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Why Did Bitcoin Price Drop Below $9,000? A Pivotal Weekend Ahead

“This pattern would be invalidated if Bitcoin can break and reestablish price action above the previous support level of $9,000” reports cointelegraph.com. The 50-DMA and the previous range high have subsequently come to support price above the 61.8% retracement from the move up to $10K from the mid $7K lows. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Melinda Gates pledges $1 billion to promote gender equality

“On Wednesday, Melinda Gates announced a $1 billion commitment over the next decade to promote gender equality in the United States” writes Makena Kelly for theverge.com. It doesn’t have a full plan just yet, but Gates says the organization will have three main priorities: removing barriers to women’s professional advancement; fast-tracking women in sectors like tech, media, and government; and “mobilizing shareholders” into pressuring companies to make reforms in support of gender equality. “Equality can’t wait, and no one in a position to act should either,” Gates says. “We are…

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Facebook’s disastrous run may actually worsen in 2019, with advertisers possibly turned off by its ‘toxicity’

“But perhaps most ominously for Facebook, Wieser thinks advertisers are starting to take notice of the company’s woes” writes Jake Kanter for businessinsider.com. Facebook’s ad revenue grew 49% to $10.1 billion in the third quarter of last year following scandals including the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Source: businessinsider.com

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Big Ten’s 20-game schedule creates new challenges in pivotal…

“The Huskers went 13-5 in conference play and stood at 22-9 on Selection Sunday, but were not selected to the NCAA Tournament” reports sportingnews.com. After compiling a 3-11 mark in the 2017 ACC Challenge, the conference received only four bids to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.This change meant each team would have two fewer non-league games to schedule, and that increased the importance to each school — and the Big Ten as a whole — of the conference games that remained. Source: sportingnews.com

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Washington State-Washington: Live updates, highlights from pivotal Apple…

“Follow along as Sporting News provides live updates and scores from this pivotal Pac-12 matchup: Getting a look at Washington State’s duds for the evening:” reports sportingnews.com. The only other top-20 defense WSU has played this season (14th-ranked Utah) limited the Cougars to 28 points, their second-lowest scoring output of the season.On the other side, will Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin be able to make headway against a WSU defense that severely limited Khalil Tate and Arizona last week?.  Source: sportingnews.com

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IGNITION 2018: Hear from Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg on the $12 billion online dating market that she’s tasked with defending from Facebook and Bumble

“The online-dating market has been expanding exponentially in recent years, but it has yet to realize its full potential” writes Meredith Guetig for businessinsider.com. Match Group and Ginsberg are faced with the challenging undertaking of defending their market share.The industry’s biggest player, Match Group, has captured just 10% of the market so far. Source: businessinsider.com

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North Dakota ID law could stop Native Americans voting in pivotal Senate race

“Almost immediately after Heitkamp was elected, Republicans in the state legislature passed the voter ID law” writes Oliver Laughland for theguardian.com. Following a supreme court decision earlier in the month, North Dakota’s voter ID laws will go into effect in November.She has lived in Standing Rock her whole life and voted in every election since 1984. Source: theguardian.com

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NAFTA 2.0 will ‘definitely’ become a pivotal presidential election issue

“A six-year review clause in the revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will “definitely” become a hot-button election issue over the coming years, a market expert told CNBC on Tuesday” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. One key takeaway from the USMCA deal is a clause that stipulates the agreement must be reviewed every six years.Until recently, Canada appeared to be on the brink of being excluded from a final agreement, but talks on Sunday eventually culminated in all three countries signing up to the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) accord. Source:…

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High drama in Senate for pivotal Kavanaugh-Ford showdown

“In the hours before the hearing, Republicans were rocked by the new accusation from a third woman, Julie Swetnick” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all week has said Republicans will turn to a committee vote on Kavanaugh after the hearing.WASHINGTON — With high drama in the making, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh emphatically fended off new accusations of sexual misconduct ahead of a charged public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination and enshrine a high court conservative majority.Transcripts of…

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