Short story: The Long Room

I would have betrayed anybody and anything for a hallucination.I had already remembered every moment from my life in every possible permutation of action and result. I had reconstructed for my mind’s eye every movie and TV show I had ever seen. I had looked at every square millimetre of the room from every angle and under every light, and it had no longer anything to hold an interest I was desperate to give. Weary beyond words, I could feel every second with absolute clarity, my inner tempo quic...
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Puppy training doesn’t have to descend your house into chaos thanks to these online classes

One positive upside of the past two months is how sheltering at home has all but emptied area animal shelters. It’s tough to get solid numbers nationally, but shelters in cities and regions all across America are reporting massive surges in animal adoptions .  Even the steep increase in Google searches for “adopt a pet,” up a whopping 335 percent in April , proves what we probably all knew anyway — that in times of stress, having a furry friend is a huge comfort for millions. Un...
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America Authorizes Its First Covid-19 Diagnostic Tests Using At-Home Collection of Saliva

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorization for the first at-home Covid-19 test that uses saliva samples, the agency said in a news release. Rutgers University's RUCDR Infinite Biologics lab received an amended emergency authorization late Thursday. With the test, people can collect their own saliva at home and send their saliva samples to a lab for results... "Authorizing additional diagnostic tests with the option of a...
Tags: America, Tech, Cnn, Fda, U S Food and Drug Administration, Rutgers University, Stephen M Hahn, RUCDR Infinite Biologics

Google Duo Courts the PG Crowd With Addition of 'Family Mode'

On Friday, Google announced it’s rolling out some new features for its video chat app. No, not that one, the other one. No, the other other one.Read more...
Tags: Google, Video, Science, Duo, Video Conferencing, Zoom, Video Contest, Google Duo

Cognizant Expects To Lose Between $50 Million and $70 Million Following Ransomware Attack

IT services provider Cognizant said in an earnings call this week that a ransomware incident that took place last month in April 2020 will negatively impact its Q2 revenue. ZDNet reports: "While we anticipate that the revenue impact related to this issue will be largely resolved by the middle of the quarter, we do anticipate the revenue and corresponding margin impact to be in the range of $50 million to $70 million for the quarter," said Karen McLoughlin, Cognizant Chief Financial Officer in an...
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US Field Hospitals Stand Down, Most Without Treating Any COVID-19 Patients

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: As hospitals were overrun by coronavirus patients in other parts of the world, the Army Corps of Engineers mobilized in the U.S., hiring private contractors to build emergency field hospitals around the country. The endeavor cost more than $660 million, according to an NPR analysis of federal spending records. But nearly four months into the pandemic, most of these facilities haven't treated a single patient. Public health experts said this episode e...
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Google Unifies All of Its Messaging and Communication Apps Into a Single Team

Google's move to put Javier Soltero, VP and GM of G Suite, in charge of Messages, Duo, and the phone app on Android, puts all of Google's major communication products under one umbrella: Soltero's team. Dieter Bohn reports via The Verge: Soltero tells me that there are no immediate plans to change or integrate any of Google's apps, so don't get your hopes up for that (yet). "We believe people make choices around the products that they use for specific purposes," Soltero says. Still, Google's com...
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Rumor Claims watchOS 7 Will Have 'Mental Health Capabilities' to Detect Panic Attacks

Apple's next-generation Apple Watch and watchOS 7 will focus on new mental health capabilities, according to leaker Jon Prosser who recently spoke on the Geared Up podcast. The mention of new ‌Apple Watch‌ features comes towards the end of the podcast. The next-generation version of the ‌Apple Watch‌, the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 6, has been rumored to include a blood oxygen sensor, which Prosser says Apple will take advantage of to implement new mental health-related features, such as detecting ...
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Oil Crash Busted Broker's Computers and Inflicted Big Losses

