Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Wednesday.
1. Donald Trump’s not happy with Bob Woodward’s book on the White House. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said it’s “nothing more than fabricated stories” from disgruntled employees, and Trump said Woodward, of Watergate fame, had “credibility problems.”
2. Former NFL star quarterback Colin Kaepernick starred a Nike ad and America erupted. Remembered for kneeling during the US national anthem, his ad had US football fans threatening boycotts, and burning shoes, but marketing experts think it’s genius. Trump thinks it sends a “terrible message.” Nike shares dropped 2%, then millennials bought in.
3. Theranos is about to shut down for good. The former Silicon Valley darling, a blood-testing startup, as been mired in scandal with founder Elizabeth Holmes, and the company’s No. 2 executive, facing criminal charges of defrauding investors, doctors and patients.
4. Elon Musk doubled down on the British diver he called a “pedophile” during the Thai cave rescue. Musk told a BuzzFeed reporter in an email to “stop defending child rapists,” and that “I f*%$ing hope” he gets sued by Vernon Unsworth.
5. WTF emails and the boss napping under tables. We spoke to 42 Tesla employees about life at the ambitious and controversial company.
6. English voters are changing their minds about Brexit. A YouGov poll concluded more than 2.6 million voters switched from pro-Brexit to remain, while another 970,000 went the other way, leaving a net 1.6 million now wanting to stay in the EU.
7. Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years is causing havoc. Nine people have reportedly died, with another 300 injured and Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay is shut, stranding thousands.
8. The head of Russia’s space agency thinks the hole in the International Space Station was sabotage.Discovered last week, it was quickly repaired, but Dmitry Rogozin says “it is clear that the damage was caused from inside the spacecraft” and ponders whether it happened in space or beforehand on earth.
9. Jeff Bezos became the second CEO whose company joined the trillion-dollar club. Twenty-four years after Bezos launched Amazon, a surge in the share price saw the company join Apple with a $US1 trillion market cap.
10. Australia’s Labour Opposition party wants $AU444 million given to a private foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef back. The Conservative government handed out the controversial grant for the World Heritage-listed reef earlier this year and with Labour ahead in polls and an election due soon, they have warned their coming for the money.
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