🌎 Bob Iger's big, risky bet

Plus: Stop hogging the frame, Earth.

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Ecuador’s presidential hopeful Fernando Villavicencio was shot dead. A former journalist and trade unionist, Villavicencio had vowed to fight corruption and organized crime.

Disney’s Bob Iger is betting on sports gambling to boost ESPN’s revenue. But ESPN’s $2 billion licensing deal with PENN Entertainment risks soiling the media brand’s reputation.


Elon Musk’s X was fined $350,000. The company was found in contempt of court for delays in complying with an order to hand over data related to Donald Trump’s account.

Amazon has a fake books problem. Author Jane Friedman recorded her struggle in trying to get AI-generated books falsely published under her name removed from the online store.


It turns out that LK-99 is most likely a funky magnet with potential. Dreams of a groundbreaking superconductor have been corroded, but not completely dashed.

Satellites are getting interested in more than just Earth

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The sensors on most satellites are preoccupied with the same thing: our terrestrial home. It makes sense—Earth is where everybody is, and therefore it’s where all the money is.

But as the space beyond our planet becomes more economically important, there’s a lot more interest in pointing those sensors away from us and at orbiting spacecraft, debris, potentially dangerous asteroids, and even the Moon.


If you’ve noticed that you rarely see a picture of a spacecraft in orbit, well, that’s about to change.

One fake number: 10,000

The number of daily steps that was once universally seen as the benchmark for healthy living


A Japanese study earlier this year put the goal at 5,000 to 7,000. A new meta analysis of 17 other studies around the world says that number is more like 4,000. That’s not to say you should reduce the amount of movement in your day, but it is an example of how sometimes facts and guidelines arrive into the public consciousness through, essentially, marketing.

The Uber alternative is pulling an Uber

Lyft is throwing surge pricing out the window, in no small part “because riders hate it with a fiery passion,” the ridesharing company’s CEO David Risher said. Touché.


While the change may be heralded by app users, it’s not great news for drivers, who will inevitably keep on earning less in the process. A tense driver dynamic is something Lyft’s competitor Uber knows a thing or two about, and both companies are now facing a potentially unsustainable driver supply in their quest for profit.

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