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Coronavirus: Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?

BBC News - World - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 00:13
BBC's Health Correspondent Laura Foster explains what we know currently about how children are affected by the virus.
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Iranian Parkour athlete arrested over a rooftop kiss

BBC News - World - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 00:12
Alireza Japalaghy performs life-threatening stunts, but has been detained for 'vulgar acts'.
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How to find a meteorite in Antarctica

BBC News - World - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 00:11
Justin Rowlatt joins a team of scientists looking for small space rocks in Antarctica.
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Read the pitch deck that buzzy startup Devoted Health used to reach a $1.8 billion valuation before it signed up a single customer

Businessinsider - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 00:03

Devoted Health wants to change the way the U.S. takes care of its senior citizens, and it has big plans in its first five years to do just that.

The startup, which has been gathering lots of buzz in the last year, was founded to sell private health insurance plans to U.S. seniors, a market that is growing rapidly as Baby Boomers age.

Using one pitch deck, Devoted Health managed to secure $300 million from investors in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz late last year, with a valuation of $1.8 billion – all before it signed up a single customer.

But the deck also outlined the company's aggressive plans for its first five years. Devoted Health planned to sign up 5,000 members for 2019 and grow that to 103,722 by 2023. It expects to make about $1.2 billion in revenue in 2023 while generating a small net loss.

Here's what else Devoted Health laid out in the pitch deck:

  • How the company, in part, plans to make money by owning its own medical group in addition to the insurance operation
  • Its plan to take on the healthcare giants in Medicare Advantage
  • Why it thinks it can generate better margins than other Medicare Advantage health insurers
  • How the company can eclipse 100,000 members
  • And more about the company's aggressive five-year plan

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Watch this US Navy ship destroy a flying drone with a laser weapon

Businessinsider - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 23:59

  • The USS Portland disabled a flying drone with a "solid state laser" in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Videos showed the Northrup Grumman-developed 150-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) destroying the drone.
  • "With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy," a Navy official said in a press release.
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A US Navy ship downed a flying drone with a "solid state laser" in the Pacific Ocean, the service branch announced on Friday.

The USS Portland (LPD-27), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, deployed its Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) against an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last week during a demonstration, the first such use of a high-energy class solid-state laser, the Navy said.

"By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats," US Navy Capt. Karrey Sanders, the ship's commanding officer, said in a press release.

"The Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator is a unique capability the Portland gets to test and operate for the Navy, while paving the way for future weapons systems, " Sanders added. "With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy."

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— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) May 22, 2020

According to the Navy, the weapon system is being developed due to "an increasing number of threats" that include UAVs, armed small boats, and adversary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The Navy has used other laser weapon systems on its ships, including its 30-kilowatt class Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the USS Ponce.

The Navy hopes laser cannons can defend the fleet from drones and even the long-range missiles being fielded by rivals like China, which can outrange a US carrier strike group's jets and missiles. China's land-based missiles could overwhelm a carrier group's ability to intercept with a finite supply of missiles, which is where the laser comes in.

The US Army is developing its own laser weapon, the Indirect Fires Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL), which is expected to range up 300 kilowatts and intercept rockets, artillery, and mortars.

The Office of Naval Research first awarded Northrup Grumman an initial $53 million contract to develop the 150-kilowatt-class LWSD in 2015.

"For about the price of a gallon of diesel fuel per shot, we're offering the Navy a high-precision defensive approach that will protect not only its sailors, but also its wallet," director and program manager Guy Renard, said at the time.

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WHO says South America new coronavirus 'epicentre': Live updates

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 23:55
Brazil, whose president has resisted restrictions, is the hardest hit country in the region with over 330,890 cases.
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Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart

BBC News - World - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 23:22
The loon, which is on Canada's dollar coin, and the eagle, America's national bird, fought to the death.
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UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from June 8

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:50
All international arrivals, including returning Britons, to self-isolate and provide details of their stay.
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Ahmaud Arbery: Third man charged over death of black jogger

BBC News - World - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:44
The motorist is accused of murder and attempted false imprisonment over the shooting in Georgia.
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Trump drug hydroxychloroquine raises death risk in Covid patients, study says

BBC News - World - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:29
Coronavirus hospital patients given hydroxychloroquine were more likely to die, medical journal study says.
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Mory Kante, Guinea music star and 'baobab of culture', dies at 70

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:18
Kante revolutionised West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo with urban grooves.
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Yemen's health system 'has collapsed' as coronavirus spreads: UN

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:08
World governing body rings alarm bell as it prepares to host donor conference with Saudi Arabia amid the pandemic.
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Fashion turns to technology to tailor sustainable solutions

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:42
At the cutting edge of fashion and science, innovators are setting a new trend with a circular model of consumption.
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A work-from-home tool lets you take a real break while tricking your micromanaging boss and judging coworkers into thinking you're still at the keyboard

Businessinsider - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:39

  • More people are working from home than ever before because of the coronavirus.
  • That has created tension between managers concerned about productivity suffering and workers who are urged — or even required — to always be at their computer.
  • Lurk From Home aims to fix that problem by letting people take breaks without appearing offline by tricking programs like Microsoft Teams and Slack into thinking they're still working.
  • But he says his goal is actually to improve people's productivity by allowing them to release stress and maintain better work-life balance.
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The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people around the world to work from home full time — many for the first time in their lives — and the transition hasn't always been seamless.

