3.29.2018

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3.29.2018
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Need To Know.
2018 MLB Opening Day.
The 2018 Major League Baseball season opens today, with all 30 teams in action beginning with the Miami Marlins hosting the Chicago Cubs (ESPN, 12:30pm ET). The theme heading into the season is lack of parity, the top 6 teams – the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and Chicago Cubs – play in separate divisions and are expected to run away with their respective division titles. The defending World Series champion Astros (projected to win 99 games), National League champion Dodgers (97 games), and Indians (96 games) are expected to win their divisions by a double-digit number of games. See projected wins and odds to win the World Series here. One of the most interesting storylines in 2018 will be the arrival of Shohei Ohtani – the Japanese superstar who both pitches and hits well – who will start on the mound for the LA Angels on Sunday. See the full slate of today’s games here

Atlanta Flummoxed by Hackers.
Atlanta continues to be significantly impacted by a cyberattack that has crippled city services for close to a week. Last Thursday, hackers hit the city with ransomware known as SamSam, locking access to infected computers and threatening to erase all data unless the city paid nearly $50,000 in Bitcoin. While not causing any catastrophic damages, it has choked basic services - residents can't pay tickets, process utility payments, or use the Wi-Fi at the airport. City officials are still deciding whether to pay the ransom or try and extract the virus. Confusing things, the hacker group took down its payment portal after a news station live tweeted a link to it, causing it to get hit with spam. Atlanta is not the first SamSam victim - analysts estimate the same group has made almost $850,000 since last December. 

Separately, Baltimore confirmed its 911 dispatch system was hit with an attack over the weekend.

Venezuela Prison Fire.
At least 68 people are dead after a riot and fire at a jail in the Venezuelan city of Valencia yesterday. The blaze reportedly began after prisoners set a mattresses on fire in an attempt to break out. Compounding the chaos, police fired tear gas into crowds that gathered as word of the fire spread. Venezuela has seen increasing turmoil since almost 2012 - the ruling socialist party has historically depended on oil revenues to fund social programs. The price of oil has plunged over the past five years, sending the country into an economic and political tailspin, including food shortages and rapid inflation. The government of current president Nicolás Maduro has jailed hundreds of opposition supporters amid the unrest

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> Rapper DMX sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud (More)
> R. Kelly's ex-GF alleges sexual abuse against herself, others including 14-year-old (More)
Roseanne reboot premiere draws largest comedy TV audience in 4 years (More)
 

Science & Technology.

New artificial intelligence tech helps researchers predict new molecular combinations based on 12.4M known chemical reactions (More)
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower reportedly started new data science company in 2014 using the same data from 50 million Facebook users obtained in data breach (More) |  Facebook is updating its privacy settings to make it easier for users to control what they share (More)
Scientists demonstrate 3-D printing of all-liquid structures by injecting threads of water inside silicone oil, has potential for liquid electronics (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Amazon shares slides 5% after reports Trump administration wants to curb power (More) | Tech stocks continue poor month, as big names (Facebook, Tesla, Nvidia, etc) slide further in markets (More)
Equifax hires new CEO Mark Begor - former Private Equity & General Electric exec - stock up 2% (More)
Oscar Health - tech-focused health insurance biz led by brother of Jard Kushner, Josh - raises $165M at $3.2B valuation from Alphabet (Google), others (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Ecuador cuts Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's internet at London embassy after social media posts decrying the arrest of Catalan separatist leader (More)
Trump boots Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin, picks White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson as his replacement (More)
Egyptian strongman president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi set to cruise to reelection as votes are counted today (More)
In Depth.

Christopher Steele's Other Report. 

BuzzFeed | Staff. The man who put together the controversial dossier on President Trump, widely discussed during the 2016 election, reportedly compiled a second (unrelated) report. According to FBI sources, never-before-released evidence shows that Vladmir Putin had his former media czar bludgeoned to death in a 2015 attack in Washington DC – directly contradicting the official conclusion in the case
 

He Kayaked Across the Atlantic at 70. 

NYT Magazine | Elizabeth Weil. This is the story of Alexsander Doba, the 70-year-old man who has kayaked across the Atlantic three times. But as you may have imagined, kayaking alone in the ocean for over 100 days brings many challenges. Read about how Doba defeated sunstroke, sharks, and even flying fish on his solo trans-Atlantic adventure.
Etcetera.
The Internet needs to know - who bit Beyoncé?

How baby names have lost their gender over the past 100 years

...Also, the British public is taking bets on the next royal baby's name

...Finally, check out Deadspin's 2018 Name of the Year bracket.

Ranking the deadliest animals in America

This clown is running for Congress.

The first prank calls began just eight years after the telephone was invented - and were surprisingly morbid

Ugh Millennials: Are now taking aim at traditional bedding

The 10 fastest trains in the world

Clickbait: Police storm Domino's over undelivered pizza

Historybook: HBD John Tyler (1790); HBD Cy Young (1867); HBD Sam Walton (1918); US withdraws from Vietnam (1973); Dow Jones closes above 10,000 for 1st time (1999); RIP Patty Duke (2016).
 
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