You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Not So Splendid IsolationAfter a few days of Brexit muscling in on the news agenda (with horrible flashbacks of the hung parliament hell of a year ago), coronavirus returned to dominate Westminster today. From Matt Hancock’s new local lockdown and extra NHS cash to Dido Harding’s Test and Trace problems, Covid was everywhere, so to speak.And what struck me most was that while politicians and officials daren’t explicitly blame the Great British Public for the alarming new spread of the virus, it’s clear that’s where they think the real responsibility lies.Hancock himself again hinted that one reason for the huge demand in tests was that the damned things were free. Explaining the looming rationing of tests (except of course he calls it “prioritising”), he said: “This is the core point: when something is provided for free and demand is therefore high, we have to prioritise where we put our national resources.”He was referring to Leicester, which has a large BAME population. Yet only a few weeks ago, when the health secretary was keen on maximising test applications (even those in any “doubt” about symptoms), insiders told us that one deterrent for some older minority ethnic voters was a fear that tests would carry a charge (as in their ‘home’ countries).Jacob Rees-Mogg’s latest gaffe, suggesting people were “carping” when they say it’s difficult to get tests, perhaps spoke to this wider perception that the pesky public had got it all wrong.Before the science and technology committee, Harding and health minister Lord Bethell also came pretty close to suggesting that the real problem, both with surging demand and with the rise in the virus, was down to Joe Public rather than anything the government had done (like, say, encouraging people into pubs, schools, offices).Giving us the first hard stats for a week, Harding revealed that the online and phone applications for tests was “three to four times the number of tests we currently have available”, which she said was now 242,000 tests a day.But when chairman Greg Clark said that the September surge was “entirely predictable” and more capacity should have been built more quickly, she gave a fascinating reply. “I don’t think anybody was expecting to see the really sizeable increase in demand that we’ve seen over the course of the last few weeks,” she said.‌And then there was this: “In none of the modelling was that expected. We built our capacity plans based on Sage modelling.” It wasn’t as if she was directly trying to blame the scientists but setting out just what drove her actions.Still, Clark’s point seemed valid: wouldn’t any normal reading of human behaviour include teachers, parents and kids requesting more tests when schools went back? She said nobody expected a spike in demand, but plenty did.But Harding had a wider point about testing, in that her surveys had found 27% of those arriving at test centres actually didn’t have symptoms. These were people who had been in contact with someone who had tested positive, but wanted to check themselves to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days.And she revealed that lots of people were indeed breaking quarantine. Some reasons were valid (“caring responsibilities”), some less so (“they feel they need to pop out to grab something from a shop or they just want some fresh air”). Harding said that “a meaningful percentage” of people find it hard to stick to the full 14 days.Lord Bethell was more robust still, saying “there is a temptation to believe that having a test somehow is a cure, or if not a cure is a way out of your commitment to isolate”. Lockdown fatigue had kicked in too. He added that while “we would never have achieved what we’ve done if the public hadn’t been on our side...people do get tired”.Now I’ve got to declare an interest here. I had to quarantine for 14 days after getting caught out by the short notice imposition of quarantine on returnees from France this summer. I stuck rigidly to the rules, not going out beyond the front door. I can tell you it was no picnic, and at times felt like house arrest. But I am lucky in having online grocery delivery, a nice garden and most important of all the ability to work from home.If you have none of those things, quarantine would be much, much more difficult. Imagine being a builder living in a high rise flat with no internet. Sage research found that 75% of people in self-isolation go shopping, and young men in particular are more likely to go outdoors.One obvious route to improving the quarantine rate would be a quick, proper payment to ensure people aren’t left out of pocket for not working. But today, on Radio 4’s World At One, Pendle Council’s David Whipp revealed that the government’s pilot scheme of £13 a day had been taken up by...four people. Yes, four, in an area with serious coronavirus levels. Unless the payment is an amount workers can live on, it seems the pilot will die on its feet.The overall message from today’s sci and tech session was that the real issue is the public’s failure to self-isolate. Maybe the government’s programme should have been named ‘NHS Test, Trace And Isolate’ from the start, just to get over that message that the first two are useless unless the third leg is adhered to.Of course, if the testing is expanded rapidly, quarantine may be shortened and more palatable. If serious cash is pumped into cutting the cost of self-isolation, if networks can be set up for food deliveries, if the app arrives in time. Until then, we may well see more measures like curfews and rules on not mixing households. Maybe, just maybe, No.10 will reverse its drive to get people back into the office too.But there’s real dilemma for the government: just as they are hinting the public ought to take more responsibility in not applying for needless tests and in complying better with quarantine, the public is losing confidence in the government’s handling of the pandemic.A new YouGov poll today found its net approval score dropped to -33, from -18 last week. Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Dido Harding have a big job to do to turn that round. Quote Of The Day“Instead of this endless carping, saying it is difficult to get them, we should actually celebrate the phenomenal success of the British nation in getting up to a quarter of a million tests.”‌– Jacob Rees-Mogg  Thursday Cheat SheetNHS Test and Trace reported a dramatic fall in tests returned within 24 hours, plunging from 66% to 33% for in-person tests in just a week.The UK recorded 21 more coronavirus deaths and 3,395 cases.Almost two million people in the North East of England will be banned from socialising with other households, following a “concerning” rise in Covid-19, Matt Hancock announced. He also unveiled £2.7bn extra for the NHS over winter, and doubled care home infection control cash to £1bn.Former Tory leader Michael Howard warned No.10’s compromise over the Internal Market Bill may not get through the Lords. “The government is still asking Parliament to break international law,” he told the BBC.Transport secretary Grant Shapps put Slovenia and Guadeloupe on the ‘red list’ of countries for quarantine, but said Thailand and Singapore were now free from such curbs.A third of lone parents have received no child maintenance payments at all from their ex-partners during the coronavirus lockdown, a survey shared with HuffPost UK revealed.David Cameron revealed to Times Radio that he volunteered at his local foodbank in Chipping Norton. The news was not universally welcomed. What I’m ReadingChina Is Winning The Trade War - QuartzRelated... 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The University of Edinburgh has renamed its David Hume Tower over the philosopher’s “comments on matters of race”.From the start of the new academic year – and until a full review is completed – the tower will be known as 40 George Square, the prestigious Scottish university announced on Sunday. It comes after more than 1,700 people signed a petition demanding the university dropped the name of the 18th century philosopher from the campus building, accusing Hume of writing “racist epithets”. “Nobody is demanding we erase David Hume from history,” the petition reads.“However, we should not be promoting a man who championed white supremacy. That is mutually exclusive with the goal of reducing the harm caused by racism at Edinburgh University to students of colour.“We can take Hume’s writings and learn about them in context, but there is no reason the tallest building on campus should be named after him.” Edinburgh University said the decision to change the name of the tower had been taken “because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today”. A number of other universities have already reviewed the name of campus buildings and departments linked to problematic historical figures. In July, City, University of London, announced it was renaming its prestigious Cass Business School, which was named after Sir John Cass, the director of a slave trade company. However, the decision sparked a backlash among some business school alumni, who said the name change would devalue their degrees. London Metropolitan University has also rebranded its art school – which was formerly known as the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design – over the 17th century merchant’s links with the slave trade. Related... London Metropolitan University To Rename Sir John Cass School Over His Links To Slave Trade Business School Graduates Want Refund If Uni Drops Slavery Link From Its Name
