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Massive Cyberattack Hits Companies in Europe and Russia

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The largest producer of crude in Russia. The operator of the most prodigious shipping container line. The world's biggest ad company. They were all hit today with a ransomware attack similar to WannaCry in May. It wasn't a great day for Google in Europe, either. The company was skewered for skewing its search results. –Emily Banks

A cyberattack hit major companies including Rosneft and A.P. Moller-Maersk, while disrupting government systems in Kiev and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. More than 80 companies in Russia and Ukraine were affected by the Petya virus that disabled computers and told users to pay $300 in cryptocurrency to unlock them. WPP, the world's largest advertising company, was hit by the attack, and employees were told to turn off their computers and instructed not to use Wi-Fi.

Senate leaders put off a vote on Republicans’ health-care bill until after the July 4 recess, according to a person familiar with the plans, amid growing opposition from GOP members to the plan drafted in secret by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. At least five Republicans had said they’ll vote to block Senate debate on the bill. The CBO said late Monday that the bill would leave an additional 22 million Americans without health insurance by 2026.

Google got a record $2.7 billion fine from the EU for skewing searches to favor its own shopping site. While the penalty will barely make a dent in its $90 billion cash hoard, Google faces the prospect of less ad revenue and a regulatory backlash targeting other services from maps to restaurant reviews as well as the threat of even more penalties.

Baking soda could help fight deadly superbugs by making tests of drug-resistant microbes more effective. A big gap between a drug’s effectiveness in the lab, compared with the complexity of the human body, creates a hurdle for developing new treatments. Scientists took the standard antibiotic susceptibility test and added sodium bicarbonate. More research is needed, but medicines did behave differently when baking soda was added.

The next frontier of fitness gadgets is here, and wearables are finally worth their money, writes Bloomberg's Aki Ito. She tested a slew of running and indoor bodyweight exercise gadgets, many of which contain heart rate sensors. Some delivered far more than others, but one thing's for sure: These wearables are a big step above what has previously been available.

Women get lower salary offers when they won't say what they're making. When job applicants are asked about their current salaries, women get penalized for demurring, while men benefit, according to a survey. Women start their careers making around 90 cents to the male-earned dollar, and the disparity can persist for their entire careers, especially if future salaries are based on previous ones.

How Hawaiian street food took over take out. Known as Hawaii’s original street food, poke (pronounced po-kay) today mostly consists of diced raw tuna, salmon, or some other fish, served over rice and mixed greens, with add-ons such as edamame, avocado, seaweed, and toasted nuts. And suddenly it’s everywhere.

 

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