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The first week of Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO has wrapped up and, as we enter the second week, here is a peek at what you can expect during the rest of the virtual event.

Last week, Erica Dhawan, CEO of Cotential, spoke about how to communicate with employees and peers effectively; Kelli Valade, CEO of Black Box Intelligence, spoke about the recent restaurant data as the industry tries to recover; three Black restaurant operators spoke about their experiences during the recent social unrest as business owners; and Dr. James Pogue spoke with Chip Wade and Patti Simpson of Union Square Hospitality Group about diversity and inclusion.

These sessions are all available on demand here.

Register for future sessions here.

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Apple’s iPhone 12 launch with 5G will complete the smartphone equation to make speedier wireless access a reality in the US. And coverage with broader price points will spur upgrades into 2021.

Analysts are expecting the iPhone 12 family–iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max–to all feature 5G. The models are rumored to cover a wide range of price points including the $400 to $700 range where the growth will be.

Now Android devices have been all over 5G, but Apple represents the 46% of the market in the US, according to Counterpoint Research. In addition, 5G devices have typically been reserved for the premium market until recently.

Apple’s iPhone 12 series will ensure the two leading smartphone platforms are 5G equipped. As a result, analysts are betting on another supercycle for the iPhone, or a once in a decade upgrade cycle.  

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AppLovin hires Morgan Stanley to lead IPO

October 5, 2020 | technology | No Comments

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AppLovin, the U.S. mobile app and gaming company backed by private equity firm KKR, has hired Morgan Stanley to lead preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) which could come early in 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company has flirted with the idea of an IPO for years, but had never taken a concrete preparatory step. It is the latest mobile gaming startup to eye a stock market listing, as demand for video games surges among consumers staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sources requested anonymity because the IPO preparations are confidential and cautioned that the plans are subject to market conditions.

“Today gaming is a fractured, fragmented market. I think the market will consolidate, and I think AppLovin will be one of those consolidators,” Ted Oberwager, a managing

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

“The amount of data we’re giving up is unprecedented in human history,” says Yang, who lives in New York but is helping lead the campaign for a data privacy initiative on California’s Nov. 3 ballot. “Don’t you think it’s time we did something about it?”

Yang is chairing the advisory board for Proposition 24, which he and other supporters see as a model for other states as the U.S. tries to catch up with protections that already exist in Europe.

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Lead Liaison Launches Website Visitor Converter

September 30, 2020 | website | No Comments

Lead Liaison, a provider of sales and marketing automation solutions, has added Website Visitor Converter, a free lead generation tool available as a downloadable WordPress plugin.

The solution can be used to gate valuable website content. Interested website visitors can provide their email addresses to access the content. Email addresses can be verified for authenticity prior to accessing the content.

Alternatively, content can be gated by a pass code that can be handed out ahead of time and used to unlock access. The solution can also integrate with Lead Liaison’s sales and marketing automation platform. When visitors provide their contact information, they can be added into an automated workflow or drip campaign.

“Marketers are constantly trying to figure out what type of content to put on their website. They understand inbound marketing is a critical growth strategy. However, it’s hard to figure out where to draw the line. What should

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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29, 2020 – A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai addresses a mystery first raised in March: Why do some people with COVID-19 develop severe inflammation? The research shows how the molecular structure and sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein–part of the virus that causes COVID-19–could be behind the inflammatory syndrome cropping up in infected patients.

The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses computational modeling to zero in on a part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that may act as a “superantigen,” kicking the immune system into overdrive as in toxic shock syndrome–a rare, life-threatening complication of bacterial infections.

Symptoms of a newly identified condition in pediatric COVID-19

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Stocks fell considerably Monday in an ongoing correction led by not by growth tech stocks, but rather by growing concerns over the speed of the economic recovery.

The S&P 500 fell 1.16%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down just 0.13%. The price of crude oil fell 3.5% to $39 a barrel and the 10-year Treasury yield fell to 0.67%. Yields fall when prices rise.

Growth tech stocks have received a considerable rerating of valuation, as the Nasdaq 100 is now down more than 12% since Sept. 2. Tech stocks had run up to stratospheric valuations this year on accelerated demand for at-home services, which are also high-growth areas. Now, many are wondering whether there has been a massive pull-forward of demand, which makes later years far less growth-like than the next few years are.

But the selling in tech stocks abated by midday, with the Nasdaq 100 finishing up 0.4% for

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Apple’s smackdown with Epic is just getting started.


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Apple’s iPhone is already one of the world’s most litigated devices. Apple fought its No. 1 rival,  Samsung, and others over the iPhone’s design. It’s fought phone giant Nokia and chipmaker Qualcomm over patent royalties. Before the smartphone first went on sale in 2007, Apple even fought networking giant Cisco over the iPhone name.

On Monday, Apple meets a new combatant in court. This time, it’s fighting Epic Games, maker of the online gaming phenomenon Fortnite, which has  more than 350 million players. Epic sued on Aug. 13, alleging that the iPhone maker’s rules for how big a cut of app sales developers need to pay Apple, and how they can even make money on the popular App Store, are anticompetitive. The suit effectively forces Apple to defend the way it operates its App Store, the only gateway for developers

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