SAN FRANCISCO — Goodbye, Yahoo. Hello, Oath. Verizon Communications, the wireless powerhouse that was a cluster of local phone companies when two Stanford University graduate students began compiling the Yahoo web directory in 1994, completed its purchase on Tuesday of Yahoo’s internet business for $4.48 billion. Yahoo, which once had a market value of $125 billion , will be combined with AOL, another faded web pioneer it bought in 2015, into a new division of Verizon called Oath. Oath, headed by AOL’s chief executive, Tim Armstrong, will have about 1.3 billion monthly users, and Verizon hopes to use its range of content and new forms of advertising to attract more viewers and marketers as it competes against Google and Facebook. The company also intends to cut costs, with plans to lay off about 2,100 people , or about 15 percent of Oath’s staff. Oath’s strategy will be to place the same content — whether articles, videos or ads — in multiple locations to reach the … [Read more...] about Verizon Completes $4.48 Billion Purchase of Yahoo, Ending an Era
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(CNN) From the very beginning of his presidency, Joe Biden has pledged to make sure communities hit hardest by Covid-19 will receive sound information about the virus and access to vaccinations. "Equity (and) equality" remain "at the heart" of the government's responsibility, Biden said at a White House briefing last summer. "We need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door -- literally knocking on doors." But some of the small groups representing communities of color that were contracted as part of a National Institutes of Health Covid-19 outreach project tell CNN they have not been paid properly. The end is near: The new pandemic data looks promising -- for some, anyway "We lost trust in the system," said Venus Ginés, president of Día de la Mujer Latina, who said the NIH effort has been "poorly managed from the beginning" and "poorly executed." "It's a very lousy system, … [Read more...] about NIH needed help reaching communities of color about Covid-19, but grassroots groups say they were not paid properly
Yosemite is unequivocally one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. And virtual Yosemite is unequivocally not. That's what I learned on a reticent recent trip to the tourist magnet that is Ghirardelli Square to try "Experience Yosemite," a virtual reality gimmick that bills itself as " San Francisco 's best cinematic experience!" (exclamation point included). Curiously, no one wants to see that superlative offering when I arrive at GamedayVR on a Friday afternoon. The cavernous warehouse is completely deserted save for the lone employee, whose head is buried in his smartphone. Inside the space are more than a dozen egg-shaped chairs with plush red lining, an unexplained NASA space suit and two billboards for "Experience Yosemite," one with the unattributed "best cinematic experience!" quote and another that calls it "the future of cinema." Screenshots of the "Experience Yosemite" virtual reality experience, plus two photos inside GamedayVR, which hosts … [Read more...] about A virtual Yosemite experience just arrived in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. Is it worth it?
Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images The first stage of any collapse is confusion, maybe even Schadenfreude. It was no different during the wild week when Sam Bankman-Fried, the supposed crypto wunderkind and founder of FTX, tried and failed to sell his imploding empire only to find himself totally broke, his companies bankrupt, and his polycule perhaps no longer in the mood. ( Read about all that here .) The stage after that, though, is fear — and that is precisely where we are right now. The sum of Bankman-Fried may have added up to less than his parts, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was deeply interconnected with the worlds of politics and finance beyond the relatively small world of digital currencies. Since his bankruptcy filing, the crypto empire Bankman-Fried presided over has been subject to even more embarrassing and damning revelations, and he is the target of multiple investigations . It is still too early to say that he’s headed for … [Read more...] about 13 More Disturbing Revelations About Sam Bankman-Fried
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 ATLANTA (AP) — In-person early voting for the last U.S. Senate seat is underway statewide in Georgia's runoff, with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock working to get the jump on Republican challenger Herschel Walker who is putting less emphasis on advance balloting. After winning a state lawsuit to allow Saturday voting after Thanksgiving, Warnock spent the weekend urging his supporters not to wait until the Dec. 6 runoff. Trying to leverage his role as pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church and Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, Warnock concentrated his efforts Sunday among Black communities in metro Atlanta. “What we are doing right now is soul work,” Warnock said at Liberty International Church southwest of downtown, where he rallied supporters before leading a march to a nearby early voting site where he cast his ballot. “We are engaged in a political exercise,” Warnock … [Read more...] about Georgia runoff: Early voting for Warnock-Walker round 2
If, like me, you’re desperate enough to know what being “pretty happy” feels like, you’ll try any celebrity scam. But be warned that beyond the photos of actress Kate Hudson feeding chickens in frilly underwear and lounging half-naked on a boho-chic cushion, her new self-help book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body , involves a lot of work. You will repeatedly turn to your “drawing board,” a diary of sorts where you jot down what you’ve eaten on any given day; how much you’ve exercised; what your energy levels are like; what you say to yourself when you look in the mirror. You will study the configuration of your bowel movements and “freewrite” about their frequency. You will take multiple quizzes to determine your body type, stress levels, and how mindful you are. By Day Two of a week spent trying out Hudson’s “pretty happy” lifestyle, I was crafting lengthy, detailed responses to questions like “Are your needs being met?” “How did you feel when you woke up … [Read more...] about It’s Very Tedious Living Like Kate Hudson—I Tried It