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