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Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani for $1.3 billion for defamation
"42 of big lawsuit filed today against Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, filed by Dominion Voting Systems and so $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit. For Giuliani's role in the baseless effort or the efforts to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election, the voting machine company became a target for conservatives. You made up wild claims about the company, blaming it for Trump's loss in the election, alleging without any evidence that its systems were easily manipulated. Lawsuit against Giuliani, based on statements he made on Twitter in conservative media, and during legislative hearings, where Giuliani, the one time mayor of New York, claimed Dominion, the voting machine company conspired to flip votes
Global Gilmour Space completes successful hybrid rocket engine test
"Doco space rocket competent gilmore's space of caridad a successful engine to spur of the new hybrid rocket. Motor the hot five. Verification tests are what is the world's largest single port hybrid rocket engine lasted ten seconds producing record ninety-one killer newton's nine tonnes force thrust the queensland based companies developing a three stage launch vehicle capable of carrying small satellites into low-earth orbit and the rocket murray. Yes for this test is the same design. That will be pairing. The first and second stages of the company's new aries vehicle engineers now going through the results with plans to undertake duration and higher thrust tests in the next few weeks. This space time.
Moderna says COVID vaccine should work on U.K., South Africa strains
"The dirtiest says the couple. 19 vaccine works against the newly emerged strains of this virus. Moderna, makers of one of the two Corona virus vaccines developed under the Trump Administration's operation Warp. Speed, says it's studies now show their product is fully effective against two new strains of the novel coronavirus that have become more prevalent. These strains are now found worldwide. But were first identified in both the UK and South Africa. Moderna says the vaccine had the same effectiveness against one of the strains. And while it was slightly less effective against the other, it was still above the threshold for working to protect patients. Evan Brown Fox News, All right,
Trump Impeachment Trial: House To Deliver Article To Senate
"Will carry impeachment papers from the House to the Senate to officially marked the start of the second impeachment trial against Donald Trump. A single article accuses former President Trump of inciting the insurrection at the U. S. Capitol on January. 6th. Tonight will be the ceremonial beginning of a trial that is set to get underway two weeks from now. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed yesterday that the process must go forward even though Trump is left office. Everyone wants to put this awful chapter in American history behind us. Sweeping it under the rug will not bring healing the only way to bring healing. Is to actually have real accountability. Which this trial of Ford's We've got NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snout with us this morning. Hi, Kelsey. Hi. Good morning. Why start things today on Lee to delay the trial for two weeks? This started because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked the for delay to give Trump's team time to prepare and to give the Senate more time to get some work done. You know, Once the trial begins, senators have to sit in their seats in the chamber and all other Senate work has to stop, and it basically takes all of the energy and oxygen out of Washington while the trial goes on. And President Biden back the delay because he wants his cabinet in place. It also gives them a Democrat, some time to work on a covert relief package that they promised and just to get a little bit of work done, so they'll start by transmitting those articles of impeachment. Senators will get sworn in as jurors and the pretrial briefs will be due on the eighth so that the trial could be in on the night. Republican senators have been expressing a number of objections to the tri Elit self tell us what they've been saying Primarily, we've been hearing from senators who say that this process may be unconstitutional. They don't agree with the idea of holding a trial after Trump has already left office. Here's what Florida's Marco Rubio said yesterday on Fox News Sunday. I think the travel stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. That's a pretty blunt assessment and kind of giving the other side of this, which is Republicans say that, you know, doing an impeachment trial once Trump has gone just makes the tensions in the country. Worse, Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate. They're going to need Republican support to convict. How are they responding to their Republican colleagues making these arguments I talkto lead impeachment manager Congressman Jamie Raskin. He has a concert. Occasional scholar, and he says that impeachment is a constitutional tool. And it's one that applies on the first day of a presidency and the last day of a presidency. It doesn't just stop being valid because somebody lost an election. But it's true. You need 17 Republicans to vote along with Democrats, and that number seems very difficult to find. NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell. Thank you. Thank you. We're going to bring in Senator Angus King of Maine. At this point. He's an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Senator King thanks for being back on the show. Glad to be with you, Rachel. I want to start by asking you to respond to that clip. We just heard from Senator Marco Rubio. He says the coming impeachment trial is like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. Well, it strikes me as as a little disingenuous for people who have been building the fire and throwing gasoline on it for months to suddenly say Oh, no, no, we have to stop now We have to have unity. These were the people that were spreading disunion. I'm not talking about Marco himself, but generally the president, of course, and many of this allies in Congress, so to say, now we have to forget about and shove under the rug, one of the most egregious assaults on American democracy in our history in the name of unity when the folks who are Saying that we're so interested in unity a couple of months ago, and for the record, you supported the president's impeachment in the house. Have you made up your mind about whether or not to vote to convict? No, there are two. Well, I'm clearly I just used the word egregious. I mean, I'm I'm I'm very concerned about what what happened on by the way. This will be one of the first impeachment trials in history where all of the jurors were also witnesses because we were there that day. But they're two pieces of evidence that I think we need to be developed at the trial. One is what did the president know? That morning when he addressed that crowd? What did he have for intelligence in terms of the nature of the crowd? What Their plans were, whether they were talking about violence and and storming the Capitol. If he knew that it seems to me that raises A really bad inference for his his role. The second is what did he do that afternoon to quell it? Once we knew that the capital had been stormed? Did he take any actions serious actions to try to quell it or As there has been reporting. Did he think it was a kind of kind of cool thing going on up there, So I think those two facts will have an influence on the outcome of this trial.
