Tuesday 06.27.17

“The surest way to become tense, awkward and confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard- one that thinks too much." -Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh


Brazil's Michel Temer charged with corruption The President of Brazil, Michel Temer, was charged by Brazil’s chief prosecutor for accepting bribes by the the boss of a giant meatpacking firm implicated in a corruption scandal.  - BBC

U.S. Believes Syria Is Prepping Another Chemical Attack White House Officials believe the U.S has detected what may be evidence of the Syrian government preparing for another chemical-weapons attack. The White House has warned that the country’s ruler and military would “pay a heavy price” if they carried out a strike.  - Wall Street Journal

EU slams Google with €2.4B fine Antitrust regulators in the European Union have levied Google with a record $2.7 billion fine yesterday, this shows that the EU is taking a tough stand on the company's dominance in searches and smartphones.  - Seeking Alpha

Your smartphone makes you stupid, study shows A recent study by researchers at the university's McCombs School of Business found that people with their phones in another room "significantly outperformed" those who had their phones on the desk in computer-based tests that needed their full concentration, and did slightly better than those who had their phones in a pocket.  - CNET

Banks' blockchain consortium picks IBM for trade finance platform IBM is developing blockchain-based platforms for seven large banks based in Europe. Among those on the list are HSBC and Deutsche Bank, and these blockchains will be directed towards simplifying trade finance transactions for small- and medium-sized companies.  - Reuters

iOS 11’s blue bar will shame apps that overzealously access your location iOS 11, Apple’s new operating system for the iPhone, which will be pushed to the public this coming September, will provide iPhone users with a better understanding over how apps use their location data. One such change is that a more prominent blue status bar will appear whenever an app is actively using your location.  - Tech Crunch

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP Russel Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder, was voted MVP for his recent and historic NBA season. Westbrook had an NBA record 42 triple-doubles during the year and led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.  - Associated Press
  American Apparel: The Rise and Fall, and Rise Again of a Clothing Empire
After losing his company over mismanagement and sexual harassment allegations, can Dov Charney bring American Apparel back to its former glory?
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