By now, we've all seen plenty of horror stories about Zoom calls gone wrong, kids interrupting at the worst possible moments, and the difficulties of staying productive while also maintaining your mental health.

Research shows that a big part of that means taking breaks to parent, eat, or just get some fresh air and give your mind a chance to refocus.

But some workers haven't felt able to do that, either because of demanding employers and managers who are concerned about productivity suffering — or simply because employees don't want to give coworkers the impression that they're slacking off.

In-person workplaces allow your bosses and colleagues to see when you're on the job, but now many companies have become reliant on tools like Microsoft Teams or Slack to determine when someone's "at their desk." Some have even turned to virtual private networks and webcams to constantly monitor employees throughout the day.

That's increased stress levels for some employees — but it also inspired Rehaan Adatia, a consultant at KPMG, and Haris Akbar, a post-doctoral fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, to find a way to help people working from home reclaim some control over their schedules.

"We were seeing an uptick in these micromanaging initiatives taken up by managers to really check in a little bit further on their employees," Adatia told Business Insider, adding that a survey they sent around online confirmed that others were having difficulties taking breaks without prompting questions from managers or judgment from coworkers.

So they built Lurk From Home, a tool that tricks work chats and productivity-monitoring software into thinking someone's still at their computer using a Java plugin to intermittently move the mouse or play a media clip in the background to keep their screen active.

It's invisible to the human eye, but Adatia said it was enough to trigger activity logs for Slack, Cisco Jabber, Microsoft's Teams, Skype for Business, and Lync, as well as VPNs that may track what workers are up to throughout the day.

From hardware hack to software for hard workers

Adatia said he and Akbar didn't build Lurk From Home to enable people to be lazy, and he's mindful of companies that might perceive it that way and try to block their tool.

"I can see why the perception would be that this is more of a laid-back tool," Adatia said. "But we believe that this gives our users peace of mind, and that actually helps them inversely perform better when they're at their desk."

Adatia said the original idea for Lurk From Home came about years earlier during a part-time internship he had one summer that let him work remotely but also gave him tasks that didn't take the entire week to complete.

"I had basically figured out how to automate all of my work," he said. But he was still worried that efficiency may be perceived as laziness if he wasn't available on his work chat.

Adatia's solution at that point was to open a blank document on his laptop, place a coffee mug on his keyboard, and clamp the lid down so it kept typing, making his work chat think he was online.

Lurk From Home may be a slightly more high-tech hack, but as more companies encourage remote work moving forward, Adatia said tools like it would become even more essential.

That's why he and Akbar are now building additional features to encourage productivity and make working from home less isolating, like reminders to take breaks and ways to connect with coworkers and network, Adatia said. While Lurk From Home is a free tool, he hopes the additional functionality is something employers might pay for.

"Long term, I think our goal is to develop an entire suite of different tools for those working from home, not specifically just related to productivity," he said.

SEE ALSO: Square just told employees they can work from home permanently

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Here are 18 firms that sellers and advertisers depend on to navigate Amazon

Businessinsider - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:23

  • Amazon is a growing advertising and selling channel, and a group of companies promise brands e-commerce expertise and tools that they can't get directly from the e-commerce giant.
  • Business Insider highlighted 18 of the third-party tech firms and agencies that are powering sellers' and advertisers' Amazon's business.
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Amazon's advertising business continues to balloon and along with it, the number of companies that help brands navigate the ins and outs of advertising and selling on the platform.

Business Insider identified 18 companies that are part of a cottage industry of Amazon-focused tech firms. These companies sell software that helps brands do things like set up digital storefronts, merchandise, and run advertising.

The companies range from tech firms that sell software to help third-party sellers manage sales to agencies that offer managed services like ad buying and strategy.

Some, like Pacvue and Orca Pacific, were founded by ex-Amazon employees and entrepreneurs that wanted to start their own firms to help brands understand Amazon's complex marketplace.

Click here to see the full list of 18 Amazon-focused firms solving selling and advertising problems.

SEE ALSO: Inside Amazon: Everything we know about the e-commerce giant's growing advertising business

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Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:18
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.
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The top Best Buy Apple deals for Memorial Day are headlined by $80 off the latest iPad

Businessinsider - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:09
 

Memorial Day usually brings with it a series of lucrative deals, and this year is no different. In fact, Best Buy has discounted a series of well-known and hot ticket Apple products, including the Apple Watch and the HomePod.

In the market for a new Apple device for yourself?

We rounded up Best Buy's Apple deals for Memorial Day and included the best ones below.Best Buy Apple Watch deals

The Apple Watch is often considered the best smartwatch out there, thanks to the fact that it offers excellent fitness tracking, a modern design, and deep integration with other Apple products. 

