Day: June 23, 2020

Apple Watch help with handwashing and a few other things you need to know

Usually, news coming from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is heavy on software and applause.

The keynote, which typically serves as a venue for Apple to highlight its latest iOS operating system, was done online only, because of crowd restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. And on Monday, the tech giant used this year’s WWDC to get a bit socially conscious and announced it will make its own silicon chips for its Macs and new operating software. 

During a pre-taped presentation from Apple Park, CEO Tim Cook didn’t mince words discussing why Black lives matter and addressing the challenges of the coronavirus during the company’s first-ever all-virtual conference. The event comes amid an ongoing global pandemic that has forced many governments to order residents to shelter in place and intensified calls to eliminate systemic racism following the worldwide outrage since the smartphone-recorded deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis

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DeFi Protocols Should Act More Like Fiduciaries

Lex Sokolin, a CoinDesk columnist, is Global Fintech co-head at ConsenSys, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based blockchain software company. The following is adapted from his Fintech Blueprint newsletter.

This week, I grapple with the concepts of financial centralization and decentralization, anchoring around custody, staking and DeFi. 

On the centralized side, we look at BitGo’s acquisition of Lumina, Coinbase Custody and its similarity to Schwab and Betterment Institutional. 

Related: Market Wrap: Bitcoin Trading Flat, Holding at $9.6K

On the decentralized side, we examine the recent $500 million increase in value within the Compound protocol, as well as the recursive loops that could pose a broader financial risk to the ecosystem.

It is a difficult one for me to untangle, in part because I am not sure for what audience I am writing. Ever since starting to work more deeply in the crypto ecosystem, I’ve come across a very different set of norms and

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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Lotus Elise

From Road & Track

When the Lotus Elise finally made it to U.S. shores in 2004, it blew minds. With an ultra-light mid-engine layout, reliable Toyota power, and wild looks, it was a smile-inducing exotic people could actually afford. Nowadays, a used Elise costs about as much as a new Avalon, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of enthusiasts.

Thinking about picking up an Elise as your next weekend toy or track weapon? Awesome to hear. Here’s how to find the right one.

A Game-Changer

Though the Elise went on sale in Europe in 1996, it wasn’t until the introduction of the fully redesigned S2 generation that Lotus decided to import it into America. Though slightly larger than its S1 predecessor, the car tipped the scales at just 1950 pounds in base form thanks to an aluminum space-frame chassis and fiberglass body panels. In a world where

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35 Ways to Save Money

Small steps can make a big difference over time.

A well-stocked savings account is the cornerstone of a healthy financial life.

After all, a robust emergency fund allows you to weather financial setbacks, health emergencies and income disruptions. A well-stocked retirement fund permits you to quit work sooner or pursue your job-related passions without needing to worry about money. A fat 529 college savings account gives you and your children access to a college degree.

In essence, saving gives you freedom, including the freedom to take risks, enjoy life and provide your children with a better future. Interested in getting your savings on track? Here’s U.S. News’ best advice for saving money.

Understand your expenses.

Before you can reduce spending and make room to fund your savings account, you have to know what your expenses are. A key part of boosting your savings is understanding cash flow and slashing spending

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Movie Theaters Botched Mask Messaging Ignited an Avoidable Political Controversy

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When movie theaters announced plans to reopen, their mission was simple: Convince audiences it will be safe to return to cinemas in the age of coronavirus.

That meant reducing seating capacity to help ensure physical distancing, implementing rigorous cleaning procedures and encouraging contact-less payments when possible. It involved a splashy ad campaign, boasting A-list filmmakers, reminding consumers of the pleasures of enjoying an oversized Coke, a tub of popcorn and the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Safety precautions, they claimed, would be state-of-the art. Medical experts from Harvard were enlisted and new technologies, such as high-end ventilation filters and electrostatic sprayers, would be tapped to keep theaters COVID-19 free.

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And, of course, exhibitors would strongly recommend — but not require — audiences to wear masks.

Last week, AMC, Cinemark and Regal, the three biggest theater chains, said face coverings would not be

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Eddie Bauer, Ben & Jerry’s and other companies join campaign to halt ads

A Facebook ad boycott gained momentum Tuesday, with seven major companies pledging to halt advertising with the social media platform for July to protest Facebook’s failure to remove hate speech.

