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Kat Norton’s spiritual journey to becoming a Microsoft Excel influencer

Kat Norton is dancing her way to internet fame—but not in the way you’re probably thinking. On TikTok, where Norton has about 650,000 followers, she has an ulterior motive when she busts a move.To Gary Lee Clark Jr.’s cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles, Norton gyrates as she shows her followers how to combine two separate columns on a spreadsheet....

Apple has broken up with Intel—but Intel wants to get back together

For the first time in 15 years, Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop will feature the company’s own homegrown processors instead of ones made by Intel, effectively ending its partnership with the chip maker.Apple, which already uses its own operating system, has always wanted to take the hardware narrative in its own hands. Not only does a self-designed chip...

2021 has already shattered yearly records for startup funding

In just nine months, 2021 broke all records for US startup funding, by a towering margin.US startups raised roughly $240 billion as of Sept. 30, dwarfing 2020’s full-year total of $166 billion, according to figures from Pitchbook, the venture-capital database.A busy IPO market is one reason for the boom. Lately, startups have been listing on the US...

Apple’s plan to fight child sexual abuse is sounding an alarm for privacy champions

Somewhere within Apple’s tech to monitor child sexual abuse is a privacy nightmare waiting to happen.In August, the Cupertino company shared plans to use “client-side scanning” (CSS) to detect child sexual abuse material by scanning images before they’re uploaded to its iCloud Photos storage service. It had the potential to be installed on more than...

How Safeway and Walgreens fell for the Theranos pipe dream

The dream Theranos was selling was enticing: Shoppers would come in and do a finger-prick test, buy their groceries, and take their blood-test results on the way out.For grocery chains that had moved into prescription drugs and vaccine provisions, it was a bigger and better health-related opportunity to boost sales and profits. An archived Theranos...

The last US-owned social media platform in China is closing down

It’s the end of an era for American-owned social media sites in China—and for the former hope that such platforms would one day lead to open dialogue there.In 2009, China blocked access to Twitter and Facebook. Google left a year later after recognizing threats to its future there, not to mention attempts to censor and hack users’ accounts. Now, LinkedIn...

Captain Kirk has a good point about the space economy

Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of the satellite data firm Planet, took a ride to the edge of space with Captain Kirk this week on Blue Origin’s second crewed New Shepard launch.But just ask Kirk—that is, actor William Shatner—why the trip actually mattered: The visibly emotional nonagenarian was shaken by the Overview Effect, the experience of seeing...

The food delivery industry is learning it needs to keep restaurants happy

In the battle between food delivery apps and restaurants during the pandemic, the latter may now have the upper hand.The pandemic forced restaurants to turn to delivery to stay afloat. At first, they saw the food delivery services as a lifeline. But some restaurants resented commission fees charged by food delivery companies, which reached much as...

Critics say Blue Origin’s culture is dysfunctional. Is it dangerous, too?

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is facing an outpouring of internal criticism even as it begins regularly flying people into space. Current and former employees say that its culture is not only toxic for employees, but could put its passengers at risk.As the company prepares for its second launch with human passengers on Oct. 13, it’s worth understanding...

A new treatment has been recommended in the UK for sickle-cell disease

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), this week, has recommended Crizanlizumab, a medicine developed by Novartis pharmaceutical company, as a treatment for preventing recurrent pain crises in individuals aged 16 or over living with sickle cell disease.The treatment, which was first approved in the US in 2019, is the first...

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