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Join the Vox Book Club!

  • Throughout the month, we publish a series of discussion posts containing thoughts and discussion questions from Vox book critic Constance Grady, but we also have comments turned on and moderated so you can share your thoughts, too.
  • After a fantastic June spent discussing William Goldman’s The Princess Bride (watch a replay of the live event here!), in July we’ll turn to Curtis Sittenfeld’s Rodham.
  • We’re going to do two discussion posts in July, each with a special Vox guest star.
  • Sign up here to be notified about new book selections, discussions, and related live events.
  • Join Constance Grady, Soraya McDonald, and Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz live on Zoom.
  • The Vox Book Club’s live event covered how The Secret History fits into dark academia and why Bunny would be the worst at quarantine.
  • A May where you can’t go outside is the perfect time to read The Secret History.

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Nick Cordero's widow, Amanda Kloots, thanks fans for making her husband a 'rock star'

  • The former Radio City Rockette-turned-fitness instructor has been doing live videos each day at 3 p.m. ever since Cordero was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March.
  • In them, Kloots shared updates about Cordero and sang his song, "Live Your Life," along with fans from all over the world.
  • She said she wanted to hold one more the day after Cordero died after being hospitalized for 95 days due to complications from Covid-19.
  • In Monday's Instagram Live, Kloots tearfully spoke of her husband and then sang his song.
  • Cordero, 41, suffered a series of setbacks over the course of his three months in the ICU, including the amputation of his right leg.
  • Earlier Monday, Kloots shared an intimate video her sister made.
  • The video, which lasted more than 10 minutes, showed photos of the family rallying around Kloots and Cordero's 1-year-old son, Elvis.

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‘This is addicting’: How the new retail investor mania is changing the stock market game

  • Smit, 19, is one of thousands of Canadians who started investing for the first time earlier this year, when major stock indices declined between 30 and 40 per cent as governments around the world imposed social distancing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • In the first quarter of 2020 alone, discount online brokerages in Canada added 500,000 new accounts, according to Investor Economics, meaning that they’re growing at three times their normal pace.
  • The Financial Post spoke with 15 Canadian retail investors who started investing for the first time around the market crash and found that they’re deploying a breadth of strategies from building dividend portfolios to looking for swing trades with penny stocks.
  • While daytraders only make up a small percentage of TD Web Broker’s client base, Clark said that March was the first time that long-term investors were responsible for more active trades.

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Anti-mask Costco and Target shoppers throw tantrums in viral videos - Business Insider

  • Anti-mask customers are creating a crisis for retailers, as employees at stores like Target and Costco have to handle customers throwing tantrums and destroying displays.
  • In another video that was posted online last week, a woman refuses to wear a mask in a Costco warehouse in Oregon.
  • In May, another Costco employee went viral for enforcing the retailer's mask policy, with people applauding the worker for taking a stand against an anti-mask customer.
  • In early May, a Family Dollar security guard was shot and killed in Michigan after telling a shopper she needed to wear a mask.
  • Restaurants in states including Texas, California, and Michigan have said that they decided to shut down dining rooms to protect staff after workers faced harassment from anti-mask customers.

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Anti-mask Costco and Target shoppers throw tantrums in viral videos - Business Insider

  • Anti-mask customers are creating a crisis for retailers, as employees at stores like Target and Costco have to handle customers throwing tantrums and destroying displays.
  • In another video that was posted online last week, a woman refuses to wear a mask in a Costco warehouse in Oregon.
  • In May, another Costco employee went viral for enforcing the retailer's mask policy, with people applauding the worker for taking a stand against an anti-mask customer.
  • In early May, a Family Dollar security guard was shot and killed in Michigan after telling a shopper she needed to wear a mask.
  • Restaurants in states including Texas, California, and Michigan have said that they decided to shut down dining rooms to protect staff after workers faced harassment from anti-mask customers.

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JobKeeper powers to cut work hours curbed

  • The Fair Work Commission pared back Mediatec's 40 per cent cut to its broadcast engineer's minimum 80-hour fortnight so that it was just a 20 per cent reduction after finding the media company was relying on unreasonable claims about event cancellation risks from the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The decision is the first time the commission has curbed employers' use of JobKeeper flexibilities to cut hours, and experts say more challenges are likely as economic conditions improve.
  • The engineer, who filmed horse-racing events in Western Australia through Mediatec subsidiary Live Events, was the only employee to refuse a company request in March to reduce hours due to significant falls in revenue.
  • But after the company started on the wage subsidy it issued him a stand-down direction available under the scheme that cut his guaranteed hours to just 48 a fortnight, in turn reducing any top-up pay it would be liable for if work became unavailable.

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How to watch Rocket Lab launch satellites for Canon, Planet and more live

  • Rocket Lab is launching a rideshare mission today which includes seven small satellites from a number of different companies, including primary payload provider Canon, which is flying a satellite equipped with the camera-maker’s Earth imaging technology, including high-res photo capture equipment.
  • The Electron rocket that Rocket Lab is flying today will also carry five Planet SuperDove Earth-Observation satellites, as well as a CubeSat from In-Space missions.
  • This is Rocket Lab’s third flight this year, and while the company is still in the process of developing and testing its rocket booster recovery program, this mission won’t include any booster recovery attempt.
  • This is the company’s 13th Electron flight, and the next planned test in that system’s development is set for flight 17.

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MMR vaccine could prevent worst symptoms of COVID-19

  • The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could help to prevent inflammation in COVID-19, which is associated with the most severe symptoms of the disease.
  • The researchers behind the article suggest that the vaccine could dampen the severe inflammation associated with COVID-19 and mortality, and propose a clinical trial for healthcare workers.
  • Fidel and Noverr say an MMR vaccine could induce MDSCs in people with COVID-19, which could help them to fight the lung inflammation and sepsis associated with the most severe forms of the disease.
  • While age is a known risk factor for COVID-19 severity, the fact that many children have had more recent exposure to live attenuated vaccines could also play a role in their protection, the article suggests.

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4 ways to improve your latest product’s landing page to guarantee conversion

  • The good news is that there are several actionable tips you can implement today to boost the conversion rate of your product landing page.
  • A case study from growth marketing company KlientBoost compared conversion rates for a specialty hair iron based on different product photography.
  • While you can incorporate product usage photos as part of your landing page, the first image your customers see should give them a clear visual of what they are about to buy.
  • Ideally, your landing page copy should provide a detailed description of your new product, giving customers a good overview of key features and benefits.
  • By optimizing your product landing page from the get-go and using data insights to A/B test different ideas, you will be able to determine the layout that yields the highest conversion rates for your customers.

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GGV's Jeff Richards: 'There is a level of resiliency in Silicon Valley that we did not have 10 years ago'

  • Earlier this week, GGV Capital’s Jeff Richards and Hans Tung joined TechCrunch for an Extra Crunch Live session.
  • During our hour-long chat, we touched on startup profitability, the global venture capital scene, why GGV doesn’t have an office in Europe, how the venture industry is responding to its stark lack of diversity and other issues.
  • Both Richards and Tung were positive about their own portfolio companies’ recent performance and financial health (cash position, really).
  • But it appears that not only are their portfolios doing well, but other startups are a bit more solid than in previous downturns.
  • Reading both points in unison, it appears that the startup market is bifurcating between the companies that will come out of the COVID-19 era unwounded, and those that are suffering.
  • Oh, and don’t forget to stay up to date on coming chats.

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