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Spotify CFO Is Stepping Down Following Hefty Layoffs

Spotify CFO Paul Vogel will step down from the company next march, the company announcing plans to lay off 17 percent of its workforce this week.

Texas Threatens Doctors After Judge Says Woman Can Get Emergency Abortion

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened doctors after a judge granted a woman the ability to obtain an emergency abortion.

Hunter Biden Indicted on Nine Tax-Related Charges

Federal prosecutors filed another criminal case against Hunter Biden, CNN reported Thursday.

Apple admits to secretly giving governments push notification data

Apple to update transparency report to break out push notification data requests.

Kevin McCarthy Is Resigning From Congress

Kevin McCarthy is resigning from Congress after being ousted as House Speaker in October.

Tuberville Gives Up Military Blockade Stunt After Wasting 10 Months

Sen. Tom Tuberville agreed to relinquish his freeze on the majority of military appointment confirmations, which have been stalled for months

UNLV mass shooter was career college professor, source says, but unknown whether he had a connection with school | CNN

The gunman in a Wednesday mass shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus that left three dead and a fourth critically injured is a 67-year-old career college professor with connections to schools in Georgia and North Carolina, a law enforcement source told CNN, but it’s unknown what connection he had with the school where the shooting took place.

MCS Top Posts for the week ending 2023-12-08

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Hackers stole ancestry data of 6.9 million users, 23andMe finally confirmed

Majority of impacted users are now being notified.

There Is No Piracy Without Ownership – Aftermath

Is it stealing if we can’t pay for the thing in the first place?

“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” Review

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: With Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Kieran Culkin. A 20-something Toronto indie rocker’s adventures in getting and keeping jobs, avoiding being kicked out of his apartment, and surviving encounters with the seven evil exes of the new girl in town on whom he has a crush. A sorta sequel Read the full article…

“The Talk of the Town” Review

The Talk of the Town: Directed by George Stevens. With Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan. An escaped prisoner has to prove his innocence to a stuffy law professor with the help of a spirited school teacher. I bought a dvd of this silly movie in the hopes that there was going to Read the full article…

Bungie Devs Say Atmosphere Is ‘Soul-Crushing’ Amid Layoffs, Cuts, and Fear of Total Sony Takeover – IGN

One month after a major round of layoffs impacted roughly 100 Bungie employees of 1,200, those remaining at the Destiny developer say the cuts, as well as other cost-cutting measures, came alongside an apparent scramble by studio leadership to avoid a total Sony takeover.

Out Today: “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Scorpius Run #4”

Out today: “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Scorpius Run #4“, by Kirsten Beyer. As the Enterprise blitzes into the last leg of Zephyx’s space race from hell, the crew is confronted with a betrayal from within! The ship’s controls have been locked, and with Spock still separated from the crew, the crushing pressure of nearby Read the full article…

“The Wizard of Oz” Review

The Wizard of Oz: Directed by Victor Fleming, King Vidor. With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr. Young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, Read the full article…

Speaker Mike Johnson says he’s blurring Jan. 6 footage so rioters don’t get charged

“We don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ,” the House speaker said. His office later noted that DOJ already has the raw footage.

Start With Why

Why are some people and organizations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? In business, it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters WHY you do i One of the books for my local PMI chapter, this book was adapted from the above 18 minute Ted Talk, and while the concept is great and greatly Read the full article…

Level 246: Tom Salta (The Outlast Trials)

Composer Tom Salta talks about his extremely frightening music for The Outlast Trials, the third installment of the Outlast series. It’s always a joy to have Tom on, and I manage to learn something new every time we talk! You can support Level with Emily on Patreon. Join us on Discord for free. Find this Read the full article…

Star Trek Book Deals For December 2023, 11 books for $0.99 each

  This month’s ebook deals have landed with 11 books on sale for $0.99 each, books that have never been on sale are in bold:   Star Trek: 13 The Wounded SkyStar Trek: 23 IshmaelStar Trek: 25 Dwellers In The CrucibleStar Trek: 80 The Joy MachineStar Trek: Deep Space Nine: AscendanceStar Trek: Strangers From The SkyStar Read the full article…

Elon Musk to Boycotting Advertisers: Go F*ck Yourselves

During a conversation with the New York Times on Wednesday, the Tesla CEO said he dgaf.

“Caretaker” finally receiving a digital release!

Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the Starship Voyager are transported by alien technology to the other side of the galaxy, years away from the Federation and everything they call home. There an enigmatic being known as the Caretaker kidnaps two crew members and transports them to a people known as the Ocampa. Captain Read the full article…

Jeff Bezos-Backed Real Estate Company Is Launching A New Fund To Acquire More Single-Family Homes Across The U.S.

Many of the world’s largest investment firms have launched new funds over the past couple of years aimed at acquiring or building single-family homes to use as rentals. This comes as no surprise considering that the increased cost of buying a home has forced many Americans into being tenants instead of homeowners. Arrived, a young Read the full article…

Review: Doctor Who: Books: The Star Beast

By Gary Russell BBC Books: eBook available now, paperback January An electronic Target novelisation of the first of the three Doctor Who diamond anniversary specials. Gary Russell adapts Russell T Davies’ screenplay, which in turn is partially based on the Doctor Who Weekly comic strip by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons, and what a lot…

ART OF INVINCIBLE SEASON ONE offers deeper look into acclaimed superhero animated series

The Art of Invincible Season One, the behind-the-scenes companion to Prime Video’s hit animated series, arrives in March.

It’s time for YOU to vote for the Best of 2023!

It’s time to decide on the Best of 2023! That’s right, you get to sorta choose the official best movie, video game, book, and television for the year of 2023. Don’t see something you think deserves the official award? Submit it!  

Florida GOP Chair Accused of Sexually Assaulting Threesome Partner

Police are investigating allegations that Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP Chair, sexually assaulted a long-term threesome partner. 

Mike Johnson to Keynote Far-Right Christian Nationalist Gala

House Speaker Mike Johnson will be the keynote speaker at a gala hosted by the National Association of Christian Lawmakers.

“Streetwalker” Review

Streetwalker: Directed by Jeffery Husselman. With Corissa Gabor, Keith Ortiz, Ray Hansen, Nick Villaire. A woman survives a traumatic night only to find herself in a nightmarish reality when she is unwillingly pulled into the plans of inter-dimensional beings. That premise really got me hoping for more than what I got, but unfortunately the lack Read the full article…

“The Big Sick” Review

The Big Sick: Directed by Michael Showalter. With Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true Read the full article…

Ron DeSantis’ poop map during Gavin Newsom debate brutally mocked

The Florida governor held up a map showing feces “on the streets of San Francisco” during Thursday’s debate.

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93 – Florida Phoenix

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor in Read the full article…

Congress Finally Sends George Santos Packing With Expulsion Vote

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to expel Santos, but it was far from unanimous.

“Godzilla Minus One” Review

Godzilla Minus One: Directed by Takashi Yamazaki. With Minami Hamabe, Sakura Ando, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuki Yamada. Post war Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptized in the horrific power of the atomic bomb. This is now the movie that all other Godzilla films Read the full article…

198-pound Burmese python fought 5 men before capture in Florida: “It was more than a snake, it was a monster”

The invasive female Burmese python captured at Big Cypress National Preserve weighed 198 pounds – the second heaviest python captured to date in Florida.

China says its space station—seen in new photos—is poised for growth

Tiangong could now outlive the older, larger International Space Station.

MCS Top Posts for the week ending 2023-12-01

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Disney’s Iger Thinks Disney Movies Got Worse Under Other Disney Bob

The CEO had a lot to say about former CEO Bob Chapek, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Disney’s release strategies, and more.

“Clerks III” Review

Clerks III: Directed by Kevin Smith. With Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Vincent Pereira, Mike Zapcic. Dante, Elias, and Jay and Silent Bob are enlisted by Randal after a heart attack to make a movie about the convenience store that started it all. I bought the 4k copy of this a while ago, I think right Read the full article…

Pop singer Sabrina Carpenter’s music video spurs outrage for using NY Catholic church as a setting

NEW YORK (AP) — Carpenter’s use of a Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn as a backdrop for parts of a music video led to a pastor being stripped of his administrative duties after its release.

Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America’s Ruling Class, Finally Dies

Henry Kissinger has died at age 100, his consulting firm said in a statement on Wednesday.

60 Years In The TARDIS

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC’s long-running adventure drama featuring the renegade timelord known as The Doctor, who travels through all of time and space in a batt…

How We Fundraise

Hello from the fundraising team at EFF!If you are reading this, you are probably already a donor to EFF (thank you!) or are considering supporting us and want to do your due diligence. We’d like to share some information with you about how EFF raises money for digital rights and (perhaps more…