Coronavirus Causes Facebook and Amazon to Shut Down in Seattle

Coronavirus has generally been quite damaging for corporate and business around the world. First, tech companies banned employees from travelling to China but now that more cases from the US are being reported, they are forced to take even stricter measures.

Amazon and Facebook have closed down their offices in Seattle and asked the employees to work from home.

Source: The Verge

Some workers from both the companies tested positive for COVID-19, a disease that is spread through coronavirus. So as the situation gets worse in California and New York, tech-companies are not willing to take any risk. Two deaths have been reported in Seattle, and overall in the state of Washington, there have been 70 confirmed cases and ten fatalities.

Amazon and Facebook have issued policies that instruct the workers to stay at home and remain in contact with the company, at least till the end of March. Amazon took such measures because, on 2nd March, a Seattle-based employee was put in quarantine and reportedly acquired the virus on 25th February.

Google employees have been asked to work using resources at home, and they are discouraged from bringing any guests or visitors to Washington-based offices.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Facebook office in Seattle has also been closed because a contractor was affected by the virus. So, all 5000 employees in the company have been asked to stay at home till the end of March.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said that all the employees are “strongly encouraged” to work from home “if able” and similar policies apply to all the offices in Washington.

All over the world, the virus continues to grow, and there have been 97,000 confirmed cases so far. It is scary because while previously only China’s economy was facing a decline, it looks like the hopes of Wilbur Ross who predicted that the epidemic would generate more jobs in the United States have been crushed.

The Last of Us is Getting Its Own TV Show

If you like Netflix’s The Witcher, then we have some good news for you. Another game is being developed into a TV show, and this time, it has been picked by HBO. The adaptation of The Last of Us is being undertaken by the channel and do you want to know the best part? The writer and creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann is assisting the writing and executive producer as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Exciting, isn’t it? 

Source: Collider

The adaptation is being led by Craig Mazin, who created the masterpiece, Chernobyl, so we have high expectations. The fact that The Last of Us is a game based on a post-apocalyptic world makes Mazin the best option to lead the team. HBO’s Carolyn Strauss and the president of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells will also be on the team of executive producers.

Source: Trusted Reviews

Sony Pictures is co-producing the show with HBO, making it the first TV show series picked up by the PlayStation Production studio.

Source: Engadget

The plot revolves around a grizzle smuggler named Joel who is protecting a young girl named Ellie. It features their adventures into the country affected by fungal zombies who have finished mankind, and the duo has to survive all the supernatural challenges and deal with their own human emotions. The Hollywood Reporter also points to the possibility of getting a TV sequel based on The Last of Us Part II. 

Source: Ars Technica

The game was an instant hit for Sony as it was popular among the audiences because of its attractive plot line. The characters were also appreciated, and while a film was underway, it got stuck somewhere in the development stages in 2016.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

So we really hope that Mazin and Neil Druckmann work their magic and give us the best of both worlds. Mazin already said that he’s a fan of the games and praised Druckmann stating, “Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”

Blast From the Past: Doc and Marty Reunion

Hear hear, all the fans of 1985 classic Back to the Future assemble because it’s reunion time! On Wednesday, Michael J Fox shared a picture of himself with his Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd, and we honestly can’t get enough of it. 

Source: Flipboard

They were spotted together at a poker tournament at Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The actor was diagnosed with this disease in 1991, so he developed charity under his name in 2000.

Even though this is not the first time the two actors have reunited since the blockbuster sci-fi, they were rarely ever photographed together recently.

Source: Instagram

“Going 88mph for the @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night”,
captioned Lloyd.

Source: Instagram

“All in with @mrchristopherlloyd at @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night!”,
said Mike J Fox.

But according to reports, Lloyd is a regular visitor of the Fox Foundation. Both the stars posted the pictures on their respective Instagrams sporting toothy grins and the whole scene is too adorable.

In a world filled with FRIENDS reunion demands, this is the only meet-up we wanted. They really took us back to the past again.

Elizabeth Warren Drops Out Of The Presidential Race

Source: YouTube

After the disappointing ranking of Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren has decided to drop out of the race of presidential election. Now we’re left with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, and the winner will then go ahead against Donald Trump for 2020 presidency.

