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Dorian Strengthens Again.
Hurricane Dorian regained strength, turning back into a Category 3 storm as it crawled up the US Atlantic Coast overnight. The eye of the storm - which has doubled in size to about 50 miles wide - is expected to remain offshore, potentially making landfall along North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday before continuing to head northeast (see trajectory). Despite staying off the coast, the storm brought 80 mph winds and dropped up to three inches of rain in Central Florida yesterday - no significant flooding was reported. In the Bahamas, where Dorian slowed to a crawl over two days, the reported death toll reached 20 with officials estimating billions of dollars in damage to homes, building, and island infrastructure. One resident assessing her neighborhood said it felt like a "bomb went off" (paywall, NYT).
Streaming video giant YouTube will pay a $170M fine levied by the Federal Trade Commission and New York's attorney general for illegally collecting info on child users without parental consent. Regulators said the company, owned by Google, then knowingly used the info to target children with advertisements. $136M of the total will go to the FTC - the rest goes to New York - the largest fine ever collected for a violation of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act. The company reportedly marketed the opportunity to advertisers, despite claiming it doesn't have any users under 13 years of age because the user agreement prohibits it. Critics panned the settlement as a "rounding error" for a company that netted $3.4B in video ad revenue last year.
Across the Atlantic, reports say that Google created a workaround to avoid new European data protection laws, with a maximum fine of $27B.
Extradition Bill Withdrawn.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked over three months of protests. The bill would allow anyone accused of a crime by the central Chinese government to be handed over from Hong Kong to Beijing. Hong Kong has operated under a "one country, two systems" framework since leaving British rule in 1997 (see more), and critics say the bill was the next step in Beijing exerting its influence over the democracy-friendly semi-autonomous region. Lam - who is not directly elected by Hong Kongers, but chosen by a panel of pro-Beijing officials - had been previously instructed not to cave into any demands. It remains to be seen whether the bill withdrawal will quell the protests, which would be entering their 14th weekend, as demonstrators had put forth a list of five major grievances.
> Victim of 2015 sexual assault by Brock Turner at Stanford University reveals real name as Chanel Miller; Miller was previously known as 'Emily Doe' to protect her privacy during the trial and its aftermath (More)
> ESPN's The Body Issue released with NBA star Chris Paul, golfer Brooks Koepka, and gymnast Katelyn Ohashi among 21 athletes photographed nude for the annual edition (More) | NFL regular season kicks off tonight as the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears (More)
> Man charged with selling fentanyl-laced counterfeit opioids to rapper Mac Miller two days prior to Miller's accidental overdose death in 2018 (More)
Science & Technology.
> New research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex had biological "air conditioner" in its head; holes in skull functioned as circulatory cooling system similar to modern alligators (More)
> Amazon reportedly testing system in brick-and-mortar retail that allows you to pay by scanning your hand (More)
> Allen Institute's AI program Aristo scores 90% on a 8th grade exam, 80% on a 12th grade exam (More) | ...and read 1440's guide on machine learning (More)
Business & Markets.
> Michigan becomes first US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes in effort to curb youth vaping (More) > Workplace communication platform Slack reports first earnings as public company, beating Wall Street expectations but projecting greater future losses; shares down ~13% in after-hours trading (More)
> LinkedIn releases annual list of top 50 startups where Americans want to work (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.
> UK House of Commons votes to bar the country from exiting the European Union without a deal in place; bill needs to overcome a filibuster threat in the House of Lords (More)
>Election 2020: Rep. Bill Flores (R, TX-17) to resign after current term, becomes 5th Texas Republican congressman to retire this cycle (More) | ...as does Democrat Susan Davis (CA-53) (More) | ...you can follow all 2020 retirements here (More) | ..and Instagram, WhatsApp are most likely targets for 2020 disinformation campaigns (More)
> Federal judge rules US terrorist "watch list" violating due process due to the secrecy of the process determining who gets added (More)
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Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You.
Atlantic | Zachary Fryer-Biggs. While military weaponry has been somewhat autonomous since the dawn of the Computer Age, the next wave of tech-driven warfare may be almost entirely human-less. But how much control should machines have - and what are the ramifications of the ability to wage war without the loss of human lives? (Read)
The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History.
City Lab | Jonathan English. The Marchetti Constant states that people are usually willing to commute to work if it takes less than 30 minutes. But it's more than a preference for convenience - the principle has shaped how cities are designed since ancient Rome. (Read)
Historybook: First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia (1774); HBD actress Raquel Welch (1940); Freddie Mercury born (1946); Voyager 1 is launched, is currently most distant man-made object from Earth (1977); RIP Mother Teresa (1997).
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