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McConnell, Democrats jostle over urgent business…

An urgent $250 billion request by President Donald Trump to supplement a business “paycheck protection” program for firms crippled by the coronavirus outbreak is facing a roadbock in the Senate

Online Classes Are Not Working for Teens

A new survey has found that many teenagers are not attending their online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook Gaming Launches Tournaments

Facebook Gaming Launches Tournaments The new feature will allow users to create and organize virtual tournaments from the comfort of their homes. Users will be able to create tourneys in a variety of formats, including round-robin or double elimination. The feature is also made for a wide range of levels from casual to high-level esports play. 'Tournaments' is currently debuting in early access. Facebook Gaming has experienced a huge growth in the last year, with streaming hours doubling due to the current pandemic.

Fed rolls out $2.3 trillion plan to stabilize…

The Federal Reserve is taking additional steps to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy

TOP TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY DURING COVID-19

Stay at home orders during a pandemic have forced us to rethink our eating habits and how we go about cooking nutritional foods.

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Help Researchers With The COVID Symptom Tracker…

Help Researchers With The COVID Symptom Tracker App Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Andrew T. Chan is a lead researcher on the app, which takes seconds to complete and is being encouraged to be used daily. The physician-epidemiologist explains that the app will help determine "hot spots" or new symptoms. According to Lifehacker, COVID Symptom Tracker asks you two simple questions: 1. Have you taken a coronavirus test before? 2. Are you currently feeling healthy or experiencing symptoms? You will also provide some demographic information. Giving your name or number is optional. Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker

What you need to know today about the virus…

With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks

Vitamin C Foods For Your Body

Vitamin C is touted for its health benefits, one of which is improving the immune system.

Sprint and T-Mobile Complete $30 Billion Merger

Sprint and T-Mobile Complete $30 Billion Merger The nation's third and fourth-largest wireless carriers have finally united after a long process to become more competitive. With more than 100 million users, the newly-formed company has the base to challenge other mobile giants such as AT&T and Verizon. As part of the deal, T-Mobile's longtime CEO, John Legere, stepped down from his post, and COO Mike Sievert will take over in May 2020. The company will make use of the added infrastructure from Sprint to develop and deploy 5G service to its customers. As part of the deal, those on Sprint's prepaid brand, Boost, will be going to Dish as part of a divestiture T-Mobile agreed to with the Justice Department.

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid…

With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks

COVID-19: Protecting Your Privacy_Broadcast

The rising demands of working from home during the pandemic means more time online for professional meetings and other work-related tasks. With all this virtual activity comes concern over data privacy. We examine such concerns and how to mitigate the risks. Expert opinion is offered by Dr. Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue, a digital ethical risk consultancy. Script: THE RISING DEMANDS OF WORKING FROM HOME DURING THE PANDEMIC MEANS MORE TIME ONLINE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND OTHER WORK-RELATED TASKS. AT THE SAME TIME, GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE LEVERAGING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO HELP TRACK AND CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. WITH ALL THIS VIRTUAL ACTIVITY, COMES THE CONCERN OVER DATA PRIVACY. [SOT: 00:31 - 00:36/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] SO IT'S NOT ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO SEE YOUR DATA. IT'S ABOUT YOU HAVING CONTROL OVER WHO HAS YOUR DATA, WHO SEES IT, WHAT THEY COULD DO WITH IT, WHO THEY CAN SHARE IT WITH AND SO ON. IN CHINA, FOR EXAMPLE, THE COUNTRY USED MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOLS FROM DRONES AND CLOSED-CIRCUIT CAMERAS TO MONITOR AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE USING THE COMBINATION OF LOCATION DATA AND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO TRACK COVID-19 IN THEIR COUNTRIES. RESEARCH TEAMS IN EUROPE AND THE US ARE NOW ALSO SUGGESTING WAYS TO USE SUCH DIGITAL INFORMATION. WITH NO SET GLOBAL STANDARDS IN PLACE, EXPERTS WORRY ABOUT THE VIOLATION OF PEOPLE’S PRIVACY. [SOT: 9:27 REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] THE BIG ISSUE IS THAT INDUSTRY EXPERTS FOR LARGE CORPORATIONS WITH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POWER WITH VERY SMART PEOPLE WORKING FOR THEM CAN FIGURE OUT COUNTLESS WAYS OF LEVERAGING THAT DATA TO USE TO DRIVE THEIR BOTTOM LINE ALL IN WAYS THAT NEITHER I NOR YOU, NOR MOST PEOPLE THAT WE COULDN’T FORESEE. BACK AT HOME, FEARS ABOUT THE USE OF SMART HOME DEVICES ARE ALSO RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVACY RISK. RECENT RESEARCH REVEALED THAT AMAZON’S ALEXA HAD ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATED AND RECORDED CONVERSATIONS FREQUENTLY. [SOT: 14:35 - 14:40/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] THE COST OF HAVING TO UNPLUG YOUR ALEXA OR WHATEVER YOUR DEVICES IS VERY LOW. THE RISK, IN SOME CASES, IS VERY HIGH. AND SO YOU MAY AS WELL JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT. AS THE DEBATE OVER DATA PRIVACY DURING A PANDEMIC LINGERS, THE PRIORITY REMAINS PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY. [SOT: 12:31 - 12:35/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTAN] COLLECT THE DATA THAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE POTENTIALLY AT STAKE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE SHOULD BE THINKING VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT RULES AND RESTRICTIONS ABOUT HOW TO COLLECT THE DATA.