The former law professor campaigned rigorously to fight corruption and change the consistently unstable economy. The senator’s unexpected withdrawal has left us disappointed as now we’re back to square one. Two white men are going to fight it out and get a chance to stand against Donald Trump for the presidential elections.

Nothing will change as we’re still going to be governed by a privileged white man for the next four years.

Source: Yahoo News UK

America is dumb for not voting for a progressive woman. Instead, they keep placing their votes in favor of 70-year-old men who have one foot in the grave already.

Warren’s exit is a direct result of poor showings in the critical Super Tuesday contest. What started out has a historically diverse democratic field has quickly boiled down to two white men.

Warren expressed her anguish to all her supporters from Massachusetts.

“One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises. All those little girls are going to have to wait for a woman.” – said Warren to the rally.

Throughout the campaign, we had witnessed Warren go down on her knees to assure little girls of her victory. It’s exactly what women needed. We needed representation and reassurance. Little girls deserve a better today and an even better tomorrow. They need to see that they too can become future leaders and presidents.

Last summer, six women were photographed high-fiving and laughing with each other. We were ready for the change. We needed to utter “Madam President” out loud.

The midterm of 2018 was deeply encouraging as being a woman was now viewed as a distinctive advantage. People of color won votes in the white-majority districts, and by 2019, six women from diverse backgrounds were finalized as the presidential nominees.

And guess what we’re left with? Two white men in their 70s yet again.

Source: Defense News

Elizabeth Warren’s sudden withdrawal makes it loud and clear that women are not allowed to enter the highest offices in the country. Their presence would never be acknowledged, and it’s a stark reminder of what women experience while they’re vying for votes.

It has sparked a vicious rage within us and made us question whether the notion of electability is discussed because of her gender. In fact, Warren herself spoke about the role that sexism played in her campaign.

“Gender in this race, you know, that is the trap question for everyone. If you say, ‘Yeah, there was sexism in this race,’ everyone says, ‘Whiner!’ And if you say ‘No, there was no sexism,’ about a bazillion women think. What planet do you live on? I promise you this: I’ll have a lot more to say on that subject later on.”

There’s a voice in our heads that is always confirming the disheartening truth. We all feel that no matter what happens, women don’t stand a chance.

“She’s a firecracker, but she doesn’t have all that experience that Biden does. And I don’t think she can win, because she’s a woman, dang it, and they don’t like women presidents, I guess,” said a voter in Iowa last January.

Source: Shropshire Stars

Biden and Sanders both have released their statements on her sudden decision to quit.

Sanders said, “She has run a very strong issue-oriented campaign and the reason that her campaigns ideas will remain viable for many, many years is she has changed political conscience in America.”

Whereas Biden called her the “fiercest of fighters for middle class families.”

Elizabeth Warren’s Dog Loves Burritos, and Honestly, We’re Going to Miss Him

Yeah, it’s unfortunate that Elizabeth Warren has quit the presidential race, but please, enough with that depressing shit already. We need to talk about something equally important, if not more. 

Bailey, Warren’s dog, wouldn’t let go of burritos and it’s honestly the cutest thing ever!

Listen, Bailey has been by her side every step of the way. Her famous golden retriever is, in fact, no stranger to the spotlight. I mean, who can forget the time when he cutely barged in during a CNN interview just so that Warren could pet him? Trust me that moment was crucial as I immediately decided to vote in her favor.

Nobody is going to deny that it’s been an exciting year for our good boy. So, you know, it makes sense if he wants to celebrate. And so what if he randomly picked up a burrito, swiped it, and never let it go? It’s cute, and we adore him too much.

You can see for yourself how hard it was to take the burrito from Bailey’s devoted grip. But, hey! He deserved every bite of it, and people on Twitter agree. 

Yea, alright, alright. It might not be good for his stomach, but mind your own business, Debbie. 

Anyway, let’s just settle that he deserves a huge dog-friendly burrito all for himself now. He’s earned it! 

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Shopped For A Baby Boy

The obsession with the private lives of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas continues!

