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As Square stock soars, market cap nears Goldman Sachs territory

As Square stock soars, market cap nears Goldman Sachs territory
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The same report chalked up the recent record-breaking share prices to growing optimism around the “growth of digital payments” as the coronavirus pandemic “changes consumer and corporate spending behavior.”

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Square’s stock price reached a record high of $128.36 earlier on Monday.

“People without access to the banking system signed on to quickly receive federal aid rather than waiting for checks in the mail,” Barron’s2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 . “[Square’s] utility in channeling donations for people who have lost work due to the virus has brought in users as well.”

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ICE tells foreign college students they may not be able to stay in the U.S.

ICE tells foreign college students they may not be able to stay in the U.S.
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issued by ICE varies depending on whether the school is offering courses online, in person, or in some hybrid of the two. And it gets more complicated from there.

For example, if a school is offering classes online only, ICE will allow non-U.S. students to take a full course load, but they have to stay in their home country to do so.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注If they’re already in the U.S., they must either transfer to a different school that offers in-person classes, or they have to leave and go back home to take their classes.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注ICE says that students who are attending schools that offer a mix of online and in-person classes “will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online,” but it’s up to the school how they will offer those classes given that some foreign students will be hours ahead of U.S. time zones depending on their location.

And if that isn’t challenging enough, thanks to the pandemic, U.S. consulates have hit pause on processing routine visas (such as the ones students need to get into the country—even if they were already accepted into an academic program here). A Wall Street Journal report , “Typically, a student can’t enter the U.S. on a valid visa after their program’s start date.”

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Supreme Court robocall ruling says federal debt collectors no longer get special treatment

Supreme Court robocall ruling says federal debt collectors no longer get special treatment
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a 1991 ban on robocalls to cell phones—a decision that is likely to see little opposition from the public.

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“Americans passionately disagree about many things,” wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls.”

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注In fact, the court even further limited the types of calls that are legal, overturning a 2015 amendment to the ban that granted an exemption to automated calls trying to collect government-backed debts, such as student loans and mortgages.

The ruling stemmed from a group of “political and nonprofit organizations” that sued the federal government seeking the right to make political robocalls. They argued the 2015 law unconstitutionally discriminated among types of speech, in violation of the First Amendment, since it allowed the automated calls only if they were seeking to recover certain types of debt, not if they were looking to pass on any other message.

In a divided set of opinions, the majority of the justices agreed the 2015 law that allowed the debt collection calls was, in fact, a First Amendment violation, since it discriminated against other types of calls. But most justices favored solving the problem by overturning the exemption, meaning federal debt collection robocalls will no longer see special treatment.

Justice Neil Gorsuch lamented in a separate opinion that the court’s approach brought little benefit to the political organizations who brought the suit. He and Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether the court’s approach, effectively severing the unconstitutional exemption for debt collection from the rest of federal robocall law, was the right one.

“They came to court asserting a right to speak, not a right to be free from other speakers,” Gorsuch wrote of the political groups in the case. “Severing and voiding the government-debt exception does nothing to address the injury they claim; after today’s ruling, federal law bars the plaintiffs from using robocalls to promote political causes just as stoutly as it did before. What is the point of fighting this long battle, through many years and all the way to the Supreme Court, if the prize for winning is no relief at all?”

In a statement, the American Association of Political Consultants, one of the groups involved in the case, expressed hope future court decisions would further clarify what’s permissible. Facebook, which sends automated texts to users for security purposes, to review the nearly 30-year-old robocall law and how it applies to modern technology.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注“We are grateful that the Supreme Court recognized the importance of the First Amendment and the harms imposed by content-based restrictions on speech but are disappointed that the Court did not rule in favor of the AAPC entirely,” AAPC executive director Alana Joyce said in the statement. “There remain open questions about what the TCPA means and how it applies to those who engage in First Amendment-protected policy and political discussions. We hope the Court grants review to resolve those issues in the pending Facebook case, addressing the proper interpretation of the TCPA’s auto dialer definition.”

