5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe

 

  • They just won the Women’s World Cup against Japan on Sunday, but the USA soccer players are still paid 40 times less than their male counterparts. The National Women’s Soccer League salaries range from $6,000 to $30,000, and teams often have a salary cap of $200,000. The Men’s League Soccer league salary cap clocked in at $3.1 million last year, and the total payout for the women’s World Cup will be just $15 million, compared to the men’s $576 million sum. — Politico
     
  • Screen addiction is taking a toll on children. In China, young people have become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep, or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake. Many Chinese doctors now consider this a clinical disorder, some even taking to draconian methods at rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months without any media. It's a warning sign for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. — The New York Times
     
  • A controversial company that sells surveillance technology to governments worldwide has been exposed by a major hack. Based in Italy, Hacking Team is one of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software to law enforcement in several dozen countries, but it just found itself on the wrong end of a hack. The unknown hackers appear to have revealed embarrassing internal emails and a torrent with 400GB of internal files, source code, and communications. — Tech Crunch
     
  • Looks like prices for Canadian beef will continue to rise as drought takes its toll on cattle. Canada exports more than a third of its cattle and beef to the U.S., where tight supplies also have led to record prices. American ranchers still haven’t recovered from a drought that sent feed costs surging in 2012 and left the domestic herd in January 2014 at the smallest in five decades. — Financial Post
     
  • Amazon will celebrate its 20th birthday next week with the launch of Prime Day, a global shopping extravaganza for Prime members. The new one-day event on July 15 promises to have "more deals than Black Friday." Deals will start at midnight, and new discounts will be offered as often as every 10 minutes. — Fortune
     

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