1.4.2019

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Need To Know.
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Apple News Rocks Markets.
Markets dropped yesterday following news that tech giant Apple was cutting its first-quarter revenue estimate to $84B, down from between $89B to $93B. The S&P500 was down 2.83%, the Dow down 2.83%, and the Nasdaq dropped by 3.04%. The revenue target, which also caused Apple stocks to drop 10%, would be 5% less than the same quarter in the previous year. The news came along with reports that US factory activity - a proxy for economic activity - had dropped to a two-year low. The drop comes amid ongoing worries over trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies (see list) in the US and China, and emerging signs that China's growth is slowing.

In positive news, both countries will hold trade talks beginning next Monday in Beijing. 
Pelosi Takes Gavel.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) was elected Speaker of the House yesterday by a vote of 220-192, becoming the first Speaker to reclaim the gavel since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn in 1955. 15 Democrats broke ranks, spreading their votes across a variety of other candidates. Pelosi, the only woman to hold the position of Speaker, previously served in the office from 2007-2011. In her acceptance speech, Pelosi praised a "transformative" class of incoming lawmakers and hinted at an upcoming agenda focused on infrastructure, ethics reform, and lowering health care costs. The first order of business will be to work with Senate Republicans and the White House to end a partial government shutdown, now in its 14th day - the House passed a spending bill last night without the border wall funding requested by President Trump. 

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) became one of the first Senate Republicans to call for an end to the shutdown - with or without border wall funding. 
Russia Charges American for Spying.
Russia officially charged an American with espionage yesterday, a move expected to ratchet up tensions between the two countries. Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old retired US Marine, was detained last Friday and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His family said Whelan - who reportedly was a lover of all things Russian - was in the country to attend a friend's wedding. Some analysts pointed out that, due to Russia's robust counter-intelligence operation, the US is unlikely to conduct (paywall) low-level espionage. The arrest comes just weeks after Maria Butina, a Russian national who infiltrated a number of US pro-gun groups, pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> 2019 Golden Globe Awards air Sunday at 8 ET; see favorites and predictions (More)
> National Geographic pulls Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk show off air following allegations of sexual misconduct (More)
> Ariana Grande and rapper Childish Gambino to headline Coachella 2019; see full lineup of performances (More)
Science & Technology.
> New AI-based programs can turn brain activity, picked up via implanted electrodes, into rudimentary speech (More)
> NASA's Juno mission, launched in 2011 to orbit around Jupiter, captures active volcanic eruption on one of Jupiter's moons (More)
> General Motors to partner with DoorDash to offer food delivery via autonomous vehicles in San Francisco in 2019 (More)
Business & Markets.
> Delta drops 10% after reporting slower growth, with some investors concerned that airline will cut fares as price of oil drops (More)
> Big Pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to acquire rival Celgene for $74B (More)
> Famed analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker raising $1B+ VC fund, would be first woman to raise $1B+ VC fund (More) | Check out Meeker's famed annual internet trends report from May (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> North Korean ambassador to Italy disappears weeks before term ends in apparent defection (More)
> Saudi Arabia to seek death penalty for five men allegedly involved in the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi (More)
> Seven die in fiery crash caused by fuel spill on Florida's I-75 highway (More)
Weekend Reads.
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Can Alexa and Facebook Predict the End of Your Relationship?
Vox | E.J. Dickson. As companies continue to collect data from individuals surfing the web, they predict many of the decisions we are going to make before we do. What about something momentous - like the end of your relationship? (Read)
The Priest of Abu Ghraib.
Smithsonian | Jennifer Percy. How a 24-year-old evangelical Christian from Iowa handled his deployment to Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison to work as an interrogator. (Read)
 
How to Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Amazon.
The Atlantic | Alana Semuels.  As more people try to collect quick income by selling cheap Chinese goods on Amazon, many are realizing - in painful fashion - the model isn't foolproof. (Read)
 
American Dreams in a Chinese Takeout.
The Ringer | Katie Salisbury. Being a Chinese cook in America is a grind, with twelve-hour days, low pay, and sub-par working conditions making it a continuous struggle. But the workers hold out hope for something priceless - achieving the American dream. (Read)
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The new Congress will be more religiously diverse, but still mostly Christian
Ranking the 100 most important technologies in history
Vermont, Oregon lead nation with the highest percentage of inbound migration.
...And the once-hot Manhattan real estate market is cooling off.
Meet the tattoo artist who erases racist and gang-related ink for free
Beyoncé helped the Louvre break attendance records last year.
Move over pizza rat, egg roll squirrel has arrived
This family's musical performance in the labor room goes viral.
Clickbait: When jumping too high in a basketball game goes horribly wrong (via Twitter).
Historybook: New York Stock Exchange opens on Wall Street (1865); HBD boxer Floyd Patterson (1935); HBD biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin (1943); RIP T.S. Eliot (1965); The euro makes its debut (1999).
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