Adept Bots founder started as a paper boy, how he became successful - Business Insider
- The 18-year-founded and co-runs three successful sneaker-related companies that have brought in thousands of dollars in sales since they were founded in staggered stages starting in 2018, according to business records that were viewed by Business Insider.
- In 2018, Symonds founded his first company, Adept Bots, a software service that helps users nab sneakers online for retail prices.
- This year, he started a cook group for resellers called Excluded, which currently has over 300 members who pay for access to exclusive information and tools for winning on hyped sneaker drops.
- Since launching Adept to the public in 2018, sales of the bot have brought in close to £1 million (GBP), or over $1.3 million before expenses, according to screenshots of the company's PayPal account, which were viewed by Business Insider.
UK approves Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for rollout next week
- The UK has become the first country to approve the vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, paving the way for immunisations to begin in the most vulnerable next week.
- According to UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, those who will receive the vaccine first will be older people in care homes, and people will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn.
- The news heralds a breakthrough in medicine, with a vaccine being developed in just 10 months rather than decades.
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Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller tells young girls 'the path to success is a lot of ups and downs'
- After making college football history Saturday, when she became the first woman to play in the Power Five Conference and the first woman to officially take the field during a football game in a Southeastern Conference (SEC), Fuller told CNN she was inundated with calls of support from friends, family and even professional athletes like US Women's National Team player Carli Lloyd and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson.
- Fuller is a goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt women's soccer team.
- Her opportunity came because many of Vanderbilt's specialists are in quarantine due to Covid-19, according to the school and ESPN.
- Fuller was selected as the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, according to Vanderbilt.
- Vanderbilt heads south Saturday to play the University of Georgia.
Canada, struggling to control a second wave of coronavirus infections, announces billions more in stimulus
- The program will prioritize young families and other impacted communities, he said, adding that the historic stimulus will be equal to more than 3% of the gross domestic product.
- Canada's average weekly test positivity rate has soared to more than 7% in the last week of November, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- In an interview with CNN partner CBC, Trudeau said that given the spike in cases in Canada and worldwide, he would continue to ban most non-essential travel to Canada, including maintaining a partial border closure with the United States.
- Canada has reported more than 384,000 coronavirus infections and 12,203 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women detained in Russia
- Dubbed by some media outlets as the "Povolzhsky strangler" or the "Volga maniac," the perpetrator has been linked to murders of dozens of women.
- Most of the women were strangled to death in 2011-2012 and their apartments were subsequently robbed, Russian authorities and state media previously reported.
- Russia's Investigative Committee linked the suspect to 26 murders and identified him as a 38-year-old mechanic from Kazan, who previously served time for theft, according to a statement published Tuesday.
- The perpetrator posed as a social services representative or maintenance worker to gain the trust of his victims, retired women aged between 75 and 90 who lived alone, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, RIA Novosti reported.
- The suspect confessed following his detention and said he attacked his first victim because he was hungry and "lived on the street," according to a video published by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
Microsoft will modify its Productivity Score tool after snooping criticism
- Microsoft will modify the Productivity Score function of Microsoft 365 following privacy concerns.
- The company rolled out the tool in October to help companies understand how workers adopt and use technology.
- It provides scores out of 100 on several factors, including communications and teamwork.
- Critics claimed the tool would allow organizations to snoop on employees, because some functions were linked to usernames.
- According to a demo video, the tool could show how many days within a 28-day period that workers (who were identified by name) sent email, used chat, posted in Yammer or included @mentions in emails.
- Three of the other factors the Productivity Score monitors — Microsoft 365 App health, network connectivity, and endpoint analytics — weren't linked to usernames in any case.
- Instead, according to Spataro, those scores used "device-level identifiers" to help IT departments identify and address various issues with proactive tech support.
Chicago officials shut down a 300-person party for violating coronavirus restrictions
- The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) said in a statement that it had conducted 93 investigations over the weekend as part of a task force formed to crack down on large gatherings under the city's Covid-19 regulations.
- The Vault/All Access received nine citations for violating the Covid-19 regulations and five cease-and-desist orders for illegal business activity, according to the release.
- There here have been at least 13.5 million cases of Covid-19 in the United States and at least 268,045 US deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.
- Chicago isn't the only city targeting parties in violation of coronavirus restrictions.
- In New York City, a 400-person party was forced to close over the weekend.
- The club, between Manhattan's Midtown and Garment District neighborhoods, violated emergency orders and had no liquor license, the sheriff's office said.
Trump raised $150m to challenge election, most of it going to his PAC - Business Insider
- President Donald Trump's campaign has raised at least $150 million after Election Day after sending out hundreds of emails asking for support as Trump continues his hopeless mission to contest President-elect Joe Biden's win, according to Monday reports from The Washington Post and The New York Times.
- In reality, only a small fraction of small-dollar donations is being used for Trump's legal challenges, with the vast majority instead being put into an account which the president can use to fund his post-White House political career.
- According to The Times, the email fine print says that nearly all small-dollar donations are split between the Save America PAC, new leadership PAC to fund the president's post-White House political future, and the Republican National Committee.
- As Business Insider previously reported, a leadership PAC like the Save America PAC is typically created by current and former politicians, and can be used to fund travel and events.
November Covid cases: Here's just how bad the month was in numbers
- Hospitalizations more than doubled since the beginning of November, and the United States saw more Covid-19 deaths last month than the pandemic's combined death toll in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and Germany, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- Experts say the daily death toll will double in the coming days, while infections will likely see another surge in a few weeks, fueled by Thanksgiving travel and gatherings.
- And over just two weeks -- between November 5 to November 19 -- the number of child cases increased by 28%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.
- With Americans departing from all corners of the country and returning days later, Reiner warned this holiday had the potential to be the "mother of all superspreader events." That could likely translate in another surge stacked on top of the current one, and these numbers will only keep going up.
Trump said the stock market would crash if Biden won. The Dow just had its best month since 1987.
- New York (CNN Business) - President Donald Trump repeatedly warned Americans that if they failed to reelect him, the stock market would implode.
- Between August and October alone, Trump sent six tweets saying markets would "crash" if Joe Biden were elected, using a word presidents typically avoid.
- If anything, markets melted up as nightmare election scenarios were avoided and investors celebrated coronavirus vaccine breakthroughs from Pfizer and Moderna.
- The strong November performance on Wall Street partially reflects relief that the election removed a huge cloud of uncertainty, even if the votes took time to count.
- Divided government in 2021 means Biden won't be able to raise corporate and personal taxes, a huge relief to investors.
- As of the first quarter of 2020, the wealthiest 10% of American households owned 87% of all stocks and mutual funds, according to the Federal Reserve.