Revised CA vaccine bill would revoke exemptions from infamous anti-vax doc

Enlarge / Dr. Robert Sears examines 2-month-old twins. Sears is among the doctors who have been found to have issued fraudulent medical vaccination exemptions. (credit: Getty | Don Bartletti) Hundreds of dubious medical exemptions handed out by California’s infamous anti-vaccine pediatrician, Dr. Robert Sears, would be revoked under fresh amendments to a state bill designed to boost vaccination rates. The bill’s author, state Senator (and MD) Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), came to an agreement on the amendments late last week with California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill, SB 276, aims to crack down on bogus medical exemptions, which surged in the wake of the state’s 2015 law eliminating vaccine exemptions based… Read More

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Nintendo files patent for bendy Joy-Con (pray they don’t drift)

Nintendo recently filed a patent for Joy-Con that can bend, meaning the Switch’s troublesome little sticks might finally become a little more flexible — though that’s probably not the improvement Joy-Con drift sufferers were hoping for. The patent, spotted by LetsGoDigital, shows Joy-Con with a hinge just under where your thumb would naturally sit that allows the device to bend backwards. They work both attached to the Switch and detached, according to the patent. Nintendo filed a similar patent in Japan last year. They don’t necessarily look like something Nintendo would sell as standard equipment on Switches — they might make… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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Techstars Seattle grad Rammer.AI raises $1.8M to democratize ‘conversational intelligence’ tech

Rammer.AI co-founder Surbhi Rathore pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day in May. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Rammer.AI wants to help put “conversational intelligence” capabilities in the hands of more developers. The Seattle startup just reeled in a $1.8 million seed round led by Flying Fish Partners, with participation from Revel Partners and angel investors Scott Heimes, Eric Harber, and Nirav Desai. RELATED CONTENTCheck out GeekWire’s list of recent Seattle and Pacific Northwest startup funding deals. The company, which graduated from the most recent Techstars Seattle cohort in May, is developing software that allows companies to generate insights from voice or text conversations natively as part of their existing tools.… Read More

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The lawsuit against Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Safra Catz lists some eye-popping allegations behind the $9.3 billion NetSuite deal (ORCL)

Oracle is in the middle of an interesting lawsuit in which its own board committee has given approval for a shareholder-initiated lawsuit to proceed on behalf of the company against its chairman Larry Ellison, CEO Safra Catz and other board members. The suit alleges that Oracle’s directors greatly overpaid when they crafted a deal to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion in 2016. NetSuite is a company that Ellison cofounded and controlled with about a 40% stake. He was paid around $4 billion cash when Oracle bought it, the suit says. The lawsuit lists a lot of details on how the multi-billion deal went down. It’s an inside look at the… Read More

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The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus you can buy

As premium smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are pricey devices. Protect your investment. The right cases can help them last as long as possible, or at least until the next Note is available. We’ve rounded up the best Note 10 cases for every type of user. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus are the company’s latest premium smartphones. As expected, the devices are gorgeous, functional, and quite expensive (it starts at nearly $1,000). If you’re paranoid about damaging your Note 10, don’t worry: We’ve rounded up the best Note 10 cases and best Note 10 Plus cases, for every type of user. Whether… Read More

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