Pandemic pushes Peru's vital peasant farmers to…

Small farmers in Peru provide a majority of the food that ends up on the South American nation's dinner tables

College Life In The Age Of Covid

As coronavirus cases continue to spike across the U.S. colleges are being hit hard. What were once hubs of academic and social life are now shadows of their former selves. At the University of Dayton, which last month saw the tragic passing of an 18-year-old freshman from COVID related complications, students talk to us about how their lives have changed at the hands of the virus.

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Comcast to Impose Home Internet Data Cap in…

Comcast to Impose Home Internet Data Cap in Several States Next Year. In 2021, Comcast intends to charge northeastern U.S. customers if they go over 1.2TB of data per month. This data cap is already in effect for customers with non-unlimited plans in other parts of the nation. Starting in January and February, Xfinity customers who aren't on an unlimited plan will be given a "credit" for data usage charges over 1.2TB while they get used to the new limits. In March, exceeding the data cap will cost customers $10 per 50GB of data up to $100. Customers will also receive one "courtesy" credit per year. Though Comcast says 95% of its customers only average about 308GB of data use per month. internet use continues to grow as people work and find entertainment at home amid the pandemic

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California…

The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry

BONUS: Long Term Implications of Vote By Mail

Barry Burden, professor of political science and director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, discusses the long term implications of the move towards voting by mail this election cycle.

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Twitter Will Warn You When You Like Misleading…

Twitter Will Warn You , When You Like Misleading Tweets. The new feature expands upon another one that was recently implemented by the social media platform ahead of the 2020 election. in which retweets of material flagged as misleading also received a warning. When users "like" a tweet by pressing the heart icon, a prompt pops up encouraging them to "Find out more.". According to Twitter, more than 300,000 tweets were labeled as misleading from Oct. 27 though Nov. 11. 456 tweets were blocked from being retweeted, having been hidden behind a warning. The new feature of alerting users who have "liked" tweets deemed misleading will hit web and iOS users this week. On Android devices, users will begin to notice the feature sometime in the next few weeks

Issa Rae urges participation in Small Business…

Issa Rae believes now is the time to support small businesses more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic

BONUS: Grassroots Organizing

Lela Ali, the Georgia State advisor for the Movement Voter Project discusses efforts to get voters to the ballot box in Georgia on January 5th.

Snapchat to Award $1 Million to Creators With…

Snapchat to Award $1 Million to Creators With Most ‘Entertaining’ Posts. On November 23, Snap Inc. announced the launch of their new feature, Spotlight. It will reportedly “shine a light” on “entertaining” posts created by the Snapchat community. . We built Spotlight to be a place where anyone’s content can take center stage – without needing a public account or an influencer following, Snap Inc., via press release . In order to incentivize users to engage with Spotlight, Snap Inc. is awarding over $1 million each day to creators. Each day, the daily prize fund will be awarded to one creator or multiple creators. It all depends on Snap Inc.’s “proprietary formula,” which rewards creators based on the “total number of unique video views” received in a given day. . Many Snapchatters will earn each day, and the ones who create the top Snaps within that group will earn the most for their creativity, Snap Inc., via press release . The reward program will reportedly run until the end of 2020, at which point it may be extended

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot…

Christmas tree growers who have faced increased interest in artificial trees in recent years say demand for real, fresh-cut evergreens is strong this season

Voter Turnout The Key To Georgia

With control of the Senate down to the upcoming Georgia runoffs, both Republicans and Democrats are pouring resources into the state. Experts believe the winner will come down to which side is best able to mobilise voters. Sonja Diaz of UCLA, Lela Ali the Georgia State advisor for the Movement Voter Project and Barry Burden from the University of Wisconsin Electoral Center weigh in.

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T-Mobile Is First Carrier to Enable 988 Number…

T-Mobile Is First Carrier to Enable 988 Number for Mental Health Services. In July 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to assign the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). The FCC gave carriers a deadline of July 2022 to put the number into effect. On Friday, T-Mobile announced that it has added support for the number more than a year and a half ahead of the deadline. In a statement, T-Mobile chief technology officer Abdul Saad said providing access to the 988 emergency mental health services number... . ... was “a matter of urgency for us, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the holiday season approaches.”. At this time, the number is not able to receive text messages. FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has called this problematic since talking on the phone is “not native for most young people.”. People in need of mental health support can still engage with NSPL via online chats if they find talking on the phone to be uncomfortable.

For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease…

The big tech companies enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Obama-Biden administration

2020 Year of the Republican Woman

In 2018 the Democrats ushered in their most diverse Congressional class ever, with a record number of women taking their seats. Now in 2020, it is the Republican's turn. The 117th is the most diverse Republican class in history. Is this the way forward for the GOP?

Apple va payer 113 millions de dollars pour avoir…

Apple va payer 113 millions de dollars, pour avoir intentionnellement, ralenti les iPhones. Selon CNN, Apple a accepté de régler une enquête sur la façon dont il a poussé une mise à jour logicielle en décembre 2016 ... ... au lieu d'être transparent sur les problèmes de batterie de l'iPhone. Surnommé par certains le "batteryygate", cela a affecté les performances des anciens modèles d'iPhone, incitant de nombreux consommateurs à acheter de nouveaux téléphones. Les grandes entreprises technologiques doivent cesser de manipuler les consommateurs et leur dire toute la vérité sur leurs pratiques et leurs produits, Le procureur général de l'Arizona, Mark Brnovich, via un communiqué de presse. Je m'engage à responsabiliser ces entreprises technologiques lorsqu'elles dissimulent des informations importantes aux utilisateurs, Le procureur général de l'Arizona, Mark Brnovich, via un communiqué de presse. En plus de payer 113 millions de dollars dans 34 états. le géant de la technologie a promis de fournir des mises à jour véridiques sur la santé, les performances et la gestion de l'alimentation de la batterie de l'iPhone

UK retail empire of billionaire Philip Green…

The owner of some of Britain’s best-known fashion chains like Topshop appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic

GOP Gains With Latino Voters

One of the surprises of the 2020 Presidential election was President Trump's increased share of the Latino vote. Sonja Diaz, founder of the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative, UCLA and Dr Barry Burden, Director of the Elections Research center, University of Wisconsin-Madison explain the reasons for this shift, which are more complex and nuanced than originally meets the eye.

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Google Pay Gets a Redesign to Take on Venmo and…

Google Pay Gets a Redesign to Take on Venmo and Mint . On Wednesday, a new version of the app was launched, . allowing users to manage budgets, open bank accounts and send peer-to-peer payments. Google partnered with Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union to offer its "Plex" mobile banking. The company said it also plans to add 11 new partner institutions in 2021. . Along with our bank partners, we were looking to make banking more relevant for the mobile-first generation, Caesar Sengupta, general manager of payments at Google, to CNBC. It will help our partners make banking more approachable to that generation, and not only make it more relevant, but make it more fun, Caesar Sengupta, general manager of payments at Google, to CNBC. Google Pay's new checking and savings accounts won't require a minimum balance. There will also be no overdraft charges or monthly fees

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US agency investigating Tesla front suspension…

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that front suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles

Herd Immunity What Is it?

A term traditionally used in vaccination, herd immunity through has been used by some leaders across the world as a way but which to return to normality. We discuss what this means and how it is reached. Dr. Ali Mokdad, a senior faculty member of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and a former top official at the CDC and Thomas J. Bollyky, director of the global health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations weigh in.

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