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Still waiting for your stimulus check? Update from the Treasury warns you might have tossed it

Still waiting for your stimulus check? Update from the Treasury warns you might have tossed it
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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Nearly 4 million stimulus payments were , which arrived from a bank that many had never heard of, MetaBank, in envelopes devoid of any mention of the IRS or U.S. Treasury. (The envelopes were marked “Money Network Cardholder Services.”) Most people were expecting to receive their stimulus payments in the same form as previous tax refunds—either a direct deposit or a check in the mail. The debit card scheme was rolled out quickly, without alerting consumers to expect a card in the mail. The stimulus was authorized as part of the CARES Act, which provides a one-time payment $1,200 to most adults, and $500 per eligible children.

The cards are valid for three years, after which the funds will returned to the Treasury. If you think that you may have thrown out your stimulus card, you can call the card’s customer service line at 800-240-8100 to report the card lost and request a replacement.

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Judge orders shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline in victory for Native American tribes

Judge orders shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline in victory for Native American tribes
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In a victory for Native American tribes concerned about the impact of an oil spill2020欧洲杯体育线上投注, a federal judge has ordered a temporary shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The $3.8 billion pipeline carries crude oil beneath Lake Oahe, which is behind the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River between North Dakota and South Dakota.

The court already found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it granted Dakota Access an easement to build and operate the pipeline without producing the necessary environmental impact statement.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The court ordered that the pipeline be emptied within 30 days.

“Fearing severe environmental consequences, American Indian Tribes on nearby reservations have sought for several years to invalidate federal permits allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to carry oil under the lake. Today they finally achieve that goal—at least for the time being,” Judge James Boasberg, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, wrote in his opinion today.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is the plaintiff and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the plaintiff-intervenor.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directed a request for reaction to the U.S. Department of Justice, which could not be reached immediately for comment.

“We believe that the ruling issued this morning from Judge Boasberg is not supported by the law or the facts of the case,” Energy Transfer, which owns Dakota Access, said in a written statement. “Furthermore, we believe that Judge Boasberg has exceeded his authority in ordering the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely operating for more than three years. We will be immediately pursuing all available legal and administrative processes and are confident that once the law and full record are fully considered Dakota Access Pipeline will not be shut down and that oil will continue to flow.”

The shutdown is likely to last 13 months, the amount of time time the Corps estimated it’ll take to prepare the environmental impact statement.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Defendant Dakota Access had argued, in part, that shutting down the pipeline would cause significant harm the economy, result in substantial job losses and seriously impact North Dakota’s oil industry. The Dakota Access Pipeline can carry as much as 570,000 barrels of Bakken crude daily.

“The Court does not reach its decision with blithe disregard for the lives it will affect” Boasberg wrote. “It readily acknowledges that, even with the currently low demand for oil, shutting down the pipeline will cause significant disruption to [pipeline], the North Dakota oil industry, and potentially other states. Yet, given the seriousness of the Corps’ NEPA error, the impossibility of a simple fix, the fact that Dakota Access did assume much of its economic risk knowingly, and the potential harm each day the pipeline operates, the Court is forced to conclude that the flow of oil must cease.”

Though in 2016, the Corps had put the construction of the pipeline on hold, it reversed itself in 2017, at the urging of the then-new White House administration, according to the decision. The pipeline got its permit, was built, and went into service.

The 30-inch underground pipeline runs 1,172 miles from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, according to the company’s website.

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Here’s the full list of companies that received Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000

Here’s the full list of companies that received Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000
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Bowing to pressure from critics2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 over its handling of more than $500 billion in coronavirus relief funds, the Small Business Administration today released a trove of data about the recipients of loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, including full business names and addresses for companies that received loans of $150,000 or more.

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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The list was on the U.S. Treasury’s website in a downloadable spreadsheet along with a lengthy explanation about what viewers should—and should not—glean from the information.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注“PPP loans are not made by SBA,” the agency points out in a fact sheet accompanying the data. “PPP loans are made by lending institutions and then guaranteed by SBA. Accordingly, borrowers apply to lenders and self-certify that they are eligible for PPP loans.”

The program, established by the federal CARES Act in March as a way to help small businesses maintain payroll and other approved expenses during the pandemic, was criticized early on after a number of big-dollar loans went to companies that were not all that small, including publicly traded restaurant giants such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Many of those companies ended up returning the funds to avoid further backlash or even the risk of fraud charges.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注In addition to the names of businesses, the data released today includes information about lending institutions, loan sizes (within a specific range), and voluntarily submitted demographic data. It also includes state-by-state data for smaller loans, although in those cases, business names and addresses are not included for privacy reasons.