19 burned bodies found near Mexico-U.S. border
"At least nineteen burned bodies were found near the texas mexico border this weekend. It's suspected the deaths are tied to cartel violence as texas public. Radio's maria menounos. Reports officials are working to identify whether any of the victims were migrants. The charred remains were found to burn vehicles in the mexican town of something neat that molly bus officials said. That's about forty miles away from the yoga. And the city on the texas side of the border the only state prosecutor's office said late saturday that the body had gunshot wounds and that they found rifles according to the associated press. But it's believed the victims were initially killed elsewhere because no shells were found rumors that central american migrants are among the dead have also surfaced that. Ap reported the watermelon embassy and consulate told reporters in a statement. They've activated aid protocols and are working with mexican authorities to identify whether any of the victims were of watermelon nationality. I might i'm in this in light
Tacoma, Washington officer drives into crowd
"A Tacoma, Washington police officer is on leave after ramming his car through a crowd of pedestrians during an investigation of street racing social media videos showing go to call the police officer power through a crowd of people No one dying at the scene. At least one person was run over that man still in the hospital. The police Department says the officer feared for his safety, adding that while trying to extricate himself from an unsafe position So Ford then stopped and called for medical aid, ABC Zell When Lopez police say a second individual was treated at a hospital and released
Pregnant woman among 6 killed in Indianapolis "mass murder"
"To piece together the facts surrounding a mass murder more from WGN's Roger Bad ish. Indianapolis Mayor Jo Hogg said, called it a different kind of evil. Five people, including a pregnant woman shot to death in a home. Ah juvenile, also shot at the home is expected to live. Indianapolis police chief Randall Taylor believes the shootings were not random, but we're a targeted attack. The mayor asked FBI's Indianapolis Field office, local U. S attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies for assistance in the shooting investigation. Roger Banished WGN news. You could pick up a bit of Chicago restaurant
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are dating
"Kourtney Kardashian. The least known Kardashians. You see her, but she didn't say much. And maybe because she was not much to say. I don't know. Maybe she left Travis Barker do all the talking. She's dating Travis Barker. Oh, and I think it's a nice match up. I guess she's 41. He's 45 went to Palm Springs where Mom, Kris Jenner has a home go. It's us could take my house. That's a like a great idea. Talk show. Could that guy be any different than the guy? She was married to all those years? She wasn't married to Scott Disick. They were just together. They really? Yes. So they have three kids. He also has three kids s O. They are the Brady Bunch. In a weird 2021 kind of way. They're in Palm Springs together, dating for about a month or two. Is what people say they've known each other for years. They've been friends, and he's even been on record. Say, Look, we know we're friends, and that's it. We're just friends. We're just friends. We're just friends. On. It's taken a turn for the romantic. So congratulations to both
Kansas City Chiefs will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV
"15 years. Robert Ford Alright Del For the first time in NFL history, the last two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl will duel for another championship in Tampa Bay in two weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs the first team in 23 years to win the A F. C title game in back to back seasons, beating the Buffalo Bills. 38 24 Patrick Mahomes 325 passing yards, three touchdowns. Leading Kansas City to a match up with the last guy to beat the Chiefs in the playoffs. That would be Tom Brady. He led the Buccaneers to a 31 26 victory in Green Bay. The Bucks the first team or they won three road playoff games to become the first team to play Super Bowl on their home field. Brady, the first player to advance the 10 Super Bowls, he is only the third quarterback to play. In an NFL championship game in three different
Chicago teachers vote against order to resume in-person learning
"Union says their members will refuse to work in person until they reach a deal over reopening this pushback comes his pressure increases across the country for classes to resume. Sarah Carr from member station WBZ has more teachers and other school staff approved the resolution calling to continue on Lee with remote learning until the school district and their union agree on a deal over bringing students back into schools. The union does not want to have to be re forced to return if they're scared for themselves or family member. Meanwhile, the school district is trying to make sure there's enough staff in schools to offer in person learning for those families who want it. Sarah Carp reporting cattle Rittenhouse,
Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results
"A new report claims President Trump spent his last weeks in office, pressuring the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to rule against Joe Biden's election win The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump's plan also included firing, then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Former Attorney General William Barr and Rosen said there was no basis to challenge the election results.
