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Hello fellow web crawlers! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Today’s top stories are about: a ransomware group that claims they’ve hacked the Federal Reserve, the Goodreads drama surrounding an author who wrote a mean-spirited book about one of his readers, a roundup of the best Justin Timberlake memes stemming from his recent arrest, and 5 examples of electric vehicle fails

After that, Tricia has a “Digital Democracy” column for you. 

Until next time,

— K.D.

⚡ Today in Internet Culture

Ransomware group threatens Federal Reserve—claims it hacked America’s ‘banking secrets’

The cybercrime group claims it grabbed ’33 terabytes’ of data from the Fed.


‘On to StoryGraph I fear’: Reader gets ‘disgusting’ book written about her. She can’t believe Goodreads’ response

An author wrote a sexually explicit book about a Goodreads user who criticized his work, and now she claims Goodreads is siding with him


The best of the Justin Timberlake ‘What Tour?’ memes

The ‘Trolls’ star’s recent arrest has proven a source of mirth for us all.


‘Babes..that’s more than gas!’: 5 electric car failures that will surprise you

While EVs are often considered the future of transportation, drivers have reported a series of frustrating issues with these cutting-edge cars.


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👩‍💻 Digital Democracy

By Tricia Crimmins
Senior Reporter

Chicago Mayor gets backlash for Black Reparations Task Force executive order
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Chicago Mayor gets backlash for Black Reparations Task Force executive order

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🕸️ Crawling the Web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🦷 A dietitian is making a recommendation for people who snack often to maintain dental health and prevent cavities—something that snacking makes people more susceptible to.

🚗 This mechanic got a lot of attention after he warned people what will happen if you don’t change your oil in your car.

👗 Nobody wants to show up in the same dress as someone else, but for four high schoolers, their worst nightmare came true after their parents purportedly colluded to have them all wear the same dress on their prom night.

✈️ Spirit Airlines is coming under fire foroffering passengers a $50 voucher after a water landing scare.

🚰 There are certain items you should never put down your garbage disposal, such as coffee grounds, eggshells, and grease. But in a TikTok with 3.4 million views, a plumber reveals the most harmful chaos agent for your sink.

👮 From the Daily Dot archive: A background check company is secretly paying cops on TikTok to push its services.

📝 Question of the Day

Everyone’s got opinions, and we want to know yours. Just click a button below to answer the question, and tomorrow we will let you know how fellow web crawlers like you answered. 


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🤳 Today’s Viral Video

“American flag overalls, most patriotic outfit of all time” 😂

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