You can check out all the spreadsheets .

According to the SBA, more than 4.8 million PPP loans were approved through June 30, with the average loan size being $107,000.

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The anti-mask crowd is losing

The anti-mask crowd is losing
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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 finds that a record 86% of adults said they’ve worn a mask in public in the past week.

The news comes as the number of reported cases in the country rise, as more states continue to reopen their economies at various paces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data updated on Sunday, the U.S. saw 52,228 new cases and 271 new deaths from the previous day.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注In addition, 3% of American adults said they’re considering wearing a mask, while 11% said they won’t think about it, the Gallup Poll revealed.

In early April, only 51% of U.S. adults said they’d sported a mask during the previous week.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注“The current 32-percentage point gap in Democrats’ and Republicans’ reported mask usage is the widest it has been. Essentially all Democrats (98%), 66% of Republicans and 85% of independents say they have worn a mask in public in the past week,” the Gallup researchers said.

Many GOP leaders have asked the public to don face masks or have done so themselves to set a precedent, such as Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Health Committee chairman Lamar Alexander.

During an interview with Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday, Fox & Friends2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 cohost Steve Doocy quipped, “Masks are great again”—a riff on President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan in 2016.

Numerous states require people to wear masks, including Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Michigan, California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

In April, the CDC changed its guidance for the general public with regard to wearing face masks.

Wearing cloth masks prevents people who don’t realize they have COVID-19 from spreading it, the Mayo Clinic explains.

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These are all the meta in-jokes of Tesla’s ‘S3XY’ shorts

These are all the meta in-jokes of Tesla’s ‘S3XY’ shorts
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Tesla’s newest product is . . . a pair of red shorts.

Yeah, look, compared to the flame throwers of Elon Musk’s other company, Boring, these shorts are rather timid. But the shorts themselves are a sort of in-joke on so many levels—mainly revolving around a specific type of Tesla investor.

Here’s the deal: Elon Musk announced the availability of the shorts yesterday on Twitter. The is as follows:

Celebrate summer with Tesla Short Shorts. Run like the wind or entertain like Liberace with our red satin and gold trim design. Relax poolside or lounge indoors year-round with our limited-edition Tesla Short Shorts, featuring our signature Tesla logo in front with “S3XY” across the back. Enjoy exceptional comfort from the closing bell.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注So, here are all the in-jokes:

  • That “S3XY” across the back of the shorts refers to four different Tesla car models—the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y.
  • The fact that the product is a literal pair of shorts is a dig at short sellers of Tesla’s stock. That is, people who borrow and sell Tesla stock, hoping the price on the stock goes down and thus allowing them to sell and make a profit. Short sellers generally have a problem with Tesla (for varying reasons) and are, obviously, a group .
  • The final joke: The price of the shorts are $69.420. The “420” part refers to a couple of things. First, it’s the universal code for pot. And you know . But second, the 420 refers to the price point of the stock at which Musk announced he was considering taking the company private. That tweet got Musk into trouble with the SEC.

But while the shorts are full of jokes, they are, in fact, a real product. You can and the company notes they’ll ship within two to four weeks. However, as of the time of this writing, all sizes are sold out except for XL.

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Uber is buying Postmates for $2.65 billion, reports say

Uber is buying Postmates for $2.65 billion, reports say
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Bloomberg2020欧洲杯体育线上投注. The publication says Uber and Postmates could announce the deal as soon as today.

Under the deal, Uber will scoop up Postmates, but the company will continue to be run as a separate entity. Uber’s existing food delivery service, Uber Eats, and the company’s new Postmates service will both be overseen by current Uber Eats head Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. However, current Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann will remain in his post to manage Postmates directly.

Postmates was founded in 2011, and though it lags behind its main U.S. rival, DoorDash, it has a strong user base in the American Southwest and Los Angeles. Bloomberg2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 says Uber and Postmates have been in some form of on-and-off takeover discussions for “about four years,” but those discussions accelerated last month after Uber approached Postmates again. Last month is also when Just Eat acquired Grubhub for $7.3 billion—something Uber failed to do.

