Snowpocalypse 2016: The 30+ Best Links
Inside Daily Brief 1/25/2016
29 died during a massive blizzard that swept the Eastern Coast of the U.S., which also caused severe flooding and power outages across the region. Though most major transportation systems in New York City resumed service today, other cities — particularly in Maryland and Virginia — remain inundated with snow and closed for business.
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British explorer Henry Worsley died at age 55 while attempting a solo walk across the Antarctic. Worsley’s trek was inspired by the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, who tried (and failed) to cross Antarctica in 1922. Worsley made it 71 days alone, and over 900 miles, before succumbing to exhaustion, dehydration and a bacterial infection.
Twitter shed five executives over the weekend, pushing the stock down another 6.1% in morning trading. Departing are head of media Katie Jacobs Stanton, head of engineering Alex Roetter, head of product Kevin Weil and Human Resources VP Brian Schipper, along with Jason Toff, who ran Vine. The company has additionally promised to announce two new board members this week.
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The Carolina Panthers go into the Super Bowl as heavy favorites against the Denver Broncos, according to oddsmakers. Sports books set the Panthers anywhere between 4 to 5.5 point favorites after crushing the Arizona Cardinals 49–15 in the NFC Championship Game. SB Nation is calling it the best possible Super Bowl match-up. The average price of tickets on the online secondary markets is currently around $6,000, a new record.
Now you can buy a Kylo Ren-as-Matt action figure, based on the “Saturday Night Live” Undercover Boss parody with Adam Driver. The reality show parody sketch went super-viral after airing last weekend, garnering 11 million YouTube views to date. Numerous online fans created their own action figures based on Driver’s appearance as “Matt the Radar Tech,” some of which are actually on sale for the low price of $65 a piece.
Kanye West shared the tracklisting of his forthcoming “Swish,” calling it — in his usual humble, self-effacing way — “the best album of all time.” Two of the listed tracks are already available to stream online: “Real Friends” and “No More Parties in LA,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. West also teased the songs “Wolves” and “Fade” — which both appear in the list — in the past.