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Leaving the EU without a trade agreement would still be a “good outcome” for the UK, Boris Johnson will say on Monday,.The prime minister will tell Brussels that if no agreement can be reached by the October 15 European Council, then both sides should be prepared to “accept that and move on”.It comes after a bombshell report in the Financial Times revealed the government plans to introduce new legislation to “consciously” undermine key parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.The move, described as a “nuclear option” in the paper, designed prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could also blow up the negotiations.Louise Haigh, Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary, said it would be “an act of immense bad faith” that would sabotage the UK’s ability to sign trade agreements with other countries.Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, said it would be the “repudiation” of the deal repeatedly described by the prime minister in the general election as “oven ready”.“This will significantly increase likelihood of no-deal, and the resulting damage to the economy will be entirely Tory inflicted. What charlatans,” she said.Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, said it “would be a very unwise way to proceed”.⏲ Ding! Our Brexit deal is ready.#VoteConservativepic.twitter.com/1FXZuwxc9H— Conservatives (@Conservatives) December 3, 2019Johnson’s comments are the latest in a series of statements from senior government figures outlining a hardening stance towards the EU.The UK’s negotiator David Frost and foreign secretary Dominic Raab both used interviews at the weekend to vow not to back down on the remaining sticking points.Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme that the negotiations had been “boiled down to two outstanding bones of contention” – control of UK fishing waters and the level of taxpayer support the government will be able to provide businesses – and argued neither “principle” could not be “haggled away”.Frost is due to hold another round of key negotiations in London with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, this week, as they look to find a solution to the remaining issues in order to have a deal readied for when the transition period comes to an end on December 31.But the prime minister will make clear on Monday that time is running out if the two sides are to ratify an agreement in time for 2021.“We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU,” Johnson is expected to say.“The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year.“So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point.“If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.”Raab said on Sunday that he would prefer to leave with a deal and that there would be “damaging impacts” felt on both sides of the Channel if no deal was reached.Johnson, however, will argue that collapsing the trade talks next month would still represent “a good outcome for the UK” and that his administration was preparing for such an eventuality.The prime minister is planning to say that no-deal means the country would have a “trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s”, meaning it would fall back on trade protocols as set by the World Trade Organisation when doing business with its largest trading partner.“I want to be absolutely clear that, as we have said right from the start, that would be a good outcome for the UK,” the PM will say.“As a government we are preparing, at our borders and at our ports, to be ready for it.“We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters.“We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result.“We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances.“We will be ready to find sensible accommodations on practical issues such as flights, lorry transport, or scientific co-operation, if the EU wants to do that.“Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners – but without a free trade agreement.”But Johnson, in an apparent bid to focus minds as another set of talks gets under way on Tuesday, will say that there is “still an agreement to be had”, one that is based on deals Brussels has previously struck with “Canada and so many others”.According to Downing Street, the prime minister will add: “Even at this late stage, if the EU are ready to rethink their current positions and agree this I will be delighted.“But we cannot and will not compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country to get it.”Labour’s Haigh said: “Just 10 months after signing a treaty promising to implement the Northern Ireland protocol, Boris Johnson’s government is already threatening to renege on the UK’s legal obligations. This would be an act of immense bad faith.“Not only would it be viewed dimly by future trading partners and allies around the world, it would make it more difficult for us to hold other governments to account if we cannot stick to our word and obligations that we have agreed to.”It came after one of Theresa May’s former Number 10 advisers accused Frost of having a “brass neck”, after he said the former PM’s negotiators had “blinked and had its bluff called at critical moments” during talks over a Withdrawal Agreement.Lord Barwell tweeted: “Given the Withdrawal Agreement & Political Declaration David Frost negotiated last autumn were 95% the work of his predecessors – and the 5% that was new involved giving in to the EU’s key demand (for some customs processes when goods move GB to NI) – that quote’s some brass neck.”Related... 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Prompts for civil service bosses to get the vast majority of staff back into the office have been labelled “virtue signalling” by a union chief.Outgoing Cabinet secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, in a letter seen by the PA news agency, has written to the permanent secretaries of government departments calling on them to bring as much as 80% of public sector staff back into the workplace.Sedwill, in the note dated September 3, said Boris Johnson had asked to be personally involved in the back-to-work drive and wanted to see departmental figures on a “weekly basis” following Cabinet agreement that increasing office numbers would be “hugely beneficial for our workforce”.Downing Street this week denied the existence of a “back-to-work” campaign but Sedwill’s letter is yet further evidence that ministers fear huge job losses in town and city centre shops and cafes if workers do not return to their pre-lockdown commuter patterns soon.The PM is keen for the public sector to lead from the front on the return to work and has even reportedly told Tory MPs he wants the Commons “back to normal” by Christmas.Sedwill said departments which were below their coronavirus staffing constraints “should now move quickly to seek to bring more staff back into the office in a Covid-secure way”.He wrote: “We are now strongly encouraging an increased workplace attendance through staff rota systems, with our aim by the end of September to enable 80% of staff to attend their usual workplace each week, for example 20% for five days, 30% for three days and 30% for two days, with the balance attending only occasionally for now.”But Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA, a union representing civil servants, said such targets would be difficult to achieve.He said office use in Whitehall was already “oversubscribed” even before Covid restrictions were introduced.Workplace guidance includes introducing one-way systems, staggered shift times and limiting the number of colleagues that staff members are exposed to in order to prevent the spread of the virus.Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Penman said: “There are two fundamental problems with this approach from the government.“One is its practicality – government offices have a capacity of a maximum of around 50% because of the Covid restrictions.“In a lift, for example, you can have a maximum of two in offices of thousands of people.”Penman argued the civil service had worked “effectively” since the pandemic started, dealing with the increased demand for Universal Credit and starting the furlough programme from the ground up, all with staff being 95% home-based.He added: “It is quite clear from the letter that has been sent out, this is really about virtue signalling to the private sector that has already moved on.“You’re not telling me that the big financial houses in the City of London would be having their staff working remotely if it wasn’t working effectively for them.”Figures published on Friday suggest employees are beginning to curtail their work from home habits.According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there has been an increase in people travelling to work in the last two months, with fewer working exclusively from home.The ONS said 57% of working adults reported that they had travelled to work – either exclusively or in combination with working from home – in the past seven days, while 20% had worked solely from home.The findings show an increase from the results of an ONS survey in the last week of June when 49% of working adults said they had travelled in to work, and 29% said they had worked exclusively at home.The latest statistics are based on survey responses from 1,644 adults in Britain between August 26 and 30.Transport for London has also recorded more passengers using both the Tube and buses throughout the week.It said 630,000 passengers used the London Underground network on Friday from the start of service until 10am – 21.1% higher than during the same period last week although still 69.2% lower than the same period last year.Bus journeys in the capital were also up 29.6% on last week, but down 50.8% on 2019.