President Biden Expected to Sign 'Buy American' Order
"President biden is expected to sign an executive order today. With a focus on bein. American made products. The new by american policies will make it tougher for federal agencies to purchase imports. All with the goal of strengthening domestic manufacturing in addition small and mid sized businesses will have better access to information for government contracts to a senior administration official a goal is to strengthen the supply chain after the pandemic revealed weakness in distribution of supplies and equipment.
States scramble for more COVID-19 vaccines, new concern over contagious variant
"While more people are getting banks in vaccinated Now there is growing concern about the effectiveness of the available vaccines against the mutating strains of the virus. More contagious covert 19 variant first found in the UK and detected and more than 20 states is raising new concerns. We need to assume now. That what has been circulating dominantly in the UK does have a certain degree of increase in what we call very Linz, namely the power of the virus. To cause more damage, including death. Dr Anthony Fauci says scientists are preparing to modify existing vaccines if more covert mutations make it necessary in that's correspondent Nancy
Why some tech companies are most represented in best to work for list
"Sutherland Roll Wong Christian a lot of tech companies on the list, as there are every year I find it so interesting. That the companies at the top are so diverse number one would bein, which is a consulting firm. Number two is in video. Obviously, a tech company number three is in and out Burger what all three of these companies have in common. Yeah, it is. It is cool to say such great representation across different diverse industries and really shows you any company in any industry could be the best place to work. You know what we seen, particularly this year. That's bean. A new phenomenon and some key theme across all of our best place to work winners is that you know, with the pandemic, with clover going on employers who put their employees first and particular health Well being and safety first did really well in this year's list, you know, among among many other things that you know about this place is work with us have traditionally done
Tampa Bay, Kansas City to face off in Super Bowl
"6 20 SportsCenter on there, and Jacobson. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going back to the Super Bowl. The Bucks will become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. They made it to the Super Bowl. After a big win yesterday against the Green Bay Packers. 31 to 26 was the final score. Brady and the Bucks knocked off the number one seeded Packers. Move on to the Super Bowl. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs. The chief's beat the Buffalo Bills in the later game 38 24. The Super Bowl will be held on February 7th at Raymond James Stadium here in Tampa. Take off will be at 6 30. The
The second Trump impeachment trial is set for February. What happens next?
