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Here are 9 fascinating facts to know about BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager popping up in the Biden administration

BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink was reportedly under consideration by 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to run the Treasury Department. AP The world's biggest fund manager, BlackRock, has become an increasingly influential player in Washington, DC.  The firm's global head of sustainable investing is set to head Biden's National Economic Council, and a former advisor to BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink will serve as a top official at Treasury. Here's a rundown of fast fac...
Tags: Google, Japan, New York, Obama, California, Washington, China, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Aig, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc


Feds Claim the Patriot Act Allowed Them to Log Visitors to Websites

Letters produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and obtained by the New York Times show that the U.S. government has interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act as giving it the power to monitor who visits certain websites and when, with minimal oversight.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nsa, Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Fbi, New York Times, National Security Agency, Dni, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, Warrantless Surveillance, Section 215


US Used Patriot Act To Gather Logs of Website Visitors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The government has interpreted a high-profile provision of the Patriot Act as empowering F.B.I. national security investigators to collect logs showing who has visited particular web pages, documents show. But the government stops short of using that law to collect the keywords people submit to internet search engines because it considers such terms to be content that requires a warrant to gather, according to letters produced by the O...
Tags: Congress, Montana, Oregon, Senate, US, Tech, House, New York Times, Times, Wyden, Justice Department, Ron Wyden, Trump, Steve Daines, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court


This chart shows how the Salesforce acquisition of Slack for $27.7 billion stacks up against tech's largest deals ever

Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO & cofounder Salesforce On Tuesday afternoon, Salesforce announced plans to purchase Slack for $27.7 billion — one of the largest ever tech acquisitions. The purchase tops Microsoft's 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn by a bit more than $1 billion, putting it among the top five largest tech acquisitions of all time. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called the combination of Salesforce and Slack, "a match made in heaven" in the announcement. "Together, Salesforce and Slack...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Facebook, New York, Adobe, Microsoft, Finance, Softbank, Nokia, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Tech


SCOTT GALLOWAY: Higher education needs an overhaul. Here are 9 changes that need to happen to make college worth it again.

An increasingly ugly secret of campus life is that a mix of helicopter parenting and social media has rendered many 18-year-olds unfit for college, writes Scott Galloway. Scott Galloway is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is an excerpt from his new book, "POST CORONA: From Crisis to Opportunity." In it, he explains how the pandemic has catalyzed a question American households have been afraid to ask: Is the traditional college exp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Germany, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Trends, Bank Of America, Netflix, Harvard, Yale, New York Times, Shanghai, Dubai, General Assembly


A Second, Mysterious Monolith Appears In Romania

Joe2020 shares a report with the caption, "Yeah, this happened." NPR reports: Less than two weeks after authorities stumbled across a mysterious metal object standing freely in the Utah desert -- and just days after it disappeared -- a similar monolith has been reported nearly halfway around the world. Residents in the Romanian city of Piatra Neamt say they have found another odd item that could have been ripped from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The local newspaper reports that the monoli...
Tags: Utah, Tech, New York Times, Romania, Npr, Bureau of Land Management, Piatra Neamt, Batca Doamnei, Andrei Carabelea, Carabelea


'Reactionary giving' was all the rage from the 'Trump bump' after 2016 — but the coronavirus has changed giving like everything else

Samantha Lee/Business Insider High-net-worth individuals are still cutting the biggest checks. Crystal Cox/Business Insider Today is Giving Tuesday, which is devoted to charitable giving. Like everything else in 2020, giving is a little bit different this year. The general pattern of "reactionary giving" around elections, turbocharged in the Trump era, coincided with pandemic-related giving, both bolstered by smaller donors. In 2016, contributions to liberal nonprofits increased ...
Tags: Google, Post, Obama, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Aclu, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Council on American Islamic Relations CAIR, Chronicle, Chronicle of Philanthropy


