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    1. iPhone User Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

      iPhone User Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

      An iPhone user in New York has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

      The July 10 filing seeks to "remedy a particularly brazen, indefensible privacy violation," claiming LinkedIn had programmed iPhone and iPad applications to abuse the clipboard to "read and divert LinkedIn users' most sensitive data" without consent or knowledge.

      The complaint, filed by Adam Bauer, alleges that the LinkedIn app had been "spying on its users" but also the other Apple devices owned by those users. This relates to the Universal Clipboard feature of iOS and macOS devices, which allows the sharing of clipboard data between them.

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    2. Lady A, Formerly Lady Antebellum, Sues Singer Using Same Name

      Lady A, Formerly Lady Antebellum, Sues Singer Using Same Name

      Country group Lady A, which changed its name from Lady Antebellum last month in an effort to distance themselves from associations with slavery and the Civil War, filed a trademark lawsuit on Wednesday against blues singer Anita White, who also goes by the name Lady A.

      The band Lady A originally intended to work out a solution with White that would allow both to perform under the name Lady A—but in a statement, the band says they “reluctantly” decided to sue after White asked for $10 million and negotiations broke down, according to Billboard.

      According to the lawsuit, the band has held the trademark for “Lady A” since 2011, though White had been performing under the moniker for years ...

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    3. Ferrari Lost Trademark Rights to Most Expensive Car

      Ferrari Lost Trademark Rights to Most Expensive Car

      Italian supercar maker Ferrari has lost the trademark rights to the world’s most expensive car and arguably the most iconic car in its storied history, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

      Though the Ferrari 250 GTO only cost US$18,000 in the United States when they were new, one of them set a new record for the world’s most expensive car in 2018 when it sold privately for US$70 million.

      Ferrari lost its trademark to the shape of the 250 GTO by falling foul of the European Union Intellectual Protection Office’s (EUIPO) “Use It Or Lose It” rules.

      The rule, which Ferrari itself has used in litigation against other companies and even charities, was aimed Ferrari ...

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    4. EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      A good year for Reckitt Benckiser, the producer of Lysol, has gotten even better with the news that two versions of the cleaning product have been proven effective in killing the novel coronavirus in lab testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

      The EPA on July 1 released a list of 431 disinfectants that it believed would be effective against coronavirus that were tested against a harder-to-kill virus or another type of human coronavirus that is similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, but it had yet to test any specifically against the virus. 

      Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist were found to kill the virus on a hard, non-porous surface in two minutes, EPA ...

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    5. Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency Following Violent Crime Outbreak

      Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency Following Violent Crime Outbreak

      Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday, authorizing the deployment of  1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta, in the wake of a violent weekend in which 31 people were shot in 11 incidents. 

      Kemp ordered the troops to safeguard government buildings, police headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center, according to WSB-TV Atlanta. 

      With the National Guard patrolling these locations, state troopers will be dispatched to the streets of Atlanta, according to the governor’s office via WSB-TV Atlanta.

      “This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable,” tweeted Kemp on July 5, “Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence.”

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    6. NASA Renames Headquarters After Agency's First Black Female Engineer

      NASA Renames Headquarters After Agency's First Black Female Engineer

      In 1951, a young woman from Hampton, Virginia joined the racially-segregated computing pool at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics – the agency that later became NASA. 70 years later, amid growing unrest over racial inequality and at the end of a historic month for American crewed spaceflight, NASA renamed its headquarters building in her honor. As of June 24, the Washington, D.C. building which houses the space agency’s leadership is officially the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters.

      “NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement to the press. “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of ...

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    7. Amazon to Acquire Self-Driving Company Zoox for $1.2B

      Amazon to Acquire Self-Driving Company Zoox for $1.2B

      Reports have emerged that Amazon.com AMZN will purchase self-driving startup Zoox for “more than $1.2B” with exact details of the deal not disclosed. Amazon says they plan to have Zoox realize its vision of passenger transport (robotaxi) service, which I will dub “AMAZOOX.” At the same time, it is hard to believe they don’t also have interest in robotic delivery and logistics, since that’s a huge part of their business.

