🃏 Good Monday morning, and welcome to April.
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We consistently say we want more privacy, then we don't do anything about it, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes.
What the data show:
Jay Cline, privacy leader of PwC US, says opt-out rates for marketing blasts are incredibly low — under 2%.
Mark Zuckerberg will likely be make the rounds in Washington soon, as part of Facebook's effort to get ahead of global regulators by proposing rules of his own.
Facebook's message: Drastic regulatory actions won't stop harmful content.
A paragraph that a 76-year-old white male candidate for the Democratic nomination doesn't want to see, from a front-page story in today's N.Y. Times:
Biden has drawn attention in the past for his intimate touching of political allies, their family members and even supporters he has just met — gestures that are seen as excessive to the point of creepy by some but viewed as harmless by his defenders.
The former vice president issued a new statement designed to defuse the damage from Friday's accusation by a Nevada politician, who appeared on CNN yesterday, that a kiss on the back of her head in 2014 was "gross":
Lucy Flores, who was running for Nevada lieutenant governor when she appeared with Biden, said of the new statement: "I certainly think that it's better than his first statement."
Stephanie Carter, an entrepreneur married to former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, defended Biden in a Medium post about an online shot from 2015, of Biden comforting her after she slipped on ice before her husband's swearing-in:
A crane yesterday lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage, AP's Verena Dobnik writes.
The exhibit — "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away" — will be open May 8 through Jan. 3.
What's news: "Investors are putting more money into U.S. stocks as 2019's rebound continues, a shift that some analysts expect to drive markets higher despite the recent rally in government bonds and an expected slowdown in economic growth," per The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Be smart: The euphoria is divorced from warning signs from around the world.
Alexa and Siri can tell jokes from a humor database, but they don't get them, AP's Seth Borenstein writes:
Tristan Miller of Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany, who has analyzed more than 10,000 puns, said humor "relies so much on real-world knowledge — background knowledge and commonsense knowledge."
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The trend: The investment community is becoming an alternative climate-change battleground as U.S. government policy retreats, Amy Harder reports from New York for her "Harder Line" column.
CB Insights analyzed deals from 2010 through last month (weighted toward recent performance) and found these venture-capital winners, per N.Y. Times:
"No. 2 seed Michigan State did it. The Spartans slayed the giants of college basketball. In a thrilling 68-67 down-to-the-wire win, Michigan State ousted No. 1 overall seed Duke at Capital One Arena," CBS Sports writes.
🏀 Saturday's Final Four, in Minneapolis:
The Night King is projected during a "Game of Thrones" show at the world-famous fountains of the Bellagio casino in Vegas last night.
The fountain show will run nightly through April 13, the day before the premiere of the HBO fantasy series' eighth and final season.