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Silicon Valley billionaire sues New York Post for defamation over allegations that he kept a spreadsheet of 5,000 women he had sex with

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:45
Michael Goguen has filed a lawsuit against the New York Post.
  • Silicon Valley billionaire Michael Goguen is suing the New York Post for defamation.
  • The Post ran a story about a recent legal complaint filed against Goguen.
  • That complaint against Goguen alleged the billionaire plotted to kill detractors and kept a "harem" of women.

Silicon Valley billionaire Michael Goguen filed a lawsuit against the New York Post Friday, accusing the publication of defamation. The Post recently published a story based on a lawsuit accusing Goguen of running a "harem" of women and scheming to kill the people who stood against him.

"The article falsely and outrageously states that Plaintiff has engaged in widespread criminal misconduct and sexual abuse, that Plaintiff turned Whitefish, Montana, into a 'personal fiefdom' and 'banana republic' where he 'controls' law enforcement, and that Plaintiff is another Harvey Weinstein (a convicted serial rapist) and Jeffrey Epstein (the deceased pedophile) — two of the most reviled men in American history," the new lawsuit says.

"The truth is that Mr. Goguen has been the target of unscrupulous characters and, in connection with the federal prosecution of Matthew Marshall in which Mr. Goguen was the victim and the Government's primary witness, the FBI and United States Attorney's Office have found every claim of substantial wrongdoing about Mr. Goguen to be false."

The Post story, published on November 20, was primarily based on allegations contained in a lawsuit by Matthew Marshall, a former US State Department official who led security operations for Goguen. In the defamation lawsuit, Goguen and his team are asking for a retraction and over $500 million in damages.

The lawsuit alleged that the 57-year-old billionaire roped Marshall into schemes to hide affairs from his wife, kept a spreadsheet of about 5,000 women with whom he had sex, and repeatedly asked or suggested that Marshall kill people who threatened to expose Goguen's lifestyle.

The lawsuit described Goguen's activity as a sex-trafficking operation that recruited, transported, and paid off women for sex, and alleged he used his wealth and influence to silence people in the small town of Whitefish who have accused him of wrongdoing.

Attorneys for Goguen sent a letter to the Post on Sunday demanding a correction and apology for the story, Insider previously reported. Representatives for the Post didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Goguen's defamation lawsuit.

Marshall — along with John Maguire, Keegan Bonnet, and Anthony Aguilar, three other ex-employees of Goguen — first filed the lawsuit in February, and revised it significantly in September. Goguen filed a motion to dismiss it earlier this year, arguing his former employees didn't have the standing to bring the lawsuit and failed to describe a pattern of illegal activity.

Marshall pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal criminal charges of tax evasion and defrauding Goguen. A spokesperson for Goguen accused Marshall of bringing the civil lawsuit in the hopes that it would help him with his criminal case. Goguen's attorneys said in the letter sent to the Post that the other plaintiffs are Marshall's former partner, a cousin, and a man who participated in an alleged money laundering scheme with Marshall. 

Attorneys for Marshall, Maguire, Bonnet, and Aguilar didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Goguen's lawsuit was also filed against Post reporter Isabel Vincent, who the billionaire's team alleged didn't give them enough time to respond to her questions for the story. The lawsuit alleges the Post "had no interest in the truth and did not reasonably investigate the facts prior to publication. They took none of these steps. Instead, they acted maliciously."

The suit also named Bill Dial, the former Whitefish police chief, as a plaintiff. The Post story quotes Dial as comparing Goguen to Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. Dial resigned from the position in August amid professional misconduct allegations in connection with Marshall and is involved in his own civil litigation against Goguen.

An attorney for Dial didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Read Goguen's entire lawsuit against the New York Post here:

 

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Carsten Boyer Thøgersen: Det startede under Obama. Nu har konflikten med Kina nået et ildevarslende stadie

Ræson: Magasin om politik - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:44
Det er ikke nyt, at USA presser Kina på Kinas interne politik. Det nye er omfang og intensitet. Mens USA opretholder alle officielle relationer til Kina, modarbejder man Kina – eller som USA siger: konkurrerer robust – på alle andre områder. Samarbejdet fylder lidt, konkurrencen og konflikten meget. Af Carsten Boyer Thøgersen USA’S ’NYERE’ KINA-POLITIK […]
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Allbirds is hosting its first Cyber Monday sale ever with 33% off its wildly popular shoes — and they're selling out incredibly fast

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:36

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As one of the fastest-growing sneaker and clothing startups and an industry leader in sustainability, Allbirds will be on many people's shopping lists this holiday season — and there's no better time to start shopping than this Cyber Monday.

