Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.
1. Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor who alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school, released prepared remarks she is scheduled to deliver to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She tells how she struggled with the impact of the alleged assault for years.
2. President Donald Trump gave a rare solo press conference to address the swirl of news rocking his administration this week. He talked about sexual assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, trade tensions, and China.
3. Facebook’s current and former executives are engaged in an open war of words. Facebook executive David Marcus published a lengthy blog post attacking his former colleague Brian Acton, calling him “a whole new standard of low-class” and accusing him of working to slow down certain business objectives while he was at the company.
4. Trump rejected an offer to have a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The US President pointed to Trudeau’s unwillingness to back down in North American Free Trade Agreement talks as the reason he didn’t agree to the meeting.
5. Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of tech giant Atlassian, just bought Australia’s most expensive home, worth $AU100m. He and wife Annie now have Fairwater, a mansion on Sydney Harbour. It’s next door to Elaine, a $AU71m mansion bought by fellow Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar and his wife Kim Jackson.
6. Some companies might be getting too big. There’s a debate now over whether the US has monopoly problem and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University says it’s time to address this with new antitrust laws.
7. Investors are pumping money into TV measurement startups hoping to stop Facebook and Google from stealing the $70 billion TV ad market. Venture capital money aims to help the medium get better at analytics.
8. Three people in England have been diagnosed with monkeypox, a rare viral infection. Health officials think the first two patients picked up monkeypox in Nigeria and the third is a healthcare worker who treated one of the other two patients.
9. Millennials are driving a change in how the super-rich invest their money. In 2017, nearly one in three family offices were engaged in sustainable and impact investing, with nearly half of them planning to increase those investments in the next year, according to a survey conducted by UBS and Campden Wealth.
10. An Amazon exec explains why working at the tech giant is like walking on a tightrope. Ardine Williams, the VP of Worldwide People Operations, says the company values resilient people who can fall, pick themselves up, and get back on.
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