Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have divided up their $143bn stake in Amazon as part of their divorce proceedings. They are seen at the Axel Springer Awards in Berlin, 24 April 2018. Photo: Axel Springer
Merkel in Ireland, Gramegna in Israel and GQ in Finland. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Friday.
Bezos $35bn divorce agreement
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have agreed to what is probably the largest divorce settlement in the world. She will retain a roughly 4% stake in Amazon, which her husband founded, but is signing over voting rights to him. That cleared up questions about the future governance of the e-commerce giant. She also gave up her stakes in the space travel firm Blue Origin and Washington Post newspaper. MacKenzie Bezos announced the agreement in her first and only tweet. Amazon is one of the largest private sector employers in Luxembourg. Reported by the BBC, Financial Times and Reuters.
Driverless technology in Schengen
Officials from France, Germany and Luxembourg started trialling the “cross-border test bed” for autonomous vehicles. Reported by Reuters and Delano.
Ethiopian Airlines pilots not at fault: initial finding
A preliminary report found that the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max which crashed last month had followed proper procedures, but could not override the plane’s anti-stalling software. Reported by the BBC, DW and MIT Technology Review. Boeing said it has found the software bug, said the Financial Times.
Court orders mental health tests for terror suspect
A New Zealand judge has ordered the Australian man who allegedly killed 50 people in a pair of attacks on mosques in Christchurch last month to undergo a mental health assessment. Reported by the BBC, Guardian and New Zealand Herald.
Libya faction plans to take Tripoli
The Libyan militia leader General Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to “advance” on Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed government. Reported by the AFP, CNBC and DW.
Merkel in Ireland for Brexit meetings
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, met in Dublin with the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister), Leo Varadkar, and with residents on both sides of the Northern Ireland border. She said the EU “will do everything in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit” and a hard border, evoking her own memories of the Berlin Wall. Reported by DW, the Irish Times and RTE.
Brexit overloading FX algos
Having trouble keeping up with every Brexit twist and turn in the headlines? So are the “news-reading algorithms” used by currency traders, reported Reuters.
An analysis of 360,000 phishing emails found the 12 most common subject lines used by cybercrooks, reported ZDnet. Among them: “Urgent”, “Are you at your desk?”, “Re:” and “Expenses”. Topping the list: “Request”.