WSJ is now capitalizing Black

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The Wall Street Journal editor for standards and ethics Emma Moody sent out the following on Monday:The Wall Street Journal, as part of an A-to-Z review of its stylebook that began last year, now uppercases Black, and will use the adjective as the default reference to people and descendants of the Black African diaspora, rather than the less-precise African-American, when race is relevant in an article (Black person, Black literature, etc.) African-American remains acceptable in names of organizations and for people who state a preference for that term. The decision to capitalize Black recognizes the primacy of a racial, cultural and ethnic identity of American descendants of people who were…

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Is plaster the new toilet roll? Lockdown DIY binge exhaust UK supplies

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The nation has triggered its own DIY SOS with an “extreme” home improvement binge during lockdown, triggering shortages of paving slabs, fence panels and even bags of plaster and cement. While some Britons turned to baking sourdough loaves and banana bread, others have been tackling much delayed DIY projects, ranging from mending fences to laying patios and skimming walls. “I wouldn’t quite say plaster is the toilet roll of the building materials industry, but it’s probably not far off,” said John Newcomb, chief executive of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). “I don’t know where it’s all going, but it is…

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Indictment alleges writer paid to promote a bitcoin

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A federal indictment alleges that a disgraced lobbyist paid a writer to promote a bitcoin in publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, reports Will Sommer of The Daily Beast.Sommer reports, “Much of the SEC complaint focuses on articles that appeared to have been written by Peter J. Ferrara, a senior fellow at the conservative Heartland Institute. Prosecutors allege that Abramoff and Andrade paid for positive articles in 2017 and 2018 that match the description of articles Ferrara wrote about AML Bitcoin for The American Spectator, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Washington Times.“In 2017, for example, SEC lawyers allege that Abramoff and Andrade paid a writer to…

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IoT News – Soracom Connectivity Now Powers Two Million IoT Devices Worldwide

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Powerful IoT Connectivity Tools Drive 100% Growth Year-Over-Year.Soracom, Inc., a global provider of smart connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that its Soracom Air wireless data service now connects over two million IoT devices around the world.Soracom’s developer-friendly, pay-as-you-go wireless connectivity is designed specifically for IoT, with built-in network management, powerful cloud integration, and advanced security provisions. Soracom was founded in 2015 and has offered IoT connectivity worldwide since 2017.Soracom announced its first 1 million connections in June of 2019. Since then, use of Soracom’s secure, scalable connectivity has doubled for the third year in a row…

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BuzzFeed fires senior tech/business reporter Broderick for plagairism

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BuzzFeed News has fired a senior reporter it says plagiarized or misattributed information in at least 11 of his articles, reports J. Clara Chan of The Wrap.Chan reports, “The reporter, Ryan Broderick, was the author of 11 articles linked in a Friday evening note to readers from BuzzFeed News’ editor in chief, Mark Schoofs, who said the articles in question contained information and phrases that were not properly attributed to their original sources. (Schoofs’ note did not explicitly name Broderick or address whether he had been fired.)“‘It is BuzzFeed News’ policy that nothing may be copied, pasted, and passed off as one’s own work,…

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Google to launch news service licensing “high-quality” journalism

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Google has announced that it will be launching a rival news service to Apple News, reports Business Insider.The new news service, would allow Google to curate and license a number of articles from news partners and the company has already signed deals with a number of publishers in Germany, Brazil, and Australia.This will also allow the tech giant to ringfence who it’s paying for news.Google’s VP of product for news Brad Bender wrote in a blog post:“Today, we are announcing a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year.“Where available, Google…

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Motley Fool hires Zitkus for health care and cannabis team

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Olivia ZitkusOlivia Zitkus will be joining The Motley Fool as a content strategist on the health care and cannabis team.Her new role begins in two weeks.Along with her new role, Zitkus is also a term trustee at The Hill School. She has also served as an intern at Christie’s New York headquarters, working primarily with the Museum Services department.In addition, she has also interned at Turner Carroll Gallery and at World Bank Group. She also held the post of teaching fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative and worked as sales associate at Rally House.Zitkus earned her bachelor’s degree from University of North…

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Gyms and swimming pools ‘could reopen in July’

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Swimming pools and gyms in England could reopen in July, the business secretary has announced as it emerged that drinkers who fail to socially distance in pubs could be fined by the police. Alok Sharma said he hoped that leisure centres and indoor gyms would be able to reopen later next month as the government published hundreds of pages of guidance before reopening big sectors of the economy on July 4. The bulk of England’s hospitality, leisure and tourism industries will be able to restart from July 4 as the coronavirus infection rate continues to fall. Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and…

