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Facebook Unveils Dating App.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans for the social media giant to roll out a dating app during his keynote speech at the company's F8 developers conference yesterday. The service will be provided entirely within the existing mobile app and is opt-in only, according to Zuckerberg. The move leverages Facebook's existing user base of nearly 2.2 billion people and instantly positions it as a direct competitor to Match Group, who owns Match.com, Tinder, OkCupid, and other niche dating sites. The online dating industry generated over $2B in revenues in the US alone in 2016. Match Group's stock had plummeted almost 18% by the close of business following the news - but the company still managed to take a jab at Facebook's recent privacy fiascos. 

In other dating wars, read about the knock-down, drag-out fight between Tinder and Bumble (paywall). 

2018 Tony Nominations.
Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced yesterday, led by two productions with big brand names in "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" which each received 12 nods. The awards - officially known as Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre - are considered the highest US honor for theatre productions. Other leading acts include the musical "The Band’s Visit” (11 nominations), play revival “Angels in America” (11), and "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" (10). Other notables nominations include comedian Amy Schumer for Best Actress for her leading role in "Meteor Shower", and Denzel Washington for Best Actor for his leading role in "The Iceman Cometh". Musician Bruce Springsteen is set to receive a special honor for his "Springsteen on Broadway", which was the top-grossing new production in the 2017-2018 season, bringing in $55M to date. The awards will be held on June 10th (5pm ET, CBS) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

You can see the biggest snubs and surprises here and a full list of nominations here

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million Per Year.

A new study released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 9 out of 10 people around the globe breathe polluted air, and nearly 7 million people die early due to exposure to pollution each year. Deaths primarily come from fine particulates - usually less than the width of a human hair -  that are inhaled and penetrate into the bloodstream, ultimately causing strokes, lung cancer, respiratory infections, and more. The WHO found that of those deaths, 4.2 million came from ambient (outdoor) pollution, while 3.8 million came from indoor cooking with fuels like charcoal, wood, and refuse. The latter is a particular problem for developing countries, and the report found that 90% of the 7 million deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.  

Of the top 20 most polluted cities, 14 were in India
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Lantern Capital wins bid to buy Weinstein Co. in bankruptcy sale for $310M + $115M to cover projected liabilities (More)
NFL looking at changes to kickoff rules for 2018 season in effort to make the game safer (More)
HBO renews Westworld for Season 3 just a week after its Season 2 premiere (More)

Science & Technology.

Organization focused on synthesizing human genome from scratch shifts goals to producing human cells that are immune viral infection (More)
Measuring electrical signals of brain can accurately predict autism in infants as young as three months old (More)
US National Institutes of Health launch program to link health habits and lifestyle with genetic information, seeking 1 million volunteers (More)

Business & Markets.

Apple Q1 results beat Wall Street expectations, announces $100B stock buyback, shares up 3% in after-hours trading (More) | Snap misses expectations for revenue and users, stock falls 16% (More)
Gibson Guitars files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, strikes deal with creditors to continue manufacturing (More)
Michelin Tires, Trader Joe's, Google top Forbes 2018 America's best employers list (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

CA, 17 other states sue Federal government to block rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards that targeted 50 mpg by 2025 (More) | Texas sues to end Dreamer program (More)
US begins processing asylum seekers that arrived via Central American 'caravan', individuals must show they have substantial risk of violence if returned to home country (More)
Reports say Special Counsel Mueller floated subpoena for President Trump in Russia Probe in March (More)
Post-Twitter rant Kanye talks mental breakdown, JAY-Z, Obama in new interview. 

Check out this breathtaking, 1-second-long footage from the surface of a passing comet

Travelers' Choice Awards 2018: The best destinations for every type of traveler

The 116 biggest product failures of all-time

Michigan high school changes tune on modesty ponchos

The creepiest abandoned towns across America

The creative history of movie studios congratulating each other for smashing box office records

Big Pharma is making a big bet on 'Brotox' (it is what it sounds like).

The world's oldest spider dies at age 43 - murdered by a wasp

Clickbait: K-9 won't start shift until receiving belly rubs

Historybook: RIP Leonardo da Vinci (1519); King James Version of Bible is published (1611); Tennessee Williams wins Pulitzer (1955); J. Edgar Hoover dies (1972); HBD Lily Allen (1985); Osama bin Laden is killed by US special forces (2011).

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