach young voices and promote their own initiatives, and as entertainment and commercial industries have turned the app into a generator of content and capital, so too have people come to rely on the app for basic, human necessities — for better or for worse. Yu says beyond the decision made after this week's hearing, she will be thinking about the second-degree implications of a ban. "Will people continue to have support systems that they can turn to? Will you have a place to learn that is outside of your echo chamber? Are we making sure that there is some transition plan available for people who are financially dependent on making content? My hope is that these decisions are made with care, taking our community into account and the things that we've gained from this." Want more news on advocacy and digital culture delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's Top Stories newsletter today. View the full article
  13. TikTok CEO Shou Chew had his first appearance before Congress on Thursday and the vitriol he faced from lawmakers was matched only by the vitriol TikTok users have for lawmakers that simply do not understand how social media works. Chew's hearing, which lasted for more than five very long hours, began with lawmakers calling for a country-wide ban on the app. This should come as no surprise. A barrage of bills attempting to limit TikTok's reach because of alleged data sharing with China have been on various dockets since 2019. In the hearing, we saw a rare moment of bipartisanship in an effort to crack down on the app. TikTok users watched. There were dozens of accounts live-streaming the hearing and plenty of journalists, comedians, and regular folks commenting in real time on the app. Here are some of TikTok's favorite — or least favorite — moments from the TikTok congressional hearing. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the TikTok ban in the U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson's weak WiFi connection TikTok users had plenty to work with while making fun of North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson who, it seems, does not understand how WiFi works. "Mr, Chew, does TikTok access the home wifi network?" Hudson asked. "Only if the user turns on the wifi," Chew said. "I'm sorry, I may not understand the question." "So if I have the TikTok app on my phone and my phone is on my home wifi network, does TikTok access that network?" Hudson said. "It would have to — to access the network to get connections to the internet, if that's the question," Chew said, seeming a bit confused because Hudson's question is inherently confusing. "Is it possible, then, that it could access other devices on that home WiFi network?" Hudson asked. "Congressman, we do not do anything that is beyond any industry norms. I believe the answer to your question is no. It could be technical. Let me get back to you," Chew said. One TikTok video of the interaction amassed more than 330,000 views, 2,300 comments, and 34,000 likes in three hours. "This is so embarrassing," the user who posted the video, @hoolie_r, wrote in the caption. "I swear to god we need to get competent and younger people in office." All of the comments are in a similar tone. SEE ALSO: As U.S. leaders debate a TikTok ban, lawmakers and creators clash over generational and social differences Just about anything Rep. Buddy Carter said I would like to have a conversation with whoever prepped Republican Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter for this hearing because, whew Buddy, was he off his rocker. At one point during his questioning, he became certain that TikTok was collecting users' biometric data — in particular, how users' eyes dilate while viewing a video. This is incredibly silly. Here's how that conversation went: "Can you tell me right now, can you say with 100% certainty, that TikTok does not use the phone's camera to determine whether the content that elicits a pupil dilation should be amplified by the algorithm? Can you tell me that?" "We do not collect body, face, or voice data to identify our users." "You don't?" "No. The only face data that we collect is when you use the filters that have, say sunglasses, on your face, we need to know where your eyes are" "Why do you need to know where the eyes are if you're not seeing if they're dilated?" "And the data is stored on your local device and deleted after use if you use it for facial. Again, we do not collect body, face, or voice data to identify our users." "I find that hard to believe. It's our understanding that they're looking at the eyes — how do you determine what age they are, then?" "We rely on age dating as our key age assurance." "Age?" "Dating, which is when you ask the user what age they are. We have also developed some tools when you look at their public profile to go through the videos that they post to see whether" "Well that's creepy. Tell me more about that." "It's public. So if you post a video that you choose [a] video to go public — that's how you get people to see your video. We look at those." One particularly popular TikTok