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Brush up on Mario Kart, celebrate 10 years of 'Lilyhammer' and get to know Razzlekhan

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Brush up on Mario Kart, celebrate 10 years of 'Lilyhammer' and get to know Razzlekhan
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This week we’re getting nostalgic with “Lilyhammer,” honing our turtle-throwing skills and learning everything we ever wanted to know (and then some) about the self-proclaimed “Crocodile of Wall Street.”

Prepare for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo announced this week that Mario Kart fans will get a whopping 48 new and remastered courses in the coming months, starting with an eight-course DLC release on March 18. Time to practice your turtle-slinging skills!

Everything you need to know about Razzlekhan

The tale of Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein, accused by the DOJ of attempting to launder $3.6 billion worth of stolen bitcoin, will undoubtedly be made into a movie — if only for the fact that Morgan released countless songs and music videos featuring her rap star alter ego, Razzlekhan. Verge reporter Mitchell Clark listened to all of her songs, watched countless clips, read the articles she penned for Forbes and reviewed slides of a presentation she gave on scamming — and lived to tell the tale.

‘Raising Dion’ is good sci-fi for the whole family

“Raising Dion,” a family-friendly sci-fi show about a Black kid with superpowers whose best friends include a girl in a wheelchair and his former bully, is a true gem that doesn’t shy away from heavy subjects. Season 2 dropped on Netflix earlier this month, and it’s already become a Saturday night staple for my family.

A well researched response to the metaverse

The metaverse backlash is here! So far, though, it’s not very sophisticated, and mostly boils down to what I like to call the Sims argument (“We’ve all been doing this for years now”) and the 3D TV argument (“No one will ever do this”). Confusingly, some people even argue both. That’s why it’s extremely refreshing to see Some More News devote 44 well researched minutes to the subject, and raise some very good points. Plus, it’s very entertaining, even without Warmbo.

A decade of ‘Lilyhammer’

Time flies! It’s been 10 years since the release of Netflix’s first original show. No, we’re not talking “House of Cards,” but “Lilyhammer,” a mildly funny but fairly inconsequential comedy about a mob boss who finds himself in Norway to escape prison. You can read Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos' writing about the anniversary on the company’s website, or just give the show another shot, for old times’ sake.

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Enterprise

UiPath had a rocky few years. Rob Enslin wants to turn it around.

Protocol caught up with Enslin, named earlier this year as UiPath’s co-CEO, to discuss why he left Google Cloud, the untapped potential of robotic-process automation, and how he plans to lead alongside founder Daniel Dines.

Rob Enslin, UiPath's co-CEO, chats with Protocol about the company's future.

Photo: UiPath

UiPath has had a shaky history.

The company, which helps companies automate business processes, went public in 2021 at a valuation of more than $30 billion, but now the company’s market capitalization is only around $7 billion. To add insult to injury, UiPath laid off 5% of its staff in June and then lowered its full-year guidance for fiscal year 2023 just months later, tanking its stock by 15%.

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Figma’s chief product officer: We can do more with Adobe

Yuhki Yamashita thinks Figma might tackle video or 3D objects someday.

Figman CPO Yuhki Yamashita told Protocol about Adobe's acquisition of the company.

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“Design has been really near and dear to my heart, which is why when this opportunity came along to join Figma and rethink design, it was such an obvious opportunity,” Yamashita said.

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Microsoft lays out its climate advocacy goals

The tech giant has staked out exactly what kind of policies it will support to decarbonize the world and clean up the grid.

On Sept. 22, Microsoft — seen here, CEO Satya Nadella — published two briefs explaining what new climate policies it will advocate for.

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Microsoft published two new briefs on Sept. 22 explaining what policies it will advocate for in the realm of reducing carbon and cleaning up the grid. With policymakers in the U.S. and around the world beginning to weigh more stringent climate policies (or in the U.S.’s case, any serious climate policies at all), the briefs will offer a measuring stick for whether Microsoft is living up to its ideals.

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Brian ( @blkahn) is Protocol's climate editor. Previously, he was the managing editor and founding senior writer at Earther, Gizmodo's climate site, where he covered everything from the weather to Big Oil's influence on politics. He also reported for Climate Central and the Wall Street Journal. In the even more distant past, he led sleigh rides to visit a herd of 7,000 elk and boat tours on the deepest lake in the U.S.

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The next generation of refrigerants is on the way

It’s never been cooler to reconsider the substances that keep us cool. Here’s what could replace super-polluting greenhouse gases in refrigerators and air conditioners.

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Most HFCs have a global warming potential (GWP) more than 1,000 times that of carbon dioxide — though some are as much as 14,800 times more potent — which makes reducing them a high priority to protect the climate. The treaty mandates that the U.S. and other industrialized nations decrease their use of HFCs to roughly 15% of 2012 levels by 2036.

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