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Eye of a storm.

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The US stimulus package lost a crucial component. The Senate’s rule-keeper said a measure to raise the  federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 can’t be in the $1.9 trillion deal due to budgetary rules. The House will vote on its version of the bill today.

Dutch lawmakers called China’s actions against Uyghurs in Xinjiang a genocide. It is the first such formal recognition out of Europe, and comes days after Canada’s parliament reached the same conclusion.

India tightened the reins on social media and streaming. Effective immediately, services like Netflix will be asked to remove content deemed unlawful more quickly, while WhatsApp may be asked to break its encryption.

Europe’s expanded science and innovation fund wants your ideas. The €100 billion ($120 billion) Horizon Europe fund aims to finance “frontier” research over the next seven years, and increase support for turning applied research into goods and services.

Airbnb’s IPO was expensive. The $2.8 billion the company spent on stock compensation brought its quarterly loss to $3.9 billion.

ByteDance reached a $92 million privacy settlement. The deal in Illinois could end a series of class-action claims alleging that the company unlawfully collected the biometric data of teen TikTok users.

Two more vaccines were approved in China. Doses from CanSino Biologics and Wuhan Institute of Biological Products will join Sinovac and Sinopharm as the only Covid-19 vaccines available in mainland China.

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Markets haiku: What even is Koss?

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Some gains are worth looking at twice.

Koss was looking grim
Reddit made it a meme stock
Now Boss Koss is rich

Shares of Koss Corp., a maker of headphones, shot up 16.8% to $21.53 today, after an even bigger spike yesterday, making it the latest company to capture the enthusiastic interest of retail investors.

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Behind Hong Kong’s crowdsourced protest manual

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FILE PHOTO: Health workers are seen in protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of…

“It’s like running a business. You need to find good people, you need to keep good people, you need to make them better people. You often need to find the resources, maybe its funding, cars, supplies. And they are fairly boring elements, I suppose. But they are precisely the thing that you need.”

The HK19 Manual,” a crowdsourced archive of Hong Kong protesters’ know-how created to help future demonstrators, has already been partially translated into Burmese and widely shared among protesters in Myanmar, who are demonstrating against the Feb. 1 military coup. Mary Hui spoke with a key contributor about putting together the protest manual and the broader lessons about social movements.

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Surprising discoveries

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The Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold last week.

Texans are getting a little help from afar. A New Jersey plumber heard about all the burst pipes, so he started driving.

Yellow penguins are real. A condition that prevents its feathers from making melanin gives this Antarctic bird its hue.

A “cruise missile type of thing.” One pilot flying over Kentucky saw something nobody can identify. It was really fast.

Covid can’t stop sumo in Japan. After most competitions were canceled, one veteran wrestler founded a tournament via video entry.

Plants give prisoner inmates a little peace. Their presence has been linked to lower levels of violence and self-harm.


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