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Qatar ends first World Cup match in a loss to Ecuador

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Qatar hosted the first match of the 2022 World Cup last night, but what was supposed to be a dream turned into a nightmare.

In their opening match, Qatar faced Ecuador, and the quality of both teams could not have been more evident.

Indeed, Ecuador closed the match in the first half, scoring 2-0 against the hosts.

The defeat breaks with the tradition of the host country winning the opening match of the football festival, the first host defeat in decades.


The opening ceremony was a sight when actor Morgan Freeman took the stage before BTS star Jung Kook’s performance.

The main event finally took center stage, but not everything went as planned.

Qatar looked nervous in the game, battling against an experienced team from Ecuador.

The opponents took advantage of plenty of chances and were rewarded with two goals from Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia.

The game was practically over in the first half.

When the second half started, the stadium had more empty seats as some fans felt they had seen enough.

Read also: Soccer derby match in Indonesia leads to violence with almost 200 dead

The lineup

The host country’s starting lineup was a strong team that reached the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup and won the 2019 Asian Cup.

The team consisted of the following:

  • Saad Alsheeb
  • Pedro Miguel
  • Abdelkarim Hassan
  • Homam Ahmed
  • Bassam Hisham
  • Boualem Khoukhi
  • Abdulaziz Hatem
  • Hassan Alhaydos
  • Karim Boudiaf
  • Akram Afif
  • Almoez Ali

Meanwhile, Ecuador faced controversy over Byron Castillo’s eligibility for Ecuador since he was born in Colombia.

Despite Castillo’s absence, Ecuador continues to be a strong team with the following:

  • Hernán Galíndez
  • Piero Hincapié
  • Félix Torres
  • Angelo Preciado
  • Pervis Estupiñán
  • Gonzalo Plata
  • Jhegson Méndez
  • Moisés Caicedo
  • Romario Ibarra
  • Michael Estrada
  • Enner Valencia

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The match

When the match started, Ecuador immediately kicked into high gear.

After three minutes of play, the opponents thought they had taken the lead.

When Valencia headed the ball, Ecuador and their fans cheered, but VAR (Video Assistant Referee) ruled it offside and disallowed the goal.

Despite the disappointment, the opposition did not back down.

Minutes later, Ecuador was awarded a penalty when Qatar keeper Saad Al Sheeb fouled Valencia in the box.

Enner Valencia immediately had a shot on goal, and the yellow shirts celebrated again.

Throughout the first half, Ecuador saw more of the ball and used their experience to overwhelm the home side.

Before the end of the half, Valencia fired a ball into the bottom corner, extending their lead.

Ecuador continued to put Qatar under pressure in the second half, but despite their stifled spirits, the hosts managed to stay compact in defense.

Toward the end, Qatar came close to scoring, but the shot went over the crossbar.

Qatar will face a solid Dutch side on 29 November and hope to progress to the round of 16.


Ecuador dampens Qatar’s party as controversial World Cup gets underway

Qatar vs Ecuador: lineups for today’s Qatar 2022 World Cup game

Republicans aren’t happy about the next Trump campaign

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Republicans of the House and the Senate aren’t excited that former president Donald Trump launched his third race for the presidency this week.

Trump’s announcement came on Monday.

The reaction of Capitol Hill showed a drop in support after years of disputes and scandals.

In addition, the lack of interest in the Republican Party comes from their disappointing midterm performance.


A few dozen Republicans from both chambers were asked about Donald Trump’s return.

However, very few expressed enthusiasm for the 2024 race.

Instead, many have pinned their hopes on another emerging candidate or in a broader field so voters can choose someone appealing to mainstream voters.

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds was among those who wanted someone new, saying:

“I want someone who is going to unite our party. That’s how we win elections. A reasonable person who would unite the party.”

Idaho Rep.Mike Simpson shared his sentiments, saying:

“Let’s see who runs. Personally, I don’t think it’s good for the party.”

“I think his policies were good,” Simpson added. “I just don’t need all the drama with it.”

