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Once a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered, the hard part begins

In the global sprint to find a COVID-19 vaccine, we’ve seen the world embrace approaches that would have previously been considered unthinkable, from spending billions on untested technologies to compressing clinical trials from years to months.  These bold steps may be exactly what the world needs to find a vaccine even one day sooner. But unless we bring the same…

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charges

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex. According to the complaint, Harris admitted during an interview…

By this measure, Snowflake’s IPO wasn’t such a a success after all

No recent event better exemplifies the tech frenzy than the jaw-dropping Snowflake IPO. Following its debut on September 16, many in the media marveled at how its $70 billion valuation made the software unicorn––its annual sales running at just $500 million––the priciest newly-listed player ever. What went mainly unnoticed is that Snowflake captured another distinction as the second-most underpriced IPO…

iPhone’s new ‘orange dot’ feature warns you when an app is listening

Many iPhone owners are seeing a strange orange dot appearing from time to time in the top right corner of their screen. The dot is part of Apple’s latest iOS software update, and is part of Apple’s ongoing campaign to provide better privacy services. If you see the dot, it means an app is accessing your iPhone’s phone or camera.…

Wildfire smoke and COVID-19 are a one-two punch for indoor air quality across the U.S.

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. They have killed dozens of Americans and destroyed hundreds of homes, but the biggest threat of the wildfires raging on the U.S. West Coast may be invisible. The tiny airborne particles of ash and chemicals generated by the fires…

Sony debuts new PlayStation for the holidays. Here’s how much it costs

Sony said the latest version of its gaming console, the highly anticipated PlayStation 5, will go on sale Nov. 12 in the U.S. for $500, matching the price on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X as the two companies prepare to battle for market share this this holiday season. Sony will also release a digital edition of the PS5 for $400, the Tokyo-based company…

Why fighting climate change is key to America’s health

In a week where smoke from widespread, West Coast wildfires is affecting air quality across the United States, compounding the challenge of managing a still-raging pandemic and the health disparities it has laid bare, it’s not hard to grasp the urgency for action on the dueling crises of climate, health, and equity in the US. But what may be lost…

Trump says he doesn’t like what he’s heard of TikTok deal

President Donald Trump said he’s not happy with what he’s heard about the terms of Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video app TikTok but added he won’t be briefed on details until Thursday morning. “Just conceptually, I can tell you I don’t like that,” he said after a reporter told him that TikTok’s Chinese owner, Bytedance, would retain a majority…

‘Integrators’ and ‘separators’: How managers are helping the two types of remote workers survive the pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic wears on into its seventh month, a dichotomy has emerged among employees: those that enjoy the flexibility remote work affords—think laundry in between meetings!—and those feeling stifled by constantly juggling home and family responsibilities with professional ones. “One interesting thing we were looking at is the concept of people who are integrators, and people who are…

11 Things You Should Know Before You Get Your First Credit Card

A credit card may seem like just another tool to help you make purchases, but it can be much more. When used responsibly, a credit card can help you build

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

How Is Credit Card Interest Calculated?

So your bank tells you that your credit card has a 15% APR. What does that actually mean? How does your bank calculate your interest rate, and how does that translate into how much you actually pay? …

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

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