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Google Will Begin Allowing Some Advertisers To Run Ads Related To Coronavirus

Google will begin allowing advertisers to run advertisements that address coronavirus, or COVID-19. Axios reported Thursday, citing Google documents. The tech giant will begin phasing in the advertisements after previously banning such content, according to a memo Google’s Head of Industry Mark Beatty gave to political advertising clients. Google will prioritize medical practitioners and groups that work directly with the ...

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Inside The Dark Money Dem Group Using An Umbrella Network To Flay Trump Over His Virus Response

Two super pacs — Pacronym and American Bridge — that are thrashing President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are affiliated with Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm that is not required to identify its donors.  Academics and other researchers argue flaying the president over his virus response so early in the health crisis skirts ethical boundaries. Trump should be ...

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FCC’s Ajit Pai Gives Wireless Internet A Major Overhaul As Americans Work Remotely Amid Coronavirus Fears

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Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai announced Wednesday a plan to dramatically increase the United States’ wireless internet speeds to help pave the road to the kind of technology Americans can rely on to better cope with another coronavirus outbreak. Pai proposed a plan 1,200 MHz of spectrum available for unlicensed use across the country as Americans become reliant on remote ...

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Sen Sanders, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Toss Support Behind Amazon Worker Who Was Fired For Breaking Coronavirus Quarantine

Sen. Bernie Sanders is expressing support for an Amazon employee who was fired Monday for breaking a coronavirus quarantine while trying to organize a mass walk-out. Amazon warehouse employee Chris Smalls was fired for violating a quarantine after he came into contact with a co-worker who tested positive for the virus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Smalls, who tried to ...

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Pro-Trump Super PAC Files FEC Complaint Alleging Bloomberg’s $18 Million DNC Donation Was Illegal

A political action committee  supporting President Donald Trump filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission saying former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s donation to the Democratic Party was illegal. Bloomberg’s $18 million donation to the Democratic National Committee is an attempt to circumvent contribution limits and violate campaign finance laws, Great America PAC said in the March 26 complaint. The ...

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Major Tech Investor Is Providing Silicon Valley Insiders With Access To Private COVID-19 Tests

A California-based capital investment group acknowledged Wednesday that it provided many of the Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs it works with access to private coronavirus tests. Venture capital fund Data Collective DCVC gave their clients the opportunity to get tested if they are “experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are unable to get tested,” the group wrote in an email Tuesday. The ...

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Customers Could Be Left Without A Connection As Verizon Slows In-Home Internet Installations

Verizon is pulling back on in-home internet installations and visits to reduce the continued spread of coronavirus, a company spokesman told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. “We are minimizing our in-home installation work to critical needs to keep our employees and customers safe and to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Verizon spokesman David Weissmann said. Verizon’s move comes as ...

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Sen Tom Cotton Calls Democrats’ Fight To Hold Coronavirus Bill Hostage Over Climate Change A ‘Disgrace’

Sen. Tom Cotton said Monday that his Senate Democratic colleagues are holding up the Senate’s coronavirus bill so they can push green energy policies, among a slew of other “radical” measures. The Arkansas Senator railed against his colleagues, telling his Twitter followers that they were putting American’s lives at risk over global warming. His criticism comes after Senate Democrats failed ...

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St Louis Fed President Projects Unemployment Rate Hitting 30% If Shutdowns Continue Amid Virus Panic

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard warns that the U.S. unemployment rate will soon hit 30% as government officials continue pushing shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Such measures will also cause a 50% drop in gross domestic product, Bullard said in a Bloomberg interview published Sunday. He also questioned why officials are purposely shuttering entire ...

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Biden Comes Out Of Hibernation, Plans Regular Briefings From His Home Rebutting Trump’s Alleged Lies

Former Vice President Joe Biden is retrofitting his Delaware home to set up virtual briefings that will allow the presidential candidate to pushback against what he says are President Donald Trump’s lies about coronavirus. Biden’s house is being outfitted with technology allowing him to conduct tele-press conferences and interviews while he practices social distancing amid a pandemic, Biden told Politico ...

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Bloomberg Bails On Pledge To Employ Campaign Staffers Throughout Election

Michael Bloomberg went back on his plan to create an independent expenditure effort, effectively rendering his campaign staff unemployed.  Bloomberg also donated millions of dollars to the Democratic Party and took advantage of a provision in federal campaign law allowing federal candidates to give an unlimited amount of money to a national party.  Bloomberg said the move allows the Democratic Party ...

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Elon Musk Floats Possible Solution To Coronavirus Strain, Still Says The Panic Is ‘Dumb’

Billionaire Elon Musk believes a drug developed four decades ago to ward off malaria in Africa can help put the skids to coronavirus, though the tech guru still believes the virus panic is “dumb.” “Maybe worth considering chloroquine for C19,” Musk told his Twitter followers Monday that choloroquine, or hydroxycholoroquine, could help researchers who are looking for an antidote to ...

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Facebook Users Look For Answers As Company’s AI Goes Haywire After Moderators Were Sent Home

Facebook said Tuesday a bug in the company’s anti-spam system that is randomly and mistakenly flagging user content is unrelated to any changes in the workforce due to coronavirus. Twitter users tweeted images of a warning they received from Facebook suggesting their content violated company policies against spam. The content was flagged due to a bug rather than a lack ...

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Twitter Says Social-Distancing Will Likely Mean Giving AI Much More Control Over Regulating User Content

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Twitter said Monday night that social-distancing policies might require the social media company to rely heavily on artificial intelligence to regulate user content. “To support social distancing and working from home, we need to work differently and rely more on automated systems to help enforce our rules,” Twitter wrote in a tweet addressing how the company is preparing to address ...

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