GDP and FIFA election — 5 things to know today


Hello friends and Fortune readers.

Wall Street stock futures are set to open lower, after weak GDP data from Europe set the stage for what’s expectedly to be more gloomy U.S. figures from the Commerce Department later. U.S, crude oil future are up on a report by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch saying the U.S. could lift its export ban within two years.

Today’s must-read story is by Fortune‘s Leena Rao and it looks at what updates to Google Play could mean in the battle between Google [fortune-stock symbol= »GOOG »] and Apple [fortune-stock symbol= »AAPL »] for a bigger slice of the mobile device market.

Here’s what else you need to know today.

1. FIFA election

The U.S. Justice Department and Swiss police just arrested nine FIFA officials of corruption, but that won’t stop soccer’s international governing body from holding its presidential election today. Fortunately, for incumbent Sepp Blatter, he was not one…

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How to recover data off of your microSD card: a valuable lesson in backups



If you have important or sensitive data on the microSD card of your smartphone or tablet, it’s important to make sure that data is backed up immediately. You could store it in the cloud or on another device without paying a dime.

If it’s too late for that, there are still a few things you can do to try and recover the data off of your microSD card. Keep in mind that nothing is a guarantee when a microSD card malfunctions, has physical damage or can’t be read by the computer. It’s quite possible that critical components for the microSD to work have stopped functioning.

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Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival



If you’re in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed an interesting option at its Tech World event in Beijing. The 15-inch Z51 laptop has an Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for scanning, gaming or gesture control. If you’re not into that gimmick, the Z51 and 14-inch Z41 have pretty decent bang for the buck, however, with 1080p displays, optional discreet AMD graphics, 16GB max memory and up to a Core i7 CPU. Both will arrive next month starting at $499, but on the off-chance you want a depth camera, you’ll pay an extra $100 for the 15-inch model.

Lenovo also revealed the Ideapad 100 (above), a $249 laptop coming next month that could give potential Chromebook buyers pause. It’s available in 14- and 15-inch sizes, with a 1,366 x 768 non-touch screen. Lenovo says it’s aimed at buyers “who need only the most essential…

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Apple Confirms A Fix Is In The Works For The Bug That Crashes iPhones By Way Of Text Message


Apple says today it has a fix in the works for an odd software bug that has been able to crash users’ iPhones when they receive a text message with a specific string of characters. The bug, which involves having users send a string of symbols and Arabic characters to a victim’s iPhone, was first surfaced by the online community Reddit, but news of its existence has now spread around the web.

According to the MacRumors blog, sending this text string to a user’s iPhone causes the device to crash and then quickly reboot. Afterwards, if the Messages app was opened in list view, it will continue to crash when you try to open it going forward. If it was opened to the conversation view, however, the app will open. But when you try to enter in another conversation, the Messages app will crash again.

MacRumors reported trying the problem on…

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The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report


If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report is the ultimate compilation of essential tech statistics. Encompassing everything from Snapchat to drones, smartphone penetration to on-demand food. Today she dropped the 2015 report.

If you want the edited version with our added analysis, check out our post on the Best Of Meeker. But here are the facts, straight from the woman who has the whole evolution of the Internet in her head.

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Come To The TechCrunch 10-Year Birthday Meetup



On Saturday June 6 we are celebrating the ten year birthday of TechCrunch. 1,500 people will gather from 12-3 p.m. at the Presidio in San Francisco. Like the meetups ten years ago at my house in Atherton, it will be a party, a BBQ and a celebration of startups. I can’t wait to spend the days with new friends and old. Get one of the few remaining tickets here.

2005: I was out of work and out of money. But life was good. I lived on the Strand in Manhattan Beach, CA. I spent my days surfing and my evenings playing Xbox. Laguna, just an adorable chocolate Lab puppy at the time, was always by my side.

So I ruined all that by starting TechCrunch. I was thinking of getting back into tech, and was working with entrepreneur Keith Teare on a few ideas, but was aghast at all the…

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Pinterest Testing Implicit Bias Training For Managers


Diversity is a running theme across this year’s Code conference, but unlike some of the other CEO guests, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann was well-versed on what the diversity statistics are at his company.

Pinterest, thanks largely to the efforts of Tracy Chou, a prominent software engineer, released its first global diversity report last July, with the results showing that Pinterest was 60% male, 50% Caucasian, 42% Asian, which, though far from ideal, look progressive when compared with Google’s at 70% male and 61% Caucasian and Facebook’s at 69% male and 57% Caucasian.

When asked by Walt Mossberg whether those numbers were enough for him, Silbermann replied, « We made progress, but there is a big gap from where we want to be ideally. » He then gave props to Chou, who, by asking to reveal Pinterest’s diversity numbers, set off a wave of similar diversity reports across the Valley.

Silbermann further revealed…

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