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Allez les Bleus!
France won the 2018 World Cup yesterday beating Croatia by a score of 4-2. The scoring began with Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic becoming the first player to ever score an own goal in a World Cup final after accidentally heading a free kick into his own goal, giving France a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. France took advantage of opportunities, scoring twice in each half, despite Croatia controlling the ball over 60% of the time (summary here). The win is France's second World Cup in its history and its first since 1998 - watch the team's jubilant celebration here. While US viewership plummeted with the Men's National Team not making the field, the Cup dominated on streaming - early returns show fans streamed over 23 million hours through the quarterfinals, nearly double the numbers through the entire 2014 tournament. 

The next World Cup will be held in 2022 in Qatar - the first ever in the Arab world - with Brazil as the way-too-early favorites.

Amazon Prime Day Kicks Off.
Amazon Prime Day begins today, with the online retail giant planning to place a steep discount on over 1 million items. The sale - which will last for 36 hours, beginning at 3pm ET this afternoon - has become symbolic of Amazon's weight in the retail market as well as the shift in consumer preferences toward e-commerce. Online shopping has grown to $120B annually in the US (see data), up from essentially zero in the late 90's, and Amazon's share of that market is close to 50% - or 5% of all retail sales in the country each year. Amazon has leaned into the event, which began in 2015, doubling the number of items on sale from 2017's Prime Day. Analysts think the company may make up to $3.6B on the sale, a haul that has forced brick-and-mortar stores like Target and Macy's to offer their own deals

Plan on taking advantage? Here are some of the best offers

Trump-Putin Summit.
President Trump meets this morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a highly anticipated summit in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Analysts believe Putin will press Trump to ease sanctions imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed part of Ukraine, while Trump will push Moscow for increased cooperation in Syria, where Russia has become a central player in propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The meeting comes just as Special Counsel Robert Mueller released the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hack of the Clinton campaign, and follows a series of brash meetings with European leaders. The meeting takes places at 7am eastern time. 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Novak Djokovic wins his 4th Wimbledon title (More) | Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon championship (More)  
John Cynn wins World Series of Poker main event & $8.8M prize money (More)
Scarlett Johansson drops out of transgender film role following backlash from trans community (More)

Science & Technology.

Study finds ticks that carry Lyme disease spreading, now in 84 counties across 24 states where they had never been previously observed (More)
Tests show that mice and rats commit the "sunk cost fallacy" like humans, where they stick to a choice despite a better alternative due to time and energy previously invested (More)
Scientists show that the molding, or plasticity, of individual brain synapses, are linked to unique memories, even when two separate memories are linked to the same event (More)

Business & Markets.

Bank stocks (JPMorgan, Citi) deliver strong earnings, but stocks fall given high Wall Street expectations (More)
US House meeting with Facebook, Youtube & Twitter on Tuesday for testimony on whether social platforms are filtering content for political reasons (More)
Rolls-Royce plans to design flying taxi for use in next decade (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

Protests turn violent after Chicago police fatally shoot black man; officials say protests fueled by false reports on social media (More) | Body camera footage released (More)
Suicide bomber kills 128 and injures 150 at campaign rally in Pakistan, the country's worst attack since 2014 (More)
China files complaint with World Trade Organization over proposed additional tariffs by US (More)
By 2040, half the US population will be concentrated in just eight states (paywall).

Photos of the devastating Japanese floods that killed over 200 people

The 20 US cities with the fastest cost of living increases in 2018

See the celebs that took in Wimbledon over the weekend

Here's the average age that individuals become millionaires

Paradox: Open offices actually reduce face-to-face time by 70%, study finds

Coworking giant WeWork will no longer let employees expense meals that contain meat

Florida beach reopens after a rare double shark attack

One final Blockbuster remains in America - in Bend, Oregon

Clickbait: Jaguar escapes from enclosure, stalks the rest of the zoo

Historybook: District of Columbia established as capital of US (1790); RIP Mary Todd Lincoln (1882); 1st successful atom bomb test (1945); Apollo 11 launches with first astronauts who will walk on the moon (1969); John F. Kennedy, Jr dies in plane crash (1999).

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- Neil Armstrong

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