Read also: Hillary Clinton slams Republicans’ hypocrisy surrounding crime

One-time allies

Many former Trump allies shared Mike Simpson’s sentiments.

Many have pointed out how alienated the former president has become on Capitol Hill, especially after Tuesday’s election.

When asked about Donald Trump running again, Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw said, “Still?”

He was asked if he would align with Trump, and Crenshaw responded, “Hell no.”

“None of us are entitled to these jobs,” said Trump ally and North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer regarding the 2024 bid.

“He’s certainly not entitled to it. And I certainly wouldn’t be making any decision (to endorse) this soon.”

Moreover, according to Cramer, the party would win if more candidates ran in 2024.

“I think we’re all better if there’s more of them up on the stage.”

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Meanwhile, others have begun to float rival candidates.

GOP Sen. Jerry Moran said he was focused on Mike Pompeo, a fellow Kansan and former secretary of state, and Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina.

“I think we have lots of Republicans who are interested in being our nominee for president,” said Moran, referencing Trump.

“And I’m interested in letting the American people make this decision. And I’m interested in seeing those people rise to the top.”

Republican Florida Representative Maria Elvira Salazar dodged questions about her support for Trump, saying instead:

“Let me tell you something: I do know the next Republican presidential contender is coming from Florida.”

Blame and distance

On Monday, several Republicans accused Donald Trump of pushing halfhearted candidates.

They also pointed to his obsession with his 2020 election loss, which undermined the case they were trying to make against Democrats that year.

South Dakota Senator June Thune of South Dakota said pursuing the 2020 election was not a winning strategy.

Surprisingly, many agreed with his view.

“I think looking forward is always a better campaign strategy,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

“Looking back to 2020 obviously didn’t work out.”

However, a moderate GOP lawmaker had a harsh take at Trump’s presidential bid, saying:

“It’s like we’re on season 7, 8 of ‘The Apprentice.’ People are sick of it, they want to turn the channel. Let’s find something else.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s longtime critics, like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, want no involvement with Trump’s third run.


Trump’s 2024 bid gets harsh reaction among Hill Republicans

Should Kanye West’s Music Be Banned?

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It is not surprising that attention has moved to Kanye West’s music associations. Including his label situation and streaming services, as he continues to escalate his antisemitic remarks. Adidas joins the list of companies to cut ties with him after Balenciaga, CAA, and others.

We’ve been down this road before: Similar queries surfaced as the severity of R. Kelly’s sexual misdeeds. Following months of requests, Kelly’s longtime record company, RCA, ultimately ended its relationship with the singer.

Spotify v. R. Kelly

However, Spotify’s attempt to outlaw Kelly’s music in the only natural way possible failed. Kelly had not been found guilty of any crimes at the time of the ill-defined ban, which it characterized as covering both “hate content,” or music with a terrible message like white supremacy, and “hateful conduct,” or an artist’s or creator’s actions. Within minutes, commentators started pointing out that music on Spotify and other streaming platforms was helping convicted criminals and even murderers like producers Phil Spector and Jim Gordon make money. Together with Eric Clapton, they wrote the legendary rock anthem “Layla.”

Spotify quickly retracted its position on the policy’s behavior clause. The streamer resolved not to make such company-wide decisions based on a creator’s behavior, even though it has continued to be done in practice.

That ruling returned the duty of deciding conduct to the music’s copyright holder, typically a record label. However, it is crucial to remember that these rights holders contribute music to streaming services and that the streaming service often only removes music that it finds to include hate speech.

Except for his 2013 collaboration with Lady Gaga, “Do What U Want,” Kelly’s entire discography is still accessible on all of the primary streaming services offered by Sony Music. However, in January 2019, she requested the song be taken down. Sony and Universal Music, the owners of the song’s copyright, complied with her request.

