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David Dobrik. Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

David Dobrik, the YouTube star who also co-founded buzzy photo app Dispo, is stepping down from its board and leaving the company, the startup told Axios.

Why it matters: Earlier on Sunday evening, venture firm Spark Capital announced it was stepping off Dispo's board and severing ties with the company in light of recent accusations of sexual assault against members of Dobrik's entourage. Some sponsors have also cut ties with Dobrik in the last several days.

Flashback: Just a month ago, Dispo, an app inspired by disposable cameras, raised a $20 million Series A round led by Spark Capital after a new beta version of its app quickly amassed thousands of users and buzz.

What they're saying: "David has chosen to step down from the board and leave the company to not distract from the company's growth," a Dispo spokesperson said Sunday.

  • "Dispo's team, product, and most importantly- our community- stand for building a diverse, inclusive, and empowering world. "

Of note: It's unclear whether other investors will follow suit.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the UN. Photo: John Minchillo/Pool via Getty

Israel is planning a campaign to discredit a UN commission formed to investigate the violence in Gaza last May and the root causes of the protracted conflict in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry cable seen by Axios.

Why it matters: Israeli officials say they are highly concerned that the commission’s report will refer to Israel as an "Apartheid state" and that its findings could damage Israel's reputation, particularly among progressives in the West. The report is expected in June.

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Reports: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Justice Stephen Breyer. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, NBC news first reported and multiple outlets confirmed on Wednesday, giving President Biden his first — and maybe only — chance to put a stamp on the high court.

What’s next: Appointing a new Supreme Court justice will be one of the longest-lasting pieces of Biden’s legacy — and could give Democrats a jolt of energy ahead of next year's midterms.

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Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.