11.16.2018

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Khashoggi.
Officials from Saudi Arabia said they will seek the death penalty for five men allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to reports yesterday. Six other people were also charged in the journalist's death. The news follows a flip-flop admission from the Saudi government whose stance evolved in the weeks after the killing in the face of international criticism. Saudi officials originally denied any role in the abduction and killing of Khashoggi, until evidence slowly leaked by the Turkish government definitively tied the murder to a group of Saudi nationals Observers said the announcement was meant to stem a tide of international criticism over potential involvement by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi - an insider-turned-critic of the Saudi government, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. 

Meanwhile the Trump administration sanctioned 17 Saudis over the killing.
Facebook Scrubs 1.5B Accounts.
Facebook released its second-ever content moderation report yesterday, revealing that it removed roughly 1.5 billion fake accounts between April and September of this year. The company also said it deleted 5.4 billion instances of hate speech during the same time frame, up from 4.1 billion during the preceding six months. The reports, which began last year, was one of a number of responses to the highly visible data breach by software firm Cambridge Analytica, which swept up personal data of up to 87 million users beginning in 2014. The numbers come on the heels of a bombshell report (paywall) detailing Facebook's strategy to downplay foreign propaganda on its platform during the 2016 election and of hiring third party firms to smear business rivals
Wikileaks Founder Charged.
Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website Wikileaks, has been charged by US prosecutors with unspecified crimes. The charges are under seal - prosecutors were trying to keep the indictment secret - and it was accidentally revealed that they existed at all when they were inadvertently mentioned in an unrelated court filing. Reports suggest that federal prosecutors mistakenly filed documents referring to Assannge in a separate case, also being kept under seal, regarding a Virginia man who was soliciting minors for sex. If true, the move signals a more aggressive stance by the Justice Department towards Wikileaks and Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, when the site published a data dump of over 250,000 classified documents detailing US foreign strategies. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist sells for $90M at auction, the most ever for a living artist (More)
> Kim Porter, model and actress who shares three children with Sean 'Diddy' Combs, dies at 47 (More)
> Apple signs deal with A24, the indie film studio behind Oscar winner Moonlight, to produce slate of original, full-length films (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists find city-size impact crater in Greenland, the first ever found under ice; may provide support for controversial theory that large meteor drove an extinction event 10,000-20,000 years ago (More)
> SpaceX ties its own record for most launches in a year with 18th mission of 2018 (More)
> Study estimates that Houston's urban sprawl and city planning made risk of severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey 21 times greater (More)
Business & Markets.
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> Dell Technologies will raise offer to buy back shares in its tracking stock, software maker VMware; Dell to go public without an IPO and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn to drop his lawsuit against the company (More)
> Fortune releases 2018 "Businessperson of the Year" list, Progressive CEO Tricia Griffith tops list (More)
> Earnings Season: Chipmaker Nvidia beats expectations on earnings-per-share, misses on revenue; stock down 17% after hours (More) | Retailer Walmart sees $1.08 earnings per share vs. $1.01 expectations, revenue just shy of estimates; stock down 2% at closing bell (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Food and Drug Administration to crack down on menthol and flavors in all types of cigarettes and vaping in bid to crack down on underage smoking (More)
> Florida orders first state-wide manual recount ever in races for Senate and state agricultural commissioner (More)
> Death toll in deadly California Camp wildfire jumps to 63 while missing persons list rise to over 630 (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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My Father's SOS.
Outside | Ali Carr Troxell. It was Richard Carr's dream to sail around the world, but when pirates boarded his ship in the middle of the Pacific the dream turned to a nightmare.(Read)
How to Date Billionaires.
New York Times | Dan Levin. Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, sometimes known as the Canadian Kardashians, recently spent time in Nigerian and Italian custody while straightening out their situation with Interpol. Here is the cautionary tale of their social media-induced fall from grace. (Read)
 
Becoming Anne Frank.
Smithsonian | Dara Horn. Since her passing, Anne Frank has become the world's most famous Holocaust victim. But in her rise, many institutions may be downplaying her Jewish identity. (Read)
 
The Key to True Artificial Intelligence.
Wired | Shaun Raviv. In the last 18 years, neuroscientist Karl Friston's main focus has been his free energy principle - a complex idea defining the behaviors needed to prove sentience. See inside the accomplished life of the man who may have discovered the key to artificial intelligence. (Read)
Etcetera.
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The US public is expecting more gridlock with the changing political landscape (data from Pew).
Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is...
Marie Antoinette's pearl auctioned for $36M
Photographers capturing the ubiquity of smartphones.
Bei Bei, the giant panda at Washington's National Zoo, knows how to use a snow day
Ugh Millennials: You have your own version of Monopoly, but it's missing a key element.  
The Pink Legacy diamond sells for a record-breaking $50M, or $2.6M per carat.
Sour Patch Kids cereal will be coming to a store near you just after Christmas
Clickbait: These drunk raccoons had one too many fermented crab apples
Historybook: HBD jazz musician WC Handy (1873); UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, is founded (1945); Benazir Bhutto elected prime minister of Pakistan, becomes first woman in modern history to lead Muslim-majority country (1988); RIP Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (2006).
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