What happens to Kanye West’s material

It’s different with Kanye West. Kelly was guilty of inflicting physical damage on others. Although Kanye West hasn’t said it, it might be argued that hate speech and any subsequent provocation. The racist protests in Los Angeles over the weekend, showed that racism is not different from actual physical violence. The activities that caused Twitter to suspend Donald Trump for his participation in the attempted uprising on January 6 are identical.

West hasn’t explicitly expressed hate in his music yet, and even if he did, it’s unlikely that a label would distribute it or a streaming site would host it. And while some of his songs are offensive or potentially harmful, there are many more violent lyrics from musicians across musical genres.

West’s discography is still accessible on streaming sites and retail locations run by Universal, much like Kelly and Sony. And sure, his remaining shoe and clothing sales and the revenue from his catalog continue to bring in money for the artist, the rights holders, and other parties involved.

However, according to Luminate, West’s U.S. streaming saw a 23% decline between October 13 and October 20. Also, his airtime decreased by 13%. Despite a relatively small 2% decline in global streams, his sales globally decreased by 17.5%. They will decline more as long as he keeps making anti-Semitic remarks.

Legal issues

There are complex moral and legal considerations raised by the debate over Kanye West’s music. It would be a form of censorship, and the prohibition should apply to everyone else. Drawing that border is a challenging problem with no ideal answer, as Spotify discovered in 2018.

In a far better world, the owners of the rights to West’s music, or Kelly’s clothing and accessories, might donate those sales to organizations that fight against sexism or bigotry. However, regarding streaming services, the money made by individual artists goes to the rights-holders.

Sometimes terrible people create great art. It is up to the individual if they want to acquire their goods and services.

YouTube Shorts Launching on TVs

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Soon, a player made just for HDTVs will make it possible to watch YouTube Shorts on the most giant screen in the house.

When YouTube Shorts came out for the first time in the fall of 2020, they were made and set up to work best on mobile devices for both creators and viewers. Users can watch Shorts in the normal video player in the YouTube TV app. But that doesn’t work with the format, so that videos can be up to 60 seconds.

Now, YouTube’s most popular format, “Shorts,” is coming to TVs with a new way to watch them (its fastest-growing screen).

From November 7, everyone can watch YouTube Shorts on TV. Users will need a smart TV made in 2019 or later, a game console, or a streaming device.

They’ll see a new “shelf” for Shorts on the home page of the YouTube app on their TVs, or they can go straight to a creator’s channel to watch Shorts videos.

People from the YouTube Shorts team and the YouTube connected-TV team are on the team. And they had to figure out how to keep YouTube Shorts’ main idea, even more so when you shoot the videos vertically and watch them on a wide-screen TV.

During testing, they found that people liked a simple design with the video in the middle of the screen and a few other things happening. However, people also didn’t like that Shorts played in a loop. And you had to press the up button on your remote to watch the next video.

The person in charge of product management, Kurt Williams, said people want to watch Shorts on the couch with their friends. He also said that if you get tired of using your cell phone, watching something on another screen can help.

Creators of YouTube Shorts will get a cut of the profits

YouTube has started selling ads in mobile Shorts, and in 2023, it will start a program that lets creators share in the profits.

When it starts, there won’t be any ads for Shorts on TV. Wilms said that next year would be different. Also, users won’t be able to “cast” Shorts from their phones to a connected TV immediately. But, just like on mobile and the web, viewers can like or dislike a video and subscribe to the channel of the person who made it.

Two years ago, YouTube started making short videos like TikTok. After that, though, YouTube fell behind TikTok in connected TV. Because of this, the TikTok app has been available on Samsung, LG, and Google smart TVs for a while. And Amazon’s Fire TV got it for the first time in August 2020.

As the senior director of product management, Sarah Ali is in charge of the Shorts, Creation, and Community teams. She said plans have been in the works to bring Shorts to TV since the show was just an idea. “It wasn’t a matter of if but when,” she said.

Ali thinks that most people will still watch Shorts on their phones. But, with the launch of the TV experience, people will watch for longer. “Putting content on TV always brings in new viewers,” she also said.

