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Tuesday - 12/15/20
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POLITICS 🏛️

President-elect Joe Biden officially wins Electoral College vote

  • On Monday, the Electoral College voted to affirm Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump
  • The individual electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia casted ballots to reflects their respective state’s popular vote resulting in a 306-232 victory for Biden
  • The electoral voting process, normally a procedural formality, was in the limelight following Trump’s legal and legislative challenges to overturn the election’s results

WORLD 🌎

Russian intelligence FSB hit squad behind poisoning of opposition leader according to new report

  • Independent investigative group Bellingcat claims to have identified the Russian intelligence team behind the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny
  • Bellingcat published a detail report in which it used phone and flight records to show that a team from the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s domestic intelligence outfit, had been trailing Navalny for years and were in his vicinity before he fell sick
  • Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, fell ill on a flight from Tomsk in August and has been in Germany receiving treatment. A German lab identified the poison as a Novichok nerve agent

BUSINESS 💰

FTC orders tech companies to explain collection and usage of personal data

  • The Federal Trade Commission has asked nine tech companies to provide information about how they collect and use their users’ data
  • Amazon, TikTok, Discord, Facebook, Whatsapp, Reddit, Snap, Twitter, and YouTube received requests to provide information about their data practices
  • The FTC is using its authority under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act to pursue broad studies independent of law enforcement

TECH 📱

Apple’s to display privacy labels showing what information apps collect from users

  • Apple has updated its app store to display “privacy labels” regarding what information various apps collect
  • The labels are highlighted below the option to download the app
  • A majority of the apps will have as many as three labels based on information app developers are required to provide to Apple

US 🦅

Attorney General William Barr resigns

  • Attorney General William Barr has stated that he will resign next week after tenure spent carrying out Trump’s “law and order” message
  • Barr’s departure was tweeted by Trump shortly after the Electoral College voted in Joe Biden
  • Despite the tensions between Trump and Barr, the President claimed Barr’s resignation was amicable

CORONAVIRUS 😷

'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England

  • England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told British officials that a new variant of coronavirus has been found and at least 60 different local authorities have recorded Covid infections as a result of the new variant
  • The WHO has been notified and scientists across the UK are doing further detailed investigations
  • The secretary also stated that there is “nothing to suggest” that the new strain caused a worse disease or that vaccines would be ineffective

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