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Tips for a Stable and Faster Internet Connection

Tips for a Stable and Faster Internet Connection As millions of people self-isolate to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, internet usage has surged, causing strain on connections. As a result, YouTube even announced plans to reduce video quality over the course of a month to better handle the high demand. Here are some tips to make your connection more stable during the coronavirus pandemic: 1. Make sure your router is connected properly and placed in an ideal area. Keep it away from TVs, cordless phones and stereos. 2. Don't use your microwave. According to U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, using your microwave can interfere with Wi-Fi signals. 3. Disconnect other devices from the Wi-Fi when you're not using them. They can use the internet in the background even when you're not using them, causing your connection to slow down. 4. Connect your computer to your router via Ethernet. Connecting your computer directly to the router provides better internet speeds than Wi-Fi.

Oil-producing nations seek global deal to…

Oil-producing countries including those of the OPEC cartel and Russia are trying to strike a global deal to pump less crude

COVID-19: Protecting Your Privacy_Digital

The rising demands of working from home during the pandemic means more time online for professional meetings and other work-related tasks. With all this virtual activity comes concern over data privacy. We examine such concerns and how to mitigate the risks. Expert opinion is offered by Dr. Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue, a digital ethical risk consultancy.

Most People Think Technology Is Moving Too Fast…

Most People Think Technology Is Moving Too Fast, Survey Says According to a survey conducted by American public relations and marketing consultancy firm Edelman, 60 percent think technology is evolving too rapidly. They also believe that due to governments not fully having a grasp on it, regulations are not formally being placed. Over 34,000 people worldwide were used in the communications firm's report. The analysis from Edelman adds that global trust in technology has dropped four percent. In the United States, the decrease is seven percent. Edelman says trust has fallen in 21 out of 26 global markets. 66 percent worry that technology will eventually make them even question their own senses. Edelman's Sanjay Nair, via statement

Half billion more people face poverty due to…

A report by aid group Oxfam says that around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries help them

How to Properly Wash Produce

Washing your fruit and vegetable before consumption has always been recommended, but now during the COVID-19 pandemic experts are urging people wash all produce purchased to reduce contamination risk.

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Billionaire Warren Buffett Ditches His Flip Phone…

Billionaire Warren Buffett Ditches His Flip Phone for an iPhone The 89-year-old investor was previously known for his usage of the older device. Buffett, who recently used a Samsung Haven, says his flip phone is "permanently gone." He now has an iPhone 11, which makes sense considering his 5.6 percent ownership of Apple stock. The iPhone is not his only Apple device. He also has an iPad for checking stocks. Talking with CNBC, Buffett says his iPhone is one of many people have given to him. Smartphones are able to do many things, but Buffett adds he is only using it for phone calls.

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Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach…

Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs

Just Lost Your Job? Things To Do

If you've recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are things you can do with your time.

Otsego County reports second COVID-19 death