"After the hour. The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is scheduled to start early next month. As the Senate lays out plans for the action correspondent Clayton Nevil tells us some Republicans argue a trial doesn't deserve much purpose. Former President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time just days before his presidency ended. The House voted to impeach on grounds of inciting insurrection related to the deadly breach of the U. S. Capitol earlier this month. Some lawmakers argue Trump had a role in the violence by repeatedly touting unproven claims of election fraud and riling up a crowd is electoral college votes were tallied. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the impeachment trial in the Senate will begin February 8th. With House managers reading the articles at seven o'clock tonight
Biden attends Mass at Washington DC church where he worshipped as VP
"With limited covert testing, and President Biden has attended Mass for the first time since taking office. Thistles music from a live streamed mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, Someone who attended Sunday Mass there in person was President Joe Biden, the nation's second Catholic president, used to frequent that church when he was vice president. It's also where the nation's only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters recently that President Biden had not yet settled on a home church in the nation's capital, but said she expected he would continue
Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district
"Teachers voted against returning to their classrooms brought in some multi is alive with school board headquarters with more brawn. A good morning. Good morning about 10,000 teachers Kindergarten through eighth grade teachers were expected to return to their classrooms this morning about a week ahead of students returning on February 1st. Whoever that in person did has not been pushed back to Wednesday. And here is why the Chicago teachers union says 86% of its 25,000 members participated in a vote on 71% of those who voted chose to stay remote for the time being the objection. Is largely surrounding the district safety plan with covert 19. Of course, the union saying it falls short on the teachers will feel safer once vaccinations become more widespread. No CPS says it is planted begin given teachers their shots in mid February, but that process could obviously take some time. The two sides have been negotiating from once about in person. Erin in on those talks will now continue, but with teachers now expected to be back in their classrooms in a couple of days. A bit of a showdown could be brewing. Over the weekend. Some CPS parents gathered at the union headquarters, trying to explain why they want their kids to be done with remote learn and I am here today to plea with CTU to please not strike. Not on Lee or my Children struggling academically, but also they're actually failing. Earlier this month, pre K students and some special education education students were able to return to in person learning, however, CPS data shows it was only about 19% of those who were eligible to actually did so on went back to in person learning that some teachers didn't return. Then for there in person classes. They were then locked out. Of the online systems. Some of them were docked pays, they couldn't teach remotely. It remains to be seen, though. What is going to happen on Wednesday, with second round of teachers said to go back or like I said CPS frittata, multi WGN news pronto. Thank you. Some suburban
Investment in climate tech is also economic stimulus
"Climate change is high on president biden agenda last week the president rejoined the paris climate accord on wednesday reuters reports. He's expected to announce a new climate order that will introduce new regulations and make climate change a national security priority and biden his tied economic recovery to climate investment new jobs new infrastructure and new funding. Jayco is managing director of the private equity firm light smith group which is focused on climate adaptation technology. You're gonna have to rebuild the economy for some kind of future. So let's say we did a big infrastructure package which i think potentially incoming secretary good a judge was talking about. Are we gonna build bridges for the sea levels and river levels that we have today. The ones that we think are likely to be around ten twenty or fifty years from now and i would suggest the latter is better idea than the former including many other components that we saw really stark contrast last year. Like how does this impact different types of communities. Where's the equity and justice implications for the kind of future that we're building both from an environmental implication standpoint. And then more broadly speaking in the kind of diversity inclusion universe as well as different distributions of how that impact has occurred economically. There's a big conference on climate adaptation starting this week which is virtual but i wonder what role is the. Us expected to play in that. I think it's expected to play a major role over the course of the entire year and beyond there is a lot of attention being focused on what it means for the us to be back in a leadership position not just re signing onto the perez agreement but taking a leadership position in terms of reductions reels gas emissions kind of where our net zero targeting really going to go in. And we're going to do to do that. But also i think real opportunity to seize a leadership position around adaptation and climate science. What is your sense of. How big a role. Resilience is slated to play. Are there any official announcements on that front. Well i'd say that there are probably three pieces of the puzzle to those pieces seem very
What We Know About The Apple Car
