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Georgia inches closer to 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 2,265 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 44 were reported in the Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax. As of Wednesday, a total of 796,547 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. The agency on Wednesday reported 78 additional confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 -- including one in Pierce County, and one in Ware County -- bringing the state’s total to 14,254 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic. According to the state Department of Public Health, 6,914,772 tests have been performed in the state, which had an 11.1% positivity rate, as of Wednesday. Georgia was reporting a total of 176,700 antigen positive cases and 2,019 “probable” deaths on Wednesday...

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Meghan Trainor melts our hearts with adorable snap of her baby boy pouting just like his mumma

Meghan Trainor melts hearts with adorable snap of her baby boy pouting just like his mummaFind us a cuter baby snap than the one Meghan Trainor has just posted with her newborn son, we dare you. Former Voice UK coach Meghan, 27, welcomed her first child with husband Daryl Sabara on February 8 and, boy, is he a cutie. The couple are now proud parents to their son Riley and after introducing him to fans on Instagram on Valentine’s Day, Meghan just couldn’t resist making all our ovaries burst once again with another adorable post. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the singer shared the cutest photo of her baby boy pouting away just like his mumma and we can’t deal. Mimicking his pose, a fresh-faced Meghan is pouting away too, with the star captioning the snap: ‘New phone backg

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This Water Flosser Cured My Fear of the Dentist

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonI’m afraid of the dentist. But not because of the fluorescent lights and uncomfortable tools and machines—I’m afraid of disappointing them. It’s inevitable. Even my best brushing and flossing efforts sometimes aren’t enough to prevent the dreaded gum sensitivity and plaque buildup in at least one back molar that the dentist will point out to me. I understand it’s their job, but as someone who is obsessed with dental hygiene, I needed a solution. This, more than anything, is why I decided to invest in the Burst Water Flosser. The Burst Water Flosser is similar to some of the tools dentists have but safe enough to use without, you know, having gone to dental school. The cordless handheld device fits easily in my bathroom cabinet and looks ...

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Local activist says violence doesn’t represent broader Black Lives Matter movement

The Black Lives Matter Movement protesting police violence against Black people spurred a series of protests and demonstrations last year in Jacksonville and across the country. Monique Sampson, a community organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, was active in the protests and said the violence that sometimes accompanied them goes back to the pain stemming from years of oppression and turmoil. “It is seeing George Floyd be choked to death in front of them. And it’s normal. It’s pain after these verdicts come out: Not guilty -- or these cops aren’t charged. And it stems all the way back from, of course, slavery, protests and rallies were met with water hoses and dogs in the middle of the Civil Rights movement back in the 60s -- but mostly in the modern movement from Tra...

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Square gets a street-high $330 price target from Deutsche Bank on Cash App stimulus potential (SQ)

Summary List PlacementSquare received a street-high $330 price target from Deutsche Bank on Wednesday ahead of the company's February 23 earnings date. Analysts at Deutsche Bank, led by Brian Keane, said Square may have been a "recovery play in 2020," but the "bigger recovery story" is set to come in 2021. Square is a financial services and mobile payments firm that was founded in 2009 by Jim McKelvey and Twitter's Jack Dorsey. The company's stock has risen more than 220% over the past year as its flagship product, Cash App, blossomed due in large part to stimulus checks and the stay-at-home audience. Deutsche Bank's Brian Keane said another round of stimulus checks might be a significant win for Cash App in a note to clients on Wednesday. "Although benefits from the first round of sti...

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Social Commerce 2021: Social media and ecommerce convergence trends brings growth opportunity for brands

The immediacy and convenience of online shopping has led to massive growth in ecommerce—and social distancing and stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic further propelled its popularity. According to an Insider Intelligence forecast, the average time spent per day with social networks increased from 56.23 minutes in 2019 to 65.44 minutes in 2020. Summary List PlacementThe rise in ecommerce combined with the 16.4% growth in social media usage year-over-year encouraged companies to turn to influencer marketing and user generated content to promote brand awareness. And as brands continue to leverage social media checkout and shopping integrations, tech-savvy Millennials and Gen Zers, who are familiar with and motivated by influencer content, will likely engage with social commerce

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Texas blackouts explained: Arctic weather shut down power plants as demand for heat surged, and the state’s grid is on its own

Summary List PlacementMillions of Texans are without heat and power as Arctic weather continues to barrel through the state. The blackout, which affected 2.8 million people across Texas as of Wednesday morning, is among the largest in US history. "We know millions of people are suffering," said Bill Magness, the president of Texas' electric-grid manager ERCOT, in a statement Wednesday morning. "We have no other priority than getting them electricity." While some power was restored Tuesday night, outages are expected to continue through the week. At least 30 people across eight states have died from the winter weather sweeping the country. Misinformation spread online Tuesday, with some conservative groups and lawmakers falsely blaming the blackouts on frozen wind turbines that quit gene...

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Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the Facebook logo on a screen at Nasdaq in Time Square, New York. | APAustralian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement. CANBERRA, Australia — Facebook has announced it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism. Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement. Australian users cannot share Australian or international news. International users outside Australia also cannot sh...

