Jul 2, 2019

Trump baby blimp to loom over Trump's Fourth of July celebration

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Protesters have obtained permission to fly a Trump baby blimp over the National Mall during President Trump's controversial Fourth of July celebration, according to NBC 4 Washington's Mark Segraves.

What's happening: The blimp, which has become a staple at demonstrations in opposition of Trump, received a permit from the National Mall's National Park Service to fly from 4am to 9pm. During that time, Trump is slated to host an elaborate "Salute to America" celebration, including aircraft demonstrations, rollouts of U.S. Army tanks, a VIP section and a speech from the president himself.

Between the lines: Concern surrounded the splashy affair quickly following its announcement, particularly the plans to debut tankers for the event. The Council of DC tweeted Monday: "Tanks, but no tanks," pointing to a previous Department of Defense memo regarding a planned Veteran's Day parade in which they said tanks would damage the local infrastructure. However, DOD is saying the vehicle display will be static, limiting harm to the city, according to CNN.

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Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.

The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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