Trading platform Robinhood suffers another outage–on one of the most volatile days the stock market has seen

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Markets are crashing on coronavirus fears, but Robinhood users are unable to trade stocks due to another outage. Robinhood, the app-based trading platform popular with first-time investors, is currently suffering an outage resulting in users unable to make trades. Robinhood itself confirmed the outage in a tweet admitting “trading is currently down.” Read Full Story

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How and where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day

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As far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Marketers and industry groups have been hijacking the calendar for years, claiming so-and-so date is National [Something] Day. Today, September 29, happens to be National Coffee Day—a completely made-up “holiday.” But hey, as far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Read Full Story

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Six ways to drink delicious coffee every morning—even if you can’t leave your house

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You might not be going to the corner coffee shop, but you don’t have to settle for bad coffee. There are many things I miss about my pre-coronavirus life, but a big one is the simple joy of strolling to my neighborhood coffee shop every morning for a perfect cup of coffee. I love the ambiance, saying hi to my favorite barista, and hearing the roar of the machines and the buzz of customers chatting. But given that the pandemic is still raging across the country, it could be some time before coffee shop culture comes back. Read Full Story

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Miss your fancy coffee shop habit? Silicon Valley has the answer—in one tablespoon

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Jot Coffee didn’t plan to launch its concentrated ultra brew amid the quarantine, but there’s probably never been a better time to shake up your coffee routine. For many people, the coffee shop is high up on the ever-growing list of previously daily conveniences and rituals you now miss, thanks to the necessity of social distancing and shelter-at-home orders. Read Full Story

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China wants control over Taiwan. That’s a problem for U.S. tech companies

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The mainland’s long-standing ‘One China’ stance is getting more aggressive. And Taiwan is key to how consumer electronics get designed and manufactured. Over the last two years, the U.S. tech industry has been forced to deal with a spectrum of trade issues with China. These include the federal government’s ban on equipment from telecom giant Huawei , increased tariffs, and, most recently, China’s clampdown on Hong Kong. But according to my contacts in Washington and Asia, Taiwan could reemerge as a hot spot, and U.S. tech companies should be aware. Read Full Story

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How Do Sessions Work in Google Analytics? — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Tom.Capper Google Analytics data is used to support tons of important work, ranging from our everyday marketing reporting, all the way to investment decisions. To that end, it's integral that we're aware of just how that data works. In this Best of Whiteboard Friday edition, Tom Capper explains how the sessions metric in Google Analytics works, several ways that it can have unexpected results, and as a bonus, how sessions affect the time on page metric (and why you should rethink using time on page for reporting). Editor’s note: Tom Capper is now an independent SEO consultant. This video is from 2018, but the same principles hold up today. There is only one minor caveat: the words "user" and "browser" are used interchangeably early in the video, which still hold mostly true. Google is trying to further push multi-device users as a concept with Google Analytics 4, but …

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