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6.25.2018
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Need To Know.
Women Drive in Saudi Arabia.
A longstanding symbol of oppression ended yesterday as women in Saudi Arabia were able to legally drive for the first time in the country's history. More than 120,000 women applied for driver's licenses Sunday, while a number who had previously been granted IDs took to the streets. The change is one in a string of reforms by the young Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has consolidated vast amounts of power over the past year while taking on a number of the country's ultra-elite under an anti-corruption campaign. Saudi women still face a number of barriers, including an ingrained guardianship system (paywall) that largely prevents women from making major decisions without consent from a male.

Landmark Privacy Ruling.
The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on privacy on Friday, ruling 5-4 that in most cases police must have a warrant to obtain location data on cellphone users as recorded by cellphone towers. As phone users move around, the cells periodically sync with nearby cell towers and record that communication as location data - in the case in question, police used this data to prove that a suspect was in the vicinity of a string of armed robberies. Under "third-party doctrine", it has been assumed that the Fourth Amendment does not protect information (in this case, cell data) that is voluntarily shared with someone or something else (in this case, cell towers). While a lower court agreed that the plaintiff was not protected under the Fourth Amendment, the five-justice majority disagreed, saying that the constitution must take account of the "vast technological changes" that could expose detailed and intrusive data on individual's private affairs. The decision was seen by privacy advocates as a digital-age interpretation of the Constitution. 

Over 95% of Americans own a mobile phone of some kind.


Turkish President Claims Reelection.
Current Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claimed victory in an election that will extend his 15-year dominance of the country's political system yesterday. The win comes with a cooperative Parliament, after Erdogan's conservative party and its allies won 53% of the seats in the legislative election. It was the first national election since a referendum last year dramatically increased the executive powers of the President - at the same time, Erdogan has come increasingly under fire for a crackdown on the press, stifling critics, and opposition leaders following a 2016 coup attempt. 

Six people were arrested for insulting Erdogan on social media just before polls opened - a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.

 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hauls in $150M domestically & $700M worldwide in opening weekend (More)
England defeats Panama to clinch ticket to knockout stage at World Cup; see 90 (minutes) in 90 (seconds) highlights (More) | See full results and group standings (More)
Black Panther, Cardi B, and Kendrick Lamar are big winners at BET Awards; see full list of winners (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Researchers find that when one brain synapse strengthens, its neighbors compensate by weakening to avoid stimulation overload (More) | What is neuroplasticity? (More)
Ultra-thin cloaking material hides warm objects from infrared detectors, like those used in drones and surveillance cameras (More)
Google unveils app for Android phones that measures objects using augmented reality (More)
 

Business & Markets.

OPEC agrees to increase output, oil prices increase 3% to $75/barrel (More) | Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries - aka OPEC - 101 (More)
Ride-sharing business Uber in court today in London in aim to overturn decision to strip its operating license (More)
US home prices at least affordable level in a decade (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Report says Algeria has dropped an estimated 13,000 migrants in the middle of the Sahara desert with no supplies (More)
South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington in critical but stable condition after car crash that kills one; comes just days after Arrington beat incumbent Mark Sanford for House seat (More)
US floats plan to curb Chinese investment in US technology firms (More)
Etcetera.
One-third of people think the US should set up a Federal Robotics Commission (from Brookings). 

Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company Blue Origin will begin selling tickets in 2019

Netflix black talent recreates iconic 'A Great Day in Harlem' photo


Here are the best nighttime skywatching opportunities this summer

The 50 best comedies of the 21st century (so far). 

Grandpa builds roller coaster in backyard for grandkids (captured in .gif form).


Ugh Millennials: Student debt is crushing your dreams of entrepreneurship 

Fixer Upper stars Chip & Joanna Gaines welcome fifth child.

A rat shreds about $18k in money after getting trapped in an ATM

Clickbait: Women documents a worm stuck inside her face for two weeks with selfies

Historybook: Battle of Little Bighorn (1876); Korean War begins (1950); Anthony Bourdain born (1956); RIP Farrah Fawcett (2009); RIP Michael Jackson (2009).

 
"Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have."
- Anthony Bourdain

 
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