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Cash App Founder Bob Lee Dead At 43 After Being Stabbed

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Bob Lee, a co-founder of Cash App and the chief product officer of cryptocurrency startup MobileCoin, was slain in a stabbing assault in San Francisco on April 4th. He was 43.

The San Francisco Police Department said in a statement that officers went to a stabbing complaint around 2:35 a.m. and found a wounded man. He was treated at the site before being taken to the hospital, where he died from his life-threatening injuries. There have been no charges in the case, which is still being investigated.

Although authorities have not confirmed the man’s name, sources informed NBC Bay Area that Lee was the stabbing victim. Josh Goldbard, CEO of MobileCoin, also verified his colleague’s death.

“Our dear friend and colleague, Bob Lee, passed away yesterday at the age of 43, survived by a loving family and a collection of close friends and collaborators,” he wrote on the website of MobileCoin’s newly launched payment app Moby. “Bob was a dynamo, a natural force.” “Bob was the real deal.”

Lee was known as “Crazy Bob” on Twitter and among his pals. And, as Goldbard puts it, he “got his nickname from water polo, but it also worked for the rest of his life.” He was someone who understood the universe in ways that I don’t even comprehend. He was created for the planet that is currently being born. Bob was a dreamer, and whatever he envisioned, no matter how crazy, he made come true. Bob was born to live in the new universe.”

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Lee was known as “Crazy Bob” on Twitter and among his pals.

“From large contributions to Android at Google to being the first CTO of Square, in that time creating CashApp, and working with us here at MobileCoin, Bob surely had an impact that will last far beyond his short time on earth,” Goldbard said of Lee.

“This may sound impressive, but Bob’s real resume is the hearts and minds he touched during his time here,” he continued. Bob’s legacy is the belief that if you strive hard enough, you can make a difference. His daughters are Bob’s legacy.”

According to numerous news outlets, Lee is survived by his wife, Krista Lee and their two children.

“Steve Jobs once said, ‘Real Artists ship.’ Bob was a true artist who delivered his work. He was honored to be a member of MobileCoin’s Society of cryptographic artists. Here’s to the outlandish. Bob, we will miss you. “We adore you,” Goldbard ended in his note. “For the time being, MobileCoin will lament. We now focus on honoring Bob’s legacy by keeping his loved ones near.”

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2023: China Insurance Boss Jailed For Life In Corruption Crackdown

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Wang Bin, the former chairman of China Life Insurance, is the latest high-profile executive imprisoned as Beijing’s crackdown on the financial industry continues.

According to a court judgment obtained by the BBC, Mr. Wang was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.

According to the verdict, the sentence will be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole after two years.

Authorities warned in April that the crackdown was far from over.

A court in Jinan, Shandong Province, eastern China, found Mr Wang guilty of accepting 325 million yuan ($44.6 million; £35.7 million) in bribery.

Mr Wang, the Communist Party chairman of the company, was also sentenced to a year in prison for illegally concealing 54.2 million yuan in offshore investments.

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Wang Bin, the former chairman of China Life Insurance, is the latest high-profile executive imprisoned as Beijing’s crackdown on the financial industry continues.

He is the latest executive from a big Chinese financial firm caught up in President Xi Jinping’s two-year-long drive on corruption in the $60 trillion (£48 trillion) industry.

After being found guilty of corruption and bigamy, Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of Huarong, one of China’s largest state-controlled asset management enterprises, was killed in 2021.

In the same year, former China Development Bank chairman Hu Huaibang was sentenced to life in prison in a bribery case involving 85.5 million yuan.

Bao Fan, the CEO of China Renaissance Holdings and one of the country’s most prominent billionaire bankers has been “cooperating in an investigation being carried out by certain authorities” since his disappearance in February this year.

An inquiry into Bank of China party chief Liu Liang was initiated in March. Mr. Liu is suspected of “serious violations of discipline and law,” according to investigators.

Authorities announced in April that they were looking into Li Xiaopeng, the former chairman of state-owned asset management firm China Everbright Group.

