1. The National Guard has been called to Ferguson, Missouri, after another night of clashes between police and residents after protests turned violent.
The latest round of unrest took place after an autopsy of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed black teenager killed by police last Saturday, was released yesterday, showing that Brown had been shot six times, including twice in the head.
Here’s what happened over the weekend in Ferguson:
- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he disagreed with the Ferguson police’s decision to release video footage of Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store before he was killed. "It appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street," he said on ABC’s This Week. "It made emotions raw."
- The US Justice Department asked Ferguson authorities last week not to release the video, concerned that it could spark another round of clashes. The decision to make the robbery video public, though police later said it was not related to Brown’s shooting, was widely criticized on Twitter on Friday.
- More than 100 people attended a rally in St. Louis on Sunday to support Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown last Saturday. Proponents have also launched a Support Darren Wilson page on Facebook.
2. Dollar General offered nearly $10 billion to acquire rival Family Dollar, creating a bidding war for the chain after Dollar Tree made a $8.5 billion bid last month.
3. Rupert Murdoch drew hoots on Twitter on Sunday after he tweeted that "NSA privacy invasion is bad, but nothing compared to Google." Murdoch-owned News Corp. subsidiary News International shut down British newspaper News of the World in 2011 after a phone-hacking scandal.
NSA privacy invasion bad, but nothing compared to Google.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 17, 2014
4. The ALS Association has received $13.3 million in donations as of Sunday, largely due to the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon sweeping social media. Consumers have shared videos of themselves accepting the challenge — which calls for them to donate $100 or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads — more than 1.2 million times on Facebook since late July. The initiative has been mentioned on Twitter nearly twice as many times since then. The organization told PRWeek last week that it couldn’t take credit for the campaign but the effort "couldn’t have come at a better time."
5. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London "soon," though that is ultimately up to British authorities. Assange has been holed up in the embassy for two years.
Julian Assange says he will leave London’s Ecuadorian embassy ‘soon’ http://t.co/peYlQaELQY— TIME.com (@TIME) August 18, 2014
6. Many online media-buying or delivery companies have seen their stock prices tumble in recent months, despite marketers spending more money on digital advertising. Some of the companies told The Wall Street Journal that high research and development costs are to blame.