3.30.2018

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3.30.2018
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Need To Know.
Tesla Recall.
Tesla voluntarily recalled 123,000 Model S vehicles, its largest-ever recall in the company's history. The company said it observed unexpected corrosion in bolts in the power steering system (the specific component is actually made by Bosch), with the problem more prevalent in cold weather climates where road salts are commonly used. The issue only affects Model S cars made prior to April 2016 - the company said no one had been injured or killed due to the problem, describing the move as proactive. The decision follows a 2015 recall of 90,000 Model S vehicles over faulty seat belts and a 2017 recall of 53,000 Model S and Model X cars over parking brake issues. Estimates suggest Tesla has sold around 200,000 Model S vehicles globally as of December 2017.

Shares slid about 2% in after hours trading. 

Serial Podcast Subject Gets New Trial.
The central figure in a popular crime podcast has been granted a new trial after a Maryland appeals panel vacated his convictions on the grounds that he received ineffective legal counsel. Adnan Syed was convicted of kidnapping and killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 - a case detailed in the hit podcast Serial in 2014. The podcast, led by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig, presented new evidence - including new witness testimony - that cast doubt on the original conviction. The new witness, who wasn't called to testify in the original trial, had written letters after Syed's conviction stating that she had seen him at a library when Lee was thought to have been killed. On top of driving renewed interest in Syed's case, the 12-episode podcast won a Peabody award and was downloaded over 175 million times.  

If you've never heard it, it's worth a listen - find it here

Russia Retaliates.
The Russian government will boot 150 foreign diplomats - 60 of whom were American - from the country and will close the American consulate in St. Petersburg, officials said yesterday. The move comes two days after a coordinated international response against Russia, when more than two dozen countries pledged to expel Russian diplomats from their borders over the alleged poisoning of the ex-Soviet intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter at their home in the United Kingdom. The tit-for-tat is one of the biggest escalations of tensions since the Cold War. 

While Russia denies poisoning Skripal, British officials have concluded an exclusively Russian class of nerve agent known as Novichok was used. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> March Madness: Men's Final Four odds and schedule (More) |  Women's bracket and how to watch (More)
> Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One nets $12M on opening day, primed for $55M weekend (More)
Winners and losers from baseball's opening day (More)
 

Science & Technology.

13,000-year-old footprints found on Canadian coast, provides earliest evidence of human presence in North America towards end of last major Ice Age (More)
SoftBank and Saudi Arabia plan massive 200GW solar plant, would be world's largest by 100x (More)
Scientists identify a molecule derived from glucose that can act as a potential on-off switch for inflammation (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Under Armour shares slide ~3% in after-hours trading after announcing 150M MyFitnessPal customer accounts were breached (More)
Snap, parent company of Snapchat, to lay off 100 in latest round of downsizing (More)
Futures trading giant CME to buy NEX Group - provider of foreign exchange and fixed income trading technologies - for $5.5B (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Former CVS executive, Daniel Best, tapped to lead Trump administration plan to lower drug prices (More)
Students protest over charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of financial aid funds at Howard University (More)
North, South Korean leaders set April 27th date for first summit in over a decade (More)
Weekend Reads.

Is Your Car Hallucinating?

Fast Company | Thomas T. Hills. Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming the basis for decision-making in everything from health care to driving to education. When algorithms go haywire (and they do) we often don’t know what caused the problem, or even that the problem exists. (Read
 

Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination.

New Republic | Win McCormack. A look at what the new Netflix documentary “Wild, Wild Country” - about the quasi-spiritual Rajneesh cult located in the Oregon wilderness - and what it overlooks about the 1980s movement. (Read
 

Where the Internet Goes to be Insulted. 

Kieran Dahl | Medium. Call it consensual cyberbullying. Welcome to /r/RoastMe, the space on Reddit where people willingly subject themselves to trolling – and what happens when it backfires. (Read
 

I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz.

New York Times | Isabelle Robinson. An op-ed from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student on her personal experience with the mass shooter. (Read, paywall)
Etcetera - Best of March 2018
Editor's Note: Today we're bringing you a round up of our most clicked stories over the past month. Enjoy!
 
(3/19) There is such a thing as the favorite child.

(3/1) The most underrated city in all 50 states (via Thrillist).

(3/14) More videos released of an F/A-18 Super Hornet encountering a UFO - the third in three months.

(3/16) Banksy returns to NYC with trademark piece.

(3/21) Ugh Millennials: Here's all the ways you differ from your grandparents (new data from Pew).

(3/13) 1-year-old Shih-poo goes viral with a very human-like face.

(3/6) Baby becomes a meme after trying first pizza slice.

(3/5) America's fastest growing cities for 2018.

(3/9) Penguins in Antarctica find a high-def wildlife camera, take epic selfies.

(3/2) The "forgetting curve" explains why learning is hard.

(3/7) The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017.

(3/12) Stunning photos from one person's 40-day trip across New Zealand will give you wanderlust.

(3/27) A fascinating comparison showing how deep the ocean really is.

(3/26) A look at teacher salaries by state, adjusted for cost of living.

(3/15) Clickbait: This startup is selling a service that is 100% fatal.

Historybook: HBD Vincent van Gogh (1853); Treaty of Paris ends Crimean War (1856); HBD Eric Clapton (1945); HBD Celine Dion (1968); President Reagan survives shooting by John Hinckley, Jr (1981).
 
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