Source: café mom

Adding more fuel to the fire, the parents-to-be were papped shopping for their little bundle of joy.

Fans of the young couple are extremely curious ever since the pregnancy rumors sparked and want to find out every tiny detail of their journey to parenthood.

Keeping the momentum going, the latest discovery is that maybe – just maybe – the couple is having a boy as their first child!

Source: Flipboard 

So, the news is that the couple was seen entering a baby shop this past week in Studio City, Calif. Sources say that, “Sophie and Joe picked up several boy toys such as action figures, boy pilot and NASA costumes and Sophie was saying how cute everything was. It seemed like they were only interested in male items.” 

Source: Celeb Crunch 

“They didn’t end up buying anything and left the store after about 10 minutes. They both were very nice, and Sophie was wearing baggy clothing, so no bump was showing. They didn’t mention anything about the pregnancy but did seem like they were shopping for a boy.” –Added the source.

The couple might be keeping things hush-hush for now, but the sources have revealed that they’re “extremely excited”.

Barbie Honors The Fastest Woman In British History

Source: llkley Gazette 

This international Women’s Day, the famous toy company has introduced a striking line of dolls to empower young minds and raise awareness regarding the significance of female heroes of the sports community.

Dina Asher-Smith has a Barbie doll replicated after her to celebrate sportswomen. This is path-breaking as the design values the power of representation to inspire future champions.

Barbie dolls have strongly been criticized in the past for endorsing the belief system that women are supposed to look pretty. In fact, deep insecurities root from the so-called toy that perpetuates prejudiced conceptualizations and high beauty standards. Furthermore, young girls grow up idolizing a particular archetype set for the women. This interferes when they grow up and set career goals.

Hence, by honoring Dina Asher-Smith, a black sportswoman, several stereotypes and discriminatory standards have been challenged. Young girls will have an idol to look up to.

“Shero” the newly introduced line by Barbie is an ode to the fastest sprinter in British history! She currently holds the record of winning the 100 and 200-meter races in 10.83 and 21.88 seconds, respectively!

Dina gave her thoughts on the iconic Barbie doll collection on her Instagram account.

Source: Instagram

Shero pays tribute to many other legendary female sports heroes including French soccer player Amandine Henry, Portuguese surfing champion Teresa Bonvalot, Turkish Paralympic swimmer Sümeyye Boyacı, and Ukrainian sabre fencer Olga Kharlan.

“As sportswomen continue to set new records and take center stage around the world, we are proud to honor these amazing women by amplifying their stories and achievements with dolls in their likeness. In an effort to close the Dream Gap, we have a responsibility to show girls they can be anything on and off the field, court, mat, and beyond. ” – says Lisa McKnight, Mattel’s global head of dolls, in the Company’s press release.

Chris Matthews Quits MSNBC Show Due to Sexual Harassment Allegation

If you were a fan of Hardball with Chris Matthews, then it is time to say goodbye to your prime time political host. The retirement was already underway, but it was pushed forward due to the claim of sexual harassment on him by columnist Laura Bassett in 2016.

Source: The Verge

He started the news with his own headline and said that this would be the last MSNBC Hardball episode hosted by him. He thoroughly enjoyed working with the producers, but it was now time to quit.

In response to Bassett’s allegations, he apologized for the harm he caused and said, “Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay. Not then, and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”

Apparently, very few people knew about his retirement and Steve Kornacki, who took over the show later was also quite surprised with the on-air resignation. He said he would certainly miss working with him and “That was a lot to take in just now, I’m sure.” 

Source: YouTube

The sexual harassment claims revolve around Bassett who wrote in GQ story that before going on-air, MSNBC anchor, Matthews was concerned about why he hadn’t “fallen in love” with the columnist.

Source: Information Liberation

She was invited to his show to discuss the accusations of sexual abuse against Trump and this remark could not come at a more inappropriate time. She did not categorize it to be “illegal sexual harassment” but felt extremely uncomfortable as this affected her interview later on.

Hardball host also landed in trouble with Elizabeth Warren, who was called to discuss the allegations against Mike Bloomberg. Upon finding out that a female employee was pregnant, Bloomberg told her to “kill it”, and even though he denied this, the opposition was outraged.

