The Google pavilion during the Smart China Expo this year. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Seven employees have left Google over the company’s secretive work on possibly launching the search engine in China amid censorship concerns, according to a list circulating among Google’s ranks, BuzzFeed News reports.

Why it matters: The project, known as Project Dragonfly, has led human rights organizations to question whether Google is bending its free speech principles in order to take advantage of the large Chinese market. Google would not comment on the matter.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

Biden is highest-spending political candidate on TV ads

Joe Biden. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

After spending an additional $45.2 million on political ads this week, former Vice President Joe Biden has become the highest-spending political candidate on TV ads ever, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

By the numbers: In total, the Biden campaign has spent $582.7 million on TV ads between 2019 and 2020, officially surpassing Michael Bloomberg's record spend of roughly $582 million. Biden's spend includes his primary and general election advertising.

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