To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills

Helping people land good jobs with career paths takes more than skills training, labor experts say. Coaching, mentoring and other assistance are also needed.

#careers-and-professions, #coaches-and-managers, #goodwill-industries, #google-inc, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #markle-foundation, #microsoft-corp, #per-scholas-inc, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #vocational-training

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Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

#apple-inc, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #democratic-party, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #freedom-of-the-press, #horowitz-michael-e, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #privacy, #schiff-adam-b, #senate, #subpoenas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Microsoft Is Ditching the Video Game Console Wars

Known for the Xbox, Microsoft has been diversifying away from boxy hardware in favor of reaching millions more new gamers.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mojang-ab, #nadella-satya, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #software, #sony-corporation, #spencer-phil-technology-executive, #xbox-video-game-system

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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

#bickel-alexander-m, #central-intelligence-agency, #clarke-richard-a, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #mcmaster-h-r, #microsoft-corp, #morell-michael-j, #national-security-agency, #new-york-times-company, #pentagon-papers, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #whistle-blowers

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Microsoft’s Bing Briefly Blocked ‘Tank Man’ on Tiananmen Anniversary

Users outside China said the site had failed to call up videos and images of the iconic figure from the 1989 crackdown.

#censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #tiananmen-square-beijing

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In a World Let Loose, Video Game Makers Are ‘Doubling Down’

The companies won big when the pandemic forced people indoors. In a risky bet, they aren’t slowing down even as behaviors shift again.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-sports, #microsoft-corp, #niantic-inc, #riot-games-inc, #take-two-interactive-software-inc, #xbox-video-game-system

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The Fallout of Bill and Melinda Gates

The collapse of the world’s most philanthropic marriage makes us take a hard look at the image the couple tried to project. 

#divorce-separations-and-annulments, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #marriages, #microsoft-corp, #winfrey-oprah

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Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency

Microsoft reported that it had detected the intrusion and that the same hackers behind the earlier SolarWinds attack were responsible.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #solarwinds, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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A Culture of Fear at the Firm That Manages Bill Gates’s Fortune

At least four employees at the firm, Cascade Investment, complained to Mr. Gates about Michael Larson, his longtime money manager.

#cascade-investment-llc, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #kirkland-wash, #larson-michael-1959, #microsoft-corp, #sexual-harassment, #stocks-and-bonds, #sydow-robert-e, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #ybarra-stacy

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Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior Before Divorce

Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.

#divorce-separations-and-annulments, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #microsoft-corp, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-environment

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Who Gets Bill and Melinda Gates’ Family Mansion?

Melinda Gates, at least, has been open about her desire to live in a smaller house.

#gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #microsoft-corp, #seattle-wash

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What the Gates Divorce Means for the Gates Foundation

The end of one marriage has implications for the 1,600 staff members who direct $5 billion in annual grants to 135 countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #microsoft-corp, #philanthropy

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Business Coalitions to Speak Out Against Voting Restrictions in Texas

Companies including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Unilever are set to call for expanded voting access in the state after weeks of silence from national businesses on Republicans’ voting bills there.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #hewlett-packard-company, #letters, #microsoft-corp, #patagonia-inc, #republican-party, #salesforce-com-inc, #sodexo, #state-legislatures, #texas, #unilever-nv, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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Court Could Consider Whether Trump Interfered in Cloud Computing Contract

The decision could be a win for Amazon, which said it was passed over for the $10 billion Pentagon contract because of his animosity toward its founder, Jeff Bezos.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #microsoft-corp, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Your Smartphone Should Be Built to Last

A movement is underway to slow the obsolescence of our electronic gear.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #law-and-legislation, #longevity, #microsoft-corp, #new-york-state, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #samsung-group, #smartphones, #software, #sonos-inc, #sony-corporation, #states-us, #sustainable-living, #tablet-computers, #united-states

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Microsoft will buy Nuance, an A.I. company, for $16 billion to focus on health care tech.

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing.

#artificial-intelligence, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #voice-recognition-systems

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Discord, a Chat App for Gamers, Said to Have Discussed Deal With Microsoft

An acquisition of Discord, which could top $10 billion, would buttress Microsoft’s gaming business, as video gaming has boomed in the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #discord-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #software, #start-ups, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xbox-video-game-system

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China Punishes Microsoft’s LinkedIn Over Lax Censorship

Officials said the social network had failed to block objectionable political content, a sign of the sacrifices it must make to remain in the vast but difficult market.

#censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #linkedin-corporation, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations

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Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren’t Racist?

When Google forced out two well-known artificial intelligence experts, a long-simmering research controversy burst into the open.

#amazon-com-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #buolamwini-joy, #clarifai-inc, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #facial-recognition-software, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #mitchell-margaret-researcher, #research

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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fireeye-inc, #house-of-representatives, #industrial-espionage, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #russia, #senate, #solarwinds, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups

Health departments continue to grapple with delays caused by technical problems with numerous websites used for making appointments.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deloitte-touche-tohmatsu-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #software, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Fraught With Issues’: Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups

Health departments continue to grapple with delays caused by technical problems with numerous websites used for making appointments.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deloitte-touche-tohmatsu-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #software, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Preparing for Cyberstrike on Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China

The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #microsoft-corp, #neuberger-anne, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #solarwinds, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Thousands of Microsoft Customers May Have Been Victims of Hack Tied to China

The hackers started their attack in January but escalated their efforts in recent weeks, security experts say. Business and government agencies affected.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #e-mail, #krebs-brian, #krebs-christopher-c, #microsoft-corp, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Can We Put an End to the Vaccine Hunger Games?

