The Weekly Download #31: It's Easter (and a very short email)!

This is like my 2nd thanksgiving

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  • 📅 Weekly News Roundup

  • ⌚️ It’s a quick one, folks.

Happy Sunday, and for those who celebrate it, Happy Easter!

With that in mind, I will keep this newsletter shorter than usual because, hey, it’s Easter, and we could all use the time off our screens.

Fun Fact: I used to think the Easter Bunny was real.

Alright, let's get to it; I have some Portuguese sweet bread to devour. 

📰 This week in tech

Sam Bankman-Fried, the now-infamous former CEO of FTX, has been given a "time-out" of 25 years. Prison bars and all. Reason? $8 billion snatched from unsuspecting folks who trusted FTX. Chainlink appreciation or everything going 'up only' ring a bell? Not anymore!

  • 🎲 Our daring protagonist played the "the good faith card" in court. Convincing? Let's just say the choir was lacking enthusiastic believers. 🤥

  • 💔 FTX collapsed, dreams deferred, piles of broken hopes. No, it's not a sob-fest, just the casualties of FTX victims.

  • 🏛️ Our newly minted prisoner begs comparisons with the brightest stars in the galaxy of financial scams—Bernie Madoff⭐ (150 years), Jeff Skilling⭐ (24 years), and Elizabeth Holmes⭐ (11 years). Sam, welcome to the Hall of Oops!

  • ⌚ Sam is now on B.O.P. watch. Will he enjoy the tennis courts in Club Fed or sweat it out with Skinheads—everyone's bites are on edge.

AT&T adamantly states that leaked data of around 71 million people did not initiate from their systems, despite a hacker's claims to the contrary. Quite some heavy words from the telecom giant, isn't it?

  • 🌐 BleepingComputer, bless their helpful souls, has not been able to approve the authenticity of all the detailed data in the database, although they've confirmed that some entries including non-publicly accessible data are true.

  • 🙉 When informed that AT&T claims the data didn't come from them, hackers responded with a gallant "I don't care if they don’t admit. I'm just selling." Clearly, a business is a business.

  • 🔓 So, what do these hacked files contain that has everyone so worried? Pretty much everything a hacker needs to start their work invading your privacy.

  • We’re talking names, addresses, mobile phone numbers, and other delicious morsels of private information that are now open for perusal.

  • 🗂️ The real kicker here is that this mystery data pertains mainly to AT&T customers.

So, if you've been linked with AT&T through or before 2021, buckle up for possible SMS and Email phishing and SIM-swapping attacks.

Well, it's happening people, the ultimate merger, or as I like to call it; the "Disneyification" of all things entertainment; Hulu is now officially on Disney+. Grin, wave, and say 'howdy neighbor' to all your favorite shows.

  • 📺 Evidently, this technical advancement is monumental, according to them. Don't hold your breath—ESPN's flagship streaming product is up next.

  • 🔍 If you subscribe to Disney+ and Hulu using the same email address, surprise! Your Hulu shows will be neatly popped into the system with their shiny 'New Arrival' tag, and vice versa.

  • 💰 If you ever tire of the Disney+ menu, only to find yourself on a greener pasture with a cool advertisement pushing you towards a bundle upgrade? Well, whether you subscribe to Hulu or not, that could be your future.

Remember, folks, we were promised flying cars in 2020, instead we get this. Truly, what a time to be alive. Get me off this ride.

Other headlines you may have missed

Everyone needs to stop using Google, the search engine. It’s for the greater good. They have a monopoly here, and there’s never been any real competition until now.

Snapchat's new feature, Snapchat+, is causing anxiety among some teenagers who heavily rely on the app for social validation. For a monthly fee of $4,

New York City's Microsoft-powered AI chatbot proudly gives the absolute worst advice—wrong and illegal advice, as revealed by The Markup.

Elon Musk's social media platform, X, is testing a new feature that allows users to create or join communities focused on "adult content" or other "not safe for work" material.

🎁 Giveaway(s)

We have two giveaways ending tonight. If you want to get your last entries in, do that here and here. Good luck!

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