Good morning. Many people often misplace their loose change, but an Irish Bitcoin enthusiast lost track of something far more valuable. A former member of the ‘two comma club,’ he lost his entire fortune after his landlord sent his belongings to be incinerated at the dump – along with the unique code to a Bitcoin wallet worth $60 million, now lost forever.
“It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.”
– Walter Linn
The Race to the White House
The tenth Democratic debate took place in South Carolina last night and featured seven candidates – Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg.
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Sanders Targeted: According to NBC’s Attack Tracker, Sanders was attacked a total of 33 times, while Bloomberg came in second with 17 attacks faced.
Bloomberg NDAs: Warren again pressured Bloomberg to release all of his former employees from their non-disclosure agreements – last week, Bloomberg said three women could seek NDA releases.
Biden Calls His Shot: “I will win in South Carolina” – the former vice president’s assertion is backed by the latest state polls.
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In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, the CDC outlined the steps that U.S. schools and businesses need to take should the COVID-19 coronavirus become a national epidemic. The DOW, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all dropped ~3% for a second consecutive day – according to senior analysts at S&P, the index has lost an estimated $1.737 trillion over the past two days.
More: Iran’s deputy health minister and a member of parliament have both tested positive for the virus, as the country’s death toll rose to 15.
Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs was sentenced to five months in prison for her participation in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. Janavs admitted to paying a total of $300,000 to get her two daughters into school, including $200,000 to have her older daughter falsely tagged as a volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.
More: At least 53 people have been charged as part of a conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions at several top U.S. universities, nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues.
President Trump announced Tuesday that India has agreed to buy $3 billion worth of military equipment, including attack helicopters, and said the two countries had made progress on a potential trade deal.
More: Trump’s visit comes as rival protesters clashed on both sides of the recently passed Citizens Amendment Act in New Delhi on Tuesday, leaving 13 dead and hundreds wounded.
Amazon opened its first full-sized cashierless grocery store, Amazon Go Grocery, in Seattle on Tuesday. The store uses a vast array of cameras and sensors to enable customers to simply walk out with their goods without stopping to pay or scan merchandise – people’s accounts are automatically charged through a smartphone app once they leave.
Longtime Disney chief Robert Iger announced he is stepping down effective immediately, to be replaced by theme park chairman Bob Chapek. Iger has led the company since 2005 and will remain in his role as executive chairman through the duration of his contract, which ends in Dec. 2021.
More: Learn more about new CEO Bob Chapek, who will become the seventh chief executive in Disney history.
According to the WSJ (no $ needed), the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is alleging that a former employee coordinated with rival hotel Waldorf Astoria to steal corporate secrets before leaving Peninsula to take a position with Waldorf. In a civil lawsuit, Peninsula claims the employee, Houssem Tasco, stole more than 45,000 documents over a period of 14 months.
When Deborah Falcione’s 16-year-old poodle, Porschia, was abruptly snatched off her porch by a hawk one morning, she searched for hours for the blind and deaf old pooch to no avail.
A full 28 hours after Porschia was taken, Deborah received a call saying a neighbor four blocks away had found the disabled pup in their yard and brought her to the vet, where she made a full recovery.
We’re All In This Together
Due to the nature of the foster care system, siblings are sometimes separated during the process of finding a home. That very fate was set to befall a group of six orphaned Philadelphia siblings, until a real-life guardian angel stepped in.
Bobbie Floyd realized the children were going to be separated, so she officially adopted four of the children last week, and has made plans to adopt the remaining two in the near future.
Forgive Us Our Debts
Many households are currently struggling with the crushing weight of medical debt, and unable to pay back the large sums they owe for life-saving treatment.
Crossroads Church of Lexington, KY, has stepped in to help their local community – the congregation recently raised nearly $2 million to pay down more than $45 million total in medical debt for about 45,000 Central Kentucky households.
The Speed of Life… Google’s head of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has theorized that humankind is 10 to 12 years away from ‘longevity escape velocity’ – when scientific advances can increase your lifespan faster than you live it.
Show Me The Money… nonprofit As You Show has compiled a list of the top 10 most overpaid CEOs in the U.S., headlined by Oracle’s co-CEOs Mark Hurd (now deceased) and Safra Catz.
PayFoe… according to multiple reports, hackers have exploited a critical PayPal security flaw to steal hundreds of dollars from numerous German users through Google Play over the past weeks.
Rice To Meet You… startup Agrisea has plans to mass produce salt-tolerant rice to be grown in the oceans by 2021.
The Head (of) State
Which U.S. state has been the birthplace of more presidents than any other state?