The Fearless Journalist Targeted by a Murderous Dictator

Frontline/PBS
Frontline/PBS

Ramona Diaz’s latest documentary, A Thousand Cuts, stars former CNN correspondent and Rappler co-founder Maria Ressa, a formidable Filipino reporter who was born in the country yet spent much of her youth, as well as her college years, in the U.S. Ressa became famous herself when she began being targeted by the violent populist government of President Rodrigo Duterte and its online followers. The attacks have intensified to the level of political retaliation, and the government has levied multiple charges, from cyber-libel to tax fraud, against Ressa and Rappler, a news website. On June 15, Ressa was convicted of the first cyber-libel charge against her. 

A Thousand Cuts follows Ressa as well as a handful of her colleagues/employees at Rappler, from police beat reporter Rambo Talabong to investigative reporter Patricia Evangelista, who have spent years on the ground covering the graphic, out-in-the-open government-mandated murders of poor Filipinos who

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Ride the Relentless Nasdaq Rally With These ETFs

In the wake of rising cases in the United States, the ongoing stimulus talks for coronavirus relief package have been keeping investors on the edge. Meanwhile, major technology companies’ resilience to the coronavirus crisis is supporting the tech-heavy index. The index advanced 1% in yesterday’s trading session, to another all-time high above 11,000 and also its seventh consecutive positive session. The upside in the index was largely backed by top tech stocks like Apple (AAPL), which was up 3.5%, Facebook’s (FB) increase of 6.5% as well as Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL) gains of more than 1% along with Microsoft’s (MSFT) 1.6% rise.

The earnings releases of major tech companies were strong amid the pandemic times. Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Alphabet delivered quarterly results which beat estimates this earnings season.

Will the Rally Stay?

The second half of 2020 is expected to keep facing the brunt of the pandemic as

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We Found Air Mattresses That You’ll Actually Enjoy Sleeping On

Photo credit: SoundAsleep
Photo credit: SoundAsleep

From Good Housekeeping

The right air mattress is key for a good night’s sleep, even if it’s just for a few days. Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, going on an outdoor camping trip, or are in a temporary living situation where you need to use one every day, a quality air bed that doesn’t break the bank is ideal. For the most comfortable and convenient experience, you’ll want an inflatable mattress that’s easy to set up, compact to carry and store, and won’t leak air overnight while you’re using it.

The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Textiles Lab tested inflatable air mattresses for durability, overnight leakage, puncture resistance, and more. We then had real consumer testers set up the mattresses and lie on them to rate the ease of use and comfort. The picks ahead are from brands that have done well in our tests along with newer models

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The 15 best Google Drive add-ons for customizing and streamlining your work on any Google application

Google Drive add-ons can help you work more efficiently.
Google Drive add-ons can help you work more efficiently.

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  • The best Google Drive add-ons give your Google apps new capabilities and, in those we’ve selected, allow you to work more efficiently or creatively.

  • You can add extra features to Google Drive apps using a library of add-ons available from the Add-ons menu in any of the Google apps. 

  • Most Google Drive add-ons are free, though some have paid features as well. 

  • Here are 15 of the best add-ons for getting the most out of Google Drive. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories.

Google Drive is a formidable alternative to Microsoft Office. Though its array of features may not be as extensive as Microsoft Office, Google Drive is free, always available online, and offers robust collaborative tools. 

Google Drive has another advantage too: A vast library of add-ons that can give it additional features and capabilities.

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Prince Harry likens social media to lead poisoning, calling it harmful to children

Prince Harry hosts the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in London on Jan. 16, 2020. <span class="copyright">(Getty Images)</span>
Prince Harry hosts the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in London on Jan. 16, 2020. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry wants social media companies to “redesign themselves” in pursuit of a digital landscape that’s less divided, less hate-filled, and healthier and happier for all involved. Especially for children.

