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Venezuela's academy of medicine asks U.S. to donate Covid-19 vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
CARACAS - Venezuela’s main academy of medicine has asked the United States to add the South American nation to its international donor list for millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, despite a political freeze between the two countries. Enrique Lopez-Loyo, president of the politically independent National Academy of Medicine, made the request to U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela James Story at a meeting on May 2, the academy said in a statement on Monday. The academy is a member of the Venezuelan government’s round table developing a response to the coronavirus crisis for its 30 million people. Venezuela has reported a total of around 209,000 COVID-19 cases, including some 2,300 deaths.
Persons: Enrique Lopez, Venezuela James, , Health Organization’s, Nicolas Maduro Organizations: National Academy of Medicine, Health Ministry, Health, AstraZeneca, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: CARACAS, Venezuela’s, United States, American, Venezuela, China, Russia, Venezuelan, Bogota, Colombia
U.K. to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy and provide more support
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Britain will move to ban conversion therapy and provide more support to those in the LGBTQ community who have undergone the treatment, as part of its post-pandemic government agenda. However some faith leaders had argued that a wide ban could implicate those who offer pastoral support including prayer. A 2017 National LGBTQ survey found that 5 percent of those who responded reported being ordered, and 2 percent reported having undergone, conversion therapy. In more than half of the cases the therapy was offered or conducted by faith organizations. Follow NBC Out on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
Persons: Boris Johnson's, Theresa May Organizations: NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Britain, National
The ex-president’s blog has drawn a considerably smaller audience than his once-powerful social media accounts, according to engagement data compiled with BuzzSumo, a social media analytics company. The blog posts come in the form of statements that are also sent to supporters via email. A blow to the newest blog’s reach came last week when Twitter booted an account with more than 2,100 followers that primarily shared Trump’s blog posts. Trump’s Twitter ban is permanent, and his temporary YouTube suspension will be lifted when the company decides that the threat of violence is no longer imminent. Research has consistently found no evidence of anti-conservative bias from the most popular social media platforms.
Persons: Donald Trump, Donald J, Trump, , , Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, , Trump’s deplatforming, Jeremy Blackburn, ” Blackburn, Jason Miller, Trump’s, ” Miller Organizations: , Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, CNBC, White, Trump University, Capitol, Research, Trump, New York’s Binghamton University
Nasdaq futures fall over 1% on inflation worries
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Medha Singh | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: People are seen on Wall St. outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo(Reuters) - Futures tracking the Nasdaq dropped more than 1% on Tuesday, pointing to an another day of losses for technology-related stocks with lofty valuations on worries over inflation. Shares of Apple, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Google-parent Alphabet Inc dropped between 1% and 2% in premarket trading, while Tesla Inc fell nearly 4%. [US/]In a late session reversal on Monday, inflation jitters drove investors away from growth stocks to cyclicals, which benefit the most as the economy reopens, resulting in the S&P 500 logging its worst day in nearly eight weeks. ET, Dow e-minis were down 169 points, or 0.49%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 31.5 points, or 0.75%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 169.25 points, or 1.27%.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, , Marios Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Nasdaq, Apple, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc, Google, Inc, Tesla, Federal Reserve, XM, Dow e, Simon Property, U.S Locations: St, New York City, U.S, Cyprus
Tech rout set to extend as investors fear rising inflation
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Medha Singh | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -Wall Street’s main indexes were set to open sharply lower on Tuesday, signaling another day of losses for technology-related stocks with lofty valuations on worries over inflation. FILE PHOTO: People are seen on Wall St. outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe outperformers of 2020, Apple, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Google-parent Alphabet Inc dropped between 1.7% and 2.8% in premarket trading, while Tesla Inc fell nearly 8%. ET, Dow e-minis were down 297 points, or 0.86%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 53.75 points, or 1.28%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 265 points, or 1.98%. Energy stocks including Occidental Petroleum Corp, APA Corp and Chevron Corp fell between 1.3% and 4% as oil prices declines sharply.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, , Dan Eye Organizations: Reuters, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Apple, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc, Google, Inc, Tesla, Twitter Inc, Federal Reserve, Fort Pitt Capital Group, Dow e, Nasdaq, Simon Property, U.S, Brands, Body, Energy, Occidental Petroleum Corp, APA Corp, Chevron Corp Locations: St, New York City, U.S, Bath
The result has left Lawrence wary of law enforcement, a source of lasting trauma that countless Black men say they experience because of encounters that stick with them forever. They saw a white man getting arrested for what they later learned was check forgery. A white officer escorted Burch into the bank, where the detained white man claimed that Burch had given him a forged check and two identifications of a Black man with an Afro. "There are thousands of Black men in prison for no reason at all," Burch said. "So while our Black men are suffering from this form of PTSD, Black women are, as well.