"Another. Financial analysts has gone hard. Core apple car ahead of this week's earnings one may have nothing to do with the other. Certainly apple exacts are not going to announce an apple car on wednesdays call but apple. Send them an is running high and now bam a second note about apple car days before the earnings report mid week last week it was cowan company analyst send car then ever core analyst dairy on the ended the week last week getting behind the imaginary wheel apple three zero ran the note wherein ad rock set out six key observations boiling those down one. He is into apple soup to nuts. Approach doing hardware software silicon and so on to apple could make up for generally low margin than cars with money maiden services. Three don't under sell mobility. Iphone is a mobile computer. Apple car will be two four. The total addressable market is gargantuan. Three trillion dollars though. He stresses again. That services are where the money will be for apple. Five apple will work with contract manufacturers to bring this premium consumers and sex. The car could add thirty six billion dollars in sales or thirty cents earnings per share in the long run and yeah he probably means long run. He and his an increased probability. That apple will have a product here in the next five years. It seems unlikely that they would start making money on that right away. Though between now. And then darren anonymous. Says he's got a near term bullish bias driven by the trifecta of iphone super cycle monetization of installed base and gm expansion. He's gotten outperform rating on apple shares. He used friday's car note to his price. Target on the shares from one hundred forty five dollars to one hundred sixty. The here is a phrase that we haven't heard in a while apple set new intra day and closing highs on friday mac. Daily news says apple shares. Were up two dollars and twenty cents to end the week last week. Closing at one hundred thirty nine dollars seven cents a lot higher partway through the day. Though hitting one thirty nine eighty five. The company ended the day with the market valuation of two point three four one trillion dollars. We'll tell you the next numbers make my head hurt. Apple's valuation of two point three trillion is six hundred thirty three billion dollars higher than second place microsoft with the market valuation of one point seven trillion amazon's third with evaluation of one point six five trillion followed by alphabet one point two eight trillion tesla rounds out the five most valuable publicly traded companies in the us with a market valuation of eight hundred billion dollars. The good news for apple shares comes ahead of this week's earnings report that set for this wednesday after which there will be an earnings call jelly beans and double bags to be served. After you can catch the call. Live on apple's investor relations page two. Pm pacific five pm eastern the company will also make it available as a podcast people will be tweeting about it. Bloggers will be blogging about. It will have a first look at that on that day's mac. Os can live. And of course we'll go a bit deeper on the following days mac. Os cat
How the Virtual Office Could Replace the Physical One
"It's another monday in the world of remote work depending on. When you're listening to this you might be going up for another day of sitting in front of your computer in your zoom sweater. Trying to get stuff done by video conference. We're of course familiar with the challenges of remote work already. Big recalls can be awkward and inefficient in. Its part to replace the serendipity of running into someone in the break room but lately some new services have been trying to solve those issues with virtual office. Spaces are columnist. Christopher mims visited one himself and he joins me now to talk about what he saw. Hey christopher thanks for being here. Thank you for having me. So you've visited the virtual offices of id corporate. They were using space through a service called gather. Can you talk about what that experience like. I visited a number of corporate offices in my time so it was strange to visit of virtual office reminded me of real world ones. Which are you know. Kind of whimsical lake airbnb. They have all their conference rooms. Which are modeled after various apartments on airbnb so being in a virtual office where there were desks and conference rooms and you know stage for people to give talks and a cafeteria and a bar and the office is actually in a castle and there's a beach it was really funny. How even though. I'm walking around with my avatar. I felt in some sense. Like i was there. And maybe that's you know decades of playing video games. But i also think that there is a lot to be said for the way that video games. They're designed over. Decades has been refined to really tap into innate abilities that we have so for example in our brains we have place cells which are physical analogues. It's an individual neuron lights up when you go to a place and you can see this on the brain of a rat when it's traveling through maze for example or if you talk to people who win the annual world memory championship a lot of them. What called memory palaces. You imagine a house and you walk through and you place the object. You wanna memories in the house that works so well because we have this huge section of our brain which is devoted to place and geography and navigating in three dimensional space. We just don't use it with our existing interfaces communicating remotely. So when i went into a virtual tutti office and started walking around the thing that really struck me was like oh my god. I'm using more of brain and it feels more natural so when i'm in a virtual h. A hosted on for example gather. It's very easy. I just use my arrow keys. And i'm moving in two dimensions link in legend zelda and at the same time they have incorporated sort of the minimum requirements for communicating in that space as we would in a real one and one of the spatial audio of my avatar is next somebody else's avatar. We can talk freely in these little bubbles just like we went through video chat you know if we walk away from each other the sound fades and dies complete so you can create these clusters of conversation or you can walk up to somebody in the hallway and have chat with them. That's private or you go into a room. Only people in the room can hear each other. So this allows you know based on my interviews with the people who are working in this these types of spaces this kind of more spontaneous collaboration link. We're used to in an office at the same time because you can make yourself more or less available you can turn