      I have already done analysis twice on this deal — first when Zoox started shopping, and then when Amazon was revealed as the suitor. All the analysis in these articles remains similar. Today, two things become fact — the confirmation of the deal and Amazon’s declaration that ...

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    8. Hank Aaron Shares Powerful Message Amid Civil Rights Protests

      Hank Aaron Shares Powerful Message Amid Civil Rights Protests

      At 86, any time Hank Aaron makes a live appearance, it is a celebrated event. In the era of COVID-19, the 86-year-old Hall of Famer recently got behind the screen to join former Atlanta Braves All-Star Brian Jordan for an intimate talk on Facebook Live.

      Aaron was at the forefront of the civil rights movement as a baseball player. His career started in 1952 with the Negro Leagues’ Indianapolis Clowns, playing three months as an 18-year-old before the Milwaukee Braves signed him into their organization. He helped to integrate the minor leagues, as he, along with four other Jacksonville teammates, broke the Sally League’s color barrier in 1954.

      In the wake of the protests across the country, Aaron recalled ...

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    9. World Sets Single-Day Record for New Coronavirus Cases

      World Sets Single-Day Record for New Coronavirus Cases

      The world set a single-day record for new cases of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Sunday—more than six months into a pandemic the top official there warns is “accelerating”—reporting over 183,000 cases in a 24-hour period, and more than 4,700 deaths.

      Nearly half of the cases came from either the U.S. or Brazil, as cases are spiking in both countries, with Brazil recently surpassing 1 million cases. There were 54,771 new cases reported in Brazil, according to the WHO, followed by the U.S. with 36,617 and then India with 15,400.

      The WHO warned last week that the world was entering “a new and dangerous phase" as stay-at-home orders are ...

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    10. Alabama COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Over Past Week

      Alabama COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Over Past Week

      Coronavirus cases reported in Alabama are increasing at a rapid rate, setting records for new single-day cases each of the past four days; over 1,000 cases were reported on Sunday alone—the first time that’s happened since the pandemic started as the state is one of several that have experienced a massive increase in new cases over the past week.

      Alabama is in Phase 2 of its reopening, and has been one of the most aggressive in the nation when it comes to the reopening process, starting Phase 1 at the end of April. The state hasn’t shown any sign it will reverse track on its reopening efforts, and hasn’t exempted any part of the state ...

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    11. Apple Granted Patent to Create Synthetic Group Selfies

      Apple Granted Patent to Create Synthetic Group Selfies

      Apple’s next iPhone could be able to take virtual selfies, allowing groups to appear close together while actually being apart – ideal for an era when standing less than six feet apart is forbidden.

      The capability has been revealed in a newly published patent, number 10,672,167, so you know, and picked up by the ever-vigilant Patently Apple. It was one of 57 patents just granted to the company on the same day.

      But although it was only announced a few days ago, the patent dates from July 2018, so the company, though terribly clever, was not predicting Covid-19 all those months ago.

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    12. Brokerage Giant Charles Schwab to Acquire Ameritrade in $26 Billion Deal

      Brokerage Giant Charles Schwab to Acquire Ameritrade in $26 Billion Deal

      Brokerage giant Charles Schwab announced on Thursday that it had received antitrust approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for its acquisition of rival broker TD Ameritrade, a blockbuster $26 billion deal which further consolidates the industry.

      “We’re gratified by the DOJ’s decision and appreciate its diligent and thorough review. We are pleased to be clearing an important milestone in our planned acquisition of TD Ameritrade,” said Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger in a press release.

      The shareholders of both companies are scheduled to vote on the transaction later on Thursday, according to Schwab’s press release. The deal is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2020, with integration of the two companies likely to ...

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    13. Western Union Rumored to Acquire MoneyGram in Takeover Bid

      Western Union Rumored to Acquire MoneyGram in Takeover Bid

      Western Union is reportedly courting MoneyGram International in a takeover bid that would combine two of the largest money-transfer companies in the U.S.