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Financial Times names Platt U.S. markets editor

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Eric PlattEric Platt, U.S. mergers and acquisitions correspondent at the Financial Times, has taken over as U.S. markets editor at the organization.Platt will be working with U.S. capital markets reporter Joe Rennison, markets reporter covering U.S. rates, FX and Latam Colby Smith and U.S. capital markets correspondent Richard Henderson.He was also U.S. capital markets correspondent and a founding reporter on fastFT, the FT’s breaking news team, before becoming M&A correspondent.Previously, Platt was deputy editor, global markets forum at Thomson Reuters. Before that, he held the post of reporter at Business Insider. He has also worked as a freelance reporter and…

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Mercury News lays off biz journalist Crum due to pandemic

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Rex CrumRex Crum, the senior web editor for the business section for The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, has been laid off due to a financial situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.He also wrote about business and technology for the publications’ print and web editions, and has covered business and technology for nearly two decades. Among the companies Crum has covered extensively are Apple, Tesla, Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.He has interviewed numerous tech industry executives, including the CEOs of AMD, Adobe, ServiceNow, NetApp and Palo Alto Networks. In addition to tech and business stories, he has written…

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IoT News – Semtech’s LoRa® Devices Monitor Ultramarathon Runners with Long Range Connectivity

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Geolocation solution from Everynet to track runners in real time, and pushbutton alerts enable swift response to provide for a safe, successful event.Semtech Corporation announced that Everynet* has leveraged the geolocation and asset tracking capabilities of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN protocol to monitor runner safety at the annual Tor des Géants ultramarathon in Italy.The LoRaWAN-based application tracks the approximately 900 race participants in real time over hundreds of kilometers, providing support staff with accurate data to prevent injuries and lost runners.“With LoRaWAN-based connectivity, Everynet was able to simply and efficiently provide coverage to the entirety of Tor des…

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Atlanta paper using software to write real estate articles

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is using compute software that analyzes real estate transaction data to write stories.A story on its website states, “The AJC’s partner in this initiative is United Robots, a Swedish company that provides automated editorial texts generated from large sets of data, such as real estate records, sports results, the land registry and new business registrations. United Robots was founded in 2015 from a project within Swedish media group Mittmedia. It is the only provider of automated news articles with roots in journalism. Its services are specifically created for the news industry. In addition to its partners in…

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Thorpe, Bloomberg News Toronto bureau chief, retires

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Jacqueline ThorpeJacqueline Thorpe, Toronto bureau chief for Bloomberg News, retired Friday.She had been Toronto bureau chief since February 2012. She also spent some time in Mumbai on a job swatch.“Thanks to all I’ve pestered for interviews over the years,” wrote Thorpe on Twitter.Before Bloomberg, Thorpe was deputy managing editor of the Financial Post. She was also economics and markets editor, a columnist and a reporter at the Financial Post, which she joined in August 1998. She wrote a weekly column called the “Big Picture” on major economic trends in Canada and around the world. She also reported on economic indicators,…

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How CityLab will change – and stay the same – under Bloomberg

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Bloomberg CityLab executive editor Jennifer Sondag writes about how it will change, and how it will stay the same six months after being acquired by Bloomberg.Sondag writes, “What will be different about the new CityLab? Well, aside from the new look we are introducing today, we plan to tap the knowledge of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 bureaus worldwide. You’ll also find CityLab on many more platforms, including Businessweek magazine, TV, radio, live events and videos. And we now have an expansive trove of data and analytics via the Bloomberg Terminal that will show up in our storytelling — readers have told us they want more data visualizations,…

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FT editor Khalaf talks about how the paper’s staff is working remotely

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Roula KhalafFinancial Times editor Roula Khalaf told Jane Barrett of Reuters, and the global online audience for WAN-IFRA’s World Media Leaders eSummit, how the FT has been navigating the pandemic, how it continues to innovate, and the story it needs to own.Brian Veseling of WAN-IFRA writes, “‘For us it’s been both a huge challenge, but also just an amazing opportunity because it’s been the story of our lifetime,’ Khalaf said. ‘Part of it is our sort of sweet spot, which is the business and the economic side, but it’s also opened our eyes to the science reporting that we have which has…

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