Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time on Sunday to win the World Cup, the fourth time in the country’s history that it has taken home the trophy. The scale of social media back-and-forth during the game was staggering. About 280 million Facebook interactions took place during the match, as did nearly 619,000 tweets per minute.
A number of German companies, such as Adidas and Lufthansa, as well as auto brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, celebrated their home country’s victory on Sunday on Twitter.
The best extra weight we've ever carried! pic.twitter.com/qaknvITdGy— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) July 13, 2014
Seven other things to know Monday morning:
- Apple responded to assertions by Chinese state media that the iPhone is a "national security threat" by posting a statement to its Chinese website explaining its privacy policies on Saturday.
- President Barack Obama will push Congress this week to boost spending on highway and transportation funding for states. He’ll use trips to facilities in Virginia and Delaware to make his point.
- Major technology players will release their earnings for the second quarter this week. On Tuesday, Intel and Yahoo will issue quarterly numbers, while eBay will follow on Wednesday and Google the day after that.
- Pharma company AbbVie is close to reaching an agreement to buy Ireland-based Shire for $53 billion. The deal would allow AbbVie to lower costs by moving its tax base overseas.
- Samsung halted its work with a Chinese supplier over reported child-labor activity at its facilities. The Korean conglomerate said it would cut off all contracts with the supplier if the reports hold up.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is facing calls for an investigation into its practices after a slip-up at one lab reportedly exposed several scientists to anthrax.
- After months of bad news about long wait times for appointments and poor conditions at facilities, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs has also found that the agency had difficulty paying benefits to wounded or injured veterans.