Watch Elon Musk test-drive Volkswagen’s competing electric car in Germany (TSLA, VW)

Summary List Placement   Volkswagen has shared video of its chairman Herbert Diess accompanying Tesla CEO Elon Musk on a test drive of its electric hatchback, the ID.3. The meeting took place over the weekend in Germany, near the automaker’s headquarters, while Musk was in the country to tour Tesla’s forthcoming factory near Berlin as well as to meet with politicians and executives about the company’s partnership with Curevac to develop “RNA microfactories.” In the short video, Musk can be seen driving the four-door car out of an airport hangar and around what appears to be an airport. “It’s not a race machine,” Diess says at one point. “I just… Read More

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‘I was instantly furious’: Marine veteran and Gold Star widow blasts Trump after seeing photo of him at her husband’s grave in Arlington

Summary List Placement A Marine Corps veteran and Gold Star widow sharply criticized President Donald Trump after seeing a photo of him at her husband’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Kait Wyatt’s husband, Marine Cpl. Derek Wyatt, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. Amid reports that Trump questioned the sacrifice of a fallen Marine in remarks to his father at Arlington, she came across a photo of the president at her husband’s grave. “I was instantly furious,” she said on CNN’s “Right Now with Brianna Keilar” Tuesday. The day before, Wyatt shared the photo, which she had not seen before, and tweeted for the president to “get off… Read More

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Facebook, Instagram Paying Users To Deactivate Before 2020 Election

Watch Video Facebook is going to pay some users to deactivate their Facebook or Instagram accounts until 2020’s presidential election in November. The company said the study is meant to analyze the impact of social media on key political attitudes and behaviors during the election. Facebook wants to better understand whether social media influences a more polarized society or if it simply shows us divisions that are already there. It also wants to figure out if social media affects whether people vote and how.  Here’s how the study works: Facebook or Instagram will ask a user if they want to participate in the study while they’re on the app. If… Read More

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A Facebook engineer just quit in protest, accusing the company of ‘profiting off hate’ (FB)

Summary List Placement A Facebook software engineer resigned and publicly criticized the company Tuesday, accusing Facebook of “profiting off hate.” In a letter detailing their decision to quit, Ashok Chandwaney cited some of Facebook’s recent actions as breaking points that led them to quit. Specifically, Chandwaney called out Facebook’s failure to remove a militia group’s event inciting violence against protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as well as its choice not to remove a post by President Donald Trump that said, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Several Facebook employees have left the company in recent months after voicing similar concerns — at least three left in the span of a week… Read More

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New polls show Joe Biden struggling to appeal to Latino voters in Florida, a boost to Donald Trump in the critical swing state

Summary List Placement Joe Biden is currently underperforming among Latino voters in Florida, according to two recently released polls, a warning sign for the former vice president as he seeks to win the crucial swing state and its 29 electoral votes. A poll conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International and the Miami Herald among 500 likely Miami-Dade County voters was released Tuesday morning, showing Biden ahead of Trump 55% to 38%, outside of the poll’s 4.4 margin of error. Among Hispanic voters, Trump narrowly leads Biden, 47% to 46%, with Trump swamping Biden among Cuban-American voters 68% to 30% and Biden winning over non-Cuban Hispanic voters 58% to 32%. These… Read More

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Men may have a slower immune response to the coronavirus than women, and that could explain their higher mortality rates

Summary List Placement   Men’s delayed immune-system responses to the coronavirus could put them at higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than women, according to a study from University of Washington researchers. They found that, for women under the age of 60, their immune systems produced a near immediate defense against the virus. However, for men of all ages, it took an average of three days for their bodies to deploy T cells (white blood cells that sense and destroy virus-infected cells) to fight the novel coronavirus.  The researchers came to this conclusion after looking at 430 COVID-19 nasal swab tests — 176 from men and 201 from women — which… Read More

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