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Reigning Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer was upset in last night’s final round, snapping a historic 32-win run in which he amassed over $2.46M in earnings. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler fell just $58,485 short of the all-time record in the show’s non-tournament format, set by Ken Jennings over a 74-game run in 2004 - a third contestant, Brad Rutter, amassed $3.5M through tournament play in 2000, when contestants retired from the main show after 5 consecutive wins (see Hall of Fame). Though he was far short of Jennings’ win total, Holzhauer approached his winnings nearly twice as quickly, largely thanks to his strategy of maximizing per-game winnings by causally betting large on the show’s Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy rounds. Averaging $77,000 per episode, Holzhauer would’ve likely passed Jennings’ record tonight.
Emma Boettcher, a librarian at the University of Chicago, defends her crown tonight.
Tech Stocks Pummeled.
Major tech stocks sunk yesterday as a number of reports indicated increased oversight by the federal government. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed that the former will have antitrust jurisdiction over Google and Apple, while the latter will examine Facebook and Amazon. While the news does not mean those agencies have decided to launch investigations, investors were still rattled - Google's parent company Alphabet was down 6.1%, and Facebook (-7.5%), Amazon (-4.6%), and Apple (-1.0%) all fell as well. The losses dragged down the tech-heavy Nasdaq (-1.6%) pushing it into correction territory, a drop of over 10% since its previous high. Congress also got in on the action, with the House Judiciary Committee announcing a sweeping probe against unspecified tech companies (though assumed to include those above), saying it would conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of Big Tech's market power.
Chinese activists at home and abroad are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which the Chinese government led a bloody crackdown on student-led reform protests. Though the exact number of protesters killed after troops and tanks fired into crowds is unknown - largely due to government censorship of the incident - the estimated deaths range into the thousands. The massacre became symbolic of the Chinese government's willingness to use force in response to peaceful protests and to repress freedom of speech. The spirit of the protests was captured in the iconic "Tank Man" photograph, in which a single person stood in front of an advancing column of tanks, halting their progress. Though footage of the incident was suppressed, film of the encounter (watch here) was smuggled out of the country and distributed to a worldwide audience, and the photo was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Images of the 20th century.
Despite its influence, the identity of Tank Man remains a mystery (paywall) to this day.
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Science & Technology.
> Study links having two disabled CCR5 genes - as in the case of “CRISPR babies” created by Chinese scientists - to 21% decrease in lifespan (More)
> Report finds YouTube’s recommendation algorithm drives home videos into catalogues sexualizing children; YouTube says it will limit, but not turn off, recommendations feature on such videos (More)
> Apple holds 2019 World Wide Developers Conference, unveils an updated operating system and new features for iPhones, HomePods, iPads, and more (More)
Business & Markets.
> Blackstone, world’s largest alternative asset manager, to acquire 179M feet of warehouse properties for $18.7B as e-commerce continues rapid growth (More)
> Online floral retailer FTD files for chapter 11 bankruptcy to shed debt (More)
> US manufacturing activity cools in May over continued trade war concerns (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> President Trump meets with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles during first state visit to United Kingdom (More) | ....and escalates feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan (More)
> Sudanese army cracks down on pro-democracy protests in Sudan capital of Khartoum, at least 35 demonstrators killed (More)
> House Judiciary Committee sets a date for hearing on Mueller report (More) | ...and schedules a contempt vote for Attorney General William Barr, allowing the committee to pursue request for evidence underlying Mueller report in federal court (More)
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How YouTube Became a Breeding Ground for a Diabolical Lizard Cult.
The New Republic | Jake Flanagin. The emergence of YouTube has had a profound effect on the way conspiracy theories spread and gain traction on the internet. Acting as an amplifier for many people's phobias, sometimes the theories spill into real life - with deadly consequences. (Read)
The Eyes Are the Prize.
Vice | Avi Bar-Zeev. As eye-tracking technology continues to improve, many companies plan to bundle it into already-existing VR headsets and AR glasses, drastically changing how humans interact with computers. While efficiency may increase, privacy takes a backseat as companies would be able to collect data on unconscious responses to real-world phenomena. (Read)
Historybook: US Congress passes 19th amendment, granting suffrage to women (1919); Battle of Midway starts (1942); HBD Angelina Jolie (1975); 241 killed at Tiananmen Square protests (1989); RIP basketball coaching legend John Wooden (2010).
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