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Actor climbs Empire State Building
🔑 Key Stories
Omegle Shutting Down
Omegle is shutting down, its founder announced
Founded in 2009, Omegle was a video chat app that paired users with anonymous strangers. Originally popular a decade ago, social media trends led the app to experience a resurgence in recent years
But Omegle came under criticism for allegedly giving sex predators a platform to harass users, including children. In February, the BBC reported that there had been 50 lawsuits related to Omegle since 2021
On Thursday, its founder announced Omegle would shut down. He said running it had become too much “financially [and] psychologically”
The decision came roughly a week after the site settled a lawsuit filed in Oregon accusing it of pairing an 11-year-old girl with a sexual abuser. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, although a lawyer for the girl told Wired that the “permanent shutdown of Omegle was a term negotiated between Omegle and our client” in the settlement
Amnesty for Catalonia
Spain’s Socialist Party offered amnesty to Catalan separatists in exchange for political support
Catalonia is a region of northeastern Spain with Barcelona as its capital. A secessionist movement gained traction there in the early 2010s, and in 2017, the region held a referendum to secede from Spain. Spain called that illegal and arrested many of its leaders
On Thursday, Spain’s Socialist-led government offered amnesty to Catalan separatists. In exchange, a Catalonian political party will support Socialists in government, allowing the party to remain in power
Opposition groups called the deal a “coup” and vowed to challenge it
Thousands of protesters gathered outside the offices of the Socialist Party headquarters, with many chanting “end the treason.” A leader of Spain’s major center-right party called the deal the “beginning of the end of the rule of law”
Socialist politicians defended the move as a good-faith effort to restore ties with Catalonia and move past the 2017 secession crisis
On Thursday, the former head of a center-right party in Catalonia was shot in the face in Madrid. A motive has not been established, and a manhunt is underway for the shooter. The official strongly opposed the amnesty deal, writing on X shortly before the shooting that it would “crush the rule of law” in Spain. His life is reportedly not in danger
Actors Strike To End
Hollywood actors struck a deal with film studios to end a four-month strike
In July, SAG-AFTRA – a union representing 160,000+ actors – called a strike to demand higher wages, benefits, and protections against AI. AMPTP, which represents studios, said its members could not afford those terms
The strike coincided with a screenwriters strike, which ended in September with a new labor deal
On Wednesday, SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP struck a deal that both sides called favorable for actors. The deal means Hollywood can resume work
The terms of the deal haven’t been released, but SAG-AFTRA said it is valued at $1B+, increases actors’ minimum salaries, includes a new “streaming participation” bonus, and implements more safeguards against studios using AI to replicate images and voices
AMPTP said it “looks forward to the industry resuming the work of telling great stories” and added that the deal gave SAG-AFTRA “the biggest…gains in the history of the union”
Luis Díaz’s Father Released
The father of Liverpool soccer player Luis Díaz was released on Thursday weeks after being kidnapped by a Colombian guerilla group
Díaz, 26, plays for Premier League club Liverpool and Colombia’s national team. On October 28, his parents were kidnapped by the ELN, a guerilla group. His mother was rescued but his father remained missing
On Sunday, after scoring a late equalizing goal for Liverpool, Díaz revealed a shirt that read, “Libertad Para Papa” (“Freedom for Papa”)
The ELN called Díaz a “symbol of Colombia” and the abduction of his father an “error.” On Thursday, it released his father. He is reportedly in good health
Humanitarian Pauses in Gaza
Israel will hold daily four-hour humanitarian pauses to enable civilians to flee heavy fighting
Israel has repeatedly denied calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. For weeks, though, the Biden administration has pressured Israel to enact “humanitarian pauses,” or brief pauses in fighting to allow civilians to flee and to potentially allow Hamas to release more hostages
On Thursday, Israel began implementing daily 4-hour pauses with 3-hour advance warnings. It also opened a second evacuation route for civilians to flee south
“It’s taken a little longer than I hoped,” President Biden said of Israel’s implementation of the pauses
In related news, several news outlets cited anonymous sources as claiming that Netanyahu had rejected Hamas’s offer to release hostages in exchange for a ceasefire. One of Hamas’s offers reportedly included the release of children, women, the elderly, and the sick in exchange for a five-day ceasefire. Those claims could not be verified
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Where streams come true: Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a beta app merging Disney+ and Hulu for dual bundle subscribers next month
Dallas Climbers Club: Actor Jared Leto became the first person to legally climb to the top of the Empire State Building, announcing his band Thirty Seconds to Mars’ upcoming world tour
Glovetime: Superstar MLB free agent Shohei Ohtani announced he’s donating ~60K youth baseball gloves to ~20K elementary schools in Japan
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Museum of Intolerance: Los Angeles police intervened at the Museum of Tolerance, where fights erupted during a film screening about the Hamas attack on Israel
Eye-opening advancement: NYU Langone Health surgeons successfully performed the first-ever full eye transplant, a feat many considered impossible
Take My Badge Away: A Sydney police officer pointed his gun at a younger colleague over a “Top Gun: Maverick” spoiler joke, prompting the junior officer to quit the force and lose faith in it
👇🏻 What do you think?
