Reid Hoffman is exploring a new anti-Trump boycott
Amid the advertiser boycott of Facebook, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest megadonors, Reid Hoffman, is exploring ways to launch a similar boycott of President Trump and his White House. Hoffman, the billionaire founder of LinkedIn, could spend as much as $100 million this election cycle and has elbowed... Read more
House OKs $100B broadband plan with $50 monthly discounts for poor people
The US House of Representatives yesterday approved $100 billion worth of broadband funding as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. The broadband portion is modeled on the Democrats’ “universal fiber” plan we wrote about last week. The plan includes $80 billion in fiscal year 2021, money that the... Read more
The best 55-inch TV for 2020: LG, TCL and more compared
If you haven’t purchased a television in eons, you may be surprised to learn that a 55-inch TV is currently considered a medium or even a small screen size. LCD TVs are now so popular and numerous that consumers have been paying ever-lower prices for ever larger screens —... Read more
What Trump’s Twitter and Clinton’s Sax Have in Common
This was a strategy that Clinton embraced throughout his presidency, motivated in part by Thomas Patterson’s landmark 1993 book, Out of Order, which documented overwhelming negativity in traditional news outlets’ political coverage, along with findings such as a steady decline in the amount of newscast time in which politicians... Read more
COVID-KG uses AI to scan thousands of studies to answer doctors’ coronavirus questions
The number of studies about COVID-19 has risen exponentially from the start of the pandemic, from around 20,000 in early March to over 30,000 as of late June. In an effort to help clinicians digest the vast amount of biomedical knowledge in the literature, researchers affiliated with Columbia, Brandeis,... Read more
Building Apps Like Uber to Get You Inspired
Approximately 10 years prior to Uber disturbing the market of taxi benefits by making a less complex and less expensive option — we only had conventional taxis. The traditional taxis had it all. From the point forward where Uber made a splash — the organization has spread to 250... Read more
YouTube TV hiked its price to $65. Sling TV and Hulu are the best alternatives
Sarah Tew/CNET Live TV streaming services promise a cord-cutter’s delight. They’re typically cheaper than a cable TV subscription with similar channel lineups and no need to sign a contract, so you can cancel anytime. Unfortunately they also suffer one of cable TV’s major flaws: constant price hikes. My former... Read more
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass
When the pandemic hit, the world of women’s roller-derby spun into action. On April 6, an international governing body for the sport, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, put out a call for public health professionals in their midst to come together and devise a plan. Mikaela Kosich (derby... Read more
Advocacy groups raise concerns over Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit bid
(Reuters) — Twenty advocacy groups from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere signed a statement Wednesday urging regulators to be wary of Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker company Fitbit because of privacy and competition concerns. The 20 organizations — which include the U.S.-based Public Citizen,... Read more
COVID-19 spread 4X faster in one Amazon warehouse than local area
Enlarge / An Amazon worker in a fulfillment center in the Orlando area, April 2019. After eliminating temporary “hazard” pay raises, Amazon is saying “thank you” to its hourly workers with a one-time bonus of $500, while at least one Amazon warehouse has been found to have a COVID-19... Read more