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A bill in the House of Representatives would, among other things, cap airline bag fees at $4.50. Will this actually happen? I’m dubious. Is it remarkable trolling of the airlines? Absolutely, and I want Congress to do stuff like this more often. Kudos Rep. John Mica. [MSN]
Congress is also considering legislation, backed by the trucking industry, that would allow 18-year-olds to drive 18-wheelers. Forty-eight states already allow this, but only within state lines. I am weighing my worry about Snapchatting truckers against my desire to have an Amazon Prime package at my doorstep even faster, and I’m not going to lie: I think I’m OK with this. [Bloomberg Politics]
The average YouTube video watching session on mobile phones is up to 40 minutes — just one reason YouTube’s mobile revenue has doubled year-over-year. [Business Insider]
In an international survey looking at economic optimism (and pessimism), Nigerians are the most optimistic about their nation’s financial situation, with 92 percent of those surveyed believing their economy will improve. [Bloomberg]
NASA — basically the MVP of the U.S. government at this point — identified 500 new exoplanets, or planets around other stars. One is Earth-like, but nobody reading this will ever be alive to see it up close; it’s 1,400 light years away. The total number of planets identified by the Kepler telescope is now 4,175. [Wired]
Putting butter in your coffee is really tasty, but not ideally a summer thing if you ask me. Still, the folks behind Bulletproof Coffee, a company that sells buttered coffee online, raised $9 million from VCs to start a brick-and-mortar operation. [Fortune]
5 million gamers
That’s the number of people registered in the Electronic Sports League (ESL), a governing body for e-sports that announced Thursday it will begin testing for performance enhancing drugs, specifically Mountain Dew Code Red. I’m joking; the ESL wants to find dopers who are on Adderall. I’m looking forward to pained, handwringing meditations from future moralizing e-sports columnists on the disastrous Adderall era of League of Legends, and how they’re withholding their Hall of Fame vote for that promising Mid-laner who was suspected of doping with his little brother’s Concerta. In the end, all sports — even non-sports — are the same. [Associated Press]
Nikkei will buy the Financial Times from Pearson for $1.31 billion. I assume the technology behind pink newspaper was a crucial element of the deal. [MarketWatch]
Levi’s revenues are down to about $4.8 billion from about $7 billion two decades ago. The culprit: yoga pants. [Bloomberg]
Amazon announced strong quarterly earning on Thursday, leading to a $30 billion rise in the company’s market value. That makes Amazon more valuable than Wal-Mart, at least for the moment. [Quartz]
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