Fan Yifei, the country’s vice governor, was arrested in June for suspected bribery and is currently under criminal investigation. He was also kicked out of the Communist Party.

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Shein hit With Lawsuit Citing RICO Violations, A Law Originally Used Against Organized Crime

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Shein, China’s fast fashion shop, is facing a lawsuit alleging that the garment company’s copyright theft is so brazen that it amounts to racketeering.

According to the filing this week, Shein is in breach of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, also known as RICO, designed to prosecute organized crime.

“Shein has grown rich by committing individual infringements over and over again, as part of a long and continuous pattern of racketeering, which shows no sign of abating,” according to the petition.

According to the lawsuit, the company uses a “byzantine shell game of a corporate structure” to rip off designers in an organized attempt to generate as many as 6,000 new goods each day, a concerted illicit operation that may best be combated through the application of RICO legislation.

The case is only the latest in many challenges for x. In May, a bipartisan group of two dozen senators petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to halt Shein’s IPO unless it could prove it does not use forced labor from the country’s mostly Muslim Uyghur community.

The case, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California by three fashion designers, claims that “Shein produced, distributed, and sold exact copies of their creative work.”

“At issue here, inexplicably, are truly exact copies of copyrightable graphic design appearing on Shein products,” according to the civil claim.

Shein has yet to respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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Shein, China’s fast fashion shop, is facing a lawsuit alleging that the garment company’s copyright theft is so brazen that it amounts to racketeering.

The designers seek unspecified monetary damages and injunctive relief to deter additional racketeering activities.

The company has yet to state if it intends to go public this year, but there are reports that the business is raising funds in preparation for a listing in the United States before the end of the year.

Shein spokesperson Peter Pernot-Day stated that the company values transparency throughout its supply chain.

However, a Congressional investigation released last month leveled a scathing attack on Shein and another Chinese clothes retailer, Temu.

The study is part of an ongoing Congressional investigation into products sold to American consumers that may have been manufactured in China using forced labor. As part of the investigation, the committee addressed letters to Nike, Adidas, Shein, and Temu in early May, requesting information about their compliance with the anti-forced labor statute.

According to the comany, the company’s “policy is to comply with the customs and import laws of the countries in which we operate.” It further stated that it has “zero tolerance” for forced labor and has established a strong mechanism to ensure compliance with US law.

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The New York Times Disbands Sports Department And Will Rely On Coverage From The Athletic

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The New York Times is closing its sports department and will instead rely on coverage from The Athletic, a website it purchased for $550 million last year.

According to The New York Times, the decision affects more than 35 personnel in the sports department. Journalists on the sports desk will be reassigned to other positions within the newsroom, with no layoffs anticipated.

“Though we recognise that this decision will disappoint some, we believe it is the right one for readers and will allow us to maximise the respective strengths of The Times’ and The Athletic’s newsrooms,” New York Times Co. Chairman A.G. Sulzberger and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien wrote in a letter to staff on Monday. According to the changes, sports coverage will be extended.

“Under our plan,” they said, “the digital homepage, newsletters, social feeds, sports landing page, and print section will draw from even more of the approximately 150 stories The Athletic produces each day chronicling leagues, teams, and players across the United States and the globe.”

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The New York Times is closing its sports department and will instead rely on coverage from The Athletic, a website it purchased for $550 million last year.

The New York Times sports writers have won multiple Pulitzer Prizes over the years, notably Arthur Daley in 1956 for his column “Sports of the Times.” Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith provided commentary in 1976, and Dave Anderson provided commentary in 1981.

The New York Times Co. announced early last year that it would acquire The Athletic as part of a drive to grow its audience of paying subscribers at a time when the newspaper print ad business is declining.

Unlike many local news agencies, the company earned millions of subscribers during Donald Trump’s administration and the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has been actively broadening its coverage with lifestyle advice, games, and recipes to help offset a downturn from the 2020 political news traffic spike.

Following more than two years of negotiations, including a 24-hour walkout, the Times negotiated a new labor agreement with its newsroom union in May. Salary increases, an agreement on hybrid work, and other advantages were included in the pact.

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