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Netflix is spending $2.5 billion on South Korean film and TV shows. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO, announced the investment after meeting South Korea’s president Yoon Suk Yeol. In 2021, South Korean culture exports reached a record $12.4 billion.
Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News. The most popular primetime anchor in the US split with the network less than a week after it settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $800 million (see more below).
North Dakota passed one of the US’s strictest abortion laws. The new law bans abortions at six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother—all of which would have to be proven in court.
Xerox is giving away the lab in which the modern world was born. Palo Alto Research Center, which produced the PC, the mouse, Ethernet, and the laser printer, will now be run by SRI International, a nonprofit institute.
The US Federal Aviation Administration didn’t anticipate a Starship dust storm. After SpaceX’s historic test launch last week, a layer of sand coated nearby areas and needs to be cleaned up.
Big shakeups at big media outlets
In the course of 24 hours, Don Lemon was fired from CNN, Tucker Carlson and Fox News broke up, and NBCUniversal’s CEO Jeff Shell quit after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a colleague.
The dramatic and swift departures have sparked more questions than answers. How will turbulence at the top affect NBCUniversal’s already lagging Peacock streaming service? Does it even matter who hosts CNN shows if nobody is watching cable news? And should we ever trust anyone who says “We’ll be back on Monday” again?
The countries with the worst malaria rates
Today is World Malaria Day, but one region—Africa—continues to carry a disproportionately high share of cases of the mosquito-borne disease, 95% of them to be exact.
Vaccine advancements could start to curb these statistics. This month, Ghana became the first country in the world to approve Oxford’s new malaria vaccine for use in children aged between five months and three years, with Nigeria following suit.
🎵 Let’s get to court
“I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim... It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry. There’s only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music. Coincidence is bound to happen if 60,000 songs are being released every day on Spotify. That’s 22 million songs a year. And there’s only 12 notes that are available.”
—Ed Sheeran, after winning a copyright battle in the UK in June 2022 over his 2017 hit song “Shape of You.” The English pop star is now going to court over his song “Thinking Out Loud,” which the family of Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye’s co-writer, argues ripped off “Let’s Get It On.”
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is appearing on music charts, too. Jack Black’s “Peaches”—the ballad of a big spiky turtle-type thing who loves a wide-eyed princess—is the actor/comedian/singer’s first solo song on the Billboard Hot 100.
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