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COVID-19 transmission could be airborne, scientists warn the WHO

COVID-19 transmission could be airborne, scientists warn the WHO
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Until now, the WHO has said that the primary transmission route of SARS-CoV-2 is via respiratory droplets—that is, the collection of particles a person expels when they sneeze or cough. Because of the droplets’ relatively large size and weight, most quickly fall to the ground after being ejected from a person.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注However, the group of 239 scientists warns that aerosol particles—the tiny bodies that are much smaller than droplets and can linger in the air for hours—could be a viable transmission vector for SARS-CoV-2. If that’s the case, the virus is airborne, and catching it, especially indoors, could be much easier than thought.

And if SARS-CoV-2 is airborne, the world will radically need to rethink the way it tries to prevent the spread of the virus.2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 For one thing, face masks may be needed to be worn indoors at all times when in settings such as schools or restaurants—even if people are social distancing. The reason for this is because the light SARS-CoV-2 aerosols can hover in clusters in the air, which a person can walk into without knowing it. These invisible clusters could also be spread in someone’s direction by air-conditioning systems.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注In other words, if the scientists are right that airborne transmission of the virus is a bigger risk than the WHO currently says it is, people could no longer feel safe from catching the disease simply because they are in an area where no one else is around (such as an empty grocery store aisle). And if that’s the case, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic just became much harder—especially in places where people are unwilling to wear face masks.

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How to watch Macy’s 4th of July fireworks live on NBC without cable

How to watch Macy’s 4th of July fireworks live on NBC without cable
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. Others thought fireworks felt like an inappropriate message from a company that thousands of people. And, let’s be honest, not everyone is in the mood to celebrate America’s birth this year, nightly amateur fireworks displays notwithstanding.

All that said, that goes with them will still air on television this year. The good news is, watching them from home is safe, private, and won’t bother your neighbors.

NBC will air its annual broadcast, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, tonight (July 4, 2020) at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT2020欧洲杯体育线上投注. The two-hour event will include by John Legend, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, and more. If you’re a cable cord-cutter who wants to stream the fireworks live on your smart TV, computer, or mobile device, here are a few easy ways to do that:

NBC website and apps

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注If you have login credentials from a pay-TV provider, you can stream the fireworks on NBC’s website or with its iOS or Android mobile apps:

Locast

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Broadcast networks are available to stream for free on this nonprofit service. It’s live in 19 markets and counting.

Subscription-based streaming services

You can stream NBC’s live feed on some stand-alone streaming services if you sign up for a subscription.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Friendly reminder: NBC is a broadcast network and available for free over the air. It’s not too late to invest in an antenna!

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Want that Twitter edit button? Everyone’s gotta wear a face mask

Want that Twitter edit button? Everyone’s gotta wear a face mask
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as recently as January of this year, “The answer is no.”

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Yet there is hope. In the last 24 hours the official Twitter account has said all users can get access to the edit button—everyone just has to do one simple thing: wear a face mask.

As the tweet says, “You can have an edit button when everyone wears a mask.” At the time of this writing, it currently has over 2 million likes.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注So there you have it, people. You finally have a good reason to wear a face mask: We all get the coveted edit button if everyone does.

And if everyone does, there’s that little added bonus that we may get to save tens of thousands of American lives in the process and reverse the spread of that pesky pandemic that is ravaging the country.

So mask up. .

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Do you know how to treat a burn from sparklers or a grill this July 4th? Most Americans don’t

Do you know how to treat a burn from sparklers or a grill this July 4th? Most Americans don’t
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, conducted on 1,000 adults, indicates that most Americans are woefully unprepared to be around 4th of July celebrations:

  • 6 in 10 think that it is okay to apply ice to a burn. (It is not. Ice increases tissue damage.)
  • 89% do not know that the most common burns come from flames, such as those in grills or fire pit.
  • 1 in 4 think that water is the best way to put out a grill fire. (It is not. A fire extinguisher should be used.)

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The immediate treatment for a smaller burn is to . Know that you can always call 9-1-1 and ask what to do. Grill injuries , peaking in July.

Parents are particularly unknowledgeable2020欧洲杯体育线上投注: Half of the parents who plan to celebrate with fireworks this summer say that they don’t know much about burn injuries and treatment; nearly two-thirds plan to grill, yet 2 in 5 don’t know how to react to a grill fire. A fire extinguisher should always be on hand.

