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United States COVID-19 Statistics

5,032,179
Confirmed Cases
Updated on August 6, 2020 9:47 pm
162,804
Total deaths
Updated on August 6, 2020 9:47 pm
2,292,707
Total active cases
Updated on August 6, 2020 9:47 pm

Google will completely shut down Play Music in December

What just happened? Google has shared a four-month timeline for shutting down its Play Music platform. The streaming service was bound to be axed sooner or later in favor of YouTube Music, and will now gradually lose access to features, starting with end of support for purchases and pre-orders later this month. Music streaming will…

Activision says Call of Duty: Mobile’s success justifies Diablo Immortal

A hot potato: Remember the hate that Activision took when it unveiled the mobile-only Diablo Immortal back in 2018? The devs were forced to answer difficult questions from fans—one asked if the reveal was an out-of-season April fool's joke. Now, however, the company says the success of Call of Duty: Mobile proves that embracing handheld…

Arm co-founder says Nvidia acquisition would be a disaster

Why it matters: Will Nvidia buy Arm? Such a move has the potential to shake up the tech world like nothing before, and a lot of people think it would be bad for the industry—including the UK company's co-founder, Hermann Hauser. We heard last month that Nvidia was considering a bid for Arm, which was…

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020: Watch today’s unveiling of the Note 20 right here

Highly anticipated: After months of anticipation, Samsung is finally unveiling the Galaxy Note 20 series today. The company says it will be revealing five new devices at the Unpacked event, which takes place at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. BST. As is currently standard with major events, this year's Unpacked…

PS4 sales continue to decline as PS+ users and at-home digital game sales surge

Bottom line: Sony's first-quarter financials are about what one would expect with the company about to head into its maiden voyage in next-generation waters. PlayStation 4 sales were down, games sales and PlayStation Plus subscriptions were up, and digital game sales beat brick-and-mortar 74 percent to 26 percent, respectively. Companywide sales and operating income are…

Honda is recalling 608,000 US vehicles due to software and hardware failures

In brief: Honda today announced that it will be recalling over 600,000 vehicles due to software problems. The cars included in the recall include 2018-2020 Honda Odysseys, 2019-2020 Passports, and 2019-2021 Pilots. Affected customers will begin receiving notifications regarding the recall starting in late September. Honda is announcing these recalls ahead of time to both…

United States

Where Fake News Is Born: How Wikipedia Spreads Hoaxes

As Big Tech suppresses conservative views in the name of fighting “fake news,” tech titans like Google and Facebook turn to Wikipedia to provide another “fix” to the problem. Despite messaging from Wikipedia’s owners encouraging this trend, over the years, Wikipedia and its sister sites have pushed hoaxes and false information into the media and academia.…

Vandals Deface Tampa’s ‘Back the Blue’ Mural with Paint and Tar

The “Back the Blue” mural that appeared in front of Tampa’s Police Department headquarters was vandalized with red paint and tar, city officials said Wednesday. A video from WTVT showed splashes of red paint and tar across the mural. The Tampa Bay Times reported that much of the vandalism appeared to cover the word “blue.” It…

Drugs Found in Boots and Bras at Interior Immigration Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents found alleged drug smugglers attempting to conceal drugs in boots and a bra in recent days at an interior immigration checkpoint. The seizures of cocaine and fentanyl occurred in separate incidents at the Highway 86 checkpoint. El Centro Station Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 interior immigration…

Where Fake News Is Born: How Wikipedia Spreads Hoaxes

As Big Tech suppresses conservative views in the name of fighting “fake news,” tech titans like Google and Facebook turn to Wikipedia to provide another “fix” to the problem. Despite messaging from Wikipedia’s owners encouraging this trend, over the years, Wikipedia and its sister sites have pushed hoaxes and false information into the media and academia.…

Portland Police Declare Another Riot; Police Association Building Targeted

Just one day after Democrats at a Senate hearing on destructive riots in Portland denied that description and claimed otherwise peaceful protests turned violent because of the presence of federal officers, the state police declared a riot, which included gunfire, a stabbing, and setting the Portland Police Association building on fire. To those attempting to…

World

Picturing God as a White Man Is Linked to Racial Stereotypes about Leaders

Pervasive racial images associated with the Almighty shape who people see as worthy of being in chargeDepiction of God creating heaven and the earth from the Raphael Loggias at the State Hermitage Museum in Russia. Credit: Pascal Deloche Getty Images Nationwide protests against racial injustice have shone a spotlight on U.S. corporations’ lack of diversity.…

Climate change-fueled heatwaves could kill millions

Blistering heatwaves are breaking temperature records around the globe this year, from Iraq to the American Southwest. And it’s only going to get worse, as climate change accelerates. By the end of this century, extreme heat spells could kill roughly as many people as all infectious diseases combined, including HIV, malaria and yellow fever, according…

When the First Farmers Arrived in Europe, Inequality Evolved

Eight thousand years ago small bands of seminomadic hunter-gatherers were the only human beings roaming Europe's lush, green forests. Archaeological digs in caves and elsewhere have turned up evidence of their Mesolithic technology: flint-tipped tools with which they fished, hunted deer and aurochs (a now extinct species of ox), and gathered wild plants. Many had…

