Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code By Reuters

Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code By Reuters


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JAKARTA (Reuters) -Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday banned sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws may scare away tourists from its shores and harm investment.

Lawmakers approved a new criminal code which will apply to Indonesians and foreigners alike and also prohibit cohabitation between unmarried couples. It will also ban insulting the president or state institutions, spreading views counter to the state ideology, and staging protests without notification.

The laws were passed with support from all political parties.

However, the code will not come into effect for three years to allow for implementing regulations to be drafted.

Currently, Indonesia bans adultery but not premarital sex.

Maulana Yusran, deputy chief of Indonesia’s tourism industry board, said the new code was “totally counter-productive” at a time when the economy and tourism were starting to recover from the pandemic.

“We deeply regret the government have closed their eyes. We have already expressed our concern to the ministry of tourism about how harmful this law is,” he said.

Foreign arrivals in the holiday destination of Bali are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels of six million by 2025, the tourism association has said previously, as the island recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

Indonesia is also trying to attract more so-called “digital nomads” to its tropical shores by offering a more flexible visa.

Speaking at an investment summit, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim said the news could result in less foreign investment, tourism and travel to the Southeast Asian nation.

“Criminalising the personal decisions of individuals would loom large within the decision matrix of many companies determining whether to invest in Indonesia,” he said.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a news briefing in Washington the United States was assessing the contents of the law and noted that the implementing regulations had not yet been drafted.

“But we are concerned regarding how these changes could impact the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Indonesia. We’re also concerned about how the law could impact … U.S. citizens visiting and living in Indonesia as well as the investment climate for U.S. companies,” he said.

“Indonesia is a valued democratic partner of the United States; we seek to work together with Indonesia to counter hatred and intolerance,” he added.

Albert Aries, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s justice ministry, said the new laws regulating morality were limited by who could report them, such as a parent, spouse or child of suspected offenders.

“The aim is to protect the institution of marriage and Indonesian values, while at the same time being able to protect the privacy of the community and also negate the rights of the public or other third parties to report this matter or ‘playing judge’ on behalf of morality,” he said.

These laws are part of a raft of legal changes that critics say undermine civil liberties in the world’s third-largest democracy. Other laws include bans on black magic.

‘A DEATH FOR INDONESIA’S DEMOCRACY’

Editorials in national newspapers decried the new laws, with daily newspaper Koran Tempo saying the code has “authoritarian” tones, while the Jakarta Post said it had “grave concerns” about their application.

Decades in the making, legislators hailed the passage of the criminal code as much needed overhaul of a colonial vestige.

“The old code belongs to Dutch heritage … and is no longer relevant now,” Bambang Wuryanto, head of the parliamentary commission in charge of revising the code told lawmakers.

Opponents of the bill have highlighted articles they say will curb free speech and represent a “huge setback” in ensuring the retention of democratic freedoms after the fall of authoritarian leader Suharto in 1998.

“This is not only a setback but a death for Indonesia’s democracy,” said Citra Referandum, a lawyer from Indonesia’s Legal Aid Institute. “The process has not been democratic at all.”

Responding to the criticism, Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly told parliament: “It’s not easy for a multicultural and multi-ethnic country to make a criminal code that can accommodate all interests.”

Legal experts say that an article in the code on customary law could reinforce discriminatory and sharia-inspired bylaws at a local level, and pose a particular threat to LGBT people.

“Regulations that are not in accordance with human rights principles will occur in conservative areas,” said Bivitri Susanti, from the Indonesia Jentera School of Law, referring to existing bylaws in some regions that impose curfews on women, or target what are described as “deviant” sexualities.

The new laws will also include more lenient sentences for those charged with corruption.

The morality charges have been partially watered down from an earlier version of the bill so that they can only reported by limited parties, such as a spouse, parent or child.

The government had planned to pass a revision of the country’s colonial-era criminal code in 2019 but nationwide protests halted its passage.

