1. North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment”. US secretary of state Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts “will continue until the first bomb drops”. But experts say none of that really matters. Phew.
2. Have you been getting a lot of creepily personal spam emails lately, addressing you by name and suburb? Something like this:
Now, have you by any chance ordered a pizza online from Domino’s in the last couple of months? If you answered yes to both of those, then here’s the data breach you probably need to know about which Domino’s has kept under its hat since at least July.
3. Thank God white people populated America, and not the blacks. Otherwise, the US would look like Zimbabwe. Those are Marc Faber’s words, not ours, in a depressingly stupid October edition of his “Gloom, Boom, and Doom” report. As work immediately starts drying up for Faber, he doubled down in emails to BI, standing by his “historical facts”.
4. Also in 2017, Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is telling the story of how a producer put her in a “nude line-up” and was told to lose weight. Another producer disagreed, telling Lawrence she was “perfectly f..kable”. And Reese Witherspoon says she was sexually assaulted by a director. But if there is any good news to come out of all this, it’s this story of how Carrie Fisher stood up for one victim by visiting her assailant in his office and handing him a severed cow tongue in a Tiffany box with an even more frightening note.
5. Forbes has put out its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America, noting the “price of admission” jumped nearly 18% to $US2 billion. Of those 400, only 22 were newcomers, including Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings. But if Forbes were to put out a list of America’s 400 Most Notable Losers, at No 1 would be the US President, Donald Trump. It was a tough year financially for The Don.
6. After three years, Disney has settled on a name for the Han Solo movie. Drum roll:
And best Twitter reaction goes to:
— Nicholas Friedman (@NMFreed) October 17, 2017
7. To markets, and it should be an interesting finish to the week as China gets its National Congress under way. (It’s only happens once every five years.) So tomorrow’s Q3 GDP data will be under scrutiny. But in the US, Goldman Sachs kicked off earnings season by smashing expectations, and Morgan Stanley sees a near-term risk of a 5% market correction coming. The US dollar is up, the Aussie is mixed, and iron ore is treading water.
8. Microsoft is still trying to make “performant” an adjective. This time in relation to the Surface Book 2 which it revealed overnight and says is “twice as performant” compared to MacBooks. And here’s why it might actually be right, and how that fits into Microsoft’s master plan of stealing Apple’s customers.
9. Speedway racing fans in Indiana had a night to remember on Saturday after drivers Jeffrey Swinford and Shawn Cullen collided. Swinford then took his frustration out by driving his car on top of Cullen’s:
A fistfight broke out. Police were called. Tasers were used. A good time was had by all. Here is the video.
10. The first casualty of the Las Vegas shooting spree, security guard Jesus Campos, has gone missing. Police originally said Campos was shot through the door of Stephen Paddock’s room midway through the spree that ended 58 lives. Then changed their story to “six minutes before the attack started”. Last Thursday, Campos was waiting with a security guard and a union official for a round of TV interviews in a Vegas hotel room. But he never made the interviews and the union member said Campos had been taken to a “Quick Care health clinic”. And hasn’t been seen since.
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