Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Testimony Transcripts, Facebook’s New Logo & Space-Aged Wine

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Story Summaries

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Impeachment Transcripts Released:
Lawmakers have released the full transcripts from the testimonies of Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, and more transcripts are expected this week. Yovanovitch is the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; she was forced out in May. McKinley was a senior advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Four White House officials were no-shows for closed-door testimony yesterday.
Read more: CBS News, NPR, FOX News, AP, NYT, WSJ

Election Day:
It’s Election Day today in some cities and states across the country. Gubernatorial elections in Kentucky and Mississippi could offer hints about how the public feels on certain issues and next year’s presidential race. Both are solidly red states, but the races are close.
Read more: CBS News, The Hill, AP, Vox, FOX News

Leaving Paris Climate Deal:
The U.S. is officially leaving the Paris climate accord. The Trump administration gave the required one-year notice to the international community this week, meaning the U.S. will withdraw November 4, 2020. President Trump has criticized the deal many times, but critics call the withdrawal a “disastrous decision.” The U.S. is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the only country to pull out of the deal.
Read more: Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN

Nats at White House:
The White House welcomed the Washington Nationals to celebrate their World Series win over the Houston Astros. Some players were happy to be there, while others chose not to go at all.
Read more: NBC News, Washington Post, The Hill

Record Highs on Wall Street, U.S.-China Trade Deal:
The Dow Jones, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit record highs on Monday, with the Dow seeing its first all-time high since July. Investors are feeling better partly because of a possible U.S.-China trade deal. The two countries have agreed “in principle” to the first of several phases of a deal that could end the trade war.
Record Highs on Wall Street: Reuters, USA Today, AP
U.S.-China Trade Deal: WSJ

Apple California Housing Crisis:
Apple is the latest tech company to help with the housing crisis in California. CEO Tim Cook announced the company will spend $2.5 billion on the cause. Big tech companies have been blamed for taking part in causing the housing crisis in the state. Some applaud the extra investment, but critics say the companies should have been taxed their fair share in the first place.
Read more: TechCrunch, WSJ, Business Insider, AP

Facebook New Logo:
Facebook has a new logo featuring all caps and a new, plain font. The simplified logo will change colors to help represent all of it different brands. Facebook hopes the change will highlight that the company owns more than one social media app. Facebook continues to deal with concerns over privacy, transparency and size.
Read more: CNN, CNBC, The Verge

Netflix “Skip Trump Jokes”:
A new stand-up special from Seth Meyers is coming to Netflix today. The show will include a lot of jokes about President Trump, but those who don’t want to hear them will be able to skip the segments with a new “Skip Trump Jokes” button, similar to the one Netflix displays during a TV show’s intro theme song. Meyers doesn’t think the people who choose to watch his special will actually want to use the button.
Read more: CNN, Business Insider, The Verge

Google Play Points:
Google is rolling out a new rewards program in the U.S. called Google Play Points. Users earn points for buying apps through the digital store. The points can be used for discounts on some games, Google Play credit or donated to a non-profit.
Read more: Android Central, Engadget, 9to5Google

Wine In Space:
Wine was just delivered to the International Space Station, but it’s not for the astronauts. Red Bordeaux wine will age up there for a year before it comes back to Earth for comparison with wine aged on Earth. Researchers want to find out how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process and eventually make new flavors and properties for the food industry.
Read more: AP, TechCrunch, Quartz