Lawmakers have since diluted down some of the provisions with President Joko Widodo urging parliament to pass the bill this year, before the country’s political climate heats up ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for early 2024.

The public response to the new code has been muted so far, with only small protests held in the capital on Monday on Tuesday.



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Keke Palmer & BF Darius Jackson Cozy Up At NY Rangers Game After Pregnancy Reveal

Keke Palmer & BF Darius Jackson Cozy Up At NY Rangers Game After Pregnancy Reveal





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Let’s go Rangers! Keke Palmer and her boyfriend Darius Jackson had a fun date night at Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Rangers take on the St. Louis Blues on Monday, December 5. Hot off of Keke’s debut hosting Saturday Night Live and her pregnancy announcement, the pair looked like they had a great time at the hockey game.

Keke and Darius smiled as they looked up at the scoreboard! (Michael Simon/Shutterstock)

The actress, 29, kept things low-key for the game. She sported a bright green hoodie pulled over her head, with some straight hair poking out. She also rocked a pair of square glasses and had a bag sitting on her lap. Her boyfriend sported a brown leather jacket, with the phrase “Real Ohio Player” printed on it, as well as a black beanie.

With the Rangers winning with a 6-4 score, it’s clear the pair had a great time. Darius shared a few videos from the game on his Instagram Story, including fans singing the Rangers’ signature song when the team scored. “They go up after a goal,” he wrote.

The pair bundled up to enjoy the Rangers taking on the Blues. (Michael Simon/Shutterstock)

The couple attended the hockey game just days after Keke announced that she’s expecting their first child during her monologue on SNL. She playful shared the exciting news by speaking about rumors that she was having a baby. “People are in my comments saying Keke’s having a baby, Keke’s pregnant. And I want to set the record straight…I AM!” she said, before ripping open her jacket and showing her baby bump.

After the show aired, Keke took to Instagram to speak about what an amazing experience it was and reflected on how happy she was to get to announce her pregnancy on the comedy show in her post. “How cool, my baby and I are already doing it all together,” she wrote, before extending many thanks, ultimately leading to Darius. “Thank you to my other half [Darius] for giving me the things that only true unity can bring. Love is all we have isn’t it, you do nothing in this world alone and trust me, I am not alone! Very grateful.”

While it’s not clear exactly how long Darius and Keke have been together, the pair did go Instagram Official in August 2021, when Darius spoke about how much he loves the actress. “I’m glad we were able to help each other throughout our lowest of times & show one another that what we are bringing to the table is everything that we got,” he wrote.





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Analysis-G7 Russian oil price cap evolves from revenue squeeze to market anchor By Reuters

Analysis-G7 Russian oil price cap evolves from revenue squeeze to market anchor By Reuters


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. officials first floated the idea of capping Russian oil export prices in response to a planned European embargo in March, they pledged to squeeze revenues to Russia’s war machine, while avoiding a devastating oil price spike.

But keeping Russian oil on the market and global prices low soon became the bigger priority as oil prices jumped, people familiar with the mechanism’s evolution and energy analysts said.

The $60-per-barrel price limit on seaborne crude imposed by G7 democracies and Australia on Monday bears that out, lining up with current market prices.

Analysts said the cap will have little immediate impact on the oil revenues that Moscow is currently earning. Russia said on Monday the cap would not hurt the financing of its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

The price cap is “an unhappy compromise that will do very little to cut Russia’s oil revenue” from current levels, said Ben Cahill, an energy security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“I really think that the U.S. Treasury’s main objective was to defuse the EU embargo,” on Russia’s oil exports, Cahill said.

Russia’s Urals blend crude for delivery to Europe was quoted at an average price $55.97 on Tuesday, below the cap and down from $61.35 on Sunday.

The benchmark price slid to its lowest since January on Tuesday at below $80, extending a downward trend as growing concerns about global demand offset any bullish effects from the price cap on Russian oil sales.