Iran and Hezbollah Offer Aid to Beirut

The government of Iran and leaders of Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist proxy group in Lebanon, offered assistance to the city of Beirut after a massive explosion on Tuesday caused enormous damage and casualties. Hezbollah issued a statement on Tuesday offering “deepest condolences over the national tragedy which took place in Lebanon in these hard times,” a…

Politics

Kevin McCarthy Details House GOP Majority ‘Vision for the Future’

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unveiled his vision for House Republicans ahead of the 2020 congressional elections, what they would pass if they regain the majority, and how Democrats will only continue to push chaos, such as defunding the police and destroying small businesses. McCarthy told Axios that he hopes to…

Biden Scraps Plans to Accept Nomination in Milwaukee over Coronavirus Concerns

Former Vice President Joe Biden will not attend the Democratic National Convention in person to accept his party’s nomination for the White House over concerns about the novel coronavirus. Biden’s campaign announced on Wednesday that the presumptive nominee would not attend the convention later this month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to Bloomberg News. SCOOP: Joe…

Carney: Trump Needs a Rip-Roaring Recovery to Win

A model developed by a historian that has predicted very presidential election since 1984 — including President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 — now suggests that the path of the economy will determine who wins the White House in November. The most likely path now leads to a win by Joe Biden, according to the…

Business

Why Facebook is well put to weather a marketing boycott

Its real worry remains regulationSOCIAL NETWORKS know a thing or two about virality. Still, Facebook was probably surprised by the speed at which a small protest, begun on June 17th by a collection of American civil-rights groups, has gained steam. By July 1st the #StopHateForProfit campaign, which accuses it of publishing material that incites violence,…

TikTo k’s Chinese moms and dad is rushing to hang onto its hit app

IN MAY BYTEDANCE, the world’s most valuable startup, leapt further ahead of other technology “unicorns”. It was valued at $140bn on the secondary market, up by nearly half from a funding round in the spring. The reason? TikTok, a short-video app that has been downloaded 2bn times. The “last sunny corner” of the internet, as…

Will Silicon Valley confront its variety issue?

The tech industry’s response to the killing of George Floyd has been stronger even than in other parts of the economyTO GET A sense of diversity in tech, take a stroll on University Avenue in Palo Alto, a city at the heart of Silicon Valley. Before the pandemic, if you encountered a black person, the…

Health

Mayo Clinic Again Tops U.S. News Best Hospitals List

For the fifth year in a row, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has taken the top spot in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals annual rankings. For the 2020-2021 edition, the Cleveland Clinic claimed the second slot, up from number four last year, and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore remained at number three.…

Home Health in the Time of COVID-19

The office is closed. The door is locked. If you need supplies, you make a request by email 24 hours in advance. Text when you get there and the supplies will be placed outside the door. Maybe by elves. I'm in my car. The air conditioner is blowing. I've been waiting for 20 minutes for…

ICOS Antibody Safe in Head and Neck Cancer

Current standard of care for advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma consists of the anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda) with or without chemotherapy (platinum/5-fluorouracil [5-FU]). The INDUCE-1 trial -- led by Erminia Massarelli, MD, PhD, a thoracic oncology specialist at City of Hope in Duarte, California -- tested the addition of the ICOS-1 antibody…

Alzheimer’s Blood Test Shows Same Accuracy as Imaging Markers

A blood-based biomarker detected Alzheimer's disease with the same accuracy as more costly or invasive imaging or cerebrospinal fluid tests, researchers at the virtual Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) said. In a study involving three selected cohorts, plasma tau phosphorylated at threonine 217 (p-tau217) discriminated Alzheimer's from other neurodegenerative diseases with significantly higher accuracy than…

Entertainment

Beyonce Reveals New Trailer for ‘Black Is King,’ Starring Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, JAY-Z and More

Beyoncé is bringing out the star power for Black Is King. The superstar revealed a new trailer for the visual album on Sunday, featuring appearances by Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o, JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Tina Knowles Lawson and more. The film, which will premiere globally on Disney+ on July 31, is based on the music of The…

Chainsmokers Drive-in Hamptons Charity Concert Prompts Investigation

Chainsmokers Huge Crowd at Drive-in Concert Prompts Investigation 7/27/2020 3:24 PM PT Breaking News @eyeoftheo / Instagram 3:22 PM PT -- 7/27 -- The massive crowd at the drive-in concert is prompting an investigation by the New York State Department of Health ... TMZ has learned. In a letter from health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker…

Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Reveals He Tested Positive for Coronavirus in March

Jack Nicklaus told Jim Nantz of CBS Sports on Sunday that he and his wife Barbara tested positive for COVID-19 in March. They isolated for a month in Florida and Jack has since tested positive for the antibody. Nicklaus said he and his wife were lucky not to suffer serious complications from the coronavirus."It didn't…

Dave Chappelle Flew to Wyoming ‘To Be There’ for Kanye West, Source Says

Kanye West has his close friends by his side. Following some unexpected comments the rapper made during his presidential campaign rally in South Carolina over the weekend and on Twitter on Monday, West thanked Dave Chappelle for being a "true friend" and flying out to see him in Wyoming where he is staying."THANK YOU DAVE…