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Google employees are putting pressure on the company to drop Project Dragonfly. (image: Pexels)

The big story…

Google Plans Censored Search Engine for China, Employees Protest

Google has a new undertaking called Project Dragonfly, which is a plan to created a search engine for China that would give the Chinese government the ability to restrict searches on the platform. In an open letter to the company, a group of Google employees is demanding that Google drop the project, joining Amnesty International in saying that the tech company is enabling state surveillance by the Chinese government. An internal petition at Google has already accumulated over 1,400 signatures and one employee has even resigned in protest.

This controversy comes only a month after¬†thousands of Googlers across the globe walked out¬†in protest of the company’s sexual misconduct policies. Additionally, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to¬†testify before Congress¬†next week¬†regarding the company’s alleged bias against conservatives.

In climate change…

United Nations Climate Change Report Shows CO2 Emissions Increase

According to¬†a U.N. report, global carbon dioxide emissions have reached “historic levels” and world governments need to step in.¬†Trump responded¬†that he didn’t believe the report thanks to his “high levels of intelligence.”

In the Russia investigation…

Guardian Article Links Manafort and Assange

A¬†Guardian¬†article¬†says that Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on several occasions, possibly in connection to Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence and released by WikiLeaks. Both Manafort and Assange have denied the claim, and no other publication has¬†corroborated the story.

In Mississippi…

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Senate Race Runoff

Republican Sen.¬†Cindy Hyde-Smith¬†won¬†the Mississippi Senate runoff election against Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a heated race that focused on Hyde-Smith‚Äôs racist comments and actions. As the last Senate race of the midterms comes to an end,¬†Hyde-Smith‚Äôs win means Republicans will hold 53 Senate seats to the Democrats’ 47.

In fraud…

Venmo Loses $40 Million in Fake Payments

Venmo has lost about $40 million to fraud this past year, which is about 40 percent more than the company expected. To combat fake payment in the future, the mobile app will be removing some of its features, such as the ability for users to send and receive money via the Venmo website.

In sad news…

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Has Died

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s hit show SpongeBob Squarepants,¬†died on Monday¬†at age 57. Hillenburg announced last year that he had been diagnosed with ALS.

In good news…

Netflix Announces New Projects

Netflix has announced that the streaming service will be making animated adaptations of you favorite¬†Roald Dahl classics, including¬†The BFG,¬†Matilda, and¬†Willy Wonka. And, don’t worry! A¬†To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before¬†sequel¬†is already in the works.

Trending today…


It’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’¬†White Album, and Twitter is coming up with a few modern-day adaptations to the group’s hit songs. Here are some of our favorites.

Last but not least…

Meet the Writer: Alessandra Guarneri

This CMN writer already has one foot in the door of the music industry. Read more about it here.

Today’s¬†Morning Scoop was¬†made possible by¬†Natalia¬†Kolenko¬†and the CMN Staff. Today’s viral sensation is¬†Knickers the giant Australian cow. Knickers is 6ft 4in and over 3,000 pounds. Holy cow.¬†

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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