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Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities may have been less trusting of Covid-19 health advice due to a lack of inclusive messaging, caused in part by the scarcity of non-white experts at the Downing Street briefings.A recent report by the Wellcome Trust found fewer than half (45%) of BAME people had “complete” or a “great deal of” trust in information from government scientific advisers, compared to 65% of white people.The survey of more than 2,650 people, carried out at the height of the outbreak in the UK, found just 38% of Black respondents said they trusted the government’s scientific advisers, compared with 52% of Asian people.Of the 92 daily Downing Street press conferences that took place between March 16 and June 23, just two BAME scientific advisers or public health officials appeared – England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, and Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS England’s medical director for primary care.On the ministerial front, chancellor Rishi Sunak, home secretary Priti Patel and business secretary Alok Sharma were the only BAME figures to address the public at the coronavirus briefings. Not one Black person was seen behind the Downing Street podiums.This lack of representation could play a part in why people from marginalised groups feel “disconnected” from the government’s coronavirus messaging, says Prof Kamaldeep Bhui, a psychiatry and epidemiology expert at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.“Emotionally, we connect with and are influenced by people who are more like us – not just by ethnicity, but by age and gender. So in this case, people from marginalised groups are asking, are these people like us – and largely they’re not,” he told HuffPost UK. “If minorities are living in positions of precarity, they’re less likely to trust from the start.“This isn’t irrational. This is built on an experience of society where people experience multiple disadvantages and face inequalities and discrimination. They’re going to be less likely to trust the messaging if it’s coming from the authorities.”A crucial problem with the government’s public health messaging was that it failed to take into account the needs and levels of health literacy of various communities.“Different ethnic groups have different perceptions of what illness is, what infection is or what a pandemic is,” said Bhui.“Marginalised groups, which include but are not limited to ethnic minorities, are particularly challenged because they may not have the same beliefs and health model. So the messaging should have been tailored to different literacy groups.”The Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Saves Lives slogan used at the peak of the outbreak also failed to account for all the key and frontline workers who continued going into work while the rest of us could stay in the safety of our homes.Instead, some of the initial messaging actually made things worse. “By pathologising them and suggesting they were drivers of problems, there was increasing levels of discrimination against minorities,” Bhui adds. “We’ve seen this with some Chinese people or some Muslim people in the northern parts of the UK, where they were perceived as not conforming to public health advice.”The problem with the government’s initial one-size-fits-all approach to public health messaging is that it rarely works, says Dan Wellings, of the policy team at the King’s Fund. He says that needs to change.“The results of this study show how important it is for clear and effective messaging to start with those communities,” he said. “In order to gain credibility in those communities, you need to understand from the first instance what’s going to work for them and who they will trust.“A lot of this work needs to be done at local level by people who are connected and familiar with the communities that they serve.”If the government’s coronavirus messaging or its messengers haven’t been inclusive enough, then neither have the reporters on the other side of the podium. Of the more than 550 questions at the Downing Street briefings, only a handful of them came from BAME journalists – among them were HuffPost UK’s deputy political editor, Arj Singh, and news reporter Nadine White.Anne Alexander, senior political producer at Good Morning Britain, was the first ever Black female Lobby journalist in Parliament. Eighteen years on, she remains the only Black female Lobby journalist. And she can count the number of BAME colleagues she’s worked with using just one hand.“We like to think the news is objective and impartial, but in reality news is subjective,” she told HuffPost UK. “How we decide what is important and how it should be reported is coloured by our upbringing and our background. That’s why it’s important to have a mixture of backgrounds.”Although BAME journalists do not always have to ask questions only relating to “BAME issues”, they can often call attention to topics that are neglected or considered of secondary importance to the overwhelmingly white, middle class reporters.When our reporter pressed health secretary Matt Hancock for a response on a study that found BAME people were disproportionately fined under coronavirus rules, Alexander says there was “much celebration” on social media.“If you look at the stories that emerged about the amount of ethnic minorities who were being adversely impacted by the coronavirus, a lot of that came from journalists like Nadine and other who kept on highlighting it. This was an important issue and it was being pushed by Black journalists.”Bhui said the pandemic served as a “wake-up call” for the government to recognise the gross inequalities and social injustice that already existed long before the pandemic.“Covid-19 just made things worse, and it’s minorities who are getting it in the neck. Not only as frontline workers, but as citizens.”Related... Exclusive: BBC Staff Accuse Corporation Of Being 'Institutionally Racist' I’m A Black Police Officer. This Is What I Know About Racism And Inequality 'My Biggest Concern Is A Sudden Outbreak': How Teachers Feel About Schools Reopening
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Since the start of the pandemic, health experts have explored the potentially major role of asymptomatic carriers in Covid-19 outbreaks. It’s been one of the great mysteries about the coronavirus, as it’s something that hasn’t been tracked thoroughly with other respiratory illnesses.  Evidence suggests nearly half of all Covid-19 cases may be without symptoms. Plus, those who never get symptoms, especially kids, may have the potential to spread it just as readily as infected people with symptoms. This highlights the need to track, test and isolate everyone who’s been exposed to the disease early and often. Health experts say it’ll be a huge challenge to get a handle on Covid-19 if we don’t even know who has it. Even people without symptoms can (and will) greatly influence the future of the pandemic. Though many of our questions regarding asymptomatic transmission remain unanswered, scientists have collected a number of new insights in the last couple of months that have helped paint a clearer picture of what’s going on with infected people who never develop any symptoms. Here are a few things we now know about asymptomatic carriers:Asymptomatic cases are probably everywhere — but we don’t have exact figures yetA study came out in June showing that about 40% of infected people who were tested for Covid-19 in a small Italian town had zero symptoms. In Boston, clinicians tested a group of people who were homeless and living in an inn and found that all 146 individuals who tested positive didn’t have symptoms. Furthermore, contract-tracing efforts in Washington, US, recently revealed that about half of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 