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The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.
– German Proverb
The Iran Situation
On Saturday, Iran announced that it was capable of reaching higher levels of uranium enrichment and had launched more advanced centrifuge machines, breaching two requirements of the 2015 nuclear agreement. In exchange for a return to compliance with the deal, France said last week that it was considering offering a $15 billion credit line to Iran.
How did we get here?
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal – signed by Iran, the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK – required Iran to limit nuclear activity in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In May 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the deal and reinstated sanctions on Iran and since then, Iran has been expanding its nuclear program.
Meanwhile… At the beginning of September, Iranian-backed forces in Lebanon exchanged fire with Israeli forces across the border for the first time in years. And in Yemen, the U.S. is holding peace talks with Iran-backed Houthi rebels, according to American officials. And on the high seas, British marines assisted in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in July. Iran seized a British-flagged tanker the same month.
So, what are people saying?
Iran’s ‘triangle of power’ in Middle East threatens US, Israel
Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready in a special election for the US House seat in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District. Republican Greg Murphy also defeated Democrat Allen Thomas for the US House seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District.
North Korea launched two unidentified projectiles toward the sea, according to South Korean officials. The firings came after North Korea said it was interested in resuming denuclearization talks with the United States.
Apple held its annual September event yesterday. The company announced the launch of Apple Arcade ($4.99/month gaming service), Apple TV+ ($4.99/month streaming service), the new iPad, Apple Watch Series 5, and the main event: the iPhone 11 lineup.
McDonald’s will acquire Apprente, a company that uses AI to understand speech, to help automate its drive-thrus. This is the third tech acquisition this year for the fast food chain, and Apprente’s employees will be the founding members of McD Tech Labs, a group within McDonald’s global tech team dedicated to expanding the company’s presence in Silicon Valley.
After announcing his retirement a year ago, Alibaba chairman and cofounder Jack Ma officially retired yesterday. He is replaced by CEO Daniel Zhang, and will now focus his time on education philanthropy (You can check out Ma’s original Alibaba sales pitch from 1999 here).
Uber has laid off more than 400 members of its product and engineering teams, which represents ~8% of the product and engineering organization. This announcement comes a day after the company said it would invest $200 million to expand its Freight business unit.
After a months-long battle with testicular cancer, 18-year-old Jaime Gamez was more than ready to restart his life this fall. He was enrolling at the Universal Technical Institute, where he’d be trained as an expert on diesel engines and freightliners – setting him up for a career in a high-demand industry.
But when he walked into the institute to complete his financial aid paperwork, he was met with a huge surprise: he didn’t owe a dime. The Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation had rallied industry partners to come together and cover the entirety of his tuition – over $50,000 – after a request he’d made weeks prior. Through teary laughter, the teen expressed his excitement and disbelief over the sequence of events. After a year of uncertainty and hardship, Gamez wasn’t just healthy again… he had a bright future laid out ahead of him.
17-year-old Tanvi Barman is real partier – but not in the way you might assume. While volunteering at the local homeless shelter with her family, Tanvi forged a connection with some of the children there. The reality of childhood in a homeless shelter got her thinking about things she took for granted that were completely out of reach for some of those kids.
So Tanvi decided to do something about it. Since eighth grade, she’s been working with local vendors to throw killer birthday parties for kids who’d otherwise watch their birthdays pass unacknowledged.
Through her organization, No Birthday Left Behind, Tanvi has been throwing parties most weekends for years – showing up to family and youth shelters with all the food, entertainment, and decorations necessary to make for an unforgettable birthday.
Reverse, reverse! Though far from conclusive, the results of a recently released clinical study show it might be possible to reverse the body’s biological clock – participants in the study shed an average of 2.5 biological years apiece.
A new study from the International Monetary Fund shows global phantom investments for tax avoidance purposes amounting to $15 trillion.
Before binge watching was a thing, Netflix considered selling itself to Amazon. The year is 1998, and the two companies connected to discuss terms – take an inside look at that meeting (WSJ).
Newly signed New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of sexual assault by his former trainer.
The game was played in Baltimore on April 29, 2015, between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. Due to civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, there was insufficient security available and no fans were allowed in.
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