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Wednesday May 19th, 2021 morning edition

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The Mormon Church's $100 billion fund made a 900% gain on GameStop last quarter.

Ensign Peak Advisors' stake surged in value from below $900,000 to $8.7 million.

The church fund also boosted its Tesla stake by 39% after growing it 3,500% last year.

The Mormon Church was a surprise winner from the GameStop short squeeze, racking up a 900% gain on the meme stock last quarter, regulatory filings show.

Ensign Peak Advisors - the secretive $100 billion investment arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - bought 46,000 GameStop shares in the fourth quarter of 2020.

It bolstered the position by another 39% to nearly 650,000 shares last quarter.

The fund's Tesla stake was worth $433 million at the end of March, making it Ensign's 15th biggest holding. »

Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen | Lauren Bridges

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Not only is Ring’s surveillance network spreading rapidly, it is extending the reach of law enforcement into private property and expanding the surveillance of everyday life.

Ring is effectively building the largest corporate-owned, civilian-installed surveillance network that the US has ever seen.

In doing so, Ring blurs the line between police work and civilian surveillance and turns your neighbor’s home security system into an informant. »

Joe Rogan criticized, mocked after saying straight white men are silenced by 'woke' culture

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Joe Rogan, one of the most popular podcast hosts in the world, drew mockery and criticism after he claimed on his show that straight white men were being silenced because of "woke" culture.

In an episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience" last week, the host spoke to standup comedian Joe List about evolving boundaries of what makes for acceptable comedy.

The 53-year-old former television personality continued to rant that straight white men would eventually no longer be "allowed to go outside.". »

AirPods, AirPods Max and AirPods Pro Don't Support Apple Music Lossless Audio

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Apple today announced that starting in June, Apple Music songs will be available to stream in Lossless and Hi-Resolution Lossless formats, but lossless audio won't be supported on the AirPods, AirPods Max, or AirPods Pro.

‌AirPods‌, ‌AirPods Pro‌, and ‌AirPods Max‌ are limited to the Bluetooth AAC codec when paired with an iPhone, and won't be able to stream ‌Apple Music‌ lossless files, Apple confirmed to T3.

While the ‌AirPods‌, ‌AirPods Max‌, and ‌AirPods Pro‌ do not support lossless audio, they do support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, and by default, ‌Apple Music‌ will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks on all ‌AirPods‌ and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip. »