off your camera. You can say i'm away. You're not tethered to your desk. As he would be in a physical space going to this office it just it really struck me how quickly i was able to interview a lot of people just by walking up to them and that just doesn't work with the friction of you know. Zoom call words like. Oh where's the link. Okay here logging in. I'm waiting for you to log in. is everybody here. Oh you're muted just all of that. Extra friction really gets in the way of spontaneous communication. I think and gather is one of a number of companies offering similar services. Just how widespread are these types of platforms and how are companies using them. There are a lot of companies using them. I mean one of the biggest ones which is called remo remote dot co. they're used a lot for events. They told me that they have multiple hundreds of thousands of monthly active users. Spatial chat claims similar figures. You know they have people using them. From every big chunk of money you could imagine plus boeing and a bunch of other fortune five hundred companies. Not all of which are paying members because of course they all have a freemium tier so it is. Nasa sent hundreds of thousands of monthly active users. But if you're having a few big events that could only be a few dozens or hundreds of individual companies but has impressed me that the biggest ones by just traffic are bootstrapped. And they're like look. We already making revenue. We don't need investment because we are just were able to pay our server bills from people signing up that is of course a very powerful signal that something is sticky. And it's working if you can get to revenue if you can go from nothing to a product that is making money in nine months. That's a very compelling space generally sounds like a lot of users and how all these companies using these types of platforms. It sounds like it might just be more about special events than it is about you know putting in your full nine to five from the virtual office. I think rate now. The initial use case for most companies and organizations is events because partly that allows them to dip their toe. It's low commitment. I mean if you're going to have a holiday party. In one of these people have to adapt their work style to spend a couple of hours walking around some virtual space so companies using it to work in. I think are in the minority. I've also heard interesting. Use cases lake people holding scientific meetings. And the they build out this big hall. And then everybody's standing in front of their scientific poster and anybody who's ever been to a science meeting or a medical meeting knows that that is the central ritual for disseminating new data and information also just like meeting people in your field and it's the science fair for adults but it's really important in in academia so it's been interesting that so many universities and other institutions seem to be using it for those kind of events others are using it for parties summer using it just to replace what people the old the stuff that we all used to go to in convention centers. Where you'd go to a talk but the real substance of it is having coffee or drink with somebody over chris. I can put on my cynical hat for a second. During the pandemic i feel like workers are struggling with zoom fatigue and with the sort of always on mentality that comes with being full remote. These services seem to require more presents out of employees and and that seems like a potential challenge. I think as with zoom as with slack where we were promised. This is the future. Remember where it can then once you once you're kind of forced to use like really high doses of these things you really run into their limitations and you get zoom fatigue or slack on or whatever you wanna call it. I think that the same could be true for these on the other hand. I think that there is the potential for them to be the next evolution. That makes it a little bit more. Sustainable i remote work experts. I talked to cautioned against companies saying. Oh this tool is gonna solve our problem for us at base. I think the real challenge with remote work is companies need to establish a bunch of new norms in some ways. Very different from what we are used to in an in person office where norms can be established by as moses have to be more deliberate and you know whether or not you're using a virtual each q. Being forced to everyone share what they're working on in some kind of document that can be accessed a synchronous all those little nuances of what it takes to make a really functional. Remote workforce work. That doesn't go away. The tool doesn't solve for that automatically. But maybe it makes it a little bit easier so it sounds like you think this is something that might be here to stay as we move into at least a more heavily remote workforce in the future absolutely. I also think that ultimately we're building toward kind of a more complete fusion of the internet and real life through the mediums like augmented reality in some ways. I think we're laying the tracks now for that so the more we get used to collaborating remotely through all these tools the more natural it will seem to toggle between what we're doing in the real world what we're doing on the internet via other things like our glasses are vr. Headsets are ever more mobile. Devices are risk based whatever aren't. That's our tech columnist. Christopher mims thanks so much for joining me. Thank you for having me.
The Great Microchip Shortage of 2021 Is Causing Headaches for Tech Companies, Car Manufacturers and More