Historically, Allbirds never held sales of any kind, but for the first time ever the brand is slashing prices on some of its most popular footwear styles.

The sale is running today only, November 29, until 11:59 p.m. PST and sizes are selling out fast, so don't hesitate to shop.

To help you shop the Cyber Monday sale quickly, we've rounded up the best deals, below. Check out all of our Allbirds reviews here.

Shop men's Allbirds Cyber Monday deals here.Shop women's Allbirds Cyber Monday deals here.The Best Allbrids Cyber Monday 2021 dealsAllbirds Men's Wool Runners Cyber Monday$66.00 FROM ALLBIRDSOriginally $98.00 | Save 33%

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Allbirds Women's Wool Runner-up Mizzles Cyber Monday$91.00 FROM ALLBIRDSOriginally $135.00 | Save 33%

When does Allbirds's Cyber Monday sale start? 

Allbirds typically does not have sales, but for the first time ever the brand is discounting several popular sneaker styles for Cyber Monday.

Should I shop at Allbirds during Cyber Monday?

Absolutely, yes. The brand has never held a sale like this before, and there's no telling if or when there will be another sale.

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Health system leaders shared what's overhyped in healthcare

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:24

Hello,

Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:

If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at lrosenbaum@insider.com or tweet @leah_rosenbaum. Let's get to it...

Automation, telehealth and augmented reality: We asked leaders at billion-dollar health systems what tech is currently overhyped. 

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US, UK, and Japanese aircraft carriers are training together in the Pacific. Here's how their 'big decks' stack up

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:19
USS Carl Vinson, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and JS Kaga lead US, Australian, Japanese, and British ships and aircraft during an exercise in the Bay of Bengal, October 17, 2021.
  • In recent weeks, US Navy ships have worked with other navies during exercises in the Pacific.
  • The exercises have seen US aircraft carriers sail with their British and Japanese counterparts.
  • Their drills are part of an effort to develop interoperability — and a demonstration to China.

It's been a busy two months for the American, British, and Japanese navies — especially their carriers.

In early October, they were part of a massive exercise that saw the US Navy's USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson, the UK's HMS Queen Elizabeth, and Japan's JS Ise operating together in the Western Pacific.

A few weeks later, USS Carl Vinson, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and one of Japan's Izumo-class helicopter carriers, JS Kaga, trained with Royal Australian Navy ships in the eastern Indian Ocean.

In early November, JS Ise and USS America, an amphibious assault ship, trained off of southern Japan, while and USS Carl Vinson and JS Kaga conducted exercises in the South China Sea.

The drills show a concerted effort to develop interoperability between navies with carrier capabilities and is likely meant as a demonstration to China as it continues to increase its own naval power.

The drillsUSS Ronald Reagan, left, HMS Queen Elizabeth, middle, and JS Ise, right, sail with USS Carl Vinson in the Philippine Sea, October 3, 2021.

The drills are only parts of long deployments by ships of all three navies.

USS Ronald Reagan is the US's only forward-deployed carrier, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, with the US Navy's 7th Fleet. Reagan has been operating in the region since it returned in September from a mission to support the withdrawal from Afghanistan. USS Carl Vinson and its strike group arrived in the 7th Fleet's area of operations in early September.

Britain's Carrier Strike Group 21, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, entered the Indo-Pacific in July. Japan's Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021, which includes JS Kaga, began on August 20.

Fifteen Australian, Canadian, German, Japanese, and US Navy ships in formation during an exercise, November 21, 2021.

The drill with all four carriers — Japan calls its flattops helicopter destroyers or multi-purpose destroyers due to prohibitions on offensive weaponry — was the largest, with 17 ships and 15,000 personnel from the US, UK, Japanese, Dutch, Canadian, and New Zealand navies.

The drills took place in different places at different times but tended to focus on a few important capabilities: joint planning, communications, air warfare, live-fire gunnery, anti-submarine warfare, and cross-deck flight operations, which are easier now that the US Navy, Marine Corps and British Royal Navy all operate the F-35B.

They also occurred amid rising tensions between China and the US and its partners. Their operations may have been one factor that prompted China's record-setting aerial incursions into Taiwan's air-defense identification zone.

