3.26.2018

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3.26.2018
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Need To Know.
Trump Staff Shakeup Continues.
President Trump is expected to oust current Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin sometime this week, according to reports. Shulkin, a former physician who was picked by then-President Obama to be Under Secretary for Health at the VA, was nominated by Trump to led the agency last February. Shulkin had recently come under fire for working a vacation into a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe and alleged mismanagement that has led to a growing staff revolt at the VA. The environment at the VA had deteriorated to the point where Shulkin reportedly kept an armed guard outside his personal office. The move would follow the replacement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the resignation of national security adviser HR McMaster in recent weeks, among other departures. 

The power struggle has paralyzed Trump's plan to improve the agency, according to officials (paywall). 

Final Four Set.
The NCAA Men's Final Four is locked in, with two blue bloods, one relative surprise, and one major Cinderella advancing in their Elite Eight games over the weekend. On one side of the bracket, #1 Villanova easily handled #3 seed Texas Tech 71-59, while #1 Kansas beat #2 Duke in overtime, 85-81. On the other side, #3 seed Michigan beat Florida State, 58-54 and #11 seed Loyola-Chicago easily beat #9 Kansas State, 78-62. It was the first easy win for Loyola after winning their first three games against #6 Miami, #3 Tennessee, and #7 Nevada, by a combined four points. The Ramblers are just the fourth 11th seed to reach the Final Four - but they do have one previous championship under their belt, from 1963. The tournament begins again next Saturday at 6pm ET on CBS - Michigan opens as 5-point favorites over Loyola, and Villanova opens as 5.5-point favorites over Kansas. 

The Women's Final Four will be set after tonight - #1 seeds Louisville and Mississippi State already punched their tickets with wins on Sunday. 

Facebook Faces Fresh Privacy Complaints.
Facebook has been scraping troves of data from millions Android users for years, according to reports over the weekend. The data logs include the dates, times, and recipients of calls and texts made by users. Facebook was not illegally collecting data - the company pointed out that users must grant the app permission to use contact lists when downloading to their phone. Typically, social media apps request permission to pull your contacts to plug into their friends recommendation algorithm - if you installed Facebook on a device using Android 4.1 or earlier, the phone's permissions also passed your call and data logs to the app. Basically, users weren't reading the fine print when installing the app, and Android made collecting extra data easy, which Facebook took advantage of. The news comes in the wake of allegations that Facebook's lax privacy oversight allowed data firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly harvest data from 50 million users. 

Read how to check what's in your Facebook data archive here.

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

NYC firefighter dies in fire on set of Edward Norton film (More)
Cannes Film Festival bans Netflix from competing due to lack of theatrical releases (More)
$10M lawsuit alleges rape by Russell Simmons; 16th woman to accuse the music mogul of sexual misconduct (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Leaked documents show Uber's self-driving tech far behind competitors, needs human safety intervention for every 13 miles of travel (More)
First-ever footage of elusive anglerfish captured during mating (w/ video) (More)
Prototype filtration technology cleans oil from water with 10x greater efficiency and more cheaply than existing alternatives (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Business mogul Wayne Huizenga dies at 80 - only individual to start 3 Fortune 500 companies (Waste Management, Blockbuster, AutoNation) (More)
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for regulations on data privacy following Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal (More) | Poll: Which tech companies Americans trust to protect their information (More)
Uber to sell its southeast Asia business to rival Grab for 30% stake in combined biz (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Carles Puigdemont, leader of Catalonia's independence movement, arrested in Germany on sedition charges against government of Spain, sparking protests (More)
Trump signs memorandum banning transgender troops who "may require substantial medical treatment" from military, gives Pentagon latitude in implementation (More) | Read memo here (More)
Stephanie Clifford, also known as adult film star Stormy Daniels, appears on 60 Minutes (More)
Etcetera.
The best signs from the March for Our Lives

A look at teacher salaries by state, adjusted for cost of living

United passenger haggles for $10,000 voucher after getting bumped from flight

Explore all of the $500B in goods that the US imports from China each year


...Also, Americans view China as the world's leading economic power (via Gallup). 

Explore the US food truck scene with the 2018 Food Truck Nation report

Making hypnotic vegetable art while stocking grocery shelves

Cloned pork is now considered kosher.

MMA fighter disqualified after knocking out opponent, flipping off their back

Clickbait: Flat Earther finally manages to launch himself strapped to homemade rocket.  

Historybook: RIP Beethoven (1827); HBD Robert Frost (1874); RIP Walt Whitman (1892); HBD Diana Ross (1944);  39 die in Heaven’s Gate mass suicide (1997).

 
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