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The US House votes on the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. Even if it passes, Senate Republicans are still likely to block it at the next stage, and it’s already lost a minimum wage provision.
2020’s hot IPOs: Airbnb’s was expensive… The company’s $2.8 billion stock compensation package brought its quarterly loss to $3.9 billion.
…While DoorDash’s first earnings report as a public company was a mixed bag. Full-year losses narrowed, but the pandemic boost to its business is set to diminish later this year.
The US carried out an airstrike in Syria. In the Biden administration’s first military action, the Pentagon said it targeted “Iranian-backed militant groups.”
Twitter introduced the “Super Follow.” Users will be able to request money from followers for premium content like newsletters and even more tweets.
Markets haiku: Place your bets
Can’t go to the game,
But you can enjoy the thrill
Of betting on it
Shares in sports betting company DraftKings rose on Friday after it reported strong growth in paid subscribers, despite a larger than expected quarterly loss.
What to watch for
The US Food and Drug Administration is on track to approve Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine sometime Friday, or possibly over the weekend, after releasing research on Wednesday that concluded the shot was effective.
It all happened in a little over a year. Here’s how it came together:
Jan. 2020: Johnson & Johnson receives the genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
July 2020: Johnson & Johnson develops its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate and begins early stage clinical trials.
Sept. 2020: The company begins its Phase 3 trial for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate with the goal of including up to 60,000 participants.
Jan. 29, 2021: Johnson & Johnson releases preliminary data about its Phase 3 clinical trial.
Feb. 4, 2021: The company submits its vaccine to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization.
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Behind Hong Kong’s crowdsourced protest manual
“It’s like running a business. You need to find good people, you need to keep good people, you need to make them better people. You often need to find the resources, maybe its funding, cars, supplies. And they are fairly boring elements, I suppose. But they are precisely the thing that you need.”
“The HK19 Manual,” a crowdsourced archive of Hong Kong protesters’ know-how created to help future demonstrators, has already been partially translated into Burmese and widely shared among protesters in Myanmar, who are demonstrating against the Feb. 1 military coup. Mary Hui spoke with a key contributor about putting together the protest manual and the broader lessons about social movements.
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Texans are getting a little help from afar. A New Jersey plumber heard about all the burst pipes, so he started driving.
Yellow penguins are real. A condition that prevents its feathers from making melanin gives this Antarctic bird its hue.
A “cruise missile type of thing.” One pilot flying over Kentucky saw something nobody can identify. It was really fast.
Covid can’t stop sumo in Japan. After most competitions were canceled, one veteran wrestler founded a tournament via video entry.
Plants give jailbirds a little peace. Their presence has been linked to lower levels of violence and self-harm.
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