Apple has deals on a few different models of the Apple Watch. There's the latest-and-greatest Apple Watch Series 5, which offers an always-on display and other high-end features. And, there's the Apple Watch Series 3, which allows users to see notifications and control aspects of their iPhone on a budget.

Get the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $179 (originally $199) [You save $20] Get the Apple Watch Series 5 starting at $299 (originally $399) [You save $100]



Best Buy iPhone deals

Through Best Buy, you can get some pretty great iPhone deals too. In partnership with carriers, Best Buy allows users to get the latest iPhone for up to a whopping $700 off, if you buy on AT&T and Sprint, trade in a qualifying old device, and activate the new phone on the carrier.

This applies to the iPhone 11, which is the latest and greatest iPhone series. The iPhone 11 comes with the Apple A13 Bionic processor, which is Apple's fastest chip ever. On top of that, you'll get a high-end dual-lens or triple-lens camera, a sharp, big edge-to-edge display, and more.

Save up to $700 on the iPhone 11 from AT&T Save up to $700 on the iPhone 11 from Sprint



Best Buy iPad deals

The entry-level iPad is already an absolute steal at $329.99, but you can now get it for a hefty $80 off — bringing the total down to only $249.99. 

The iPad offers a 10.2-inch display, along with a classy design that comes in three different colors — Gold, Space Gray, and Silver. It's available with a few different storage amounts, including 32GB and 128GB, but to save the most you'll want to go for the 32GB model. And, it comes with the ultra fast Apple A10 Fusion chip, which is fast enough for the vast majority of situations.

Get the Apple 10.2-inch iPad: $249.99 (originally $329.99) [You save $80]



Best Buy HomePod deals

Apple's first smart speaker, the HomePod, has a great deal of its own. In fact, you can get a hefty $100 off the HomePod, bringing it down to one of its lowest prices ever. 

The HomePod offers Siri built right into it, plus it has an amazing sound quality with a good amount of bass, great mid response, and enough clarity and detail in the high end for any kind of music. It's also pretty well-designed, and as such, should look right at home in any living room.

Right now, the HomePod is available for $100 off from Best Buy.

Get the Apple HomePod from Best Buy: $199.99 (originally $299.99) [You save $100]



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Trump will 'override governors' on churches reopening

BBC News - World - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 20:50
The president said churches should be considered essential but it will be up to governors whether they open.
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Trump declares houses of worship 'essential', calls for reopening

Al Jazeera - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 20:40
Trump says churches, mosques and synagogues provide essential services and calls on governors to allow them to reopen.
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PayPal parts ways with CMO and former Apple executive Allison Johnson after 18 months

Businessinsider - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 20:36

  • PayPal Chief Marketing Officer Allison Johnson left the company this week after fewer than 18 months in the role.
  • Johnson was formerly the vice president of marketing communications at Apple and reported directly to Steve Jobs.
  • A PayPal spokesperson said her departure was part of an effort to simplify PayPal's global marketing department.
  • People with knowledge of the business said Johnson established the company's creative lab and sought to elevate the brand amid increasing competition from Apple, Square, and Microsoft.
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PayPal Chief Marketing Officer Allison Johnson left the company this week after fewer than 18 months in the role.

A spokeswoman said her departure was part of an effort to simplify the fintech giant's marketing organization and that Johnson left as part of the shift.

"As PayPal moves into the next phase of its journey, we have made some organizational changes to reduce complexity, simplify our processes, and better align with our customers. As part of this change, we are streamlining our marketing teams under one cohesive function," the spokeswoman told Business Insider.

Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PayPal hired the former Apple marketer to shake up its brand

Johnson, a former vice president of worldwide marketing communications for Apple who reported directly to Steve Jobs, joined PayPal in January 2019. She became its first chief marketing officer in six years as the company sought to expand beyond its ubiquitous payment button to products like the money-transfer app Venmo, the merchant gateway Braintree, and the deal-finding browser extension Honey Science.

CEO Dan Schulman told The Wall Street Journal at the time that the company needed more sophisticated marketing to address an increasingly complex market.

Two people with direct knowledge of the matter, both of whom are known to Business Insider but requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter, said Johnson conducted a clean sweep of PayPal's internal marketing department upon her arrival.

Several executives, including PayPal's vice president of global brand marketing, its director of global brand advertising and creative services, and its senior director of brand marketing, left over the following months.

The fintech giant faces increasing competition from rivals like Apple, Amazon, and Square 

One of the people said that before Johnson's arrival, PayPal's brand marketing focused on internal services for clients with separate divisions in regions around the world.

According to the two people, Johnson aimed to consolidate the department under a single global remit. She established PayPal's creative lab to elevate the brand as it faced increasing competition from companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Square, which offer their own payment products.

A third person close to the business said Johnson took on a lesser role when the latest reorganization began several months ago.

Before Apple, Johnson held top marketing and public-relations roles at HP, Netscape, and IBM. She also cofounded West, a combination marketing agency and consulting firm based in San Francisco. 

SEE ALSO: CEOs of the biggest ad holding companies including Omnicom and Dentsu say offices will reopen slowly and staffers won't be required to come back

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