video of that interaction has the caption "I get second hand embarrasment [sic] watching these corpses try to make points." Just about all of the comments below the video are along the lines of "how is this guy allowed to have this job?" In another particularly popular video of Carter's questioning, he asks Chew if the Chinese version of TikTok, known as Douyin, had the same "challenges" as TikTok does in the U.S. Chew admitted he didn’t know, saying the addictive nature of the app is an "industry challenge." This was, to Carter's credit, a pretty interesting question. Unfortunately, the one aspect most notable from this line of questioning is Carter's inability to let Chew answer. "Watch how many times this congressman interrupted him," one user wrote on a video with thousands of likes. Many of the comments align with that thought: "Maybe if he was allowed to talk," one user wrote. "Why do they KEEP REMINDING HIM that he has to tell the truth that’s so condescending," another user commented. As one user commented under yet another video calling out Rep. Carter: "Buddy is all over TT today " The lack of space for nuance Dozens of videos about the TikTok congressional hearing that aren't direct videos quoting politicians are pointing out that these hearings are, unfortunately, pretty useless. Politicians "don’t care to understand just 'own' someone," one user commented under a video of the hearing. In a statement after the hearing, TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter told Axios: "Shou came prepared to answer questions from Congress, but, unfortunately, the day was dominated by political grandstanding that failed to acknowledge the real solutions already underway." Despite the very real political grandstanding, this hearing did make a few things clear: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce members view TikTok as a national security threat, there is bipartisan support for a nation-wide ban, and we might be approaching a time in which Congress seriously considers a national privacy law. View the full article
  14. New ChatGPT plugins turn your favorite AI chatbot into a travel agent or personal assistant. On Thursday, the OpenAI shared that is it gradually rolling out ChatGPT plugins to Expedia and Kayak as well as non-travel related sites Instacart, Klarna, and OpenTable. According to the announcement, OpenAI will uses plugins to "study their real-world use, impact, and safety and alignment challenges" and explore ChatGPT's use cases. SEE ALSO: ChatGPT knows Elon Musk better than Elon Musk knows himself Expedia Group (which owns owns Hotels.com, VRBO, Travelocity, Hotwire, and Orbitz) and Kayak plugins will enable travelers to talk to ChatGPT about travel information gleaned from their sites. Travelers can use the plugin to plan all aspects of a trip: flights, hotels, car rentals and activities. ChatGPT plugins will initially be available only to ChatGPT Plus users, but will gradually roll out wider access "over time," said OpenAI. The plugins work within the existing ChatGPT platform. "By simply typing in natural language queries, like 'Where can I fly to from NYC for under $500 in April', users will receive personalized recommendations based on their search criteria and Kayak's historical travel data," Kayak explained in its announcement. OpenAI's ChatGPT plugin announcement has essentially laid out a blueprint for the future of travel. Travel companies have adopted new technologies to meet a new surge of interest and adapt to the new ways people now operate since the pandemic started. That includes biometric security screening in airports, contactless check-in at hotels, and making online booking easier and more convenient. For travel booking sites like Expedia and Kayak, it's a natural fit to integrate a conversational AI tool that helps people navigate the often stressful and tedious task of planning a trip. Travel aggregators may have lacked the personal touch and attentive customer service that local, independent travel agencies used to offer. Now, ChatGPT acting as your personal assistant can fill that role. The same concept applies to other companies launching plugins with OpenAI. The Instacart plugin will help you find recipes and make a shopping list, the OpenTable plugin gives you restaurant recommendations and links to book a reservation, the Klarna plugin gives users personalized shopping advice and helps you find the products you're looking for. Plugin developers interested in integrating ChatGPT into their own products can sign up for the waitlist on the OpenAI site. It's just the beginning, but one can already imagine a ChatGPT personal assistant for every app you use. View the full article
