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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02: A general view of Hard Rock stadium as fireworks go off during the half-time show performed by music artists Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in game action during the Super Bowl LIV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Billy Steele
Billy Steele|May 30, 2020 10:00 AM

Worst. Deal. Ever.

Noah Kirsch, Forbes

In November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion. Baker was actually one of StubHub’s co-founders before he was fired from the company. The deal closed in February — just in time for COVID-19 to stop all live sporting events around the world. Baker was on the verge of creating an online ticket re-selling juggernaut. Instead, his revenge plans had perhaps the worst timing ever.

From camping to dining out: Here's how experts rate the risks of 14 summer activities

Allison Aubrey, Laurel Wamsley and Carmel Roth, NPR

As many states are well into opening back up, we face another challenge: what to do this summer. NPR offers some expert advice on how risky those activities are that you might already have planned. Let’s just say it might time to invest in camping gear.

Putin is well on his way to stealing the next election

Franklin Foer, The Atlantic

If you thought the United States might’ve learned something from Russian meddling in the last presidential election, think again. The Atlantic details how some of the same vulnerabilities still exist, which means “the Russians could have strolled through the same door as they had in 2016.” What’s more, Foer explains how, with an election quickly approaching, one plan in motion is to “to identify democracy’s most glaring weakness by deploying college kids on their summer break.”

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