Day: June 24, 2020

People who believe wild coronavirus conspiracy theories rely on YouTube for most of their information on the pandemic

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  • Researchers at King’s College London surveyed over 2,000 people in the UK to study how likely people are to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

  • People who got their news primarily from social media were more likely to believe conspiracy theories, and the researchers found consuming information on YouTube had the strongest correlation with believing them.

  • People who got their news from social media were also more likely to break quarantine and lockdown rules.

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YouTube viewers are more likely to buy into weird conspiracy theories about the coronavirus than other people who get their news via social media.

That’s according to a new report from researchers at King’s College London delving into the public health risks posed by online conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

The peer-reviewed study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine and surveyed 2,254 people in the

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Biden, Trump Quit Praising Xi to Feud Over Who’d Be Tougher on China

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden used to brag about how well they knew Chinese President Xi Jinping. Barely four months from election day, the talk has turned to who can be tougher on Beijing, with a tell-all book by Trump’s ex-national security adviser adding to the fray.

“Trump rolled over for the Chinese — he took their word for it,” the narrator in one Biden ad says of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A Trump spot counters: “China is the greatest threat to America’s security and our values. Career politician Joe Biden is weak on China.”

Those ads, piggybacking on bipartisan fury in the U.S. at China’s early missteps in alerting the world to the coronavirus outbreak, underscore that Beijing is at the center of this year’s presidential campaign more than any other foreign policy issue.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new book, which the Justice

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25 Surprising Jobs That Will Be the Best for Your Career

One of the key factors of a satisfying job is the ability to advance in your career, but identifying whether a potential job comes with this important component can be tricky. To find the jobs with the most career opportunities, Glassdoor analyzed millions of employee reviews on its site and found the 25 jobs that are most likely to allow you to climb the career ladder — and some of them might surprise you.

Last updated: Feb. 18, 2020

Software Development Engineer

  • Median base salary: $117,250

Almost half of the jobs on Glassdoor’s list are in tech, but software engineers had the lowest career opportunities rating of the ones that made the cut — 3.6 on a scale of one to five, with one being the weakest and five being the strongest. On the plus side, it has one of the highest median base salaries and some of the most

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Bullard Doesn’t See Adoption Pending of Yield-Curve Control

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said a strategy of capping Treasury yields out to a certain maturity may not work and such yield-curve control seems unnecessary with the market pricing in rates near zero out into the future.

“Right now there are more questions than answers about this, and I don’t really think this is a pending thing for the committee because we are already expecting rates to be low for quite awhile,” Bullard said Tuesday.

“I am not sure you need to put caps in or anything else. You have already got the low expected rates that you desire for this situation,” he said during an interview on Bloomberg Television with Lisa Abramowicz, Tom Keene and Jonathan Ferro.

Bullard’s comments echoed Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who told Congress last week that the Federal Open Market Committee’s study of yield curve control was at

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Did Quibi steal mobile technology? A rival wants the court to stop it from using ‘trade secrets’

A scene from "The Coop," an interactive murder mystery reality TV show on Eko. <span class="copyright">(Eko)</span>
A scene from “The Coop,” an interactive murder mystery reality TV show on Eko. (Eko)

The legal fight over Quibi’s mobile technology escalated on Wednesday as technology company Eko requested an injunction to block Hollywood’s newest streaming service from using a feature on its app.

Eko, a New York-based company, says that Quibi’s app has a feature that uses technology stolen from Eko. The Quibi feature, called “turnstyle,” allows users to toggle their mobile phones vertically and horizontally to gain a different perspective on videos.

Eko sued Quibi for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets last month in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that Quibi employees had access to Eko’s trade secret technology under nondisclosure agreements.

And on Wednesday, Eko said it would ask the court to stop Quibi from using Eko’s “trade secret information and from selling, offering for sale, marketing or using the Turnstyle feature.”

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How Mobile Technology May Help Kids Learn to Recognize Emotions in Faces

An essential social skill is understanding emotion. Children learn about emotion even before language by paying attention to a caregiver’s face. Watching people around them provides children with essential facts for survival: Who will love me? Whom should I be scared of?

These days everyone’s seen infants and toddlers, and their parents, with screens in their faces. So how could little ones be getting the critical in-person, face-to-face interaction they desperately need in those early years?

Yet in today’s world, just about everyone uses devices to communicate with others, even face to face. Toddlers learn from video chatting with their grandparents, and teens devour image-driven social media on platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat.

What if, rather than stunting the emotional skills traditionally learned from in-person interactions, the hours kids spend staring at screens and sharing selfies with friends actually teach them to read emotion in facial expressions?

My

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