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‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live will return to business as usual for its Oct. 3 premiere, with new episodes filmed in front of a limited New York audience and Jim Carrey joining as a guest star to portray presidential nominee Joe Biden. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels revealed that and more in a Vulture interview, confirming as well that Maya Rudolph and Alec Baldwin will reprise their roles as Kamala Harris and Donald Trump, respectively. The plan is to release five(!) consecutive new shows leading up to the 2020 presidential election. “There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.” Michaels also provided more insight on how SNL will incorporate an audience while continuing to provide safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But he insisted that the audience is an integral part of SNL, particularly in how its response informs which sketches will hit or miss and make it into the final performance. “The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having,”…Continue reading‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

While someone could get some of that same information through other means, the Vote Joe app trivialized obtaining it (among other issues, the software also doesn’t require users to verify their email). Moreover, the App Analyst found Vote Joe pulls in more data than it displays through its user interface, including what seems like a guess on TargetSmart’s part whether a person voted for the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate in a particular election.   The Biden campaign says it fixed the bug on Friday when it rolled out an update for the app. “We were made aware about how our third-party app developer was providing additional fields of information from commercially available data that was not needed,” a spokesperson for the campaign told TechCrunch. “We worked with our vendor quickly to fix the issue and remove the information. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our staff, volunteers and supporters and will always work with our vendors to do so.” Notably, the campaign’s website reveals it’s hiring a cybersecurity analyst, in addition to a cybersecurity manager. As TechCrunch notes, this isn’t the first time data from TargetSmart may have leaked online. In 2017, a cache of nearly every registered voter in Alaska, totaling approximately 600,000 individuals, was exposed through a server misconfiguration by a third-party firm that had access to the data. That information is something that state-sponsored hackers could use to sway an election. It’s also not a hypothetical threat either. Microsoft recently warned that Russia, China and…Continue readingJoe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

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The Verge

Joe Budden is taking his podcast off Spotify because the company ‘is pillaging’ his audience

Joe Budden, one of Spotify’s biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving the platform. He and his show will no longer be exclusive to Spotify after September 23rd, he says in his most recent episode while also seemingly suggesting it might not be available on Spotify at all. “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be,” he says. “But as it stands, I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify.” He takes the announcement as an opportunity to scorch Spotify and detail his history with the company, which, in the years since he signed his deal, has become a sizable competitor in the podcast field. He claims his show exceeded Spotify’s audience reach expectations by 900 percent to the point that his listeners crashed the platform. Still, he says he never received a bonus, and the company wouldn’t allow him and his team to take vacation days on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, because that would have required them to miss two episodes. While the company wouldn’t pay them actual bonuses, it offered to give them Rolexes instead, only to say the watches they picked out were too expensive. Then, he suggested Spotify give money away to their fans for Christmas instead. The company declined. “That was the first time it dawned on me that Spotify is pillaging,” he says. “You pillage the audience from the podcast, and you’ve continued to pillage each step of the way without any regard for [the fans.]” “Everybody’s…Continue readingJoe Budden is taking his podcast off Spotify because the company ‘is pillaging’ his audience

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The Verge

Joe Biden recommits to ending fossil fuel subsidies after platform confusion

Joe Biden recommitted to ending fossil fuel subsidies following backlash from environmentalists. On August 17th, the Democratic National Committee quietly removed language calling for an end to the subsidies from a draft document, HuffPost first reported. That triggered confusion over Democrats’ stance on fossil fuel subsidies, since the DNC, Biden, and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have all opposed fossil fuel subsidies in the past. “A worldwide ban on fossil fuel subsidies” But reached by The Verge, the Biden campaign emphasized that it was still committed to ending oil and gas subsidies, both in the US federal budget and across the world. “Vice President Biden’s commitment to ending fossil fuel subsidies remains as steadfast as it was when he outlined this position in the bold climate plan he laid out last year,” Stef Feldman, policy director for the Biden campaign said in a statement to The Verge. “He will demand a worldwide ban on fossil fuel subsidies and lead the world by example, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies in the United States during the first year of his presidency,” Feldman said. Fossil fuel subsidies cost the US between $20 to $649 billion each year, according to different estimates. Ending those subsidies has become a key proposal among progressive and establishment Democrats as the climate crisis looms, as a budget-saving way of fighting climate change. The Trump administration has remained focused on financially supporting the oil and gas industries. The Democratic Party’s official website still includes language calling for an end to the…Continue readingJoe Biden recommits to ending fossil fuel subsidies after platform confusion

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No, of course Joe Biden doesn’t own ‘antifa.com’

