Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, says corruption indictments are “an attempted coup” against him and denies the allegations. Library picture: Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with press in Tel Aviv, 14 August 2019. Photo credit: Roman Yanushevsky/Shutterstock.com
Bloomberg takes official step in US presidential election, Moore Capital closes to outside investors and French lottery shares rise. Plus, an anti-drug campaign with a catchy slogan. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Friday.
Netanyahu defiant after indictments
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three separate corruption cases. Netanyahu said he was the victim of a political witch hunt and vowed to remain in office while he fights the charges (under Israeli law, he is not obliged to step down). Sources: BBC, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, Haaretz and NPR.
Ex-aide: Republicans using “discredited conspiracy theory”
Fiona Hill, formerly Donald Trump’s top Russia policy advisor, testified during impeachment hearings in Washington that the suggestion Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in US elections was a “fictional narrative”. She urged lawmakers to stop promoting “politically driven falsehoods”. Sources: BBC, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian and Washington Post.
Bloomberg moves towards US presidential race
Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, filed federal paperwork to enter the Democratic presidential nomination process. His campaign said it was a technical step and not a declaration that he was actually standing for the US presidency. Sources: CNBC, Reuters and Washington Post.
Wework lays off 2,400 staff
In a widely anticipated move, the office space rental outfit Wework made one-fifth of its employees redundant. Sources: Associated Press, CNBC and The Guardian.
Jennifer Johnson to lead Franklin Templeton starting in February 2020
The asset management giant Franklin Templeton said Jennifer Johnson would be promoted from chief operating officer to CEO, taking the role over from her brother Gregory, who becomes executive chairman. Sources: Citywire Selector, Financial Times and Portfolio Advisor.
The French state raised €1.9bn by selling a 52% stake in France’s monopoly lottery operator, Francaise des Jeux. Shares rose from the IPO price of €19.90 to close Thursday at €22.70. Sources: Bloomberg, Financial Times, RFI and Reuters.
Here are 7 science & technology stories you may have missed
Taking on Google and climate change: This Berlin-based search engine uses its profits to plant trees, per Snopes, Wired and Vice. Tech culture: A study of older Dutch online daters found that profiles with spelling and grammar errors were seen to be less attractive, per The Guardian. Maritime crop circles: Someone (maybe smugglers) is spoofing the GPS safety signals used by commercial ships on a mass scale around Shanghai (and it’s impacting the Strava fitness app too), per MIT Technology Review. Seismology: Earthquake conspiracy theorists have a bigger audience on social media than actual scientists and are genuinely freaking out a fair number of people, per Vice. Public health: Measles infections weakens children’s immunity against other diseases, researchers concluded, per Nature. Medical technology: Researchers have successfully tested a technique that lets fully paralyzed people write on a computer screen using electrodes implanted in their brain, per Science magazine. Medical technology: Six blind and visually impaired people are testing brain implants that have partially restored some of their vision, per Onezero.
The US state of South Dakota launched an anti-drug campaign with the slogan “Meth. we’re on it”, per GQ, NBC News and NPR.