3.26.2019

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Apple Makes Splash in Streaming.
Computer and software giant Apple rolled out a sweeping set of streaming services that would provide television, movies, games, and more on demand yesterday. The announcement marks the culmination of plans by CEO Tim Cook that began as early as 2014. Most notably, the company said it will aggressively move into ad-free streaming television and movies, including plans to release original content. The news puts Apple in direct competition with streaming giants Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu - and the company brought out a number of A-list stars including Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell, and others to promote the service. The company also announced a streaming gaming service - which comes on the heels of a similar announcement by Google - and a bundled news subscription service that will allow readers to access papers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and others for a flat fee. Apple News Plus is available now in the US, while Apple TV Plus and Arcade (the gaming service) will arrive in fall of 2019. 

Some investors were skeptical - Apple shares fell 1.2% during trading. 
Israel Retaliates in Gaza.
Israel’s military conducted multiple airstrikes in the Gaza Strip yesterday after a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed a house in a farming village northwest of Jerusalem, injuring seven. At least 10 more rockets were then fired from Gaza into southern Israel, though no casualties were reported. The exchange marks a rise in tensions as the one-year anniversary of weekly border protests, in which over 150 Palestinians have been killed, approaches on March 30th. Israel surrounds the vast majority of the Gaza Strip, a roughly 20-mile-long stretch home to almost 2 million people and controlled by the Islamic militant group Hamas (see a 101 on Gaza). Israel has tightly restricted border crossings into and out of Gaza for close to a decade, citing security concerns. By nightfall the two sides reached a tentative cease-fire, brokered by Egypt. 

In related news, President Trump signed an order recognizing Israeli control of the neighboring Golan Heights region, marking a shift in decades-old policy. 
Avenatti Arrested.
High-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested yesterday, charged with federal crimes in two separate cases in California and New York. In the first case, Avenatti faces bank and wire fraud charges, with prosecutors alleging he embezzled money from a client and defrauded a bank using fake tax returns. The funds were supposedly needed to buttress a failing coffee business that Avenatti ran on the side. In New York, he was accused of threatening to release evidence that Nike was paying top high school basketball recruits to wear its apparel unless Nike paid him and a co-conspirator up to $25M. Avenatti, who was released after posting $300,000 and denies the charges in both cases, is best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Justin Bieber announces extended hiatus from music to focus on mental health (More)
> MMA star Conor McGregor announces retirement (More) | WWE announces WrestleMania 35 will be first-ever to feature an all-female main event (More)
> Scott Walker, avant-garde musician and experimental pop singer, dies at 76 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study finds the human brain is capable of generating new neurons even past age 90 (More)
> Reports say the next-generation virtual reality headset Oculus Rift 5 won't properly fit around 30% of users' heads (More)
> Duke University pays $112.5M settlement after it was found to have falsified data to obtain up to $200M in federal research grants; whistleblower in case to receive $33M as reward (More)
Business & Markets.
> Uber in discussions to acquire Careem Networks - its Dubai-based rideshare rival - for $3B+ (More)
> Second-richest family in Germany and owner of JAB Holdings - which owns brands including Panera & Krispy Kreme - acknowledges Nazi past; will donate $11M to charity (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Justice Department files legal brief saying courts should strike down the entire Affordable Care Act; broad stance comes in case focused on striking down the law's individual mandate to obtain insurance (More)
> President Trump signals he approves of Democratic request for the full release of Mueller report (More)
> UK Parliament votes to take control of Brexit debate process from Prime Minister Theresa May in attempt to find package that has majority support (More)
In Depth.
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Who Keeps Buying California's Scarce Water?
The Guardian | Lauren Markham. In a search for water, Fondomonte Farms has been buying up swaths of US land for their dairy cows. The twist? The company is a subsidiary of a Saudi Arabian food producer. See how strict Saudi water laws have put a squeeze on an already tight water market in the American West. (Read)
A Secret Database of Child Abuse.
The Atlantic | Douglas Quenqua. A former Jehovah's Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades, alleging that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has given guidance on how to deal with cases of child sexual abuse since at least 1997. (Read)
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