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What's better than being a unicorn — a private company worth a billion dollars? Raising a billion dollars.
Why it matters: The rise of the minotaur reflects a new form of investing, epitomized by Japan's SoftBank, and a new form of company-building, dubbed "blitzscaling" by entrepreneurs Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh.
As the Vatican continues its four-day bishops' summit on dealing with sex abuse by priests, this stunning roundup by AP Vatican correspondent Nicole Winfield shows starkly that this is "a global problem that requires a global response":
President Trump's team believes Robert Mueller will submit his report "imminently," but is unsure exactly what that means, two sources familiar with the situation tell Jonathan Swan.
CNN reported Wednesday that the Mueller probe could end as soon as next week, with the special counsel submitting his findings to the new attorney general, Bill Barr.
What's next: Barr will be responsible for deciding how much of Mueller’s work to make public. Democrats in Congress will apply tremendous pressure for a comprehensive release.
Vegas got its most significant snowfall for this date since record-keeping started in 1937. [Updated]
Gag order for Roger Stone ... U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, warning Stone that if he doesn't maintain public silence about his criminal case, she'll revoke his bail:
The cover of next week's issue The New Yorker is "The Real Emergency," by Barry Blitt:
"Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control," the N.Y. Times Sui-Lee Wee reports:
"[S]cientists affiliated with China’s police used equipment made by [Massachusetts-based] Thermo Fisher [and] relied on genetic material from people around the world that was provided by Kenneth Kidd," a Yale geneticist.
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Millions of Americans have been jobless for a year or more. Many can't — or won't — go where the jobs are, Axios' Erica Pandey reports:
And for the first time in the nation's history, big numbers of Americans have stopped moving for work.
"An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch [last] night by SpaceX," AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn reports from Cape Canaveral:
Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of Israel's SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization behind the effort, said: "This is Uber-style space exploration, so we're riding shotgun on the rocket."
Soon after Zion Williamson's shoe ripped apart, Nike's stock price took a hit. The freak injury during Duke's biggest game of the year (against UNC) sparked debates about everything, AP's Joedy McCreary reports from Durham:
What happened: "Playing before a crowd littered with celebrities — from Spike Lee to former President Obama — Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of the game as his Nike PG 2.5, from Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George’s signature sneaker line, tore apart."
Nike became "the target of ridicule on social media. A spokesman said Nike has begun an investigation into what it called an 'isolated' event."