Too many local governments are still struggling with the technology that people use to get appointments.

#microsoft-corp, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc

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Can Bill Gates Vaccinate the World?

How the Microsoft founder is changing the way the world is vaccinated and, potentially, the course of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill, #kulish-nicholas, #medicine-and-health, #microsoft-corp, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #twohey-megan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Key senators and corporate executives warned at a hearing on Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of the hacking of government agencies and companies, the most sophisticated in history, were still unclear.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #solarwinds, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,’ by Bill Gates

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #books-and-literature, #gates-bill, #global-warming, #how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-the-solutions-we-have-and-the-breakthroughs-we-need-book, #microsoft-corp, #solar-energy

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Still Looking for a New Gaming Console? Here’s Why

A month after the holiday season, gamers are still contending with scalpers, bots and immense demand as they hunt for elusive devices.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inslee-jay, #microsoft-corp, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Russian-Owned Software Company May Be Entry Point for Huge U.S. Hacking

Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic, to gain access to federal government and private sector systems in the United States.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #google-inc, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #solarwinds, #vmware-inc

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As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm

Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdstrike-inc, #cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #foreign-intelligence-service-russia, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #solarwinds, #spaulding-suzanne-e, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020, #warner-mark-r

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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

The hackers gained more access than the company previously revealed, though the attackers were unable to modify code or access emails.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Russia Used Microsoft Resellers in Hacking

Evidence from the security firm CrowdStrike suggests that companies that sell software on behalf of Microsoft were used to break into Microsoft’s Office 365 customers.

#cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdstrike-inc, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #software, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Cyberpunk 2077 Was Supposed to Be the Biggest Video Game of the Year. What Happened?

Nearly a decade of hype led to a troubled release riddled with glitches, a livid fan base, refunds for potentially millions of players and a possible class-action lawsuit.

#cd-projekt-sa, #computer-and-video-games, #cyberpunk-2077-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #sony-corporation, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-longreads

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More Hacking Attacks Found

The warning, from the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm, indicated that hackers had found another line of attack to enter systems used by the government and Fortune 500 companies.

#commerce-department, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Google Dominates Thanks to an Unrivaled View of the Web

As regulators seek ways to curb the company’s power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billion of web pages — behind its search engine.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #duckduckgo, #google-inc, #indexers-and-indexing, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Melinda Gates Interview: Coronavirus, Masks and Inequality

One of the richest women in the world devoted decades to preparing for a pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #high-net-worth-individuals, #microsoft-corp, #philanthropy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Marc Benioff Sets His Sights on Microsoft

The Salesforce C.E.O.’s planned acquisition of Slack will have him competing directly with the Goliath that is Microsoft.

#benioff-marc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #salesforce-com-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #slack-technologies-inc, #social-media, #software

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The Best Video Games to Get Lost In This Holiday Season

A ninth-century Viking adventure, a game about robots that literally feels good to play and an escape from hell: Here is what’s new across gaming systems to satisfy players of all stripes.

#assassins-creed-valhalla-video-game, #astros-playroom-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #cyberpunk-2077-video-game, #demons-souls-remastered-video-game, #destiny-video-game, #hades-video-game, #hyrule-warriors-age-of-calamity-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #nintendo-co-ltd, #nintendo-switch-video-game-system, #playstation-3-video-game-system, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sony-corporation, #the-pathless-video-game, #ubisoft-entertainment, #watch-dogs-legion-video-game, #xbox-video-game-system, #xbox-one-video-game-system

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New PlayStation and Xbox Arrive During a Pandemic Gold Rush

The video game industry has notched record spending and profit in 2020, but to sustain its growth, it must prepare to compete with the return of concerts, movie theaters and live sports.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sony-corporation, #take-two-interactive-software-inc, #twitch-interactive-inc, #xbox-video-game-system

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PlayStation 5: The Next Step in Sony’s Rebound

The gaming console, coming out in its latest version on Thursday, has become the Japanese giant’s centerpiece product.

#company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronics, #hirai-kazuo, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system, #yoshida-kenichiro

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New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

The test detects the response of T cells to the virus — an arm of the immune system that may be just as important as antibodies to preventing reinfection.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #interferon-protein, #microsoft-corp, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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PlayStation 5 Review: Sony’s New Console Is an Entertaining Behemoth

With a winning combination of solid hardware and software, Sony’s new console makes us excited about the next generation of gaming.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Xbox Series X and S Review: Microsoft’s New Consoles Are a Good Value. Is That Enough?

Nice hardware? Check. Fair price? Check. Cool, exclusive games? T.B.D.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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How to Take On the Tech Barons

Something has to be done about the technology sector. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-communications-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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