4.5.2018

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4.5.2018
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Need To Know.
85th Masters Begins.
The Masters Tournament kicks off today at Augusta National Golf Club in southeast Georgia (coverage begins 3pm ET, ESPN). It's the 85th time the tournament - one of four major championships in professional golf - has been held since it was launched in 1934. This year's purse is $11M, with the champion taking $1.98M. The big story this year is a Tiger Woods comeback - in his last two PGA tour starts, Tiger finished in a tie for second and a tie for fifth. After a long stint as the world's top golfer (and a subsequent scandal from which he never recovered), Woods is primed to win his first major championship in 10 years, with Vegas pegging him as a favorite (10/1 odds) along with Jordan Speith (see odds for all 87 golfers here). Prior to tee off, 68-year-old Tom Watson won the annual Par 3 Tournament, where family members are invited to caddie and even play occasional shots. 

In related news, Augusta National will host the final round of a women's amateur tournament ahead of the 2019 Masters. 

National Guard Goes to the Border.
President Trump signed a proclamation yesterday that would send the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to combat what the administration called an 'unacceptable' flow of drugs and immigrants. Details on exact timing and number of troops were not immediately revealed - the White House will work with Governors on the deployment - however President Obama sent 1,200 troops in 2010 and President George W. Bush sent 6,000 in 2006. The flow of illegal immigrants into the US typically sees a seasonal surge each spring - and while last month's attempted border crossings were 3x larger than the previous March, overall border apprehensions hit its lowest level in decades at 310,000 in 2017 following a downward trend that started during the recession. 

See a history of how the US has used armed forces at the border here

Zuckerberg to Testify.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, the company announced yesterday. Zuckerberg will face questions on Facebook's handling of user privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (see background), in which millions of users had their data scrapped in order to build a massive database for use in microtargeting of advertisements. Analysts say the data science firm took advantage of Facebook's lax enforcement of privacy policies and big loopholes in data access - and say Facebook was aware companies were doing it at the time. The news came on the same day that the estimated number of profiles scraped by Cambridge Analytica was raised to 87 million - it was previously thought to be around 50 million. 

Zuckerberg said most users should "just assume" their data was obtained in the breach. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Jersey Shore, once MTV's highest rated show of all time, makes return after 6 years; premieres tonight at 8 EST (More)
Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani homers in 2nd straight game for Los Angeles Angels, setting off 'Ohtani Fever' across the MLB (More)
> Breaking: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in prison in 1998 illegal poaching case (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Scientists customize electrical brain stimulation for mental health treatment by targeting different groups of neurons that changes in real-time based on patient response (More)
Astronomers find 12 black holes gathered around the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* in the center of Milky Way (More)
Facebook confirms it scans links and photos sent over messenger app, blocks content that doesn't abide by rules (More)
 

Business & Markets.

CBS's below-market bid to buy Viacom is rejected; Viacom plans to counteroffer (More
JM Smucker (Smuckers, Jif, Pillsbury, etc) to buy Ainsworth Pet Nutrition - premium pet food biz backed by Rachael Ray - for $1.9B (More)
Chinese food-delivery giant Meituan to buy Chinese bike-sharing firm Mobike for $2.7B (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Reported caravan of Central Mexico immigrants headed towards US border disbands in Mexico City (More)
White House clarifies that US forces will stay in Syria until ISIS is eradicated from the country, following Trump tweet that troops would be pulled out soon (More)
Reports say US planning to sanction 19 additional Russian oligarchs over election meddling accusations (More)
In Depth.

Young Women Are Convinced Motherhood Sucks. 

The Bustle | EJ Dickson. And they might be right. That a work-life balance for mothers can be nearly impossible, even with strong family support, is not new. What is new is the growing recognition of this reality by younger women prior to having kids
 

How Babies Learn - and Why Robots Can’t Compete. 

The Guardian | Alex Beard. Computers don’t learn like humans - at least they didn’t, until now. Meet Toco, a robot designed to learn like an infant, from an infant. As it turns out, computers that can learn like children can be exceptionally efficient, and even more importantly, they might just help us perfect human learning too.
Etcetera.
Big financial losses may be the death of you

...But working from home makes you happier and more efficient.


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Canadian mint memorializes its most famous UFO encounter with a coin

Saudi Arabia will now fine couples $130k for snooping through each other's texts

31 best burger joins in America (via Thrillist).

A New England Patriots player may have stopped a school shooting


Someone is dropping in on DC phone calls using unauthorized law enforcement equipment

This incredible sea of nets lets you talk walk among the trees in a Chinese forest.


Clickbait: Africa is literally splitting in two (w/ photo). 

Historybook: Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe (1614); HBD Booker T. Washington (1856); HBD Bette Davis (1908); HBD Colin Powell (1937); RIP Kurt Cobain (1994).
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