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Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

The economic impact payment (stimulus check) deadline for registration is approaching. As talks in DC continue to hint at a second stimulus check for late 2020, those that haven't yet received - or registered for - their Economic Impact Payment have a date to watch. November 21, 2020, 3PM ET is the deadline for you to request your Economic Impact Payment in any of three instances.

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Nuke transporter slammed with rocket-powered semi-truck to test durability

Nuke transporter slammed with rocket-powered semi-truck to test durability

If you're transporting a nuclear weapon on public roads, it's probably a good idea to make sure the transporter can protect the weapon in the event of a wreck. What better way to test this durability than to slam a truck into the transporter? By strapping rockets onto the truck before launching it into the semi transporter. The crash test was conducted at full scale by Sandia National Laboratories using a rocket sled track.

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Another reason to quit Facebook: Monopoly misdeeds

Another reason to quit Facebook: Monopoly misdeeds

Today we're taking a look at how Facebook users are finding reasons why to quit the Social Network entirely. Per the latest update from the US Government House Antitrust Subcommittee, Facebook wields substantial monopoly powers and maintains power in ways that are anticompetitive or outright nefarious. Part of this latest set of findings, quotes from Mark Zuckerberg appear as veiled threats aimed at the co-founder of Instagram, suggesting that "refusing to enter into a partnership with Facebook, including acquisition, would have consequences for Instagram."

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COVID-SCORE study rates countries by COVID-19 response

COVID-SCORE study rates countries by COVID-19 response

A study published this week developed a global survey to show public perceptions of government responses to COVID-19. This study, conducted by researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, City University of New York (CUNY), and others worked with hundreds of citizens in countries around the world, assessing response in leadership to this unprecedented global pandemic. The United States didn't score the lowest on the list, but it most certainly did not score highest.

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Presidential Debate live stream video here: Biden vs Trump simulcast

Presidential Debate live stream video here: Biden vs Trump simulcast

The first of several US presidential debates will be held today an aired on all major TV networks and streaming services. That includes the likes of YouTube, C-Span, CBS, ABC, CNN, and NBC. This debate will begin at approximately 9PM ET (that's 21:00 Eastern Time), 8PM Central Time, 7PM Mountain Time, 6PM Pacific.

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TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

A legal document released this week showed TikTok argue in court that "a wide swath" of the content on their platform has "no economic value at all." This was part of a request for injunction VS Donald Trump and the US government's order to stop TikTok operations in the United States. The executive order signed by Trump called upon IEEPA - which they pointed out cannot regulate or prohibit (directly or indirectly) any personal communication "which does not involve a transfer of anything of value."

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TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

Donald Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order last week to ban TikTok from operating in the USA. On Sunday night, Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for DC issued an injunction on the matter. With this injunction in place, TikTok is not banned from your phone or any app store for several reasons. One of these reasons was: Donald Trump didn't have the authority to ban this app in the first place.

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Non-NIOSH imported N95 style masks and counterfeits flow from China

Non-NIOSH imported N95 style masks and counterfeits flow from China

This week the folks at the independent testing organization ECRI published Medical Device Hazard Report on certain N95-style masks. A wide variety of imported (into USA) N95-style respirators (face-filtering respirators [FFRs]) that lack NIOSH certification were shown in testing to be less than acceptable for filtration of airborn materials, here more specifically COVID-19 and related materials. To be clear, here, this does not mean that ALL MASKS are bad, but that some masks aren't as good as they should be for healthcare workers and patients at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California will ban gas-powered new vehicle sales from 2035

California will ban gas-powered new vehicle sales from 2035

California will ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks from 2035, it's been announced, as the US state escalates its war on emissions that stoke climate change. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new policy today, in a move that is likely to lead to furious debate about the continuing place of internal combustion in modern transportation.

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Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Bottles of hand sanitizer were voluntarily recalled this month because of a major label mistake. At some point in the design / pre-press process, the latest batch of Leafree Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera was labeled as "EDIBLE ALCOHOL." This substance should not have been labeled as edible, as it is not safe to ingest.

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Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

The Trump government will force the removal of TikTok and WeChat from app stores in the US as of this weekend, unless a deal divorcing the popular services from the Chinese ownership is finalized. It's the latest in a series of high-profile escalations done, the US Department of Commerce insisted today, to stop "malicious collection of American citizens' personal data," though critics have accused the policies of being the result of xenophobia and political maneuvering.

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FCC may force ‘millions’ of Americans off Lifeline program this winter

FCC may force ‘millions’ of Americans off Lifeline program this winter

The FCC makes the rules for the government's Lifeline program, a program in which millions of Americans receive subsidized phone and internet service. Each person receiving a subsidy for phone/internet service must subscribe to a specific minimum plan with a local phone/data carrier. Over the past couple of years, the amount of cash in this subsidy has decreased, while the minimum data plan has increased - toward the inevitable breaking point we're approaching now.

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