Persons: Trevor Lawrence, Lawrence, It's, it's, Marvin Burch, Burch, me, I'm, Terrell Holloway, Holloway, Brandon Gamble, Gamble, We're, Andrew Smith Jr, Smith, Boyd, Breonna Taylor, — that's Organizations: Washington , D.C, Norfolk State University in, Yale University, Oakwood University, Super, Sunday, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Washington ,, Oakland , California, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Huntsville , Alabama, New York, Manhattan, Los Angeles
A video of clashes in India shared widely on social media has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccinations nor “injection teams”, contrary to the online posts. In fact, it shows violence that broke out after local police tried to shut down a Hindu festival. The video, shared several times in early May (here , here), has been claimed by Facebook users to show “resistance” against those delivering COVID-19 vaccinations. However, negotiations soon failed and violence broke out. It shows violence that broke out after police in Jharkhand tried to disperse a mela.
Persons: Read Organizations: Facebook, Healthcare, India Today, Reuters Locations: India, India’s Jharkhand, COVID, Jharkhand
Many of these goals have been documented since Bill and his (soon-to-be ex) wife Melinda Gates co-founded their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (here) in 2000, merging the William H. Gates Foundation of Bill Gates’s father with the Gates Learning Foundation. Bill Gates told a TED conference in 2010 that improved public health care, like reproductive services and vaccines, could limit population growth. Similarly, his investments in genetically modified (GMO) mosquitos relate to the foundation’s goals of ending poverty, disease and inequality around the world (www.gatesfoundation.org/). Bill Gates has been the target of many baseless conspiracy theories since the pandemic began. The Facebook post has misrepresented Bill Gates’ stated philanthropic aims.
Persons: Bill Gates, Bill, Melinda Gates, William H, Bill Gates’s, Gates, Critics, Bill Gates ’, Read Organizations: Microsoft, Facebook, Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Foundation, Gates Learning, Reuters, TED, inoculations, Harvard University Locations: Gates, British, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Panama, United States
Social media users have continued to misinterpret videos of moving fibres in COVID-19 test swabs, face masks and sanitary pads as tiny living worms. As Reuters has outlined in a previous fact check (here), these videos actually show safe synthetic fibres under a microscope that move due to static electricity or moisture. Despite the debunking of a series of videos that dissuade people from using face masks and test swabs, similar claims have emerged (here). The Meedan experts added that real microscopic worms would not survive on dry products like face masks because they need to be surrounded by water. Videos do not show microscopic worms in products such as face masks or sanitary pads, but synthetic fibres that are completely safe and sometimes move due to static electricity or moisture.
Persons: , Read Organizations: Reuters, BBC, Facebook Locations: COVID
Space Mania and SPAC-Mania Go Hand in Hand
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Jon Sindreu | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
For better or worse, space mania is now synonymous with SPAC-mania. Still, investors enamored with the final frontier should be worried about regulators’ eagerness to cool the SPAC market. Space SPACs were emerging until very recently, including one chaired by former Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg. As for plans to mine asteroids, sketched by a couple of private companies in recent years, they are probably as ludicrous as they sound. Private companies are flooding to special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, to bypass the traditional IPO process and gain a public listing.
