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Science & Nature
Amazon Alexa Gets New Voice Options, Including Celebrities

News @yeah_books Jul 21, 2021, 4:40 pm EDT | 1 min read AmazonAmazon is now offering a masculine-sounding voice option to its virtual assistant, Alexa, which has now started rolling out to users. The company is also introducing a new wake word, Ziggy, to trigger the assistant. You can hear the new assistant’s voice here.…

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General
Two Ways to Think About the New Mask Debate

Depending on where you live and your risk tolerance, vaccinated people are justified in either masking or unmasking indoors.Kendrick Brinson / The New York Times / ReduxWe are a nation of under-doers and over-doers. Every time the government has issued COVID-19 guidance throughout the pandemic, one slice of America has ignored it, while another slice…

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Business
Watch: WE Comms CEO Melissa Waggener-Zorkin on better leadership through vulnerability

The days of brands staying silent amidst political and civil unrest are long gone. At the helm of one of the largest independent communications agencies in the world, WE’s co-founder and global CEO Melissa Waggener-Zorkin knows how crucial it is for company leaders to discuss complex societal issues inside their walls and out with a…

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Entertainment
Healthy snacking in Asia: Convenience, nutrition and localisation key drivers of post-COVID-19 innovation – Expert Growth Asia panel

The experts convened at the Healthy Snacking session of our recent Growth Asia Interactive Broadcast 2021 series, organized by FoodNavigator-Asia​ and NutraIngredients-Asia​. [Watch again on-demand here​.]The panel was comprised of Mars Wrigley General Manager Asia Patrick Gantier, US Daiey Export Council Technical Director for Food Applications Martin Teo, Dole Packaged Foods VP and MD APAC…

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Technology
Transcend: Cookie consent banners hurt rankings

All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. Watch now. Three quarters of technology executives agree that cookie consent banners negatively impact their website’s user experience and want to eliminate them, but not at the cost of customer trust, according to a new study by privacy engineering company Transcend. The study asked technology…

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Sports
Agent’s Take: Sizing up Stephon Gilmore, Xavien Howard situations, with solutions for the disgruntled corners

AFC East cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Xavien Howard subjected themselves to $93,085 fines by the Patriots and Dolphins for skipping last month’s mandatory minicamp. Both players are unhappy with their contracts. The absences could extend to training camp unless their contracts are adequately addressed by their respective teams.The fines are much more severe in training…

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Science & Nature
Cybercrime bill to rise during pandemic

A new study of almost 12,000 Australians has found one-third of the adult population has experienced pure cybercrime during their lifetime, with 14% reporting this disruption to network systems in the past 12 months. With all forms of cybercrime already costing trillions every year globally, experts from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and Flinders…

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General
Vegan Influencers Announce 4th Annual Vegan Grill N Chill Event to Promote Health & Wellness in the Community

New York – July 20, 2021 /vWire/ – Organizers of the highly-anticipated annual Vegan Grill N Chill announced the official event date set for this Fall, August 21, 2021 in Baldwin, NY. The theme for this year’s outdoor festivities is Hip Hop Hippy Vibes. The objective is to create a fun atmosphere that promotes health…

Dover (YC S19) just raised $20m and is hiring our first Engineering Manager thumbnail
Technology
Dover (YC S19) just raised $20m and is hiring our first Engineering Manager

The CompanyDover is building the first end-to-end recruiting orchestration platform for the world’s top companies. We combine best-in-class candidate evaluation technology with bespoke process automation to help companies find and hire top talent for their open roles.Recruiting is a $50B/year industry in the US, but recruiting departments and agencies still have incredibly manual processes. We’ve…