Officials at the U.S. Treasury, the driving force behind the G7 price cap, sought to evenly weigh reducing Russia’s revenues and maintaining supply, though market pricing influenced this at times, a senior Treasury official told Reuters.

“There have been times when Brent has fluctuated an enormous amount over the past eight months, where we were worried about one over the other, but in general, we’ve created these to be the twin goals that have equal importance.”

The official said the price cap is “institutionalizing” current market discounts, arguing that the price cap created them.

Analysts also attribute the drop in global oil prices to a weakening global economy, COVID-19 lockdowns in China and the OPEC+ group’s decision to maintain steady production.

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PRICES, RUSSIAN INCOME DECLINE

At the current price cap level, Russia would earn oil export revenues of about $10 billion to $15 billion a month, said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York.

That is far lower than over $21 billion a month Moscow earned in June, according to an estimate from the International Energy Agency (IEA), as Brent topped $120.

At current oil price cap levels, Russia is earning about the same as it did before talk of a Ukraine invasion started driving prices up. Russia earned about $15 billion in June and July 2021, before Russian troop buildups near Ukraine.

The $60 price cap level was agreed on Friday after fierce debate. Poland, Lithuania and Estonia argued that European Union countries should make the cap as low as $30, closer to Russia’s production cost, after an initial proposal of $65-70.

FUTURE CASH FLOW

As crude prices have fallen, the language surrounding the price cap from U.S. officials has evolved from “reducing” Russia’s revenues, to “limiting,” future cash flow.

U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told the Reuters NEXT conference in New York on Thursday that the cap “will lead to Russia earning less revenue going forward and having less money to invest in conducting the war.”

“The key thing to remember is that we’re starting at $60 but we have the ability to…further use the price cap to constrain Russia’s revenues over time,” Adeyemo said.

In July, Adeyemo said the goal was to eliminate the “risk premium,” or price increase that Russia had introduced into the

oil market with its invasion of Ukraine, to give Moscow less money to “pay for their war machine.”

If Moscow makes good on threats to curtail production rather than sell oil to countries observing the cap, prices could shoot higher, and that is where it could get tricky for the United States and G7 allies.

U.S. officials “want to avoid that at all costs,” said Mizuho’s Yawger, adding that this could mean that “suddenly support for Ukraine starts to dry up.”

PRICE SPIKE AVOIDED

Oil markets have shifted significantly since March when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent prices soaring.

Internal Treasury estimates around that time had showed that global crude prices could exceed $150 with the EU embargo in place and no mitigating measures.

And with the IEA predicting that oil markets could lose 3 million Russian barrels per day if the most stringent EU sanctions were imposed, Barclays (LON:) and Rystad Energy warned that oil could hit $200.

Treasury’s “true motivation after March has been primarily to preserve Russian flows in the face of EU sanctions, which they don’t think were a good idea,” said a source briefed on Biden administration discussions.

“They believed if there was an oil price spike, not only will it hurt us economically and politically, but it’ll damage Western support for Ukraine,” in its fight against Russia’s military.

As the G7 formed the plan, India and China have snapped up heavily discounted Russian oil, and are expected to continue big purchases outside the price cap, moves endorsed by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.



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Vietnamese luxury EV-maker VinFast files to go public on Nasdaq

Vietnamese luxury EV-maker VinFast files to go public on Nasdaq


Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast has filed for an initial public offering in the United States, the company said Tuesday. Shares will be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker “VFS.”

VinFast, which was founded in 2017 and began operations in 2019, will convert to a Singapore public limited company for the IPO. The number of shares to be offered and the price range of the offering haven’t been disclosed.

The EV startup has been pursuing the U.S. market, most recently with a showcase of four SUVs presented at the LA Auto Show. Over the summer, VinFast received $1.2 billion in incentives to build a factory in North Carolina, where the automaker hopes to begin building cars by July 2024. VinFast has even promised a $7,500 discount to potential American buyers that would hold out to buy an EV eligible for U.S. EV tax incentives.