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Syed Shah usually buys and sells stocks and currencies through his Interactive Brokers account, but he couldn't resist trying his hand at some oil trading on April 20, the day prices plunged below zero for the first time ever. The day trader, working from his house in a Toronto suburb, figured he couldn't lose as he spent $2,400 snapping up crude at $3.30 a barrel, and then 50 cents. Then came what looked like the deal of a lifetime: buying 212...
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Samsung To Launch a Samsung Pay Debit Card This Summer

In a blog post yesterday, Samsung announced plans to launch a Samsung Pay debit card this summer. The Verge reports: Samsung will launch the card, which will be backed by a cash management account, in partnership with personal finance company SoFi, Ahn said. Samsung is also developing a "mobile-first money management platform," according to Ahn. His blog doesn't detail what features that money management platform or the upcoming debit card may have, but he does say that Samsung will share more d...
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Uber Loses $2.9 Billion, Offloads Bike and Scooter Business

Uber lost $2.9 billion in the first quarter as its overseas investments were hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the company is looking to its growing food delivery business and aggressive cost-cutting to ease the pain. Tech Xplore reports: The ride-hailing giant said Thursday it is offloading Jump, its bike and scooter business, to Lime, a company in which it is investing $85 million. Jump had been losing about $60 million a quarter. "While our Rides business has been hit hard by the ongo...
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US Marshals says prisoners’ personal information taken in data breach

A data breach at the U.S. Marshals Service exposed the personal information of current and former prisoners, TechCrunch has learned. A letter sent to those affected, and obtained by TechCrunch, said the Justice Department notified the U.S. Marshals on December 30, 2019 of a data breach affecting a public-facing server storing personal information on current and former prisoners in its custody. The letter said the breach may have included their address, date of birth and Social Security number, w...
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California turns to vote-by-mail to keep residents safe come November

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that his state would issue a mail-in ballot to every registered voter for November’s election. Newsom issued the decision as an executive order in coordination with other California officials. The order will require all county election officials to provide mail-in ballots to voters, but it also provisions for in-person voting stations for Californians with disabilities, those without an address due to homelessness and voters who need voting mater...
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Android: Google Cloud Drive Possible Interruption

Hello CC Users, Just a heads up, there are a limited amount of Google Cloud user accounts currently because the app has not been approved for Oauth unlimited user rates. As we continue to work with the app and find more and more legacy issues, we are working hard to make sure the app stays stable for you. This is most likely coming up due to our upgrades to the APIs that were becoming old. So just know the following: 1. Google Cloud Auth service may be interrupted for certain users 2. We ar...
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DigitalOcean Data Leak Incident Exposed Some of Its Customers Data

DigitalOcean, one of the biggest modern web hosting platforms, recently hit with a concerning data leak incident that exposed some of its customers' data to unknown and unauthorized third parties. Though the hosting company has not yet publicly released a statement, it did has started warning affected customers of the scope of the breach via an email. According to the breach notification [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
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Laurie McCabe of SMB Group: Will the 43% of Closed Small Businesses Come Back?

  We found out today 20.5 million jobs were lost in April due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. And many of those jobs were people working at one of the nation’s 30 million-plus small businesses. And, according to a recently released report by the SMB Group, , 43% of small businesses temporarily shut down due to the shelter-in-place orders many states put in place in response to the deadly outbreak. But possibly the biggest unknown going forward might be just how many of those businesses will ...
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Meghan and Harry live just up the hill from Studio City in home owned by Tyler Perry

LOS ANGELES — After much speculation surrounding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new digs, reports have surfaced that they are living in a Coldwater Canyon mansion owned by prolific writer/producer/actor Tyler Perry. The $18 million, 22-acre property, which has eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, is located atop a hill inside the Beverly Ridge Estates gated community, located in the Coldwater Canyon area just north of Beverly Hills. If Meghan and Harry were looking for provisions, they could head ...
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12 successful startup founders who can also claim the title of mom

There are plenty of women who have scaled successful startups and hold the titles of founder or CEO.  But these women are also called "mom," by their children at home.   From Stella & Dot to Eventbrite, here are 12 companies launched by founders who also happen to be moms.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A new generation of female startup entrepreneurs are working hard to solve problems — while working just as hard at being a parent.  Business Insider talked to venture ca...
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Intel Accused by Workers of Prioritizing Chip Output Over Safety

