The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Friday, February 8

1. First, they wrote an exposé on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, now the billionaire has accused The National Enquirer publisher of ‘extortion’ over naked photos. Bezos came out swinging in what is definitely 2019’s first must-read blog post.

2. It seems crazy to say, but kinda makes sense. It looks like the National Enquirer is using Amazon’s cloud to host the website it uses to trash Amazon.

3. (BI Prime) Another recession could force the Fed to cut interest rates into negative territory. Here’s what that means, and how it will play out for many of us.

4. So, Apple decided to run a ‘thorough security audit’ of FaceTime after the whole eavesdropping bug disaster. And if you own an iPhone, it’s lucky for you that they did.

5. How did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez manage to make an oversight committee hearing go viral? It all began with a little game about corruption.

6. Now there are reports Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told a close aide he’d ‘use a bullet’ on Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi is believed to have been killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018.

7. This phone made in India has a pop-up selfie camera. Cute, clever and bursting with more megapixels than the main cameras on most smartphones.

8. Don’t believe Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when he says the National Enquirer ‘blackmailed’ him? These are the emails he says proves it.

9. A movie-star Thai princess is running against military rulers in a shock bid to lead the country. Backed by a disgraced billionaire exiled former prime minister on a comeback mission himself, Princess Ubolratana is up against the military that backs her brother the king in what could be a historic May election.

10. Facebook is out for blood. The tech giant has a new tool that pings users to donate when US blood supplies are short.

And finally …

We flew on the new Delta Airbus jet, which Boeing tried to keep out of the US, to see if it lives up to the hype. Here’s the verdict »

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