Sunday, 20th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspaper´s extracts and topics, some even curious.

'Self-made' fortunes dominate new rich list. Self-made fortune has triumphed over old money, as 94% of those in its annual rich list are revealed to be self-made entrepreneurs. This forms a contrast to the first rich list in 1989, when just 43% of the entries had made their money themselves. Jim Ratcliffe, who once lived in a council house near Manchester, is now the richest person in the UK. The Sunday Times

Amazon file patent to allow Alexa to snoop. Amazon’s Alexa is set to get "a lot nosier", reports The Times, as plans are developed for the digital assistant to eavesdrop on conversations and "whisper" shopping suggestions. The online retailer has filed a US patent for a "voice-sniffing" system that would analyse conversations where users had not actively chosen to talk to their digital assistant, in order to recommend products. The Independent

Wimbledon increases prize money. The total prize pot for this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament is £34m, a rise of 7.6% from last year. The figure includes prize money of £2.25m each for the men’s and women’s winners – up from the £2.2m they got in 2017. Daily Telegraph

Zuckerberg's mea culpa. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." Mark
Zuckerberg, during his testimony at Congress. BBC



Is drinking wine good or bad for you? Bon viveurs have been left reeling by reports that drinking ten glasses of wine a week can shorten life expectancy by two years. Or to put it another way, you lose “15 minutes of life for each unit above the safe amount, the equivalent of smoking a cigarette”. Daily Telegraph

A drink a day ‘can shorten life’, study finds. One alcoholic drink a day can shorten the drinker’s life, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Analysis of 60,000 people found five to ten drinks a week are likely
to shorten life by up to six months. People who drink 18 or more alcoholic drinks a week live six months less, on average, than those who do not drink, the study found. The Independent

The bottom line. Paris’s city council is seeking €43m in damages from flat-sharing app Airbnb, accusing it of failing to respect holiday-rental laws. Paris has at least 50,000 Airbnb listings, more than any other city. The Economist

No-deal Brexit 'would see food run out within weeks'. Britain would run out of medicine, fuel and food within a fortnight if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, according senior civil servants. Under a scenario drawn up for David Davis, the port of Dover would collapse "on day one" if Britain crashes out of the EU. An official said the scenario is so shocking that it has only been shared with a handful of ministers and is "locked in a safe". The Independent

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