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Here’s where scientists think the next epidemic is most likely to start September 27, 2020

Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans throughout history, and will continue to do so. But […]

Here’s where scientists think the next epidemic is most likely to start


Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans throughout history, and will continue to do so. But the factors that influence the geographical origin of these events is less clear, despite being highly important. Knowing where they occur can help us understand the factors behind a virus crossing species, in particular, by looking at the traits of viruses circulating in the ecosystem…

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Here’s where scientists think the next epidemic is most likely to start
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Winklevoss Twins' cryptocurrency exchange Gemini expands to UK after receiving an electronic-money license from the country's Financial Conduct Authority (Bloomberg)


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Winklevoss Twins’ cryptocurrency exchange Gemini expands to UK after receiving an electronic-money license from the country’s Financial Conduct Authority  —  – Gemini says exchange among the first in registration process  — Customers will be able to use the pound for all transactions

Winklevoss Twins' cryptocurrency exchange Gemini expands to UK after receiving an electronic-money license from the country's Financial Conduct Authority (Bloomberg)
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New Trailers: Resident Evil, Truth Seekers, The Queen’s Gambit and more

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness | Netflix

No spoilers, but I started Enola Holmes and I absolutely love Millie Bobby Brown in it, she’s so charming. The looking-right-at-the-camera bit which I usually dislike (except for Fleabag!) actually works really well to give us her inner thoughts. Will report back once I’ve finished, but so far, it’s a refreshing reboot of the sometimes-stodgy Sherlock Holmes universe.

Here are this week’s new trailers, including a surprise teaser of a new Resident Evil series that looks, well, terrifying, of course (h/t to The Verge’s Taylor Lyles for spotting this one!). We’re headed into October so the offerings are a bit spookier this week.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Surprise! Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is an upcoming “CG anime series”…

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New Trailers: Resident Evil, Truth Seekers, The Queen’s Gambit and more
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Best home security cameras for 2020: Arlo, Google Nest and more – CNET

These security cameras are the best of the best. Best home security cameras for 2020: Arlo, Google Nest and more – CNET
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U.S. Judge Hears Arguments on Trump’s TikTok Ban

The government said a ban would address its national security concerns. But lawyers for its owner said a ban would be “no different from the government locking the doors to a public forum.” U.S. Judge Hears Arguments on Trump’s TikTok Ban
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The TikTok download ban ‘would be devastating,’ attorneys argue in court

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Attorneys for TikTok argued Sunday morning during a dial-in hearing that a ban by the Trump administration would be “devastating,” and urged a judge to block it until the entire case can be decided. TikTok’s attorney said the ban that would prevent new downloads of TikTok from Apple and Google’s app stores at 11:59PM ET today was essentially “shutting down speech.” But the government’s lawyers argued that First Amendment claims by TikTok don’t apply, because the Trump administration considers the app a national security risk.

On August 6th, President Trump issued an order saying the security concerns about TikTok and WeChat, both China-based apps, constituted a national emergency. He invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers…

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The TikTok download ban ‘would be devastating,’ attorneys argue in court
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NFL 2020: How to watch Rams vs. Bills, Packers vs. Saints, RedZone and the rest of Week 3 without cable – CNET

You don’t need cable to watch Week 3’s NFL action. NFL 2020: How to watch Rams vs. Bills, Packers vs. Saints, RedZone and the rest of Week 3 without cable – CNET
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The Cheapskate Show podcast: The best free Microsoft Office alternatives – CNET

Plus, real talk on the Oculus Quest 2 and a chat with Raise CEO Jay Klauminzer about the best cash-back tool you’ve never heard of. The Cheapskate Show podcast: The best free Microsoft Office alternatives – CNET
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Safeguard your browsing privacy with NordVPN for $27 per year – CNET

NordVPN is a CNET favorite for its security, speed and price — and now you can save 40% on a two-year subscription. Safeguard your browsing privacy with NordVPN for per year – CNET
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This water-resistant wireless speaker is just $9 – CNET

Take your tunes into the shower or anyplace else splashy. This water-resistant wireless speaker is just – CNET
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FedEx CEO says the company is working with Reliable Robotics to pilot the use of an unmanned single-engine aircraft for cargo delivery (Matt Leonard/Supply Chain Dive)


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FedEx CEO says the company is working with Reliable Robotics to pilot the use of an unmanned single-engine aircraft for cargo delivery  —  Dive Brief:  — FedEx is working with Reliable Robotics to pilot the use of an unmanned single-engine aircraft for cargo delivery …

FedEx CEO says the company is working with Reliable Robotics to pilot the use of an unmanned single-engine aircraft for cargo delivery (Matt Leonard/Supply Chain Dive)
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From ballerina to gamer and entrepreneur: The Mari Takahashi origin story – CNET

On CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast, Takahashi explains her unusual career path, being on Survivor, working for the YouTube giant Smosh and becoming, and now creating, her own content. From ballerina to gamer and entrepreneur: The Mari Takahashi origin story – CNET
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TimeSync Pro makes sure your schedule doesn’t waste your time or screw up your day


