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Newley’s Notes 176: Uber IPO Fizzles; Co-Founder Slams Zuckerberg; Soccer Insanity; Singing Dogs

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Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes.

⚽ So, let’s get right to it. Here’s a question your grandkids may well ask you: Where were you when you watched Liverpool stage their crazy comeback, scoring four goals against Barcelona and advancing to the Champions League final? (The totally bonkers highlights are on YouTube here.)

Or what about, the next day, when Tottenham came from three goals down in the second half to beat Ajax and join Liverpool? (The even crazier highlights are here.)

I mean: Are you kidding me?

Either one of these fight-backs could have been moments of the decade, much less the year, for the tournament. It was insane to see them back-to-back.

🏆 Next, Liverpool and Spurs square off in an all-English final in three weeks, on Saturday, June 1. I would normally say the final can’t hope to live up to the semis’ excitement, but this year, you never know…

Meanwhile, in just a few hours the final games of this year’s English Premier League season kick off, with Manchester City just needing to win their final game to beat Liverpool to the title.

Here are ten items worth your time this week:

📉 1) Uber’s High-Profile IPO Upsets With Weak Debut [WSJ]

“Only eight of the 53 U.S.-listed companies that were worth at least $10 billion when they went public declined on their first day, according to Dealogic, whose data goes back to 1991. The drop is a blemish for the San Francisco-based company, which staged one of the most anticipated IPOs ever.

▶ 2) It’s Time to Break Up Facebook, by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

“Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”

💬 3) Amazon Flunks Children’s Privacy, Advocacy Groups Charge [NY Times]

“Among other things, the complaint said that Amazon had failed to obtain verified consent from parents before collecting their children’s voice recordings and had kept such records unnecessarily after extracting the data to respond to children.”

😮 4) About One Million Species Face Risk of Extinction, U.N. Report Says [WSJ]

“We’re doing a lot of damage in biodiversity. This damage is working against us.”

😑 5) Google’s new emphasis: privacy [Axios]

“The move is, of course, timely: In the wake of scandals and data spills, all Big Tech is talking privacy, even if individual companies have very different agendas. And Google is the company that basically invented the monetization of user information…

🎵 6) NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ Changes Its Tune After 40 Years [NY Times]

“It’s not a decision that we took on lightly…We wanted to freshen the music and get it ready for what we hope will be another 50 years. It just felt like it was time.”

📖 7) How the Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books? [Glamour]

“There’s a sign in Danielle Steel’s office that reads, ‘There are no miracles. There is only discipline.’”

👕 8) A Houston high school has implemented a dress code – for parents [CNN]

“Principal Carlotta Outley Brown wrote in a letter earlier this month to parents that they cannot enter school grounds while wearing pajamas or revealing clothing.

💫 9) 88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life [Raptitude]

“Here are 88 things I’ve discovered about life, the world, and its inhabitants by this point in my short time on earth.”

📹 🐶 10) The most WHOLESOME TikTok you’ll ever see [Twitter: @Disappointing]

“So, this is my uncle’s dog. And, uh, he plays the piano and sings.”

💡 Quote of the week:

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” –William James

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By Newley

Hi. I'm Newley Purnell. I cover technology and business for The Wall Street Journal. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I'm reading, tech trends, sports, travel, and our dog Ginger. For updates, get my weekly email newsletter.

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