July 9, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, July 9

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invites Megan Rapinoe and the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team to Washington. Instagram’s plan to fight bullying before it happens. Milk Studios is leaving NYC’s Meatpacking district after Google purchases its building.

1. ?? Brilliant Defiance: Megan Rapinoe and AOC are the future
AOC responded to an off-the-cuff remark by Rapinoe by inviting her and the entire U.S. women’s national team to the House of Representatives. Legendary.

2. ??‍♂️ Inside Instagram’s ambitious plan to fight bullying
At a time when social media platforms are being blamed for many problems — and are under pressure from governments to demonstrate they can police themselves — Instagram has declared war on bullying, which includes leveraging its own technology to stop it before it happens. Pre-emptive.

3. ⚽ The 2019 World Cup was a triumph for the US and for women’s soccer. Otherwise, it was a litany of tragedies.
Women’s soccer has come so far, but every match still feels like a fight for survival. Struggle.

4. ?? Milk Studios is leaving NYC’s Meatpacking District
The creative services and production business is leaving its space, a popular spot for runway shows and other fashion events after Google bought the building last month. Evicted.

5. ? Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis
Planting a trillion trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. Re-seed.

6. ? Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says extradition bill ‘is dead’
However, whether it is effectively withdrawn—as demanded by protesters—remains unclear. Retreat.

7. ?? Uber is recruiting grannies to deliver ramen in Japan and the elderly are eager
Building up Uber Eats could be the company’s best chance to capture revenue in the world’s third-largest economy where ride-hailing is banned, but where more than 10,000 restaurants and 15,000 couriers are part of a delivery network spanning 10 Japanese cities. Re-employment.

8. ☕ Scientists create beanless coffee without the bitterness of regular Joe
Jarret Stopforth, a food scientist and one of the founders of Atomo, re-engineered the compounds in regular coffee with his partner until he felt they had created a product that had the same color, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. Re-engineered.

9. ? The official spicy snack power rankings according to the L.A. Times
Lucas Kwan Peterson, known also for his rankings of domestic candy bars and beers, gives his take on the spiciest crispy snack foods. Takis.

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Update Log
v8 (current): Added an intro paragraph, not that it needed it but it makes it easier for us to share quickly to social media (which we were slacking on). Added an OptaJoe-inspired one-word conclusion. Inspired.
v7: <h2> gone, that was real quick (one flash). We’re testing <strong> instead for headlines
v6: Highlighted the titles as <h2> headers. Not sure we like it…
v5: Changed the order of the update entries (recent to oldest). A photo now accompanies the News ⚡ as prior there were issues with not having an image preview on social media.
v4: Went from 5 links to somewhere under 10.a
v3: changed the URL slug from the emoji to flash.
v2: added a short one-liner to add a bit more context.
v1: numbered list, with emojis and a headline. Decided on five links for brevity and focus.

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