MARKET REPORTS 

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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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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EMERGING NEWS 

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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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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Uncategorized 

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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EMERGING NEWS 

Judge Says US Must Delay TikTok Download Ban or File Legal Papers by Friday: Gasparino

In the quiet courts of New York, a judge is being asked to hold the Trump administration accountable for its lack of competence when it comes to implementing a crucial rule designed to protect children from adult-targeted digital content — like a pornographic song title. Judge Alvin Hellerstein has been handling the case, which is unusual given that the government has objected to the order in every instance and has objected as of late — both before and after the court issued the temporary order in January, and after the…

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MARKET REPORTS 

Ex-eBay Workers to Plead Guilty to Sending Spiders to Massachusetts Bloggers

At eBay, in Washington, D.C., in 2007, the workers who scraped out a living by selling used clothes and other merchandise on the Web found themselves on the verge of a major downsizing. The business was terrible, with “less than a quarter of employees earning enough to make ends meet.” Even worse, trade in secondhand goods was skyrocketing and eBay would have to reckon with the fact that, one day, somebody might decide to control over the price of merchandise bought in France and sent to Paris, for instance. So…

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EMERGING NEWS 

Google Maps Coronavirus Update Helps Users Navigate Through Hotspots

There has been a new development in the drama surrounding the Google Map masking problem. As the WSJ’s Tania Branigan and Cara Cook reported earlier, Staphylococcus aureus has been identified as the cause of mycobacterial “emissions” seen by some people using Google Maps, so the company has made a limited but important update to the map software. So, for most users in the United States, an updated version of Google Maps will be much less alarmed if a map showing the a zone of concern is detected: Staphylococcus aureus, a…

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EMERGING NEWS 

Tech Sector ETF Leading Today’s Gains

The stock market continues to climb higher following Wednesday’s economic data and budget agreement reached in Washington D.C. Tech stocks began trading higher today, leading the gains in the stock market. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO ) rose by nearly 1.4%, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX ) moved slightly higher, while the others saw slight declines. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX ) rose about 2%, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD ) also moved higher by about 2%. These gains followed yesterday’s economic data that…

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Nikola Founder Claims Arrest Story is False

The founder of Nikola Motors is calling the rumor story circulating about his arrest an act of “spurious counter-attack” that is meant to undermine the success of the company’s nuVinci: electric crossover utility vehicle. The company has received a major $35 million investment in its early production capabilities, but has come under pressure from rumors of misconduct in operations. “To all our supporters and Nikola employees around the world, I want to assure you that these kinds of false rumours just fuel more speculation about the progress of our company,”…

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