One year after Leonard Cohen died, top musicians including Sting, Elvis Costello and Philip Glass will remember him with a concert in his native Montreal, his family announced on Monday. The November 6 tribute at Montreal's Bell Centre arena will benefit Canadian arts groups and is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Inviting…
Facebook plans to change its name as Mark Zuckerberg tries to distance the company from 'intense scrutiny': report
Facebook reportedly plans to change its company name next week.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to discuss the name change at Facebook's annual Connect conference on Oct. 28, but it could be unveiled sooner, according to a report from the Verge. The name change will reflect the company's focus on "building the metaverse" and "signal the tech giant's ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail."
"The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more," the Verge reports. "A rebrand could also serve to further separate the futuristic work Zuckerberg is focused on from the intense scrutiny Facebook is currently under for the way its social platform operates today. ... Facebook isn't the first well-known tech company to change its company name as its ambitions expand. In 2015, Google reorganized entirely under a holding company called Alphabet, partly to signal that it was no longer just a search engine, but a sprawling conglomerate with companies making driverless cars and health tech."
The company's new name reportedly is a closely guarded secret, but possibilities include something to do with Horizon, the unreleased virtual reality version of Facebook that's been under development for the last few years.
"Complicating matters is that, while Facebook has been heavily promoting the idea of the metaverse in recent weeks, it's still not a concept that's widely understood," the Verge reports. "The term was coined originally by sci-fi novelist Neal Stephenson to describe a virtual world people escape to from a dystopian, real world. Now it's being adopted by one of the world's largest and most controversial companies — and it'll have to explain why its own virtual world is worth diving into."
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has become something of a persona non grata within the GOP following his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. While Kinzinger hasn't shied away from speaking out against Trump and the far-right wing of his party, his fellow representatives have — and Kinzinger says he knows why: They are scared.
"The only thing that can happen is you lose, and you'll be replaced by somebody like a Marjorie Taylor Greene. And that's how these people [in Congress] convince themselves, 'Hey, the best thing I can do is go limp,'" the congressman said in an interview with Heard on the Hill on Tuesday.
For Kinzinger, his battle is not only for the soul of the Republican Party but for a democracy "under siege" and the future of the country as a whole. Yet, he says, it feels like he is fighting it virtually by himself.
"There are moments where I wake up and I'm like, why? Why am I the only one, am I doing something wrong?" he explained in the interview. Of course, he is not the only one, but he is certainly the loudest.
Nine other Republicans voted to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection." They instantly became the victim of the former president's – and his supporters' –wrath. Rep. Cheney lost her position as House GOP conference chair earlier this year, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced he would not be running for re-election following his current term due to the "toxic dynamics" in the party, and more generally, Trump's condemnation of the group has been persistent and targeted since the vote.
Despite the backlash, Kinzinger sees the need for a more concerted effort within the party to do the right thing.
"It's not the 10 of us who are going to save this democracy," he said. "It's the 190 who finally get fed up enough to say something."
His exhaustion, however, doesn't stem from his fights in Congress over issues like debt ceiling, or even from answering questions about his convictions, but rather from the beliefs of the far-right wing of his party.
"What I get tired of is watching every day a man — who if he's not close to insane, he sure knows how to play being insane — convincing people that truth doesn't matter," he said. "And then watching good friends who are military officers, college educated, spouting vaccine disinformation because it's a tattoo of their politics."
When Illinois pastor Joseph M. Krol realized that police were knocking on his door, he grabbed his phone and deleted Snapchat messages he'd exchanged with a 15-year-old girl, according to police.
Krol even performed a factory reset on his phone, the Herald & Review reports, but it would prove to be too late.
The girl's family had already turned over her phone to authorities, allowing police to take over her Snapchat account and converse with Krol.
Krol, the 36-year-old pastor of Rochester First Baptist Church, was arrested last Friday and charged with grooming a minor.
"Prior to answering the door, (Krol) is seen grabbing his cell phone and manipulating the buttons while standing in the kitchen area," Sgt. Roger Pope of the Macon County Sheriff's Office told the Herald & Review. "Deputies immediately located his phone, but (he) had factory reset the phone in an attempt to wipe all of the data."
"(She) allowed me to take over her Snapchat account and act as her while conversing with Krol," Pope wrote in an affidavit. "During our conversations, Krol requested photos of (the girl) in her underwear. Unsolicited, he sent her Snapchat a video (showing the outline of his genitalia). He also asked her sexually explicit questions about ... her fantasies to include her interest in older men."
Leaders at Galilee Baptist Church, which Krol pastored until June 2021, issued a statement saying they were "saddened" to learn of the charges against him, according to the Christian Post.
"We as a church take these allegations seriously and will cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation," the church leaders said. "We are eager to minister to all involved in this situation and will be offering professional counseling services to the victim of the alleged incident. ... We are praying for all involved."
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