The BOSS Network Hosts Free Event For Black Female Founders

The BOSS Network, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase and Advancing Black Pathways, will host a two-day virtual event to educate, empower and promote Black female founders on Dec. 4-5.

Black founders receive less than 1% of venture capital funds annually, and Black women founders account for less than that, according to the Harvard Business Review. Through the Minority Merchant Event series, The BOSS Network will provide a platform for Black women to discuss their experiences in launching successful businesses, provide a blueprint on how to build a successful business and share strategies that Black female founders can leverage to gain access to capital.

“The time is now to support these extraordinary women, who are breaking down barriers in technology and their respective industries, even in the midst of a global pandemic and a social unrest that has ignited a national dialogue on systemic racism,” states a press release for

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Study forecasts advantages and disadvantages for Black patients of removing race from kidney function calculators — ScienceDaily

Race is not biology. As a social construct, race is an unreliable predictor of physiologic variation and a notoriously unreliable marker for biologic differences across populations.

To reflect this growing realization, hospital systems and professional medical organizations have started reconsidering the use of race in clinical calculators that estimate how well a person’s kidneys work. Indeed, some hospital systems have already removed race from these commonly used clinical tools.

But what this move might mean for patients remains unclear.

Now a new study from Harvard Medical School forecasts the effects of this change if implemented nationwide. The results, published Dec. 2 in JAMA, suggest that removing race from kidney function tests might have both advantages and disadvantages for Black people with kidney disease.

The analysis represents the most comprehensive study to date to assess the impact of eliminating race from kidney function formulas. It is intended to help clinicians,

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SuperData: Black Friday and Cyber Monday digital game sales fell 10% to $3.9 billion

Digital games earned $3.9 billion worldwide between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, said market researcher SuperData. That represented a 10% decline from a year ago and it suggests even games aren’t immune from changing consumer habits during the pandemic.

Changes in consumer buying patterns led to a drop in Black Friday and Cyber Monday digital game revenue in 2020. Game spending is still on track for a record-breaking 2020 but consumer anticipation for next-generation consoles and the growing popularity of subscription services diminished the importance of the holiday weekend as a main revenue driver, said SuperData, a division of Nielsen.

Spending on PC games during the weekend was up 6% year-over-year, but this was more than offset by a 13% decline in console earnings. Unmet demand for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S likely depressed spending on digital console games, said Carter Rogers, an analyst at SuperData, in an

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Walmart beat Amazon on Black Friday by one important metric

Volumes of future marketing analysis will surely be written about this year’s unprecedented holiday shopping season, but for now we’ll have to make do with industry reports that reveal people’s pandemic-era spending habits in dribs and drabs.

The latest drib (or drab?) comes from analytics firm Sensor Tower, whose new dispatch shows a record surge in new downloads of shopping-related mobile apps. Black Friday alone saw more than 2.8 million first-time installs of shopping apps, the largest ever in a single day, according to Sensor Tower’s preliminary estimates. Year-over-year growth, the report says, was about the same as last year at 8%, but it was more substantial when you look at the entire month of November—with 59.2 million shopping app installs compared to 51.7 million for the same period last year.

However, things get even more interesting when you look at the top 10 apps. Amazon may be the largest

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Google launches program to assist Black and Latinx business owners

Google is has a new plan to help Houston business owners.

The Bayou City is one of the many cities included in tech company’s “Digital Coaches” program” that aims to provide tech education and workshops in underserved areas.

The program, called Digital Coaches, provides free digital skills training and coaching to help Black and Latinx small businesses reach new customers and grow their online presence.

In an announcement made on Instagram, it was revealed that businesswoman Joy Hutton will be serving as Houston’s Digital Coach.

The caption shared that Hutton is the founder of the management consulting firm, Joy of Consulting, which assists companies with their organizational structure through training and process optimization. Hutton also is the founder of beauty on-demand platform on the go GLAM.

The Digital Coaches program will begin on Dec. 4 with its first virtual workshop. The workshop topics include connecting with customers and managing your

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Best Cyber Monday And Black Friday Deals Still Available (Tuesday Update)

Over the years, Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week, with select deals still offered after the Monday following Thanksgiving passes us by. That’s the case this year with gaming deals, too, as retailers still have holdover deals from Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well as a few new deals sprinkled in here and there. We’re still seeing some great deals on a wide variety of games, including 2020 hits like The Last of Us Part II, Watch Dogs Legion, and numerous sports sims.

We’ve rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that are still available now. We expect a lot of these deals to disappear soon, so if you see something you want, grab it as soon as possible.

Though this roundup focuses on physical game deals, most sales happening on digital game storefronts right now cover both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so you

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Dangerous ‘naked’ black holes could be hiding in the universe

Black holes are regions of infinite density, known as a singularity. And according to mainstream physics, each of these cosmic matter munchers is fringed by an event horizon –- a boundary where once you fall in, you never come out. 

But what if some black holes are naked — completely lacking such frontiers? As far as we can tell, singularities are always wrapped in event horizons, but a more detailed look at the math of general relativity suggests that doesn’t have to be the case. 

If such naked black holes dot the universe, new research reveals how we might be able to detect one: by looking at the ring of light surrounding it.

Related: What’s inside a black hole?

‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’

Black holes are a consequence of the mathematics of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Those equations tell us that if a clump of matter collapses

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Earth faster, closer to black hole, in new map of galaxy — ScienceDaily

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that our planet is plunging towards the black hole. Instead the changes are results of a better model of the Milky Way Galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of objects observed over the course of more than 15 years by the Japanese radio astronomy project VERA.

VERA (VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry, by the way “VLBI” stands for Very Long Baseline Interferometry) started in 2000 to map three-dimensional velocity and spatial structures in the Milky Way. VERA uses a technique known as interferometry to combine data from radio telescopes scattered across the Japanese archipelago in order to achieve the same resolution as a 2300 km diameter telescope would have. Measurement accuracy achieved with this resolution, 10 micro-arcseconds,

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Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

with Tonya Riley

Amazon and other online retailers won Black Friday. 

Online spending on Friday jumped about 22 percent from a year ago, according to data from Adobe Analytics. And Cyber Monday deals could set new online shopping records today.

Meanwhile, traffic to physical stores tanked about 52 percent, according to retail tracker Sensormatic Solutions. The slowdown reflected stores’ efforts to limit crowds through shorter hours and less doorbuster deals. 



a display in a store: Amazon.com Inc. boxes sit at a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg


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Amazon.com Inc. boxes sit at a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

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Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up

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The Technology 202: Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up the ground they are losing. 

Amazon’s swift growth during the pandemic is likely to attract greater scrutiny from Washington lawmakers and regulators, who have increasingly been scrutinizing the behemoth for anti-competitive behavior. (Amazon head Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

The company’s key advantage is an in-house shipping network that’s starting to rival FedEx and the United Parcel Service. 

The company has used the crisis to expand its logistics operations, seizing on plummeting prices on everything from commercial real estate to cargo jets, my colleague Jay Greene reports. The e-commerce

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