The carriersAn EA-18G Growler launches from USS Carl Vinson as it sails alongside USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, October 3, 2021.

Reagan and Vinson are two of 10 Nimitz-class carriers in service with the US Navy.

Each are 1,092 feet long and displace about 97,000 tons. They are powered by two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, allowing them to sail at over 30 knots with a range limited only by the endurance of their crew. Their standard complement is 3,000 to 3,200 sailors and a roughly 1,500-man air wing.

Their massive size enables them to carry over 60 aircraft, usually a combination of F/A-18E or F/A-18F Super Hornet fighters, EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare aircraft, and E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. The carriers can also carry MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft. Future air wings may also include drones.

Nimitz-class carriers use a Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery, or CATOBAR, system for air operations. The Nimitz class' successor, the Gerald R. Ford class, also has CATOBAR systems, but they will be powered by electromagnets rather than steam.

Amphibious assault ships like USS America are not full-fledged carriers but can operate short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing aircraft like the AV-8B Harrier II and its successor, the F-35B stealth fighter.

The Queen Elizabeth classHMS Queen Elizabeth sails alongside USS Carl Vinson in the Philippine Sea, October 3, 2021.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales were commissioned in 2017 and 2019, respectively, and give the Royal Navy a renewed carrier capability.

The carriers are 920 feet long and displace 65,000 tons. Powered by two gas-turbine engines and four marine diesel engines, they sail as fast as 25 knots and have a range of 10,000 miles.

Queen Elizabeth-class carriers have a number of improvements over previous British carriers, chief among them their unique dual-island configuration, with the forward island handling ship navigation and the aft island controlling flight operations.

The minimum crew each carrier can operate with is 679 sailors, but they have berths for 1,600 total. The crew size will vary on the air wing, the ideal composition of which would be would be 36 F-35Bs and at least four helicopters, likely a combination of Merlin Mk2s or Mk4s and Wildcat AH1s.

Both Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are fully operational as of October, but the British F-35B fleet is limited — it's now down to 20 jets after one of HMS Queen Elizabeth's F-35Bs crashed in November.

That restricts the size of the air wings the carriers can embark. Ten of the 18 F-35Bs aboard Queen Elizabeth belong to the US Marine Corps.

Japan's not-quite-carriersJapanese Izumo-class multipurpose destroyer JS Izumo during an exercise in the Philippine Sea, November 21, 2021.

Japan's two Izumo-class helicopter carriers, JS Izumo and JS Kaga, and two Hyūga-class helicopter carriers, JS Hyūga and JS Ise, are the largest ships in its navy, the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Izumo and JS Kaga were commissioned in 2015 and 2017, respectively, while Hyūga and JS Ise were commissioned in 2009 and 2011.

Displacing 24,00 tons and measuring 813 feet long, the Izumos are powered by four gas-turbine engines and are capable of sailing at 30 knots. They have an air wing of seven SH‐60K Seahawk anti-submarine-warfare helicopters and seven Kawasaki MCH‐101 helicopters, which conduct minesweeping and transport missions.

The Hyūgas, displacing some 18,000 tons and measuring 646 feet, are also powered by four gas-turbine engines and can reach speeds over 30 knots. Their air wings usually consist of three SH‐60K Seahawks and one MCH‐101. They are also armed with 16 Mk 41 vertical launch missile cells, two Phalanx close-in weapon systems, and two triple torpedo tubes.

Japanese Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga sails in formation with USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea, October 30, 2021.

Because Japan's pacifist constitution forbids offensive weaponry, Japan's aircraft-carrying ships mostly focus on anti-submarine warfare.

In 2018, however, the Japanese government announced it would convert its two Izumo-class ships into dedicated aircraft carriers, and that they would buy 42 F-35Bs.

Izumo's conversion began in 2020 and was completed in July. In October, two US Marine Corps F-35Bs landed on and took off from Izumo's deck, becoming the first fixed-wing aircraft to operate from a Japanese carrier in 75 years. Kaga is expected to begin its conversion next year.

Japan hopes to acquire its first 18 F-35Bs in 2023 or early 2024. They will be flown by Japan's air force and only embark on the Izumos for select missions.

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JOIN OUR FREE LIVE EVENT ON DEC 8: How small businesses can navigate the supply chain crisis

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:12
Business owners face supply chain and logistical snags this holiday season.

After a year of factory closures, shipping delays, and inventory shortages, entrepreneurs face even more supply chain challenges heading into the holiday shopping season and new year. Meanwhile, the fourth quarter is often the most profitable for business owners, according to a survey from financial tech firm Kabbage. 

