Nextdoor’s rocky road to going public

Nextdoor is a local social media app that acts as a digital public message board for neighborhoods where users can sell furniture, organize events and alert neighbors of danger.

In the past year, monthly active users on Nextdoor grew 20 percent, according to Sensor Tower. It’s provided neighbors and public agencies a platform to spread useful and important information during the pandemic.

But the app, along with crime-focused apps like Citizen and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors, has been scrutinized for years for not doing enough to curb the racism prevalent on the platform.

Unlike Citizen and Neighbors, Nextdoor is more than a crime-fighting app. It helps small businesses connect to their local customers and gain new customers with free business postings. Local news outlets, which have been dwindling for years, have used the platform to reach a larger local audience with articles that are relevant to their community. But its reputation

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New Maps Help AZ Manage Big Game Migrations / Public News Service

A new U.S. Geological Survey map charts the annual migration patterns of the pronghorn antelope and other big-game species across Arizona and other Western states. (Rod Gardner/Adobe stock)

November 27, 2020

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — Wildlife managers across the West have a new tool at their disposal when it comes to protecting iconic big game.

A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides detailed maps of GPS tracked migration routes for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison.

Matthew Kauffman, USGS wildlife researcher and the report’s lead author, said stakeholders from conservationists to transportation agencies have long realized it’s critical to understand how big game move across Arizona’s landscapes.

“And are ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work to enhance and maintain the connectivity of these migration corridors,” Kauffman shared. “And now they have a tool that can guide that on-the-ground work.”

Development across the

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Apparent ransomware attack closes Baltimore County public schools

The Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) system has canceled classes after an apparent ransomware attack shut down internal networks. Described by officials as “a networking issue,” the outage is affecting the schools’ email and grading systems, among others.

BCPS chief of staff Mychael Dickerson confirmed on Twitter that the outage is believed to be the result of a ransomware attack. “We were the victim of a ransomware cyber attack,” he said. “Our BCPS technology team is working to address the situation.” Dickerson could only tweet the message since the BCPS website is currently down.

As a result of the outage, offices have been closed for the day and students have been given the day off. “We knew it wouldn’t be a quick fix,” Dickerson told The Baltimore Sun. “We just don’t want people standing by thinking we’ll get back up.”

Ransomware attacks have become a common tactic for cybercriminals,

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China beat COVID with science, strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism

By Elanah Uretsky
 |  Palm Beach Post

I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China.

People in China are able to move around freely. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.

My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st century.

How China flattened its curve

Barely less than a year ago, a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, with 80,000 cases identified within three months, killing 3,000 people.

In late January 2020, the Chinese government decided to lock

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China Vaccine Maker Applies for Public Use of Covid Shot

(Bloomberg) — A leading Chinese vaccine developer has applied for authorization to bring its Covid-19 shot to the market, seeking to get a jump on Western rivals as the race for a working inoculation against the virus enters the final stretch.



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Technicians processing Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a laboratory in Tianjin, China.

China National Biotec Group Co. has submitted an application to Chinese regulators, reported state media Xinhua Finance on Wednesday, citing parent company Sinopharm’s vice general manager Shi Shengyi. The application likely includes interim data from the company’s Phase III human testing conducted in the Middle East and South America.

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Stocks related to Sinopharm Group, including its Hong Kong unit, surged on Wednesday after the news.

A CNBG spokeswoman said she had no further information when contacted by Bloomberg. Calls to Sinopharm Group went unanswered.

With the application, CNBG will likely become the

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Twitter Is Bringing Back Public Verification

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If you’re one of the troves of people who—for some bizarre reason—wants to be among the blue-checked elite on Twitter, then good news: everyone’s favorite app for posting bad takes will be bringing back its verification process early next year.

Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has formal plans to relaunch account verification—complete with a new, public application process—in “early 2021.” The company paused public verifications three years ago, though thousands of accounts (including my own) have still quietly achieved checkmark status in the interim. After all that time and more than a few screw-ups, Twitter has decided the relaunched should also be a bit more of a revamped: better defining who gets verified and why, and what it takes for an account to have their blue checkmark snatched away.

According to the current draft of the verifications policy, accounts that meet

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Microsoft Cloud Provider AvePoint Going Public Via Apex Technology SPAC

Leading Microsoft cloud partner AvePoint is set to go public with a SPAC deal announced Monday.

AvePoint will go public via Apex Technology Acquisition. The deal values the company at $2 billion.

AvePoint co-founder and CEO Dr. Tiaryi Jiang and co-founder Kai Gong will remain with the company. AvePoint is expected to trade under the symbol AVPT when the deal is closed in the first quarter of 2021.

Apex Technology shareholders will own 17.6% of the new company.

AvePoint sells directly to large and mid-market enterprises. The company is the largest Microsoft 365 data management solutions provider. It has more than 7 million cloud users from Microsoft. The customer base includes around 25% of the Fortune 500 companies.

“The impact of COVID-19 and the growth of Microsoft’s cloud solutions, including Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, have accelerated demands for our products. We have achieved eight quarters of impressive growth,” said

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China beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China.

People in China are able to move around freely right now. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.

My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st century.

How China flattened its curve


Barely less than a year ago, a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, with 80,000 cases identified within three months,

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Saudi Arabia Homeland Security And Public Safety Market Booming By Size, Revenue And Trend In 2020 Scrutinized In New Research

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Nov 22, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
The turmoil in the Arab world, the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and the Iranian driven Sunni-Shi’ah divide in the Kingdom, are forcing the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia to face critical junctures. Saudi Arabia government, which has at its disposal $610B of petrodollars reserves, spends “whatever it takes” to secure the country’s stability and defeat any internal or external regime change threats. This policy places Saudi Arabia as the global leader in Homeland Security & Public Safety market size per capital.

Saudi Arabia plans to procure during 2017-2020 as much as $90B of Homeland Security & Public Safety related products and services. This huge market will create a highly profitable business environment for state-of-the-art security products and service providers.

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Amazon Pharmacy is going to be the first big test of public trust in Prime and will expose the company to more scrutiny



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  • This week Amazon launched its new Amazon Pharmacy service, selling prescription and generic medications.
  • Prime members will get a bunch of perks, including huge discounts of up to 80%.
  • By selling healthcare, Amazon Prime is getting into a market where consumers are keenly aware of how sensitive their data is, which means it will have to walk a fine line to maintain public trust.
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Amazon launched its new service Amazon Pharmacy on Tuesday, which means the company will be selling both prescription and generic medication to its US customers via its website.

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The move was not unexpected; industry watchers have been expecting Amazon to move into delivering medications since 2018, when it acquired drug-delivery startup PillPack. The company has also been pushing into healthcare more generally since then.

Amazon Pharmacy is

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