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Twitter CEO Dorsey steps down
On November 29th, Jack Dorsey resigned from his role as CEO of Twitter. Dorsey said, "After almost 16 years of having a role at our company...from co-founder to CEO to Chair to Exec Chair to interim-CEO to CEO...I decided it's finally time for me to leave."
 
Car companies venture into chip business
Ford has announced that they have entered into an agreement with US-based chip maker, GlobalFoundries, to develop chips. Ford CEO Jim Farley stated, "This agreement is just the beginning, and a key part of our plan to vertically integrate key technologies and capabilities."
 
Actions taken against 2 foreign nationals involved in ransomware attacks
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced actions against two foreign nationals - Yaroslav Vasinskyi and Yevgeniy Polyanin - involved in REvil ransomware attacks on US companies and government organizations. On November 8th, the DOJ unsealed charges against Vasinskyi, a Ukrainian, who was allegedly involved in multiple ransomware attacks, including the attack against Kaseya in July 2021.
 
Mark Zuckerberg rebrands Facebook as “Meta”
On October 28th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced "Meta" - Facebook Inc.'s new name - at the Connect 2021 conference. Zuckerberg announced that Meta would help build an even more immersive social platform called "Metaverse."
 
Blue Origin has plans for a commercial space station
On Monday, Blue Origin announced its plans for a commercial space station in collaboration with five other industry leaders, including Sierra Space and Boeing. The station named Orbital Reef is slated to deploy sometime between 2025 and 2030.
 
NY surgeons successfully transplant a pig kidney into a human
NYU Langone Health surgeons successfully transplanted a genetically engineered pig's kidney into a human recipient, potentially opening the door for a more sustainable and renewable source for organ transplants. The kidney was attached to a brain-dead patient on life support with signs of kidney failure. Surgeons obtained consent from the patient's family before performing the experimental procedure.
 
Facebook to pay fine over employing immigrants
On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against US workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders. As part of the DOJ's "Protecting US Workers Initiative" (PERM), Facebook will pay a civil penalty of $4.75 million to the United States and up to $9.5 million to "eligible victims of Facebook's alleged discrimination."
 
China sends three astronauts on space station mission
On Saturday, China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docked at its space station with three Chinese astronauts on board. The mission is a record-setting six-month stay as China moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost.
 
LinkedIn to shut down in China
Microsoft stated it would shut its LinkedIn service in China later this year following tighter government censorship rules. On Thursday, the company stated in a blog post that it has faced "a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."
 
Three scientists share the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics
On October 5th, three scientists - Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, Giorgio Parisi - won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics. One half of the Nobel Prize was jointly awarded to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann, and the other half of the Nobel was awarded to Giorgio Parisi.