In this webinar, we'll talk with small business owners about how they're planning for the unexpected and a logistics expert will give tips on how to keep your business nimble when more disruptions arise.

Join us for our free event on December 8th at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST. 

Meet our panelists: Topics to be discussed include: 
  • The latest developments of what's happening with the supply chain crisis. 
  • How can businesses plan for the unexpected this holiday season.
  • How businesses can stay nimble when more disruptions arise.
  • How can businesses still make the most of this vital sales time. 

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions live during the webinar. 

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4.326 nye coronatilfælde det seneste døgn

DR Nyheder - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:04
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Blog: Password og cybersecurity med Harry Potter

Version2 - Seneste nyheder - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:01
Enhver tilpas avanceret teknologi er uadskillelig fra magi sagde Arthur C. Clarke i 1962 i bogen “Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible” Harry Potter er måske nok en fantasy-serie, men i denne blog prøver vi lige at udskifte magi med it for at se, hvad vi kan lære om...
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BioNTech has already started developing a new Omicron version of its COVID-19 vaccine

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:00
A boy receives the first dose of a Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Tegucigalpa, on September 25, 2021.
  • BioNTech said Monday it's already working on an "adapted" vaccine to combat the Omicron variant.
  • It is also continuing to test how well its existing vaccine works against the new variant. 
  • Scientists around the world are closely tracking Omicron after it emerged in southern Africa.

BioNTech said Monday it's already started developing a new COVID-19 vaccine that aims to combat the Omicron variant.

The German biotechnology company, which partners with US giant Pfizer on COVID-19 vaccines, told Insider it had initiated "the development of an adapted vaccine" for Omicron to allow it to "move forward quickly."

Scientists and health officials around the world are closely tracking Omicron, or B.1.1.529, which was first detected in southern Africa. Public health experts say the new variant contains signs of being more transmissible or dangerous than other strains of the disease.

The World Health Organization labeled Omicron a "variant of concern" on Friday, though officials have stressed that relatively little is known about the variant at this stage.

Moderna, which also makes a COVID-19 vaccine, said Sunday that it expects to have a new version of its shot available by early 2022, and that it should know whether its current vaccine has sufficient protection in the next two weeks.

The BioNTech spokesperson said: "We understand the concern of experts and have immediately initiated investigations on the omicron variant (B.1.1.529) as well as the development of an adapted vaccine as part of our standard procedure for new variants."

They added: "The first steps of developing a potential new vaccine overlap with the research necessary in order to evaluate whether a new shot will be needed. The objective of this approach, which was initiated last Thursday, is to move forward quickly if a variant-specific vaccine is needed."

The BioNTech spokesperson continued: "We expect data from the laboratory tests in about two weeks. These data will provide more information about whether B.1.1.529 could be an escape variant that may require an adjustment of our vaccine if the variant spreads globally."

The company told Bloomberg it was developing an updated vaccine as well as testing its existing shot "in order not to waste any time."

BioNTech said Friday it would be able to ship out new versions of its COVID-19 vaccine within 100 days if a new variant presented itself.

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Trump was unprepared for the 2016 transition because his team didn't think they'd win the election, CIA-published book says

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:00
Former President Donald Trump.
  • Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 transition, a CIA-published book said.
  • The team had "apparently ... not expected to win the election," it said.
  • Trump also declined to receive intelligence briefings after he got elected, the book said.

Donald Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 presidential transition from former President Barack Obama, apparently because they didn't expect to win, a CIA-published book said.

"The Trump team was not fully prepared to launch transition operations, apparently having not expected to win the election," John L. Helgerson, a former intelligence officer, wrote in "Getting to Know the President."

The book was published by the CIA for use by US officials. The CIA says in the book that its contents are the author's, and do not reflect the position of the CIA or any other US government agency.

Helgerson added that Trump chose not to start receiving intelligence briefings immediately after the election, and that his first such took place on November 15. The CIA analyst Ted Gistaro said Trump was "engaged, attentive, and appreciative" in his first briefing, Helgerson wrote.

According to the book, Trump was told by Gistaro that he would get the President's Daily Brief (PDB), like President Barack Obama did, and could designate who on his team would get it.

But when asked if  Trump read the PDB, Gistaro said: "He touched it. He doesn't really read anything." 

