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Many states aren’t reporting rapid COVID-19 test results

Over 20 states aren’t including results from a type of rapid COVID-19 test in their overall case numbers, according to a survey by Kaiser Health News (KHN). The federal government is sending millions of these types of tests all around the country in an effort to keep up with the pandemic. If states don’t release the results from those tests through their public health departments, it creates a blind spot in the overall data. The tests, called antigen tests, work by detecting a small protein on the surface of the coronavirus. They tend work much faster than the tests that look for the virus itself, called PCR tests, although they can be less accurate. According to the KHN survey, 21 states and the District of Columbia don’t report all of their antigen test results. Fifteen states and DC don’t count positive antigen test results as confirmed cases, and nearly half of the 48 states that responded to the survey said that their antigen test results are probably underreported. At the start of the pandemic, the majority of testing done in the United States was PCR testing. Then, the Food and Drug Administration started authorizing antigen tests in May, and over the past few months, others have started to enter the market. Still, it took until August for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to say that a patient with a positive antigen test should be considered a probable COVID-19 case, even without checking for symptoms. Even now, the agency’s…Continue readingMany states aren’t reporting rapid COVID-19 test results

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A former SpaceX intern is suing the company, claiming retaliation after reporting sexual harassment

A former intern at SpaceX is suing the aerospace company, claiming that SpaceX retaliated against her after she reported experiencing sexual harassment and gender discrimination while on the job, according to a new lawsuit. The suit alleges that the former intern was not extended a full-time job opportunity when she brought up inappropriate comments and actions made by her then manager. The plaintiff, Julia CrowleyFarenga, worked as a summer intern for SpaceX in 2015, 2016, and 2017, according to a lawsuit filed August 21st with Los Angeles County Superior Court and first reported by Business Insider. While at the company, she worked in the propulsion division under the same manager each summer, the suit says. During her last summer at the company, CrowleyFarenga went to human resources about the manager, complaining that his behavior made her uncomfortable. For instance, he would allegedly spend much longer meeting with her in one-on-one meetings — between an hour and a half and two hours — while he’d only meet with the other male interns for 30 minutes at a time. The manager also would talk about topics unrelated to work throughout these meetings, the suit claims. She claims he told her she “talks to men too much” The suit alleges that the manager would also make numerous remarks about the men CrowleyFarenga spoke to. She claims he told her she “talks to men too much” and that he told her, “Be careful who you are seen talking to, people may get the wrong…Continue readingA former SpaceX intern is suing the company, claiming retaliation after reporting sexual harassment

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Lyft shares get small bump after reporting 61% Q2 revenue decline – TechCrunch

Today after the bell, Lyft reported its second-quarter financial performance. The American ride-hailing company’s results helped illustrate just how much the economy has changed in the wake of COVID-19 and its resulting disruptions to life, travel and work. Uber’s own results, which were shared last week, provided hints of what was coming for Lyft. The upshot: a sharply reduced ride-hailing business. In the second quarter, Lyft reported revenue of $339.3 million and earnings per share of negative $1.41. Analysts had anticipated the company reporting revenues of $336.77 million, and a per-share loss of $0.99, according to Yahoo Finance averages. In after-hours trading, the company’s shares are up more than 4%. Compared to its year-ago results, Lyft’s quarter was a mess. Revenue fell from $867.3 million, or 61%, in the quarter, and its adjusted net loss in Q2 came to $265.8 million, worse than its year-ago adjusted net loss of $197.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA slipped from a $204.1 million loss in Q2 2019 to a deficit of $280.3 million in the company’s most recent quarter. Notably, Lyft did improve its GAAP net loss compared to the year-ago period, though the company has stressed other profitability metrics in recent quarters. Kirsten and Alex’s great How To Chart adventure. Why are Lyft shares higher in after-hours trading? Because investors knew that Lyft’s quarter was a write-off. What they were looking for instead was a return-to-form, and a note on how much cash the company had on hand at the end of the period. Up…Continue readingLyft shares get small bump after reporting 61% Q2 revenue decline – TechCrunch

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Buildots raises $16 million to automate construction site reporting with AI

Data-driven construction reporting company Buildots this week announced it has raised $16 million, a combination of a $3 million seed round and a $13 million series A. Cofounder Roy Danon says the funds will be used to scale and improve the company’s products as Buildots expands to new regions around the world. Large construction projects — which some countries have allowed to continue during the pandemic — still rely on project managers to keep tedious manual records. These managers are often responsible for keeping tabs on countless tasks, in addition to tracking the progress of dozens (or more) contractors. Some analysts say the intractable logistical challenges lead 98% of large projects to suffer cost overruns of more than 30%. Making matters worse, 77% are estimated to be at least 40% late. McKinsey claims improvements to “basic” project-management skills have the most potential to improve site performance. That’s what Buildots purports to offer — with a technological twist. The U.K.- and Israel-based company, which was founded in 2018 by Danon, Aviv Leibovici, and Yakir Sundry, all graduates of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Talpiot unit, aims to provide a solution that turns construction sites into fully digitized environments. Buildots customers volunteer access to schedules and designs, after which an AWS-hosted engine maps all files to generate a construction program. The company delivers 360-degree cameras that can be mounted to construction hard hats and capture video Buildots’ algorithms automatically analyze, aggregate, and compare to determine the status of construction activity. Buildots’ AI detects…Continue readingBuildots raises $16 million to automate construction site reporting with AI

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Xbox Series X games showcase live blog: reporting live on the Xbox games event

Vic Hood The Xbox Games Showcase is taking place in just a few short hours, with the presentation promising to give us our best look yet at first-party Xbox Series X games.  Microsoft has confirmed that this hour-long (solely games-focused) showcase will give us our first look at Halo Infinite gameplay, while the rest of the presentation will primarily focus on titles from Xbox Game Studios – with some third-party games likely thrown in for good measure. So expect to get a closer look at both Hellblade 2 and Psychonauts 2, and maybe even a sneak peek at the rumored Fable 4. Vic Hood The Xbox Games Showcase kicks off in just a few hours, beginning at 5pm BST/ 12pm ET/ 9am PT. We’ll be following the action live right here, providing expert commentary and opinion on everything that’s revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase. If you want to watch the stream live alongside our blog, then check out our handy guide on how to watch the Xbox Series X games live stream. Xbox Games Showcase live blog (Image credit: 343 Industries) Vic Hood All times are shown in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) Vic Hood 7:45am – The Xbox Games Showcase pre-show, hosted by Geoff Keighley, is kicking off in just 15 minutes. We’ll be watching the pre-show stream and will update you right here with any juicy details that emerge. There will also be a post-show, featuring Halo Infinite, after the presentation.  Vic Hood 7:40 – Want to know…Continue readingXbox Series X games showcase live blog: reporting live on the Xbox games event