YouTube, which Google owns, says that more than 1.5 billion users who are signed in watch Shorts every month.

Also, 135 million Americans watched YouTube on TV every month as of December 2021. Also, users have streamed more than 700 million hours of YouTube content.

Oscars: Can Will Smith be nominated?

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Can Will Smith win his second Oscar despite the controversy over the slap heard worldwide?

That’s the question Apple has to answer now that it has said it will release “Emancipation.” A movie about a slave who escapes and paid Will Smith $35 million to star and make. 

The streamer is betting that the uproar about Smith’s attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars has died, especially since Smith made an awkward video to apologize.

But even if Will Smith wins back-to-back Oscars for best actor, as Tom Hanks did. He won’t be able to pick up his award in person. He won’t even be able to get it through a satellite. 

Smith quit the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in April because he would almost certainly be kicked out. Almost right after that, the Academy Board of Governors decided to ban him from the Oscars telecast. As well as other events put on by the Academy for ten years.

The Academy can still nominate Smith for and win another Oscar, even though he can’t accept his award on TV.

It needs to be clarified how hard Smith will try to win the award or if Apple will help him in the crowded race for best actor. But Smith won’t be able to press the flesh at any gatherings of Academy members. Instead, he will have to go to events put on by groups like the SA and the Golden Globes.

Can Will Smith beat his blacklisting?

If Smith’s performance was good enough to overcome what the public thought was a “blacklisting.” The Academy’s Actors Branch can put him on their ballot for a nomination from January 12 to 17. They will make the names public on January 24.

In the movie, Smith plays Peter, a character based on the famous “Whipped Peter.” Whipped Peter was an escaped enslaved person whose picture of his beaten back. Became one of the most famous images of the anti-slavery movement during the American Civil War.

But Smith can be put forward for more than just that category.

The Academy comprises 18 branches with about 9,600 members who can vote. Each person also votes in the best picture category. In addition, there are ten spaces on their ballots for them to write their picks of movies for the year.

Smith made history last year when he was nominated for both best actor and best picture for “King Richard.” He was the second Black man to be nominated in both categories, after Denzel Washington for “Fences.” And the first Black man to produce himself in an acting win.

Emancipation makes all the difference

A theater in Washington D.C. showed “Emancipation” this past weekend. As part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Legislative Conference. Groups from the Congressional Black Caucus, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Power Rising, and #WinWithBlackWomen were there. At the event, both Smith and Fuqua spoke in person.

Early reactions from people who were there were positive.

Tonya J. Williams, the director of strategic communications for Emily’s List, called it “a powerful and gut-wrenching look at the horrors of slavery.” Will Smith, who played Peter so well, talked about how he (and we) have a place in this world by talking about Peter’s life.

Angela Rye, CEO of IMPACT Strategies, said it was “not only a powerful story about our history. But also about how strong we are as a people.”

But it’s important to note that Smith is not the only one who owns “Emancipation.” Antoine Fuqua, a respected and admired director for over 25 years, is in charge. The same person who gave Denzel Washington his long-overdue lead actor statuette for “Training Day” (2001).

If the buzz about the film’s quality is true and we’ve reached our “Fuqua moment.” Considering the Academy has only nominated six Black directors in the past 94 years.

Can Apple weather this “Emancipation” storm for all the creatives involved? Are Oscar voters and people ready to forget about the slap? Awards season will show.

President Joe Biden eyes Musk’s work relationships

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President Joe Biden recently noted that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and new owner of Twitter, has a unique relationship with other countries.

He also says Musk’s relationship is worth checking out.

However, Biden declined to elaborate on how.

President Biden

In a Wednesday conference at the White House, the President shared his thoughts on Elon Musk as a threat to the United States.

Interviewers mentioned the joint acquisition of Twitter by Musk and foreign governments.

“Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” said President Joe Biden.

“Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate – I’m not suggesting that.”

“I’m suggesting it’s worth being looked at and that’s all I’ll say.”

