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Tuesday | 5.22.18


  • The Mark Zuckerberg apology tour continues today as the Facebook CEO meets with the European Parliament at 12:15 p.m. ET. The appearance — which will be live-streamed — will likely focus on the social network's involvement with Cambridge Analytica and its effect on EU citizens. The Guardian

  • Epic Games has announced that it will provide $100 million in prize pool money for competitions of the popular battle royale shooter Fortnite, an eye-popping figure that dwarfs similar esport rewards. The free-to-play game has become a cultural sensation, with estimates saying it generates more than $1 million per day from mobile plays alone. The Verge


  • Primary election season continues unabated, featuring voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas heading to the polls today. Although largely conservative-leaning states, the races tomorrow provide an intriguing peek at voter sentiment for both Republicans and Democrats, pitting mini-Trumps and unapologetic progressives versus more moderate opponents. For more on which races to look out for today, head here: FiveThirtyEight

  • In a hit to workers' rights, the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws. The ruling came as major employers, such as Ernst & Young and Epic Systems, have required individual employees, as a condition of employment, to waive their rights to join a class-action suit. Employees have fought back, arguing that the amounts earned in individual arbitration would be minimal compared to the legal fees they would have to pay. NPR


  • [Basketball] Another big game from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have evened up the Eastern Conference final to two games apiece after initially trailing 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the series. The series now heads back to Boston where a critical Game 5 will take place tomorrow.

    Over in the West, the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets reconvene for Game 4 in Oakland. The Warriors hold a 2-1 lead in the series. Yahoo

  • [Hockey] The Washington Capitals have forced a decisive Game 7 after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday, 3-0. Game 7 will take place on Wednesday in Tampa. The Caps were playing desperate after losing three consecutive games and with their first trip to the Stanley Cup final in two decades on the line, resulting in a energetic and determined effort pushing the series to the brink. ESPN


  • The U.S. Postal Office announced that it will issue its first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps, with the secret smell to be unveiled on June 20. If there was ever a reason for me to ditch electronic mail delivery of this newsletter and move to paper, these scratch-and-sniff stamps would be it. USA Today

  • Netflix has announced that Barack and Michelle Obama have inked a multi-year deal to produce films and series for the streaming service. The content is yet to be revealed, though the former president provided a statement that hinted that they "hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world". Really though, the only question I'm wondering is what happens if one of Obama's shows scores better ratings than The ApprenticeVox


  • An entirely too fascinating peek at how tree trunks are cut to produce wood in different shapes and uses ArchDaily

  • Another life skill to add to your repertoire: which mini alcohol bottles mix the best with a Wendy's Frosty treat? The Takeout

  • While we're on the topic of combining ingredients, what's up with the allure of eating gold, brought back into the spotlight by gold-coated chicken wings — concocted by none other than Jonathan Cheban, best known as Kim Kardashian's BFF The New Yorker

  • If you're a leader at an organization hoping to elicit questions, don't just ask "any questions?". You'll likely just get a bunch of silence. Here's what Steve Jobs reportedly did instead... The Mission


These magnets colliding are how I imagine disco balls are born [VideoGiphy

Further evidence that little kids are no different than drunk adults Imgur
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