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"Luke" ma, new hand - A robotic arm named after Luke Skywalker, North Korea launches missiles, Dunkin' and Beyond Meat partner up and more... 

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Thursday, July 25th

"Luke" ma, new hand

Good morning! Protip: If you’re looking for a creative place to hide $34,000 worth of cocaine, don’t put it under your toupee. The police are already wise to that one.

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Mulling over Mueller


On Wednesday, former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee regarding his 22-month investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. A full video is available here, and a transcript is here.

That's great...if you have time. What happened?
In his opening statement, Mueller said, "I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29th, the report is my testimony, and I will stay within that text." Accordingly, Mueller frequently declined to answer questions, instead referring questioners to his report.

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Robert Mueller Said All He Needed to Say

new york times (opinion)

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Robert Mueller breaks his silence—and still has nothing

new york post (opinion)

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So this is why Mueller didn't want to testify 

washington post (opinion)

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Mueller’s Testimony Has Been A Complete Disaster for Democrats

The federalist (opinion) 

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Heat from North Korea

According to South Korean and Japanese officials, North Korea launched two short range missiles early Thursday. The missiles flew 270 miles before splashing down in the ocean off its east coast.

associated press

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Facebook promises privacy

In addition to the $5B fine imposed on Facebook by the FTC, Mark Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post that Facebook will make "major structural changes" to protect users’ privacy during day-to-day operations as well as product development. The changes include bringing on a CPO (chief privacy officer) and reviewing all technical systems to document any privacy risks and how they’ll be handled.

The Hill

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wall street journal

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Rosselló out

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced he will resign from office August 2nd following prolonged protests over his administration's leaked internal chats. This comes after Rosselló said on Sunday he would serve out his term but not run for re-election.

CBS News

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Wall Street Journal

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"Luke" ma, new hand

After Keven Walgamott lost his left arm in an electrical accident 17 years ago, he never imagined he’d be able to regain his previous level of sensitivity or motor control. That changed when he became one of seven test subjects fitted with "Luke," a cutting-edge robotic arm named after the one used by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Controlled by Keven’s brain, Luke allows Keven to do things that seem impossible: for example, Keven can now feel up to 119 subtle sensations in his left arm, ranging from pressure to vibration. He can also peel a banana, pick up a grape without crushing it, and even send text messages with his robotic fingers. Brought nearly to tears by the restoration of feeling and function in his hand, one of the first things Keven wanted to do was put on his wedding ring—a task he could never do with another prosthetic.


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Fugees Academy is a school for child refugees from war- and famine-torn countries, and it’s a truly remarkable place. For starters, all 90 students play soccer every day, read about soccer, and write essays about soccer. Fugees Academy’s founder Luma Mufleh, herself a refugee from Jordan, once stumbled upon some boys playing street soccer. She joined the game, and soon the boys—refugees from Liberia, Sudan, and Afghanistan—trusted her with their stories. They told her that after fleeing horror in their homelands, they were now struggling to fit in and succeed at school. So, Luma opened her own school, where the shared "language" of soccer makes it possible for all the kids to encourage each other, learn together, and ultimately succeed. It seems to be working - the school has a 100% college acceptance rate, even though each student is the first person in his or her family to get past middle school.

good news network

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Phat hats for flat heads

Cranial plagiocephaly, a.k.a. flat head syndrome, is a common condition that affects ~50% of babies in their first year of life. Fortunately, it doesn’t have severe medical consequences, and is easily treatable with a temporary corrective helmet. However, the helmets are a bland, clinical white, and they cause people to look at the little tykes with pity instead of a warm smile. When Washington-based artist Paula Strawn noticed this, her creativity kicked into gear. She started transforming kids’ helmets into cool-looking hats by painting the white surfaces with colorful designs, cartoon characters, sports logos, and other pictures. The project took off like crazy—to date, she’s jazzed up more than 3,200 helmets!


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Food delivery startup DoorDash is changing its payment model following backlash over its "Dasher" (drivers and delivery people) compensation. Instacart, another food delivery service, underwent a similar transformation earlier this year.


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Beyond Dunkin’

Dunkin’ Donuts will begin serving Beyond Meat vegetarian "sausage" patties, first at 163 Manhattan locations and then nationwide. Dunkin’s hopping onto a Beyond bandwagon already occupied by several other prominent chains, including Tim Hortons, TGI Friday’s, and Del Taco.

wall street journal

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Boeing down

Boeing has reported its largest-ever quarterly loss this past quarter following a $4.9B charge due to the grounding of all its 737 Max aircraft.


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A Hippo unicorn

Hippo, an insurance startup that’s backed by Comcast and focused on "smart homes," has raised $100M in new venture capital, reaching the coveted $1B "unicorn" valuation. Hippo has raised $209M to date and is currently licensed and operating in 17 states.


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