Situational awareness: Attorney Michael Avenatti is being charged by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and Los Angeles in two separate cases. Read the charges.
1 big thing: The great Apple bundle
You could see in Apple's big hullabaloo today a glimpse of the great bundles of the future, built around phones instead of televisions.
Take a look at the startling breadth of the emerging Apple suite of subscription offerings:
- What you read: Apple News+ ($9.99/month)
- What you watch: Apple TV+ (A new TV app that also features a variety of skinny bundle options at $9.99 each, as well as original programming from talent like Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Alfre Woodard and Kumail Nanjiani.)
- What you listen to: Apple Music ($9.99/month)
- What you play: Apple Arcade (price TBD)
- How you pay: Apple Card, a new credit card that uses Apple Pay
The big picture: This isn't exactly like Amazon Prime, where you pay a big yearly cost in exchange for a huge array of offerings. But it appears to be a step in that direction, with hardcore Apple users now easily able to pay the cost of a subsidized old iPhone in annual subscriptions alone.
Between the lines: The Apple Card picked up the most instant buzz.
- Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard and says the former will not sell or share user data to third-party marketers and advertisers.
- The card comes with a rewards program, which collects rewards in the form of cash instead of points. Users can also get 2% of their spending via Apple Pay back on a daily basis and 3% on purchases from Apple.
- The card has no fees, and it comes with low interest rates. It will be available this summer.
- Apple Pay is adding public transit payments for its first U.S. cities — Portland, Chicago and New York. It's already available in a number of cities in other countries.
The bottom line: You get what you pay for, particularly on privacy. That's in cash for Apple, and data for Google.
Bonus: Pic du jour
This combination of pictures created yesterday shows an assortment of improvised explosive devices and explosive belts lying on the ground a day after the Islamic State (ISIS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
2. What you missed
- President Trump said today that "it wouldn't bother" him at all if the full Mueller report were made public.
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of several prominent Republicans to demand that House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff step down for promoting allegations of a Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia. Details.
- Duke University has agreed to pay the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle allegations that it knowingly falsified or fabricated data research in 30 grants. Go deeper.
- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) won't seek re-election in 2020 after two terms in office.
- Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Details.
- The father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim was found dead at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Connecticut, in what is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
3. 1 pot thing: Bingo and bongs
New retirement excursion: "The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village," AP reports from Southern California.
- "There they board a bus for a quick trip. ... The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products."
- “'It’s like the ultimate senior experience,' laughs 76-year-old retired beauty products distributor Ron Atkin."