had not come in contact with someone diagnosed, suggesting there’s a good chance most people are getting sick from others without symptoms. But while it’s clear there are many asymptomatic cases out there, doctors aren’t sure just how prevalent they are. “We don’t really know yet how many people end up being asymptomatic from this disease,” said Manisha Juthani, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist. Scientists can estimate the number via studies, but these statistics hardly capture the reality of a whole population.Silent carriers include people of all agesData from the start of the pandemic suggested asymptomatic cases skewed younger and mostly involved people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Kids also seem to play a much bigger role in the silent spread of Covid-19 than originally thought. The main reason for this, according to researchers, is because kids typically don’t experience severe symptoms of Covid-19; they tend to have no symptoms or such mild symptoms that they go unnoticed or ignored. This makes them prime candidates to carry and spread the infection unknowingly. More recent data has found that many older people are asymptomatic, too. One study published in JAMA in mid-August found that 88% of older adults who tested positive for Covid-19 in Connecticut nursing homes were asymptomatic. In a nursing home in Chicago, 37% of the senior residents who tested positive for Covid-19 never developed symptoms. They carry a lot of the virus in their bodies, but it’s unclear whether it’s infectiousA recent study from South Korea found that asymptomatic and symptomatic people carry a similar viral load in their bodies, which is the amount of virus located in people’s throats and noses. This indicates that asymptomatic people could potentially (keyword: potentially) spread the coronavirus just as readily as those with symptoms.But scientists aren’t entirely convinced that’s the case. Alternatively, that viral material detected in asymptomatic carriers may not be infectious — it could be dead viral pieces that haven’t yet been cleared out of the body, according to Juthani. They may not spread the virus quite as muchCoughing and sneezing are thought to be the main way coronavirus particles get out and infect new people. Theoretically, if an infected person has symptoms, there’s a good chance they’re coughing and sneezing more and expelling more respiratory droplets into the environment. “This allows for viral particles to spread more than in the asymptomatic patient,” Juthani said. Other experts say talking could transmit the virus super easily, too. “Coughing can potentially release larger and more numerous clouds of droplets, but we now know that simply talking produces thousands of droplets,” added Benjamin Neuman, a virologist and the head of the biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Also concerning is the fact that asymptomatic carriers may not take the same precautions (think: staying home, wearing a mask) as people who are obviously sick. Experts have several theories as to why some infected people don’t develop symptomsOne theory, supported by research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, suggests that childhood vaccinations, like pneumonia and polio vaccines, may boost the immune system’s ability to knock out Covid-19 before symptoms appear.Another belief is that people may have a degree of immunity from previously being infected with a coronavirus. There are at least four other coronaviruses that cause the common cold, Juthani said, and our bodies don’t easily forget about them. “This memory seems to provide some protection to the novel coronavirus as well,” Juthani said. Asymptomatic infection can cause lasting damageEven if a person infected with the coronavirus has no obvious symptoms, the infection could lead to long-term heart damage and internal inflammation in certain individuals. That underlying inflammation can later trigger complications like heart arrhythmias, heart failure and cardiac arrest — just look at the football players who contracted Covid-19 and have developed heart problems. According to Neuman, past studies on infected animals suggest that, even when there are no symptoms from a disease, there’s still cell damage that’s later identified in biopsies. “In other words, it probably makes more sense to think of people with mild symptoms that may be difficult to notice, but not truly asymptomatic people,” Neuman said. We need more surveillance on asymptomatic casesMany health experts say we really need to be tracking and isolating infected people with no symptoms and that we can’t only focus on testing and isolating people who are clearly sick.“Public policy decisions that recommend lower precautions for people perceived to be less vulnerable will lead to more, rather than less, spread of Covid-19,” Neuman said. Asymptomatic spread is likely happening all around us. If a person doesn’t have symptoms, they wouldn’t think to get tested or isolate — hence the continued importance of wearing masks, Juthani said. “Although people who are asymptomatic may not transmit the virus as easily as symptomatic people, they can still ‘pass the baton’ to the next person,” Juthani said. As long as asymptomatic transmission is taking place, the “relay race of the virus” is able to continue. Experts are still learning about COVID-19. The information in this story is what was known or available as of publication, but guidance can change as scientists discover more about the virus. Related... Here's What A Hygiene Expert Wants You To Know About Hand Sanitiser 'Go To The Office Or Get Sacked' Government Briefing Sparks Backlash Would You Work From Abroad, Instead Of Home? These People Do
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The directors who were at the helm before, left after one week of shooting, but that will not stop “Texas Chainsaw” sequel from production.The upcoming film from Legendary Pictures Production will undergo a revamp just a week into the production.Deadline has confirmed that the directors Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill will no longer be the part of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” because they have been fired by Legendary which has cited “creative differences” as the reason for such drastic action.Reportedly, Legendary was not happy with the footage they produced in one week.David Blue Garcia, who holds the pedigree of directing an independent film “Tejano” which budgeted around $58000, will take over the action from now.Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill who are known for directing the “The Dig” were recruited by Legendary in February of this year.“Texas Chainsaw” will be a direct sequel to the 1974 classic movie “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” which was directed by Tobe Hooper.The sequel will ignore the events of the previous sequels and will take up matters from the end of the 1974 classic.It follows the same route as the 2018 film “Halloween” directed by David Gordon Green which was also a sequel to the 1978 film of the same name and was directed by John Carpenter.Deadline reports that the ensemble cast of “Texas Chainsaw” includes Elsie Fisher of “Eighth Grade” fame, Jacob Latimore, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Yarkin.The decision to relieve Andy and Ryan Tohill from their duties was made by Legendary Entertainment in the last two days.It is imperative to note that Alvarez did speak highly of the fired duo as he said they would create “what the audience needs” and the film is violent “that it would stay with the audience for a long time.”Alvarez, who is known for directing horror films like “Evil Dead” and “Don’t Breathe” did not make any comment about the firing of Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill.
