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Google taps into the wearables market with $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc announced on November 1 that it would buy Fitbit Inc. for $2.1 billion. The deal is likely to be finalized in 2020.

Industry-wide smartwatch sales are predicted to double to $34 billion by 2023, and Google is eager to tap into this market.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What does this acquisition mean for Google?
– What privacy concerns does the $2.1 billion deal create among Fitbit’s 28 million active users?

US to redeploy troops to Syrian oil fields

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes On October 24, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper revealed at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) press conference in Brussels that the US would redeploy troops to oil fields in North-Eastern Syria in order to defend them from ISIS.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the redeployment?
– What were the domestic and international reactions to the redeployment?
– What role does the Syrian oil industry play in funding ISIS operations?
– Why has Trump’s suggestion that US companies could control and operate Syrian oil fields, raised concerns?

The UK seeks answers about 39 unidentified bodies found in Essex lorry container

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thirty-nine bodies were found in a refrigerated truck in Grays, Essex, about 25 miles outside of London, in the early morning on October 23.

According to a statement from the Essex Police department, they were likely victims of human trafficking or smugglings.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What progress have the Essex Police department and partner agencies made in this continuing investigation?
– What have the families of the victims, believed to among the dead, said about this tragedy?

Islamic State leader killed in US Special Forces raid

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Sunday, October 27, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist group that gained global notoriety in the wake of the Syrian Civil War, with significant territorial gains in Iraq and Syria.

Go beyond the headlines

– Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
– What were the details of the operation?
– What was Trump’s reaction vs. the reaction of other presidents and US politicians?
– What does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death mean for IS?

How to Survive as a Digital Nomad

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 5 minutes At first glance, digital nomads may look like they have the dream job. They travel around the world and work remotely from a beach, plane, or alpine resort with the help of digital tools. They’re never stuck with the 9 – 5, which allows them to visit exotic places and experience new things every day.

These were the “pros” I had in mind when I first started working as a digital nomad three years ago. I soon found out that there’s no such thing as a dream job and that being a digital nomad (as with any other job) comes with its own set of challenges.

If you are hoping to become a digital nomad, here are a few survival tips on:

1) How to find work as a digital nomad
2) Insurance, taxes, and other adult problems
3) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

47 Attorneys join Facebook antitrust investigation

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Forty-six attorneys general have joined a bipartisan antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook has received fierce criticism following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that Facebook had compromised the personal data of 87 million users. The scandal raised concerns about how the company stores, collects and uses consumers’ personal data.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the investigation?
– What have the US government, Facebook as well as the public said about the investigation?