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The good and bad of the vaccine rollout, and 5G struggles
Good morning everyone and welcome back to yet another Monday! We hope your weekend was fantastic!
We’ll start with the good: Over the weekend the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was officially approved by the FDA and will be distributed to citizens for the first time later this week. President Biden described the situation as a “light at the end of our tunnel”, but stressed that “we cannot let our guard down.” As for the bad news: despite the best efforts of Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, no company has been able to figure out how to develop vaccination websites that are able to combine the frameworks from each individual county in a state, so it may never happen.
If you’ve watched any TV or online ads recently, you’ve probably seen Verizon touting its 5G service as one of the main reasons to sign up. Unfortunately for them, the new technology drains phone batteries so much that it’s now suggesting that users turn the feature off. Oh, and they’ve also spent over $45Bn on it— more than double any of its competitors.
0:48- Upscale Uber?
A new company called Blacklane is looking to challenge Uber and Lyft, but with a twist: it’s just focusing on the high-margin business travelers. Currently the service, which includes “premium” features such as handling luggage, and opening doors, is only available in NYC, but it has plans to expand to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin and more.
1:04- Tesla loses time
Only days after President Biden signed an executive order aimed at investigating the global semiconductor chip shortage, Tesla became the third US car manufacturer to alter its production schedule due to a lack of supplies. Although the plant was inactive for two days, Tesla says it shouldn’t affect its Q1 delivery quotas.
After a second sexual harassment accusation was lodged against New York Govenor Cuomo, the attorney general’s office has officially launched an investigation into the matters. In his response, Cuomo says that while he has joked with staffers about their personal lives, he disputes any claims that he has ever inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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