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    Quartz Daily Brief—Spain’s upbeat economy, Israel’s Syrian strike, America’s new attorney general, ridiculously strong robots [qz.com] Good morning, Quartz readers! What to watch for today Japan’s prime minister visits the US. Shinzō Abe will be on America’s shore…
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      Before you judge the Baltimore protesters, read this Orioles executive’s defense [qz.com] On Apr. 12, Baltimore, Maryland resident Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries while in police custody, sparking a series of protests against police brutality, some of which…
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        Poland puts a stop to a pro-Putin biker gang’s European invasion [qz.com] An ultra-nationalist, pro-Kremlin Russian biker gang known as the Night Wolves raised hackles across Europe when it laid plans for a continental tour commemorating the Red Army’s victory in …
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          Volkswagen’s dethroned chairman leaves a company thoroughly transformed by his tenure [qz.com] Over the weekend, on April 25, Ferdinand Piëch resigned as chairman of Volkswagen following a boardroom battle that saw him lose the confidence of the board.
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            Photos: Giant, quirky street art portraits make celebrities of American immigrants [qz.com] A gigantic man inspecting a surveillance camera. Another giant striding across a traffic triangle.
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              We’re live-charting Apple’s second-quarter earnings [qz.com] Apple will report its second-quarter financial results today after the close of trading. We’ll be live-charting the performance here.
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                Native Americans are the unseen victims of a broken US justice system [qz.com] A federal panel is finally looking into one of the least examined problems plaguing the US justice system: are Native Americans living on reservations disproportionately dealt harsher p…
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                  Google wants to buy your patents before the trolls get to them [qz.com] Calling all down-on-their-luck inventors or struggling businesses: Google will now let you apply to sell your patents to the company.
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                    It’s becoming utterly clear: The US is fine after a frigid first quarter [qz.com] The US economy remains a global bright spot, even after an icy first quarter raised concerns about growth. The official US GDP data is due on April 29. It’ll be bad, but there’s no r…
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                      Chipotle can’t get rid of GMOs unless it stops selling corn [qz.com] Today Chipotle announced that genetically-modified organisms will no longer find a place in its pantry—but taken literally, that means no more corn, a crop that has its origins in human intervent…
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                        Greece muzzled its combative finance minister and investors couldn’t be happier [qz.com] Tensions have been rising in Greece as the country inches closer to running out of money. A big source of that tension has been Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister.
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                          The tide has already turned against Jay-Z’s expensive streaming music service [qz.com] In case you missed it, Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, the multi-millionaire rapper and entrepreneur who recently bought streaming music service Tidal for $56 million, unleashed an ent…
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                            Audi is making fuel from air and water [qz.com] Audi has begun production of a synthetic diesel fuel made from water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen.
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                              Super strong mini robots can haul up to 2,000 times their weight [qz.com] Another engineering feat from the nerds at Stanford: Researchers at the school’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab designed a tiny 12-gram robot that can pull up to 2,000 times its w…
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                                US Chipotles are taking GMOs off the menu [qz.com] Chipotle announced this morning that it will no longer serve food made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) in its US restaurants. Prior to today’s announcement, GMO […]
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                                  Video: John Oliver gives fast fashion companies—and bargain shoppers—a well-deserved dressing down [qz.com] The comedian John Oliver delivered a well-researched and expertly-executed tirade about the dangerous—and morally questionable—implications of outrageously …
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                                    The deadliest, and costliest, earthquakes in recent history [qz.com] As rescuers search for survivors of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, they bring with it a grim accounting—at the time of writing, there are more than 3,600 confirmed dead and more than 6,500 injur…
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                                      Want to work at a startup? Here’s how to pick the right one [qz.com] Most startups eventually fail. This means there will always be lot of people, particularly in Silicon Valley, who claim that failure is a badge of honor. As […]
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                                        Egypt’s revolution will get a shot in the arm with data to show how the government spends its money [qz.com] The Egyptian government decided last week to demolish the torched headquarters of former prime minister Mubarak’s now dissolved party the National Democrat…
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                                          South Africa and Nigeria’s row over the xenophobic attacks is now a diplomatic tit-for-tat [qz.com] Since the beginning of the latest sweep of xenophobic attacks predominantly against fellow Africans in South Africa, the rest of Africa–and the world–has looked on …