The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 26th, 2023 evening edition

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Thiel's plans for the Republican primary and general election have not been previously reported.

Online news site Puck previously reported Thiel was most likely either to support Trump or sit out the primary.

When Thiel spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, he had more hope that the party would concentrate on economic issues, his business associate said.

Thiel's decision underlines how the Republican Party’s swing to the right on social issues is alienating some prominent, business-minded donors.

None said they intended to sit out the entire 2024 election cycle as a consequence.

In 2012, Thiel backed libertarian lawmaker Ron Paul, and in 2016 he donated some $1.25 million to the campaign efforts of Trump, who is the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination.

In the 2022 election cycle, however, Thiel emerged as a potential Republican kingmaker, contributing more than $35 million to 16 federal-level Republican candidates, according to OpenSecrets. »

Microsoft / Activision deal prevented to protect innovation and choice in cloud gaming

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Panel Chair: “Cloud gaming needs a free, competitive market to drive innovation and choice”.

Microsoft already accounts for an estimated 60-70% of global cloud gaming services and has other important strengths in cloud gaming from owning Xbox, the leading PC operating system (Windows) and a global cloud computing infrastructure (Azure and Xbox Cloud Gaming).

Cloud gaming needs a free, competitive market to drive innovation and choice. »

Tangaraju Suppiah: Singapore executes man for trafficking two pounds of cannabis

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Tangaraju Suppiah, a 46-year-old Singaporean, was put to death on Wednesday in Changi Prison, Singapore Prison Service said in a brief statement.

Tangaraju was sentenced to death in 2018 for “abetting the trafficking of more than one kilogram of cannabis (1,017.9 grams),” according to a statement from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

The court found he was in phone communication with two other men caught trying to smuggle cannabis into Singapore. »

Senior Iranian ayatollah Abbas-Ali Soleimani assassinated - report

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Iranian ayatollah Abbas-Ali Soleimani, a member of the Assembly of Experts for Leadership of Iran, was assassinated at a bank on Wednesday morning in the northern city of Babolsar, according to Iranian media reports.

Soleimani was a former representative of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The governor of Mazandaran, Mahmoud Hosseinipour, stated that Soleimani was killed by a security guard at the bank, according to Iranian state media. »