Friday, July 10, 2020

Amazon Bans Employees From Using TikTok on Their Phones

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Amazon Bans Employees From Using TikTok on Their Phones
Around midday Friday, some employees at Amazon began posting on Twitter about another beloved, but increasingly embattled, online platform: TikTok. They griped...

Etsy sellers are offering sheer mesh face masks that provide ‘very...

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Etsy sellers are offering sheer mesh face masks that provide ‘very little protection’
Etsy sellers have been a top source for stylish masks since the start of the pandemic — but some of them,...

'Palm Springs' Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the...

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scientists digging into the truth behind cannabis
After the pair spend an indeterminate amount of time flirting and frolicking across inland southern California, they get in their first real fight....

California reportedly launches antitrust investigation into Google

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California reportedly launches antitrust investigation into Google
According to a report in Politico, California has become the 49th state to launch an antitrust investigation into Google. California and Alabama were the...

Amazon’s Alexa app will soon let you speak commands without pressing...

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Amazon’s Alexa app will soon let you speak commands without pressing the blue button
Amazon is making a small tweak to the Alexa companion app on iOS and Android; in a few days you’ll no...

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

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Outer Space, Alien, Travel, Galaxy
Percival Lowell wasn’t the first to think he’d discovered life on Mars, but he was among the last. In the late 19th and...

YouTube Kids app is now available on Amazon Fire TV

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YouTube Kids app is now available on Amazon Fire TV
YouTube Kids, the family-friendly version of YouTube with built-in parental controls and a curated selection of kids content, is now available on Amazon’s...

An Audit Slams Facebook as a Home for Misinformation and Hate

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Civil rights leaders who instigated an unprecedented ad boycott of Facebook renewed criticism of the social media company for tolerating hate speech,...

Quibi reportedly lost 90 percent of early users after their free...

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Quibi reportedly lost 90 percent of early users after their free trials expired
Streaming service Quibi only managed to convert a little under 10 percent of its early wave of users into paying subscribers,...

America Has a Sick Obsession with Covid-19 Polls

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sanitation workers cleaning stairs
But small differences in these kinds of polls can make a big difference in the headlines they generate—and the decision­making they inform. Whereas...

Mercedes opts for more screens and fewer buttons in the 2021...

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Mercedes opts for more screens and fewer buttons in the 2021 S-Class
Teaser images and leaked photos of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class suggested the automaker was moving towards a more digital-centric interior. That might have...

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
On May 18, Kristin Tynski dropped a link into the Reddit community r/privacy: “I scraped court records to find dirty cops.” Tynski, who...

An external lens won’t completely fix your webcam woes, but it...

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An external lens won’t completely fix your webcam woes, but it has its benefits
Recently, some of the most popular webcams have been difficult to buy at major online retailers as people bought them to...

Samsung will reveal the next Galaxy Note on August 5

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Samsung will reveal the next Galaxy Note on August 5
Samsung’s next big Unpacked event is scheduled for August 5. As is the trend these days, the unveiling will be online-only, following in...

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease—Without Crispr...

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This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease—Without Crispr Gene Editing
Crispr’s potential for curing inherited disease has made headlines, including at WIRED, for years. ( Here, here, here, and here.) Finally, at least...

Tracing the link between your phone and the next pandemic

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Tracing the link between your phone and the next pandemic
When humans cut their way through forests to dig up gold and other minerals that go into phones, computers, and other...

Organise, a platform for worker rights, raises £570K seed funding led...

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Organise, a platform for worker rights, raises £570K seed funding led by Ada Ventures
Organise, a U.K. startup that has built a platform to help workers organise and campaign for better rights, has raised £570,000 in seed...

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

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Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment
Any company that uses a certain piece of networking equipment from Seattle-based F5 Networks had a rude interruption to their July 4 weekend,...

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

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Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73
Since Uber and Lyft transformed urban transportation with ride-hail services, there’s been a big outstanding question: How much do drivers make?Dueling papers...

The federal government says Bird got at least a $5 million...

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The federal government says Bird got at least a $5 million bailout loan, but the company denies it
Bird, the beleaguered e-scooter company, received a loan worth between $5 million and $10 million from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection...

Equity Monday: Uber-Postmates is announced, three funding rounds, and narrative construction

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Equity Monday: Uber-Postmates is announced, three funding rounds, and narrative construction
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our week-starting primer...

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

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In November 2017, Sridhar Ramaswamy—the head of Google's $95 billion advertising arm—left the company after a scandal concerning advertisements for major corporations...

Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It

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Former US President Bill Clinton  talks with Dr. Francis Collins  the director of National Institutes of Health.
Back when we started WIRED magazine, it was all digital, all the time. In Silicon Valley, bodies were treated like the somewhat inconvenient...

The Station: The startups edition

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The Station: The startups edition
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every...

Go read this Daily Beast story about a new online school...

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Go read this Daily Beast story about a new online school Elon Musk helped start
Back in 2015, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he had started a school to teach his five kids, eventually...

4th of July Sales (2020): 14 Great Deals on Outdoor Gear

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backpack
July 4th is approaching, the weather is getting hot, and people are flocking outdoors. The pandemic is far from over, so it's...

Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second stage burn, causing a...

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Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second stage burn, causing a loss of vehicle and payloads
Rocket Lab’s ‘Pic or it didn’t happen’ launch on Saturday ended in failure, with a total loss of the Electron launch...

Rocket Lab’s 13th launch ends in failure, after rocket experiences problem...

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Rocket Lab’s 13th launch ends in failure, after rocket experiences problem mid-flight
Rocket Lab’s 13th mission ended in failure on Saturday, after the company’s rocket experienced some kind of problem after launching to...

4th of July Sales (2020): 32 Best Mattress and Tech Deals...

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mattress
Ah, the 4th of July: that traditional time of year when we hunker down in our homes and shop for mattresses and vacuum...

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied...

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Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents
Reddit says it’s releasing a fix for a piece of code that copied contents from users’ clipboards. Users in a beta...

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

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Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine
The phrase “every color of the rainbow” isn’t quite as all-encompassing as it sounds. For one thing, the color chips in your hardware...

Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China

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Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China
Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to customers in China, a move that will test the market’s appetite for...

We Need a New 'Legend of Zelda' Cartoon

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We Need a New 'Legend of Zelda' Cartoon
The Legend of Zelda games have an amazing sense of adventure that ought to translate well to an animated series. But videogame journalist...

MrBeast ends Finger on the App competition by telling players to...

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MrBeast ends Finger on the App competition by telling players to stop after 70 hours
After watching contestants keep their fingers attached to a phone screen for more than 70 hours, YouTube creator Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson...

Dating app S’More adds blurred video calling and launches in LA

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Dating app S’More adds blurred video calling and launches in LA
The pandemic hasn’t slowed down dating app S’More — at least according to CEO Adam Cohen-Aslatei, who said that the app’s daily active...

‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing

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The dreaded “Covid party” has come to Alabama. Even as the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the state reached record highs,...

Captain America is now in Fortnite

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Captain America is now in Fortnite
A Captain America skin is now available in Fortnite, Epic Games announced today. He’s the latest comic-themed skin to be added...

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It's Tearing Us Apart

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5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It's Tearing Us Apart
The world came together to build 5G. Now the next-generation wireless technology is pulling the world apart.The latest version of the 5G...

Project M acquires punk rock satire site The Hard Times

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Project M acquires punk rock satire site The Hard Times
Matt Saincome knows that compared to many of the startup acquisitions that we write about on TechCrunch, selling a website for a...

New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears

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New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears
The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the...

Xbox Summer Game Fest event will have more than 60 downloadable...

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Xbox Summer Game Fest event will have more than 60 downloadable demos
With traditional trade shows like E3 and Gamescom cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft is planning to bring...

TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with...

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TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane
Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous...

What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey

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What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey
Two schools of thought have emerged for altering US policing practices following the killing of George Floyd and widespread Black Lives Matter ...

Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro’s newest game is a dark fairytale...

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Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro’s newest game is a dark fairytale on mobile
SinoAlice has much of what you’d expect from a game from Yoko Taro, the acclaimed director best known for his work...

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

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Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human
If you’re taking photos of Black bodies, it’s crucial to know the history of the image when it comes to Black uprisings. Knowing...

Cendana Capital, which has been backing seed funds for a decade,...

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Cendana Capital, which has been backing seed funds for a decade, has $278 million more to invest
When in 2010, former VC Michael Kim set out to raise a fund that he would invest in a spate of micro VC...

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ Promise Big Smartwatch Upgrades

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ Promise Big Smartwatch Upgrades
Rounding out the rest of the improvements are support for the Bluetooth 5 standard and an upgraded 4G LTE modem for faster cellular...

Byton suspending operations for six months due to financial trouble

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Byton suspending operations for six months due to financial trouble
Chinese EV startup Byton is halting operations for at least six months due to financial problems that have been exacerbated by...

