Apple and Big Tech’s product launches are now just sideshows, while the real news happens on the world stage

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This week: For Tim Cook and Apple, it’s Lights, Cameras … Sideshow!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Headquarters

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the latest iPad you may have enjoyed Apple’s “Special Event” on Tuesday. But to me, Apple’s big event was mainly a sign of how the scripted product launches that Big Tech relies upon to control the news cycle are increasingly impotent.

It’s not all bad. As my colleague Avery Hartmans noted, the abbreviated, online-only product launch is preferable to the bloated in-person events of years past.

But I think there’s something else going on too:

Now that tech is at the center of the biggest

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Big Ten Conference Votes to Move Forward with Football Season Weeks After Canceling Fall Sports

Scott Taetsch/Getty Penn State Football in November 2019

The Big Ten Conference is moving ahead with a college football season — weeks after announcing that it would cancel due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Wednesday, the league announced that its council voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24, also revealing that they’ve “adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition.”

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” Dr. Jim Borchers, head team physician at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, said in a press release.

“The data we are going to collect

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Amazon Gears Up for Big Week, With London Storefront and a Luxury App

LONDON — Amazon is ramping up efforts to raise its fashion — and luxury — profile with a series of projects set to make their debuts this week, including a digital storefront with London Fashion Week designers and the long-awaited launch of its luxury platform, a dedicated app showcasing brands from Europe and the U.S.

The Amazon Fashion x London Fashion Week digital storefront will offer spring 2021 collections and archival pieces across ready-to-wear, party wear, loungewear, lingerie and footwear from labels including Preen, Les Girls Les Boys, Grenson, De La Vali, Emilio de la Morena, Kat Maconie and Teija. It promises to extend the labels’ reach to “tens of millions” of customers.

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An announcement is expected today.

The project is part of the wider series of initiatives known as Amazon Fashion Connects that sees the online retailer provide resources, infrastructure and delivery services to emerging and

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Optimism for Big Ten football restart is growing; no vote on Sunday

It’s looking more and more likely that there will be football this fall in the Big Ten following a Sunday meeting of Big Ten presidents and chancellors, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told the Free Press.

However, no vote was taken on a restart. Though that could happen later this week, sources said.

The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. 

The presidents and chancellors — all 14 of whom make up the ruling body of the Big Ten — heard presentations about medical advances, especially in the area of testing that have taken place since the league voted 11-3 to indefinitely delay the fall football season Aug. 11.

It’s unclear which way each university president or chancellor would lean on a restart plan. Michigan State University is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that led to the county health department

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Dolan Fire near Big Sur keeps growing, but firefighters increase containment

The Dolan Fire burning south of Big Sur in Monterey County grew by 1,802 acres since Saturday, but firefighters were able to increase containment as well, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire has charred 117,242 acres as of Sunday morning, destroying 19 structures and damaging four others, authorities said in a Sunday morning update. The blaze is now 40% contained, up from 30% on Saturday, according to the Forest Service.

A reporting change led to the increased number of structures burned. Since the beginning of the fire, four structures have been damaged and 14 residences destroyed, according to the Forest Service. Five non-residential structures, like barns or outbuildings, have also been destroyed and were added to the overall number Sunday, the Forest Service said.

The thick layer of smoke and the marine layer over the fire thinned out Saturday afternoon, which caused the fire to pick up speed,

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Ontario premier defends province’s top doctor, ‘You cannot hold big parties,’ Dr. Tam warns

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,00 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 131,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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A Singaporean venture capitalist on what makes Singapore and Southeast Asia the future of ‘big impact’ in e-commerce, media, and technology

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  • Global venture capital firm GGV Capital has offices in China, Singapore, and Silicon Valley has seen its 200-plus portfolio companies through the fallout of the pandemic.

  • Jenny Lee, a Singaporean managing partner at the firm, says short-term impact for startups is unavoidable but long-term outlook can be positive.

  • The Southeast Asian bloc of countries, of which Singapore is currently seen as the leader in investment activity, will see accelerations in 5G, communication technology and fintech, while online education and health could experience a boost.

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To Jenny Lee, a managing partner at private equity firm GGV Capital (GGV), there’s no ‘post-COVID-19’; only a new normal to reckon with. 


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How to make sure children are mentally prepared for the big return to school

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A child in a facemask – E+/ Vladimir Vladimirov

When school starts next week, some pupils won’t have seen a classroom for nearly six months. However, the doughty 11-year-olds of Highgate Primary School in Haringey had a preview of Covid-era school life when they briefly returned in the summer term. After entering the playground through a different gate, they queued at a new handwashing station.

“We got the children to hold out their hands and supervised the hand wash for them,” recalls Rebecca Lewis, deputy head and Senco (special educational needs coordinator). “On that first morning, at least half had trembling hands.” But by the following day, she says, pupils’ anxiety had vanished – testament to the support of staff and parents.

From extra hygiene measures to year-group bubbles and socially-distant playtimes, the school year ahead is going to feel significantly, uncomfortably different, and many children may find it hard

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Big tech and lockdown essentials soar

As the novel coronavirus pandemic reshapes American life, some companies have found business booming in the new normal, even as the rest of the economy recedes.

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Japan’s Big Second Wave; FDA Head Addresses Data: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged errors in comments about blood plasma therapy and said he would never reverse an agency decision for political reasons. Japan’s virus czar said the country faces a second wave of Covid-19 cases larger than the first, while South Korea ordered striking doctors back to work.

Germany extended a program aimed at preserving jobs during the pandemic. University of Cambridge scientists won funding from the U.K. government to start trials for a DNA-based vaccine against multiple coronaviruses.

California and Florida reported positive trends, adding to signs that an infection spike in Sun Belt states is easing. Houston tried to maintain social distancing while preparing for the blow from Hurricane Laura.

Global Tracker: Cases top 23.82 million; deaths pass 818,000Pandemic halts Vietnam’s three-decade economic boomWorst-hit nation in Southeast Asia risks losing in vaccine raceAfter beating the virus, Wuhan is now … Read More