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Mikel Arteta refuses to defend Arsenal star Willian after criticism since Chelsea transfer

Willian is yet to score for Arsenal (Photo by Visionhaus)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says criticism of Willian since the midfielder’s move from Chelsea is not ‘unfair’ given the expectations the club have of the Brazilian. The 32-year-old joined the Gunners on a three-year deal after his contract expired at rivals Chelsea and the move was seen as a coup for Arteta, who had made it clear to the club’s hierarchy how desperate he was to sign the winger. However, Willian has failed to score in his 24 appearances for the Gunners and he’s taken waves of criticism from supporters, who have accused the veteran of taking an easy pay day by moving to the club. Arteta typically defends his players and though he stressed he wants to protect Willian, the Spaniard says the criticism of the w...

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Trump’s acquittal proves authoritarianism remains a ‘potent force’ in the US, but impeachment puts a ‘black mark’ on him forever

Summary List Placement"You've gotta remember you've already won." That's what GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said he told President Donald Trump's legal team amid the former commander-in-chief's second impeachment trial. Cruz was right. Trump was destined to be acquitted, and virtually everyone knew it before the trial even began. As expected, the vast majority of Senate Republicans voted to acquit Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection in spite of the glaring, damning evidence against him. Jason Stanley, a philosophy professor at Yale University and the author of "How Fascism Works," told Insider the trial exhibited how the GOP has become a "complete norm-breaking party, because they regard the other side as illegitimate." Republicans fear becoming a permanent minority party and have wedde...

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A Square exec who leads 1,000 employees shares her best advice for anyone managing a large team

Summary List PlacementNaomi Wheeless first started working in customer relations when she was in college. She was working in a contact center making $12 an hour.  Wheeless eventually worked her way up to directing the call centers at companies like Satellite AutoGlass and Bank of America. She earned an MBA, and served as vice president of operations at Capital One. Today, Wheeless is the global head of customer success at financial services and technology company Square and serves on the board of ticketing company Eventbrite. She manages Square's largest team, which comprises 1,000 employees across 10 countries. Throughout her career, she's often been the only Black woman at the table. And she's learned a lot about leadership, especially as she's navigated the often predominantly white ...

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‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’ Trailer: YouTube Original Is a Devastating Look at Addiction

By the time she was 25 years old in the summer of 2018, Demi Lovato tallied more than a billion views of her music videos on YouTube, earned a Grammy nomination, scored two Billboard Pop Song No. 1s, and successfully made the potentially awkward transition from Disney child star to adult pop phenomenon. But after six years of sobriety, she was also battling a relapse into drug addiction. In the upcoming four-part YouTube Originals documentary “Demi Lovato: Dancing with Devil,” the singer reveals what led to a nearly-fatal overdose on July 28, 2018, and the hospitalization and recovery treatment that followed. At YouTube Original’s virtual panel at the CTAM Winter 2021 Press Tour on Wednesday, Lovato and executive producer/director/screenwriter Michael D. Ratner spoke about the upcoming pro

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Sizing up the Dodgers’ non-roster invitees: Who are the players to watch?

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday Feb. 17 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter from reporter J.P. Hoornstra. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Time’s up. Pencils down. The off-season is over. Spring training is here. We tend to think of the off-season as the time when executives build rosters, and spring training as the time when players begin playing games, and that’s true. It’s also true that Bryce Harper became a Phillie two weeks into spring training in 2019, Roy Oswalt didn’t sign a contract until May in each of his final two seasons (2012 and 2013), and Roger Clemens did the same (in 2006 and 2007). Right now, five of FanGraphs’ top 50 free agents are still unsigned, and after the pace of this off-season I’m surprised the number is that low. Players w

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The best TV deals — save $500 on LG’s flagship 4K OLED TV

  Summary List Placement TVs can be quite pricey, but many manufacturers and retailers often offer sales. We've rounded up the best TV deals for January 2021. Right now, LG's 65-inch CX OLED 4K TV is on sale for $2,000— that's $500 off its full retail price. Read more: The best cheap TVs you can buy Table of Contents: Masthead StickyA quality TV is the centerpiece of any home entertainment system, but finding the right display for your needs and the right price for your wallet can be challenging. When shopping for a TV, there are many different aspects to consider, including size, panel type, resolution, HDR support, smart TV platform, and more.  If you're looking for a display with genuine home theater performance in mind, then you'll likely want to opt for a 65-inch- or- larger premiu

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Austin has attracted the likes of Oracle, Palantir, and SpaceX, among others. Here’s what it’s like inside Texas’s growing tech hub.

Summary List PlacementDroves of tech talent from Silicon Valley and beyond continue to head to Austin, Texas — if they haven't landed there already. In what many have called an exodus from the Bay Area, many tech workers — now untethered to their now-shuttered corporate offices — are able to work remotely and pack up for more affordable locales. Miami and Austin have turned out to be two of the most popular relocation spots. Oracle is moving its headquarters to Austin, and Palantir cofounder Joe Lonsdale, who already lives in Austin, confirmed in early November that he is moving his venture capital firm, 8VC, there as well. Tech executives like Dropbox CEO Drew Houston have announced they're moving to the Texas city. Tesla founder Elon Musk is building a new Cybertruck factory in Austin...

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