Ebola reaches the US… An unnamed man was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Dallas, Texas, after coming to the US from Liberia. The head of the US Centers for Disease Control said he has “no doubt we will stop this in its tracks,” and indeed it is almost impossible for the disease to spread in the United States—but shares of drug firms spiked anyway.
…As Nigeria gets its outbreak under control. All known Ebola patients in the country are now being treated and no new cases have been reported for a month. Senegal has also not had any new cases for a month, and its only patient has recovered.
Reddit taps celebrities and Silicon Valley for funding. The social media site raised $50 million from rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Jared Leto along with venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel, valuing it at a reported $500 million. Investors will also give 10% of their shares to Reddit users, who monitor the site and perform crucial maintenance tasks.
Microsoft demos Windows 10—mysteriously skips Windows 9. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will offer an early version of the operating system that it plans on delivering in mid-2015. Windows 10 strips away many of the Windows 8 features that drove users to buy tablets instead of upgrading their current PCs.
The UK finally joins the battle against the Islamic State. The Royal Air Force said its jets destroyed an armored truck and a “heavy weapon position” in Iraq. Kurdish forces said the attacks helped them win control of an area near the Iraq-Syria border.
EU sanctions on Russia will stay put. Despite the progress made since Russia and Ukraine signed a ceasefire agreement on Sept. 5, an EU spokeswoman said that more needs to be done before sanctions can be lifted. Yesterday was the bloodiest day of fighting since the peace deal was reached—seven Ukrainian troops were killed near Donetsk airport.
Catalonia scraps independence vote marketing blitz. When the Catalonian government scheduled a Nov. 9 referendum on its sovereignty, the Spanish government asked the constitutional court to intervene. Sure enough, it did, prompting Catalonia to stop publicizing the referendum (paywall) for fear of defying the court’s ruling. Private individuals, however, are still free to beat the independence drum.
Kenya magically becomes a middle-income country. After Kenya’s statistics agency rebased GDP figures and tweaked an Excel spreadsheet, the economy “grew” by 25% to an annual GDP of $55.2 billion last year versus a previously reported $44.1 billion. The World Bank now considers the African nation to be a “middle-income” economy instead of a “low-income” one. Even with per capita GDP now $1,246, however, poverty levels remain at 45.9%.
Sweden’s sewage has an explosive secret. The pipes that run under the homes of Stockholm’s 700,000 residents are being retrofitted with sensors that can detect the chemicals bomb makers use to manufacture their explosives. Members of the UK’s Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Homeland Security have taken an interest in the project, which is known as “Emphasis”.