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How to make a thumbnail for your YouTube videos, using a frame from the video or editing tools on your PC or

To make a custom thumbnail for YouTube, you can use editing tools that are likely already available on your PC or Mac computer. You can't create a custom thumbnail on the YouTube website itself, but you can select from three pre-made options once your video has been processed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Your YouTube video's thumbnail is like the cover of a book — while you shouldn't judge the contents by it, people do anyway. That's why the thumbnail should represent ...
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This video shows what it's like to be tested at one of Verily's COVID-19 drive-thrus (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet life sciences division Verily has shown its COVID-19 drive-thru in a new video. Participants are given a lab kit and must provide a nasal swab. Testing sites are still limited to a few locations in California. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Verily, the Alphabet life sciences division, has released a video showing what it's like to use one of its COVID-19 testing drive-thrus, which are now operating in California. Verily launched its Project Baseline COVID-19 scr...
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Facebook is losing another board member, and is appointing a former Treasury official as its lead independent director (FB)

Facebook named Robert Kimmitt, a former deputy Treasury secretary and US ambassador to Germany, as its lead independent board director on Thursday. "We've been looking for a leader who can bring significant oversight and governance experience," Mark Zuckerberg said of Kimmitt's appointment. Another board member, Jeffrey Zients, will be stepping down at the company's next shareholder meeting. The moves are the latest in a series of significant shakeups on Facebook's board in recent months. Visi...
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How to get verified on Discord if you qualify for it, to mark your server as official

To get verified on Discord, you'll need to be a game developer, game publisher, professional esport team, or a Spotify-verified musical artist. To qualify, you'll need to be both the server owner and the official representative of the group or individual that's applying for Discord verification.  If you don't fit into any of these categories, you can also look into becoming a Discord Partner, which is a different sort of verification. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On soc...
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Nintendo Switch is sold out everywhere as demand surges amid coronavirus pandemic (NTDOY)

With millions of Americans staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic, many with children who are out of school, the Nintendo Switch is sold out everywhere. Retailers across the board are sold out, including Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy. Nintendo confirmed the supply issue in an email to Business Insider. "Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US," a company representative said, "but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inc...
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How to use Google Drive with Slack by connecting your accounts to send files

To use Google Drive with Slack, you first need to connect the app to Slack or access your Google Drive account in your browser. With Slack's growing reputation as an online work-sharing tool, it makes sense to connect it with Google Drive, a file-sharing tool. The easiest way to connect Google Drive and Slack is to add a Google Drive link to a message, then follow the prompts to connect them. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Slack has quickly become a preferred tool for wo...
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How to upgrade your Zoom account from a basic plan to host larger group meetings and more

It's easy to upgrade your Zoom account from the basic plan, which is free but has certain limitations. To upgrade your account to the pro, business, or enterprise level, you have to do so in the browser on your computer. Upgrading from the free version allows you to host group conferences for more than 40 minutes and can increase the total number of allowed participants. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Paying for a monthly or yearly Zoom subscription gives you advantages ...
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How to change your profile's color on Skype in 5 simple steps

You can easily change your profile color on Skype to customize the look of your account.  When you change a profile's color on Skype, it will either change the color of your own display or the background of your messages sent to others. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Like most other social communication programs, Skype allows you to individualize your profile in many ways. There are options for changing how your outgoing messages appear, how your incoming messages appear...
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Uber's CEO welcomed a $2 trillion stimulus bill that would finally let US drivers claim unemployment insurance

The Senate on Wednesday passed its $2 trillion coronavirus economic bailout bill, which included provisions that would make gig-economy workers eligible for unemployment insurance. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi welcomed the bill, and said he hoped the government would pass more laws in future making contract workers eligible for further benefits. Uber has always fought vehemently against legislation that would re-classify its drivers as employees. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stori...
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Elon Musk says Tesla's New York Gigafactory will reopen and start producing ventilators 'as soon as humanly possible' (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company's New York Gigafactory will reopen "as soon as humanly possible" to begin ventilator production. Musk made the remarks on Twitter after previously tweeting that his company would help make ventilators if there were to be a shortage. New York has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, with 285 deaths and more than 30,000 cases. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car maker's Gigafactory facility...
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Lifesaving devices for coronavirus patients are 'breaking down,' so the company famous for explaining Apple device repairs is crowdsourcing ways to fix medical ventilators

iFixit is famous for tearing down Apple devices and showing people how to repair them. Now, it's helping to keep crucial medical equipment operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The company is building a central resource for the maintenance and repair of medical equipment to help technicians fix important machines.  Manuals and repair guides are hard to find for certain machines, which iFixit's editor-in-chief Kyle Wiens said are seeing accelerated wear and tear due to heavy use.  Wiens is...
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Billionaire Mark Cuban says people should 'ignore anything someone like me might say' about sending employees back to work because 'lives are at stake'

