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Jeff Bezos Bares It All to Win
  • Jeff Bezos was embroiled in two completely unrelated crises Friday. 
  • Following explosive allegations that the National Enquirer's publisher attempted to blackmail Bezos over explicit photos, his longtime private security consigliere, Gavin de Becker, reportedly said he believes a "government entity" may have been involved.
  • De Becker has been operating in elite, high-profile circles for nearly four decades, but very few knew his name before Jeff Bezos mentioned it on Thursday.
  • Meanwhile, Amazon is reportedly having second thoughts about setting up in New York, after growing backlash from local politicians.
ASUS USA CMO Wants to Make Gaming More Inclusive for Women

About half of U.S. gamers are women, but you wouldn't necessarily know it by looking at hardware design. ASUS USA wants to change that by including more female voices in all stages of product design, and by creating more inclusive workplaces. "Color as representation ー that's not something that people talk about," ASUS CMO Vivian Lien told Cheddar. But when it comes to hardware design, it used to be very monochromatic and monotone and just with one audience, you know, the guy, in mind. Now you have different choices."

Weather Company CEO Unveils IBM Tools to Help Utilities Deal with Erratic Weather

IBM in partnership with its subsidiary, The Weather Company, is using artificial intelligence and predictive technology to mitigate power outages during extreme weather conditions. But The Weather Company CEO Cameron Clayton says the technology could have major implications for utilities companies that are struggling to keep up with increasingly unpredictable weather.

Cheddar Explains: How Focus Music Hacks Your Brain

Different types of music affect your brain in different ways. Today, there are scores of playlists designed to feed the growing desire for focus music. What makes good focus music, and is there anything to the hype? Cheddar explains.

Today's Stat
Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, used the word "complexify" twice in a 2,100 word-blog post describing allegations that American Media, the publisher of The National Enquirer, attempted to blackmail and extort him, The New York Times reported. Complexifier is a real word, just not in English ー it's French.

A second woman, Meredith Watson, stepped forward on Friday with allegations Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000. A statement from her lawyer said she decided to go public after learning of allegations from Vanessa C. Tyson, who said she was assaulted by Fairfax in 2004. More from The New York Times.


The New York MTA filed reports for years that deliberately distorted the reasons for more than 500,000 subway delays, Comptroller Scott Stringer charged Friday, citing internal MTA documents.“I do think this was a cover-up,” Stringer said.“People need to know they are not being lied to by the MTA.” More from The New York Post.


Florida earned a passing grade for the first time on an annual gun-safety report card from an advocacy group. The state was a leader in bolstering firearm laws in the year since the deadly Parkland school shooting. More from Reuters.


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