Coronavirus: US is now the global leader in known cases

By Nicole Chavez, Holly Yan and Madeline Holcombe | CNN The United States now has the highest number of known cases of coronavirus in the world with more than 81,000, according to CNN’s tally of cases reported by health officials. The US cases piled up Thursday, surpassing China and Italy. The per capita rate of cases varies because of the countries’ vast differences in population. As of Thursday evening, the United States had at least 81,836 cases while China was reporting 81,782. There have been more than 510,000 cases reported worldwide. The countries’ numbers are changing constantly and both the totals and the rank order of countries could change at… Read More

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How the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package impacts startups

The U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) The U.S. Senate passed the largest stimulus package in American history on Wednesday to cushion the economy from impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation carves out special relief programs for small businesses, which have been rocked by the virus and wide-spread isolation orders compelling many Americans to avoid going out. Though many aspects of how the legislation will impact startups remain unclear, the bill outlines which companies would be eligible for relief and what shape that help will take. We’ll update this page as more of the details are ironed out. Coronavirus Live Updates: The latest COVID-19 developments… Read More

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‘What is Discord?’: Everything you need to know about the popular group-chatting platform

Discord is a group-chatting platform originally built for gamers, but which has since become a general use platform for all sorts of communities. Discord is divided into servers, each of which has its own members, topics, rules, and channels. Discord also allows users to voice- and video-chat, as well as livestream games and other programs from their computers. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Discord, a popular group-chatting app, was originally made to give gamers a place to build communities and talk. But since its launch in 2015, it has branched out to include communities from all over the internet, ranging from writers to artists to K-Pop stans. Here’s… Read More

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Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X are getting 90-day free trials

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple’s creative professional apps — video editing software Final Cut Pro X and music production suite Logic Pro X — are both getting free 90-day trials for a limited time. The 90-day trial is available now for Final Cut Pro X and will arrive “in the coming days” for Logic Pro X. The coronavirus pandemic has left many homebound and unable to attend school or work, so having access to professional tools that cost hundreds of dollars during this time is a big deal. “We hope customers who are home and looking for something new to master will try out these free trials,”… Read More

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Smart telescope startups vie to fix astronomy’s satellite challenge

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Starlink, the satellite branch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, has come under fire in recent months from astronomers over concerns about the negative impact that its planned satellite clusters have reportedly had — and may continue to have — on nighttime observation. According to a preliminary report released last month by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the satellite clusters will interfere with the ability of telescopes to peer deep into space, and will limit the amount of… Read More

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