Helgerson's book, which tracks the the relation between different presidents and US intelligence agencies, was first published in 1996. It has been updated with every new president.

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Organic gardening company Back to the Roots wants to be the Scotts Miracle-Gro for millennial gardeners

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:00
Back to the Roots co-CEOS Nikhil Arora (right) and Alejandro Velez stand next to a large seed display in a retail store.
  • Organic gardening brand Back to the Roots expects to generate $100 million in sales in 2022.
  • The company sells popular growing kits, seeds, and potting soil to millennials and their kids.
  • It recently raised $15 million to help ramp up retail distribution and new product development.

Organic garden brand Back to the Roots has grown a lot in 12 years. The company was co-founded by co-CEOs Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez in 2009 as an urban mushroom farm. Two years ago, Back to the Roots expanded its product scope to outdoor gardening products, which are now stocked in major retailers across the US.

The US lawn and garden industry is dominated by Scotts Miracle-Gro, but Back to the Roots believes it has the momentum to become the go-to brand for a rising number of millennial gardeners much more likely to prioritize sustainability and organic products.

"It accelerated the entrance of a whole generation of millennials into this category of probably five to 10 years," Arora said in reference to COVID-19's impact. "It happened overnight."

Funds to fertilize the future

In mid-November, Back to the Roots said it had raised $15 million in a round of funding known as a Series D. The financing will be used to accelerate product innovation and support greater distribution among retail stores. Prior investors in Back to the Roots include actress and cookbook author Ayesha Curry, professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony, and motivational speaker Tony Robbins. 

Industry leader Scotts Miracle-Gro generated more than $9 billion in revenue for the past two fiscal years, ending on September 30, 2021. Consumer purchases for the company were up 21% for the same period, suggesting "a level of consumer enthusiasm" for next year, according to a November 3 press release from the company.

Velez said these figures supported his outlook on how much Back to the Roots can expand. "Scotts built the garden brand for the baby boomer," he said. "And we are building the garden brand for the next generation."

Rapid sales growth through product diversification

The company offers products aimed at beginners, including seed kits and potting soil. Its outdoor gardening products are sold in thousands of Target, Walmart, Lowes, HEB, Costco, and Home Depot locations. Back to The Roots' photogenic oyster mushroom kit is currently the number one seller in Amazon's home and garden category. The company also has more than 93,000 followers on Instagram, where it promises to donate a grow kit and STEM curriculum to an elementary school if users share photos of their Back to Roots garden. 

Back to Roots has been on an upward trajectory by doubling its sales in the last three years. It aims to keep building on that growth by reaching $100 million in online and in-store sales next year.

"None of this funding round now would be there if we weren't seeing the consumers demanding this and pulling it through from the shelves," said Arora, noting that the company is already plotting 2023 with their farmers because products will go into the ground in the next few weeks.  "There's just so much whitespace ahead of us that we feel like ample room to grow."

A larger cultural shift beyond gardening

Arora and Velez said there are several other factors that supported their company's growth. These include the young average age of Back to the Roots' customers; plus the focus on sustainability among Gen Z consumers and companies that have signed an Amazon-backed initiative to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. There's also a greater willingness among consumers to pay more for organic products—sales in this category jumped 12.4% to $61.9 billion in the US last year. 

"I think gardening was a decade behind produce in terms of organic awareness," Arora said, pointing to the examples of organic grocer Whole Foods and the eco-friendly cleaning product company Method. "People were willing to pay a premium for a cleaner label that they thought was safer for their family and the planet. I think we're no longer like, 'this is an anomaly'."

A new effort to scale-up sustainability

Back to the Roots wants to revamp its stance on peat, which is partially decayed organic matter typically found in wetlands. The wetlands are an incredibly effective storer of carbon, but they have often been drained, cleared, turned over, or mined as a cheap medium for growing crops. All of these actions release an estimated at least 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year— roughly 5% of anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions.

Arora said Back to the Roots launched the first nationwide peat-free potting mix, and the company plans to offer a peat-free seed-starting mix in the spring. "To us, that's the kind of impact that we can continue to make and want to invest in scaling it up," he told Insider.

"We are just scratching the surface," Velez said. "We're just getting started." 