  15. Legal video streaming services such as Amazon, Disney, and Netflix are booming. At the same time, there’s a flourishing dark market of pirate streaming tools. These unauthorized alternatives increasingly use slick designs and easy-to-use apps to appeal to a broad audience. And unlike the legal options, they offer all popular titles under the same roof, without charging a penny. Cloudstream is one of the apps that made its mark in recent years. The Android-based software can aggregate pirated content from several third-party sources and is fully customizable through open-source extensions. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by rightsholders. Sky UK targeted the software last year and across the pond, Cloudstream also appeared on the radar of the MPA, Hollywood’s anti-piracy group. MPA Targets Cloudstream This week, the MPA decided to take action. The organization, which represents the major Hollywood studios and Netflix, sent a DMCA notice to GitHub, asking the developer platform to remove several Cloustream-related files. “We […] request your assistance in addressing, the extensive copyright infringement of motion pictures and television shows that is occurring by virtue of the operation of the domain cloudstream.cf, which is hosted on and available for download from your repository GitHub Inc. “Specifically, at the URL, the Repository hosts and offers for download the APK CloudStream, which in turn is used to engage in massive infringement of copyrighted motion pictures and television shows,” the notice adds. When GitHub receives DMCA notices it typically informs developers of the targeted content, allowing them to address the problem on their own. That also happened in this instance and led to a drastic decision. Cloudstream Takes Voluntary Action Yesterday, Cloudstream developer “Lag” informed the app’s Discord followers that they had received a “very serious DMCA notice” that simply can’t be ignored. For that reason, the team will voluntarily remove the contested files from GitHub. According to “Lag”, complying with the takedown request was the only viable option. The developer didn’t wait for GitHub to respond and decided to pull the plug, hoping to avoid legal repercussions. “Having the absolute worst anti-piracy coalition on our asses is not preferable. They will undoubtedly fuck us legally if they have to. Think what you want but I do not want all of Hollywood after me because of some hobby project,” Lag wrote. “At least they will never be able to shut down torrents :)” The MPA’s DMCA notice also mentioned the Cloudstream.cf domain, which has gone offline too, and remains unreachable for the foreseeable future. Speaking with TorrentFreak, “Lag” explains that the site linked to the reported repositories and was taken down for that reason. The developer is still waiting to hear from GitHub to see if his removal actions are sufficient, before making choosing how to go forward. However, challenging the MPA isn’t on the table. A Prime Enforcement Target The MPA’s head of Global Content Protection and Enforcement Operations, Jan van Voorn, confirmed the legitimacy of the takedown request, adding that it hasn’t contacted the developer directly, yet. “The popularity of Cloudstream’s website, which received millions of visits in the last few months alone, and its Discord channel, with over 46,000 members, naturally made it appear on our radar as a prime target for enforcement,” Van Voorn says. As we publish this article, all of the reported GitHub URLs are unreachable. Most return a 404 error, indicating that the developer removed the content voluntarily. In addition, a repo from ‘third-party’ developer “Eddy976” displays a DMCA removal notice, so GitHub likely intervened there. Given the immediate response of developer “Lag”, it seems unlikely that they will stage a comeback under the same team. However, the door remains open for an external restart, according to the Discord message. “The project may be handed off to another development team within a couple of days so I would refrain from calling it over yet,” Lag wrote. That will likely ensure the MPA’s continued interest. — A copy of the MPA’s DMCA notice to GitHub is available here. Below is a list of all the targeted URLs. https://raw.githubusercontent.com/recloudstream/cloudstream-extensions/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/recloudstream/cloudstream-extensionsmultilingual/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hexated/cloudstream-extensions-hexated/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/yoyzo/arab/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Jacekun/cs3xxx-repo/main/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/daarkdemon/cs-darkdemon-extensions/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/LikDev-256/likdev256-tamil-providers/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Stormunblessed/kamy-cs3/master/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Eddy976/cloudstream-extensions-eddy/builds/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Stormunblessed/stormunblessed-cs3/master/repo.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/821938089/cloudstream-extensions/master/repo.json https://github.com/recloudstream/cloudstream-extensions https://github.com/recloudstream/plugin-template https://github.com/yoyzo/arab https://github.com/Eddy976/cloudstream-extensions-eddy From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. 