The 10 most important things in the world right now

Adam Berry/Getty ImagesA DJ plays music on September 26, 2012 at the official opening party of the Google offices in Berlin, Germany.

Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Tuesday, February 5

1.Alphabet, the mother of Google, smashed revenue targets in Q4. But rising costs and questionable bets have spooked investors. Google’s stock had retreated 3.5% in after-hours trading on Monday.

2.On the 15th birthday of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg wants people to stop being so ‘negative.’ The 34-year-old billionaire published his own post launching a defence of the modern internet, Facebook, and their massive influence.

3.Exactly what is the president doing during the almost 60% of the working day termed as ‘executive time’ on his leaked schedules? Live-tweeting “Fox & Friends” from bed or conducting loosely structured meetings and making impromptu calls to members of Congress, it’s all here.

4.A sworn opponent to Amazon’s HQ2 in New York may soon be handed the power to kill it. Enter Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens, nominated to a seat on the New York State Public Authorities Control Board, and no friend of HQ2.

5. The ‘Bond King’ Bill Gross is retiring. And he is taking $US1.5 billion worth of very smart bond decisions with him.

6. Apple has been putting together a legal war chest. The cash is being set aside to pay for lawsuits in the wake of the iPhone battery throttling scandal.

7. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is accused NBC News of trying to smear her as a ‘Kremlin stooge’ and ‘discredit’ her 2020 presidential run. A recent NBC report suggested Russian propagandists could be backing the Hawaiian congresswoman’s 2020 campaign.

8. There appears to be a pretty serious obstacle between a crypto exchange and the $US190 million it owes its customers. The CEO of the Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX died suddenly last year, and reportedly taken the exchange’s only password with him.

9. French officials say at least 7 people were killed and dozens of others injured in Paris apartment fire. The flames broke out early Tuesday in the eight-story apartment building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement, or district.

10. There’s no way Google is backing down from the looming ‘Fortnite’ fight. CEO Sundar Pichai says the company recognises the threat facing its Android app-store business.

And finally …

Inside the empty abandoned mall where Amazon will reportedly build a giant new facility ยป

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