Persons: SPACs, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Chamath Palihapitiya, Richard Branson, Dennis Muilenburg, Gary Gensler, Branson, Palihapitiya, Bill Janeway, Zoë Soriano, Jon Sindreu Organizations: Virgin Galactic, Securities, Exchange, Boeing, Lockheed, Elon, SpaceX, Facebook, Amateur, GameStop, Virgin, Rocket Lab, Astra, Global, SEC Locations:
Russia denies involvement in Colonial Pipeline cyberattack
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Holding tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at Colonial Pipeline's Dorsey Junction Station in Woodbine, Maryland, U.S. May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Drone BaseRussia's embassy in the United States on Tuesday rejected speculation that Moscow had any responsibility for a ransomware cyberattack that has disrupted activity at the biggest U.S. gasoline pipeline. read moreThe Colonial Pipeline will not resume full operations for several days due to the attack, one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes every reported which has been blamed on a shadowy criminal network called DarkSide. read more"The Embassy took note of the attempts of some media to accuse Russia of a cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline," the Russian embassy said in a statement on Facebook. The FBI attributed the cyberattack to DarkSide, a group believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe.
Persons: Joe Biden, ransomware, refiners Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Colonial Pipeline, Facebook, FBI, Thomson Locations: Dorsey, Woodbine , Maryland, U.S, United States, Moscow, Russia, Russian, Eastern Europe, Soviet
Google Pay now lets U.S. users send money to India and Singapore
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Ryan Browne | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.75   time to read: +1 min
The Google Pay app now lets U.S. users make money transfers to India and Singapore thanks to integrations with Wise and Western Union. The tech giant's mobile payments service Google Pay announced Tuesday that users in the U.S. will now be able to send money to India and Singapore. The company has teamed up money transfer firms Wise and Western Union on the feature, integrating their platforms into the Google Pay app. Users can choose between Wise or Western Union to move their money abroad. Google Pay launched a new version of its app in the U.S. last year, marking a push into banking services with the addition of checking accounts from lenders like Citi, as well as rewards and budgeting insights.
Persons: integrations, Wise, Goldman Sachs Organizations: Google, Western Union, Citi, Apple, Facebook, Alibaba, Big Tech Locations: India, Singapore, U.S, Western, China
Israel mulls fine on Facebook for buying companies without consent
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationIsrael's Competition Authority said on Tuesday it was considering imposing a fine of about 6 million shekels ($1.8 million) on Facebook (FB.O)and its Israeli unit for buying two Israeli companies without the agency's consent. Facebook Israel did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Facebook was obliged to report the transactions required the director general's consent since Facebook is a 'monopolist', whose market share in Israel exceeds 50%, the authority said. The authority said Facebook, together with Instagram, is considered a monopoly in the market of social networks in Israel.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Michal Halperin, Facebook Israel Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Inc, Economic, Thomson Locations: Israel
The Labor Department's JOLTS report — the measure of job opportunities and labor turnover — is out at 10 a.m. U.S. stock futures indicated a lower open Tuesday, a day after a tech-led sell-off saw the S&P 500 and Nasdaq post their largest one-day percentage losses since March 18. Dow futures implied an opening drop of around 142 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were further in the red. Full Truck Alliance, which links truck drivers to people who want to ship items, received backing last fall from SoftBank and Tencent. The transaction is expected to close in August, putting Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works into two publicly traded firms.
Persons: Dow, Biden, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Maria Van Kerkhove, Uber Organizations: Palantir Technologies, Electronic Arts, EA, Labor, Nasdaq, Dow, CNBC, Pfizer, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, Colonial Pipeline, FBI, World Health Organization, WHO, Associated Press, Alliance, National Transportation Safety, Facebook, NBC, Brands, Body, Globes, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Comcast Locations: U.S, Russia, Moscow, Russian, India, SoftBank, Spring , Texas, Hollywood
Facebook has been told to stop processing German WhatsApp data
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Sam Shead | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp announced a cybersecurity breach that makes users vulnerable to malicious spyware installation iPhone and Android smartphones. LONDON — A German regulator ordered Facebook to stop processing data on its citizens from messaging service WhatsApp. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, or HmbBfDI, said Tuesday that it has issued an injunction that prevents Facebook from processing personal data from WhatsApp. He has issued a three-month emergency order that prevents Facebook from continuing with WhatsApp data processing in Germany.
Persons: Mark, monetize, Johannes Caspar, Caspar Organizations: Apple, Facebook, Hamburg, Data Protection, Signal, Cambridge, European Union, CNBC Locations: San Anselmo , California, Germany, Hamburg
John Maron Nassif, 55, is accused of bragging on Facebook about having attended the Capitol riot. If convicted, Nassif could face a year in prison, a year of probation, and a hefty $100,000 fine. A Florida man accused of boasting on Facebook multiple times about attending the deadly US Capitol riot was arrested Monday. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people," he's accused of writing on Facebook, per the Sentinel. The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead after a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters sought to disrupt Congress' certification of his defeat to Joe Biden.
