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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
26 Issues

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4 min.
tesla buys $1.5b in bitcoin, will accept as payment soon

Holders of Bitcoin may be able to cash in some of their investment in the digital currency for a brand new electric car. Electric automaker Tesla said that it has invested around $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and it plans to begin accepting the digital currency as payment for its high-end vehicles soon. The price of Bitcoin soared 20% to around $47,000 Monday in reaction to Tesla’s announcement, according to CoinBase. The California-based electric car maker headed by Elon Musk revealed the new strategy in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, saying its investment in digital currency and other “alternative reserve assets” may grow. Bitcoin has drawn enthusiasts for its scarcity and security, but the volatile digital currency still is not widely used to pay for goods and services. It’s mostly…

1 min.
facebook steps up vaccine misinfo efforts. will it work?

As inoculation efforts for the coronavirus ramp up around the world, Facebook says it’s going all in to block the spread of bogus vaccine claims. In practice, that means the social network plans to ban a new bunch of false claims in addition to the manifold false claims about vaccines and COVID-19 that it has already banned. Among Facebook’s new targets: claims include that vaccines aren’t effective or that they’re toxic, dangerous or cause autism, all of which have been thoroughly debunked for both the coronavirus vaccine and any other vaccine. The platform had already prohibited users from spreading falsehoods that such as: masks are ineffective; vaccines cause infertility; vaccines contain tracking microchips; and vaccines don’t actually exist. Plus a whole host of other dangerous misinformation that’s been debunked by the World…

2 min.
miami mayor digs elon musk’s tunnel pitch to ease traffic

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez spoke with Elon Musk about the tech billionaire’s interest in digging road tunnels in Miami to alleviate traffic congestion in Florida’s largest metro area. The Musk-owned Boring Co. has built other underground motorways for electric cars in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas. Suarez said he was looking forward to visiting the construction in Las Vegas. “I think we have a unique opportunity to create a signature project, not just for Miami, but for the world,” Suarez said in a video posted on his Twitter account, pitching this as a transportation solution for the area. Musk estimated the project could cost about $30 million and take about six months to complete, Suarez said. The mayor said he will talk to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella…

4 min.
a special valentines meal can take many forms this year

As we come to the end of a collective year of pandemic firsts, Valentine’s Day is next up. And showing love and gratitude can feel more important than ever. Perhaps during a regular year, you and your dearest might have gone out for a romantic dinner, or somewhere special like the theater, a concert, a horse-drawn carriage ride. Or maybe you’d have chosen to stay in and have a quiet evening... but this year we’ve all had a lot of those. If food is your love language, however, there are lots of ways to make this Valentine’s Day feel special without putting your health at risk or spending a lot of cash. COOKING FOR 2 (OR A FAMILY) Starting with the totally DIY: a home-cooked dinner for two. (Or more, if you have kids…

7 min.
valentine’s day 2021: the tech you need for a romantic weekend

There’s no denying Valentine’s Day will look a little different in 2021. With restaurants closed in many parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel all-but-banned, this February 14 will be a more low-key affair. We’ve put together some strategies to help you enjoy a romantic, memorable Valentine’s Weekend using your phone. EXPERIENCES FROM YOUR PHONE Wherever you are in the world, the chances are that this upcoming Valentine’s Day will be more subtle than in previous years, with most of the usual activities canceled or out of reach due to the ongoing pandemic. Though couples would typically flock to Italian restaurants and movie theaters, or perhaps even book a weekend getaway to Paris, we’re forced to be more imaginative and creative this year. The good news is…

2 min.
twitter posts strong q4 results as user base, revenue jumps

Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world’s events in real time despite the challenges of election misinformation and intensifying calls to ban now former President Donald Trump. The San Francisco-based company earned $222.1 million, or 27 cents per share, in the October-December period. That’s up 87% from $118.8 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue grew 28% to $1.29 billion from $1 billion. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of 29 cents per share and revenue of $1.18 billion, according to a poll by FactSet. Twitter had 192 million daily users, on average, in the third quarter, up 27% year-over-year. By comparison, Facebook…