Biden’s Student Debt Red Line | Texts Are The New Spam | CIO Next List 2022


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Discussions about student loan forgiveness are back on the table as President Joe Biden signals openness to
cancel “some” debts, but without meeting the more ambitious demands of fellow Democrats. We’re also looking at why retailers are resorting to text messages to send ads to customers and listing the top 50 Chief Information Officers. Finally, don’t miss this story looking at why Israeli citizenship is the second most common dual nationality among Russian-born billionaires.

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The U.S. recorded the first human infection of the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus in the country, state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. 

Elon Musk sold more than 4.4 million shares of electric car company Tesla earlier this week for just under $4 billion. Selling shares is one way to build up the funding to buy Twitter—the deal is expected to be funded partially by borrowing against pledged company stock.

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Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner is pledging $100 million to launch a new initiative to help Ukrainian refugees displaced by Russia’s invasion, the latest effort from the Silicon Valley mogul to distance himself from the Kremlin-linked sources that helped him build his fortune more than a decade ago.

President Joe Biden said he's considering canceling "some" debt for federal student loan borrowers, but he won’t be going as far as canceling $50,000 in debt per borrower, which is what a number of top congressional Democrats had been requesting.

Despite missing
first quarter revenue estimates, shares of Facebook parent company Meta surged roughly 13% on Thursday after reporting solid user growth, which bounced back from a small decline in the previous quarter.

As emails and social media ads have become less effective,
retailers are increasingly turning to texts, the once-private domain reserved for conversations with family and friends—their open rates speak for themselves.

Cerebral’s former vice president of product and engineering is
suing the mental health startup, alleging he was fired for speaking up about unlawful and unethical business practices, including overprescribing ADHD medications and failing to report patient data breaches.

The second annual
Forbes CIO Next list highlights 50 technology leaders who have embraced a broader vision of their role—a passion for using technology to help shape the future of business.

Today's Must Read

Why Israel Became A Safe Haven For Russian Billionaires
Why Israel Became A Safe Haven For Russian Billionaires

Israel’s is one of the most common second passports among Russian-born billionaires–and a crackdown on so-called “golden passport” programs in Europe means it’s only going to get more popular among the super-rich looking for a quick escape.

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Nikola Inc., which aims to be a leader in battery- and hydrogen-powered heavy trucks, has begun production of electric semis at its new Arizona plant, getting to market at least a year ahead of Elon Musk’s delayed Tesla Semi.


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Today's Must Watch

The Countries With The Most Billionaires 2022


The Countries With The Most Billionaires 2022

The world’s billionaires hail from all over the globe, with citizens of 75 countries or territories on six continents claiming a spot on Forbes’ 36th annual billionaires list. In all, we found 2,668 ten-figure fortunes this year–down from 2,755 last year.


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