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Apple Losing Wireless Earbuds Market Share Even as AirPods Sales Grow

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. will likely boost sales of its AirPods range by a third this year, but that won’t stop it from losing its dominant grip on the fast-growing wireless earbuds market.The AirPods have come to define the true wireless (TWS) earphones category, with Apple accounting for nearly half of all sales in 2019 and expected to grow to 82 million units this year, according to Counterpoint Research data. More affordable alternatives from Chinese rivals, however, have eroded Apple’s lead and the Silicon Valley company now finds itself with just over a third of the market, at 35%, followed by Xiaomi Corp. with 10% and Samsung Electronics Co. on 6%, according to the researchers.A growing contingent of specialized Chinese brands has emerged on the scene, with models such as the $90 Lypertek Tevi offering better fit and sound quality than AirPods at a lower price and the 1More True … Read the rest

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Top Tips For Launching A Successful Start-Up

Countless people dream of launching their own business, and in many ways, there’s never been a better time to do so. Over half a million new businesses got started per month in 2018 alone, and the advanced technologies and resources of the modern era provide so many ways for new businesses to find success, connect with customers, and build their brands.

However, nobody should set up a new basis and think that it’ll be smooth sailing. Statistics show that a staggering amount of new startups end up failing within the first couple of years due to a wide range of reasons, and one of the most damaging issues of all is a lack of preparation. It’s vital to take your time and prepare accordingly before beginning your business, and these tips can help you get off to the best possible start.

Market However You Can.

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These countries aren’t waiting for a U.S., China, or U.K. COVID vaccine

After COVID-19’s emergence in Buenos Aires led to a strict lockdown in March, Juliana Cassataro and her fellow vaccine researchers grew concerned. The U.S., Europe and China had already revved up their quests to obtain shots; how far back in line would Argentina have to wait for supplies?

“We did not want to stay in our homes,” said Cassataro, a scientist at the National University of San Martin in the nation’s capital. “We wanted to use our knowledge to help in this pandemic.”

Determined to give Latin America its own protection from the fast-spreading virus, Cassataro’s team — 10 women and two men — quickly got to work. A government grant of $100,000 in May paid for initial studies, and human trials could start in about six months.

The U.S. and other superpowers have laid claim to billions of COVID vaccine doses that are nearing the finish line. That’s sparked … Read the rest

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Teva’s U.S. Unit Charged in Generic-Drug Price-Fixing Probe

(Bloomberg) — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. was charged by the U.S. with conspiring with competitors to raise prices for generic drugs, the most significant case to come out of a yearslong investigation of price-fixing by pharmaceutical companies.Teva’s U.S. unit was indicted on charges of participating in three conspiracies to fix prices and allocate customers from May 2013 to December 2015, the Justice Department said Tuesday.Teva, the world’s largest generic-drug maker by market value, is the most high-profile company to be charged in the Justice Department’s probe into allegations that companies conspired with one another to prop up the prices of certain widely used medications. Nine of every 10 prescription drugs dispensed in the U.S. are generics.Five other companies have settled charges and agreed to pay a total of $426 million in criminal penalties, while a sixth was charged in June.“Today’s charge reaffirms that no company is too big to be … Read the rest

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5 Tips For Helping New Teams Connect

Some people are simply naturally better team players than others, but even for those people, it can be difficult to connect with and work well with brand new people straight away. Whether you are adding a few new people to an already existing team, or putting a brand new team together who have never worked together before, you can expect the dynamics to change and people may need to get to know each other a little better before they can work together at maximum effectiveness.

Thankfully, as a team leader or manager, there are several things you can do to help teams connect. Here are some ideas:

1. Music.

Listening to music is something that most people can share with one another, even if people have different musical tastes. Even if somebody doesn’t share your exact taste in music, you can both appreciate what each other likes, and sharing musical … Read the rest

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A woman spread COVID to 27 customers at a Starbucks. Its mask-wearing employees escaped infection

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection.

The Aug. 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces — as well as ways to minimize transmission. With health authorities around the world still debating the evidence around face masks, the 27-person cluster linked to the air-conditioned coffee outlet adds more support for their mandatory use to help limit the spread of the COVID-19-causing virus.

“This speaks volumes about the role masks can play,” said Ma Sang Hyuk, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Changwon Fatima Hospital in South Korea. “Masks may not provide 100% protection, but there’s nothing out there that’s as effective.”

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Exxon Booted from Dow Industrials in Major Embrace of Tech

(Bloomberg) — The dominance of technology companies has eclipsed every other story in 2020’s pandemic-upended stock market. Now it’s helping speed changes to the world’s most famous equity benchmark.In the biggest reshuffling in seven years, Exxon Mobil Corp, Pfizer Inc. and Raytheon Technologies Corp. were kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, making way for Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc. and Honeywell International to enter the 124-year old equity gauge a week from today. The actions were prompted when Apple Inc. — currently 12% of the 30-stock index — announced a stock split that reduced the sway of computer and software companies in the price-weighted average.The changes mark a stunning fall from grace for Exxon, the world’s biggest company as recently as 2011, whose ejection reflects the steady decline of commodity companies in the American economy. They represent an equally significant embrace of technology firms, whose giant rallies have have caused … Read the rest

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The Worst Advice We’ve Heard For SEO Services

by Sheryl Jones, Senior Marketing Specialist at Uplers

The internet is an excellent resource for learning and acquiring knowledge. However, it is also a hotspot for half-baked truths and a generous sprinkling of lies. This problem often plagues popular, hot topics. And resultantly, you are stuck with information that has lost its fidelity.

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is one such domain that is dotted with misinformation. Individuals claiming to be “experts” are misleading the general user base to adopt poor or ineffective techniques. Unfortunately, the cost of treading into the grey areas of this practice can attract severe and irrecoverable penalties!

Since we believe that prevention is better than cure, here’s a lowdown on some of the worst SEO advice doing the rounds over the internet.

SEO is a One-Time Thing.

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Stocks Gain on Virus Progress, China; Dollar Holds: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Stocks and S&P 500 equity futures rose on signs of a progress in coronavirus treatments and a thaw in U.S. and China relations.BT Group rallied 8% to lead gains in the Europe Stoxx 600 Index, and Asian shares advanced. Hong Kong shares outperformed, aided by a rally in WeChat owner Tencent Holdings Ltd. The 10-year yield on New Zealand bonds fell to a record low after the central bank fell short of its quantitative easing buying target. Treasuries and the dollar were steady.People familiar with the matter said President Donald Trump’s team is privately seeking to reassure U.S. companies that they can still do business with the WeChat messaging app in China. Over the weekend, Trump also moved to expand access to a virus treatment involving blood plasma from recovered patients.Governments continue to tread a fine line between easing lockdowns to revive growth and controlling any resurgence of … Read the rest

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Trump’s push to approve COVID-19 convalescent plasma treatment could delay efforts to better understand it

The Trump administration’s decision to authorize the use of a blood-plasma treatment for COVID-19 with no clear evidence it works could frustrate efforts to better understand the therapy’s benefits.

Several clinical trials are examining the use of so-called convalescent plasma for COVID-19, but none have been completed and results aren’t expected for at least several more weeks.

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Some of the studies are struggling to attract participants because of programs that give patients a more certain path to the therapy and a way to avoid the risk of ending up with a placebo in a clinical trial. Researchers fear that Sunday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration to issue an emergency waiver will make it harder to get patients into clinical trials and get a more definitive picture on whether … Read the rest