No date was given for the IPO, which was originally slated for Q4 of this year. It’s more likely we’ll see the company go public sometime next year, given current market uncertainty.

Unlike many EV companies that have chosen to go public through a special purpose acquisition merger, VinFast has already begun producing and shipping vehicles. The automaker shipped its first batch of 999 vehicles to the U.S. late last month.



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Legends of Runeterra Update 3.21.0 Patch Notes – Try Hard Guides

Legends of Runeterra Update 3.21.0 Patch Notes – Try Hard Guides


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World Ender is the fifth expansion of the Worldwalker set and the last expansion of the Darkin Saga in Legends of Runeterra. This expansion contains 43 new collectible cards for current regions, focusing on Targon and its new champion, Kayle, as well as the Runeterran champions, Aatrox and Ryze. In addition, the Assimilate and Empowered mechanics and the Bloodwoven event are introduced. World Ender launches on December 7th at approximately 11:00 AM PT.

Legends of Runeterra has also dropped all the new cards for World Ender. Get the full list of new cards on either Mobalytics or DAK.gg website. Meanwhile, the following are the new mechanics and Path of Champions included as part of The Darkin Saga: World Ender of update 3.21.0:

New Mechanics

  • New Origins
    • The World Ender – You may put any non-Champion Darkin into your deck during deckbuilding. Once you’ve played or summoned 3+ different other Darkin, draw an Aatrox.
    • The Rune Mage – You may put any non-targeted Burst and Focus spells into your deck during deckbuilding. At the start of the game, for each Ryze in your deck, create 2 Delve Into the Past in your deck.
  • New Vocab
    • Assimilate – Transform allies Equipped with Darkin Equipment into their Darkin unit forms. If they are Champions, they level up.
    • Empowered – A unit has its Empowered bonus while its power is at least the listed number.

Path of Champions

  • New Champions
    • Aatrox
    • Nasus
    • Kindred
    • Ekko
    • Pyke
    • Leblanc
    • Ashe

During the Bloodwoven event, players may get brand-new Icons, Cards, Emotes, and Champion Skins. This pass and future Event Passes include loads of free nodes, allowing players to earn prizes as they play regardless of whether they purchase the Premium Event Pass. This pass should still require about the same amount of time and effort as prior Event Passes.

Be sure to purchase the Premium Event Pass before December 21st to get a special quest rewarding 10 Arclight Sigils and a Rare Prismatic Chest. The event pass allows access to an upgraded event path with premium rewards and unlocks Arclight Vayne instantly. Play games to get Sun Disc Shards and unlock more rewards. The Bloodwoven event ends and the pass expires at 10:00 AM PT on January 11, 2023.

All featured personalization items and Champions skins in The Darkin Saga: World Ender may be viewed on the Legends of Runeterra website.



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Patrick Mahomes & Brittany Matthews Feel ‘Blessed’ After Welcoming Baby: ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift’ (Exclusive)

Patrick Mahomes & Brittany Matthews Feel ‘Blessed’ After Welcoming Baby: ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift’ (Exclusive)


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Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews are overjoyed to be parents for the second time, after they welcomed their new baby Bronze in November. A source close to the pair told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that they’re looking forward to spending the holidays as a family of four, and they have big Christmas plans for their new baby boy and daughter Sterling, 1.

The insider revealed that the couple couldn’t think of a better blessing this holiday season. “Brittany and Patrick couldn’t be more thrilled to have welcomed Bronze especially right before the holidays. It’s literally the ultimate Christmas gift and they’ve already taken tons of holiday photos with him as a family,” they said. “They already got him his very own jersey and they couldn’t feel more blessed this Christmas season.”

Patrick and Brittany walk the red carpet at an event together. (Omar Vega/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

While they adjust to being parents of two, the sources said the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, 27, is making sure his wife, 27, is being taken care of. “Brittany is recovering really well and Patrick has been a huge help. Even though he’s busy with the football season he’s making sure she and the kids are very well tended to,” the source said.

