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Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—Iran’s nuclear strides, the second Germanwings black box, Apple spars with Europe, Indian business wives

By Stefan Constantinescu
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What to watch for today

Hillary Clinton’s email server. A US House of Representatives committee is demanding that the former first lady and possible presidential candidate hand over the private email server she used for email as US secretary of state. Clinton has said she deleted 30,000 personal emails from the server and submitted work-related ones to the State Department.

Car makers battle at New York’s auto show. Companies will flout their latest models and futuristic concepts, including an Audi modified with autonomous driving technology that began its trip to New York from California about a week ago.

The US jobs report for March. Unemployment is expected to stay unchanged at 5.5%. Anything much higher could impact markets, by suggesting that the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates sooner.

Good Friday. The New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ will be closed for the Christian holiday. Major markets in London, Paris, and Frankfurt will close on Friday and the Monday after (April 6). Several exchanges in Asia will also take off.

While you were sleeping

Iran and six world powers reach a preliminary nuclear deal. Many details of the agreement struck by Iran and six global powers in Switzerland haven’t been made public, but Iran’s foreign minister said negotiators had found “solutions” on the country’s contentious nuclear program, after eight days of talks. A drafted comprehensive nuclear accord is expected by June 30.

The second Germanwings black box was found. After searching for a little over week, authorities are hoping the black box reveals more clues about the co-pilot suspected of intentionally crashing a commercial airplane, which killed 150 people on-board. German prosecutors also revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz searched for information about suicide and cockpit doors, based on the browser history of a tablet found in his Duesseldorf apartment.

European regulators homed in on Apple’s music streaming plans. The Financial Times reports that Apple’s relationship with record labels is being closely scrutinized (paywall), with European regulators sending questionnaires to labels about how the electronics maker is doing business. Apple faced a similar issue in the US over electronic books that resulted in steep fines.

Airbnb came to Cuba. The home rental website has launched in Cuba, giving its 11.5 million citizens the chance to earn extra income from the pending flood of American tourists. Roughly 1,000 listing are available, most in the capital, Havana.

An American citizen was charged with conspiring to help terrorists. Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh, a Texas-born 29-year-old, was secretly flown to the United States after being captured in Pakistan where it’s alleged he was one of al-Qaeda’s top operatives.

Quartz obsession interlude

Leo Mirani on Google’s run-in with European regulators. “For Google and Europe, it is only the end of beginning. After five years of wrangling, three attempts at some sort of settlement, and a change of guard at the top of European bureaucracy, Europe is getting ready to file formal antitrust charges against Google.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Comedians sometimes say inappropriate things—get over it. The South African comic who’s set to replace Jon Stewart made a few jokes that weren’t great, just like every other comic.

More education won’t fix income inequality. Earning a degree will earn you more money, but no where near as much as the well-to-do (paywall).

Nigeria’s election is a victory for democracy. The danger Nigerian citizens subjected themselves to by voting deserves to be praised and met with a smooth political transition.

Loan sharks will always find a way. So-called “payday lenders” that offer short-term loans with absurdly high interest rates are immune to US government regulation.

Surprising discoveries

General Electric is building a giant gas turbine. The turbine, which weighs as much as a Boeing 737 and can power 400,000 homes, is a bet on growth in global electricity consumption and GE’s renewed industrial focus.

Rich Indian businessmen are bringing their wives to work. The heads of companies are putting their wives on company boards to comply with a new quota law.

Perfume can make you smell better the more you sweat. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast invented a perfume that amps up its scent in reaction to moisture, while also reducing bad odors associated with sweat.

Associating with Snoop Dogg can damage your career. A Texas state trooper was scolded and required to seek counseling after posing for a photo with famed rap artist Snoop Dogg at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

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