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No. 24 Tech Rallies to Overpower UCF for 2-0 Start

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ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 24 Georgia Tech volleyball furthered its strong start to the season with a 3-1 win over UCF on Saturday. The Jackets dropped the first set to the tournament host, but roared back with three straight victories to earn a chance of coming out of the UCF Challenge unscathed. Tech’s 2-0 start marks the first occurrence for the Gold and White since 2016.

Junior Julia Bergmann took the lead offensively against the Knights as she tallied 21 kills to go with 11 digs as well as three total blocks for a double double. Senior Matti McKissock had another solid outing on the day as the offense ran through her on the way to 43 assists. Freshman Bianca Bertolino stepped up across the board to make an impact for the Jackets as she picked up her first collegiate double double with 13 kills and 14 digs along with three total blocks and a pair of assists.

Volleyball vs. UCF

Aug. 27, 2021 (Conor Kvatek)

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How it Happened

Following a historic win over No. 12 Penn State in the morning, Tech sputtered of the gates in the first set as UCF worked its way up to a 10-4 lead. The Jackets trimmed the Knights’ lead down to three at a tally of 14-11 with a three-point run, but a counter run by UCF put the Knights up 20-12 as they went on to take the set, 25-17.

Georgia Tech got going earlier in the second set, building its way up to a 9-5 lead. UCF battled back to take a 14-13 lead and managed to hang onto it until the two sides were square at 20 apiece. From there, the two teams traded blows until extra points were required as Bergmann stepped up with back-to-back kills for a 26-24 set victory to even the match.

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Despite an early battle into double digit points, the Jackets rolled in the third set to take 15 of the last 19 points, including runs of three, four and five points, to cruise to a 25-15 set victory.

As UCF eyed a fifth set, the Knights jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the fourth set. Although a four-point run drew the Jackets within a point, UCF clung to the lead as deep into the set as holding a 22-18 lead. Tech negated to relent, however, as the Yellow Jackets rallied to take seven of the next eight points thanks in large part to kills from Bergmann, Bertolino and junior Erin Moss. Tech would win the set, 25-23, to claim the overall match, 3-1.

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Tech will wrap up its UCF Challenge play by taking on St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Live stats will be available here.

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We’re set to take on UCF❕ You can catch us live on ESPN + this time 🍿

📺: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ#TogetherWeSwarm /// #poinTech pic.twitter.com/IJfztvxcif

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 27, 2021

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S1 | @mariibrambilla is just too strong 💪

🐝9⃣

⚔️1⃣4⃣

📺 on @ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/ITeXg8RJOy

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 27, 2021

The Knights take the first set. Regroup. pic.twitter.com/dsQ02Sp6dT

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 27, 2021

S2 | Julia Bergmann comes through with back-to-back kills including an ♠️ACE♠️ to force a UCF timeout 🎯 Jackets in control early❕

🐝9⃣

⚔️5⃣

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UCF leads the match 1⃣-0⃣ pic.twitter.com/GX7M3GHq2y

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 27, 2021

S2 | RETURN TO SENDER 🙅‍♀️

🐝1⃣9⃣

⚔️2⃣0⃣

UCF leads the match 1⃣-0⃣

📺 on @ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/12TNVFeCj9

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— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 27, 2021

S2 | Julia Bergmann comes through with two CRUCIAL final kills to give the Jackets the second set 👏👏

🐝2⃣6⃣

⚔️2⃣4⃣

The match is tied 1⃣-1⃣

📺 on @ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/Rr1JbL5D8k

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

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We’re 🔒 at 1⃣. Keep the momentum going. pic.twitter.com/hJjtzYwY4H

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

S3 | The first 3⃣ points of the set go to the Jackets after a @brelandtm11 kill❕

🐝3⃣

⚔️0⃣

The match is tied 1⃣-1⃣ pic.twitter.com/b27cEoI6W9

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

S3 | Receive-set-kill. Simple🔥

🐝9⃣

⚔️9⃣

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The match is tied 1⃣-1⃣

Tune into @ESPN+ to catch the action📺: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/YLBeV0A8Ao

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

S3 | @mariibrambilla catching the defense 😴 with the ♠️ACE♠️ as Tech is on a 🖐️-point run❕🔥🔥🔥

🐝2⃣3⃣

⚔️1⃣4⃣

The match is tied 1⃣-1⃣

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📺 on @ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/JK46tboBzR

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

✌️ straight for the Jackets❕ pic.twitter.com/yptd0CxsVF

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

S4 | Too 🔥 to handle😅 That’s 1⃣6⃣ kills for Bergmann now plus 🔟 digs for a double double 👏👏

🐝1⃣0⃣

⚔️1⃣3⃣

Tech leads the match 2⃣-1⃣

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📺 on @ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/CEE9IF82gK

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

2️⃣-0️⃣❕ Enough said😉#TogetherWeSwarm /// #poinTech pic.twitter.com/gLayUBne2X

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

✌️ opportunities, ✌️ W’s

The Jackets have a chance to sweep the UCF Challenge as they wrap up their competition in Orlando with St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.#TogetherWeSwarm /// #poinTech pic.twitter.com/85HyashgXu

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

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A ✨𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓯𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓪𝓵✨ view of match point❕

📺@ESPN+: https://t.co/oc53bxz9TQ pic.twitter.com/4CKO7O83FS

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

Congrats to @GTVolleyball on a great opening day! #poinTech #TogetherWeSwarm https://t.co/Eg5s80uuo5

— Todd Stansbury (@GTToddStansbury) August 28, 2021

Decent start to the season. NBD. https://t.co/5s3uxkFkYj

— Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (@GTAthletics) August 28, 2021

Describe a 2-0 start in two pictures: pic.twitter.com/i5vuTPUnO5

— Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (@GTAthletics) August 28, 2021

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🗣: Post-match thoughts from Coach @collmich on the win over UCF and a 2️⃣-0️⃣ start to the season 🎙#TogetherWeSwarm /// #poinTech pic.twitter.com/wi3g5Efx2A

— Georgia Tech Volleyball (@GTVolleyball) August 28, 2021

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Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’

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Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.

If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.

Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.

For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021

But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.

A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.

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Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021

Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021

Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.

In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”

Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.

Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.

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The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”

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Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures

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Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.

Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.

It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.

Their concerns were quickly validated, with anti-extremism researcher Kristofer Goldsmith tweeting a screenshot of a far-right call-to-action circulating on Telegram: “Due to the new privacy policy at Twitter, things now unexpectedly work more in our favor.”

“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.

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Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.

Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.

“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.

In announcing the privacy policy on Tuesday, Twitter noted that “sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm.”

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But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

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By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”

“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.

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Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream

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At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”

On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.

Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.

Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.

The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.

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Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.

The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.

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The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.

Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.

In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.

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Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.

Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.

But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.

“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.

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