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Blog: Da frk. Klokken var fuld

Version2 - Seneste nyheder - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:59
Frk Klokken bliver sendt på pension ovre på Enigma museet for Post & Tele. Jeg har altid selv været til mere til radio-tidssignaler og den slags, men førhen brugte jeg ind i mellem frk. klokken til at stille uret på computere, det var nemmere og mere præcist end at kigge på mit armbåndsur. En n...
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Cryptocurrencies recover from last week's sell-off as traders mull the impact of a new variant, while little-known 'omicron' coin soars

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:54
Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin and ether bounced back on Monday, recovering somewhat after Friday's steep sell-off. 
  • A small decentralized reserve token known as "omicron" surged as focus on the new COVID-19 intensified. 
  • South Africa detected the "omicron" variant of Covid-19 last week, initially sparking a sell-off in crypto.

Cryptocurrencies staged a sharp recovery on Monday, bouncing back from the steep sell-off late last week, when the "Omicron" variant of COVID-19 emerged, spooking investors and pummelling financial markets. Meanwhile, a mysterious token with the same name as the new variant surged in value.

Bitcoin rose 4.8% in 24 hours to stand at $57,136.17 by 07:52 a.m. ET Monday, having fallen by as much as 8% at one point on Friday, according to CoinGecko. Ether rose 5% in 24 hours to stand at $4,313.26, recovering from Friday's 11% drop. 

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa last week. Since then, cases have begun to emerge in a number of countries outside the region and a number of governments including the UK and Israel have scrambled to restrict certain travel. News of the variant on Friday hit risk assets including crypto, as investors rushed for the safety of the likes of gold. 

News that the Omicron variant was more transmissible sparked concerns last week. The South African doctor who first spotted the new covid variant, told the BBC Sunday patients who had caught it had "extremely mild symptoms" but more time would need to pass until it is clear how the disease will impact vulnerable people. 

By Monday, with still little in the way of hard evidence as to how easily transmissible the variant was, investors reassessed the threat omicron may pose to the economy and edged back into cryptocurrencies and stocks.

"Like gold, Bitcoin is being used as a hedge against global uncertainty in the world," Adrian Pollard, ​​Chief Product Officer to HollaEx, a crypto exchange software company, told Insider.

In the meantime, a little-known decentralized reserve currency named omicron surged by almost 70% on the day and by 900% on the week, as trader focus on the new COVID-19 intensified. According to the developers' website, the token is backed by a basket of assets that includes stablecoin USDC and is only listed on SushiSwap.

"Omicron is a clear sign of a bubble, and while it might be a good way to make a quick return, it is not a good buying option for the long term investors," Freddie Evans, Sales Trader at UK based digital asset broker GlobalBlock told insider. 

"With the founders of the coin being unknown, it is also at risk of a rug pull, the likes of which we saw with Squid Game coin last month," he said. 

In a rug pull, the developers abandon a project and take the proceeds. The most recent example was the Squid Game token, whose creators ran away with an estimated $3.38 million after having pumped the token up. 

"We have a list of criteria that we check against for all cryptocurrencies that request for listings. We don't publish the exact criteria otherwise it will be gamed. Omicron passes the criteria and hence it is listed," Bobby Ong co-founder of CoinGecko said. 

According to its website the omic token already existed before the emergence of the omicron variant last week. CoinGecko has been tracking it since November 11. The coin has a website, twitter account and discord account. But little else is known about it.

"Another risk is associated with the fact that such coins are traded on decentralized exchanges, where no one checks the source of their origin, which means that they can vanish as quickly as they appear,"  Lei Wang, Co-founder & CEO of Kine Protocol, decentralized derivatives trading platform, told Insider. 

Other more popular altcoins like solana's sol rose by 7.6%, while cardano's ada climbed by 3.5%. Metaverse tokens such as Decentraland's mana rose 5% and Sandbox's sand jumped 8% Monday. 

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Troede aldrig Lars Christiansen ville blive overgået: Nu har Lasse Svan gjort det selv

DR Sporten - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:46
Lasse Svan satte i weekenden kamprekord i sin tyske klub Flensburg Handewitt.
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3 ways employers can decenter whiteness in the workplace and promote inclusivity

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:44
Jean Lee, president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).
  • Jean Lee is president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, an organization focused on improving DEI in the workplace.
  • Decentering white-centric expectations at work is key to improving equity for people of color, Lee says. 
  • Employers should focus on overcoming hiring bias and rethinking talent retention and promotion criteria.   

When Brittanie Rice first showed up to interview at the offices of a major aerospace company, she traded her trademark twists for a slicked-back bun. It was safer that way.  

