Breaking the bubble

Silvia Buonocore

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National:

 

A woman from China, identified as Yujing Zhang, suspiciously entered Mar-a-Lago on March 30 with four cellphones and a malware infected thumb drive. She claimed to be there for a United Nations Chinese American Association event. However, upon further questioning, she became hesitant and defensive. Eventually, Zhang was arrested on counts of lying to a federal agent and accessing a restricted area. Zhang went to court in Palm Beach on April 1 and will have a bond hearing in the near future.

 

Investment banking company Goldman Sachs is allocating $100,000 a year for engineers to use the bank’s code and create new applications. Eventually, Goldman Sachs will release their code on GitHub, which will allow anyone with a GitHub account to use Goldman’s security pricing and risk-analyzing technology. In sharing their technology with others, Goldman Sachs is attempting to follow the practices of big tech companies, such as Google, who have opened up their technology to numerous engineers and developers.

 

International:

 

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned after 20 years in power on April 2. Earlier this year, Bouteflika sparked mass protests after announcing his intentions of running for a fifth term. Bouteflika’s resignation is seen as a victory for millions of Algerians who have been rallying against high youth unemployment rates, government corruption, and political repression.

 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has extended his reign over the country’s soap operas. During the month of Ramadan, many soap operas are released for viewers to enjoy as part of the tradition. However, this year, el-Sisi and his officials are controlling the content of scripts and cutting back on wages. They have also told soap opera producers to create specific themes in their shows, such as depicting reverence for the country’s police and army. Failure to comply with these restrictions will result in the soap operas not being aired during Ramadan.

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