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News Flashes 06.23.22: Dune 2 Cast, FDA Bans Juul, and Twitter Changes

Today we talk about the cast for Dune 2, the FDA banning Juul in the United States, and Twitter’s potential new feature.

Dune 2 Cast

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Fans are excited as we get new details on the sequel to Dune. Yesterday they revealed more of the cast for the upcoming series. Christopher Walken is taking on Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh will be Princess Irulan, and Austin Butler has been cast as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. As if the Dune cast wasn’t already stacked, we now have a movie legend with Walken and some of the biggest names in the past few years with Pugh and Butler. With hopes of seeing more of Zendaya, it’s like they can’t lose. Production will begin before the end of year, so surely we have a lot more details to look forward to in the coming months. However, we have to wait until October 2023 to see the finished product. Who else is itching for more?

FDA Bans Juul

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We’re not sure this will actually come as a shock to anyone…but the FDA is officially banning Juul e-cigarettes in the US. So what does this mean? Basically they can’t be sold in the States anymore but it isn’t illegal to own or use them. This comes after the FDA presented concerns on the product and the company failed to counter them. Juul became popular as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Some smokers turned to the product instead of quitting smoking cold turkey, even though it still contains tobacco. Juul has only been around since 2015 and has had a lot of controversy attached to it. The pods that go with the device are mostly fun flavors that people argue make them more appealing to children. Flavored pods came to an end in 2018 but health concerns continued. Still, there are plenty more vaping products on the market. It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of a much bigger movement or not.

Twitter Gets an Upgrade

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While we continue to wait for an edit button on Twitter, they are launching a new way for us all to get more long winded. The social media platform once started with a way for us to express ourselves in 140 characters or less. Then they upped their limit to 280. Now, they are testing a “Notes” feature. The new tab on the Twitter sidebar will lead you to a place to write as much as you want, add media, and then post the Note to a Tweet. It almost looks as if a blog site and Twitter had a baby. This could be a big move for writers as it removes whatever middle man they use to get their thoughts out. It also removes the need to make long threads when needing to make several points (or just straight up rant). Who else is excited to see their favorite politicians get more of a chance to make fools of themselves?

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