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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 1, 2018

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning!

Five things you need to know

1. 12 people killed in Iranian protests

At least 12 people have been killed and dozens more arrested in the Iranian protests that escalated over the last few days and continued into Monday.

On New Year's day, Anti-Ayatullah demonstrators in Tehran continued protesting against the Islamic Regime.

2. 'Auld lang syne' was the NYE word of the day

'Auld lang syne' was the word of the day on Dec. 31, 2017. Written by Scottish poet, Robert Burns in 1788, it's become the classic song to ring in the New Year, but how many of us actually know what it means.

'Auld lang syne' essentially means: old times, especially times fondly remembered.

3. Calgary Zoo brings penguins inside to warm up

The Calgary Zoo marched its penguins inside after the weather was deemed too frigid to be outdoors. The king penguins headed indoors after temperatures dropped below -25 C.

4. WhatsApp comes back from global outage

As millions were attempting to send Happy New Year's messages, the messaging service, WhatsApp endured a major outage around the globe on Sunday. Messaging was down for about an hour.

But according to BuzzTech, as of Jan. 1, WhatsApp is expected to stop working on certain devices, including BlackBerry OS, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and more.

5. Obama releases his playlist of 2017

On Dec. 31, Obama released his best books and best music of 2017 and he's getting mega respect from his supporters on his 2017 song list.

It's a tradition he started during his presidency.

The list includes tracks like Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyonce) and Humble by Kendrick Lamar.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Colin Morgan (32), Jack Ramsay (18), Morris Chestnut (49), Tank (42)

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