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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 Chess.com 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.
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.
: 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.
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←TECH 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.
Andrew Bird and Phoebe Bridgers singing lyrics from an Emily Dickinson poem, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. "Indie rock's sad poster child meets the genre's cynical troubadour," says one YouTube commenter.
Joji - Die for You: a vibey, bedroom pop tune that will put you back in the feels of going through a breakup.
RadioLab's 2014 episode about black boxes, those tricky spaces and gaps in our understanding.
Put On, an NYC club stable circa 2013 that's finally getting a vinyl release
SAULT's newly released, password-protected albums, now on YouTube.
Super Hexagon by Chipzel: "Chiptunes that will possibly stress you way out (but in a good way?)" - Ashur
Arc, from the Browser Company: A new browser that wants to cure your tab overload and help you achieve deep focus. Join the waitlist.
Strict Workflow: A Pomodoro timer Chrome extension that blocks social media, news sites, and doesn't let you stop or pause time mid-session.
What have you been watching / reading / listening to this month? Send us your recs for the next edition of the neuxsletter!