“I encourage anyone planning to grill or use a fire pit or fireworks this summer to review basic safety measures for these activities and understand what to do if someone experiences a burn,” Kevin Foster, director of burn services for the Arizona Burn Center, said in a news release. Here are at-a-glance safety sheets:

  • American Burn Association
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Mayo Clinic
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This is how old your dog really is in human years, and it’s not age times 7

This is how old your dog really is in human years, and it’s not age times 7
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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 the genomes of 105 Labrador retrievers and traced the methylation patterns in the retriever and human genomes, which provide clues to a genome’s age. They found that dogs and humans age at vastly differing rates at certain points in their lifespans.

“A nine-month-old dog can have puppies, so we already know that the 1:7 ratio wasn’t an accurate measure of age,” noted professor of medicine Trey Ideker in the study.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注But in later life, after age 7, dogs’ aging slows significantly. So while a 1-year-old dog is roughly equivalent to a 30-year-old human, a 9-year-old dog is just north of 65 in human years, according to the chart. (Note that the graph is based on Labrador retrievers—some breeds live longer or shorter.)

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The researchers have aspirations beyond helping you realize that your dog is “older” than you thought: Their study articulates a new formula for epigenetically determining the age of a cell, tissue, or organism, the first that is transferable across species, with many possible applications, such as pinpointing the age of adopted dogs or measuring the efficacy of anti-aging interventions.

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Lemonade’s stock, which is not made of lemons, soars on NYSE debut

Lemonade’s stock, which is not made of lemons, soars on NYSE debut
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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注When life gives you lemons, make a killing on Wall Street.

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The insurance company Lemonade2020欧洲杯体育线上投注‘s stock is trading at more than $61 a share this afternoon, its first day on the New York Stock Exchange.

The New York-based business priced its initial public offering at $29 a share yesterday. With 11 million shares sold, it raised $319 million in its IPO.

Lemonade is part of the growing so-called insurtech industry, which took a page out of the naming guide that brought you “biotech” and “agtech.”

The property and casualty company explained in its June 8 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission , “By leveraging technology, data, artificial intelligence, contemporary design, and behavioral economics, we believe we are making insurance more delightful, more affordable, more precise, and more socially impactful.”

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Lemonade, which launched in 2016, appeals to younger people. About 70% of its customers are younger than 35.

The ticker symbol is LMND.

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COVID-19 timeline: Track your state’s reopening plan along with new local outbreaks

COVID-19 timeline: Track your state’s reopening plan along with new local outbreaks
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2020欧洲杯体育线上投注, COVID-19 did not magically go away. New cases are spiking in a number of southern states—and tracking this clusterjam from your screen has become the new people watching of our era.

To make sense of the chaos, the excellent Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, which already operates  that scientists and policymakers depend on, has added two critically helpful new tools:

  • This tool lets you see how each state is doing through tiny line graphs of six months of daily new case numbers. Bookmark it. This is among the best data presentation we’ve seen.
  • . For each state, this tool offers a timeline noting policy changes in reopenings and closings, alongside new cases per day, so you can immediately grok how specific policies may be impacting transmission rates.

This is all in addition to the center’s , which snapshots county hotspots nationwide, alongside helpful case and death curves for each county. The new tools, listed under “Critical Trends,” feel like acknowledgement that we’re in this pandemic for the long haul.

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Northwestern scientists have discovered the microscopic dental defects that rot your teeth

Northwestern scientists have discovered the microscopic dental defects that rot your teeth
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yesterday.

Enamel is the hard level that covers the teeth2020欧洲杯体育线上投注. Tooth decay, caused by bacteria, weakens this important dental protection.

The researchers used scanning transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to learn about the chemical nature and structure of enamel.

Let’s drill down: Enamel is composed of rods, which are made up of nanoscale hydroxylapatite crystallites. A crystallite has a shell made of calcium, phosphate, and hydroxyl ions and a core that contains magnesium, sodium, carbonate, and fluoride as well as two magnesium-rich layers, like a sandwich.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注The scientists also discovered impurity atoms.

