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  • 19-year-old chess grandmaster, Hans Niemann, stands accused of cheating in over 100 matches, after defeating current top-dog, Magnus Carlsen. Niemann, for his part, has admitted to cheating in two online matches in the past, but released a 72-page report¬†that suggests a much larger pattern of foul play. The scandal has rocked the competitive chess world and inspired some...interesting theories/memes about how one might cheat in-person. Niemann is now countering with a $100 million lawsuit¬†against Carlsen for defamation, but only time can¬†tell whether the teen's gambit pays off.

  • Apple must adopt USB-C¬†for iPhones by autumn 2024.¬†iPhone users rejoice,¬†the European Union has approved single charger reform for phones by autumn 2024. Now you'll be able to borrow chargers from your Android-using friends when yours inevitably goes missing.¬†The single charger mandate will apply to laptops as well, starting in 2026. ¬†

  • FTX files for bankruptcy and takes an industry down with it.¬†In what some are calling a "Lehman moment," the third largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world has filed for bankruptcy sending shockwaves through the crypto industry. Led by¬†wunderkind¬†Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX secretly sent $10 billion of customer funds to SBF's¬†trading firm, Alameda Research. FTX's books also reveal a "backdoor" that avoided triggering red flags which probably explains the other¬†$1-2 billion dollars of customer funds unaccounted for.


To Watch:
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Return to Wakanda¬†in this emotional, action-packed sequel that explores grief and loss in the wake of actor Chadwick Boseman's tragic passing.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin: On a remote island¬†west of Ireland, Padraic (Colin Farrell) is devastated when his lifelong buddy, Colm, refuses to keep talking to him out of the blue.

  • Falling for Christmas: Lindsay Lohan makes her return to the silver screen in this silly, Netflix holiday rom-com, also starring Glee's Chord Overstreet.

  • White Lotus season 2: Mike White's Emmy-award-winning black comedy heads to Sicily for its sophomore season. Jennifer Coolidge returns, this time with Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Michael Imperioli, and more in tow.

  • Christina Aguilera's newly released video for Beautiful,¬†20 years later¬†for a generation raised on the internet.

  • Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies

    : a hand-drawn, original animated short about Baby Yoda, by esteemed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.

  • Buying Beverly Hills: Fan-favorite RHOBH-husband, Mauricio Umansky, gets a reality series of his own about running the family real estate empire with his daughters and all the complications that come with it.

  • The Patient on Hulu: A troubled young man (Domhnall Gleeson) abducts his therapist (Steve Carrell) in a last ditch effort to curb his homicidal¬†compulsions.¬†

  • The Sound of 007: A documentary all about the music behind the world's most famous, fictional spy.

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To Read:
  • The Paper Palaceby Miranda Cowley Heller: A happily married mother must choose between the life she's built and the one she always imagined after rekindling things with an old flame.

  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng: A dystopian novel about a boy searching for his poet-mother in the repressive aftermath of financial and political crises.

  • Finding Batman: Kevin Conroy, the legendary voice actor who portrayed Batman in cartoons and other media since the 90's, passed on November 10. In his honor, DC Comics¬†made their 2022 Pride anthology free-to-read, which includes a short, autobiographical story by Conroy.

  • Razorblade Tearsby S.A. Crosby: Two grieving fathers seek revenge for their murdered sons. A taut, thrilling story about retribution, racism, classism, and homophobia, that's already been optioned by Jerry Bruckheimer at Paramount.

  • The UN's projection of planet Earth reaching 8 billion inhabitants. Read the UN's announcement and breakdown of global population growth here.

  • Shuna's Journey by Hayao Miyazaki: first published in 1983, this children's book by renowned animator, Hayao Miyazaki, is finally translated to English for the first time.

  • The Consultant Out of Time:¬†A blog post about context switching, the double-edged sword of client work.

  • LOW‚ÜźTECH MAGAZINE: A solar-powered website about building solar-powered technology.

  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: If you've had enough of hobbits or dragons, consider revisiting Robert Jordan's high fantasy novel from 1990, the first in the Wheel of Time series.

  • The Gray Man by Mark Greaney: The Netflix adaptation may have left something to be desired, but the 2009 novel it's based on is still a great read.

  • This thread of some of Twitter's funniest, "verified"¬†tweets under the Elon Musk regime.

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