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Monday | 5.14.18
Israel's Netta Barzilai takes home the Eurovision Song Contest trophy


BUSINESS


  • In what could be a historical first, a printer-related process has been successfully halted as Xerox has ended its $6.1 billion sale to Fujifilm, opting for a deal with activist investors instead. The company may go up for auction in the near future, though Fujifilm plans to fight the breakup, contending that Xerox doesn't have the legal right to terminate the agreement. BBC
                             

  • "Too many jobs in China lost"... words you wouldn't have expected to be tweeted out by President Donald Trump but here we are as he announced over the weekend that the Commerce Department has been instructed to throw a lifeline to ZTE, the Chinese telecommunication giant. The company had been struck with an order by the Commerce Department last month that banned American companies from selling to it as a result of breaking terms related to a 2017 settlement arising from evasion of U.S. sanctions on selling to Iran. MarketWatch
                             


POLITICS


  • The U.S. opens its interim embassy in Jerusalem today, simultaneously delighting Israel and infuriating much of the Arab world and Western allies. The move follows the decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of U.S. policy and throwing a wrench into Jared Kushner's nearly successful bid for peace in the Middle East. Reuters
                             


SPORTS


  • [Basketball] The Boston Celtics jumped out of the gate of the Eastern Conference Final, taking Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers with an impressive 25-point win. The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets begin their own series tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Yahoo
                             

  • [Hockey] The Washington Capitals built on their lead in the Eastern Conference Final, moving up to 2-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Winnipeg Jets are looking to do the same as they play against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 at 8 p.m. ET tonight. Bleacher Report
                             

  • [Golf] Webb Simpson won the Players Championship in dominating fashion, finishing by four strokes ahead of the pack. Eyes were focused on Tiger Woods all weekend as he showed flickers of his past greatness, making an unexpected weekend run that briefly put him in second place. The weekend also saw the crowning of a new world No. 1 as Dustin Johnson's 15-month reign came to an end, replaced by Justin Thomas. SB Nation
                             


CULTURE


  • Israel's Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with the song "Toy". It was the 63rd annual edition of the singing competition that featured representatives from 43 countries. ABC
                             

  • Thousands of GIFs posted to social media later, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been saved by NBC following the decision to end the cop comedy on Fox after five seasons. Variety
                             

  • The Social Security Administration has revealed the most popular baby names from 2017: Liam and Emma. The selections shouldn't come as a surprise, as the latter also held the top spot for the previous three years as well. Also not a shock is the declining popularity of the name Alexa, following the growing ubiquity of Amazon's virtual assistant. What is a surprise though, the names Michael and Emily failed to crack the top 10, a status that both had previously held for decades. USA Today
                             


TO SHARE


  • Although I must admit that I find the style of writing that dominates college application essays rather tedious, the stories that come from these five high schoolers and their writing about work, money, and social class is still worthwhile: New York Times
                             

  • [1:04] Donald Glover's latest music video, This Is America, works perfectly with Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe... which further highlights the unsettling nature of the first work and the pop perfection of the latter. YouTube
                             

  • If you thought the above was disturbing, wait until you check out these 21 photographs of pizzas that are an affront to the eyes BuzzFeed
                             

 

Crushing a billiard ball with a hydraulic press [VideoGiphy
                         


For more destructive GIFs, but on a larger scale, enjoy NASA's depiction of a black hole consuming a star Imgur
                         
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