The GOP Arizona recount is sloppy and inconsistent, critics say, with workers chasing proof of wild conspiracy theories

Summary List Placement Workers are conducting the recount of presidential election votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County using sloppy and inconsistent methods, say observers and critics of the process. Some participants appear to be searching for evidence on the basis of conspiracy theories, according to reports from the counting site. Observers from the office of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs were granted access to the recount for a week. Hobbs described their findings in a Wednesday letter which attacked the credibility of the process. The recount was launched by the GOP-controlled stat legislature. Maricopa County is the largest in Arizona, and stunned many observers when its traditionally Republican voters favored… Read More

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J&J’s Reputation Needs a Booster Shot

Had Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine been the first to get the FDA’s green light, it might have been hailed from the get-go for what it actually is: a scientific and technological marvel. It requires just one injection to confer full immunity—a boon for needlephobes and tough-to-reach populations who can’t easily access a second dose. It’s relatively cheap and has forgiving refrigeration requirements, making it a breeze to ship and store. And clinical trials showed that it’s a knockout at guarding against hospitalization and death, and 66 percent effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19, even amid the rise of antibody-dodging coronavirus variants. Johnson & Johnson accomplished all… Read More

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LiveLeak, the internet’s font of gore and violence, has shut down

Video site LiveLeak, best known for hosting gruesome footage that mainstream rivals wouldn’t touch, has shut down after fifteen years in operation. In its place is “ItemFix,” a site that bans users from uploading media containing “excessive violence or gory content.” In a blog post, LiveLeak founder Hayden Hewitt did not give an explicit reason for the site’s closure, saying only that: “The world has changed a lot over these last few years, the Internet alongside it, and we as people.” In a video posted on his YouTube channel Trigger Warning, Hewitt offered no further details, but said that maintaining LiveLeak had become a struggle, and that he and his… Read More

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MORGAN STANLEY: Buy these 20 dirt-cheap stocks with rock-solid global business models — including one that could rally over 100%

Summary List Placement European stocks have been unloved for some time, as investors piled into growth stocks that promised huge returns, particularly since early last year with the US market offering access to COVID-19 stay-at-home winners such as Zoom and Peloton. Many market analysts expected that outlook to change as the recovery from the pandemic got underway. Investors looked to leverage as much of that momentum as they could by moving away from pricey so-called growth stocks, such as big technology companies, toward what are known as value stocks, which are more closely linked to the underlying economy, such as the infrastructure and banking sectors. The European region is more… Read More

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Elon Musk said SpaceX wants to blast its Starship rocket into the sky again soon, after the last prototype landed without exploding

Summary List Placement Elon Musk on Friday said his aerospace company SpaceX may attempt another blast off of its fifth Starship rocket soon, following its successful landing on Wednesday. Starship serial No. 15, or SN15, lifted off from SpaceX’s launch facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, and flew to high altitude, before plunging back down to Earth and landing smoothly back on the landing pad. Musk wants to do this again with the same rocket prototype “soon,” he said in a Twitter reply to an article by Teslarati about the successful test flight.  Might try to refly SN15 soon — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 7, 2021   It’s taken SpaceX five… Read More

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Greylock and Baillie Gifford explain why they’re betting on Nuro, the white-hot $5 billion self-driving startup

Summary List Placement With a growing war chest and an enviable collection of blue-chip partners, Nuro is one of the hottest startups in the autonomous-vehicle industry.  Founded by two early members of Google’s autonomous-vehicle project (which has since spun out as Waymo), the startup is developing self-driving delivery vehicles. Nuro aims to one day eliminate delivery fees while offering a wide range of products, including food, groceries, and prescriptions. Since its 2016 founding, the startup has run pilots with Walmart, CVS, and Domino’s Pizza while raising $1.5 billion and earning a $5 billion valuation. Insider asked three of Nuro’s investors — Baillie Gifford, Greylock Partners, and Toyota’s Woven Capital subsidiary… Read More

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[FREE SLIDE DECK] Accelerator Snapshot: Wells Fargo

Summary List Placement A number of major banks have launched fintech accelerator programs in recent years, likely in response to the need to introduce new digital financial services. In accelerator programs, banks provide startups with access to mentorship, development resources, and sometimes funding opportunities. In return, banks can leverage the innovative solutions that fintech startups offer to support their own digital transformation efforts and remain competitive. In 2014, US-based bank Wells Fargo, which spends billions of dollars on technology initiatives annually, launched the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. In this Accelerator Snapshot, Insider Intelligence details the goals, operations, and notable participants of Wells Fargo’s accelerator program. This exclusive report can be yours… Read More

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What Richard Wright Knew

Illustration by Ayşe Klinge; Bettmann / Getty This article was published online on May 7, 2021. Richard Wright, the father figure of African American literature, both nurtured and was rejected by his two most conspicuous heirs, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin. Wright, who took Ellison under his wing in New York in the late 1930s, told his acolyte to stop copying him, that he was mimicking, not cultivating his own style. Ellison responded that he was trying to learn to write well by imitating his mentor. That was when they were close. Baldwin, too, started out as a pupil and an admirer who saw Wright poised to be the greatest… Read More

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Top Stories this AM: Epstein ‘still haunts’ Melinda Gates; a record low in refugees, ‘Foxitus’ and ‘Foxmania’ are blamed for Capitol riot

Summary List Placement Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know. For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.  What’s going on today: Mitch McConnell quashes hopes for Congressional bipartisanship again. McConnell said Wednesday “100% of our focus is on stopping this new administration,” prompting renewed calls from Democrats to end the Senate filibuster. Melinda Gates, a woman with an apparently very accurate Spidey sense, was reportedly upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein. A new report from The Daily Beast says Melinda Gates was “furious” with Bill for maintaining a relationship… Read More

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Startups are battling to solve Americans’ back pain, but a former neurosurgeon thinks they don’t go far enough. See the pitch deck he used to raise $45 million for his answer to the problem.

Summary List Placement Startups that want to help Americans with their back and joint pain are some of the year’s hottest investments. A former neurosurgeon-turned-entrepreneur thinks some of digital health’s skyrocketing companies aren’t going far enough when it comes to treatment. Dr. Ryan Grant left his previous startup, a medical staffing company called Nomad Health, to found Vori in mid-2020. Vori offers patients a virtual medical practice, complete with physicians and nurses, during an eight-week course of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. It partners with primary care doctors through referrals, similar to any other specialist. On Friday, it raised $45 million in Series A funding at a valuation above $100 million,… Read More

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