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Between President Trump's Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A 'No Man's Land'

By John Burnett
Juliet García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, stands behind the border wall.

Because of worries about flooding, the border wall is often built as much as a mile north of the Rio Grande, leaving thousands of isolated acres between the water and the wall.

(Image credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR)

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:03

Meme 2020 Creates Bloomberg Sponsored Internet Content

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to New York Times technology reporter Taylor Lorenz about Michael Bloomberg presidential team's use of memes, and Internet culture as part of its campaign strategy.

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:03

China reveals massive toll of coronavirus on health workers

China reveals massive toll of coronavirus on health workersChinese health officials have revealed for the first time the number of frontline workers who have been infected by the novel coronavirus. Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission, told reporters Friday that 1,716 medical workers have tested positive for the newly discovered virus, known officially as COVID-19, and six of them have died. Most of the workers were in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak since the first coronavirus cases emerged in its capital, Wuhan, back in December.


  • February 14th 2020 at 20:00

Netflix maintains Polish VOD lead

By Chris Dziadul

Netflix remains the leading on demand service in Poland despite failing to reach the heights it attained at the end of 2019.

Data produced by Gemius/PBI for Wirtualne Media shows that it had 4,787,163 real users in January, down from 5,306,302 a month earlier.

Its open figure was 71,208,241 (78,858,916) and hours watched 952,040.7 (1.079,017.8), while reach fell from 19.17% to 17.05%.

Netflix’s success at the end of 2019 was largely down to the premier of The Witcher.

The biggest winners in the Polish VOD chart in January were Vod.pl and tvp.pl- VOD, which occupied second and third places after Netflix.

The results for January also show that Netflix remained the undisputed leader in mobile apps, with 2.47 million users, up 8,700 on a month earlier.

It was followed by HBO Go, Player and Ipla mobile.

She was a dancer, he was an Army ranger. 30 years later, they still write daily love letters

She was a dancer, he was an Army ranger. 30 years later, they still write daily love lettersFor Bret and Susan Fenske, one night of "instant chemistry" turned into two children, daily love letters and 30 years of marriage.


  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Eurozone weakness is a test for post-crisis policy

Debt costs fall for troubled countries, but currency bloc still has scars

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Miami Middle School Students Hope Their Magazine Will Help End Gun Violence

By Jessica Bakeman
Middle school students at Everglades K-8 Center in Miami are working on a magazine about mass shootings and hope to distribute it to every member of Congress.

Middle schoolers in Miami are writing poetry and persuasive essays about school safety policies for a student magazine they hope will convince Congress to pass laws to prevent mass shootings.

(Image credit: Jessica Bakeman /WLRN)

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

How to fix Britain’s housebuilding problem

The UK suffers from its opaque and deeply dysfunctional land market

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Having β€˜The Talk’ With My 80-Something Dad

By Stacey Zapalac

I was not prepared for the phone call from my father’s skilled nursing facility asking for permission to provide him contraceptives.

How to fix Britain’s housebuilding problem

The UK suffers from its opaque and deeply dysfunctional land market

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask

The ball's in your park and I'm just happy for the team

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Call me paranoid, call me suspicious, call me an ambulance [slaps thigh], but I'm not sure I'm seeing things in the way I'm supposed to.…

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Eurozone weakness is a test for post-crisis policy

Debt costs fall for troubled countries, but currency bloc still has scars

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Mike Bloomberg Storms Super Tuesday States, Pledging To 'Get It Done'

By Don Gonyea
Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday.

Bloomberg is skipping all of the early states and banking instead on proving his campaign's viability by doing well on Super Tuesday, when 14 states vote on March 3.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Laura Stevenson: Tiny Desk Concert

By Stephen Thompson
Laura Stevenson performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2019. (Emily Bogle/NPR)

Backed by a small string section, Stevenson performed three songs that sounded so gorgeous, an actual marriage proposal broke out shortly after her set ended.

(Image credit: Emily Bogle/NPR)