We made the call from the start: COVID-19 would spike the need for cloud computing and cloud computing talent. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker noted an increase in cloud spending with traditional infrastructure taking a dirt nap. The pandemic was the primary driver behind the shift in IT spending, with IDC noting that widespread remote work triggered demand for enterprise cloud-based services.Of course, that was last quarter. The outlook for the remainder of the year is explosive cloud growth with funding and acceleration of cloud projects underway right now or about to begin. What currently hinders an enterprise’s movement to the cloud is the lack of cloud talent, including architects, security specialists, developers, operations, and secops engineers, to name just a few. To read this article in full, please click here
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Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.Threesomes are high on many people’s sexual bucket list. According to one study, 95% of men and 87% of women have fantasised about sex with multiple partners. Dating app Feeld (which has been called “Tinder for threesomes”) has more than 200,000 weekly users, 3Fun encourages users to browse and “meet open-minded hot couples and singles nearby”. Meanwhile, hookup and swingers’ site Adult Friend Finder has a staggering 80 million users worldwide.On Feeld, which has a growing membership in the UK, couples can use “paired accounts” to search for a singleton to invite into their bedroom. This person is often referred to as a “unicorn”, a bisexual single person (not always but most often a woman) who wants to meet, sleep with, and sometimes date, a couple. But is being a unicorn always as fun as the name makes it sound? Cath*, 30 used to meet couples through dating apps. But after a series of unpleasant experiences she now steers clear of “unicorn hunters”. “I’ve had situations where the male part of a couple has pushed my boundaries too far, even when I’ve been asking him to stop,” she tells HuffPost UK.“It can be alienating being that third party. I slept with one couple who did try hard to include me. In the morning the woman went out and bought us all breakfast, but the night before I’d really felt like I was just there to fulfil their fantasy and in the morning I couldn’t wait to get out of there.” This feeling is echoed by Kate*, 27, who has also stopped meeting couples after one too many bad experiences. “I’ve been made to feel like an unpaid sex worker at best, and a human sex toy at worst,” she says. “Too many couples don’t understand how to treat a third person with respect.”Dr Ryan Scoats, a lecturer in sociology at Coventry University who holds the world’s first PhD in threesomes, has interviewed hundreds of threesome participants, from those in existing relationships to people who’ve had more casual hookups, as well as studying more than 200 qualitative surveys of people’s sex lives. The fact that many threesome horror stories are told by women could be partly down to the types of threesomes people are having in the first place, he says.A male-female-female threesome (referred to online as MFF) is by far the most common setup. Culturally, we’re more accustomed to seeing threesomes framed this way – as fantasy fulfilment for a heterosexual man. A quick search on PornHub confirms this, throwing up more than 150,000 videos showing threesomes and the highest viewed all featuring two women and one man.Outside porn, mainstream cinema and television has also projected a heteronormative view. From American Psycho to Mad Men, on-screen threesomes often portray the male character as hyper-masculine and dominant. “Historically, certainly for 50 or more years, we’ve seen a tying together of masculinity and homophobia”, says Dr Scoats, who suggets that while women have not been constrained in the same way, “women’s sexuality is encouraged from the perspective of the male gaze”.  This can be connected to perceptions of emotional security and threat, he adds. “Women’s bisexuality is often not taken seriously, so it’s not seen as a threat to [a] relationship. This can be problematic when it leads to the man involved in the threesome feeling that the threesome is all for him.”  Related... I Organised A Threesome, And It Was More Empowering Than I Ever Imagined Does it follow that gay, queer and non-binary people might be more likely to successfully navigate a threesome? “All relationships, regardless of gender, can encounter problems around poor communications and jealousy,” says Dr Scoats. “Though I would say that people in those groups have more experience reflecting on what they want and what they’re looking for. Also, they may already have experienced stigma from society for their sexual behaviours. This may free them to further explore sexual behaviours that are seen as less accepted.”Feeld’s user guidelines encourage inclusivity and openness to other people and minds, but also stipulate: “no one owes you anything” and “consent is key”.“Everyone can always say no. This applies across the board, from desires to information – if someone doesn’t want to share, it’s their right not to,” reads the safety section of the site. “Trusting that someone understands what you are comfortable with, what your limits are and that they won’t violate those limits without your agreement – and vice-versa – is essential to all interactions.”Too many people, particularly men, just watch threesome porn and think that’s how it goes.Gigi EngleCertified sexologist and feminist writer Gigi Engle says that planning, as well as clear communication, is one of the most important parts of any threesome. “Couples should be really specific about what they’re looking for,” Engle says. “There needs to be a game plan that takes into account things like whether you’ll all have dinner together, whether that third person is sleeping over, or whether you’ll put them in an Uber at the end of the night, for example. A lot of people just don’t think about these things.” People often think that sex has to be spontaneous, but Engle says this is where things can go wrong, with poor planning leading to boundaries being crossed. “As well as communicating, people need to educate themselves. Read up on threesomes, learn about them first. Too many people, particularly men, just watch threesome porn and think that’s how it goes.”Related... 'Happy, Loved, Free': How We Make Our Open Relationships Work Boundary crossing in threesomes can be emotional as much as sexual. For Gemma*, 29, a recent encounter with a couple went wrong when they expected more from her than she was comfortable with. What began as a casual sex arrangement became more serious when the couple asked her to join them on holiday.“I wasn’t comfortable with that and didn’t want anything more than a casual relationship, which I’d explained to them from the start. They got quite upset and couldn’t understand why I wanted to have that boundary,” she says.Looking back, Gemma she feels the dynamic wasn’t a healthy one. “I couldn’t see it at the time, but now I can see there were quite a few times when I was treated as secondary to their desires and needs as a couple. I definitely wasn’t equal, my emotions and boundaries didn’t seem to matter to them as much as what they wanted out of the situation.”  So, how can we change the conversation around threesomes and stop women in particular from feeling objectified, with their pleasure taking a backseat?Daniel Saynt, founder and CEO of NSFW, a private members sex club in Manhattan, argues for greater visibility for all shades of ethical non-monogamy. “Many people are mostly stagnant in their sex lives and rarely engage in activities that are out of the heteronormative,” says Saynt, who has been called “the king of kink” – and has plenty of hands on experience with threesomes. Bisexual and polyamorous, Saynt has experienced prejudice and rejection from his own family, who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. “For straight cis men there are heavy pressures to be hyper-sexual and always looking for sex,” he says.″[Many men] aren’t able to explore in the same way as women, as any inclination towards bisexuality is met with hostility from friends or straight partners. This toxicity can be expressed in many ways during a threesome, either by being entirely closed off to exploring with another male, or feeling that the MFF threesome is only for their pleasure.” Language also matters, says Engle. The terms “unicorn” and “unicorn hunters” may seen harmless, but Engle argues they are symptomatic of the way society often views sexually-empowered women. “The problem is we don’t have adequate language to talk about sex and sexuality in the first place. So, we fill the space with language that’s fun and cutesy,” says Engle. “It’s really important to question the terms we use. Using a term like ‘unicorn’ really shows where people think the power lies. In this case, it’s all with the couple, and it implies that they don’t need to treat that third individual like a person… or even that to do so would threaten their relationship.” Dr Scoats agrees the term is problematic. While “a helpful shorthand”, he says it’s too easily thrown around and “can lead to a lot of unhelpful assumptions”.Ultimately, says Saynt, “we need more polyamorous couples in the media and more people sharing their lifestyles proudly.” Perhaps it’s time to stop using cute emoji-friendly euphemisms and have a more open discussion about sex, however you chose to have it, and whoever you’re choosing to have it with.  * Some names have been changed to provide anonymity.Related... Has The Lifting Of Lockdown Been The Ultimate Cuffing Season? Talk Dirty To Me: How Audio Porn Is Awakening Our Sexual Fantasies 'It Felt So Freeing': 7 Women Reveal Why They Really Cheated On Their Partners
