Day: November 19, 2020

Goldman Sachs Expects Digital Yuan to Reach 1B Users Within 10 Years

The digital yuan, China’s planned national virtual currency, would account for 15% of total consumption payments in ten years, helping commercial banks gain more ground from fintech companies, according to a Nov. 17 Goldman Sachs report shared with CoinDesk. The Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DC/EP) could be a more attractive alternative to existing digital payment …

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SteamVR 1.15 Update Fixes ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Controller Issue on Reverb G2, Adds Index Mic Feedback

<!– Share buttons by mashshare.net – Version: 3.4.0–>Valve released an update to SteamVR today, version 1.15, which is the culmination of the last several weeks of smaller beta updates. The update fixes a controller binding issue with <em>Half-Life: Alyx</em> when played with Reverb G2, adds mic feedback to Valve Index, adjusts performance heuristics to the Auto Resolution function, …

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CDC Thanksgiving guidance: No traveling, no outside-household members

Enlarge / Good luck not getting COVID! GraphicaArtis/Getty Images In a rare press briefing Thursday, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or gather with people outside of their “households”—defined as only the people actively living together in the 14 days prior to a gathering. …

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Best blenders of 2020: NutriBullet, Ninja, Oster and more – CNET

A staple kitchen appliance for decades, blenders top wishlists for weddings, graduations and housewarming parties. This classic appliance is your best bet if you want to transform frozen fruit and kale into a quick smoothie or a frozen beverage. You can even use them to chop, grind or mix dry ingredients or to make nut …

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Tesla to start Giga Berlin hiring in January with 7,000 jobs: report

By Joey Klender Posted on November 19, 2020 Tesla will begin filling Giga Berlin’s employment sheet as early as January 2021, with 7,000 people being hired by the electric automaker to prepare for the first production push, a new report states. German media outlet LR Online stated that Tesla is prepared to hire 7,000 people for …

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New “targeted healing” approach rejuvenates run-down battery materials

Enlarge Peter Miller / Flickr As electric vehicle adoption grows, the need for battery recycling is growing along with it. Typically, recycling involves breaking the battery down into pure chemical components that can be reconstituted for brand-new battery materials. But what if—at least for some battery chemistries—that’s overkill? A new study led by Panpan Xu …

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SEC gives OK to social media platform to issue stablecoin without registering as a security

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has issued a rare no-action letter in response to a request from a blockchain-backed platform over the issuance of a digital asset. The SEC letter issued on Nov. 19 says that its Division of Corporation Finance would “not recommend enforcement action” against avatar social platform IMVU issuing …

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Texas Financial Regulators Crack Down on 15 Alleged Crypto Scams

Texas regulators are going after a host of crypto firms they allege to be investment scams, 10 of which they say are are controlled by a single Texas man. The Texas State Securities Board on Thursday ordered 15 firms to cease and desist operations with a series of emergency orders against crypto, forex and binary …

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Elon Musk adds $82.2B to net worth in 2020 after TSLA stock surge

By Joey Klender Posted on November 19, 2020 Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth has increased by over $82 billion in 2020 after a 480% increase in stock price so far this year. Musk, who helped found Tesla in 2003, is the company’s largest shareholder, and as CEO, helps oversee the company’s day-to-day operations. 2020 …

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Facebook AI catches 95% of hate speech; company still wants mods back in office

Enlarge / Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters as seen in 2017. Jason Doiy | Getty Images Facebook’s software systems get ever better at detecting and blocking hate speech on both the Facebook and Instagram platforms, the company boasted today—but the hardest work still has to be done by people, and many of those people warn …

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