As Uber hunts for a deal, can Postmates leverage an IPO?

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As Uber hunts for a deal, can Postmates leverage an IPO?
It’s been a busy last 24 hours or so for on-demand delivery company Postmates. According to reporting, the company is reviving its IPO...

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

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Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump
It’s a familiar story. A person in a position of power, usually a white man, is subject to social or professional sanction after...

AT&T brings 5G to Austin, Miami, Salt Lake City, and 25...

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AT&T brings 5G to Austin, Miami, Salt Lake City, and 25 other regions
AT&T’s low-band 5G network is expanding to 28 new regions today, including Austin, Miami, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. If you’ve...

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

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An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming
The future of gaming lives inside metal cages, if you believe some of the biggest gaming companies out there. Piled on hardware racks,...

Nacelle raises $4.8M for its headless e-commerce platform

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Nacelle raises $4.8M for its headless e-commerce platform
As e-commerce companies aim to capitalize on the online spending boom connected to shelter-in-place and keep the party going as physical retailers open...

How to Pick the Best Microsoft Surface Laptop or Tablet (2020)

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How to Pick the Best Microsoft Surface Laptop or Tablet
The most affordable, smallest member of the Surface lineup is the 10.5-inch Surface Go 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends). If your needs are minimal,...

2020 iPhones won’t come with a power adapter or earbuds, says...

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2020 iPhones won’t come with a power adapter or earbuds, says Kuo
This year’s new iPhones might not have as much in the box as you’re used to. According to well-connected analyst Ming-chi...

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

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An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars
In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won a nationwide Department of Transportation challenge and was named America's first smart city. This...

The modern mobile app needs a revamp

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The modern mobile app needs a revamp
Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. Last week, I wrote about Apple’s App Store controversy, which I’m kind of revisiting this...

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

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Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations
Julian Assange was back in the news this week, but so was a group called Distributed Denial of Secrets that has in...

Dr Disrespect breaks silence, but Twitch still refuses to say what’s...

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Dr Disrespect breaks silence, but Twitch still refuses to say what’s going on
What you’ve probably heard: three months after he signed an exclusive two-year contract with Twitch for a “life-changing” amount of money,...

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your...

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Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?
Indiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The...

Twitter promises to fine-tune its 5G coronavirus labeling after unrelated tweets...

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Twitter promises to fine-tune its 5G coronavirus labeling after unrelated tweets were flagged
Twitter says it’s working on improving how it labels tweets with problematic 5G or coronavirus content, after users reported their tweets...

Startups Weekly: US visa freeze is latest reason to build remote-first

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Startups Weekly: US visa freeze is latest reason to build remote-first
Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. While the...

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says his company wants to be the “Amazon for transportation.” Friday, Amazon made clear that it intends to...

Coca-Cola joins Facebook boycott with a pause on all social media...

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Coca-Cola joins Facebook boycott with a pause on all social media advertising starting July 1st
The Coca-Cola Company is pausing all digital advertising on social media platforms globally for at least 30 days starting July 1st,...

Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital

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Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital, the investment firm he co-founded in 2011 with Garry Tan, as first reported by Axios...

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

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Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning
A couple of weeks into talking, though, one of his channel moderators, who goes by Snookville, wrote her a message warning her about...

As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that...

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As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that violates policy
As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is...

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

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Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job
Less than a month later, this got me into trouble. Apparently I had upset some Very Important People by “desk-rejecting” their papers, which...

Sounds like Google’s Pixel 4A is nearly ready — and won’t...

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Sounds like Google’s Pixel 4A is nearly ready — and won’t have radar
“Where is Google’s Pixel 4A?” That’s the question we asked two weeks ago, bringing you up to speed on how Google...

Lordstown debuts a $52,500 electric pickup alongside a campaigning Mike Pence

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Lordstown debuts a $52,500 electric pickup alongside a campaigning Mike Pence
Lordstown Motors unveiled Thursday a prototype of its electric future, a pickup truck with four in-wheel hub motors and a few other...

If Done Right, AI Could Make Policing Fairer

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We work closely with the clinicians, including nurses and doctors. We understood their eagerness to help improve clinical practice, but also to protect...

Fire and plague prepared these teens for the world

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Fire and plague prepared these teens for the world
Paradise High School valedictorian Katie-Lynn Chandler delivered her graduation speech to empty bleachers and a row of cars parked along the...

Deal: TCL's 10 Pro and 10L Phones Are 15 Percent Off

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Deal: TCL's 10 Pro and 10L Phones Are 15 Percent Off
A little more than a month ago, TCL debuted smartphones under its own name for the very first time in the US. The...