"This is business wars daily on this monday january twenty fifth. Happy star the week everyone. Well we've got one of those good news bad news situations to kick off the week. I the good consumer demand for electronics like laptops five g powered phones and even tech-laden automobiles has bounced back faster than expected that means that consumers are spending again and that's good for the economy now the bad news. There's a global shortage of semiconductors. More widely known as micro chips are just chips yes. Those little electricity conductors that form the essential components virtually all consumer electronics are in short supply. And that is making it. Tough for manufacturers to meet demand and that in turn is bad for the economy now there have been periods of chip shortages in recent years but a perfect storm of circumstances makes this one especially tough to beat. According to a wall street journal report in the early days of the pandemic demand for laptops and cloud computing services surged among remote workers creating greater chip demand. Now ten months in consumer spending is loosening up especially in certain categories as new car sales began to rebound each with an average of one hundred. Semiconductors touchscreens computerized systems and other bells and whistles. Well that means a lot more chips on top of that. You got five g phone sales spiking and that means even more chips and then there's a so-called internet of things iot where everything from your refrigerator to your bathroom scale can be connected to the internet and of course you guessed it more chips which means big moves from the world's biggest chip manufacturer taiwan semiconductor manufacturing corporation or t s mc the company's making enormous investments to respond to the chip shortage and possibly emerge bigger and stronger than ever bloomberg reports that. Tsmc spent seventeen billion dollars last year to boost manufacturing capabilities. This year total spending could be more than twenty five billion to push its output even more that kind of spending would make it one of the biggest spending companies with a market value of ten billion or more in other words. The corporate wallet is wide open. But there's a method behind the mad. Spending competitors like intel. The biggest chip manufacturer in the us by sales are struggling to meet demand. The tech giant replaced it. Ceo after losing ground to us competitor. nevada Bloomberg report said that intel has been in talks to outsource some of its chip manufacturing to tsmc turning the competitor into a supplier to while it's not confirmed bloomberg analysis speculates that if tsmc can cement that outsourcing relationship intel may shift. Its focus away from its own manufacturing efforts and opt to focus on other areas of its business and become a long term revenue stream for tsmc right now though scoring everything from laptops to new cars is a struggle with some plants actually sitting idle while they wait for the chips they need or forced to pay higher prices for those that are available but if
Can't pick a Netflix show? Let the app decide
"If you were like me. We'll hop on netflix. With zero clue about what to watch. It's the modern day. Equivalent of channel surfing scrolling through this wide selection of tv shows and movies hoping to stumble upon something. You like for myself at one point. I would just surf and surf and surf. And then eventually. I'd just end up at the office in watch that now. Of course the office is on peacock. So i don't have that luxury anymore. Which means i am stuck in this weird limbo of trying to find something to watch on netflix. Pretty soon though net flicks might take care of this. Whole struggle for you from a report in variety. Netflix's going to roll out a feature called shuffled play to its users worldwide. Starting this year. If you've already seen this on your profile it's because the streaming giant has been testing this service out for months now. I've just noticed this too on my account within the last couple of months or so it literally solves the problem of going through the interface and pretty much becoming paralyzed. because there's so much programming to watch on netflix. That you really don't know what to watch instead. You hit shuffled play and it picks what to watch for you. So what exactly is net flicks choosing when you hit. Shuffle play according to variety. Titles that you'll see on netflix. When you hit the shuffle play button or as it sometimes referred to as the place something button. It'll either be shows or movies similar to once you've already watched titles in genres that you viewed before or content you have saved in your mile section so very interesting idea. And a quite of a cool way to discover things on netflix. It's almost like a surprise me kind of thing where you really don't know what to watch. And maybe you've heard some buzz about shows but you're still not one hundred percent. Sure if you want to invest just let netflix. Surprise you fun feature. I'm definitely gonna use it. Because i can't decide for myself obviously
Heat to use coronavirus-detecting dogs when welcoming fans back to arena
"The miami heat will use covid nineteen detection dogs are allowed back to american airlines arena next week. That's the score dot com. The dogs are one of several new health and safety measures introduced by the heat in preparation for their january. Twenty eighth matchup against the clippers. Where they'll begin permitting. A limited number of fans to attend the games. All guests will be screened by the dogs which have been specifically trained to identify active virus. If a dog detects the coronavirus. The fan in anyone in their group won't be allowed inside fans attending heat games. Must also wear face masks and those sitting within thirty feet of the court will be required to undergo an onsite rapid test. But the how okay just go. How do they do the dog. I mean d- after breathe on the dog literally just walked past the dog. I mean they they have to report. You don't have to yeah. I think they'll probably just their dogs. They're better than us. We don't deserve dogs. And i thought they were going to be testing for like fever because i feel like i don't probably smell but they are specifically it says right here. They're specifically trained to detect the virus. Well you know everything that comes off of a human has a smell so it's like a zig has a smell. A cancer has a smell a virus as a smell like everything. You have creates a smell like you know. We all get the breath in the armpits in the asshole part of part of life. But you're just living organism and everything that attached to us going to rate something like there's gonna be a smell and dogs can smell everything that comes off of a human being. Well they can smell everything. What do they say. Ten thousand times more powerful or something. Yeah i am human and it doesn't gross them out. It's just information to a dog.