Billionaire Mark Cuban says we should be listening to epidemiologists, not billionaires, when it comes to deciding when to return to work.  "Ignore anything someone like me might say. Lives are at stake," Cuban told Bloomberg.  Former executives like Tom Golisano and Lloyd Blankfein are both calling for the economy to be opened up as quickly as possibly, and President Trump is urging for Americans to get back to work by April 12. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaire...
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How to automatically record meetings on Zoom using your computer

You can automatically record meetings on Zoom by changing your settings. You can only automatically record a Zoom call if you are the person hosting the call. You can turn on the "Recording consent" feature to let others know when you are recording. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can easily turn on the "Automatic Record" feature in your Zoom settings online, and begin recording your Zoom calls.  Like other Zoom actions, such as the ability to mute and unmute particip...
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Facebook has reportedly been cracking down on employees' nonstop chatter on company message boards about at-home farming and DIY face masks (FB)

Facebook employees were told to cut back on "idle chatter" on the company's internal message boards, according to a new report from The New York Times. Employees were reportedly posting tips for at-home farming and instructions for making your own face masks.  Facebook has historically encouraged working in the office and has pushed for in-person meetings, but the company has shifted completely to remote work amid the coronavirus outbreak. The shift has caused growing pains for employees as we...
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San Francisco reported its first death of the coronavirus on Tuesday of a man in his 40s with multiple underlying health issues

San Francisco reported its first death of the coronavirus disease on Tuesday. The man was in his 40s and had multiple, significant existing health issues. The reported death comes as the city and the Bay Area enter week two of a three-week shelter-in-place order to contain the virus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. San Francisco reported its first death of the coronavirus on Tuesday evening. The man was in his 40s and had "multiple, significant underlying health conditions...
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TripActions, the $4 billion Andreessen Horowitz-backed corporate travel startup, just laid off 350 employees as the travel industry grinds to a halt

TripActions, the corporate travel startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz's massive $2.2 billion growth fund, laid off 350 employees across business divisions on Tuesday, Business Insider has learned. The company had over 1,000 employees prior to the cuts, according to startup database PitchBook, which would mean that the layoffs affected roughly a third of its workforce. The startup was valued at $4 billion after the Andreessen-led funding round in June and took on a $500 million in debt financ...
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This alt-meat startup just raised $80 million from investors including Bill Gates' and Al Gore's funds to develop its 'super protein' that's neither animal nor plant

Nature's Fynd, a startup seeking to bring a 'super protein' to the alt-meat market, raised $80 million in a Series B round on Tuesday. Breakthrough Energy Ventures, founded by Bill Gates, and General Investment Management, founded by Al Gore, led the round.  The protein's origins lie in a NASA-backed research project, Yellowstone National Park, and a process not unlike brewing beer. It's technically not a plant, and it's technically not a protein, giving it certain advantages over competitors ...
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Amazon has kicked 3,900 sellers off its platform for price gouging during the coronavirus crisis

Amazon announced Monday that it has booted 3,900 sellers off its platform for price gouging. The coronavirus crisis has sent demand for deliveries of medical and household items skyrocketing. Sellers have tried to take advantage, charging extortionate prices for items such as hand sanitizer and toilet roll. At the beginning of this month Amazon said it had banned 2,500 US seller accounts. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon has booted almost 4,000 sellers off its platfo...
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How to turn off auto brightness in iOS 13 to stop your iPhone from changing its brightness on its own

You can turn off the auto brightness setting in iOS 13 on your iPhone by going to your Accessibility menu. iOS 13's automatic brightness feature changes an iPhone screen's light intensity depending on your surroundings, based on the amount of light around you. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Automatic brightness, an iPhone feature included with iOS 13, changes your screen's brightness based on the environment you're in.  For example, if you're under bright lights, your iPh...
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The new iPad Pro is another major step forward in Apple's plan to challenge Microsoft's Surface Pro (AAPL, MSFT)

Apple's new iPad Pro will support a key feature the iPad has been missing: mouse and trackpad compatibility. This addition is another sign that Apple is turning the iPad Pro into a real laptop alternative, much like Microsoft's Surface tablet. Apple has added many features to the iPad over the years that have made it better at multitasking, but mouse support was the one missing piece it needed to serve as a viable productivity device. It's an acknowledgement that Microsoft was on the right tra...
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A San Francisco startup is shipping coronavirus home test kits to sick Californians for $167