Intel compromised worker safety at some of its factories to maintain chip production in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to complaints filed with government agencies and employees at one of the sites. From a report: At a plant in Chandler, Arizona, the world's largest semiconductor maker did not isolate staff that worked closely with teammates who had tested positive and did not institute tests, people who work there said. Factory managers also dismissed concerns that social-distanc...
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Apple Will Begin Reopening Some Stores Next Week

Apple is set to reopen its retail stores in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, and South Carolina next week. The vast majority of its stores outside of China have been closed for more than a month amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more...
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How to Save Money on Your Phone Plan During the Shutdown

If you’re spending most of your time at home these days, you might be able to save a lot of money on your monthly phone bill by swapping to a usage-based plan.Read more...
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Why You Shouldn't Wear a COVID-19 Mask That Has a Valve

In some states and major cities, it's now mandatory to wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That mask could be anything from a handkerchief to a designer cotton mask to a full-blown N95 respirator, so long as you have something between your mouth and nose and the world around you. But in California's Bay Area, there's a new stipulation: You can wear any style of mask you want, so long as it doesn't have a valve in it. What? Why? Because a mask with a valve may protect you fro...
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M. Night Shyamalan’s New Movie Adds Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, and Vicky Krieps to Cast

M. Night Shyamalan has lined-up quite the cast for his next movie. Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects, Little Women), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace, Jojo Rabbit), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), and Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad) are all onboard the top-secret project. It’s so secret we don’t even have a title. But, since it’s a Shyamalan film, it’s probably safe to assume a twist will be involved. Maybe even two twists! Variety has the scoop on the cast of the...
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The Tiger King’s legal team politely asks Trump for a pardon with a ridiculous video

Alert: Spoilers for the Netflix docuseries “The Tiger King” ahead. “President Trump we are asking you today to please free Joe Exotic. He’s absolutely not guilty. And we’re going to be able to prove that. We’re asking for a pardon.” Eric Love, lead investigator for the Tiger King’s legal team. TMZ today revealed an exclusive video from the legal team of Joe Maldonado-Passage, AKA Joe Exotic the Tiger King, requesting a pardon for the disgraced former zoo owner from US president Donald Trump. Exo...
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US Unemployment Rate Soars To 14.7%, the Worst Since the Depression Era

The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent in April, the highest level since the Great Depression, as many businesses shut down or severely curtailed operations to try and limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus. From a report: The Labor Department said 20.5 million people abruptly lost their jobs, wiping out a decade of employment gains in a single month. The speed and magnitude of the loss defies comparison. It is roughly double what the nation experienced during the entire 2007-09 c...
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Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

The original Go was a mostly well-received addition to the Surface line when it arrived in late 2018. It was a nice, pint-sized alternatively, positioned fairly well to serve as a secondary device for some. It did the convertible double duty and traveled well, but otherwise was lacking in guts and versatility. Launching at the height of a global pandemic, the Go 2 isn’t exactly the device of the moment. After all, the line has made a number of key sacrifices in the name of portability. It’s ...
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Senator Wyden And Others Introduce Bill Calling The DOJ’s Bluff Regarding Its Attempt To Destroy Section 230 & Encryption

In fairness, the DOJ is getting really good at covering things up.
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As funding slows in Boston, its early-stage market could shine

Chris Lynch, a founder and former general partner at Boston-based seed-stage fund Accomplice, remembers “VC Mountain in Waltham.” Back then, entrepreneurs on funding quests would visit a building overlooking the Waltham Reservoir near Boston where they pitched to a few investors: Matrix Partners, Charles River Ventures and Highland Capital Partners. “And if they didn’t invest in you, you weren’t getting money to start your company,” Lynch said. Since then, Lynch has watched the area’s startup ec...
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Apple will start reopening some US stores next week

Apple is gearing up to open its US stores to customers again, nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced them shut.
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