      Bloomberg first reported the rumors, citing an anonymous source, who said Western Union has made an offer, but that the target company has not yet decided on its response. News of the potential acquisition sent shares of both companies higher. 

      Such an acquisition would remove Western Union's chief direct competitor in the U.S. money-transfer space at a time when it faces other threats to its business from digital payments companies such as Paypal. Bloomberg also reported that traditional money-transfer companies are facing increased regulation, as well as a persistent and growing desire among government ...

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    14. Dow Surges 500 Points As Investors Bet On A Coronavirus Vaccine Breakthrough

      Dow Surges 500 Points As Investors Bet On A Coronavirus Vaccine Breakthrough

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.2%, just over 500 points, at Tuesday’s open, while the S&P 500 was up 1.2% and the Nasdaq gained 0.2%.

      Shares of Maryland-based biotech company Novavax jumped 4.5% after the company said it had started the first human study of its experimental coronavirus vaccine.

      Merck shares rose nearly 1.5% after the pharmaceutical company announced that it is working in collaboration with scientific research organization IAVI to develop a vaccine.

      Last week, another biotech company, Moderna, reported positive results from its vaccine trial. In total, there are 10 vaccines currently in clinical trials and another 114 in preclinical evaluation, according to a tally from Fundstrat.

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    15. Trump Fires Back After Biden Ad Attacks Him For Golfing During Pandemic

      Trump Fires Back After Biden Ad Attacks Him For Golfing During Pandemic

      President Trump defended himself and lashed out at former Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic nominee, after the Biden campaign released an ad criticizing Trump for golfing over the weekend, as the country approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

      President Trump was seen golfing at his private club in Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, marking his first visits to one of his golf properties since March.

      Saturday evening, Biden tweeted "Nearly 100,000 lives have been lost, and tens of millions are out of work. Meanwhile, the president spent his day golfing," and his campaign released an accompanying ad that juxtaposed video of Trump playing golf and the rising death toll numbers.

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    16. Opponents Say Expansion Of U.S. Immigrant Ban Should Not Include Skilled Workers

      Opponents Say Expansion Of U.S. Immigrant Ban Should Not Include Skilled Workers

      In an effort to stop President Trump from expanding his recently signed presidential proclamation halting immigration to the U.S. for certain immigrants, the American business and immigration community is rallying to protect the nonimmigrant skilled worker sector from being added to the prohibition.

      What is at stake is the ability of U.S. employers to access uniquely skilled professional workers from outside the United States, job creation from the know-how and innovation they bring, and the economic impact their entrepreneurship can provide to reinvigorate the American economy.

      A letter currently being circulated by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and other immigrant groups, focuses on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in defending current U.S. immigration policy ...

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    17. FedEx's First African American Woman CEO

      FedEx's First African American Woman CEO

      29 years ago, 19-year-old Ramona Hood was a single mother searching for a consistent day job to support herself and her six-week-old daughter, while simultaneously taking night classes. Aiming to transition from working in retail, Hood landed a steady 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift as a receptionist for Roberts Express, which became FedEx Custom Critical. From her start as a receptionist, Hood quickly moved up the corporate ladder to the safety department after 12 months, holding various executive leadership positions at FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Supply Chain.

      Her career path evolved through many areas of the company, including operations, safety, sourcing, sales, and marketing. Hood stated, "It was then that I started to realize the organization ...

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    18. WHO Warns Coronavirus ‘May Never Go Away’

      WHO Warns Coronavirus ‘May Never Go Away’

      Nearly 300,000 people have died around the world after contracting COVID-19, while at least 4.3 million people have been infected since the illness was first reported in December 2019.

      On Wednesday, WHO emergencies chief Dr Mike Ryan said at a press conference: “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.”

      As an example, he added that HIV virus is still present, but that we have come to terms with the disease. Ryan said he does not believe anyone can predict when COVID-19 will “disappear,” and that there are “no promises and no dates.”

