The Daily Populous

Thursday April 8th, 2021 day edition

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Russia could witness protests this spring surpassing those that rocked the country following the arrest and jailing of Alexei Navalny, an ally of the Kremlin critic has said.

It comes amid local media reports that Navalny, who is serving a 2.5-year jail term, has been taken from his prison colony in the Vladimir region to an undisclosed location.

By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 400,000 people had registered their intention on the "Free Navalny" website to attend demonstrations in support of the Putin critic.

This suggests that bigger protests are in store and points to a significant problem for Putin, who faces waning popularity and parliamentary elections in September.

Navalny was arrested upon his arrival from Berlin, where he was treated for poisoning by the Novichok nerve agent.

"Putin tried to kill Navalny" says the Free Navalny website, "but Alexei survived—and then Putin threw him in jail.

The graphic below provided by Statista shows how long Putin has been in power. »

Metroid Prime 4 Hasn't Been Mentioned By Nintendo in 800 Days

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Metroid Prime 4 goes 800 days without any official updates from Nintendo, either about the status of its development or a possible release date.

Today marks 800 days since the last news regarding Metroid Prime 4 was released.

MORE: The Switch Could Use Multiple Metroid Games if Metroid Prime 4 is Not Yet Ready. »

Jeff Bezos comes out in support of increased corporate taxes

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Amazon AMZN said in a CEO Jeff Bezossaid in a statement Tuesday that the company is "supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate.".

"We support the Biden Administration's focus on making bold investments in American infrastructure," Bezos said.

The outgoing Amazon chief executive is, in some ways, a surprising advocate for a corporate tax hike. »

Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say

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Federal investigators are looking into a Bahamas trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 as part of an inquiry into whether the Florida representative violated sex trafficking laws, multiple sources told CBS News.

Gaetz was on that trip with a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon named Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for the travel expenses, accommodations, and female escorts, the sources said.

"It doesn't matter that [Gaetz] personally paid them as long as he knows someone is doing that.". »

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

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A database containing the phone numbers of more than half a billion Facebook users is being freely traded online, and Facebook is trying to pin the blame on everyone but themselves.

Facebook has been collecting users’ phone numbers for a decade, initially claiming that it was part of the platform’s security protocols.

Thankfully for the half a billion Facebook users who’ve been impacted by the breach, there’s a more practical way to get help. »