Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Iran’s president. In a late, all-caps tweet, he threatened “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had previously warned his “enemies have to clearly understand that war with Iran will be the mother of all wars.” Trump wants Iran to stop its nuclear program and has called for countries to stop importing Iranian oil. [Brendan O’Brien and Warren Strobel / Reuters]
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Google parent Alphabet is set to announce its second-quarter results after the market closes. It’s expected to report $32.2 billion in revenue, representing roughly 24 percent growth. Earnings will be affected by its recent $5 billion EU fine. [Eric Jhonsa / TheStreet]
False news spreads online faster, farther and deeper than truth does — but it can be contained. That’s just one of the eye-opening takeaways from the HBR’s deep-dive series on the reality wars, which opens with the real story of the fake story of Europe’s most charismatic CEOs. [Harvard Business Review]
NSA chief and U.S. cyber commander Paul Nakasone has created a special task force to address Russian threats in cyberspace. The National Security Administration will collaborate with Cyber Command, the military’s cyber arm, as “Russia Small Group” against Russian threats to the security of U.S. midterm elections in November, with control of the House and Senate at stake. [Alyza Sebenius / Bloomberg]
Majority-black cities want to be part of the tech-fueled urban revival, and companies should do more to include them. A tech boom has revitalized many parts of Pittsburgh in the last decade — anchored by Google’s engineering office in East Liberty — but not everyone is benefiting. [Andre Perry / The New York Times]
Comic book authors, battling flagging sales, are turning to streaming. Publishers are creating their own digital platforms to directly connect with readers and encourage more engagement from fans who may not live near a comic book shop but want to keep up with the Avengers and the Justice League. The direct-to-consumer model — exemplified by DC Universe, which will offer original and classic TV series — also helps compete with broader streaming services. Meanwhile, if you’re still reading this far, here’s an overview of the past weekend’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Gregory Schmidt / The New York Times]
The food world mourns the extraordinary Jonathan Gold. The beloved and influential Los Angeles critic, known especially for shining a light on lesser-known and immigrant-run restaurants, died at age 57 from pancreatic cancer. [Farley Elliott and Matthew Kang / Eater]
Grocery-delivery company Instacart is still more than alive, successfully positioning itself as the grocery industry’s ally and the last line of defense against Amazon-Whole Foods. We’ve invited founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta to join us onstage at Code Commerce to talk about that, plus how the company plans to navigate the often-tumultuous relationship with its frontline workforce and much more. On September 17 and 18 in New York City, Mehta will join Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, Instagram product boss Vishal Shah and other soon-to-be-announced industry leaders at Recode’s two-day forum on the technologies and innovations that are transforming retail. Code Commerce sold out last year, so if you’re interested, register today, before the first-mover price expires.
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