Read also: Hillary Clinton slams Republicans’ hypocrisy surrounding crime

Elon Musk

Conversely, the new Twitter owner is not a fan of Biden.

Elon Musk is actively criticizing the Democrats on his social media accounts.

Throughout the year, Musk accused President Joe Biden of neglecting his electric vehicle company despite his success.

Instead, Biden would favor the old automakers and their union.

As a result, Elon Musk promised to vote for the Republicans.

Read also: Scott Lennox sends threats to Republican candidate

National security reviews

Before Musk completed the $44 billion acquisition, Bloomberg reported that Biden administration officials discussed subjecting his operations to national security reviews.

According to CNN, the Biden administration dismissed the report, citing people familiar with the matter.

National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said: ‘We do not know of any such discussions.’

According to a Treasury Department spokesperson, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States does not publicly comment on transactions, which it may or may not review under law and practice.

Additionally, several foreign companies and equity investors have pledged to help Musk finance the deal, including Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was one of Twitter’s most prominent investors before Musk bought the company.


President Biden says Elon Musk’s relationships with other countries are worth looking into

High price drives inflation to 45-year high

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Milk, cheese, and eggs are going up in price at the fastest rate they have in 45 years.

In October, food prices went up 16.2% from the same time last year, which was up from 14.5% in September.

Energy and fuel price have also increased significantly since 1981, which has increased the overall inflation rate.

Many people are having difficulty making ends meet because living costs are rising.

The ONS said it was hardest on low-income households because they spent about half of their income on food and energy, while middle-income households spent about a third.

In October, inflation was 11.1%, the highest rate in 41 years. This is up from the rate of 10.1% in September.

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, is expected to say that billions of pounds and taxes will cut public spending will go up by billions of pounds in Thursday’s Autumn Statement.

The chancellor’s attempt to stop price from rising

Mr. Hunt said that his plans would try to keep prices from going up and up. But he also said that he would have to make “tough but necessary decisions” to put the economy back on track.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) keeps track of the prices of hundreds of everyday items to figure out how much it costs to live. Inflation is a way to measure how much it costs to live.

The ONS said that in October, the prices of milk, pasta, margarine, eggs, and cereal went up significantly.

Even though bills went up again last month, the main reasons for inflation were still gas and electricity prices.

The Energy Price Guarantee did slow down these price increases, keeping the average household bill at about £2,500 a year.

But the ONS said that gas and electricity prices were still about 130% and 66% higher than they were a year ago.

But it said that if the government hadn’t helped, inflation would have gone up to 13.8%.

Greg Pilley opened the Stroud Brewery & Taproom in Gloucestershire, which sells beer to pubs and shops. He told the BBC that the costs of running his business had increased by 10%.

Energy and food prices have increased since last year because of the war in Ukraine and the COVID pandemic.

As prices have increased, workers in many industries have asked for pay raises to keep up with the living cost. Some industries have even gone on strike, like the railroads.

But some economists think October’s inflation rate of 11.1% might be the highest.

The head UK economist at Capital Economics, Paul Dales, said that prices could go down if the government keeps freezing energy prices.

Raising interest rates

The Bank of England has raised interest rates to 3% to slow down inflation. It hopes that if people have to pay more to borrow money, they will spend less, demand will drop, and price increases will slow down.

But because rates are rising, the cost of mortgages and other loans is also increasing.

People don’t have money to spend, so the UK economy is slowing down. As a result, the economy will probably be in a recession by the end of the year.

The economy shrank by 0.2% from July to September, and the Bank of England said that the UK is in for a rough two-year downturn.

A recession is when an economy shrinks for two sets of three months. In the same way, a sign that the economy isn’t doing well is when companies make less money and unemployment goes up.

In many places around the world, prices are going up. For example, Germany’s rate is higher than the UK’s at 11.6%, while prices in the US went up by 7.7% in the year leading up to October.

But the UK’s economy is doing worse than other large countries, and it is smaller than before the COVID pandemic.

Is twitter experiencing a crisis under Musk?

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On Twitter today, everyone is saying goodbye.