Masayoshi Son resigns from board of Alibaba; defends SoftBank Group’s investment...

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Masayoshi Son resigns from board of Alibaba; defends SoftBank Group’s investment strategy
SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son said on Thursday he is leaving the board of Jack Ma’s Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba...

A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems

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A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems
More tech, more problems. That could describe many situations in which the universe finds itself these days. In this case, it’s the takeaway...

Slack promised to kill email, and Slack Connect might just do...

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Slack promised to kill email, and Slack Connect might just do it
When you think of Slack, you probably think of a chat app that’s growing in popularity for businesses large and small....

Cape Privacy launches data science collaboration platform with $5.06M seed investment

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Cape Privacy launches data science collaboration platform with $5.06M seed investment
Cape Privacy emerged from stealth today after spending two years building a platform for data scientists to privately share encrypted data. The startup...

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So...

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On Saturday, the residents of Verkhoyansk, Russia, marked the first day of summer with 100 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Not that they could enjoy...
Live Covid-19
United States 3,291,786
Cases: 3,291,786
Deaths: 136,671
Recovered: 1,460,495
Active: 1,694,620
Brazil 1,804,338
Cases: 1,804,338
Deaths: 70,524
Recovered: 1,185,596
Active: 548,218
India 822,603
Cases: 822,603
Deaths: 22,144
Recovered: 516,206
Active: 284,253
Russia 713,936
Cases: 713,936
Deaths: 11,017
Recovered: 489,068
Active: 213,851
Peru 319,646
Cases: 319,646
Deaths: 11,500
Recovered: 210,638
Active: 97,508
Chile 309,274
Cases: 309,274
Deaths: 6,781
Recovered: 278,053
Active: 24,440
Spain 300,988
Cases: 300,988
Deaths: 28,403
Recovered:
Active: 272,585
Mexico 289,174
Cases: 289,174
Deaths: 34,191
Recovered: 177,097
Active: 77,886
United Kingdom 288,133
Cases: 288,133
Deaths: 44,650
Recovered:
Active: 243,483
Iran 252,720
Cases: 252,720
Deaths: 12,447
Recovered: 215,015
Active: 25,258
South Africa 250,687
Cases: 250,687
Deaths: 3,860
Recovered: 118,232
Active: 128,595
Pakistan 243,599
Cases: 243,599
Deaths: 5,058
Recovered: 149,092
Active: 89,449
Italy 242,639
Cases: 242,639
Deaths: 34,938
Recovered: 194,273
Active: 13,428
Saudi Arabia 226,486
Cases: 226,486
Deaths: 2,151
Recovered: 163,026
Active: 61,309
Turkey 210,965
Cases: 210,965
Deaths: 5,323
Recovered: 191,883
Active: 13,759
Germany 199,588
Cases: 199,588
Deaths: 9,130
Recovered: 184,000
Active: 6,458
Bangladesh 178,443
Cases: 178,443
Deaths: 2,275
Recovered: 86,406
Active: 89,762
France 170,752
Cases: 170,752
Deaths: 30,004
Recovered: 78,388
Active: 62,360
Colombia 140,776
Cases: 140,776
Deaths: 4,925
Recovered: 58,800
Active: 77,051
Canada 107,126
Cases: 107,126
Deaths: 8,759
Recovered: 70,901
Active: 27,466
Qatar 102,630
Cases: 102,630
Deaths: 146
Recovered: 98,233
Active: 4,251
Argentina 94,060
Cases: 94,060
Deaths: 1,774
Recovered: 38,984
Active: 53,302
China 83,587
Cases: 83,587
Deaths: 4,634
Recovered: 78,623
Active: 330
Egypt 80,235
Cases: 80,235
Deaths: 3,702
Recovered: 23,274
Active: 53,259
Sweden 74,898
Cases: 74,898
Deaths: 5,526
Recovered:
Active: 69,372
Iraq 72,460
Cases: 72,460
Deaths: 2,960
Recovered: 41,380
Active: 28,120
Indonesia 72,347
Cases: 72,347
Deaths: 3,469
Recovered: 33,529
Active: 35,349
Ecuador 65,018
Cases: 65,018
Deaths: 4,939
Recovered: 29,577
Active: 30,502
Belarus 64,604
Cases: 64,604
Deaths: 454
Recovered: 54,254
Active: 9,896
Belgium 62,357
Cases: 62,357
Deaths: 9,781
Recovered: 17,179
Active: 35,397