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    19. Social Security Trust Fund May Be Depleted Far Sooner Due to COVID-19

      Social Security Trust Fund May Be Depleted Far Sooner Due to COVID-19

      Like many others, when the Social Security Trustees issued their most recent report back in April, my reaction was to assume that there was little of value to be found in the analysis. Last year, the Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund was projected to be exhausted in 2034 and the combined fund with Disability added in, in 2035.

      This year, those numbers are unchanged; due to favorable experience and a change in assumptions, the disability fund is projected to survive further, to 2065 instead of 2052, but it is a small enough share of the total that it only changes, in total, the exact point within 2034 in which the combined fund is depleted.

      Certainly the favorable ...

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    20. A New Senate Bill Proposes $100 Billion For Emergency Rent Relief

      A New Senate Bill Proposes $100 Billion For Emergency Rent Relief

      As the U.S. Senate reconvenes today, Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown took to Twitter to announce a bill that would provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance. 

      “The last thing we want during a public health crisis is people being forced out of their homes and onto the street,” Senator Brown said in a tweet.

      Titled “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act,” the proposal pairs with a bill in the House of Representatives, which Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) are sponsoring. The suggested legislation is also advocated for by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

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    21. Cities Need Direct Funding To Fight COVID

      Cities Need Direct Funding To Fight COVID

      As the economy reels daily from negative reports (today we learned that first quarter GDP fell by an annualized rate of 4.8 percent, with worse to come), Washington isn’t providing adequate budget aid to states and cities.  But although the macroeconomy needs significant and immediate aid to state budgets, just writing a blank check to states could actually perpetuate the inequality and discrimination many cities already suffer.  We should provide $500 billion in new money for state and local needs, but it should have a stronger focus on fighting inequality and helping cities directly.

      To see why stronger federal standards are needed, let’s look at the new $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) already authorized for states ...

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    22. Lawsuit Asks Judge To Stop Trump Immigration Order

      Lawsuit Asks Judge To Stop Trump Immigration Order

      A new legal action has asked a federal judge to place a temporary restraining order on the Trump administration’s April 22, 2020, presidential proclamation designed to prevent many Americans from sponsoring family members for immigration.

      The legal action builds on an existing lawsuit that has blocked the Trump administration from implementing a presidential proclamation to bar new immigrants without health insurance. The new filing hopes to stop what plaintiffs see as potential harm to families, including children who could “age out” of the immigration process due to the April 22nd proclamation.

      “The Presidential Proclamation issued on April 22, 2020, which suspends the entry of many immigrants to the United States, threatens serious harm to immigrant family members whose chance ...

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    23. Employment Discrimination Against Asian Americans

      Employment Discrimination Against Asian Americans

      When you look at the history of human civilization, finding a scapegoat to blame for a pandemic is nothing new.

      During the 1300s, the Black Plague spread through Europe, killing an estimated 1/3 of Europe’s population. Without a scientific understanding of the disease, people began looking for someone to blame and they focused on the Jews. Anti-Semitic activities greatly intensified, resulting in persecutions and genocide.

      In the 19th century, Irish immigrants in the United States were blamed for cholera outbreaks. In the early part of the 20th century, Italians were blamed for the spread of polio.  And as we’re seeing with the coronavirus, the scapegoating continues. This time, it’s against Asian Americans. What happens ...

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    24. Discrimination And Neglect May Contribute To Death Toll Of Old People From COVID-19

      Discrimination And Neglect May Contribute To Death Toll Of Old People From COVID-19

      COVID-19 is blamed for the high death rate of older Americans but it is increasingly apparent that other factors may be contributing to the toll. 

      Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19; thousands have died. 

      Yet, the mayor of a city in Indiana is waging a lonely battle to ensure that nursing homes and assisted living centers in his area test their employees for COVID-19 to protect residents.

      Meanwhile, a spokesperson said Tuesday that Gov. Jared Polis has approved statewide Critical Care Standards that allow age to be a consideration in so-called “tiebreaker” decisions, such as when there is only one respirator but more than one candidate who needs it. 

      The Washington ...

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