There are a lot of people using the hashtag “RIPTwitter,” and a lot of Twitter users are rushing to save their information.

They also tell you where to find them elsewhere (consumer champion Martin Lewis, who has two million Twitter followers, has set himself up on Mastodon, although he admits he still needs to learn how to use it).

Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, is not one to miss a trend, so he tweeted a tombstone meme with the Twitter logo.

A lot of people who work for Twitter are leaving. A week after he bought the platform, Mr. Musk fired half of the people who worked for him. He sent an email to his remaining workers telling them they had to work in “hardcore” conditions, which made many of them quit.

According to their Twitter bios, many people leaving are engineers, developers, and coders. These are the people behind Twitter.

Let’s look at the bluebird’s two biggest flaws, which could quickly make it fall off its perch.

Could they hack Twitter?

The first is the most obvious: a hack that does much damage.

Like all big websites, including this one, the BBC, Twitter will constantly be attacked by evil people and even the government. Millions of people follow the personal Twitter accounts of world leaders, politicians, and famous people. As we have seen before, this is an easy target for hackers who want many people to see their scam.

Or, they might want it to go away, so they send a lot of web traffic to it to see if it goes down because it’s too busy. There will always be attempts like this because a battle never ends.

In the 21st century, cybersecurity is or should be an essential part of how every business runs. But Lea Kissner left Twitter last week. She was in charge of cyber security there. So she may still need to be replaced. (Twitter also doesn’t have a communications team, so asking isn’t easy.)

Most likely, the security of Twitter is critical. You can use more than just a piece of string to run a website that 300 million people visit every month. But you have to keep being tough over time.

Think about how often you update your phone or computer to keep it safe. That’s because security holes you didn’t know you had are constantly being found, and it’s the provider’s job to send you a fix.

Servers in danger

The second thing that could go wrong is that someone with a grudge can shut down the servers.

Without servers, there would be no Twitter (Facebook, Instagram or our digital world.)

The bodies of these platforms are powerful computers called servers. They are there in the data centers. These are warehouses full of computer servers essential to how online businesses work. The world runs because of servers.

All of these machines heat up a lot. This is why they must keep data centers cool and have a steady electricity supply.

As data moves from one server to another, they must update and replace them. One or more of these things could go wrong. If it did, it would happen quickly and in a big way.

The nuclear option

Elon Musk knows all of this. So let’s not think that he doesn’t, shall we? He could also act like a fool, though.

We need to find out who’s watching right now.

Yesterday, I thought more people were looking at Twitter than we thought.

I told a story about an astronomer locked out of her account  because of a mistake made by automated moderation tools. She thought she had broken the rules. No one from Twitter or Mr. Musk’s other companies got back to me or talked to her. But they fixed her account by the end of the day.

Read Also: Elon Musk gives leave or stay ultimatum

Someone was paying attention somewhere on Twitter. That could be what enough of them are doing.

Musk could declare Twitter bankrupt and shut it down as a third option. Still, he seems to like being Chief Twit for the time being.

Ticketmaster cancels tickets to Taylor Swift

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Tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert sold out so quickly on Ticketmaster that most people still need to buy them.

Thursday, Ticketmaster, the company selling tickets to the singer’s US tour, stopped selling them to the public. It said that the demand for tickets was very high and that there needed to be more tickets left.

It has already pre-sold more than two million tickets to specific groups.

People have said bad things about the company after the demand crashed its website.

The company said that a “staggering number of bot attacks” and high demand were to blame for the problems. Since she first came out in 2006, Taylor Swift has had a steady stream of hits.

The company said that more than 3.5 million Swifties, which her fans are called, had already signed up as “verified fans.” In hopes of getting tickets for her 52-city US tour before it went on sale to the public.

On Tuesday, November 15, these one-of-a-kind fans went on sale.

People with a credit card from Capital One, the company that is paying for the 52-city tour, could buy tickets before the general public.