Equifax is in the midst of a massive digital transformation that is on pace to save the company $240 million by the second half of 2021. Bryson Koehler, Equifax's CTO, told Business Insider that firms should consider fully adopting the public cloud from the start as opposed to trying to take baby steps. Koehler believes that strategy offers more flexibility than a hybrid or lift-and-switch model.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As an increasing number of financial firms consider the public cloud, the question of which provider to work with often crops up first. Between the three market leaders — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform — and IBM, which has a recently launched an offering geared toward financial firms, there are plenty of options. Read more: Equifax's CTO walked us through a Google Cloud migration that's addressing security concerns, cutting $240 million in costs, and helping speed up product launches However, the chief technology officer of Equifax believes the more important decision is about the approach a firm will take towards adopting the tech. Specifically, diving in headfirst. "Cloud native thinking is key. You have to kind of believe in that first. You can make your cloud provider decisions second," Bryson Koehler, CTO at Equifax, told Business Insider. "If you do too much lift and shift, if you do too much hybrid, if you kind of take the baby steps, you could end up in a place where you have more complexity, not less, where you have less flexibility, not more. So you have to really be thoughtful when you do this." The flexibility a cloud-native approach offers is key Koehler, who spent time at IBM prior to joining Equifax in June 2018, is a staunch believer in the power of the public cloud and going all in. He previously told Business Insider about how a "significant" amount of a $1.25 billion investment Equifax pledged toward a digital transformation went to the public cloud.  The result? Equifax has already decommissioned 10 data centers and is on pace to realize $240 million in cash savings from the tech overhaul by the second half of 2021, according to its second-quarter earnings report.   Koehler credits that to the consumer credit reporting giant fully adopting the public cloud and taking on a "destroy and deploy" mindset. That, he said, is more critical than deciding the cloud provider to work with.  "I think that cloud-native thinking is the one that I would say we all need to focus on more," he added. "And then, probably slightly less on the actual cloud provider, although they're each different for different purposes." See more: From Deutsche Bank to CME, Google Cloud has nabbed a string of big financial clients. Here are 3 ways it's making its pitch to win over Wall Street. Koehler's strong beliefs stem from the benefits he's seen firsthand. The past six months, in particular, have illuminated the advantages. As companies have scrambled to adjust to remote working environments as a result of the coronavirus, Koehler said Equifax has enjoyed increased speed to market. What previously might have taken eight weeks to build out now can be done in as little as two days, he added. "Having the flexibility of the cloud where we can not be stuck in fixed-asset investments that we have to leverage fully for a period of time, having the flexibility now that the cloud provides," Koehler said. "We're already seeing that and our ability to respond quickly to our customers' needs as they've needed new types of reports, new insights, new data models, new data feed throughout the last quarter." Read more: Google Cloud just poached a long-time Citi exec. Here's why public-cloud giants keep adding Wall Street veterans to their ranks. IBM's new head of cloud says there's a $1 trillion opportunity in luring Wall Street firms and other holdouts onto the public cloud. Here's his plan to take on AWS, Google, and Microsoft. SEE ALSO: Google Cloud and AWS see winning over exchanges as key to pitching Wall Street holdouts on the public cloud SEE ALSO: PayPal is working to handle a chunk of its transactions on Google's public cloud for the first time. The payment giant's head of tech explains how that cuts costs and helps prepare for the holiday rush. SEE ALSO: Nasdaq is starting to stream real-time market data to the public cloud as Wall Street demands more flexible access to critical information Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
Children are more at risk of long-term harm if they do not attend school than if they return to the classroom despite coronavirus, the UK’s chief medical officers have warned.In a joint statement issued ahead of the reopening of schools next month, the advisers said children have an “exceptionally low risk of dying” from Covid-19.They said “very few, if any” children and teenagers would come to long-term harm from the virus solely by attending school, while there was a “certainty” of harm from not returning.The chief and deputy chief medical officers said schools were not a “common route of transmission”, and that teachers were not at any increased risk of dying compared to the general working-age population.However, they noted that data from UK and international studies suggested transmission in schools may be largely staff to staff rather than pupils to staff.“This reinforces the need to maintain social distancing and good infection control inside and outside classroom settings, particularly between staff members and between older children and adults,” they said.The advisers noted that reopening schools has not been usually followed by a surge in Covid-19 transmission but it could push the reproduction rate – the so-called R rate – above one.If this happened it would require “local action and could mean societal choices” of imposing limitations on different parts of the community, they added.Signatories to the consensus statement included England’s Professor Chris Whitty, Scotland’s Dr Gregor Smith, Wales’ Dr Frank Atherton and Northern Ireland’s Dr Michael McBride.Whitty told reporters the joint statement was not guidance to parents but a laying out of the evidence of “things we know with confidence, the things that we think are probable and also some of the things we don’t know and making clear there is always some residual risk”.He said that there was “clear” evidence that the chances of children dying from Covid were “incredibly small” and they were less likely to get severe illness and end up in hospital due to the virus.He said: “So the reason that is important to lay out is the chances of children catching Covid and then getting long-term serious problems as a result of it, solely due to going to school are incredibly small.“They’re not zero, but they’re incredibly small. The chances of many children being damaged by not going to school are incredibly clear and therefore the balance of risk is very strongly in favour of children going to school because many more are likely to be harmed by not going than harmed by going, even during this pandemic.”The warning came as Labour leader Keir Starmer said Boris Johnson’s commitment to get all children back to school was at “serious risk” after a “week of chaos” over exam results.He said the last two weeks have been “wasted clearing up a mess of the government’s own making”, telling The Observer: “I want to see children back at school next month, and I expect the prime minister to deliver on that commitment.“However, the commitment is now at serious risk after a week of chaos, confusion and incompetence from the government,” he added.“Ministers should have spent the summer implementing a national plan to get all children back to school. Instead, the last two weeks have been wasted clearing up a mess of the government’s own making over exam results.”Johnson said earlier this month that getting all children back to school full-time in England in September is the “right thing for everybody”, insisting they are “safe” and “Covid secure”.However, teachers, scientists, opposition politicians and the children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield have previously called for improvements to testing before pupils return.Related... University To Universal Credit: How Class Of 2020 Is Graduating Straight Onto The Dole 10 U-Turns Boris Johnson Has Been Forced To Make During The Pandemic Six Questions Gavin Williamson Still Needs To Answer About The Exams Fiasco