Have you ever used Omegle?
See yesterday's results below the Wrap!
🗣 20 Questions
Every Friday, we ask the Roca readers 20 questions, then feature our favorite answers the following week.
"Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight. That's what you've earned here, tonight. One game. 20 Questions." - Miracle, 2004
We're coming up on the biggest travel weekend of the year, Thanksgiving weekend. In honor of the weekend, let's do an incredibly exciting edition of 20 Questions, "Travel: This or That." Let's talk traveling pet peeves, preferences, hopes, frustrations, and more.
Thank you, as always, for choosing Roca. Have an amazing weekend!
Here's the link. Have an AMAZING WEEKEND!
🌊 Roca Clubhouse
Do you use public internet networks like airport Wi-Fi frequently?
Have you watched the TV show “Friends”?
Susan: “Yes, we have a watch Friends many times. We are so sorry about Matthew Perry’s death.”
Claudia from Santa Rosa, California: "Yes, I have watched Friends. I own the entire series and watch it quite a lot. I'm an oldster, so I watched it when it first came out and all through the length of the series. Loved it. Funny most of the time, but timely and sad and on point some of the time as well. And yes, Chandler was my favorite because of his vulnerability, wit, and sarcasm."
Sarah from Peneng, Malaysia: "Friends was airing when I was in high school and my mother wouldn't let me watch it. I wanted to so bad because all my friends were and everyone loved it. So one of the first things that I did when I got to college was binge all 10 seasons!! Since then, for more years than I would like to admit, I have watched Friends almost every day! I was devastated when they took Friends off of Netflix, but have since moved to a country where Netflix still has it :). I cannot fall asleep at night without Friends playing. I even have a tattoo honoring the show and what it has meant to me over the years. "
Last Week's 20 Qs Responses:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit answering 20 Questions" - Airplane!, 1980
The news cycle over the last month has been absolutely brutal. So last week, we gave you a comedy-themed 20 Questions. We are excited to read your answers!
Thank you, as always, for choosing Roca. Have an amazing weekend!
Your favorite Rom Com?
When Harry met Sally
You've Got Mail
Your favorite late-night comedy?
The funniest animated movie?
Emperor's New Groove
Do you have a go-to joke? If so, what is it?
“I only seem to get sick on weekdays. I must have a weekend immune system”
“When does a regular joke become a dad joke? When it becomes aparent”
“What is the last thing a redneck says before he dies? "Hey Ya'll watch me do this"
Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, or Adam Sandler?
Equal love for all!
Pitch Perfect or Mean Girls?
Mean Girls, clear winner
Favorite old-school comedy?
I Love Lucy
Favorite animated comedy TV show?
Favorite non-animated comedy TV show?
A dramatic movie that also has some very funny moments?
Good Will Hunting
A comedy that also has some very dramatic moments?
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Who's your favorite standup comedian?
Who's your favorite talk-show host?
What's the funniest podcast?
Not Another D&D Podcast
Conan O'Brian Needs a Friend
Name a funny TV character
Do comedians deserve bonus points for being clean?
Winning anwser: NO
Would you want to be roasted at a live stand-up show?
Winning answer: YES
The brand with the funniest commercials?
A book that you find hilarious?
Catcher in the Rye
Confederacy of Dunces
The Rosie Project
Most overrated comedy TV show of all time?
🧠 Final Thoughts
That's all we've got for this week. Have awesome weekends, do the 20 Questions, and see you on Monday!
—Max and Max