How Ireland built its COVID-19 contract tracing app, which is so successful that US states want to use it

Ireland launched its coronavirus contact-tracing app, COVID Tracker, on July 7, and other countries have asked to use it as a basis for their own apps. Business Insider spoke to the technical director at NearForm, the software company that built COVID Tracker with Ireland’s health authority, to find out how they avoided the pitfalls that…

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Trump’s new ‘somber tone’ on the coronavirus isn’t a reversal of his denial of the seriousness of the pandemic — it’s a realization that denial is could cost him the election

President Donald Trump began to acknowledge the growing threat and impact of the coronavirus pandemic during Tuesday’s coronavirus task force press briefing.  However, his change of tone appears to stem from his concern over his ability to be re-elected in November.  According to CNN, Trump and his team discussed polls that showed him trailing behind…

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The Silicon Valley headhunter whose company has placed execs at Lyft and Spotify shares insider tips on what tech companies look for when filling entry level to executive positions

Todd Zangrillo is the partner and head of consumer practice at True Talent Advisory, a leading executive recruiting firm for the world’s fastest-growing startups. During his 16-year career, he matched top candidates to jobs at some of the biggest tech companies, including Casper, Jet, HelloFresh, and SoulCycle, and his firm has worked with Spotify, Lyft,…

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Video shows a massive cloud of tear gas — which one reporter called ‘a literal tear gas tornado’ — during protests in Portland

A “tear gas tornado” was spotted in Portland during protests on Thursday night. Video of the event was shared by a reporter on Twitter. There are reports and videos of protesters using leaf blowers against the tear gas, but reporter Robert Evans tweeted that he did not see anyone with leafblowers at the site of…

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