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HBO CEO Richard Plepler told staff Wednesday that he didn't believe that their email system — which had reportedly been the vehicle for a hack earlier this week — was "as a whole" compromised, but that "the forensic review is ongoing," according to Variety. Plepler notified employees in response to reports the day before that 1.5 terabytes of HBO internal documents, including personal information about employees and at least one 'Game of Thrones' script, had been hacked.

Why it matters: From a security perspective, even if the company finds that employees' emails are safe, sensitive information like health records and financial information has still reportedly been leaked. From a financial perspective, HBO continues to have problems with people illegally obtaining their content. (For example, a single episode of Game of Thrones has been downloaded illegally 90 million times, according to piracy analysis company MUSO.)

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When Democrats next week formally nominate the daughter of an Indian immigrant to be vice president, it'll be perhaps the biggest leap yet in the Indian American community's rapid ascent into a powerful political force.

Why it matters: Indian Americans are one of the fastest-growing, wealthiest and most educated demographic groups in the U.S. Politicians work harder every year to woo them. And in Kamala Harris, they'll be represented in a major-party presidential campaign for the first time.

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The cardiac threat coronavirus poses to athletes

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Cardiologists are increasingly concerned that coronavirus infections could cause heart complications that lead to sudden cardiac death in athletes.

Why it matters: Even if just a tiny percentage of COVID-19 cases lead to major cardiac conditions, the sheer scope of the pandemic raises the risk for those who regularly conduct the toughest physical activity — including amateurs who might be less aware of the danger.