Source: 1BUV

So Matthews asked Warren whether the claims were true or not, to which she replied: “Why shouldn’t I believe her?” The cross-questioning continued and Matthews seemed a little biased, but Warren shut him down with the question “Why would she lie?”

Source: Meaww

Along with this, Matthews also had to apologize to Bernie Sanders when he compared his Nevada victory to the decline of France at the hands of Nazi Germany. Sanders is Jewish and lost members of his paternal family in the Holocaust so this example was perceived to be in poor taste.

MSNBC has yet to find a permanent replacement for Hardball host but until then, different journals are scheduled as substitutes.

Apple Might Owe You $25 As “BatteryGate” Settles

In 2017, Apple faced a class-action lawsuit in the “Batterygate” scandal which accused the company of slowing down the speed of their products, especially iPhone 6 and 7. The customer noted that the processors of their phones did not give optimum performance as the battery aged.

Source: Vox

Later, when multiple cases came forward, it was revealed that Apple introduced this feature deliberately to lessen the burden on the battery, instead of fixing the problem of sudden shutdowns and restarts.

Obviously, the customers were not happy, but Apple denied the allegations. However, after the case that lasted for two years, the company accepted their mistake and has tentatively agreed to settle for $500 million.

Source: Business Fast

The lawsuit claimed that iPhone users were forced to buy new devices due to this problem, and Apple should be held accountable for this. So, now the settlement is going to cover the money that people spent due to their slow batteries.

According to Bloomberg Law, this settlement was finalized in a court in California on Friday, and both sides took two months to reach the deal. The court has yet to approve, but the deal involving dozens of cases that were damaging the reputation of Apple have finally been resolved.

Source: PC Mag

So now the company is going to pay $25 to any current or former owner of the device and all the people who have filed the report will receive $1500 or $3000. For the attorneys involved in the case, another $90 million has been sealed.

Basically, the minimum payout is $310 million, so if there are new suits that claim their older iPhones have suffered similar damages, Apple would be liable to pay them out of $500 million. However, if the amount exceeds the maximum settled buyout, all the users will receive less money because of the division.

Apple also managed to upset the authorities and France has already claimed the fine of €25 million last month. After numerous complaints in 2018, the US Department of Justice also offered to investigate the actions of the company. So Apple took measures to decrease the price of battery replacement and refunded some of the money to the users who already bought new batteries from the stores.

Greta Thunberg Reminds That World Temperature is Continually Rising

The 17-year-old climate activist who previously shook the world with her UN speech is back to remind the world leaders that we are running out of time. This time, she was on the panel of young environmentalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Source: Common Dreams

Greta Thunberg highlighted the issue at the forum saying that we are running out of time and are unable to keep the temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius. She asked the politicians and media to pay attention to all the reports being released by scientists working on climate change, and to urgently take action to protect the world for the future generation.

Thunberg talked about the 2018 SR15 1PCC report which revealed that in order to limit the temperature change to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we require, “rapid, far-reaching and unresponded changes in all aspects of society”.

She said, “In chapter two on page 108 in the SR15 IPCC report that came out in 2018, it says that if we are to have a 67 per cent chance of limiting the global average temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, we had on Jan. 1 2018, we had about 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit in that budget.”

Source: The Guardian

She also warned that the reserve we have for the carbon budget might vanish in 8 years if we keep exhausting the sources. “That number is much lower today as we emit about 42 gigatons of CO2 every year. These numbers aren’t anyone’s opinions or political views, this is the current best available science. Though many scientists suggest these figures are too moderate, these are the ones accepted through the IPCC.”

Thunberg pointed out that it is due to the first world countries that the underdeveloped regions are suffering massive changes and authorities are not doing enough to stop it. She asked all the billionaires to focus their energy on making the voice of youth the center of attention and urged them to take action to lower their carbon footprint.

Source: 06 News

The panel also included Salvador Gomez-Colon, Natasha Mwansa, Edward Felsenthal and Autumn Peltier who also discussed similar issues that fall under youth activism for climate change. Thunberg will deliver her own speech at the same forum on Tuesday.

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