Folks in Canada are celebrating and Americans are thisclose to doing the same on this holiday weekend eve. Here’s our daily look at what’s making news in the world of tech.
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Getting ready for a Tidal wave?
Jay-Z could soon be ready to fold. The Wall Street Journal reports that the rap mogul is having discussions with Apple about the iPhone maker buying his Tidal music streaming service. The report stresses that “talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Terms of the potential deal aren’t known.”
Swedish company Aspiro sold Tidal to Jay-Z in March 2015 for $56 million. Since then, the company has gone through three chief executives as it has attempted to compete with Apple Music and Spotify.
Also see: Why Apple buying Tidal makes sense (The Verge)
Tim Cook gets a new title at Nike
Apple CEO Tim Cook is the new lead independent director at athletic gear maker Nike. The move comes as Nike co-founder Phil Knight has officially retired from the board under a transition plan one year in the making, according to Fortune.
Cook has been on Nike’s board since 2005 and is chair of the board’s compensation committee.
Pokémon TV arrives on Apple TV
Fans of Pokémon, take note: You can now watch every episode of the series on Apple TV. This is the first time the Pokémon TV app has been made available on a permanent television set box, according to Polygon.
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Big celebrations over the next few days: Today, July 1 is Canada Day and Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. On Saturday, it’s World UFO Day. On Sunday, Stay out of the Sun Day. The long weekend ends with Independence Day on Monday, July 4. July is National Hot Dog Month.
Rewind: On this day in 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps went on sale. On July 2, 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot. He survived for 80 days until his death on Sept. 19, 1881. Removal began on the torch on the Status of Liberty July 4, 1984, for repairs.
Have a few more minutes? Check out these other stories making news:
- This fatality could slam the brakes on driverless cars, CBS News
- A Smart Crib Is a Stupid Idea, Gizmodo
- They’re Just Like Us: Oculus CEO Hacked Thanks to Terrible Password, PCMag
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