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  16. Martron (real name Marlon Nigro) was born in New York and showed signs at a very young age that his love for music was boundless. Growing up a classically trained musician, it wasn’t until early in his senior year of high school that he discovered his fondness for electronic music. One listen to his music and you can hear an interesting yet balanced blend that combines his charming classical roots with his energetic electronic sound. Now, this talented rising artist is back with an addictive future bass single, “Sun Goes Down“, that impossible not to fall in love with. Featuring bubbly melodies along with a crisp vocal, he builds it flawlessly into a drop that embodies celestial progressions of chill future bass, and perfectly layered vocal cuts. “‘Sun Goes Down’ is about wanting to hold on to the things or people you cherish the most, while at the same time knowing you need to let go of some of those things or people to move forward. To take risks and enjoy life with the people you love while freeing yourself of what burdens you and holds you back. Having made some major changes in my life over the past few months, this is something I’ve had to learn and now embrace.” – Marton Listen below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Martron Releases Addictive Future Bass Single, “Sun Goes Down” View the full article
  17. It was only six weeks ago that the beloved house festival The BPM Festival made its way back to its home base in Costa Rica. Returning after a multi-year hiatus, the sacred grounds of Tamarindo were met with the rapturous applause of its guests that spanned across 40 nationalities. It was a beautiful scene to witness from some of the videos shared. Now,The BPM Festival has confirmed it will return to Tamarindo’s exquisite beaches for a surprise Easter Edition brimming with music, dance, and pure celebration. Taking place across the Easter holiday weekend, on April 6, 7, and 8, 2023, the Dreamcatcher stage within the jungle will transform into an intimate haven for music lovers. The lineup is spectacular, carefully curated to feature performances from Diplo, Jesse Calusso, Late Delivery, N.I.M, Rafa Barrios, Samu, Vanjee, Miguelle, and more. Fans can expect to be immersed in mesmerizing rhythms, locked into the beats of the world’s most aesthetic festival. If you’re looking to plan a spring getaway, look no further than BPM! Get tickets! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: BPM Festival Announces 3 Day Easter Edition ft. Diplo, Rafa Barrios, Jesse Calosso + more View the full article
  18. Missy Elliott said collaborating with the UK R&B trio was “nothing less than amazing”View the full article
  19. We've rounded up the best deals we could find on March 23 — here are some of our top picks: BEST STREAMING DEAL: MGM+ as an add-on for Prime Video — $2.99/month $5.99/month for two months (save $6) BEST VACUUM DEAL: Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with all-in-one Clean Station — $421.73 $899 (save $477.27) BEST COMPUTER DEAL: Acer Chromebook Spin 513 convertible laptop (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) — $349.99 $459.99 (save $110) Looking to do some retail therapy? We've rounded up some of the best deals we could find for you on March 23, so you know what's worth your time and hard-earned cash. We're seeing price drops on vacuums, computers and monitors, audio products, and plenty of Apple and Amazon devices. Keep scrolling to check out our top picks for the best deals of the day. Best streaming deal Opens in a new tab Credit: MGM+ Our pick: MGM+ as an add-on for Prime Video (opens in a new tab) $2.99/month at Amazon for two months (save $6) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itToday's your last chance to sign up for two months of MGM+ as a Prime Video add-on for just $2.99/month. Formerly known as Epix, MGM+ offers thousands of ad-free on-demand movies and TV series, live TV, and the ability to download shows and movies to watch offline. Like other streamers, MGM+ has its own original series like A Spy Among Friends, War of the Worlds, and NFL Icons, plus plenty of films you already know and love like Skyfall, There's Something About Mary, and Friday the 13th. After your two-month subscription is up, you can choose to renew at full price ($5.99/month) or cancel. More streaming and subscription dealsApple TV+ — free $6.99/month (save $20.97) for three months Apple Music — free $10.99/month (save $43.96) for four months Dashpass — free for Roku users $9.99.month (save $59.94) for six months Grubhub+ — free for Amazon Prime members $9.99/month (save $119.88) for one year HBO Max and Cinemax bundle add-on for Prime Video — $20.99/month $25.98/month (save $4.99/month) MGM+ as an add-on for Prime Video — $2.99/month $5.99/month (save $6) for two months SiriusXM — free $9.99/month (save $39.96) for four months Sling TV — $20/month $40/month (save $20) for your first month Starz — $3/month for three months $8.99/month (save $17.97) Starz and MGM+ bundle add-on for Prime Video — $11.99/month $14.98/month (save $2.99/month) YouTube