Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Wednesday.
1. The big tech FAANG stocks just lost a combined $US141 billion. The biggest loser among the tech giants was Amazon, which lost $US51 billion in market value.
2. Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed Michael Flynn was interviewed by investigators 19 times. Flynn’s timely cooperation in the investigation was described as “particularly valuable,” because he was believed to be “one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight.”
3. New York just led the way on securing minimum wages for Uber drivers.It’s the first US city to adopt a minimum wage for drivers at ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.
4. Facebook temporarily took down a post from a former employee that shared his experience of racism. The memo detailed the racism he said experienced at Facebook and alleged the social network was failing its black users and employees.
5. US Senators are furious with Saudi Arabia and particularly the crown prince. CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed senators on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, who now say there is little doubt that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder.
6. A letter from Albert Einstein disputing God sold for $US2.9 million at auction. Commonly known as the “God letter,” it details Einstein’s qualms about religion.
7. Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian said the world needs to ignore the siren song of “hustle porn.” Ohanian spoke against the popularity of an online “success” culture promoting constant exhaustion.
8. Ukraine’s military chief said Russia currently poses the most direct threat since 2014. General Viktor Muzhenko says the massing of Russian T-62 M tanks 11 miles from the Ukrainian border had more than doubled to 250 in just two weeks.
9. A friend of Jamal Khashoggi is suing Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for allegedly helping Saudi agents hack his phone. Canadian dissident Omar Abdulaziz was targeted by the group’s spyware which may have accessed communication between him and Khashoggi.
10. Chinese police have smashed a turtle smuggling ring, collecting shells and dozens of accessories. Nineteen turtle smugglers have been arrested on charges of killing and selling the highly sought and increasingly endangered animals.
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