Apple Shares Picks for Best Books, Audiobooks, and Podcasts in 2020

At the end of each year, Apple shares its picks for the best App Store apps, podcasts, Apple Music songs, books, and more, and today the company is highlighting the top books, audiobooks, and podcasts of 2020. Code Switch by NPR was named the Apple Podcasts: Show of the Year, which is a new category for 2020. Apple also highlighted the top 10 biggest shows of 2020, which include Stuff You Should Know by iHeart Radio, This American Life, The Daily by New York Times, and Crime Junkie by audioc...
Tags: Apple, Podcasts, California, Washington Post, New York Times, Npr, Brit Bennett, Jessica Simpson, Dan Heath, Elin Hilderbrand, Stephenie Meyer, Wondery, Natasha Tretheway, N K Jemisin, Apple Books, Barack Obama Apple


Nike, Coca-Cola, and Apple reportedly lobbied to weaken a bill aimed at preventing them from manufacturing products in China using forced Uighur labor

Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Xinjiang Uighurs' human rights in Hong Kong, China, December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Nike, Coca-Cola, and Apple were among the companies that lobbied to weaken a bill aimed at banning US firms from relying on Chinese forced labor, The New York Times reported Sunday. HSBC, American Apparel, and several industry groups also lobbied on the bill, which would ban many goods imported from Xinjiang unless companies prove they weren't made with...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, Politics, Human Rights, Coca Cola, Washington Post, Senate, China, US, Trends, Nike, House, New York Times, The Times, Retail


A brief history of human dignity

Human dignity means that each of our lives have an unimpeachable value simply because we are human, and therefore we are deserving of a baseline level of respect.That baseline requires more than the absence of violence, discrimination, and authoritarianism. It means giving individuals the freedom to pursue their own happiness and purpose.We look at incredible writings from the last 200 years that illustrate the push for human dignity in regards to slavery, equality, communism, free speech and ed...
Tags: Google, John Lewis, Relationships, Race, Society, War, Peace, Pennsylvania, United States, New York Times, Innovation, Humanity, Self, James Baldwin, Lewis, Rutgers University


Five favorite podcasts you should start listening to

Entertainment is filled with content that you follow on television, on the radio, and in recent years, on podcasts. Podcasts began as “audio blogging” in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t until Apple’s iPod that they began to grab our attention around 2004. Now you can find podcasts focusing on subjects about everything. If you can think of it, there’s probably already a podcast on it – with more created every day. The topics about business industries, entertainment, self-help, or creative storytell...
Tags: Apple, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Cw, Cal State Fullerton, Nixon, Hollis, Clark, Richard Nixon, Jenna Fischer, Rosenbaum, Schulz, Lex Luthor, Luthor, Cathy Torrez


Facebook Removes Temporary Algorithm Change That Had Blocked Misinformation

Facebook's employees and executives "are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company's bottom line," reports the New York Times, after employees had spotted false and misleading election-related misinformation going viral on the site. The solution? Make temporary changes to the controversial algorithm "which helps determine what more than two billion people see every day" by highlighting "big, mainstream publishers like CNN, The New York Times and NPR...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Cnn, New York Times, Npr, Times, Zuckerberg, Trump, Breitbart, Guy Rosen


How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. It’s been a little over a year since Ryan Reynolds bought a majority stake in Mint Mobile, a deal that has...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Mobile, Jay Z, Canada, Justin Bieber, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Portland, Venture Capital, Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Lenovo, Justin Timberlake


America's Top Court Strikes Down Covid-19 Restriction On Religious Groups

DevNull127 writes: Earlier this year the governor's order had "restricted the size of religious gatherings in certain areas of New York where infection rates were climbing," reports the New York Times. But Wednesday night (in a close 5 to 4 decision) America's highest court ruled against the governor — and in favor of two religious organizations challenging him. "[T]hey tell us without contradiction that they have complied with all public health guidance, have implemented additional precaution...
Tags: New York, America, Tech, Cnn, New York Times, The Times, Columbia University, Jeffrey D Sachs, Center for Sustainable Development


'They don't care whether it looks like an alien invasion': A Canadian inventor says many people prefer his $379 BioVyzr COVID-19 helmet to masks