Although she wore her hair naturally in her daily life, she knew corporate America operated on a different set of standards — and that she risked judgement if she didn't fit them. As she put it, "I can't really be looked down upon because of how I wear something that is as natural as the hair on top of my head."  

This is just one of the ways employees of color often contort themselves to fit the white-centric assumptions and expectations about professionalism that govern our workplaces. These standards dictate everything from the way they speak, to the way they dress, to the work they are given. And the end result is always the same: an environment that makes it harder for people of color to do their best work.  

As the President and CEO of the MCCA, I often hear from lawyers of Black, Asian, and Hispanic/Latinx descent who are tired of navigating a corporate America that wasn't designed with them in mind. One lawyer, who regularly fielded questions about her appearance as the only Black woman on her team, recently told me: "I have to work 20 to 30% harder thinking about microaggressions, while others can spend their full energy focused on their work."  

What's the cost of a corporate culture that excludes large segments of the workforce?  

The answer: Too much. That's why we see investors demanding racial audits of companies they invest in, and policymakers in states like California and Washington mandating greater board diversity. That's why the SEC may require diversity disclosures as part of companies' environmental, social, and governance (ESG) obligations to improve accountability.  

But one group hasn't fully embraced this shift: corporate leaders. Since George Floyd's murder, I've seen waning interest on diversity issues — or worse, a quiet dismissal of employees of color and their experiences. Diversity leaders are underfunded, under-supported, and saddled with unrealistic expectations that focus on programmatic window-dressings

Overcoming hiring bias  

Time and again, I've seen well-meaning allies across corporate America fail to adopt inclusive recruitment practices.  

They'll search for diverse candidates by recruiting from elite schools, where students of color are already underrepresented due to a host of well-studied historical and contemporary factors. These disparities are magnified in areas like the legal field, where many of the largest corporations recruit people who previously worked in elite law firms, and where — surprise — white lawyers are overrepresented, since those firms themselves recruited from the same exclusive, top schools.  

And so, the cycle goes. This cycle reinforces the white standard that only graduates of top schools are qualified for top roles, without accounting for the reality that qualified candidates of color may have faced barriers to reaching those schools.  

As a leader, you need to step outside your current process to meet qualified candidates. As the MCCA's Bias Interrupters Survey Report shows, this means: 

  • Considering candidates from beyond the Ivy League and focusing on schools that cater to people of color and candidates from non-professional backgrounds.
  • Tracking the candidate pool from start to finish and analyzing the data to determine where candidates from underrepresented groups are falling out of the hiring process.
  • Setting tangible targets and insisting on a diverse applicant pool – and, it doesn't yield the results, collect data on the process to understand gaps.
  • Establishing clear grading rubrics and ensuring that all candidates are measured on the same scale.  
Retaining talent by being better ourselves  

I still remember one white male manager who approached me after one of our Interrupting Bias workshops. Somewhat embarrassed, he said quietly, "I had no idea that women of color faced so many barriers in the office. How can I make sure my white managers understand these issues?"  

We all have unconscious biases. And until we recognize that a professional culture centered  around whiteness creates barriers for all who don't fit that mold, we will continue to reinforce those biases — in everything from inequitable job assignments to microaggressions.  

Here's my advice. To find solutions, start building awareness of what inequity looks like by:  

  • Auditing your retention policies to ensure, for example, that more glamorous assignments are spread evenly across employees and developmental opportunities are equitable.
  • Implementing processes to ensure managers are distributing assignments equitably. 
  • Conducting manager workshops to help mid-level managers recognize bias.
  • Establishing a regular check-in cycle between managers and employees to give employees the space to safely voice concerns. 
  • Educating top leaders on systemic barriers that perpetuate inequities so they can find solutions to systemic bias.
Revamping a biased promotion structure  

"She's not assertive enough in meetings."  

That was the feedback given for an Asian American colleague's performance review, and the justification provided for why she was passed over for a promotion — not once, but twice. It was only after she pointed to her body of work and explained that her mindfulness was being confused for meekness — perhaps due to stereotypes related to her ethnicity — that her concerns were heard, and she was promoted  

Too many employees of color in corporate America are held back as they are held against white standards of leadership. Are some employees considered "inspired" for speaking passionately, while others are deemed "aggressive"? Are some communication styles valued over others, like sharing an idea during a meeting instead of over email afterwards? These are all signs that a workplace is measuring success within a white corporate mold.  