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Spotify has done podcast deals with heavy hitters including Michelle Obama and Joe Rogan, but that's not the only talent it's signing. The streaming-music service has grown its global workforce by 28% year over year to 4,924 staffers at the end of 2019, the company reported in March. Business Insider analyzed disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers that was released by the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification to gauge what the company offered to pay foreign staffers it sought to hire in the US through work visas. Overall, Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers base salaries between $67,900 and $250,000 per year during the period of the data, spanning positions marketing, engineering, data science, and human-resource roles. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Spotify is securing podcast deals with heavy hitters including the Obamas and Joe Rogan. But that's not the only talent it's signing. The streaming-music service has grown its global workforce by 28% year over year to 4,924 staffers at the end of 2019, the company reported in March. Spotify currently has more than 100 open positions in the US, according to LinkedIn. It's actively recruiting for roles including a head of audiobooks, which is a newer audio initiative for the streaming company; a creative lead to help design tools for podcast creators; a data analyst who will work with the publishing royalties team; and a research manager who will help the company innovate in now it measures for advertisers. Spotify has offered six-figure salaries for some similar roles this year, recent disclosure data shows.  Business Insider analyzed disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers that was released by the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification to gauge what the company offered to pay foreign staffers it sought to hire in the US through work visas. The public data include wages from roughly 47 foreign-labor certification applications that were submitted by Spotify and certified from October 2019 through June 2020, which represents the start of the US government's fiscal year through its third quarter. The vast majority of the applications were for roles based in New York, though Spotify had a few submissions for jobs in Boston, Massachussetts; Miami, Florida; and Los Angeles, California. The wages in the disclosure data are the minimum amounts the company attested in foreign-labor certification applications to pay specific workers, according to US Department of Labor documentation. The salaries are based on the average compensation that similar employees in each given job, industry, and with comparable qualifications are paid, which is known as the "prevailing wage." Companies may choose to pay employees more than the figures reflected in this data, or compensate them in additional ways, like through stock options and grants. Spotify, for example, has an incentive program that offers staffers grants, which they can put toward stock options, cash bonuses, or restricted stock units. Here's how much Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in key roles from the start of the US government's fiscal year through its third quarter. Marketers — $95,000 to $133,000 base salary Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in marketing roles base salaries between $94,000 and $133,000 per year, spanning positions like: Social Media/Operations Manager: $94,806 Product Marketing Manager: $113,400 Associate Director, Corporate Development: $130,000 Consumer Marketing Manager: $133,390 Market researchers and specialists — $70,000 to $160,000 base salary Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in market-research and specialist roles base salaries between $70,000 and $160,000 per year, spanning positions like: Senior Project Manager: $70,000 Pricing Analyst: $150,000 Product Marketing Manager: $150,000 Business Operations Analyst: $155,000 Yield Associate Analyst: $160,000 Statisticians and engineers — $100,000 to $250,000 base salary Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in data science and engineering roles base salaries between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, spanning positions like: Research Scientist: $106,000 Data Scientist: $165,000 to $250,000 iOS Engineer: $132,644 to $198,966 Data Engineer: $132,644 to $220,000 Senior Engineering Manager: $136,000 to $140,000 Senior Software Engineer: $137,821 to $174,554 Senior Business Systems Analyst: $138,861 Senior Manager, Data Science/Analytics: $162,124 to $243,186 Senior Product Manager: $170,000 Senior Backend Engineer: $170,010 to $244,571 Senior Data Scientist: $185,000 to $215,000 Senior Machine Learning Engineer: $170,000 to $200,000 Machine Learning Engineer: $230,000 Human-resource and financial professionals — $67,000 to $150,000 base salary Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in human-resource and finance roles base salaries between $67,000 and $150,000 per year, spanning positions like: HR Specialist: $67,934 Manager, Technical Accounting: $86,000 to $87,500 Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion: $140,000 to $145,000 HR Business Partner: $146,090 HR Unit Lead: $150,000 Overall — $67,900 to $250,000 base salary Overall, Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers, including those applying for H1-B and E-3 Australian work visas, base salaries between $67,900 and $250,000 per year during the period. The median salary started at $150,000 across the 47 foreign-labor-certification applications. Other positions included:  Product Designer: $116,494 to $174,740 Project Manager: $168,250 Business Insider excluded from these findings data from nine applications that were certified, but withdrawn by the Spotify or expired. Spotify declined to comment on this story. Read about other media salaries on Business Insider: TikTok salary data reveals how much it pays for key US jobs in engineering, product, data science, and more Netflix salary data reveals how much it paid for more than 30 roles across teams like marketing, product, and finance last year Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries.  In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it's only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley's power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques.  While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, appear to be born out of a close friendship and mutual respect, others — like the one between Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel — started over a spurned acquisition offer.  Here are some of the long-standing feuds, friendly or otherwise, between some of the world's most powerful execs.SEE ALSO: Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison has said he's 'close friends' with Elon Musk. Here are six other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley. Elon Musk and Bill Gates Elon Musk and Bill Gates don't appear to have a warm relationship, at least if their comments about each other over the last six months are any indication.  Things heated up in February when Gates said during an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee that while Tesla has helped drive innovation and adoption of electric vehicles, he didn't buy a Tesla when making a recent vehicle purchase — he bought a Porsche Taycan.  In response, Musk tweeted that his conversations with Gates have always been "underwhelming."  Then, in July, Gates said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Musk's comments about COVID-19 are "outrageous," as Musk has frequently downplayed the severity of the virus and questioned how the US has handled its coronavirus response.  "Elon's positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments," Gates said. "He's not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he's allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn't confuse areas he's not involved in too much." Musk took to Twitter a few days later to taunt Gates, tweeting, "Billy G is not my lover" and "The rumor that Bill Gates & I are lovers is completely untrue." Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk aren't competitors in any earthly pursuits, but they're bitter rivals when it comes to outer space.  Bezos founded his rocket company, Blue Origin, in 2000, while Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Two years later, the pair met for dinner, and even then, things were getting testy. "I actually did my best to give good advice, which he largely ignored," Musk said after the meeting. In 2013, their rivalry heated up when SpaceX tried to get exclusive use of a NASA launch pad and Blue Origin (along with SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance) filed a formal protest with the government. Musk called it a "phony blocking tactic" and SpaceX eventually won the right to take over the pad. Months later, the two companies got into a patent battle, and soon after, Bezos and Musk took their feud public, trading barbs on Twitter. Once, when the BBC asked Musk about Bezos, he responded, "Jeff who?" For his part, Bezos has frequently criticized the idea of colonizing Mars — a main goal of SpaceX — describing the idea as "un-motivating." In May 2019, Musk jabbed at Bezos again, calling him a copycat for Amazon's plan to launch internet-beaming satellites. And last week, Musk repeated the claim, tweeting that Bezos is a copycat after Amazon acquired self-driving-taxi company Zoox for a reported $1.2 billion.  