The $379 COVID-19 visor weighs 2.5 kilograms and "feels like you're standing under an umbrella." VYZR Researchers have debated how protective masks are from COVID-19. A Danish study says they're not as effective as we think. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites 28 studies proving masks offer protection to the wearer and those around them. One inventor based in Toronto says his $379 BioVyzr with built-in air filters is an alternative to uncomfortable masks th...
Tags: Google, US, Toronto, Trends, Canada, New York Times, University of Washington, University of Copenhagen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Annals of Internal Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, COVID, New York Times COVID, Vyzr Technologies, Kate Duffy, Yezin Al Qaysi


Weekend reading: Enough Bitcoin

What caught my eye this week. T he question of ‘enough’ is a perennial one in the circles this blog moves in. Seriously! We can barely check into a Personal Finance and Investing Blogger Cult Meeting before a heated debate breaks out over how much is enough given sustainable withdrawal rates, official inflation versus lifestyle inflation, ‘one more year’ syndrome – or even whose round it is. (The argument that buying a round of drinks will tack three months onto a future retirement date is an ...
Tags: Google, Topshop, UK, Putin, Russia, Marketing, US, Bbc, Bitcoin, New York Times, Oxford, Reddit, RPI, Philip Green, Brexit, Terry Smith


'Tokenized': Inside Black Workers' Struggles at the King of Crypto Start-Ups

Nathaniel Popper, reporting for The New York Times: One by one, they left. Some quit. Others were fired. All were Black. The 15 people worked at Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency start-up, where they represented roughly three-quarters of the Black employees at the 600-person company. Before leaving in late 2018 and early 2019, at least 11 of them informed the human resources department or their managers about what they said was racist or discriminatory treatment, five people with k...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Brian, Coinbase, Nathaniel Popper, Brian Armstrong, Ms Butler, Emilie Choi Coinbase, Crypto Start Ups, Alysa Butler, Black employees One Black


November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics


10 things in tech you need to know today

The EU is in support of allowing consumers to repair their devices. praetorianphoto/Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching soon!Vietnam will make more iPads. Apple's ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Europe, Microsoft, China, India, Trends, Eu, New York Times, Travis Kalanick, Vietnam, Foxconn, European Parliament, Black, Nordic, Trump


Illegal Tampering By Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, EPA Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have been illegally disabling their vehicles' emissions control technology over the past decade, allowing excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road, a new federal report has concluded. The practice, described in a report by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Civil Enforcement, has echoes of the Volkswagen scandal of 2015, when...
Tags: Tech, United States, New York Times, Volkswagen, Chevrolet Silverado, Volkswagens


A Mysterious Monolith Appears in the Utah Desert, Channeling Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU0i9VvPmoY People do weird things in the desert. A spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources acknowledges that widely understood truth in a recent New York Times article about a mysterious monolith discovered in Red Rock Country. “A team that was counting bighorn sheep by helicopter spotted something odd and landed to take a closer look,” writes Alan Yuhas. “It was a three-sided metal monolith, about 10 to 12 feet tall, planted firmly in the g...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Utah, London, College, United States, New York Times, Stanley Kubrick, New Mexico, Cia, Seoul, Indiana Jones, Death Valley, Facebook Twitter, Utah Department of Public Safety


Elon Musk has surpassed rival Bill Gates as the world's second-richest person. Here's where their simmering feud began and how it's escalated amid the pandemic.

Elon Musk and Bill Gates. Susan Walsh/AP; Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been feuding over everything from the coronavirus to electric vehicles. The two moguls don't see eye to eye on electric-car technology. Musk has said Gates doesn't know what he's talking about, and Gates has said he bought a Porsche electric car over a Tesla. This year, Gates and Musk have feuded over the coronavirus. Gates called Musk's comments on the outbreak "outrageou...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Washington, US, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Features, Harvard University, Porsche, International Space Station, Electric Vehicles, New York Times


Elon Musk is now the world's second-richest person. Here's how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He recently had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken a...
Tags: Transportation, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, White House, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles


‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Broke Viewership Records for Netflix, Seemingly Encouraging the Entire World to Learn Chess

