New York Post: Russia appears to confuse ‘The Sims’ for SIM cards in possible staged assassination attempt

New York Post: Russia appears to confuse ‘The Sims’ for SIM cards in possible staged assassination attempt . “Russian security services on Monday have been accused of staging a Ukrainian assassination attempt by releasing photos of confiscated copies of ‘The Sims’ video games that some speculate were mistaken by Kremlin officers for SIM cards. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation released the bizarre photos Monday and announced that police had arrested six neo-Nazis plotting to kill Russian TV Host Vladimir Solovyov in Moscow.”

Mashable: Even Heineken thinks its new metaverse ‘beer’ is a dumb publicity stunt

Mashable: Even Heineken thinks its new metaverse ‘beer’ is a dumb publicity stunt. “The brewer is the latest company, and second beer manufacturer, to jump on the metaverse bandwagon with its Thursday release of Heineken Silver — a ‘virtual beer’ that the company insists is, yes, as dumb as it sounds. For starters, Heineken is quick to let everyone know, you definitely can’t drink whatever this new thing is.”

BBC: Nobody warned me drinks event was against rules – Boris Johnson

BBC: Nobody warned me drinks event was against rules – Boris Johnson. “Boris Johnson has “categorically” denied he was warned a drinks party in the No 10 garden risked breaking lockdown rules. ‘Nobody warned me that it was against the rules,’ the prime minister said, adding: ‘I would have remembered that.’ Former aide Dominic Cummings says he warned Mr Johnson at the time, and has accused him of misleading MPs about it.”

Boing Boing: Youtube removes video of woman playing harp with a distortion pedal because it “endangers children”

Boing Boing: Youtube removes video of woman playing harp with a distortion pedal because it “endangers children”. “Last week, Emily Hopkins ruled Youtube for a day after attaching a roaring distortion pedal to her harp and performing enchanting and extremely hardcore melodies thereof. YouTube removed it citing its ‘child endangerment’ policy.”

Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory. “Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won both the women’s 100 meter and 200 meter gold medals at the Olympics this year, and then did the super piratey thing of… excitedly posting snippets of her victories to Instagram, which responded by blocking her account for copyright violations.”

CNN: Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for ‘solarwinds123’ password leak

And in today’s episode of “That actually makes it worse,” from CNN: Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for ‘solarwinds123’ password leak. “Current and former top executives at SolarWinds are blaming a company intern for a critical lapse in password security that apparently went undiagnosed for years. The password in question, ‘solarwinds123,’ was discovered in 2019 on the public internet by an independent security researcher who warned the company that the leak had exposed a SolarWinds file server.”

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. Mayor London Breed had her own French Laundry party — the night after Gavin Newsom’s

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. Mayor London Breed had her own French Laundry party — the night after Gavin Newsom’s. “Gov. Gavin Newsom is in good company when it comes to politicians attending fancy birthday parties while encouraging others to avoid gathering. It turns out San Francisco Mayor London Breed dined at the French Laundry the night after Newsom’s infamous, ill-advised, mid-pandemic soiree at the three-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville.”

Politico: California doctors’ top brass attended French Laundry dinner with Newsom

Politico: California doctors’ top brass attended French Laundry dinner with Newsom. “California Medical Association officials were among the guests seated next to Gov. Gavin Newsom at a top California political operative’s opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month. CEO Dustin Corcoran and top CMA lobbyist Janus Norman both joined the dinner at the French Laundry, an elite Napa fine dining restaurant, to celebrate the 50th birthday of lobbyist and longtime Newsom adviser Jason Kinney, a representative of the powerful interest group confirmed Wednesday morning.”

Washington Post: Democrats abandon indoor Capitol meal for new House members after photo raises eyebrows

Washington Post: Democrats abandon indoor Capitol meal for new House members after photo raises eyebrows. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that lawmakers would continue to vote long distance, citing concerns about the coronavirus — but newly elected members were still set to eat together indoors…. By evening, the new members event was changed to grab-and-go. The House’s newest legislators were already in the capital for an orientation like no other, filled with masks and new precautions.”

Slate: Oh Good, Dianne Feinstein Concluded the Barrett Hearings by Giving a Maskless Lindsey Graham a Hug

Slate: Oh Good, Dianne Feinstein Concluded the Barrett Hearings by Giving a Maskless Lindsey Graham a Hug. “No one is supposed to be hugging anyone outside of their family right now, never mind hugging a possible vector when you are in a high-risk category for a deadly virus while neither party wears a mask. But for old Lindsey Graham, sure, a maskless hug was apparently in order—he did such a good job with the hearings, after all.”

Thrillist: Facebook Rejected a Photo of Onions for Being ‘Overtly Sexual’

Thrillist: Facebook Rejected a Photo of Onions for Being ‘Overtly Sexual’. “Earlier this week, a Canadian store — known around St. John’s, Newfoundland as the Seed Company by EW Gaze — shared a perfectly innocent promotional photo of some Walla Walla onions (this is not a euphemism. They were really just onions). Facebook, however, did not agree and flagged the post for being… too sexy.”