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Prescription Drug Prices in the U.S. Are 2.56x Higher Than Other Nations – Brand-Named Drugs 3.44x Higher

Prescription drug prices in the United States are significantly higher than in other nations, with prices in the U.S. averaging 2.56 times those seen in 32 other nations, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The gap between prices in the U.S. and other countries is even larger for brand-named drugs, with U.S. prices averaging…

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      Pro-Trump Twitter figure arrested for spreading vote-by-text disinformation in 2016

      The man behind a once-influential pro-Trump account is facing charges of election interference for allegedly disseminating voting disinformation on Twitter in 2016. Federal prosecutors allege that Douglass Mackey, who used the name “Ricky Vaughn” on Twitter, encouraged people to cast their ballot via text or on social media, effectively tricking others into throwing away those votes.…

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        Tesla is willing to license Autopilot and has already had ‘preliminary discussions’ about it with other automakers

        Tesla is open to licensing its software, including its Autopilot highly-automated driving technology and the neural network training it has built to improve its autonomous driving technology. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed those considerations on the company’s Q4 earnings call on Wednesday, adding that the company has in fact already “had some preliminary discussions about…

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          WallStreetBets goes dark

          After a wild day for public markets driven by Reddit traders commandeering stocks and combatting hedge fund short sellers, the community at r/wallstreetbets no longer has a home on Discord and its Reddit community has been locked down as an invite-only subreddit for the time being. Update: 4:49pm PT: The r/wallstreetbets subreddit returned with a…

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              Access to Legal Cannabis Stores Linked to Reduction in Opioid Deaths

              Findings may have implications for tackling opioid misuse. Access to legal cannabis stores is associated with a reduction in opioid related deaths in the United States, particularly those linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, finds a study published by The BMJ today. Opioids are ‘morphine-type’ drugs that relieve short-term (acute) pain and pain at the end…

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                Tesla’s power businesses are beginning to take off

                Tesla just released its latest earnings report, and the results indicate that Elon Musk’s bets on energy storage and solar are beginning to pay off. The storage business was the star of the company’s power plays in the fourth quarter, with quarterly year-on-year growth approaching 200%. As the company said in its presentation to shareholders,…

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                  IAC’s Teltech acquired encrypted mobile messaging app Confide

                  IAC has acquired Confide, the encrypted mobile messaging that once made headlines for its use by White House staffers during the Trump administration. The deal, which closed on Dec. 1, 2020 but was not publicly announced, sees Confide joining Teltech, the makers of spam call-busting app Robokiller, which itself had joined IAC’s Mosaic Group by…

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                    Squarespace files privately to go public

                    Squarespace announced this afternoon that it is going public. The online website creation and hosting service is a venture-backed entity, having raised Series A and B rounds in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Those deals were worth a combined $78.5 million, according to Crunchbase data. But Squarespace is perhaps best known for its epic 2017-era $200 million…

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                      Tesla Reveals Lavish New Spaceship-Like Model S Interior

                      Model S RefreshTesla has released new images of the interior of its refreshed Model S — and the company included some quirky new features, Teslarati reports.We’ve known that the electric carmaker has been working on bringing a new version of its best-selling Model S to market for a while now.Some major adjustments have been made…

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                        Vaccine Factory Locked Down Due to “Suspicious Package”

                        Early on Wednesday, a vaccine manufacturing facility in the U.K. had to go into lockdown mode after a suspicious package arrived on the site.The pharmaceutical company Wockhardt UK announced that it shut down and evacuated its Wrexham vaccine factory in Wales. The facility had been responsible for bottling the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine into glass vials,…

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                        Fleeing WhatsApp for Privacy? Don’t Turn to Telegram

                        Last weekend, Raphael Mimoun hosted a digital security training workshop via videoconference with a dozen activists. They belonged to one Southeast Asian country's pro-democracy coalition, a group at direct risk of surveillance and repression by their government. Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd…

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                        These Doctors Are Using AI to Screen for Breast Cancer

                        When Covid came to Massachusetts, it forced Constance Lehman to change how Massachusetts General Hospital screens women for breast cancer. Many people were skipping regular checkups and scans due to worries about the virus. So the center Lehman codirects began using an artificial intelligence algorithm to predict who is at most risk of developing cancer.Since…

                        Hidden Climate Risk Posed by Carbon-Chomping Soil Bacteria

                        Soil on a chip experiments conducted by Princeton researchers mimic the interactions between soils, carbon compounds and soil bacteria, producing new evidence that large carbon molecules can potentially escape the soil much faster than previously thought. In this microscopy image, soil bacteria (red) grow around aggregates of glucose (green) that stick to pores in a…

                        Gardin raises $1.2M pre-seed to use ‘optical phenotyping’ tech to improve food production

                        Gardin, a ‘deep tech’ hardware and software startup developing optical phenotyping technology and analytics to optimise food production, has raised $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is LDV Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, and MMC Ventures. A number of angel investors are also investing, including Pratima Aiyagari, Gilad Engel, and Abdulaziz Alrashed. Founded…

                        Joanne Chen just became the first woman GP at Foundation Capital since founder Kathryn Gould

                        Joanne Chen just became the second general partner in the history of the now 26-year-old, Silicon Valley venture firm, Foundation Capital. Were she still alive, Foundation’s founder, Kathryn Gould, would undoubtedly cheer the development. Known for her big personality, Gould first met Chen when Chen was an MBA student at the University of Chicago. Gould…

                        North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

                        One early January morning, security researcher Zuk Avraham got a nondescript direct message out of the blue on Twitter: “Hi.” It was from someone named Zhang Guo. The short, unsolicited messaged wasn’t too unusual; as the founder of both the threat-monitoring firm ZecOps and the antivirus firm Zimperium, Avraham gets a lot of random DMs. Zhang claimed…

                        Will this time be any different for Twitter?

                        As Twitter seems to buy its way into competing with Clubhouse and Substack, one wonders whether the beleaguered social media company is finally ready to move past its truly awful track record of seizing opportunities. Twitter’s pace of product ambition has certainly seemed to speed in the past several months, conveniently following shareholder action to…

                        Discovery of a New Molecule Advances Route to Chemically Recyclable Plastics

                        Iron-catalyzed [2+2] oligomerization of butadiene produces (1,n’-divinyl)oligocyclobutane, a new polymer that can be chemically recycled. Credit: Figure by Jonathan Darmon of the Princeton University Department of ChemistryNew polybutadiene molecule enchains in squares, a microstructure that enables it to depolymerize under certain conditions, advancing options for closed-loop recycling.As the planet’s burden of rubber and plastic trash…

                        Daily Crunch: Calendly valued at $3B

                        A popular scheduling startup raises a big funding round, Twitter makes a newsletter acquisition and Beyond Meat teams up with PepsiCo. This is your Daily Crunch for January 26, 2021. The big story: Calendly valued at $3B Calendly, which helps users schedule and confirm meeting times, has raised $350 million from OpenView Venture Partners and…

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