On December 16, 2020, some U.S. states, led by Texas, sued Google for allegedly manipulating the online advertising market. Compared with the October 2019 antitrust case in which the U.S. Department of Justice accused Google of abusing its monopoly in Internet search, this lawsuit focuses on the technology giant’s broader business areas. Five years ago, antitrust was still a stagnant pool. This shows the lack of unity on both sides of the Atlantic, and the flaws of two very different strategies. In the United States, smug antitrust prosecutors failed to detect the rise of large technology companies. In the EU, they noticed this, but did not do much. But this time, they finally synchronized their shots. On December 15, the European Union announced two draft digital services laws, which will establish a comprehensive oversight agency to restrict Silicon Valley. In the United States, the federal government has just launched an antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook. These moves mark the biggest shift in competition policy in a generation, so you might think that investors are worried that large technology companies are facing serious threats. But instead, their response was indifference. One background is that in 2020, the market value of the top five Silicon Valley companies has increased by 46%, reaching US$7.2 trillion.
Biden talks about possible successor to deputy Harris
United States “Time” December 21, 2020
Where will the United States go? This is a huge question before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are nominated as Time Magazine’s 2020 Person of the Year. Biden is not the first person of the year to shoulder important tasks for the future of the United States. Since 1928, almost every president of the United States has been named the person of the year at least once (Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Gerald) Except De Ford). But Biden may be the first in a generation to inherit so many disasters. Regarding the choice of Kamala Harris, Biden commented: “She is straight as an arrow. She is really very smart. She is very strong… As the daughter of immigrants, like me, she grew up in a strange way. . We are told that we can be anything. Don’t give up, just move, keep working hard. I (choose her) just found out that she is the person—if in fact something happened to me, I know they can take over—that is the card Mara.”
Who are the top ten scientific figures in 2020?
English “Nature” December 24, 2020
On December 15, 2020, “Nature” released one of this year’s heavyweight lists in the science and technology industry: the top ten scientific figures of the year 2020. “Nature” magazine lists ten major advances in the field of science, and some people who played important roles in these milestones. These ten figures and their colleagues have played a very important role in a series of scientific events, such as sequencing the deadly new coronavirus, leading the development of new coronavirus vaccines, and escorting researchers on groundbreaking Arctic climate missions. Li Lanjuan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Tan Desai, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Kathrin Jansen, Head of Vaccine Development at Pfizer, a U.S. pharmaceutical company, Adi Utarini, Commander of Mosquito Control in Indonesia, and Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, cosmologist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Uruguayan virologist Gonzalo Moratorio and others are on the list.
After the new crown, employees still want to continue working from home
U.S. “Washington Observer” December 22, 2020
The promise that the new crown vaccine will eventually bring the situation back to normal may not be true when the workers return to the office. Wes Guckett, President and CEO of Traffic Group, told The Washington Observer: “Our employees have been polled and they want to work from home for as long as possible.” According to the survey, it is not only the employees of Gucot that feel this way. The majority of workers surveyed (54%) currently work from home and hope to continue working from home all or most of the time after the end of the new crown pandemic. Only 11% said they would never want to work from home. The survey also found that 87% of people believe that the transition from the office to working at home is “very” or “a little easier”. The poll pointed out: “This spring, many offices and workplaces suddenly closed, opening a new era of remote work for millions of American employees, and may herald a major shift in the way most of the workforce will work in the future.”
What are the incredible discoveries in 2020
US “News Weekly” January 8, 2021
In 2020, dealing with the new crown pandemic, including the development of a vaccine to combat it, has been one of the biggest challenges facing scientists. However, it cannot be ignored that research in all fields, including astronomy and physics, has also made great progress. Probably the most exciting discovery in the past 12 months is that there may be signs of extraterrestrial life in the clouds of Venus. In September 2020, astronomers announced that they had discovered a gas called phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, which may be a sign of life. Next, they used computer simulation techniques to understand what happened and concluded that microbes may be the most likely explanation. In addition, there is an important breakthrough-the deep learning algorithm Alphafold proposed by Google’s artificial intelligence technology company DeepMind, which solves the 50-year-old protein molecular folding problem. Scientists said that Alphafold’s breakthrough research results will help researchers understand the mechanisms that cause certain diseases, and pave the way for designing drugs, increasing crop production, and developing super enzymes that can degrade plastics.
How does science defeat the virus?
US “Atlantic” January/February 2021
PubMed, the Biomedical Library, lists more than 74,000 scientific papers related to the new crown disease, which is more than twice the number of papers on polio, measles, cholera, dengue fever or other diseases that have plagued humans for centuries. Francis Collins, President of the National Institutes of Health, said: “The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has led to a shift in scientific priorities. This is unprecedented.” Scientific research efforts on the epidemic have paid off. The new diagnostic test can detect the virus in a matter of minutes. A large number of public data sets of virus genomes and confirmed cases provide the most detailed picture of the evolution of a new disease. The secrets revealed by the new coronavirus will deepen our understanding of other viruses and make the world fully prepared for the next pandemic. At the same time, flawed COVID-19 research has made the pandemic even more confusing, clinicians wasted millions of dollars on sloppy and meaningless trials, and racial and gender inequality in science continues to expand.