Five things to know Wednesday morning: Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge; Mayer apologizes for missed Cannes meeting; Exchange Online users miffed after day-long outage; Brands take on latest Suarez bite; Google to reveal set-top box.

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran

Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge in Mississippi
Incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeated conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel on Tuesday night in a party runoff. Cochran’s strategy: appeal to Democrats and African-American voters, who are allowed to participate in Republican runoffs in the state. The election has already prompted considerable analysis in political media about the state of the Tea Party, which looked resurgent after knocking off House Minority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this month.

Wednesday morning’s quote: Mayer apologizes
"I feel like our ad story is really resonating, and I’m really quite happy with it. I think the dinner is unfortunate how much attention it’s gotten. I was late. I apologized to IPG at the time and in no way meant for it to be a slight to them."
-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Wednesday morning to CNBC. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Mayer was two hours late to a meeting in Cannes with CEO Michael Roth and top Interpublic Group executives and clients after falling asleep.

Microsoft fixes email service after day-long outage
Microsoft got its Exchange Online email service back up and running at about 6pm EST on Tuesday after it was down for virtually the entire work day. Frustrated users took their complaints to Twitter as they waited for their email to return.

Brands take a bite out of latest Suarez controversy
The biggest World Cup news on Tuesday wasn’t Greece slipping past the Ivory Coast or Uruguay besting Italy. It was Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez biting an Italian player on the field during Tuesday’s contest. The troubled Suarez may be facing a suspension from soccer governing body FIFA for his actions. Meanwhile, food and candy brands took advantage of the incident, encouraging consumers to take a more proper bite out of their products.

World Cup stat of the day: 180,000
That’s the number of people who retweeted Italian star Mario Balotelli’s suggestion that Queen Elizabeth II owed him a kiss on the cheek if Italy knocked off Costa Rica to at least momentarily keep England in the tournament. Italy lost that match, and its team is on the way home itself after a defeat at the hands of Uruguay on Wednesday.

Google set-top box to highlight developer conference
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday morning that Google will unveil a set-top box at its developer conference, giving it a device to compete with Apple, Amazon, and others in the space. The device will have another company’s branding but use Google’s Android operating system, according to the Journal.

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