The family friend also revealed that Patrick is very “proud” to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Month, but even though it’s an “honor,” it’s not quite as exciting as being a parent. “But nothing compares to being a dad. It’s his biggest accomplishment ever and he’s ecstatic about having a son,” they said.

It’s been quite an eventful year for the couple. Before welcoming their son, the pair got married in March. The couple announced that they welcomed their baby boy in a joint Instagram post on November 28. It was a shot of their son’s legs, while wearing a onesie. He was laying on a necklace with “Mahomes” written all over it and above a necklace, which has his nickname “Bronze” on it. The couple wrote his full name, birth weight, and date in the caption. “Patrick “Bronze” Lavon Mahomes III. 11/28/22 7lbs 8oz,” they wrote.

Since Bronze was born, Patrick revealed that his younger brother Jackson, 22, played a key part in coming up with the new baby’s nickname, and it was inspired by his big sister’s name. “My brother Jackson, whenever we were trying to find something that was a little unique and different, he said, ‘What about Bronze? It fits perfectly with Sterling,” he said while speaking to reporters.





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Dozens of Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster in the wake of its ticket sale fiasco

Dozens of Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster in the wake of its ticket sale fiasco


Taylor Swift poses with her trophies at the 50th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November, just days after the botched ticket presale.

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Taylor Swift fans are dressing for revenge — or at least legal damages. More than two dozen disappointed Swifties have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of fraud, misrepresentation and antitrust violations over its botched Eras Tour ticket sale.

Lawyers for the 26 plaintiffs, who live in 13 states across the U.S., filed the complaint in L.A. County Superior Court on Friday. It alleges that the ticketing platform has a monopoly on primary and secondary markets and accuses it of engaging in fraudulent practices and various antitrust violations, including price discrimination and price fixing.

“Defendant’s anticompetitive behavior has substantially harmed and will continue to substantially harm Taylor Swift fans, as well as competition in the ticket sales marker and the Secondary Ticket Services Market,” it reads.

It seeks $2,500 for every violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, which prohibits false advertising and illegal business practices.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation Entertainment have not responded to NPR’s request for comment.

Jennifer Kinder, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, told NPR over email that almost 400 people have expressed interest in joining the case since the complaint was first filed and will be added as plaintiffs, most likely before the end of the week. She expects the interest will continue to surge.

“Until transparency and fairness is won in live entertainment ticket purchases, the Great War continues,” she wrote, referencing a song from Swift’s latest album, Midnights.

Kinder sent NPR an updated complaint on Monday that names 50 plaintiffs (almost double the original number).

A quick refresher on the Swift debacle

When sales opened in mid-November, scores of loyal fans persisted through hours or even days of long waits, website crashes and fluctuating prices only to end up without tickets. They — and numerous Democratic lawmakers — blame those issues on Ticketmaster being poorly prepared for the heavy demand for Swift’s upcoming tour, which will be her first since 2018.

First, many of the 3.5 million registered “verified fans” were sent to waitlists, while those who did receive the coveted codes logged into a website that quickly crashed under what Ticketmaster called “unprecedented traffic” from both bot attacks and fans without codes.

After a second day of presale tickets — for Capital One card-holders — went similarly, Ticketmaster canceled sales to the general public a day before they were supposed to open, citing “extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand.”

Swift eventually issued a statement in which, without naming Ticketmaster, she called the situation “excruciating” and said her team had been assured multiple times that “they could handle this kind of demand.”

Ticketmaster has apologized to Swift and her fans. In a statement explaining what happened, it said that it had sold 2.4 million tickets (including a record 2 million in a single day), but acknowledged there had been issues with the process and said it is “working to shore up our tech for the new bar that has been set by demand” for Swift tickets.

The concert chaos also prompted consumer protection investigations from multiple state attorneys general and calls from prominent Democratic lawmakers to break up the company. Critics say it is behaving like a monopoly, especially in the years since the controversial 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and event promoter Live Nation.