TV — $62.99/month $72.99/month (save $30) for your first three months Best vacuum deal Opens in a new tab Credit: Samsung Our pick: Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with All-in-One Clean Station (opens in a new tab) $421.73 at Amazon (save $477.27) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itThe Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum and All-in-One Clean Station just hit a new all-time low in the woody green color. Just yesterday, it was down to $449.99 (reg. $899), but on March 23, you can slash another $28 off on the sleek forrest option and grab it for $421.73. The other two color options, midnight blue and misty white, remain at $449. We like the Samsung Bespoke Jet for its auto-emptying dustbin after each cleaning and its aesthetic element. We don't particularly appreciate its $900 price tag, which makes this 53% discount a total steal. More vacuum dealsEufy RoboVac 25C WiFi robot vacuum — $96 $249.99 (save $153.99) Shark ION AV753 robot vacuum — $149.99 $229.99 (save $80) Dyson V7 Advanced cordless vacuum cleaner — $229.99 $399.99 (save $170) Samsung Jet 75 Pet cordless stick vacuum — $299.99 $399 (save $99.01) Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with all-in-one Clean Station — $421.73 $899 (save $477.27) Roborock Q5+ robot vacuum — $499.99 $699.99 (save $200) Best computer deal Opens in a new tab Credit: Acer Our pick: Acer Chromebook Spin 513 convertible laptop (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) (opens in a new tab) $349.99 at Amazon (save $110) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itSimple and lightweight, yet powerful and versatile, the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 gives you the best of both worlds. It's a different configuration of one of our favorite Chromebooks that offers up to 13.5 hours of battery life, 8GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor, and two USB-C ports for convenience. Usually $459.99, you can slash 24% off and snag the Spin 513 for its lowest price ever at $349.99. More computer and monitor dealsAcer Vero BR277 27-inch full HD IPS zero-frame monitor — $139 $249.99 (save $110.99) Samsung T35F 27-inch FHD 1080p computer monitor — $139.99 $219.99 (save $80) ASUS 11.60-inch Vivobook L210 laptop (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC) — $199.99 $249.99 (save $50) + one year of Office 365 Personal Samsung 32-inch M50B FHD smart monitor — $209.99 $299.99 (save $90) Acer Nitro XZ320Q 31.5-inch 1500R curved full HD zero-frame gaming monitor — $229 $449.99 (save $220.99) Acer Chromebook Spin 314 convertible laptop (Intel Pentium Silver N6000, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC) — $289.99 $379.99 (save $90) Acer Chromebook Spin 513 convertible laptop (Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) — $349.99 $459.99 (save $110) Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (64GB, WiFi) — $409.99 $529.99 (save $120) HP Envy Desktop (Intel Core i9, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) with keyboard and mouse — $1,229.99 $1,699.99 (save $470) Apple device dealsAirPods Pro (2nd generation) — $199.99 $249 (save $49.01) 2021 10.2-inch iPad (WiFi, 64GB) — $249.99 $329 (save $79.01) Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS + Cellular, 41mm) — $429 $499 (save $70) Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS + Cellular, 45mm) — $459 $529 (save $70) 2020 MacBook Air 13-inch laptop (M1 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) — $799.99 $999 (save $199.01) 2021 MacBook Pro 14-inch laptop (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) — $1,599 $1,999 (save $400) 2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) — $1,999 $2,499 (save $500) 2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) — $2,199 $2,699 (save $500) 2022 MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop (M2 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) — $2,499 $2,699 (save $200) 2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop (M1 Max chip, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) — $2,799 $3,499 (save $700) Amazon device dealsFire TV Stick — $19.99 $39.99 (save $20 with code NEW23) Fire TV Stick 4K — $24.99 $49.99 (save $25 with code UP4K23) Fire TV Stick 4K Max — $32.99 $54.99 (save $22 with code FTVMAX22) Echo Show 8 (2nd gen) — $74.99 $129.99 (save $55) Halo Rise bedside sleep tracker — $99.99 $139.99 (save $40) Echo Show 15 — $194.99 $249.99 (save $55) Echo Show 15 + Alexa voice remote for Fire TV — $224.98 $279.98 (save $55) Other home dealsEcobee SmartSensor for doors and windows (2-pack) — $59.99 $79.99 (save $20) AeroGarden Harvest with gourmet herb seed pod kit — $79.95 $164.95 (save $85) Ecobee SmartCamera indoor security camera — $79.99 $99.99 (save $20) Arlo Essential wireless video doorbell — $99.99 $199.99 (save $100) Sensi Touch smart thermostat — $127.28 $169.99 (save $42.71) AeroGarden Harvest Elite with gourmet herb seed pod kit — $139.95 $205.95 (save $66) Arlo Essential spotlight camera (2-pack) — $159.99 $229 (save $69.01) Eufy Security eufyCam 2C Pro 2-camera kit — $199.99 $319.99 (save $120) Audio dealsSony WF-C500 wireless Bluetooth earbuds — $68 $99.99 (save $31.99) Jabra Elite 4 Active Bluetooth earbuds — $77.07 $119.99 (save $42.92) Beats Solo3 wireless headphones — $130.01 $199.95 (save $69.94) Google Pixel Buds Pro — $149.99 $199.99 (save $50) JBL Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker — $179.99 $349.99 (save $170) LG S65Q 3.1ch high-res sound bar — $196.99 $399.99 (save $203) Sony SRS-XG300 X-Series portable Bluetooth party speaker — $198 $349.99 (save $151.99) + 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Series II) portable Bluetooth speaker — $229 $329 (save $100) JBL Boombox 2 portable Bluetooth speaker — $299.95 $449.95 (save $150) View the full article
