Germany avoids a recession. Consumers, state spending, and construction drove a 0.1% quarterly expansion, defying expectations of a contraction in Europe's largest economy. In particular, German manufacturers are struggling with lower demand from overseas.
US-China trade talks have a farm problem. While Trump has touted Chinese commitments to buy up to $50 billion of agricultural products, the Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing wants some wiggle room.
Apple is still living in 2015. It’s been a long time since anyone got too excited about a MacBook Pro, but the new 16-inch model fixes a few long-simmering complaints with the popular workhorse notebook.
Your streaming update
Disney+ first-day numbers are in. Despite a somewhat rocky launch, the company said they garnered 10 million sign-ups in one day, sending the company's stock up around 7%, CNBC reports.
Netflix and Nickelodeon partner up. In an apparent response to the family-friendly Disney+ launch, Netflix is expanding its work with Nickelodeon to offer more childhood classics as well as new productions, TechCrunch reports.
Taming big tech
A privacy win for international travelers. In a dramatic shift, a US federal judge ruled that travelers’ laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other devices cannot be searched without probable cause.
Capitalism and its discontents
Your personal data helps manipulate capitalism. Social platforms and online companies tell us to "provide accurate information about yourself" because they want one precise version of ourselves for them to monetize.
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Impeachment hearings offered new details on Trump’s Ukraine dealings. Career diplomat Bill Taylor testified that the US ambassador to the European Union said Trump cared more about investigating rival Joe Biden than about any policies toward Ukraine. Hearings will resue on Friday.
A 2020 US election simulation resulted in 32 dead and 200 injured. A recent trial run—dubbed Operation Blackout— illustrated just how wrong things could go if groups tried to subvert the upcoming general election, according to documents reviewed by Quartz.
They're coming for your wallet
Google plans to offer checking accounts. According to the Wall Street Journal, you’ll be able to stash your money with the tech giant starting next year, with accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union at Stanford University.
How Zuckerberg plans to make money with Facebook Pay. Even as it drives deeper into commerce and digital transactions, which hasn't always gone well, Facebook is likely to rely on ads as its main money-maker for the foreseeable future.
When I talk to people about Facebook's drive into payments, they often think it's because the company wants to diversify beyond ads. But a review of earnings calls shows that that's not what Zuckerberg has in mind—at least not anytime soon. Instead, he sees payments and commerce as a way to make Facebook ads even more valuable.
The new consumer
Women are buying their own jewelry rather than waiting for gifts. Such changes in shopping behavior mean that the gift-giving season is becoming less important for jewelry stores in the US.
Porno for patriots
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