The lawsuit is by, and for, live music fans

After Kinder, a lawyer based in Dallas, tried unsuccessfully on multiple days to get tickets for herself and her preteen daughter, she turned to social media and saw thousands of frenzied fans expressing similar frustrations.

She and her associate put out a Google form for people to submit details about their own experiences and gauge interest in a possible class action lawsuit, as she told the Washington Post and D Magazine (their legal team now also includes a lawyer from California).

Julie Barfuss, the lead plaintiff, told the Post that she had taken the day off work to buy tickets, and tried to check out some 41 times — so many times, in fact, that a customer service agent she chatted with told her the website had identified her as a bot.

Barfuss didn’t manage to get any of the tickets in her cart, though her card did get charged thousands of dollars for all 41 attempts (the charges were later scrubbed).

“Ticketmaster’s service is not superior or reliable; the massive disaster of the Taylor Swift presale is evidence enough of this,” the lawsuit reads. “Ticketmaster does not charge high prices to give a better service, it charges higher prices because it has no real competition and wants to take every dollar it can from buyers.”

The plaintiffs are far from the only die-hard fans who ended up empty-handed. In Ticketmaster’s memo explaining what had transpired, it estimated that 15% of interactions across its site experienced issues. Even if there hadn’t been tech problems, it added, the demand for Swift tickets was simply too high to satisfy everyone.

“For example: based on the volume of traffic to our site, Taylor would need to perform over 900 stadium shows (almost 20x the number of shows she is doing) … that’s a stadium show every single night for the next 2.5 years,” it said. “While it’s impossible for everyone to get tickets to these shows, we know we can do more to improve the experience and that’s what we’re focused on.”

Ticketmaster’s practices have taken center stage

The lawsuit is one of several efforts to hold the ticketing giant accountable, as the Swift fiasco has renewed scrutiny of its dominant position in the market and the merger that put it there.

The attorneys general of Tennessee, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada have launched investigations into the situation, while a number of Democratic lawmakers — including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) — have publicly called for the company to be broken up.

And the U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a broader antitrust investigation into Ticketmaster’s parent company that predates the Swift snafu, the New York Times has reported.

Live Nation Entertainment defended its practices in a statement posted to its website last month, saying Ticketmaster complies with the consent decree that accompanied the merger, does not set or control ticket prices and only holds such a significant share of the market “because of the large gap that exists between the quality of the Ticketmaster system and the next best primary ticketing system.”

“Live Nation takes its responsibilities under the antitrust laws seriously and does not engage in behaviors that could justify antitrust litigation, let alone orders that would require it to alter fundamental business practices,” it said.

But not everyone is convinced. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, sent a letter to Ticketmaster’s CEO expressing her longstanding concerns about lack of competition in the ticketing industry and asking about specific business practices.

She and Sen. Mike Lee (R-U.T.) later announced that they will hold a hearing — the date of which has yet to be announced — to examine “how consolidation in the live entertainment and ticketing industry harms customers and artists alike.”

Klobuchar told NPR’s All Things Considered last week that while the Swift incident may put Ticketmaster in the spotlight, the problem with the “vertically-integrated giant” is much bigger than any one superstar tour.

“A lot of these hidden fees, high fees, are going on because there is no incentive for fair prices and superior offerings and innovation if you’re the only company in town,” she explained.

What could a Congressional hearing do that a Justice Department investigation could not? Witness testimony could create a helpful record and potentially pave the way for legislation, Klobuchar said — she said there are bipartisan efforts underway specifically related to the ticket industry but did not elaborate.

This isn’t the first high-profile attempt to challenge Ticketmaster’s dominance — Pearl Jam famously tried and failed to do so in the early 1990s, for example. But Klobuchar thinks things could play out differently this time around, in part because “a whole bunch of Swift fans is something that no one’s ever dealt with in Congress.”