San Francisco-based healthcare startup Carbon Health is offering $167 home test kits for the coronavirus disease for patients in California. Californians who qualify are those who feel sick and are recommended by healthcare providers to stay home. Carbon Health is one of a few companies developing at-home test kits for COVID-19 as the US grapples with a shortage of tests. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Carbon Health, a healthcare startup based in San Francisco, announced ...
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How to make someone an admin on your Discord server to give them moderation permissions

You can make someone an admin on a Discord server you own to give them more permissions than a standard user. When you make someone an administrator on Discord, they'll be able to ban other users, delete or edit messages, and perform other moderation tasks. This is a large amount of power to grant to a user, so be careful with who you give it to. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you have a Discord server with many people in it — especially if it's public, and new users j...
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Pay-by-the-minute fitness app Popin has shut down, according to an email sent out to its users

Pay-by-the-minute fitness app Popin has shut down, according to emails sent out to its users.  The company offered no reason as to why it was shuttering its operations in the email. Popin did not respond immediately to a request for comment.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Popin, a pay-by-the-minute fitness app that aimed to connect users to different boutique gyms around New York City, appears to have shuttered its operations amid the coronavirus outbreak. The company of...
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SoftBank is reportedly looking to raise $10 billion to support startups reeling from the coronavirus outbreak — and some might not have enough cash to survive more than a year (SFTBY)

SoftBank aims to raise $10 billion for its Vision Fund to help its portfolio of companies reeling from the coronavirus outbreak, according to Bloomberg. The Japanese conglomerate is reportedly seeking $5 billion from outside investors, which it will match with its own $5 billion. SoftBank's vision fund, which has bet on 88 companies including WeWork, Uber, and DoorDash, reportedly anticipates that some startups in its portfolio may not have enough cash to make it through the end of the year. V...
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How to turn on your microphone on Google Hangouts on a computer or mobile device

You can easily turn on your microphone on a Google Hangout if you haven't given the software permission.  Turning on the microphone is a simple process, and you will usually see a prompt to enable it when you jump on a Hangouts call.  If you're using Google Hangouts on a mobile device, you will need to give Google Hangouts permission to use your microphone before you can start a call. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For the most part, Google Hangouts should ask you for pe...
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Tesla will have to close its Fremont factory because it's a 'nonessential' business

Tesla has been ordered to halt activity at its Fremont, California, factory except for "minimum basic operations." That's because of a new order in California's Alameda County requiring all nonessential businesses to close to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had reportedly told employees the factory could stay open because it was deemed an essential business. But in a tweet sent Tuesday, the Alameda County sheriff clarified Tesla was "not an essential business...
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How to delete your Google Hangouts account, or change its settings so you won't receive calls

The only way to delete your Google Hangouts account is to delete your entire Google account; Hangouts is inextricably linked to your main Google account.  If you don't want to delete your entire Google account, you can change your Hangouts settings so that no one can contact you. You can also delete the Google Hangouts mobile app, so that none of its data will be on your phone.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Hangouts is a great platform for friends or family wh...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google, Facebook, and other tech companies are reportedly in talks with the US government to use your location data to stop the coronavirus and to see if social distancing is really working. The reported plan comes after several meetings between tech industry leaders and White House officials in the past week as the US scrambles to mobilize the private sector to help fight the spread of COVID-19.  Facebook wrongly blocked new...
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Amazon shoppers could see shortages of certain items and higher prices as the retail giant fills it warehouses with mostly medical supplies and household goods (AMZN)

Amazon announced on Tuesday that it would stop accepting "non-essential" products at its warehouses to make room for more vital products for the next three weeks, as it deals with increased demand amid the coronavirus crisis. The change doesn't mean Amazon will stop shipping those products to consumers. But it could bring some changes to the general shopping experience on Amazon, experts say. It could lead to more out-of-stock items and higher prices of certain products, they say. Visit Busine...
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A memo circulating inside Google accuses the company of not protecting its army of contract workers from the coronavirus pandemic (GOOG)

Google workers are raising concerns internally about the company's treatment of contract workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an internal memo seen by Business Insider, workers are demanding that Google contract workers are given assurances around pay and are not forced to go to company offices unless absolutely necessary. "When it comes to our 'extended workforce,' Google and its contracting agencies are falling short," the memo authors wrote. Contract workers based in Pittsburgh — which...
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