Guest Teacher Janel Dyan on How to Invest in Womens Leadership in Your Company
"Today. We'll be talking about why in these unprecedented times. Women in leadership are essential to your company. Short-term growth and long term survival gender and racial equality are certainly hot topics of conversation right now but there are some organizations that are ahead of the curve and like me have been focusing on the equality of women and women of color for years and these are my clients women in leadership women on the rise women entrepreneurs and women at the helm of fortune five hundred companies today such so what lincoln and ford motor company and helping them grow as leaders. What i do best over the past seven years. I've worked with females of all colors and varied backgrounds from the bay area to new york. They are not only having a huge impact today but they are paving the way for all future female leaders industries historically dominated by men. And here's what i see. The companies who have made it a part of their core tenants to support an invest in diversity programs for the leadership development of women are the companies who are now today's industry leaders and it's not only for the products and services they provide but more importantly as a brand that people want to work for by from remained loyal to the shifted their measurable for success to include strong corporate culture of innovation employed growth customer loyalty and diverse leadership team who focus on purpose. And not just on the bottom line. They understand that their greatest assets are their employees and they have dedicated their efforts to be a brand that is people focused and purpose driven during our time together. Today we will focus on three lessons. You can walk away with first because women are. Today's largest and fastest growing global consumer companies need to shift their brand strategy to recognize the powerful role that women in leadership play driving economic growth. Next we'll take a look at why the greatest leaders are master storytellers and how powerful story can be and finally will cover some tips for building a culture with equality in its foundation including ways to establish promote an invest in fema leadership. So let's get started less than one. Women are the fastest growing global consumer and it's imperative that companies adjust according to. Brigitte brennan author. Why she buys and winning her business. Women make or heavily influence. Seventy to eighty percent of all purchases across all industries which means women are every company's largest target customer to truly capitalize on this customer trend companies. Must do a better job creating products and services with female buyers in mind. Companies must create a brand that women will buy from advocate foreign remain loyal to the companies who are most equipped to connect with women are led by other women and their leadership results have a positive impact. On company performance. The profits higher margins add more returns for investors leaders such as saffir cats of oracle and mary barra of general motors. it seems like commonsense. But it's actually not common practice. Facts are that only. Eighteen percent of global firms are led by women and according to this year's forbes annual report the number of women. Ceo's running fortune five hundred companies since it just seven point four percent so clearly. There are strong logical ethical and financial reasons to put more women at the helm according to study by mackenzie if we can close the gender gap by twenty twenty five twenty. Eight trillion dollars would be added to the global economy and to put that in perspective that is the size of the economies of the united states in china combined. Right now during covid and racial injustices at the forefront we find ourselves in a global economy with the future unknown. These challenges are now calling for new leadership no longer one of command and control but one of collaboration community one of the biggest actions that any leader can do right now is be transparent and empathetic to their team members and customers because anxiety and uncertainty are heightened during this time of crisis emotional connection on a basic human level between the leader and employee has never been more important than right now a recent study done in two thousand nineteen by mit sought to determine the makeup of the most effective leadership teams and those are the teams with the most women especially women of color as they are leaders who bring a deeper understanding of resilience. Women are also more likely to have empathy for those struggling to deal with change or lack of inclusion become role models for the change that they seek and are willing to share inspirational stories to motivate to embrace change they are in general more inclusive and collaborative making in leadership style which is a combination that continues to prove to be effective in getting companies to move faster in times of change lesson to the power of story. Why greatest leaders are master storytellers. We all love stories. In fact stories are what differentiates us as human beings. It is highly forged connections among each other and they'll trust as a community each stories an emotional journey that reinforces shared beliefs values and vision that we can all relate to from drawings on the walls of cave with stories of heroism folktales. That are full of more lessons to generational family tales. That remind us of our roots. Human beings need to feel that we are part of something greater than ourselves stories. Reminders that through tough times we will come out to the other side stronger wiser and more unified than ever stories. Bring us back to the beginning and remind us of who we are and what we do in stories creek clarity in our purpose and vision to get their. The greatest leaders are master storytellers. Simon sinek author of the power of y in infinite game says beautifully leaders aren't responsible for the results. Leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results. It is during these times of crisis that provide an excellent opportunity for leaders to communicate stories of incredible vision for the future showing empathy advising with humility and providing optimism. For what lies ahead. They also understand marketing at its core is simply about storytelling. and it is the stories. They choose to tell that can differentiate brand as an industry leader communicating the values of the brand with the product and services they sell. I mean who wasn't choked up watching google's tearjerking super bowl ad of a love story that began with a simple question how not to forget. So tying back to what we learn in less than one about women being the largest and fastest growing global consumer with the understanding that stories have power companies must give their products and services a story that women now can relate to and what better way to do that than with women at the helm leading the way finally lesson three building corporate culture with gender equality in its foundation companies with strong female leadership such as new york stock exchange. Pwg and google are continuing to create more equitable inclusive and fulfilling workplaces for all women and the investments are already proving to return tenfold to their bottom line.