Klobuchar said throughout the history of monopolies, federal action tends to come only when public anger reaches a certain level — and she sees that happening now.

“There becomes this pitch point where there’s so much anger from the public, and now it might be online,” she added. “Before, it was on street corners and in farmers’ halls. But when it gets to that point, that’s when something gets done.”





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NRG Energy to Buy Vivint Smart Home for $2.8 Billion

NRG Energy to Buy Vivint Smart Home for $2.8 Billion


NRG will look to cross-sell and bundle the two companies’ energy and home-security products



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Exclusive-Shale oil producer Continental Resources names Doug Lawler as CEO By Reuters

Exclusive-Shale oil producer Continental Resources names Doug Lawler as CEO By Reuters



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(Reuters) – Continental Resources (NYSE:) on Tuesday named operating chief Doug Lawler as its new chief executive officer, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Lawler was CEO at Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:) before joining Continental in February. He takes over from William Berry.



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17 Great Apple Deals on iPads, MacBooks, and AirPods

17 Great Apple Deals on iPads, MacBooks, and AirPods


Apple devices are expensive, and they rarely go on sale—at the Apple store anyway. Third-party sellers like Best Buy and Amazon do offer discounts from time to time, including right now. We’ve found a number of Apple devices on sale at discounted prices, including iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and other accessories. Most of these deals match or are better than what we saw on Cyber Monday, but many of them will end on Thursday.

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iPad Deals

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Apple recently updated its most basic iPad (7/10, WIRED Review) with slim bezels, Apple’s A14 chip, and a USB-C port. Like on the iPad Air, the Touch ID sensor is integrated into the power button that sits on the top edge of the slate. The rear camera has been upgraded to 12 megapixels, instead of 8 megapixels. But, perhaps most importantly, the 12-MP selfie camera has been moved to the center of the iPad (in landscape mode), so you’ll no longer have to uncomfortably stare to the side during video calls. The bad news is Apple jacked the price up $120 over previous models. This deal is better than what we saw on Cyber Monday and makes the slate more approachable.

The 10th-generation iPad above is the most expensive entry-level iPad Apple has ever made. That is why we still think this ninth-generation model (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best iPad for most people. Not only is it affordable, especially with this discount, but it also packs a 12-MP rear camera with support for Center Stage to keep you in the frame during video calls. There’s a physical Touch ID-enabled Home Button (for those who prefer it), a True Tone display that adjusts the screen’s color temperature depending on the lighting around you, and 64 GB of storage. It’s also the only iPad in the company’s lineup with a headphone jack. 

This isn’t a huge sale, but the iPad Air (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite upgrade over the base model. You get the same M1 processor as a 2020 Macbook Air, a 10.9-inch LCD screen, slim bezels, a USB-C port, and Touch ID built into the top power button. It packs support for the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Smart and Magic Keyboard.

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The iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) makes an excellent travel companion. It’s small enough to slip into my tote or backpack, and the 8.3-inch display is great for reading ebooks or watching movies. Equipped with an A15 Bionic processor (the same one powering last year’s iPhone 13), it’s fast enough to handle both taxing apps and games. With second-generation Apple Pencil support, you can also use it as a notebook or sketchpad. It dipped to this price for Cyber Monday, but it’s still a solid deal.

This is the 2021 iPad Pro model with the company’s M1 processor. The new sixth-generation iPad Pro (7/10, WIRED Review) announced last month is a very incremental update; save yourself some cash and grab this version instead. 

Apple’s stylus rarely goes on sale, though it most recently dipped to $89 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As small as it is, this is the next best discount we’ve seen. It works with every iPad in Apple’s current lineup except the 9th-gen iPad.

Best MacBooks

Read our Best MacBook guide for more help in choosing the right MacBook for your needs.

