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Sixth Annual Advisor Authority Study Reveals COVID-19 Top Threat to Success–and Technology Helps Protect Profitability During Pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the COVID-19 pandemic puts immense pressure on American business, driving record levels of unemployment and an increasing number of closures, advisors and financial professionals say their practices are not immune to the impact. Nationwide’s sixth annual Advisor Authority Study, powered by the Nationwide Retirement Institute, surveyed more than 1,800 advisors, financial professionals and individual investors to examine these pressures and reveal how advisors and financial professionals are using technology to adapt their firms and preserve profitability.

“When advisors and financial professionals think about the success of their practice over the next 12 months, they think about the impact of COVID-19—and we understand their concerns,” said Craig Hawley, Head of Nationwide’s Annuity Distribution. “However, by re-tooling with the right technology, advisors and financial professionals can continue delivering an exceptional client experience, retain current clients and attract new ones, ensuring their practice

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Mark Zuckerberg donates $100M more to help election offices

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FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, smile as they prepare for a speech in San Francisco. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, donated an additional $100 million to helping local election offices prepare for November even as some conservatives are stepping up their efforts to stop the funds from being used.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Tuesday donated an additional $100 million to helping local election offices prepare for November even as some conservatives are stepping up their efforts to stop the funds from being used.

The contribution brings the total funding for the election from Zuckerberg and Chan to $400 million — the same amount that Congress allocated in March to help fund election offices as they dealt with the difficulties

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AP Explains: The promise of 5G wireless – speed, hype, risk

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FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, visitors wearing mask to protect from the coronavirus walk past a 5G sign at the China Beijing International High Tech Expo in Beijing, China. A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control.

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A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people.

To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. To many average people, it’s simply a mystery.

What, exactly, is 5G wireless — and will you even notice when it comes online?

WHAT IS 5G?

5G is a

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Apple iPhone 12 and HomePod Mini Preview



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Apple’s new crop of iPhones will offer faster processors, better wireless charging, new cameras, and 5G connectivity, the company says.

The long-awaited addition of 5G brings the flagship phones in line with those of Samsung and other smartphone makers.

At Tuesday’s product launch, Apple also announced the HomePod Mini smart speaker. At $99, it costs about a third of what the current HomePod does and could provide a welcome alternative to popular, modest-priced options from Amazon and Google. 

In total, Apple announced four new phones: regular and Mini versions of the iPhone 12 and regular and Max versions of the iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple says the iPhone 12 Mini, which starts at $700, has a display measuring 5.4 inches diagonally, which is considerably larger than that on the iPhone SE launched this spring. But,

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Fake Black Trump supporters appear mysteriously on Twitter, reach thousands, then vanish

Then, on Sunday, the account was gone — suspended by Twitter for breaking its rules against platform manipulation.

The remarkable reach of @CopJrCliff and other fake accounts from supposed Black Trump supporters highlights how an account can be effective at pushing misleading narratives in just a few days — faster than Twitter can take it down.

A network of more than two dozen similar accounts, many of them using identical language in their tweets, recently has generated more than 265,000 retweets or other amplifying “mentions” on Twitter, according to Clemson University social media researcher Darren Linvill, who has been tracking them since last weekend. Several had tens of thousands of followers, and all but one have now been suspended.

Researchers call fake accounts featuring supposed Black users “digital blackface,” a reference to the now-disgraced tactic of White people darkening their faces for film or musical performances intended to mimic African

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A new era for iPhone with 5G

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini introduce a beautiful new design packed with innovative features, including A14 Bionic, an advanced dual-camera system, and a Super Retina XDR display with the Ceramic Shield front cover

Apple® today unveiled iPhone® 12 and iPhone 12 mini with 5G technology, ushering in a new era for the world’s best smartphone. The newly designed iPhone 12 models feature expansive edge-to-edge Super Retina® XDR displays for a brighter, more immersive viewing experience, and a new Ceramic Shield front cover, providing the biggest jump in durability ever on iPhone. The Apple-designed A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone, powers every experience on iPhone 12, and coupled with an advanced dual-camera system, delivers meaningful new computational photography features and the highest quality video in a smartphone. iPhone 12 models also introduce MagSafe™, offering high-powered wireless charging and an all-new ecosystem of accessories that easily attach to iPhone.

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An Interview With Qualcomm President Alex Rogers On 5G IP

I’ve been following the Qualcomm 5G IP legal saga since the FTC filed an antitrust case against the company way back in 2017. Frankly, an entire screenplay could be written about the proceedings—in a dramatic turn of events, a district court in northern California ruled against Qualcomm in May of 2019. Now, despite the earlier loss, it’s looking like Qualcomm will get the last laugh. Qualcomm appealed the decision with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who, after holding a three judge hearing on the case this past February, have finally decided to reverse the decision, throw out the injunction and partial grant of summary judgment—a total win for Qualcomm on every issue. I was happy with this result, having long maintained the case was a total clown show.

I recently got the chance

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34 Stocks Moving in Tuesday’s Pre-Market Session



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Auris Medical Holding Ltd. (NASDAQ: EARS) rose 91.8% to $1.62 in pre-market trading. Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson was accused in a lawsuit of deceiving investors regarding performance-based earnings from Auris Health. It should be noted the two companies, Auris Medical and Auris Health, are not related. Apex Global Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: APEX) rose 49% to $10.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 15% on Monday. Nxt-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) shares rose 46.6% to $0.4880 in pre-market trading. Altimmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALT) shares rose 19.8% to $15.10 in pre-market trading. Altimmune yesterday published positive pre-clinical data on its new COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSCW) rose 16% to $0.6260 in pre-market trading after gaining over 11% on Monday. Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH) shares rose 12% to $17.51 in pre-market trading after the company issued strong Q1 guidance. SM Energy

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Global shares mostly lower as virus concerns take spotlight

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A man wearing a face mask walks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data.

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Stocks turned lower in Europe on Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors turned cautious over prospects for reining in a resurgence in coronavirus outbreaks.

Shares fell in Paris and London, but edged higher in Tokyo and Shanghai after China reported its exports jumped nearly 10% in dollar terms in September as its economy recovered from the pandemic. U.S. futures were lower.

Hopes for a vaccine for the coronavirus were shaken after Johnson & Johnson said a late-stage study of its vaccine candidate was paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” was related to

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Do schools need technology donations? 11th Congressional District notices?

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: During the remote opening of Asheville schools, I worry that students who are economically disadvantaged may fall behind and that will contribute to the cycle of disparity between the “haves and the have nots.” Is anything in place to help contribute technology, i.e. laptops, internet connectivity, etc., to students who need this assistance? What about Buncombe County? I would be happy to do my part.

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My answer: Interesting side note on a little rabbit hole I dove down on this one: I probably knew this at one point in my life, but the “i.e.” above got me to wondering what that stands for. Grammarly.com tells me this and

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