Quibi may be for sale. But what is it worth, and who would buy it?

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A scene from “#FreeRayshawn,” Quibi’s Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. (Quibi)

Quibi can’t catch a break, even after becoming a two-time Emmy-winner.

Less than six months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched their short-form video streaming startup, the company’s drama “#FreeRayshawn” nabbed acting trophies for stars Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

The accolades from the Television Academy apparently didn’t impress Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel. The ABC late-night comic quipped during the Sunday night broadcast that the newcomer had “10 Emmy nominations this year, including outstanding short form comedy or drama and dumbest thing to ever cost a billion dollars.”

Then, the next morning, the media, tech and entertainment industries were buzzing with reports that Quibi has engaged JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help the company review a range of strategic options, including a possible sale, according to two people familiar with the matter who were

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Without oxygen, Earth’s early microbes relied on arsenic to sustain life

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Much of life on planet Earth today relies on oxygen to exist, but before oxygen was present on our blue planet, lifeforms likely used arsenic instead. These findings are detailed in research published today in Communications Earth and Environment.

A key component of the oxygen cycle is where plants and some types of bacteria essentially take sunlight, water, and CO2, and convert them to carbohydrates and oxygen, which are then cycled and used by other organisms that breathe oxygen. This oxygen serves as a vehicle for electrons, gaining and donating electrons as it powers through the metabolic processes. However, for half of the time life has existed on Earth, there was no oxygen present, and for the first 1.5 billion years, we really don’t how these systems worked, says lead author of the study and UConn Professor of Marine Sciences and Geosciences Pieter

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TikTok files lawsuit to halt Sept. 27 app download ban

Social media upstart TikTok on Wednesday filed an emergency injunction to stop a Trump administration order that would ban downloads of the app on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

TikTok in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeks an expedited hearing and preliminary injunction against the White House order that effectively removes the app from circulation, reports Variety.

The Trump administration, citing national security concerns related to the app’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, is pushing TikTok to sell its U.S. interests to a domestic company. If no deal is reached, the app will be removed from U.S. app stores on Sept. 27.

“There is simply no genuine emergency here that would justify the government’s precipitous actions,” TikTok said in the filing. “And there is no plausible reason to insist the prohibitions be enforced immediately.”

TikTok’s latest lawsuit arrives as the company attempts

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Ensuring Cloud Migration Success with PagerDuty

It’s no surprise that business and technology leaders are drawn by the promise of enhanced scalability, business agility, and cost savings — but did you know that 30% of cloud migration projects fail? A cloud-based approach requires new methods to address the increased complexity of hybrid-cloud environments, where siloes can emerge across people, operational processes, and technologies.

The rise of AIOps has enormous potential to connect contextualized information across siloed teams and technology and, where possible, to help automate operations. Join Andrew Marshall, Director of Product Marketing at PagerDuty, as he explores the accelerating trend towards cloud migration, key challenges that exist in a hybrid and multi-cloud world, and how AIOps technologies can be used as a part of that broader strategy.

In this webinar, you will learn how teams migrating to the cloud can:

• Leverage PagerDuty to help bridge silos across people, processes and technology
• Quickly adapt

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Sia Tech raises $3 million to speed up the development of ‘free Internet’

Sia Tech, the blockchain startup behind the namesake decentralized cloud storage platform, has raised $3 million in seed funding to speed up the development of “free Internet.”

Dubbed Skynet, the free internet or content distribution network (CDN) would be able to serve content on the decentralized Sia network. It would allow developers to deploy applications “in just minutes.”

“We’re not talking about a web that is technically feasible yet crippled compared to the centralized alternatives, we are talking about a decentralized web that will become an unstoppable force,” said David Vorick, lead developer of Skynet and CEO of Nebulous (the startup behind Sia and Skynet, which has now rebranded to Skynet Labs).

Vorick said: “Ten years from now, using centralized applications instead of decentralized applications will feel like using a fax machine instead of email.”

The seed funding round was led by Paradigm, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures and

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Three Growing And Important Freelance Marketplaces You Need To Know

In a recent article I described a number of interesting and innovative digital freelance talent marketplaces. Well, there are many more and I am eager to introduce you to three freelance platforms worth a look, as well as their unique take on the freelance marketplace.


The first is Expertpowerhouse, a German startup located in Düsseldorf and Cologne. The platform was created a few years ago by Christian Moldenhauer and is now co-managed with Dr. David Küpper, both former BCG strategy consultants. The Expertpowerhouse team has built a business that makes great strategic sense and, interestingly, I had not seen it replicated elsewhere. The platform has two distinct wings: The first is an expert network, a network of individuals who provide, for the most part, very short bursts of insight rarely extending past a couple of hours; Küpper describes the expert network as “atomizing the expert collaboration”.  A typical

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Are You Limiting Your Talent Pool By Not Offering A Remote Work Option?

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The world and the corporate recruiting landscape have changed. Have you changed your talent acquisition strategy in response?

The coronavirus pandemic has taken an economic toll on the entire globe. Over 30 million people have lost their jobs in 2020 due to pandemic response measures to date. We are in the midst of an economic downfall, and companies need to start caring about the well-being and safety of their employees as well as their applicants more than ever in these unprecedented times. 

Candidates and applicants are searching for a company that cares. But really, it’s more than that. By not evolving and offering employees a solution to work remotely, some companies may be at a standstill and limiting their talent resources. On the contrary, innovative corporations will continue to thrive due to their nature of being open to change previously and in these

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Experience, charisma will steer NASA’s choice for first woman on moon

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) — Experience, charisma — and previous exposure to radiation in space — will guide NASA’s history-making decision to choose the first woman who walks on the moon, according to those familiar with space agency operations.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said the woman selected will be an experienced astronaut who has flown on space missions. Ten current astronauts meet that criteria, and more could soon.

In addition to expertise, NASA will look at the ability to perform well on high-profile missions and to connect with the public, space exploration observers said.

Some of the most experienced astronauts could be ruled out if they have too much radiation exposure, according to space medicine experts.

Among the potential moon mission candidates, astronauts Christina Koch, 41, and Jessica Meir, 43, raised their profiles earlier this year by carrying out the first-ever all-female spacewalk while stationed on the International

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Upload Your Coronavirus Test Results, German App Users Urged | World News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s health minister on Wednesday urged users of a smartphone app to help trace coronavirus infections to upload positive test results into the system, so that others at risk get a timely warning.

The Corona Warn App, launched 100 days ago, has been downloaded more than 18 million times – more than all other similar apps across Europe combined that use Bluetooth technology to assess an individual’s risk of catching COVID-19.

Yet only 5,000 app users who have tested positive – or half the total – have actually taken the steps needed to trigger exposure notifications to their contacts, Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference.

Most are calling a hotline, while few are directly uploading their results via their phone – reflecting lingering fears that people’s identity will be revealed despite the app’s privacy protections.

“Please use the app, if you test positive, to inform

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The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

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When state Senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly.

“My objective,” he says, “was to get the damn thing off the ballot.”

It was the spring of 2018. Facebook’s emerging Cambridge Analytica scandal had cast a harsh light on the tech giants’ data-gathering practices, spurring calls for more consumer privacy protections. The initiative was the brainchild of Alastair Mactaggart, a wealthy San Francisco real estate developer, who had the idea in the shower in 2015 and funded the effort out of pocket. Mactaggart enlisted his neighbor Rick Arney and Mary Stone Ross, a former CIA analyst and lawyer, to help craft the ballot measure. None had any background in data privacy or, for that matter, anything related to the tech industry.

“No one knew who

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