Apple MacBook Air M2

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Apple introduced a new design with its latest MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends), which is also powered by the new M2 chipset. It has plenty of power for most everyday tasks, solid battery life, and a 1080p webcam. You also get a MagSafe connector so the laptop won’t fly off if you trip on the cable. It’s pricier than its predecessor, but this discount helps remedy that. Just remember that the chipset doesn’t let you connect this machine to more than one external display. 

Even though the M1-powered MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) came out in 2020, it’s still one of the most powerful laptops you can buy for this price. It’s our favorite budget MacBook to recommend. It has great performance, battery life (it’ll easily last you a full workday), and an improved keyboard (that won’t break). It’s also slim and lightweight, which makes it great for travel. 

The 14-inch MacBook Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) from 2021 was the first from Apple to re-introduce the idea that laptops should have plenty of ports (including a MagSafe charging port)–what a concept. It also offers a 1080p webcam and a stunning 14.2-inch display with ProMotion (which has a refresh rate of 120 Hz). The M1 Pro under the hood offers excellent performance and can handle almost any demanding project you toss at it. (It’s confusing, but the M1 Pro is more powerful than the M2.)

Apple Macbook Pro 16

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The 16-inch MacBook Pro is similar to the 14-inch model, but with a bigger screen. This thing is huge and somewhat difficult to travel with, but the extra screen room can be nice, especially for apps with a lot going on–perfect for video editors. This model was $100 cheaper for Cyber Monday, but if you missed that this is still a decent deal.

Apple Watch, and Headphone Deals

Read our Best Apple Watch and Best Wireless Earbuds guides for more.

Apple Watch SE

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We recommend the second-generation Apple Watch SE to most people—especially if you don’t need the complex capabilities of the Series 8 like the ECG sensor, temperature sensor, or the ability to check your blood oxygen. But it’s more than capable of tracking your health and fitness and, with the latest S8 chip, you’ll also get Crash Detection and the redesigned compass app. It’s compatible with WatchOS 9 too, which means you won’t miss out on any of the latest software features. The larger 44-mm version is also on sale for $269 ($20 off).

The Apple Watch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch in the lineup. It offers a blood oxygen level sensor, ECG reader, and heart rate monitor. Apple also introduced a wrist-based temperature-sensing feature that tracks your skin temperature. This can be super useful for tracking your period and fertility. This deal was $30 better during Cyber Monday, but if you missed that, you can still save a few bucks.

We saw this price dip $10 lower during Cyber Monday, but this is still a nice deal for Apple’s newest high-end smartwatch (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It has the best battery life you’ll find on an Apple Watch mostly because it’s much bigger than the standard Series 8. There’s a loud siren in case you’re lost in the woods, and a spare Action Button to trigger specific and configurable actions.

Apple AirPods Pro

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This deal was $29 cheaper during Cyber Monday. The second-gen AirPods Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) come with upgrades like improved noise canceling and better battery life—you’ll get six hours with the buds and 24 hours in the case, which will certainly get you through a full workday. The charging case also comes with new features too, like the ability to sync it with Apple’s Find My app (which will emit a beeping sound to help you locate them), and the option to charge it on an Apple Watch puck. Read our Best Wireless Earbuds guide for more. 

Accessory Deals

Our Best iPhone 14 Cases and Best MagSafe Accessories guides can help.

Apple MagSafe Charger

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We’ve seen this dip a few dollars lower, but this is still a small discount on Apple’s official wireless charger for iPhone models with MagSafe (iPhone 12 and newer). It charges fast (15 watts) because it aligns precisely with the spot that allows for the best power transfer. But with an annoyingly short 3-foot cable, it’s tough to use your phone while it’s charging unless you’re right next to where it’s plugged in.

The MagSafe Duo is a great choice if you have both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, with respective spots for both. It folds in half too, which makes it really easy to travel with. It’s just far too expensive for what it does, but this deal makes it a bit easier on the wallet. 

This keyboard will fit the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Gen) and iPad Air (4th and 5th Gen). This slim keyboard doesn’t offer any tactile feedback on the keys, but many people love this keyboard for the fact that it’s silent.



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