  20. Dates in theaters across the United States and Canada take place in September and OctoberView the full article
  21. It's National Puppy Day — an excellent day to celebrate your favorite doggo and get them a treat, upgrade, or furniture. Several well-known pet retailers are celebrating with discount codes, free shipping offers, and other deals. Here's a quick summary so you can check them out. FABLE: The famous Fable pets crate and side table is now 20% off its regular price of $395 when you use the code SPRING20. PETCO: Save 20% on select items, such as bowls, slings, water dispensers, and other essentials using the discount code PUPPY20. CHEWY: Get a $30 gift card from Chewy when spending $100. Use the code SPRING to redeem. PETSMART: Get free-same-day shipping on orders $50 and up, and 4K points on select items until April 2. Fable Why we like itThe Fable crate and table gives your dog a place to rest after long walks, trips, and other adventures. The XS/S crate usually sells for $395, while the M crate sells for $595 and is better for larger breeds or full-grown dogs. In either case, you will get 20% off when using the code SPRING20 at checkout. That means you'll end up paying $316 for the XS/S, and $476 for the M crate. Each wooden crate includes square cutouts for airflow,d and has enough space for you to place a doggy bed or soft blanket so your pup can get comfy in their crate. The crate is made using bent wood. You'll have the option of choosing a metal or acrylic door. The brand doesn't accept returns on this purchase due to its size and heaviness, as crates weigh 50 pounds and up. Opens in a new tab Credit: Fable Our pick: Fable Crate (opens in a new tab) 20% off on Fable with code SPRING20 Get Deal (opens in a new tab) PetcoWhy we like itPetco is a town staple and favorite thanks to its many options for pet essentials. On this National Puppy Day, you can save up to 20% on puppy essentials with the discount code PUPPY20. Deals include pet carriers, no-spill dog bowls, puppy floats, and much more. You know what's even better? Some of these deals are also eligible for same-day delivery. Get everything you need to have an awesome spring and summer with your puppy while also saving some precious bucks. Opens in a new tab Credit: Petco Our pick: Save 20% on puppy essentials (opens in a new tab) Save 20% with code PUPPY20 Get Deal (opens in a new tab) ChewyWhy we like itChewy is offering buyers a $30 gift card if they've spent $100. All you need to do is use the code SPRING during checkout to redeem. Note that there are several products that are ineligible to count toward your total. Eligible items are noted as such to make it easier for you to choose from them. Additionally, Chewy is offering free 1-3 day shipping on orders $49 or over. Now's a great time to look through these deals and find treats and other essentials that will show your puppy how special they are to you. Opens in a new tab Credit: Chewy Our pick: Free $30 gift card when you spend $100 (opens in a new tab) Free $30 gift card with code SPRING Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Petsmart Why we like itPetsmart is offering a great deal for people who love convenience and speed: free same-day shipping on orders $50 or up until April 2. Plus, you can get 4K points on your Petsmart account with these purchases. These can be redeemed for treats, discounts, and other deals in the near future. This is a great offer for people who need a bit more time to decide what they want to buy for their puppy. From toys, treats, to collars, there's a lot to choose from here. Happy National Puppy Day! Opens in a new tab Credit: Petsmart Our pick: Free same-day shipping on purchases $50+ (opens in a new tab) Get free same-day shipping when you spend $50+ Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  22. Zach Braff, Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman and Molly Shannon reveal the themes and relationships in Zach Braff's new film. A Good Person will release in theaters March 24th, 2023. View the full article
