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Tuesday | 5.1.18
Rodrigo Koxa on the largest wave ever surfed, 80 feet tall.


BUSINESS


  • All eyes on Apple today as it reveals quarterly earnings this afternoon, though expectations are low as investors fear that iPhone sales have softened. That said, estimates put the fruit company at $61 billion in revenue last quarter, about 15% growth compared to last year... Recode
                             

  • The Federal Reserve meets today to kickoff a two-day policy meeting, though investors are pretty, pretty sure that no rate hikes will take place this time around. Instead, expect additional hints that rates will move upwards after the June 12-13 meeting as inflation creeps up and unemployment continues its trend downward.. Reuters
                             

  • Facebook's annual F8 conference begins today at 10 a.m. PT, likely striking a different note than last year's after a rough few months that featured Congressional testimony and unpleasant news cycles. Still, you can expect some new announcements from this developer-focused event, including focus on data-sharing, privacy, news feed, and augmented/virtual reality. Wired
                             
    Related: WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has decided to leave Facebook due to disagreements regarding data privacy and encryption, saying "it is time for me to move on [...] I'm taking some time off to do things I enjoy [...] such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches". And that's how you write a resignation letter. TechCrunch
                             


POLITICS


  • "trade wars are good, and easy to win"... The Trump administration has decided to delay imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum until at least June 1, reportedly because new agreements are nearly made with Australia, Argentina, and Brazil that could negate the need for tariffs altogether. Originally scheduled to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, tariff discussions continue with Canada, Mexico, and the EU. NPR
                             

  • These are reportedly the questions that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to ask President Donald Trump: New York Times
                             


SPORTS


  • [Basketball] The Boston Celtics took a 1-0 lead in their quarter-final series against the Philadelphia 76ers, continuing their playoff success despite missing All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Game 2 will take place on Thursday.

    Today is the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors begin their series at 8 p.m. ET, while the New Orleans Pelicans seek to even their series against the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET. Yahoo
                             

  • [Hockey] The Vegas Golden Knights took a series lead against the San Jose Sharks, moving to 2-1 after winning eight minutes into overtime. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins to even their series to a game apiece.

    Two game tonight, with both series tied up: the Washington Capitals vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET and the Nashville Predators vs. the Winnipeg Jets at 8 p.m. ET. SB Nation
                             

  • [Surfing] The World Surf League has determined that Rodrigo Koxa has ridden the biggest wave ever surfed, measuring 80 feet high off Portugal's coast back in November. The new record overtakes the previous high of 78 feet set in 2011. ESPN
                             


CULTURE


  • Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards take place this morning, revealed by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee. This season's juggernaut will likely be "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which has been praised by critics and audiences alike. The awards ceremony will take place on June 10. Variety
                             

  • Actress Ashley Judd has filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging that her career was damaged following her refusal of his advances. One of the first women to make on-the-record allegations against Weinstein, Judd issued a statement saying that any financial compensation from the lawsuit would be donated to the Time's Up movement. The Guardian
                             


TO SHARE


  • It's finally the start to a new month: "Every New Movie and TV Show Coming to Netflix In May" Thrillist
                             

  • And while you're binging on some comedy, enjoy this history of the laugh track Slate
                             

  • And if you're watching some superhero flicks, ask yourself why the women don't wear ponytails Racked
                             

  • "Hundreds evacuated a college library, fearing a gas leak. It was a durian." Washington Post
                             

 

This holographic spinning device (yes, I'm pretty sure that's the technical term for it) is all sorts of wondrous, view more here: Twitter
                         


In more odd technology, this is a projector smartwatch that turns your arm into a touchscreen The Verge
                         
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