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Co-Diagnostics New Test Checks For Coronavirus, Flu at Same Time

A test that combines the ability to detect both coronavirus (commonly called SARS) and influenza, as well as one that finds new pathogens faster, has been developed by a team at the University of Pittsburgh. They have successfully tested this combination on a mouse model and expect to soon test on people as well. The animal trial suggests that the new test can detect a number of different coronaviruses, including two that cause severe respiratory disease in humans, known as viruses A/SARS1 and A/SARS2. Given that both viruses have the…

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Jeff Bezos Opens His First Tuition-Free Preschool in Washington State

Longtime Washington state residents can now formally hold ownership of a grandiose school dubbed “The Bezos School” in Seattle. Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the $75 million campaign that will fund the construction of the institution, which is set to open to the public in 2021. Amazon already has its hands full with facilities to accommodate its growing workforce, so it only made sense for Bezos to invest in education as well. According to GeekWire, the project will turn the headquarters of Seattle-based fintech company Zulily into a new…

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Drone Company Delivering at-Home Coronavirus Test Kits

There is a new opportunity for technology companies to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, following an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a statement on Monday, the CDC confirmed that an outbreak of respiratory illness in Saudi Arabia has infected more than 55 people and killed dozens since March. This is a major health concern given that C. difficile is also a virulent and bacterially-transmitted disease in the Middle East. CDC news states that the new risk to humans may be caused by the…

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Bezos’ Blue Origin to Break Record With 7th Reusable New Shepard Rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial space venture founded by Jeff Bezos, announced a new milestone for the company, producing its seventh “verified,” or reusable, New Shepard rocket. “Starting next month, New Shepard will launch and land payloads for customers,” says Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Blue Origin. “That is a major milestone for the world’s most ambitious rocket company. This is a hard technical challenge, but one we are not going to accept at the expense of our mission.” Cerberus and Mad Max Partner Jeff Bezos’s space venture just broke another…

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Shopify Data Breach By ‘Rogue’ Employees Exposes Nearly 200 Merchants; Customers Potentially at Risk

Shopify is asking customers to change their passwords in the wake of a large security breach. The report comes less than a month after Shopify said “rogue” employees had siphoned usernames and encrypted credit card data. Shopify has admitted the data breach was a result of the attackers taking advantage of “a security flaw.” The thieves gained access to customer and merchant data. In particular, Shopify says the information compromised was credit card numbers, payment card expiration dates, and user names. The hackers are believed to have accessed 2.8 million…

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Facebook Oversight Board Set to Launch Just Before Election

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will appoint a Digital Accountability and Transparency Board (DATA) under the influence of Facebook and the Russian government in the weeks before the 2020 Presidential election. The new board will be responsible for verifying fake accounts and fake social media profiles that attempt to manipulate elections. As TechCrunch explains, the new board is a growing realization that there was rampant election meddling online at the same time the Obama Administration was in the midst of a PR campaign for social media friendly critics. The original…

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Apple Critics Form Coalition to Challenge App Store Fees

Opponents of Apple’s App Store policies have formed a new coalition to push back against the tech giant’s latest moves. Members of Digital Democracy are open about their concerns over Apple’s recent changes to the App Store. The issue boils down to the cap on the 30 percent tax that the company takes from app developers. The old “cut” was 20 percent. That would translate to a percentage on every $1 million that developers charged for an app. Apple now says they’ll take only 15 percent of everything. Contrast that…

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NASA Administrator: America’s Space Agenda ‘on Fire’

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday, and when he launched into a session on space policy, he did not disappoint. During his introductory remarks, he hit every point on the space exploration agenda: geology, aerospace, asteroid mining and so on. It’s no wonder that President Trump ended up picking him for the position. But let’s take it step by step. Of the five goals established for NASA by President Trump, three have already been achieved. First, to return people to the moon and to establish…

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How Your Portfolio Can Benefit From The Current Electric Vehicle Conversation

One of the biggest buzzwords in the world of business and investments right now is the electric vehicle (EV). The United States is no stranger to negative headlines regarding China’s controversial plans to buy up electric vehicles by 2025. Not long ago, the aforementioned plans sparked electric vehicle market speculation that Tesla’s stock could go through the roof – a trend that has yet to pan out. In the eyes of many investors, the bottom line matters most and investing in electric vehicles can be seen as an important way…

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Amazon Employee Warns Company is Monitoring Staff Listservs For Labor-Organizing Efforts: Report

Is Amazon collecting employee listservs for labor-organizing efforts? That’s what an anonymous employee told Recode, using “a long voicemail” to complain about the company’s practices. In a follow-up post, Recode reported, “It’s true, we’ve found employee listservs that have come under Amazon’s hacking-and-monitoring purview, though it’s possible we’re just uncovering the frequency of Amazon’s infiltration.” It’s possible we are just uncovering the frequency of Amazon’s infiltration. That said, we do not plan to name the source of the list, or what it contains. It’s also worth pointing out that, even…

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