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What to watch for today
Narendra Modi begins a three-day visit to Israel. His will be the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister in what is being billed as an historic event. Trade between the nations passed $4 billion last year, up from $200 million in 1992. Expanding it will be a key topic of conversation.
Interpol discusses the “dark side” of the internet. The international police agency’s annual conference in Singapore will include an analysis of the Wannacry/Petya ransomware outbreaks and the “Darknet” that “enabled an unprecedented globalization of crime.”
Imagination Technologies releases its full-year results. The British tech firm, which for years supplied designs for Apple’s graphics chips, is up for sale following a decision by the iPhone maker to use its own designs instead. More than 40% of the company’s revenues last year came from Apple. Investors will look for news about possible buyers.
US markets are closed for the Independence Day holiday. Many Americans will hit the road, with gas prices at a 12-year low.
While you were sleeping
North Korea test-fired another ballistic missile into the sea. The latest launch comes ahead of the G-20 summit and as Americans celebrate Independence Day. The missile flew about 930 km (580 miles) for about 40 minutes, which means Alaska could be within range. South Korea warned it might have been an intercontinental ballistic missile, pending further review.
A prominent Silicon Valley VC resigned amid sexual harassment accusations… Dave McClure was accused of making sexual advances toward women seeking investments with his seed funding firm, 500 Startups. He wrote a public apology on Saturday entitled, “I’m a creep. I’m sorry,” and stepped down as general partner on Monday.
… and Fox Sports sacked a top executive amid similar claims. It didn’t specify why it fired Jamie Horowitz, head of sports programming, but it stressed the need for “professional conduct.” Fox News dropped presenter Bill O’Reilly over sexual-harassment claims in April, as well as CEO Roger Ailes last July. Both companies are part of 21st Century Fox.
Brazilian police arrested a close ally of embattled president Michel Temer. Authorities apprehended Geddel Vieira Lima, a former cabinet minister who quit last November, on suspicion of obstruction of justice. Deeply unpopular, Temer is at risk of being suspended from office if lawmakers authorize a corruption investigation against him. This won’t help.
Quartz obsession interlude
Kevin Delaney on what to do when your plane’s engine catches fire: “One of the flight attendants announced shortly after landing that there was an emergency, that we should leave all of our things on the plane and exit by the front door. Everyone made it out of the plane safely.” Read more here.
Matters of debate
Google is “digital truth serum” for people’s sexual desires. And online porn “is the biggest development in sexuality research ever.”
Ugliness is the peak of beauty in today’s fashion world. It’s a reaction to “normcore” nondescript clothing.
For the future of America, look to Texas. The population is shifting left, but the legislature is moving toward right-wing zealotry.
A forensic stabbing robot could help solve crimes. It offers 60 possible stabbing positions with “a range of stabbing implements.”
The White House pays women 20% less than men. That’s a pay gap wider than the national average.
Frogs survived the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. They acquired skills like living in trees and laying eggs on land.
Archaeologists discovered a tower of skulls in Mexico City. The Aztec site once struck fear into Spanish conquistadors.
NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation. Doing so helped it create a device that will adhere to almost anything.
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