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  •  Silver Lake is launching a 25-year investment strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
  • The private-equity giant is becoming even more like Warren Buffett with its longer investing timeframe.
  • Silver Lake has invested billions of dollars in Twitter, Airbnb, Expedia, and other businesses during the pandemic, similar to how Buffett handed cash to the likes of Goldman Sachs and General Electric during the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The firm has also emulated Buffett by lending money at lofty interest rates and securing equity warrants.
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Silver Lake pulled from Warren Buffett’s playbook when it injected cash into ailing companies during the coronavirus crash this year. The private-equity giant is emulating the famed investor once again with the launch of a 25-year investment strategy.

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Abu Dhabi’s sovereign-wealth fund, Mubadala, is acquiring a sub-5% stake in Silver

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(Reuters) – Salesforce.com on Wednesday said it has adapted some of its business software to help healthcare organizations and government entities distribute vaccines for the novel coronavirus once they become available.

The San Francisco-based company said the offering, called Work.com for Vaccines, will help cities, states and health-care groups track vaccine inventory levels, create online appointment portals and track how patients fare after being vaccinated.

Multiple companies and nations around the world are racing to develop a vaccine to provide some degree of immunity to the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. The chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s largest maker of vaccines, on Tuesday said she was optimistic the industry will be able to make vaccine widely available next year.

Salesforce.com’s efforts build on tools rolled out in May aimed at modifying the company’s business software to help governments make re-opening decisions based on public health data and carry

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RealSelf CEO James Coyle. (RealSelf Photos)

RealSelf has a new CEO as the Seattle-based startup sees renewed interest in its cosmetic review platform.

The company promoted James Coyle to CEO. Coyle was chief operating officer since 2019, when he joined RealSelf after stints at Varsity Tutors, Sears, Amazon, Microsoft, and Siemens Healthcare.

RealSelf founder and former CEO Tom Seery is staying onboard as executive chairman.

“We will continue to work closely together shaping the business strategy and investments we’re making for the next phase of growth,” Seery told GeekWire.

Founded in 2006, RealSelf operates a Yelp-like marketplace business that helps people learn more about cosmetic procedures including botox, Invisalign, breast implants, and more. The company has millions of reviews and 20,000 registered doctors on its platform.

RealSelf cut staff in April due to the pandemic as most elective medical procedures were put on hold due to stay-at-home orders and medical

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JOHANNESBURG/ABIDJAN (Reuters) – When COVID-19 hit Ivory Coast, Bonaventure Kra, who works at an import-export business, began to worry. Handling hard cash all day was a risk. Queuing in crowded bank branches exposed him to infection.

A woman prepares to perform a financial transaction on her mobile phone at a bank of the French mobile operator Orange in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Macline Hien

Then, in the midst of the pandemic, French telecommunications giant Orange ORAN.PA launched an entirely digital bank – its first full banking venture in Africa.

“Going back to cash would be like travelling back in time,” Kra said in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan. “I intend to use it permanently.”

Africa’s mobile phone operators are ramping up plans to bring banking to millions of Africans, in some cases for the first time, after the coronavirus crisis caused a surge in use of digital financial

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In a restaurant landscape where lean profit margins are getting even slimmer due to the necessary COVID-19 safety measures of distancing, staying afloat is an increasingly difficult challenge. Small wonder, then, that some operators are using whatever means they can to stand out from their competition. Robot waiters, although not a new phenomenon, are making headlines around the world again, but this time with a socially distanced twist.

At Claypot Rice, a Chinese restaurant in Calgary, robot greeters and servers chat with guests, take orders and run food from the kitchen. These are typically three distinct roles performed by humans, a fact not lost on owner Alex Guo. “Right now I focus on the kitchen,” Guo told CTV News. “I don’t have time to figure out how to use it (the robot) but even in the future I’m thinking that the

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Artificial Intelligence Defense Platform, a technology start-up creating AI technology for a safer, more comfortable future, and its Founder Andy Khawaja have created a new department within AIDP that is dedicated to pandemic research to see how AI technology can be most useful in future pandemics.

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Andy Khawaja – Founder of Artificial Intelligence Defense Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

In lieu of the Coronavirus Pandemic, or COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence Defense Platform has already found many new ways AI technology can be used for identifying and forecasting pandemic outbreaks. AI technology can track the outbreaks and predict outcomes based on actions.

Andy Khawaja and AIDP have found better methods for tracking carriers based upon tracing data via smartphones, also known as contact tracing.

Although there is a natural resistance to artificial intelligence technology in the healthcare industry, AIDP’s studies show how

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The COVID-19 pandemic — and the ensuing lock-down throughout the world — has brought back a lot of things that had fallen a bit out of favor, like jigsaw puzzle family nights and drive-in movies. It’s also given surprising new life to the tablet PC market, which cratered several years ago, but has come back to life, according to a new research report from Strategy Analytics.

The tablet craze of the early 2010s waned as smartphones became bigger and more powerful while (usually) retaining pocket-friendly dimensions. But if you don’t need a device in your pocket because you’re stuck at home, and you’re spending hours working or learning at school remotely, then the larger screen a tablet provides becomes a valuable advantage again. As a result, Strategy Analytics says the tablet market is growing at the fastest rate we’ve seen since 2014.

Granted, that is expected to provide a mere

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Sep 25, 2020 (MARKITWIRED via COMTEX) —
Medical imaging has played an important role in the healthcare industry. The prevalence of various chronic conditions among patients has augmented the need for advanced diagnostics, paving the way for computer-aided detection services for debilitating conditions such as cancers. Due to its precise technology, computer-aided detection services are able to detect anomalies in the fledgling stages, allowing patients to undergo timely treatment and prevent further complications. Technological enhancements in the form of nanomaterials, big data analytics and 3D/4D imaging have largely simplified the entire computer-aided detection process, producing highly accurate results.

However, the onset of COVID-19 has dented growth prospects of the market. Imposition of nationwide lockdowns has generated a reduction in the number of hospital visits for preventive care, leading to a dip in medical imaging services for the

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Still unsure about whether to invest more of your marketing efforts in SEO during the Covid-19 pandemic?





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Want to know why some brands have been increasing, instead of cutting, their SEO budgets amid all this uncertainty?

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Let’s take a look at how the unique strengths of search engine marketing (SEM) have helped a few discerning businesses stay afloat while others have faced extinction. As you’ll see, SEM isn’t going anywhere — in fact, it’ll be particularly essential to businesses well after the pandemic ends.

The impact of Covid-19 on marketing spend

First, let’s take a look at what exactly happened to the world of marketing as the Covid-19 pandemic shut down entire countries worldwide.

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The panic surrounding the novel coronavirus early this year caused many businesses around the

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