theNewsWorthy: Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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Virginia Beach Shooting: A mass shooting in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday killed 12 people and injured four others. Most of the victims and the gunman were city employees. The gunman died in a shootout with police but apparently gave his two weeks notice in an email that morning.
Read more: AP, USA Today, NYT, Washington Post, CNN
Trump to U.K.: President Trump and the First Lady arrive in London today for a state visit to the United Kingdom. Trump will meet with Prince Charles today and Prime Minister Theresa May tomorrow. Later this week, he’ll join world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II. Trump will spend three days in Britain before flying to Ireland and then France.
Read more: VOA, BBC, ABC News, AP, The Sunday Times, The Sun
New Visa Requirement: Those applying for a U.S. visa will have to hand over more personal info soon, including social media accounts. The new screening rules request all of the applicant’s social media names and five years worth of email addresses and phone numbers. Some say national security is the top priority, while critics say the questions create an environment for “profiling and discrimination.” The change was announced last year but will go into effect this week.
Read more: TechCrunch, Bloomberg
U.S. vs. Google: The Justice Department is expected to launch a new investigation into Google, which could lead to new government regulations against one of the world’s most powerful companies. Critics have said Google uses its search engine to promote its own content and hurts competition. Google says the possible probe is based on out-of-date complaints. Also, regulators have reportedly decided the Justice Department will oversee Google, while the Federal Trade Commission will watch over Amazon.
Read more: WSJ, NYT, The Washington Post
Goodbye iTunes?: Apple is holding its big annual event, called the Worldwide Developers Conference, to lay out its plans for the next year. A few of the biggest announcements expected include a new iOS update as well as the end of iTunes. Instead of iTunes, Apple plans to have three separate desktop apps for music, TV and podcasts.
Read more: The Verge, CNBC, Bloomberg
MLB Draft: The Major League Baseball draft starts today. All 30 MLB teams will take turns picking players. The Baltimore Orioles will have the first overall pick. The draft is split up over three days.
Read more: CBS Sports, Bleacher Report
ESPN’s Test for Teens: ESPN tested a special livestream of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in hopes of reaching more teenagers. The stream featured emoji-like symbols and cartoons popping up during the game. Experts say it's meant to be like the popular livestream platform, Twitch, but critics are saying ESPN failed to include live interaction. ESPN has tried several new ways to adjust to changing viewing habits.
Read more: Variety, Cybercultural
Warren Buffett Auction: An anonymous bidder agreed to pay more than $4.5 million for a private lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett. Buffett is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest men in the world. He’s held this auction for nearly 20 years in a row. The proceeds go to the Glide Foundation, a charity that serves the poor, homeless and people battling substance abuse.
Read more: Reuters, WSJ
Box Office Winner: Godzilla: King of the Monsters was the king of the box office this weekend, though it didn’t do as well as expected. Even though it was number one for its debut, it brought in fewer ticket sales than the first two Godzilla movies.
Read more: Variety, USA Today