Employers can break this mold by:  

  • Implementing specific and transparent performance criteria for the promotion process.
  • Providing team managers with targeted training to spot bias and involving them in each step of the evaluation process. 
  • Holding reviewers accountable for providing evidence to justify their evaluations. 
  • Separating personality issues from skillsets to limit bias against women and people of color.
  • Educating and holding top leaders accountable for eliminating or reducing systemic barriers in promotion.  

Homogeneity does not exist in a vacuum. A lack of diversity is the result of systems, processes, and standards that benefit white male professionals and exclude so many others. Changing these white standards will take work from all of us — advocates and people from diverse backgrounds. But true systemic change requires the active involvement and leadership of those in positions of power, and only then can we unleash the full potential of our workforce.  

Jean Lee is president and chief executive officer of the MCCA, the leading national organization focused on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace by providing strategic solutions based on scientific research and data analytics.

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Meta's acquisition of Giphy is set to be blocked by an antitrust regulator, report says

Businessinsider - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:36
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
  • The UK's antitrust regulator is set to block Meta's acquisition of Giphy, sources told the Financial Times.
  • Meta — formerly Facebook — announced in May 2020 that it was acquiring Giphy.
  • The regulator said in a provisional finding it believed the merger would harm competition. 

Meta — the company formerly known as Facebook — is set to have a major acquisition blocked by the UK's antitrust regulator, per a report from the Financial Times.

Sources familiar with the matter told the FT that the UK Competition and Markets Authority is expected to reverse Meta's acquisition of Giphy in the coming days.

The FT did not specify when the announcement would be made, but the CMA has a deadline of December 1 to issue its decision. 

Facebook announced in May 2020 it was acquiring Giphy for $400 million. Antitrust regulators in the UK and Australia announced a month later that they were scrutinizing the deal.

The CMA's initial enforcement order stopped Facebook from integrating with Giphy while it conducted the probe.

The CMA issued a provisional finding in August 2021 saying the merger would harm competition, and that the only effective remedy would be for Meta to sell Giphy. 

In that finding, the CMA said control over Giphy could give Facebook an unfair advantage over rival social media platforms such as Snapchat and TikTok which also use Giphy. It also argued that the merger would remove Giphy as a potential competitor to Meta in the display advertising industry.

Although Meta and Giphy are both US companies, the CMA has jurisdiction over any acquisition where the combined parties control over 25% of a particular good or service supplied in the UK. The CMA said that, together, Meta and Giphy would control an 8o-90% market share of searchable animated sticker libraries.

The CMA fined Facebook $70 million in October this year as part of its probe, saying the company had not provided enough information about how it continued to compete with Giphy. Facebook objected to the fine, saying it was doing its best to comply with the CMA's requirements.

Meta did not immediately respond when contacted by Insider for comment on the FT's report. The CMA declined to comment when contacted by Insider.

Prof. Greg Taylor, an associate professor of economics at the Oxford Internet Institute, said it's within the CMA's powers to block the acquisition entirely. He added the CMA could also choose to block certain parts of the deal.

If the CMA enforces against Meta's acquisition, Taylor said it will mark a turning point for Big Tech companies.

"Outside of the tech world, mergers get investigated all the time and it's not that unusual for them to be blocked to have some sort of remedy imposed upon them. Within specifically the tech sphere, there's been almost no major intervention to prevent the merger by one of the major tech firms, despite the fact that, collectively, they've acquired hundreds of firms in the last couple of decades," Taylor told Insider.

"The first time that we see such a merger blocked, it's really, I think, drawing a line in the sand," he added.

Meta has come under increased antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers along with other Big Tech companies over the past few years, and in July 2020 Rep. David Cicilline chair of the US House antitrust subcommittee said the company should be broken up over "classic monopoly behavior."

Earlier this month, founders of a photo app called Phhhoto filed a lawsuit claiming Facebook cloned and crushed their app after initially offering a partnership.

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Malthe Munkøe: Tyskland vil grundlæggende noget andet med EU end Danmark. Det blev slået fast i det tyske regeringsgrundlag

Ræson: Magasin om politik - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:35
Mens Danmark og de andre små nabolande slet ikke nævnes, fremhæver det tyske regeringsgrundlag ”et stærkt tysk-fransk partnerskab” som det centrale under kapitlet ”Europæiske Partnere”. Alt tyder derfor – ikke overraskende – på, at den nye regering i Berlin satser på at fortsætte det tætte parløb med Paris. Og det er ikke nødvendigvis entydigt godt […]
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