The information will help understand how enamel becomes soluble—and also how to potentially strengthen it.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Approximately 25% of young children, 50% of adolescents, and over 90% of adults in the United States have tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tired of saying ‘Hey Google’ and ‘Alexa’? Change it up with these unintentional wake words

Tired of saying ‘Hey Google’ and ‘Alexa’? Change it up with these unintentional wake words
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that can unintentionally trigger Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and other voice assistants:

  • Instead of “Hey Google” or “OK Google,” for instance, try saying “OK cool,” “OK, who is reading,” or “cocaine noodles.”
  • Instead of “Alexa,” try “A letter,” “election,” or “unacceptable.”
  • If you’ve , you can try “And the zone” instead of “Amazon,” “tobacco” instead of “Echo,” or “Peter” instead of “Computer.”
  • Instead of “Hey Siri,” try “a city” or “Hey Jerry.”

Silly as all this seems, accidental triggers can compromise your privacy. Amazon automatically keeps a record of your Alexa voice recordings, Google keeps a transcript of your Assistant queries and can keep recordings if you allow it, and Siri retains audio if you opt in. As a result, these voice assistants can capture private moments2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 if they hear something that falls within their acceptable margin of error for a wake phrase.

It could be a long time until voice assistants can perfectly tune out anything that sounds like “Alexa,” “Hey Google,” or “Hey Siri.” But in the meantime, you might as well have a little fun with it.

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Tesla stock is now worth more than five times what it was a year ago

Tesla stock is now worth more than five times what it was a year ago
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by MarketWatch2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 had only expected about 72,000 deliveries.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Shares of Tesla were up almost 9% to $1,214 in early-morning trading on Thursday. To put that number in context, Tesla was trading at about $223 in July 2019, meaning its stock price has increased more than fivefold since this time last year.

How long can it last? That’s hard to say, but analysts have been sounding the “Tesla is overvalued” alarm for a while now. In a report last month, Morgan Stanley rated the stock as “underweight,” saying investors keen on viewing Tesla as a growth-potential tech stock à la Apple or Microsoft are ignoring “significant inherent differences in Tesla’s business model and capital intensity,” Forbes . The firm set a price target of $650.

Earlier this year, Barclays auto analyst Brian Johnson warned that Tesla’s rally had all the makings of a 1999-era bubble, CBNC . Even Musk himself tweeted in May that he thought Tesla stock is “too high imo.”

Tesla is expected to report second-quarter earnings later this month. You can check out the full deliveries report .

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China’s sweeping national security law: How will it affect business in Hong Kong?

China’s sweeping national security law: How will it affect business in Hong Kong?
A protester marching in defiance of police ban despite security law, while raising their hands up to signal “Five demands, not one less.” Activists and protesters have hit the streets of Hong Kong in a reaction to the National Security Law imposed on the autonomous region by the central government in Beijing. [Photo: Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images]
, in the last three weeks, Chinese e-commerce company raised $3.9 billion by selling shares on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and Chinese online gaming company NetEase raised $2.7 billion. And in November, retail giant Alibaba raised $11.2 billion in Hong Kong’s largest offering since 2010. Alibaba also signed a lease for expensive office space in Hong Kong, propping up the city’s property market along with Chinese insurer Ping An, which spent $1.45 billion to purchase space atop the West Kowloon district’s high-speed rail station.

The risk of not toeing the line

Striking another tone, China has warned that businesses that do not fall in line with Beijing’s orders risk negative financial repercussions, as China controls one of the world’s biggest consumer markets.

2020欧洲杯体育线上投注In May, former Hong Kong chief executive and current Chinese political advisor Leung Chun-ying called for a boycott of HSBC after it failed to express support for the promised national security act, on Facebook, “HSBC’s businesses in China can be replaced overnight by banks from China and from other countries.” And last year, China put on accounting firms PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, and Ernst & Young to investigate and fire employees who allegedly paid for a pro-democracy advertisement in a Hong Kong newspaper.

Should I stay or should I go?

But that businesses need to be careful to limit association with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has caused some firms to worry that remaining there puts them in danger. According to a by Hong Kong’s American Chamber of Commerce, 30% of American and international firms said they were considering relocating their regional offices out of the city due to the national security law, and 37% of firm workers said they would relocate.

While the full effects of the national security law are still to be seen, it’s increasingly clear that China’s position as an economic and industrial powerhouse allows it to stretch its arms further across the globe. As a result, companies that do business in Hong Kong may find themselves increasingly forced to choose between freedom-of-speech values and the bottom line.

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