1. Flud News Roundup, June 30-July 2

    Storms and Heat in the East: States across the East Coast are getting hit hard with heat. If being stuck in triple digit heat wasn’t bad enough, violent storms have left most of those people without access to power, which eliminates any relief from fans and air conditioning. Trees have fallen on cars and 15 deaths have been reported. The storms also created an outage of Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cloud in North Virginia, shutting down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and other services. The heatwave will continue today and residents are being advised to take it slow out on the road because there will be many delays, drink a lot of water and seek out the places that do have access to electricity, as some of them are offering “cool zones” for relief. 

    Apple Owes China: Earlier this year, China was upset over a claim that they had the iPad trademark. Proview’s Taiwan location trademarked the “iPad” for its Internet Personal Access Device, which was an all-in-one PC. Apple eventually purchased the rights to the name from the Taiwan branch, which they assumed included the technology. The dispute was finally settled over the weekend and Apple agreed to paying $60 million to Proview.

    Quick Reforms in Mexico: Enrique Pena Nieto was elected as Mexican President on Sunday returning the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power after 12 years. Depending on financial and political conditions, he plans on putting reforms into place as soon as possible. Among those promises are a six percent increase a year in the economy, the allowance of more private investment in Mexico’s state-run oil industry  and a reduction of drug violence, which has killed more than 55,000 people since 2006. The PRI was a front runner in Mexican politics for most of the 20th century and was often known for their occasionally ruthless tactics. Nieto takes office in December for a six-year term. 

    In other news:

    • A new study on spanking kids may seem a little dramatic, but is there some legitimacy to it?
    • Twenty days left till the London Olympics and the trials are heating up for candidates to stake their claim as an Olympic team member. 
    • Romney and Obama get Monday off from their campaigns. 
    • Is it a penalty or a tax? Politicians are having a hard time getting their story straight about the new health care bill. 

    image source: NY Newspost

  2. Flud News Roundup, June 28

    No Choice in the Matter: The Supreme Court upheld Obama’s Affordable Care Act today in a 5-4 decision that will put the act into effect over the next few years. Obama has been investing a lot of his political capital in this health care measure, so the decision is a big win. Critics of the bill say it is an overreach by the federal government; under Obamacare all Americans are required to buy health care. Republicans called this a wake-up call to Americans and what will hopefully be a campaign plus for Romney who says the answer to rising health care costs will never be Big Government. Democrats are sticking by Obama and say Obamacare is a much needed extension of basic health care to those Americans who can’t afford medical attention. Obama’s campaign manager stated a fear of a loss to Romney based on the financial landscape in the race, and this ruling may play a huge role in the race as well. 

    Weapon Against Obesity: The FDA approved a new prescription diet drug on Wednesday for the first time in 13 years. The drug offers an alternative to aid weight loss for the one in three Americans considered obese. Belviq works by controlling the appetite and activating serotonin which triggers feelings of satiety and satisfaction. Clinical data says that almost half the dieters without Type 2 diabetes who used the pill lost at least 5% of their starting weight over a year. There are of course, side effects, and many critics of the drug are saying the pros don’t outweigh the cons especially because the drug is still recommended to be taken together with a healthy diet and exercise program. 

    Big Year for Google: Google’s i/O conference continues today after some big announcements yesterday that would be hard to top. Google Glass may have been the highlight of the day; a technology that has been in the making for years, Google Glass acts as a heads-up display and a video camera that can broadcast exactly what a user is seeing. Today, Google announced that Gmail now has 425 million users and 66 of the top universities in the U.S. and over 5 million businesses have gone Google. What else does Google have up its sleeve?

    image source: Mashable

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