Facts about the controversial prime minister in ‘The Crown’

More than 30 years since she was last in power, Margaret Thatcher remains a divisive figure in Britain. Some see the prime minister as having saved the country from economic decline, while others believe she destroyed the livelihoods of millions of workers. But none can deny that Thatcher became a legend in her own lifetime. 



Margaret Thatcher talking on a cell phone: October 1985: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looking pensive at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.


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October 1985: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looking pensive at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.

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Early years

Born Margaret Roberts on Oct. 13, 1925, Thatcher had a humble but comfortable upbringing, living with her family in an apartment above her parents’ grocery store in Grantham, Lincolnshire. In addition to being a grocer, Thatcher’s father, Alfred Roberts, was also a preacher and a local politician, having held a seat on the local town council for several years and serving

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Pfizer vaccine refutes Trump’s nationalism, science attacks

Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective has created significant optimism — except in the Trump camp, where adverse reactions of cynicism have emerged. His acolytes believe the press release was timed to prevent an injection of good news that might have secured reelection.

It is true that Pfizer’s CEO wanted to distance his scientists from the overt politics that would have come with taking Operation Warp Speed money. The company didn’t take funding but entered into an agreement to supply the United States with vaccine once the Food and Drug Administration approved. Trump’s adult children believe this pact was a result of their father’s deal-making prowess — but such supply agreements are quite common.

Whether the release was sat on and prevented a second term for Trump is likely never to be known. Regardless, Americans should feel relief because nothing about this vaccine is to his credit.

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Apple to developers: You’ve now got longer to add in-app payment to your online events

Apple is giving a six-month extension to its temporary waiver of the 30% commission it normally changes for iOS apps hosting online group events and classes. 

Until September, the company required iOS apps for this activity to use the App Store’s in-app purchases for goods sold by app developers. 

As The Verge reported at the time, Facebook got into a fight with Apple over its 30% App Store fee after launching a feature that let small businesses create paid online events. Due to the pandemic, Facebook opted not to collect fees on event purchases until August 2021. Initially Apple didn’t budge but in September it waived the fee for Facebook’s feature.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)    

Apple announced the six-month extension on Monday, which brings the new deadline to June 30, 2021 – instead of December 2020. 

“As the world fights COVID-19, we recognize that adapting experiences

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Fintech HMBradley’s 14-page pitch deck for 18.25 million Series A

Consumers are getting used to the idea of branch-less banking, a trend that startup digital-only banks like Chime, N26, and Varo have benefited from. 

The market for these so-called ‘challenger banks’ has exploded in recent years as customers are drawn to seamless account openings and optimized user experiences on their apps and websites. 

The majority of these fintechs target those who are underbanked, and rely on usage of their debit cards to make money off interchange. But fellow startup HMBradley has a different business model. 

“Our thesis going in was that we don’t swipe our debit cards all that often, and we don’t think the customer base that we’re focusing on does either,” Zach Bruhnke, cofounder and CEO of HMBradley, told Business Insider. “A lot of our customer base uses credit cards on a daily basis.”

Instead, the startup is aiming to build clientele with stable deposits. As a result,

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Technology, Innovation and Modern War — Class 13 — ONR-Rear Admiral Lorin Selby

We just held our twelfth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy.

Today’s topic was The Navy and Modern War.

Catch up with the class by reading our summaries of the previous twelve classes here.

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Some of the readings for this week included Defense Primer: Dept of the NavyNavy Lasers and RailgunsNavy Large Surface CombatantsNavy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans, Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea VehiclesChina’s Navy Modernization.

Our guest speaker was Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, United States Navy.

Admiral Selby is responsible for the Naval Research Enterprise. It is the “venture capital” of the Navy and

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5 Top-Ranked Tech Stocks to Buy Ahead of Thanksgiving

The three major U.S. indices, namely, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq began the thanksgiving week on a bright note, courtesy encouraging vaccine data from AstraZeneca AZN and the University of Oxford.

The AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine has shown 90% effectiveness. Notably, in late stage trials, vaccines developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been found 95% effective, while Moderna’s shot is 94.5% effective. Meanwhile, Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody treatment received emergency use authorization from the FDA.

The positive development on the vaccine front is great news for the United States, which has been seeing rising number of COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. According to John Hopkins University data, more than 12 million people have been infected in the United States, with the death toll hitting 257,701 as of Nov 23.

Per a Reuters report, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for

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Vir Biotech CEO Says His Covid-19 Medicine Offers Promise for Next Outbreak

(Bloomberg) — Vir Biotechnology Inc.’s stock has lost some of its luster after quadrupling earlier this year as competition heats up for Covid-19 antibody therapies. Yet its chief executive officer is looking ahead to the next viral scourge.

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With two well-heeled competitors ahead of it, Vir has pared a February surge to a still impressive 115% leap this year. Eli Lilly & Co.’s antibody treatment received an emergency use authorization on Nov. 9 and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s therapy got its nod over the weekend. Vir’s medicine is unique because it targets a variety of coronaviruses, CEO George Scangos said.

It “has the potential not only to be effective against Covid-19, but it has a reasonable chance of also being effective against the next coronavirus outbreak,” Scangos said in an interview. An interim look at late-stage data for VIR-7831 is expected in January.

Regeneron has touted its two-antibody cocktail

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17 Education & Technology Group Files For U.S. IPO (Pending:YQ)

Quick Take

17 Education & Technology Group (YQ) has filed to raise $100 million in an IPO of its ADSs representing underlying Class A shares, according to an F-1 registration statement.

The firm provides offline and online K-12 education products and services in China.

YQ has done well with its ‘free razor and charge for razor blades’ business model approach, but operating losses and operating cash burn remain high.

I’ll provide a final opinion when we learn more IPO details from management.

Company & Technology

Beijing, China-based 17 Education was founded to develop an innovative hybrid offline-online model for K-12 students in China.

Management is headed by founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Andy Chang Liu, who was previously principal of Shenyang New Oriental School, along with many years of education experience in offline schools.

The firm provides offline learning materials for free to more than 70,000 schools in China and

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Pandemic has forced producers to bring new technology to sets

A week ago Monday, cast and crew of the Amazon series “Goliath” gathered to check in for a day of filming at Santa Clarita Studios.

Despite the pandemic, the fourth season of the show is back in action, thanks in part to technology that helps track COVID-19 testing for hundreds of cast and crew members, including stars such as Billy Bob Thornton.

As people arrived on set, a COVID safety officer scanned color-coded IDs with embedded chips that could be read by portals stationed around the set. The chips would collect and track data on the movements of cast and crew in case any of them came into contact with someone who tested positive for the disease.

This system, called Safe Set, was recently launched by Culver City-based Greg Guzzetta, a former production manager who spent the last decade providing public safety technology for live music events.

After the pandemic

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DVIDS – News – Army gets new Chief Information Officer


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Army’s Civilian Senior Leader Management Office announced Friday, Nov. 13, that Raj Iyer will take over as the new Chief Information Officer for IT reform.

In his new role as CIO, Iyer will serve as principal advisor to the secretary of the Army, setting the strategic direction and objectives for information technology and information management. Iyer will direct the execution of policies and programs for IT and information management areas, including integrated IT architecture, enterprise data management, cybersecurity, and cloud management.

Iyer is stepping into his new position following the realignment of the Army CIO and G-6 into two separate offices in August.

He takes over the role from Greg Garcia, who served as the Army’s acting Chief Information Officer while serving as the Deputy CIO and previous Army Chief Data Officer. In October, the Army announced David M. Markowitz as the new Chief Data

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