Why it matters: Apple's move to revoke Facebook's enterprise developer certificate is yet another skirmish in the battle over user privacy. Apple deployed the measure after it was reported that Facebook was paying users, some as young as 13 years old, $20 a month to track their user data.
Google has also been collecting user data via a similar program, but Apple hasn't taken action on the matter ... yet.
Why it matters: The US plane manufacturer is crushing it - chalking up more than $100 billion in revenue and delivering 806 commercial planes to its customers in 2018 (a record for the company). Bravo to Boeing and its CEO Dennis Muilenberg.
However, seemingly blue skies ahead could get cloudy. Passenger air travel is projected to increase in the coming years, but a recession could change that. A trade war could also disrupt Boeing's global supply chain and its ability to sell planes to China. Plus, pesky questions persist about the role the design of the new Boeing 737 MAX8 might have played in a crash that killed 187 people last October.
Why it matters:Researchers have discovered 131 antibiotic-resistant genes in soil on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Genes that are resistant to antibiotic are a major health threat, so the discovery of the genes in such a remote location means they have spread farther than researchers previously thought. The discovery also highlights how the handling of antibiotics is a global issue, rather than a local one.
Why it matters: Hat tip to WYWW reader Edwin Stafford and the team at Utah State University for their cool work highlighting the societal influencers many parents often overlook: their children.
The team at USU launched a competition whereby high school students create posters to influence behavior on topics like the environment (the valleys in Utah are particularly susceptible to pollution from cars and wood burning stoves). But rather than just hang the posters all over the state and hope for the best, the USU team began surveying the students' parents to see if the kids and their poster activities were changing habits at home. The majority of the parents said the message their kids were conveying helped put the issue in a new perspective. You can read more about the study here.
We talk a lot here at WYWW about things parents do that have an influence on their kids, but it's important to remember kids can have a pretty big influence on parents too.
Why it matters: As a die-hard FC Barcelona fan, I will not be watching a documentary about Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos. Amazon probably would have been smarter to do a show about Gerard Pique, the man who plays the same position as Ramos for long-time rivals FC Barcelona. Pique is married to Shakira, so that show would have attracted fans of sports and music!
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Today's edition of WYWW was edited whilst listening to "Welcome To The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. If you like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, you will probably like this one. I have created a WYWW playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs I list in this space. Enjoy!
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