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Need To Know.
Twitter Purge.
Twitter is set to begin removing accounts it believes to be fake or spam today, likely causing the number of followers that high-profile users have to drop significantly. Without providing an exact number, the company says it has targeted tens of millions of accounts for removal. The company said the move is needed to help restore user trust in the social media platform - Twitter has a reported 336 million monthly active users. Earlier this year, an extensive investigation (paywall) exposed a shadowy black market where companies sell fake followers to users seeking to enhance their visibility on the platform. News of the purge caused Twitter's stock to drop almost 9% earlier this week.  

World Cup Finals Set.
Croatia will face France in the 2018 World Cup Finals after beating England in dramatic fashion in the Cup's second semifinal by a score of 2-1. After trailing the majority of the match 0-1, Croatia drew even in the 68th minute and went ahead with a goal in the 109th minute - 19 minutes into extra time - by forward Mario Mandzukic (see video). This is the first time the Croatian national team has made the finals since the country gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, though they reached the semifinals in 1998. Croatia is also the smallest country since Uruguay in 1950 to make a World Cup final. This will be France's third time in the finals, having won the title in 1998 and losing to Germany in 2006. The championship will be held this Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (Fox, 11am ET) - the 81,000-seat stadium was the centerpiece of the 1980 Olympics and was rebuilt in 2013 specifically for this year's World Cup. 

In the United States, Fox is resetting expectations for advertisers as they draw 32% fewer viewers (paywall) than 2014 after the US national team failed to qualify. 

US to Regain Spot as Top Oil Producer.
The United States is on track to become the world's top crude oil producer for the first time since the 1970s, according to a new report. The new data released by the US Energy Information Agency (see data) projects output of crude oil to average 10.8 million barrels-per-day in 2018, rising to 11.8 million b/d in 2019 - up from 9.4 million b/d in 2017. Both the 2018 and 2019 figures would break the US record of 9.6 million b/d set in 1970, but reaching the 2019 projection would push the US ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia, who cut production in the face of lower global prices earlier this year. US imports of oil also dropped to their lowest levels in 60 years.  

 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> Rapper Drake breaks 54-year record held by The Beatles as he simultaneously holds 7 of the top 10 songs on Hot 100 chart (More)
Wimbledon favorite Roger Federer loses in quarterfinals (More) | See full Wimbledon results & schedule (More)
> Papa John's founder resigns as company chairman after using racial slur; also steps down from University of Louisville Board of Trustees (More)


Science & Technology.

Mice studies show that supplementing the diet of cancer patients with certain amino acids may boost the power of the patient's drug regimen (More)
Facebook releases one million gigabytes of anonymized user data to researchers to help study social media fraud in elections (More)
Scientists demonstrate virus-free CRISPR technique that allows insertion of large DNA strands under the application of an electric field (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Business, tech, and media moguls (Jeff Bezos, Sheryl Sandberg, Warren Buffett, etc) arrive in Sun Valley, ID for annual Allen & Co invite-only conference (More)
Chipmaker Broadcom to acquire software firm CA for $18.9B (More)
Forbes releases list of America's richest self-made women (More) | How 20-year-old Kylie Jenner amassed a $900M fortune in 3 years (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Trump pushes NATO allies to double commitment for defense spending from 2% to 4% of GDP (More)
Federal appeals court says TSA screeners are immune from charges of assault, false imprisonment arising in the course of duty (More)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23), who pulled himself out of contention to replace John Boehner in 2014, begins campaign to replace Paul Ryan as Speaker (More)
In Depth.

The Linguist Who Helps Police Catch Child Predators. 

The Atlantic | Chris Stokel-Walker. Seven years ago Tim Grant, a linguist at Aston University, was approached by a police officer who asked for his help. Today, it’s part of Grant’s job detail to help officers impersonate children online, equipping them with a tone and vocabulary that can trick predators and bring them to justice
 

The Last Munchkin And The Little People Left Behind. 

The New Yorker | Matt Weinstock. During the shooting of The Wizard of Oz, there were 124 little people employed as actors. After the death of 98-year-old Jerry Maren - the last little person to have worked on set - part of the film's history seems to have passed as well. Here is the story of the Munchkins of Munchkinland, one that has been tragically told incorrectly for years
Etcetera.
Over half of college students say the value of their education is not keeping pace with the cost

Millennials prefer city life over homeownership.  

Here is why soccer players always grab their heads after a missed shot (paywall). 

This STD is on its way to becoming a superbug, resistant to antibiotics

Popular Mechanics dives into the fascinating history of steel

The psychology behind biting your nails

California's 38 essential restaurants (via Eater). 

Popular rapper Cardi B and husband Offset welcome baby girl

Clickbait: Florida man says he wasn't drinking and driving - just drinking at stop signs

Historybook: RIP Alexander Hamilton (1804); The Rolling Stones perform first concert (1962); Geraldine Ferraro is 1st female VP candidate from major party (1984); HBD Malala Yousafzai (1997).

 
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- Malala Yousafzai

 
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