  23. It's here. It's finally here. Yes, there's actually a full-on sequel to 2000's Counter-Strike in development by Valve. Counter-Strike 2 will launch this summer on Steam as a free upgrade for 2012's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and you can play it this week...if you're lucky. Here's how. SEE ALSO: 'Redfall' might be your next Xbox Game Pass obsession How to access the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test According to a FAQ on Steam, Valve's process for handing out invites to the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test is a little strange. Whether or not you get picked isn't entirely in your control, and it's not clear exactly how long the Limited Test will last or when other players will be let in. Anyway, all you have to do is play CS:GO and hope for an invite to show up on the main menu screen in that game. It won't come in an email or even in a Steam message; it has to be done in an older Counter-Strike game. Weird. Here's how Valve is deciding who gets in and who doesn't right now: Players are selected based on a number of factors deemed important by the Counter-Strike 2 development team, including (but not limited to) recent playtime on Valve official servers, trust factor, and Steam account standing. In other words, if you've been playing a lot of CS:GO on official Valve servers and are a model citizen, your chances of getting in go up. I hope you haven't spent the last decade trolling people. What is included in the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test?This part is much simpler. According to Valve's FAQ, the Limited Test is currently restricted to two modes: Deathmatch and Unranked Competitive. There's also only one map, the legendary Dust2 from older Counter-Strike releases. The word "Limited" is right there for a reason, folks. That said, CS:GO players will also be able to use stickers, weapon finishes, and any other inventory items you have in CS2. That's nice. Now go, enjoy the rarest of blessed occurrences: Valve making a new video game. View the full article
  24. The yearning. The courtship. The scandal. Our favorite kind of Regency romance is returning soon thanks to Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. The tell-all prequel to Netflix's Bridgerton explores Queen Charlotte's (India Amarteifio) youth, including her marriage to King George (Corey Mylchreest) that shook their society and built the world of the Ton. As Charlotte grapples with her newfound role, she also navigates falling in love, with the prequel's trailer promising everything you'd want from another Bridgerton binge. The cast also includes Arsema Thomas as a young Lady Danbury, with Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh, and Ruth Gemmell reprising their roles from the original Netflix series: Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury, and Lady Bridgerton, respectively. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story waltzes into Netflix on May 4. View the full article
  25. Do Kwon, the former CEO and co-founder of cryptocurrency company Terraform Labs, has reportedly been captured by authorities in Montenegro after months of being on the run. The news broke following a statement posted by the Interior Minister of Montenegro, Filip Adzic, to his Twitter account. "ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED FUGITIVES WAS ARRESTED IN PODGORICA," tweeted Adzic in all caps on Thursday. "Montenegrin police have detained a person suspected of being one of the most wanted fugitives, South Korean citizen Do Kwon, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based Terraform Labs." "The former 'cryptocurrency king,' who is behind losses of more than 40 billion dollars, was detained at the Podgorica airport with falsified documents, and the same is claimed by South Korea, the USA and Singapore," he continued. "We are waiting for official confirmation of identity." Things all came crumbling down for Do Kwon back in May of last year after the cryptocurrencies his company had created – stablecoin Terra and its sister token Luna – failed. At the time, Terra was one of the biggest stablecoins within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Its failure created a domino effect which tanked the entire crypto market. Do Kwon attempted to resuscitate his failing crypto empire, but that turned out to be unsuccessful. Subsequent investigations into Do Kwon and his operation eventually resulted in South Korean prosecutors charging Do Kwon and other associates with violating capital markets laws. A warrant was issued for his arrest in September, however, the cryptocurrency CEO could not be located. Later that month, Interpol issued a "red notice," officially categorizing Do Kwon as an international fugitive, wanted by law enforcement around the globe. Communicating through social media, Do Kwon insisted he was not on the run even though South Korean prosecutors claimed he was. It was reported at the time that Do Kwon was allegedly hiding out in Serbia, a country that does not have an extradition treaty with South Korea. In addition to the charges from South Korean prosecutors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also charged Do Kwon last month, alleging that he had defrauded investors with crypto schemes. View the full article
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