The Hit List: February 11, 2019

  1. Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, is reportedly the source of the leaked the texts between the lovers, The Daily Beast reports.
  2. Measles are making a comeback. The Center for Disease Control say the number of confirmed cases across the country is 101. In all of 2016 there were 86 cases, and 120 in 2017. 2014 was a record year, with 667 confirmed cases. But we’re only 42 days into 2019.
  3. Michelle Carter is going to jail. In 2014 she encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide via text. She was 17 at the time; he was 18.
  4. Amazon is furthering its stake in smart home technology. It’s acquiring Eero, which manufacturers easy-to-use Internet routers. The technology will. likely complement the Alexa product line.
  5. Russia is testing a plan to disable the Internet across the country, and maintain all web communications to servers within the country. The plan is to have a backup in case cyberwarfare completely shuts the country out of the world wide web.
  6. The Georgia state legislature is considering a cyber tax on streaming services and downloads. A 4 percent tax on digital content would go toward building out the state’s internet infrastructure into rural parts that have limited or no access to the technology.
  7. “Rage Yoga” is all the, well, rage, in Houston. It’s a yoga class with the typical stretches and poses, but participants are encouraged to shout and yell expletives to release stress during the session. They also take beer breaks throughout to aid in blowing off steam.
  8. While Denver teachers strike over their pay, students threw a dance party in the hallways. The chaos ensued after special schedules were issued to reflect the decreased number of educators, but there weren’t enough copies to get to all students. Eventually the mass was dispersed — some kids opted to just leave for the day.
  9. The French town of Fequieres has banned barking. Citizens who own dogs that bark for a “prolonged or repeated” period could get slapped with a 68-Euro fine.
  10. Towson University is on the hunt for a woman “in her 50s wearing a multicolored scarf.” Campus police say she has repeatedly approached students, showed them a picture of her son, and asked if they’d want to go on a date with him. It’s not illegal, just gross, and the University wants it to stop.