Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

By ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums. After laboring through the night on a mountain of amendments — nearly […]

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Senate passes Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus relief bill

President Joe Biden participates in a roundtable discussion on a coronavirus relief package in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 5, 2021. | Patrick Semansky/AP An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they […]

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Sony has filed a patent for a system that could turn bananas and other household items into PlayStation controllers

Summary List Placement The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently published a bizarre request from video game firm Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. to patent a system that turns ordinary household objects and food products into PlayStation controllers, Entrepreneur reports. “The system comprises an input unit operable to obtain images of a non-luminous passive object […]

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The Latest: Irelands reaches half million vaccinations

By The Associated Press LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin […]

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The Latest: Irelands reaches half million vaccinations

By The Associated Press LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin […]

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America’s crumbling infrastructure has become a global laughingstock. A new government agency could fix it — here’s how.

Summary List Placement In this week’s episode of “Pitchfork Economics,” co-host Nick Hanauer points out that the United States doesn’t really have an industrial policy. Other nations intentionally establish suites of economic, regulatory, and fiscal policies which direct their industrial sectors into specific fields, focus manufacturing into new technologies, and discourage harmful corporate behavior such […]

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Trump sent cease-and-desist letters to stop the RNC, NRCC, and NRSC from using his name: report

Summary List Placement Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump on Friday issued cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for “using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise,” according to a Politico report. The three fundraising committees are the largest and […]

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Home sales in Santa Clara & San Mateo counties, March 6

18310 Castle Hill Way, Los Gatos 95033; sold Feb. 5 for $2.825 million; 4358 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Newly built three-level home on half-acre backs up to terraced slope. Large open-plan kitchen and family room on second floor opens to small balcony in front,  ground-level patio at back. Bedrooms on third floor, plus […]

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California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland

California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots. The state on Friday relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues as a fall and winter surge seemed to be ending, with COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and […]

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Dispo is the buzzy, invite-only photo app that’s being called both the ‘new Instagram’ and the ‘anti-Instagram’

Summary List Placement For the last 10 years, Instagram has dominated the photo app scene, but now its potential rival has arrived.  Dispo, a new, invite-only app, offers users a more authentic approach to taking photos by bringing disposable cameras back into fashion, but in digital form. The app has attracted significant buzz since its […]

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Man, 19, indicted for murder in deadly stabbing on West Side

A 19-year-old man has been formally charged for his role in a fatal stabbing on the West Side late last year. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that Richard Luna has been indicted for murder in the death of Isaac Cantu. The indictment alleges that Luna, “…intentionally and knowingly caused the death of […]

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WATCH LIVE: Senate works through amendments for passage of COVID-19 relief bill

Bleary-eyed lawmakers worked through a mountain of amendments Saturday as the Senate plodded toward passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that President Joe Biden and Democrats say is crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic. The Senate commenced a dreaded “vote-a-thon” — a continuous series of votes on amendments — shortly […]

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First low cost Mioty gateway for the IoT

Weptech Elektronik in Germany has teamed up with Behr Technology to launch a low-cost IoT gateway using the ETSI Mioty protocol. Mioty is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) protocol developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Germany and adopted by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a Low Throughput Network […]

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Germany to build digital platform for automotive industry

The Catena-X Automotive Network aims to connect automotive companies and suppliers in a digital supply chain Car makers in Germany have set up a programme to link suppliers with an open data network for a digital supply chain to avoid the kind of problems the industry has experienced in the last year. The Catena-X Automotive […]

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