Netflix made a gambit that paid off with The Queen’s Gambit, the Anya Taylor-Joy-starring limited series that has set a new viewership record for Netflix. The Queen’s Gambit is officially the most-watched scripted limited series ever for Netflix, with 62 million member accounts worldwide having watched at least two minutes of the show over its first four weeks. This is no surprise considering the stir that The Queen’s Gambit has caused online, where it has become a major water cooler series for...
Tags: Google, Television, Movies, Drama, Netflix, New York Times, Nielsen, Scott, Netflix/Streaming Video, Anya Taylor Joy, Taylor Joy, Queen 's Gambit, The-Queens-Gambit, Peter Friedlander, Walter Tevin, Netflix Top


Netflix says ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is setting viewership records

“The Queen’s Gambit” is setting viewership records at Netflix, the streaming service said today. Like all the viewership data that Netflix has released this year, these new numbers reflect how many people “chose to watch” — in other words, how many people watched at least two minutes of a given show or movie. In the case of “The Queen’s Gambit,” the number is 62 million households for the first 28 days of release, making it Netflix’s most popular scripted limited series ever. You may have not...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Soviet Union, Beth, Walter Tevis, The Queen's Gambit, Scott Frank, Queen 's Gambit, Peter Friedlander


'Code is Sourdough'

Romello Goodman, a software engineer at The New York Times, writing at Increment: Like a sourdough starter passed through the hands of many bakers -- some novices, some experienced -- a codebase reflects how teammates communicate with one another. It's a snapshot of our thinking and our best attempts at codifying norms and assumptions. It's a conversation in which each person contributes and is in conversation with those who came before them. With each new feature or bug report, we understand ou...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Romello Goodman


How Powerful Forces Collaborated to Peddle Misinformation about the Origins of the Coronavirus

There's "an overwhelming body of evidence" for scientists' belief that the coronavirus originated in an animal before making the leap to humans, reports the New York Times. (Alternate URL here.) They add that U.S. intelligence agencies also "have not found any proof" for a fringe theory it somehow leaked from a lab. Yet as recently as September, a Hong Kong researcher was appearing on Fox News "making the unsubstantiated claim to millions that the coronavirus was a bio-weapon manufactured by C...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Tech, Beijing, United States, New York Times, Fox News, Times, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Stephen K Bannon, Yan, LOU DOBBS, Guo, Wang Read, Guo Wengui


Inside BuzzFeed and HuffPost's tie-up

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 23. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Inside BuzzFeed and HuffPost's tie-up, Bain & Co.'s bet on marketing, and Sports Illustrated-branded CBD cream. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage takes part in a BuzzFeed News and Facebook live EU referendum debate o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Nordstrom, Hbo, UK, Media, Buzzfeed, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Eu, Larry Page, Digital Media, Nigel Farage, New York Times, Sergey Brin


Are There Active Volcanoes on Mars?

Mars is a dead planet — "Or is it?" asks the New York Times: Previous research has hinted at volcanic eruptions on Mars 2.5 million years ago. But a new paper suggests an eruption occurred as recently as 53,000 years ago in a region called Cerberus Fossae, which would be the youngest known volcanic eruption on Mars. That drives home the prospect that beneath its rusty surface pocked with gigantic volcanoes that have gone silent, some volcanism still erupts to the surface at rare intervals. "If t...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Mars, University Of Arizona, Smithsonian Institution, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Steven Anderson


Masks are Effective, Despite One Flawed Study From Denmark

"I think the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that masks are effective," the lead author of a study recently cited by America's Center for Disease Control told the Washington Post. They were responding to another (very controversial) outlier study whose findings "conflict with those from a number of other studies," according to the New York Times, citing numerous experts. "Critics were quick to note [that] study's limitations, among them that the design depended heavily on participants re...
Tags: Post, Washington Post, America, Tech, New York Times, Denmark, Columbia University, The Washington Post, Center for Disease Control, Internal Medicine, Angela Rasmussen, Henning Bundgaard, Bundgaard



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