Persons: John Maron Nassif, Nassif, he's, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Elizabeth, she's Organizations: Facebook, Capitol, The Orlando Sentinel, Service, Sentinel, FBI, Twitter Locations: Florida, Knoxville , Tennessee
Facebook faces Israel fine for buying companies without consent
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Israel's Competition Authority said on Tuesday it was considering imposing a fine of about 6 million shekels ($1.8 million) on Facebook and its Israeli unit for buying two Israeli companies without the agency's consent. It said the fine is subject to a hearing and Facebook has the right to submit its arguments to the authority's director general Michal Halperin within 60 days. The authority said it sent a hearing letter to Facebook after it found the social media giant purchased two Israeli companies — RedKix Inc in 2018 and Service Friend Ltd in 2019 — without approval and contrary to Israel's Economic Competition Law. "Facebook was obliged to report the transactions required the director general's consent since Facebook is a 'monopolist', whose market share in Israel exceeds 50%, the authority said.
Persons: Michal Halperin Organizations: Israel's, Facebook, RedKix Inc, Economic Locations: Israel
WhatsApp will eventually stop users sending and receiving messages if they refuse a new privacy policy. After a few more weeks, users won't receive calls or notifications, WhatsApp said. Whatsapp will gradually turn off calls and messages for users who do not agree to its new privacy policy, a company spokesperson has confirmed to Insider. After a few more weeks, users won't receive calls or notifications, WhatsApp said, although the timing will vary from user to user. A company spokesperson confirmed to Insider that WhatsApp would not delete the accounts of users who refuse to sign the new policy.
Persons: WhatsApp, We'll, Whatsapp Organizations: Facebook, Service, Whatsapp
YouTube to launch $100 mln creator fund for Shorts video feature
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Sheila Dang | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) YouTube on Tuesday announced a $100 million fund to pay content creators who make hit videos on its new short-form video feature Shorts, as YouTube aims to court more influencers. The fund will launch in the coming months and pay creators this year and 2022, YouTube said. Viral app TikTok jump-started the trend of short-form video clips and was quickly copied by other apps such as Facebook-owned (FB.O) Instagram's Reels, Snapchat (SNAP.N) Spotlight and YouTube Shorts. read moreYouTube said the new fund will pay thousands of creators each month whose videos on Shorts receive the most engagement from viewers. As the market for short video features becomes more crowded, platforms have used creator funds as a way to court more users.
Persons: TikTok Organizations: YouTube, Facebook, Thomson Locations: United States
He also touted Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook as "bargains" when interest rates are near zero. With interest rates where they are, he's judged the probabilities favorable to make a bet in certain limited instances. 'Big tech' stocks are cheapLongo: "Buffett likes to value stocks using a concept called intrinsic value, which means computing the present value of a stock's future cash flows. The way this formula works is that you get higher values when interest rates are really low, as they are today. The big 'IF' is whether interest rates stay this low, which is anyone's guess.
Persons: Warren Buffett, Robinhood, Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett, Adam Mead ,, Darren Pollock, Charlie Munger, Adam Schwartz, John Longo, Paul Lountzis, Bill Smead, he's, Longo, Todd Combs, Ted Weschler, Munger, Pollock, Schwartz Organizations: Berkshire Hathaway, Berkshire, Microsoft, Facebook, Mead Capital Management, Cheviot Value Management, Bear Value Partners, Financial, Rutgers Business School, Lountzis, Smead Capital, Google Locations: Berkshire
Five of the world’s leading social media platforms are “effectively unsafe for LGBTQ users,” according to a new report from GLAAD, an LGBTQ media advocacy group. In its inaugural Social Media Safety Index, released Monday, GLAAD evaluated the “LGBTQ user safety experience” of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. It also claimed that YouTube frequently removes, filters or demonetizes appropriate LGBTQ content for allegedly violating the platform’s community guidelines. In response, a TikTok spokesperson said, “We share GLAAD's dedication to the safety of the LGBTQ+ community and will continue working with GLAAD and other LGBTQ+ organizations to help inform and strengthen our work.”The report includes a nine-point “responsibility checklist” for social media platforms. The recommendations, intended to help them become safer for LGBTQ users, include “greater protection of LGBTQ users in community guidelines”; “improved content moderation”; “LGBTQ hiring, inclusion and leadership”; and “promotion of civil discourse.”"The safety of LGBTQ people on social media platforms is an urgent public safety issue,” Ellis said in the report.