TLDR: TimeSync Pro saves you time and headaches by taking full control of your scheduling and contacts. Decentralized remote workforces have quickly become the routine. While eradicating the commute and never having to wear pants to work in your home office are huge upsides, there are a couple of drawbacks too.  In many cases, workers no longer enjoy the in-house computer network of their workplace, which means everybody is doing their own thing when it comes to stuff like scheduling. If you thought it was tough to corral everybody in the sales team for a meeting when you were all…

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TimeSync Pro makes sure your schedule doesn’t waste your time or screw up your day
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The high privacy cost of a ‘free’ website


Kara Zajac said SPART*A, a small nonprofit serving transgender military service members and veterans, helped her begin her transition while in the Navy. To give back, she volunteered to build the group’s website in her spare time after leaving the military—and kept her eye on a key value: privacy. “I don’t track users,” Zajac said. “Not everyone in the military is wanting to be known for being trans. They might not be out yet. So any time we can protect privacy in that way, we try to do it.” She said she only allowed three trackers on spartapride.org: cookies from…

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The high privacy cost of a ‘free’ website
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How to Celebrate World Tourism Day During a Global Pandemic

Today is World Tourism Day, and while our travel options have been seriously limited all year, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mark the occasion. Yes, we’re talking about virtual travel. (Again.) Like everyone else, we hit the digital travel pretty hard at the beginning of the pandemic, when it seemed like it was going…

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How to Celebrate World Tourism Day During a Global Pandemic
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Sunday's Best Deals: 65" Sony Smart TV, Free Atlas Coffee, Original MakeUp Eraser Set, Rae Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, Matcha Organic Green Tea, and More

A 65" Sony smart tv, a free bag of coffee from Atlas Coffee Club, and a reusable MakeUp Eraser set lead Sunday’s best deals.

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Sunday's Best Deals: 65" Sony Smart TV, Free Atlas Coffee, Original MakeUp Eraser Set, Rae Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, Matcha Organic Green Tea, and More
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How to Tell If Someone Is Flirting With You, According to Science

Back in the day when we actually used to interact with other people in real life, it wasn’t always clear whether someone was being friendly, wanted something from you, or was actually flirting. After several months in isolation, we’ve probably not gotten any better at this. If you’re someone who likes to rely on data…

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How to Tell If Someone Is Flirting With You, According to Science
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Judge rejects TikTok creators’ request to delay ban, says they won’t suffer ‘irreparable harm’

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A judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a request from three TikTok content creators to temporarily block a ban on the app set to go into effect Sunday night, which would bar new downloads from Google and Apple’s app stores in the US.

Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alec Chambers said they “earn a livelihood from the content they post on TikTok,” saying the platform’s “For You” page is unique among social media platforms, because its algorithm allows “little-known creators to show their content to a large audience,” according to the court filing.

Marland has 2.7 million TikTok subscribers, Rinab has 2.3 million, and Chambers has 1.8 million. The three argued that they would “lose access to tens of thousands of potential viewers and…

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Judge rejects TikTok creators’ request to delay ban, says they won’t suffer ‘irreparable harm’
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How to Track Your Ballot After You've Mailed It In

There are so many factors at play in the upcoming presidential election, and one of them is how the country is going to vote during a pandemic. Of course, in-person voting is still an option, but with so many states offering the electorate the chance to vote by mail, it will likely be a popular option in November.

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How to Track Your Ballot After You've Mailed It In
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Apple Watch Series 6 review: Decoding SpO2 and all its new features – CNET

Apple’s new smartwatch can detect blood oxygen levels throughout the day and night, but can’t be used as a medical device yet. So what is it for? Apple Watch Series 6 review: Decoding SpO2 and all its new features – CNET
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Ring Mailbox Sensor: Amazon quietly introduces mail surveillance – CNET

The $30 Mailbox Sensor snuck in with Ring’s other news on an under-the-radar announcement page. Orders open Oct. 8. Ring Mailbox Sensor: Amazon quietly introduces mail surveillance – CNET
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Celebrate National Coffee Day With A Free Brew From Atlas Coffee

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Celebrate National Coffee Day With A Free Brew From Atlas Coffee
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Amazon, which had struggled to gain a foothold in Italy, benefited from a shift to online shopping during pandemic lockdown as 75% of Italians shopped online (New York Times)


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Amazon, which had struggled to gain a foothold in Italy, benefited from a shift to online shopping during pandemic lockdown as 75% of Italians shopped online  —  The e-commerce giant had struggled to gain a foothold in a society that prefers to shop in person, with cash, but now Italians are hooked on online shopping.

Amazon, which had struggled to gain a foothold in Italy, benefited from a shift to online shopping during pandemic lockdown as 75% of Italians shopped online (New York Times)
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Galaxy S20 FE is the iPhone competitor Android fans need in 2020 – CNET

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has a solid lineup of specs at a much lower price than its flashy siblings. Galaxy S20 FE is the iPhone competitor Android fans need in 2020 – CNET
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The 4 most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system


The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are liquid water, at least one source of energy, and an inventory of biologically useful elements and molecules. But the recent discovery of possibly biogenic phosphine in the clouds of Venus reminds us that at least some of these ingredients exist elsewhere in the solar system too. So where are the other most promising locations for extra-terrestrial life? [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Mars Mars is one of the most Earth-like worlds in the solar system.…

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The 4 most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system
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