Jif peanut butter enters “GIF” pronunciation debate with cheeky, limited-edition label

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In collaboration with GIF-making platform Giphy, the peanut butter brand declares a side in the internet’s favorite argument. One would assumed that the debate on the correct pronunciation of “GIF” ended back in 2013 when the creator of the graphics interchange format, aka GIF, Steven Wilhite, told The New York Times : “It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.” Read Full Story

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Top economist: The 1930s Depression was ‘Great.’ This one might be greater

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When the pandemic ends, it could take five years before economic output gets back to where it was in February, warns a Stanford economics expert. By any reckoning, the coronavirus pandemic will be at least a temporary body blow to the U.S. and global economies. The debate among forecasters is whether unemployment this summer will peak at 15%, which is much worse than after the 2008 financial crisis, or soar to new records above 30%. Read Full Story

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How Wikipedia’s volunteers became the web’s best weapon against misinformation

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In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth. For a few minutes near the end of his first presidential debate, Mike Bloomberg was dead. At 9:38 p.m. Eastern time, a Wikipedia user named DQUACK02 added some text to the Wikipedia page for the former Democratic presidential candidate and New York City mayor: Read Full Story

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To save America, break up the presidency: Parag Khanna’s radical design for U.S. democracy

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Geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna has spent his career studying the nature of governance. Now living in Singapore, the expat author hops on the phone with Fast Company to talk politics, power, and how to save the presidency from the president. If the American Century is the past, geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna studies the future. A “new global order has arrived,” he declared in a hotly debated 2008 essay , “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” marking the rise of Europe and China as new pillars of a multipolar world. The intervening years have largely proved him correct. Read Full Story

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Amazon’s mysterious memo may accelerate the U.S. TikTok crackdown

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A leaked memo showed the e-commerce giant asking employees to remove TikTok. Then Amazon said it was a mistake. But a point may have been made. Amazon sent a jolt through the debate over the trustworthiness of TikTok on Friday. CNN’s Brian Fung and Zachary Cohen obtained a copy of an Amazon corporate memo telling employees to remove the TikTok social video app from any device that could access the company email system. The memo cited “security risks.” Read Full Story

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Bill Gates says he’s ‘not optimistic’ COVID-19 vaccines will successfully complete trials before end of the year

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“There’s no case where we get much below the current death rate, which is about 500 deaths a day, but there’s a significant risk we go back up to the even 2,000 a day.” COVID-19 vaccine trials are well under way, but Bill Gates is not optimistic that phase III of these trials, which measures the efficacy and safety of a vaccine in a wide group of users, will be successful before the end of the year. Read Full Story

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