Happy Wednesday. A cream cheese shortage is rocking New York City bagel shops, who may use the opportunity to trade in the forklift that usually heaps the spread onto bagels for a butter knife. But hopefully not.
🗣 Google has started rolling out voice and video calls through the Gmail app on IOS and Android to keep us connected whether we want it or not.
Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed global cases as of 11:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday: 266,705,198 — Total deaths: 5,267,208 — Total vaccine doses administered: 8,243,232,137
President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors is officially on hold after a judge temporarily blocked it nationwide. All three of the president’s mandates are now paused while under court review.
A German man forged a vaccination card for his wife. The discovery of the forgery made him fear their children would be taken away, which led him to kill his wife and children before committing suicide.
*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00am ET.
Markets: The Nasdaq had it's best day since March as investors hope for a Santa Rally. Stocks and oil prices continued to roar back from their post-Thanksgiving lows, with tech shares leading the way. Iron ore prices sky rocket as China imports hit a record high. Bitcoin remained flat as it consoldates around the $50,000 mark leaving crypto investors to wonder if they'll also see a Santa Rally.
That’s what the U.S., France, Italy, the U.K., and Germany want to know. U.S. intelligence shows that Russia could have enough troops at the Ukraine border to attack in a few months. But they also think Russia’s president isn’t totally sure what he wants to do. He seems to be getting everything ready to go just in case he decides to invade.
Presidents Biden and Putin video-called for two hours Tuesday, where they talked Iran, ransomware, and–oh yeah–Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine, which the U.S. and European allies want very much not to happen.
A White House statement about the call said that Biden “voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia's escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the US and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.”
TGIF will soon mean something for state employees in the United Arab Emirates.
The country announced it is shifting its weekend for the public sector and schools. The weekend will move from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday as part of the country’s effort to become a global hub.
Friday is an Islamic holy day, which is why the Friday-Saturday weekend is the norm for Gulf nations. The holiness of Friday is why the UAE is also implementing a 4 1/2-day workweek, making Friday half-days a thing we’re all jealous of.
The rest of the Gulf followed the UAE when it shifted its weekends from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday in 2006, so it seems likely that other Gulf nations will make the move.
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What used to be a four-month wildfire season in the Western United States now lasts six to eight months in our climate-crisis reality. The massive wildfires burn across the region indiscriminately.
People are attempting to adapt and protect themselves from all of the obvious risks, but new evidence shows there could be a hidden danger. Smoke from the fires is obviously bad for the lungs, but it could also be bad for the brain.
Apple AirTags are the gift that keeps on giving for the carjacker in your life. The York Regional Police in Canada have identified at least five cases of AirTags being used to steal fancy cars.
It’s a plant-now-steal-later situation. AirTags are small, round, and apparently perfect for sneaking onto someone’s car in a crowded place. The person who planted the device can then track the car to a quieter place that’s better for stealing luxury vehicles.
Apple has implemented some provisions to help prevent this, including an alarm on the device that goes off between eight and 24 hours after the device is away from its owner.
AirTags are meant to help people locate stuff they lose, so they’re working. Just maybe too well.
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