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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
We are kicking off the week with some key reports about: The (still) ongoing confirmation process of President Biden’s FCC nominee, Texas booting TikTok from government devices, a viral prank by a Little Caesars manager, and a look at the future of the DC cinematic universe.
After that, we’ve got our “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael.
See you tomorrow!
⚡ Today’s top stories
🔗 INTERNET RIGHTS
Democrats now have the votes to get Gigi Sohn on the FCC—will they do it?
After a year of minimal movement, there’s hope.
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TikTok booted from Texas government devices by Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has ordered all agencies in the state to ban the use of TikTok on government-issued devices.
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‘You had him stressing’: Little Caesars manager pranks employees by ordering 100 pizzas
While a video of the prank seems like mostly harmless fun, it still sparked some debate among viewers.
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James Gunn responds to report that DC Studios rejected ‘Wonder Woman’ treatment, not going forward with ‘Man of Steel’ sequel
Warner Bros. Discovery has been through its fair share of shakeups this year.
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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy
By Mikael Thalen
Conspiracy theorists are outraged over fake Satanic coffee cups from Starbucks
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🥨 While the pretzel nuggets at Auntie Anne’s are offered in several sizes, a user on TikTok went viral after alleging those sizes might not be as different as they initially appear.
🍎 A former Apple employee says the company allows an iOS bug to exist so it can fill up consumers’ iPhone storage and hopefully make them want to upgrade.
🌐 From the Daily Dot archive: Is there a First Amendment right to assemble in the metaverse?
🍴 Going out to eat these days can be expensive. Now, a user online went viral after sharing their tip for “young adults trying to save money” while still enjoying going out to eat.
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💸 On TikTok, tipping is a divisive and inflammatory topic, with creators both arguing for an end to the practice and advocating for customers to tip better.
🚰 In a video surpassing 1.1 million views, a TikToker revealed a side of the business that most consumers don’t see: the kitchen.
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👋 Before you go
A Panera employee’s video letting viewers know that the employee discount has been slashed from 50% to 15% has current and former employees ruminating on their various locations’ employee discount policy.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 115,000 times on TikTok, an employee uses a text overlay to tell viewers about the reduction, jokingly paired with an audio of someone saying they will rob a store.
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