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One killed, 22 injured, and 4 Remembered
A West Point cadet was killed and 22 others were injured when their vehicle overturned in a training accident at the U.S. Military Academy on Thursday morning. The accident occurred as the cadets — who were rising seniors and part of the class of 2020 — were traveling to a land navigation training site during annual summer training at the Academy. Meanwhile, four heroic soldiers killed nearly two years ago when they were ambushed by more than 100 ISIS fighters in Niger have posthumously received valor awards. Timing: all of this happened on a day our nation and the world paused to honor the veterans of D-Day. – ABC / Military Times / Task & Purpose
Mexico tariffs to Hit Small Biz the Most, but the Threat May Be Working
If the proposed 5% tariff on goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico takes effect, small businesses would be hit hardest, according to recent reports. The majority of businesses that import goods from Mexico have fewer than 50 employees, according to data from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. It can take months to find and secure a new supplier and many are instead passing the extra costs on to consumers. With that said, Trump’s threat may be working. Mexican officials have pledged to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the country’s border region with Guatemala, a show of force they say will make immediate reductions in the number of Central Americans heading north toward the U.S. border. The proposed tariffs are set to kick in Monday. – CNBC / The Washington Post
So Long Shampoo: Tiny shampoo bottles in hotels may be going away
In California, a proposed bill that would ban small plastic bottles containing personal care products in hotels is currently making its way through the state legislature. If passed, the bill would come into effect as early as 2023 for hotels with 50 rooms or more. Lodging establishments with less than 50 rooms would have until 2024 to fully replace small plastic toiletries. Instead, guests would be greeted with refillable dispensers in hotel showers. Big picture: The transition aligns with other recent moves to banish plastic straws and single-use plastic bags from everyday use. – Today
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
Come What May: Prime Minister Theresa May Resigns
Theresa May resigns today as the Conservative leader of the UK after failing to get her Brexit plan through Parliament, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close. She will actually continue to be Britain’s prime minister until a new party leader is chosen. The contest for that kicks off June 10th. Even if you don’t pay much attention to what goes on in the UK, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Boris Johnson who, as of now, is the best-known candidate. Why it matters: whoever wins will have an outsized ability to influence the course of any Brexit negotiations. – The Guardian
Hong Kong lawyers protest “polarizing” extradition bill in rare march
More than 3,000 Hong Kong lawyers held a rare protest march on Thursday against a proposed extradition bill that could see individuals sent to China to face trial in what the last British governor said would be a “terrible blow” to the rule of law. What’s next: hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out Sunday to keep the protests going. Why it matters: The former British colony of Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of its freedoms, including an independent judiciary, under a “one country, two systems” formula. They want to keep it that way. – Reuters
China’s Huawei will build Russia’s 5G network
Embattled Chinese tech company Huawei has struck a deal to build Russia’s first 5G wireless network. Why it matters: the company is now on the frontline in an escalating trade war between America and China. The United States is waging a campaign against Huawei, banning it from its own 5G networks and cutting it off from American software and components that it needs for its smartphones and network equipment business. Washington has also been urging allies to restrict or ban the use of Huawei equipment in their 5G networks but that doesn’t seem to matter to Putin. – CNN Business
Looker Here: Google is buying data-analysis startup Looker for $2.6 billion in cash
Google is acquiring Looker, a California-based data-analysis startup, in a $2.6 billion all-cash transaction, Google said Thursday in a statement. Why it matters part one: The deal is the first major acquisition for Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, who joined the company in January after spending more than two decades at Oracle. Why it matters part two: Google has been trying to gain market share from industry leader Amazon Web Services, which reported $7.7 billion in revenue for the last quarter. Big picture: The Looker deal is Google’s largest since its $3.2 billion Nest acquisition in 2014. – Business Insider
Aaron Rodgers launches $50 million VC fund
Aaron Rodgers and his fellow co-founders at Rx3 Ventures just announced a $50 million fund that will focus on consumer brands. Details: Rx3 has already invested in several companies, including CorePower Yoga (studio chain), Hims (men’s wellness) and VICIS(football helmets). The big picture: The age of the celebrity VC is upon us, so it should come as no surprise that Rodgers is the latest in a long line of athletes who have ventured into the world of investing as of late. Here are few more prime examples. – Axios
Hackers could steal password by listening to you type
Security researchers have discovered a new flaw in smartphones that makes passwords and PINs vulnerable. Instead of using software to hack in, there’s a way that attackers could just listen to you type to steal your info. Hackers would first need to infect a smartphone with malware and gain access to the microphone. That part wouldn’t be too hard, but creating an algorithm to decode the typing sounds might take a bit longer. Why it matters: Using a test algorithm, the researchers could guess 31 out of 50 4-digit logins in just 10 attempts. – Cult of Mac
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1913: First successful ascent of Mt. McKinley
On this day in 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
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