In a new piece written for Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife, Meghan, started working in July to communicate with executives at various tech companies. At the same time, a social-justice campaign called Stop Hate for Profit was urging advertisers to withhold their ad purchases from Facebook for a month.

“Our message was clear: The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and

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Trump moves on China apps may create new internet ‘firewall’

A ban by President Donald Trump’s administration on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and WeChat risks fragmenting an already fragile global internet and creating an American version of China’s “Great Firewall.”

Fears about the global internet ecosystem intensified this week with Trump’s executive orders banning the popular video app TikTok and Chinese social network WeChat, following a US government directive to prohibit the use of other “untrusted” applications and services from China.

The restrictions announced on the basis of what Trump called national security threats move further away from the long-promoted American ideal of a global, open internet and could invite other countries to follow suit, analysts said.

“It’s really an attempt to fragment the internet and the global information society along US and Chinese lines, and shut China out of the information economy,” said Milton Mueller, a Georgia Tech University professor and founder of the Internet Governance Project.

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Trump’s WeChat Ban Brings Cold War With China Into a Billion Homes

(Bloomberg) — With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump made his strategic fight with China hit home for potentially billions of people — generating confusion, panic and fear around the globe.

The U.S. president’s move to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat in just over six weeks from now sent shockwaves through the tech industry and the many American businesses who rely on the apps to sell goods in China.

The decision also spurred alarm on Chinese social media, with WeChat users in the U.S. posting contact information so friends and family could reach them if the app disappeared. An online forum popular with stock investors asked users if they would give up their iPhones or WeChat if Apple Inc. eliminated the app from its store: They voted to ditch their phones by a margin of 20 to one.

Of all Trump’s shots against China, from imposing tariffs to

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What You Need to Know About Josh Kushner, Brother to Jared (and Husband to Karlie Kloss)

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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy – Getty Images

From Town & Country

Joshua Kushner is best known for his relationship with supermodel Karlie Kloss and for his close connection to the White House. Kushner, of course, is the younger sibling of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor. But Josh is also a Harvard graduate and lifelong Democrat who founded a buzzy health and technology company.

Here’s what you need to know about Josh:

He’s in the tech world.

In 2012, Josh co-founded Oscar Health, an insurance company aimed at millennials. The much-buzzed-about venture promised to use technology to provide more affordable healthcare options.

“We’re trying to build something that’s going to turn the industry on its head,” Josh said in 2014, according to The New York Times. Josh was also an early investor in Instagram and founded Thrive Capital, a private equity firm specializing in tech

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TikTok grab could extend — or undermine — US online dominance

A tie-up of TikTok with Microsoft could extend American dominance of the online and social media world. But it may have some unintended, negative consequences too for US firms and the open internet.

The deal being negotiated with the administration of President Donald Trump would carve out parts of the popular video app for Microsoft, which would gain a foothold in the fast-growing, youth-focused social media environment and join the ranks of rivals like Facebook.

Such a deal “would strengthen American preeminence in technology by moving a major consumer product from Chinese ownership,” said Darrell West, director of the center for technology innovation at the Brookings Institution. 

“But it also could encourage data nationalism by fueling calls in many nations for local control over internet platforms and data storage within their own national borders.”

Other analysts said the deal could have far-reaching effects for the idea of an open internet,

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From Class Rooms to Class Zooms: Teaching During COVID Times!

As some of you who have visited  my website and  read my bio know, I describe myself first and foremost as a teacher, and every semester, for the last decade, I have invited anyone who is interested to join in my classes. In December 2019, when I  posted my last invite, I fully expected to be teaching corporate finance and valuation, in person, at the Stern School of Business at NYU, in the spring of 2020, and I invited people to join in virtually, albeit for no credit. Needless to say, COVID upended my plans, as it has everyone else’s, and we had to move classes online in early March, and spent the last half of the semester, meeting on  Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ: ZM)‘s Zoom, and taking exams online.

As the fall semester approaches, I have the luxury of sitting back and waiting, since I am

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