Putin, FIFA and jobless claims — 5 things to know today


Hello friends and Fortune readers.

Wall Street stock futures and the dollar are slightly lower Thursday morning, while oil prices are set to open near a new one-month low of $57.39 a barrel.

Today’s must-read story is by Fortune‘s Kirsten Korosec and it looks at the impending battle between tech giants Apple [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] and Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] over in-car control systems.

Here’s what you need to know today.

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1. Sepp Blatter still has one friend, at least. Spasibo, Vladimir!

Vladimir Putin weighed into the scandal Thursday, blaming a U.S. conspiracy to impose its dominion on the world and springing to the defense of the embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

2. Weekly jobless claims

The U.S. Labor Department is expected to report a decrease in weekly jobless claims today — a result of the improving labor market. The total number of claims could fall to 270,000 for…

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