Daily Digest 7/27 – FAANG Slashing Software Engineering Jobs During Pandemic, Can Coronavirus Cause Heart Damage?


FAANG is slashing software engineering jobs during COVID-19 (Lee H.)

According to Indeed, the four industries with the greatest negative change in postings are childcare, software development, arts & entertainment, and hospitality. For this list, we’ll be focusing on the changes in software development hiring, which Indeed says saw a 35% overall decrease in job listings since the onset of COVID-19. Our data shows that same trend reflected across the FAANG companies, who have all significantly slowed hiring in the software engineering space.

Three Injured as Rival Armed Militias Converge on Louisville (Sparky1)

The NFAC’s founder, Atlanta-based rapper and DJ John “Jay” Johnson, said in a YouTube video that the march was a response to the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers serving a no-knock warrant on her apartment in March. Her death and those of other Black Americans sparked widespread protests this summer over racism and police violence.

An Air Force Special Operations Surveillance Plane Is Lurking Near Portland During Federal Crackdown (Sparky1)

At a Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in 2015, as first reported by the defense blog War Is Boring, Air Force Col. Eric Forsyth detailed the Cougar’s capabilities for conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, or ISR, showing off the equipment’s potential to aid U.S. troops from above. “With jacks for power, Ethernet, GPS and other linkages, engineers can easily install all sorts of gear,” wrote War Is Boring’s Joseph Trevithick at the time. “These systems would potentially be able to run long-range radars, powerful cameras, high-powered radios, laser range finders and more.”

The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid by Clients for the Same Workers (jdargis)

And there was an oddity in the numbers: 174 claimed they saved 500 jobs each, the maximum under the law, at a rate seven times higher than the share of recipients overall that said they retained 500 jobs. Most temp companies don’t have that many people on their permanent office staff. The explanation? Many were counting workers contracted by other companies as saved jobs, according to lenders, industry experts and staffing companies themselves.

We’re Publishing Thousands of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret for Decades (tmn)

Today, we are making this information public and, with it, providing an unprecedented picture of civilians’ complaints of abuse by NYPD officers as well as the limits of the current system that is supposed to hold officers accountable. We’ve published a database that lets you search the police complaints so you can see the information for yourself. Data experts can also download the data.

‘I am someone’s daughter too’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speech denouncing Republican’s sexist slur, in full (Sparky1)

“These were the words that Representative Yoho levied against a Congresswoman, the Congresswoman that not only represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, but every congresswoman and every woman in this country, because all of us have had to deal with this in some form, some way, some shape, at some point in our lives.”

The Daily: The Mistakes That New York Made (jdargis)

A New York Times investigation found that surviving the coronavirus in New York had a lot to do with which hospital a person went to.

Our investigative reporter Brian M. Rosenthal pulls back the curtain on inequality and the pandemic in the city.

Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic ‘without vaccine’ (Roger B.)

The drug uses neutralising antibodies—produced by the human immune system to prevent the virus infecting cells—which Xie’s team isolated from the blood of 60 recovered patients.

A study on the team’s research, published Sunday in the scientific journal Cell, suggests that using the antibodies provides a potential “cure” for the disease and shortens recovery time.

A Texas hospital overwhelmed by the coronavirus may send some patients home to die (Sparky1)

Vasquez said it was a difficult decision to start reviewing the cases but with limited resources, officials have to consider who has a *the best chance* of survival.

“Those patients who most certainly don’t have any hope of improving, we believe they are better taken care of within their own family in the love of their own home rather than thousands of miles away, dying in a hospital room alone,” Vasquez said.

‘Trump owes us an apology.’ Chinese scientist at the center of COVID-19 origin theories speaks out (timot78)

Shi stressed that over the past 15 years, her lab has isolated and grown in culture only three bat coronaviruses related to one that infected humans: the agent that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which erupted in 2003. The more than 2000 other bat coronaviruses the lab has detected, including one that is 96.2% identical to SARS-CoV-2—which means they shared a common ancestor decades ago—are simply genetic sequences that her team has extracted from fecal samples and oral and anal swabs of the animals. She also noted that all of the staff and students in her lab were recently tested for SARS-CoV-2 and everyone was negative, challenging the notion that an infected person in her group triggered the pandemic.

Can Coronavirus Cause Heart Damage? (Francis K.)

As the virus causes inflammation and fluid to fill up the air sacs in the lungs, less oxygen can reach the bloodstream. The heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body, which can be dangerous in people with pre-existing heart disease. The heart can fail from overwork, or insufficient oxygen can cause cell death and tissue damage in the heart and other organs.

FDA says at least 77 hand sanitizer products may be toxic (TourGuideDC)

The recalled products are manufactured by various companies, all in Mexico, and have been carried by such retailers as BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Walmart. The FDA included several types of Blumen brand hand sanitizer on the recall list and said an import alert was attached to them earlier this month to prevent them from entering the country.

Why This Year’s Locust Invasion Is Setting Off Global Panic (Merle2)

There’ve been six major locust plagues in the last century, one of which lasted nearly 13 years, according to the U.N. But the current infestation in East Africa is technically an upsurge, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Depending on locust control efforts and favorable breeding conditions in terms of moisture and soil, the upsurge could spread even further and get upgraded to a plague.

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