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

China’s Startups on the Ropes After Virus Freezes Funding

China’s Startups on the Ropes After Virus Freezes Funding(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.China’s highest-flying technology startups are struggling to stay afloat after the coronavirus outbreak threatened to paralyze critical venture capital funding.Investment in an industry that runs on face-to-face contact and gut instinct has fallen off a cliff since the epidemic erupted in January. Venture capital funds slashed startup investment by 60% in January from a year ago, London-based consultancy Preqin estimates. That’s because angel investors and venture capitalists accustomed to road-testing new technology or grilling entrepreneurs in person now shun interaction and work from home.China’s tech industry -- which prides itself on honing online communications from social media to mobile payments -- is thus ironically stumbling thanks to the lack of the most basic forms of human contact. If the situation persists -- and there are few signs that stringent nationwide quarantine measures will unwind soon -- that jeopardizes a swath of the millions of startups that collectively represent an important growth driver for the world’s second largest economy. It’s a double-whammy for an industry that in 2019 grappled with volatile capital, a slowing economy and U.S.-Chinese tensions.Read more: China’s 58 Home Is Said to Delay U.S. IPO as Virus Hurts Demand“As an entrepreneur who went through SARS in 2003, I fully understand the challenges entrepreneurs face,” Neil Shen, the founding partner of Sequoia Capital China, said in a statement. “We will fully stand by to provide help and support to the companies we backed in any way possible,” said Shen, regarded by many as one of the country’s most prominent tech investors.Read more: ‘Nightmare’ for Global Tech: Virus Fallout Is Just Beginning (3)A backlash against China’s tech champions in 2019 had begun damping a decade or more of go-go optimism and investment that fueled one of the fastest and largest creations of wealth the world has seen. Trade curbs imposed by Washington soured investor interest, suppressing deal flow. On a global stage, WeWork’s implosion fanned caution around potentially overblown tech valuations. The euphoria that created more than 100 unicorns, or billion-dollar firms, in China dissipated toward the end of last year.The outbreak was the last thing China’s tech sector needed.“This hasn’t been the start to the year of the rat that China was hoping for,” said Ee Fai Kam, head of Preqin Asian operations, adding that the setback is “coming on the back of a bruising 2019 when trade and tech tensions with the U.S. caused investors to exercise an abundance of caution.”Following the Lunar New Year break, some of the country’s most prolific investors – including those at Matrix Capital and Genesis Capital -- confined themselves to home, calling off meetings and mothballing visits to companies. “A lot of our projects require on-site due diligence and we are wary to push forward deals without it,” explained Snow Hua, a managing partner at Cherubic Ventures.Others are trying to engage and mitigate the damage to their existing portfolio companies through virtual conference calls. Sequoia China is planning to organize two investment sessions for early-stage startups via the conferencing service Zoom. As of Wednesday, investors from more than 50 venture capital houses had signed up.At the same time, red-hot sectors from artificial intelligence to ride-hailing and online property are reeling. On Thursday, China’s largest company by market value, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., warned of a significant hit to revenue growth in the March quarter from an epidemic that’s wreaking havoc across broad swathes of the Chinese economy. Didi’s daily active users fell 54.1% on Jan. 27 compared with Jan. 16, before the Lunar New Year break, according to data compiled by Aurora Mobile Ltd. Read more Alibaba Warns Virus Having Broad Impact on Chinese EconomyEven those benefiting from a short-term spike in orders -- such as online grocery delivery firms -- are wary of longer-term fallout. 58 Home, the maid and home-maintenance service owned by a Chinese Craigslist equivalent, is said to have delayed its planned U.S. initial public offering after the coronavirus outbreak crippled customer demand. Others such as Uber-backed Didi Chuxing or rental startup Danke may begin to suffer as the capital winter drags on.“It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for a lot of startups,” said Wang Jun, chief financial officer for fresh produce delivery firm Missfresh. “It’s winter time for capital flow, and companies need to produce blood on their own to become cash-positive.”Read more: Coronavirus Outbreak Drives Demand for China’s Online Grocers(Updates with data on Didi’s fall in daily active users in ninth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at ychen447@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Candice Zachariahs at czachariahs2@bloomberg.net, ;Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Jonas BergmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Eurozone weakness is a test for post-crisis policy

Debt costs fall for troubled countries, but currency bloc still has scars

  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Ascensia Continues to Proudly Support Life for a Child's Spare a Rose Fundraising Campaign in 2020

Ascensia Continues to Proudly Support Life for a Child's Spare a Rose Fundraising Campaign in 2020Today, Ascensia Diabetes Care, a leading global diabetes care company, announced that they will be continuing their support for this years' Spare a Rose campaign. The 2020 Spare a Rose campaign is organized by Life for a Child to raise funds to provide life-saving insulin, testing supplies and education for children with type 1 diabetes in countries with limited access to such essentials. This is the third consecutive year that Ascensia has supported the Spare a Rose campaign.


  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

Visiongain Report Offers Transformative Insights on the USD 9.7 Billion ATC Equipment Market

Visiongain Report Offers Transformative Insights on the USD 9.7 Billion ATC Equipment MarketForecasts by Component (Hardware and Software), by Sector (Commercial and Defence), by Airport Type (Greenfield and Brownfield) and by Geographical Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America). Plus, Analysis of the Leading Players in the Market Space


  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00
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