Takeda-Shire deal, Facebook earnings, men named John

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What to watch for today

Judges deliver a verdict in the murder trial of inventor Peter Madsen. Danish prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the alleged killing and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died on Madsen’s homemade submarine in 2017.

Takeda faces a deadline for its $60 billion potential bid for Shire. The acquisition would put the Japanese pharmaceutical firm in the top ranks of global pharmaceutical companies. Under UK rules, it must bid for the British biopharma company or abandon the deal by this afternoon local time.

A report on match-fixing in tennis is published. The Independent Review Panel reveals its findings following a BuzzFeed and BBC investigation that exposed illegal betting in the sport in January 2016.

More protests in Armenia. The leader of the opposition, Nikol Pashinyan, called for people to turn out in the streets again after planned talks with the ruling Republican Party were canceled following the resignation of former prime minister Serzh Sarksyan on Monday. The opposition is accusing the party of trying to cling to power.

Facebook announces earnings. The company’s quarterly results will be a chance to see if ad inventory and prices have taken a hit from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In the previous quarter, ad impressions grew at 4% and prices went up 43%.

While you were sleeping

A federal judge ordered Donald Trump to reopen the DACA program. The judge said the White House’s attempt to end the Dreamers immigration program was “arbitrary and capricious,” and delayed the ruling on the program by 90 days to allow for the administration to make its case again to end the program.

Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Australia is going to South Korea instead. Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop confirmed that admiral Harry Harris would not be taking up the post in Canberra, which has been vacant for 18 months. The position in Seoul is seen as a more urgent post to be filled given the flurry of diplomatic activity on the Korean peninsula.

Serious soccer violence broke out in Liverpool. Police arrested two Italian men for the attempted murder of a 53-year-old man, who was left in critical condition during an altercation between fans of Liverpool and Roma. The home side beat Roma 5-2 in the Champions League match.

WhatsApp raised its minimum age in the EU. Users must now be at least 16 instead of 13 to use the Facebook-owned messaging service. The move complies with new data privacy rules that come into effect in the European Union next month.

Trump’s veteran affairs nomination fell apart. Ronny Jackson, the US president’s personal physician and nominee to run the massive department overseeing veterans’ benefits, is under scrutiny from lawmakers over alleged improper conduct. Trump suggested that Jackson should drop out (paywall) of the “ugly” and “disgusting” confirmation process.

Quartz obsession interlude

Katherine Foley on the bizarre holes NASA found in Arctic sea ice. “Harp and ring seals have been known to make these kinds of holes in thinner Arctic sea ice, and then use those holes repeatedly to come up for air. For that theory to hold, there needs to be a good explanation for why the sea ice in this particular spot is thin enough for the seals to break through.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

A respectful workplace is better than a nice one. Too much emphasis on niceness leads to poor decision-making and low levels of creativity.

Crazy Rich Asians still isn’t diverse enough. The movie, set largely in Singapore, has a mixed-race male lead and a conspicuous lack of dark-skinned actors.

Lack of competition is killing our privacy. Facebook users have nowhere to go if they’re fed up with data intrusions.

Surprising discoveries

Kim Jong-un is eating rösti at the inter-Korean summit. The North Korean leader will be treated to the potato dish at Friday’s meeting, in a nod to his childhood years spent in Switzerland.

There are fewer female Republican senators than those who are named John. This is despite the fact (paywall) that women make up half the US population and people named John 3.3%.

A shadow of a man shadow-boxing can help protect Japanese women who are home alone. A company developed “Man on the Curtain,” which projects moving shadows onto windows to deter potential intruders.

Police went to a funeral home to unlock a smartphone. Experts say the decision to use a dead man’s finger was legal.

Chinese tech companies are hiring women to help ease male coders’ stress. The “programmer motivators” talk to male colleagues and give them massages (paywall).

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