Even though there were problems during the pre-sale that Ticketmaster said affected about 15% of all site interactions. The company said it still sold more than 2 million tickets, the most tickets ever sold for an artist in one day.

Thursday, Ticketmaster said that the public sale scheduled for Friday would not happen.

Ticketmaster says that the pre-sale system will stop bots and people who sell tickets for a lot of money from getting seats.

But the problems with the process have made people angry again. The public has accused the company of abusing its power over the industry for a long time.

Widespread criticism of Ticketmaster

Earlier this year, on an episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight. John Oliver, a British comedian, said that Ticketmaster is “one of the hated companies in the world.” He said it was to blame for how expensive concerts are, the cost, and how hard it is to get tickets.

Pearl Jam talked about how worried they were that Ticketmaster was the biggest ticket seller in the 1990s.

Since then, the company has only grown stronger. It bought Live Nation in 2010, which runs a lot of the country’s event venues and has a business that manages artists.

US Democratic lawmakers spoke up again during the chaos of the Taylor Swift pre-sale.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice did not answer a request for comment about Taylor Swift.

The government already keeps an eye on Ticketmaster, and put more oversight in place when it approved LiveNation purchase.

A few years ago, regulators found that the company had broken the terms of the agreement, so they made the oversight last longer.

And last month, US Vice President Joe Biden expressed his worries about the monopolies in the economy. He also said that his government would consider whether concert tickets should have fees.

The top policy analyst at the American Economic Liberties Project is Krista Brown. She is part of a group of artists and other people working together to break up Ticketmaster.

She said she hoped that Taylor Swift’s many angry fans would pressure the government to do something.

But it needs to be clarified if that will help fans who didn’t get to see Taylor Swift in concert get over their disappointment.

Elon Musk gives ‘stay or leave’ ultimatum

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Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, told employees that they have until Thursday evening to do “extremely hardcore” work or leave the company. CNN got a copy of an internal email sent late at night by the billionaire.

Musk wrote in the memo, “Going forward, if we want to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and do well in a world that is getting more and more competitive, we will have to be very tough.” “This means I’ll have to work hard for a long time. The only way to get a passing grade is to do well.”

Musk says in the memo that Twitter will be “much more engineering-driven,” and then he gives the staff a choice. “If you want to be part of the new Twitter, click yes on the link below,” the email said, sending staff to what looked like an online form.

Musk said that any worker who has yet to leave by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET would get three months’ pay. Washington Post first reported the memo.

The email comes after Musk, and Twitter employees have had public and private fights about how he runs the company. It also comes after Musk fired Twitter’s top executives, got rid of the board of directors. And let go of about half the staff, including key roles in the curation, wellness, public policy, and other teams.

Wednesday, he talked about his Tesla pay package in a trial in Delaware. Musk said that he thinks Twitter’s “fundamental organizational restructuring” will be done by the end of this week. But he said that even though he has spent most of his time on Twitter. Unlike his other businesses in the past few weeks, he thinks this will only sometimes be the case.

Elon Musk and his lofty ambitions for Twitter

Elon Musk has set big goals for how he wants to change the platform. He wants to improve the company’s bottom line quickly, so he gives his staff goals and tells them to work hard to reach them. Sadly, Musk is also said to have asked employees to do things that were not clear. For example, you could ask them to print out dozens of pages of code they just wrote and then change direction.

At least one Twitter worker tweeted about sleeping on the office floor. Musk said he has slept on the floor in a Tesla factory while working up to 120 hours a week.

Read Also: Jeff Bezos commits more of his wealth to charity

Elon Musk has faced  pushback and worry from Twitter employees. In one case, employees gave Musk and his team a document with concerns about his plan to start a system where users could pay to get a verification checkmark. This happened earlier this month. Musk launched the system but didn’t use many of the suggested safety measures. And some of the employees’ worst fears came actual quickly. So, two days after the system went live, Twitter stopped rolling it out and said Tuesday that he plans to start it up again later this month.

Musk told the staff that he appreciated them no matter their decisions.