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Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Taiwan earthquake, Broncos beat the Panthers, Obama hates his Wi-Fi

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What to watch for today

Candidates hit the home stretch in New Hampshire. With one day left before the state’s presidential primary, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio will fight to stay in the lead there. As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton continues to trail Bernie Sanders in state polls.

More than 100 people are still trapped in rubble in Taiwan. An earthquake killed at least 35 in Taiwan and cut off water to hundreds of thousands of homes. One collapsed residential building was discovered to have been built partly with empty paint cans.

​India hears a testimony from an American terrorist​. David Headley, a Pakistan-born US national who has already been convicted in the US for his part in the 2010 Mumbai terror attack, will be deposed by a special court in the city.

Earnings from 21st Century Fox​. Rupert Murdoch’s media and entertainment company is expected to report a decline in profits despite a rise in revenue. To cut $250 million from its overheads, the company has said it plans to offer voluntary employee buyouts.

​The reviewer gets reviewed​. Yelp will release its fourth-quarter earnings. Analysts expect an increase in revenue, aided by growth in SeatMe, Yelp’s online reservation service.

Over the Weekend

The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. The Colorado team beat the Caroline Panthers 24-10 at the 50th annual American football championship. The closely watched half-time show featured Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars.

North Korea fired a rocket. Pyongyang launched the rocket, which may have violated Japanese airspace, on Sunday morning, prompting the UN Security Council to threaten fresh sanctions. China tried to persuade North Korea not to provoke its neighbors, but it launched the rocket on a major Chinese holiday.

Turkey established refugee camps in Syria… Aid workers have put up tents and organized supplies for thousands of newly arrived displaced people, in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers entering the country. Turkey is under pressure from the EU to stem the flow of migrants.

…as more troops may be heading there. A United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday that the country is ready to send soldiers to fight ISIL as part of an international coalition. Saudi Arabia issued a similar statement earlier last week.

Haiti’s president stepped down. Michel Martelly resigned from his post despite there being no clear successor, leaving an interim government to control the country. General elections set for January were postponed after allegations of fraud, and will now take place in April.

Credit Suisse’s chief requested a pay cut. Tidjane Thiam asked for a 25-50% reduction in his bonus after the bank posted its first loss in eight years in 2015, according to the Financial Times (paywall). The CEO suggested the cut would be an act of “solidarity.”

Quartz obsession interlude

Kate Groetzinger on all-you-can-fly subscription services: ”You’d have to be a relatively heavy-duty domestic US traveler for OneGo’s roughly $36,000 in annual charges to represent a cost-savings. The idea is that those who join OneGo will, ‘just naturally fly more,’ Paulius Grigas, its founder and CEO, told Mashable. ‘With all-you-can-eat kind of services, people eat more,’ he said.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Older feminists are not happy that young women are backing Bernie Sanders. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Madeleine Albright said (paywall).

Superman was at his best when he was an immigrant driven by truth and justice. He’s gotten boring since he’s become an all-powerful member of the establishment.

Live sports data risks putting announcers out of a job. Real-time information could allow us to analyze games ourselves.

Surprising discoveries

Even the Obamas have problems with the White House Wi-Fi. “It can be a little sketchy,” Michelle said.

A Swiss city banned silent discos over noise complaints. Lausanne found that party-goers couldn’t help singing out loud.

Rom-coms are dangerous for women. They desensitize audiences to the signs of stalking.

New York is the most talkative state in the US. Residents in the state use far more words than people elsewhere.

Henry VIII may have suffered an NFL-style head injury. Yale researchers think brain trauma from a jousting accident caused his erratic behavior.

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