Supporters of President Donald Trump went nuts online Wednesday after they discovered that the domain name “antifa.com” redirects to Joe Biden’s website. Things really took off when a reporter with the far-right cable news network OANN asked Trump about “antifa.com” redirecting to Biden’s page during a press conference.  Antifa, of course, stands for “anti-fascists” and is the name of a loosely organized leaderless movement that opposes the president. Presumably, to conservatives, “antifa.com” would be the organization’s homepage, so being associated with it in some way means you are affiliated with the group. So does this mean the Democratic presidential nominee has something to do with the organization? Did former Vice President Biden’s campaign purchase antifa.com? Did the Democratic Party set this up? No. It doesn’t mean any of that. Here’s what we know so far about the domain name “antifa.com” and its ownership as of now. First of all, how do you explain “antifa.com” sending you to Joe Biden’s campaign website? Easy. The owner of a domain name can redirect their domain name to any webpage. The person who runs “antifa.com” could have just as easily set the redirect up to forward visitors to Donald Trump’s campaign site. It’s an easy process that just requires that you type in the URL you want your domain to redirect to in your registrar’s administration panel. Could it still mean Joe Biden’s campaign runs the domain? It could. But it could also mean that the Trump campaign or someone supportive of it did…Continue readingNo, of course Joe Biden doesn’t own ‘antifa.com’

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Joe Biden built up the VP hype and then just… tweeted it out

Everybody freaked out about who it would be, then he just… tweeted it out.  We’re talking, of course, about former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden picking California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election after weeks of hype. Biden, signaling a shift in how things work, tweeted on Tuesday that he was honored to have Harris as his veep choice, calling her a “fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020 It wasn’t long before Harris followed up with a tweet of her own. .@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020 Everything is sort of topsy-turvy in 2020 — in case you didn’t notice — but Biden’s decision to post the news to Twitter feels like an endpoint in a shift in how political messaging works. Obama shifted how things worked by using…Continue readingJoe Biden built up the VP hype and then just… tweeted it out

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With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

On Tuesday, following weeks of speculation, Joe Biden’s campaign texted supporters to let them know that he’d selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. The news was hardly a surprise, but it marked an important moment in history: Harris is the first woman of color ever on a presidential ticket. But that isn’t the only first of this election cycle. As the US continues to struggle to get the coronavirus under control and in-person events remain limited, this is also the first presidential campaign that will take place almost entirely online, making it all the more important that Biden’s running mate bring with her a strong digital presence. By all accounts, Harris is well suited for the task. Harris, a Senator from California and the state’s Attorney General before that, was previously a candidate for the Democratic nomination herself. She dropped out of the historically crowded race in December, citing dwindling funds. But over the past few years, she’s built out a robust digital network of supporters, and a track record of highly successful engagement strategies. The New York Times once referred to her email list as a “a kind of stealth weapon,” deployed to raise millions of dollars not just for the first-term senator but also on behalf of other Democratic candidates. The Biden campaign already has its own fundraising and digital infrastructure in place, of course, but experts who spoke to WIRED suggested that Harris is a valuable addition. “I think especially when we think about operating…Continue readingWith VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

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Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money. We don’t know how it’s happened or even to what extent Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack appears to have subsided, but new scam tweets were posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET and lasting more than two hours. Twitter acknowledged the situation after more than an hour of silence, writing on its support account at 5:45PM ET, “We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.” We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020 The company also took the unprecedented measure of preventing verified accounts from tweeting at all starting sometime around 6PM ET. This would seem to be the first time Twitter has ever done this in the company’s history. Twitter updated its stance on limiting tweets at 7:18PM ET, writing, “We’re continuing to limit the ability to Tweet, reset your password, and some other account functionalities while we look into this. Thanks for your patience.” We’re continuing to limit the ability to Tweet,…Continue readingBarack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

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New Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

On Wednesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed a revamped climate and energy plan that raises spending, expands efforts to address racial disparities, and sets an earlier deadline for cutting greenhouse gases. Biden’s plan aims to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035. Biden had previously committed to reaching a 100 percent “clean energy economy” by 2050. The plan comes with a $2 trillion price tag over four years, higher than his previous ten-year $1.7 trillion plan. Forty percent of clean energy investments will be earmarked for “disadvantaged communities.” “Today, he’s responded to many of those criticisms.” Biden’s more ambitious climate plans reflect recommendations made by a joint task force that he assembled alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in an effort to win over more progressive voters. Some influential groups like 350 Action and Sunrise Movement initially backed Sanders, who had taken a tougher stance against fossil fuels. Sunrise Movement executive director Varshini Prakash was part of the task force. “It’s no secret that we’ve been critical of Vice President’s [sic] Biden’s plans and commitments in the past. Today, he’s responded to many of those criticisms,” Prakash said in a statement today. Alongside his new clean energy plan, Biden rolled out a separate plan to address the disparities that pollution and climate change create. “Any sound energy and environmental policy must advance public health and economic opportunity for all Americans, in rural, urban, and suburban communities, and recognize that communities of color and low-income communities have faced…Continue readingNew Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

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Comedian Joe Zimmerman attempts a 'Bob Rothko' painting — The Bob Ross Challenge

Host of the podcast, “A Great Listening Experience” Joe Zimmerman tries to paint a Bob Ross/Rothko combo he calls a “Bob Rothko.” Read more… More about Funny, Mashable Video, Comedy Central, Tonight Show, and Standup Source linkContinue readingComedian Joe Zimmerman attempts a 'Bob Rothko' painting — The Bob Ross Challenge