Eddie Bauer, the U.S. clothing store chain, and Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream maker, on Tuesday became the latest companies to jump on board, joining The North Face, Patagonia, REI, Mozilla and Upwork in addition to about 100 smaller companies said to be committed.

“I think the message has been sent and I believe other companies are going to join in,’’ Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told USA TODAY. “I think it’s important for corporate America to stand up in this moment, especially when you have a platform as powerful as Facebook and there are no guardrails of accountability.’’

The boycott idea was launched June 17 by the #StopHateForProfit campaign, which includes the NAACP,  Anti-Defamation League,

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‘This is where the future is going:’ Amazon Executive on $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund

Amazon (AMZN) launched a $2 billion venture capital fund Tuesday to invest in technologies and services aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking to Yahoo Finance, Amazon’s Head of Worldwide Sustainability Kara Hurst said the move was yet another step to use the e-commerce giant’s “scale for good” as it sets aggressive targets to become carbon neutral by 2040.  

“This is where the future is going, this is where our products and services are needed, and the fund is another signal on the investment that we’re willing to make,” said Hurst, on Yahoo Finance’s Ticker. 

The Climate Pledge Fund will invest in companies across multiple sectors, though its initial focus will be on transportation and logistics; energy generation, storage, and utilization; manufacturing and materials; circular economy; and food and agriculture, Amazon said.

The fund is the latest step by the Seattle-based company to reduce its carbon footprint amid explosive growth

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Women’s sports post-coronavirus: Softball, lacrosse, hockey leagues

There already wasn’t going to be a National Pro Fastpitch championship this season.

With softball making its return to the Olympics, NPF had to alter the way it was going to play in 2020. After all, three of the teams in softball’s pro league are national teams.

The Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, and NPF canceled its season. Next year, it’ll have to make another adjustment to losing the bulk of its players.

That’s just one example of unique challenges facing women’s pro sports leagues, exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.

“We’re not talking about the same losses, because we don’t have the same resources, we’re not in the same ballpark,” said NPF commissioner Cheri Kempf. “The sad truth about that is, we don’t have [the same resources] to begin with, so we don’t have it to lose.

“That’s pathetic, but that’s the truth.”

Women’s sports are

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Wauwatosa To Approve Local Business Plans In 72 Hours

WAUWATOSA, WI — Businesses looking to make on-the-fly adjustments to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic received a boost this week after city officials found a way to cut down the time needed to get city approval for local businesses.

“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the Wauwatosa small business community. The Common Council approved the ‘Tosa Restarts’ program as a way to expedite review and approval processes for a variety of activities,” Wauwatosa officials said in a statement this week. “The goal is to generate vibrancy within Wauwatosa’s commercial districts, as well as eliminate or reduce fees where allowed.”

Under previous city policy, certain approvals would take weeks. Under the new plan, following the submission of an application, city staff say they will review and provide appropriate approvals within 72 hours or less.

Some of the activities could include:

  • Outdoor seating on sidewalk, public property, or private property in

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Coronavirus devastates Koreatown family, one by one

Joseph and Hannah with their father, Timothy, and grandmother Soon Sun in Washington in 2005. <span class="copyright">(Kim family)</span>
Joseph and Hannah with their father, Timothy, and grandmother Soon Sun in Washington in 2005. (Kim family)

It had been five years since the Kim family had lived together in their Koreatown apartment, but the coronavirus brought them all back home.

First, grandmother Soon Sun came home in mid-April after checking out of Olympia Convalescent Hospital, where she had lived for five years. The family worried, particularly her daughter Eun-Ju, about the spread of the virus in assisted living facilities.

Then the father, Timothy, closed up his acupuncture practice and started delivering sermons from home for his weekend job as a pastor at L.A. Nasung Church in La Crescenta. Eun-Ju, meanwhile, took care of the household while her children, 22-year-old Hannah Haein and 17-year-old Joseph, finished the school year at home, their classes now online.

But the homecoming was short-lived. After contact with sick patients through the nursing home and

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