EMERGING NEWS 

Facing Immense Pressure, Facebook Had no Choice But to Ban New Political Ads Week Before Election

At the beginning of June, Facebook’s political advertising platform, PoliticalAds, announced that they would be suspending all political advertising on its platform on Thursday, June 6. The reason? An increasing number of political ads pushed on Facebook during the time of #NewAdWeek. Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Facebook $100 million to cover refunds due to users who paid to access programs that then enrolled them in “the political super PACs, and other entities” associated with the Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause, to for political ads…

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MARKET REPORTS 

Apple’s ‘Dark Side’ Led These Brothers to Launch the AppRising

A week before Privacy Policy changes that would have allowed Apple users to use their Apple ID on third-party services was set to go into effect June 5, it was pulled from the App Store. According to a message on the Apple Apps page, the change has been delayed. The app store message stated: “Apple has reviewed this app, and we will not be accepting it into the App Store.” Developer Shilpa Shah told TechCrunch that the changes would have made it possible for Apple ID users to surf the…

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ELECTRONICS 

Apple Delays Privacy Policy Change, Much to The Relief of Facebook, Mobile ad Sellers

A week before Privacy Policy changes that would have allowed Apple users to use their Apple ID on third-party services was set to go into effect June 5, it was pulled from the App Store. According to a message on the Apple Apps page, the change has been delayed. The app store message stated: “Apple has reviewed this app, and we will not be accepting it into the App Store.” Developer Shilpa Shah told TechCrunch that the changes would have made it possible for Apple ID users to surf the…

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MARKET REPORTS 

Progressive ‘Squad’ Member Tlaib Faces Test in Michigan Primary

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American and self-identified progressive activist, became the first Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress earlier this year. But even as she was warming up to the world of Congress, she was already planning her next move, and it has nothing to do with making history in the nation’s capital. Omar was in her 20s when she went to college in Minnesota and started her own “progressive solidarity and organizing project.” She was asked, by her friends, to run for office, and ultimately won her…

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EMERGING NEWS 

Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to Visit Taiwan

At the request of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will visit Taiwan on Wednesday, June 5 to meet with the government to discuss health sector cooperation. According to USAID, the main purpose of the visit is to talk with the government about health sector cooperation, including topics such as prevention and education, emergency preparedness, and medical research and the deployment of special skills, including those related to maternal and child health, and strategies for the strengthening of domestic and international…

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Uncategorized 

Activist Cori Bush Beats Veteran Congressman Clay in Missouri Primary

Activist and tech entrepreneur Cori Bush got the last laugh this evening defeating veteran Congressman Clay in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Bush is a software engineer, Bay Area Democrat and marine veteran who represented San Francisco, along with San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in California’s 2014 state Senate race, and a loss to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2016. With 67 percent of precincts reporting, Bush secured 62 percent of the vote, while Rep. Clay obtained 39 percent. The winning candidate needed 50 percent plus one…

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FINANCE 

The best budgeting apps in 2020

Whether you call this the good old days or the “new normal,” the thing to remember about budgeting is that it doesn’t really work. You can not make more in any given year or less. The best budgeting software can try to approximate that though, through other tricks — line breaks, tables, advances in algorithms — but they don’t succeed in making it easy. At best, a good piece of software will allow you to calculate a flat line at the end of a year, that is to say —…

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MARKET REPORTS 

Microsoft’s Windows 10X may not arrive until spring of 2021, report says

Microsoft has made no secret of its desire to loosen up Windows 10. After all, Microsoft has spent the past decade trying to convince us that Windows is complex, doddling and troubled. Since a lot of Windows installations are done under virtual machines, it could have been a good idea to de-prioritize Windows 10, depending on your scenario. But Microsoft has done nothing to suggest that it’s prepared to overhaul Windows 10, and has never explained the specific reasons why. “It’s not straightforward to get to a new model,” an…

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MARKET REPORTS 

Activ Surgical raises $15 million to advance autonomous and collaborative robotic surgery

Until quite recently, advanced surgery was primarily reliant on operating rooms with large and often time-consuming waiting areas. Today, advances in high-definition imaging and wireless connectivity are making surgery more portable and responsive, including an emerging role for robots in the operating room. Enter an Oregon startup called Activ Surgical. It’s raised $15 million in Series A funding to bring portable, collaborative robotic surgery to thousands of other operating rooms, not just the OR itself. “The old idea of bringing our tools into our operating rooms is over,” says CEO…

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EMERGING NEWS 

Apple will send coronavirus test kits to its employees’ homes

Apple Inc. wants to send its employees a test kit — to be used with any app, program or piece of hardware they might use to assess whether they’ve got an active case of the coronavirus. This is a pretty big deal. We’ve been talking for years about the vulnerabilities in the wireless telecommunications network — including the challenges that people have with constant network communication as they travel through the world. As mobile phones, operating systems and accessories become more sophisticated, there’s a growing danger that there will be…

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