Persons: Sarah Kate Ellis, ” Ellis, Alex Schultz, , Twitter, we’ve, TikTok, Organizations: GLAAD, Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Axios, Defamation, ” GLAAD, NBC
The FDA has now amended that authorization to include children ages 12 to 15. In late March, Pfizer said Phase 3 clinical trial data showed that its Covid-19 vaccine was 100 percent effective in preventing the illness in children 12 to 15 years old. "Having middle school and high school children who are vaccinated will get more children back in school learning," Besser, who is also a pediatrician, said. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently available for people under age 18 in the U.S., but it will soon be joined by others. Johnson & Johnson is currently studying its one-dose vaccine in children 12 to 17.
Persons: Janet Woodcock, Woodcock, Joe Biden, Sean O'Leary, O'Leary, It's, Buddy Creech, Dr, Richard Besser, Robert Wood Johnson, " Besser, Johnson Organizations: Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, House, American Academy of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, NBC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Moderna, Disease Control, Prevention's, Twitter, Facebook Locations: United States, Covid, U.S, Nashville , Tennessee
“You're reviewing, you know, maybe hundreds of pieces of content a day, and of that content, a really healthy percentage of it is bad stuff,” he said. “I don't really want to be numb to human suffering.”Sklar is one of several content moderators who have spoken up in recent years. Before he left in March, Sklar wrote an internal memo about his experience on Workplace, an internal company communication tool. Six months later, over 200 content moderators, including Sklar, alleged in a letter to executives at Facebook, Accenture and CPL, another contractor, that the company had “forced” them back into the office during the pandemic. Moderators working on child abuse content had targets increased during the pandemic, with no additional support,” the moderators wrote in the letter.
Persons: Facebook’s, ” Josh Sklar, Sklar, , ” Sklar, , Josh Sklar, that’s, Lester Holt, Drew Pusateri, Cori Crider, ” Crider Organizations: NBC Nightly, Accenture, Facebook, NBC, Business, Cognizant, Phoenix, CPL, NPR, Foxglove Locations: Austin , Texas, Austin, Phoenix
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, one of four Latinos in President Joe Biden's Cabinet, urged college graduates to embrace their uniqueness as their "superpower" to accomplish their career and life goals. Cardona addressed new University of Connecticut graduates in a recorded speech taped Friday and played Saturday at their virtual 2021 commencement. Cardona was confirmed as education secretary in March but previously held Connecticut's top education post as the state's commissioner of education — the first Latino to hold the role. Cardona told the graduating class that he didn’t let his background hinder his goals. Whether students choose to be in the arts or law, Cardona told the graduating class, their college experience has made them stronger.
Persons: Education Miguel Cardona, Joe Biden's, Cardona, , didn’t Organizations: Education, University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy, College of Agriculture, Health, Natural, Cardona's Puerto, NBC Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, American, Plan, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Connecticut, Cardona's Puerto Rican, U.S, Meriden , Connecticut
The Biden administration’s first 100 days have resulted in tangible benefits for the nation's Latinos, but the national civil rights group UnidosUS says a robust “to-do” list awaits him. The nation’s largest Latino advocacy group is praising the direct-to-the-pocket provisions to Hispanic people in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In addition to stimulus payments, the American Rescue Plan provided more money for food for Latinos. Before the pandemic hit, Latinos had just recovered financially to income and wealth levels they were at before the Great Recession. There are some fears that Latinos may not tap into or get all that is available to them in the American Rescue Plan — including and beyond stimulus checks.
Persons: Biden administration’s, UnidosUS, Joe Biden’s, Janet Murguía, Murguía, , Biden, Unidos, aren’t, Pell Organizations: NBC News, American, National Center for Education Statistics, Trump, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Black, Obamacare, Arizona, Nevada, Florida
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