In July 2020, Musk made yet another dig at Bezos' space ambitions. In an interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, took the opportunity to comment on Blue Origin, appearing to imply that Jeff Bezos is too old and Blue Origin too slow to ever make real progress.   "The rate of progress is too slow and the amount of years he has left is not enough, but I'm still glad he's doing what he's doing with Blue Origin," Musk said.  Kevin Systrom and Jack Dorsey Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey started out as close friends, but had a falling out around the time Instagram sold to Facebook.   According to the book "No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram" by Sarah Frier, the pair met when they were early employees at Odeo, the audio and video site created by eventual Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Noah Glass. Dorsey expected to dislike Systrom when he joined as a summer intern in the mid-2000s, but the pair ended up bonding over photography and expensive coffee.  Systrom and Dorsey stayed in touch even after Systrom got a full-time job at Google. Systrom was an early proponent of Twitter (then known as Twttr) and when he started working on Burbn, the precursor to Instagram, he reached out to Dorsey for guidance. Dorsey ended up becoming an early investor, putting in $25,000. When Burbn pivoted to Instagram, Dorsey became one of the app's biggest fans, cross-posting his Instagrams to Twitter and helping the app go viral soon after it launched. Dorsey eventually attempted to buy Instagram, but Systrom declined, saying he wanted to make Instagram too expensive to be acquired, according to Frier.  The Dorsey-Systrom relationship appeared to have soured in 2012, when Dorsey found out that Instagram had signed a deal to be acquired by Facebook, Twitter's biggest rival. According to Frier, Dorsey was hurt that Systrom hadn't called him first to discuss the deal, or to negotiate one with Twitter instead. Dorsey hasn't posted to his Instagram account since April 9, 2012, when he snapped a photo of an unusually empty San Francisco city bus — according to Frier, it was taken the morning he found out Instagram had sold. While Systrom had been quiet on Twitter for the last few years, he's recently begun using the platform again, and the pair even recently had a pleasant tweet exchange. Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff met when Benioff began working at Oracle when he was 23. He was a star early on, earning a "rookie of the year" award that same year and becoming Oracle's youngest VP by age 26. He spent 13 years at Oracle, during which he became a trusted lieutenant to Ellison.  Benioff began working on Salesforce with Ellison's blessing, and Ellison became an investor, putting in $2 million early on.  But since then, the duo has publicly feuded on multiple occasions. In 2000, Oracle launched software that directly competed with Salesforce. Benioff asked Ellison to resign from Salesforce's board, and Ellison refused (he eventually left the board, but Benioff let him keep his stock and options). Over the years, Benioff and Ellison have sparred off and on: Ellison once mocked Salesforce, calling it an "itty bitty application" that's dependent on Oracle, while Benioff has called Oracle a "false cloud." And in 2011, Ellison ordered that Benioff be removed from the speaker lineup of Oracle's OpenWorld conference, which Benioff said was because Oracle was afraid he'd give a better speech.  But throughout it all, Benioff has described Ellison as his mentor. "There is no one I've learned more from than Larry Ellison," Benioff said in 2013. Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg There is no love lost between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The two moguls have traded insults over the years, beginning as early as 2014, when Cook said in an interview that "when an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product." Shortly after, Zuckerberg appeared noticeably tense in an interview with Time when the subject of Cook's comments came up, saying, "'What, you think because you're paying Apple that you're somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they'd make their products a lot cheaper!'" But the tension between Cook and Zuckerberg came to a head in the aftermath of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which private Facebook user data was stolen from 50 million users. In 2018, Recode's Kara Swisher asked Cook what he would do if he was in Zuckerberg's shoes, to which he responded: "What would I do? I wouldn't be in this situation." Zuckerberg was reportedly so incensed by Cook's comments that he asked executives to switch to Android phones. In a company blog post in 2018, Facebook confirmed the feud between the two execs: "Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees." Steve Jobs and Bill Gates In the early days of Apple and Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates got along — Microsoft made software for the Apple II computer, and Gates was a frequent guest in Cupertino, where Apple is headquartered.  But the tides started to turn in the early '80s, when Jobs flew up to Microsoft's headquarters in Washington to try to convince Gates to make software for the Macintosh computer. Gates later described it as "a weird seduction visit" and said he felt like Jobs was saying "I don't need you, but I might let you be involved." Still, they remained relatively friendly until 1985, when Microsoft launched the first version of Windows and Jobs accused him of ripping off the Macintosh.  "They just ripped us off completely, because Gates has no shame," Jobs later told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, to which Gates replied: "If he believes that, he really has entered into one of his own reality distortion fields." The duo traded barbs for years, with Jobs calling Gates boring and Gates calling Jobs "weirdly flawed as a human being." Tensions remained high even after Microsoft invested in Apple to keep it afloat, with both Gates and Jobs insulting each other and their companies' products time and time again.  Still, they clearly respected and admired each other, despite their animosity. When Jobs died in 2011, Gates said: "I respect Steve, we got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of [what he said] bothers me at all." Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Zuckerberg have never seemed particularly chummy, but the rivalry between the two execs seems to have grown worse in the last few years.  Facebook has come under fire during the last several months over its decision not to fact-check political ads. In response, Dorsey announced last October that Twitter was suspending political advertising altogether, saying "political message reach should be earned, not bought." Dorsey also said at an event that month that Zuckerberg's argument that Facebook is an advocate for free speech "a major gap and flaw in the substance he was getting across," and that "there's some amount of revisionist history in all his storytelling." For his part, Zuckerberg hasn't been shy about criticizing Twitter, saying in an all hands that "Twitter can't do as good of a job as we can," according to leaked audio obtained by The Verge. In December, Dorsey unfollowed Zuckerberg on Twitter.  Larry Ellison and Bill Gates Gates and Ellison may have patched things up these days, but back in the late '90s and early 2000s, they were enemies.  While it seems like there's no real bad blood currently between the two, there definitely appears to have been a touchy relationship between the them throughout the '90s, mostly defined by Ellison trying to outdo Gates.  "He's utterly obsessed with trying to beat Bill Gates," former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold once told Vanity Fair. "I mean, the guy's got six billion bucks. You'd think he wouldn't be so dramatically obsessed that one guy in the Northwest is more successful. [With Larry] it's just a mania." Their animosity partly stemmed from Ellison's close friendship with Steve Jobs, a frequent opponent of Gates. But things took a more serious turn in 2000 when Microsoft was being investigated by the federal government over antitrust violations. At the time, several groups were openly supportive of Microsoft, and Ellison suspected they were being funded by Microsoft itself. He hired private investigators to in an attempt to out Microsoft and help out the feds.  Eventually, Microsoft lost the suit, and Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO.  Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg seemed to get off on the wrong foot right from the start, beginning with what may have been a Spiegel brush-off in 2012.  Snap had reportedly turned down an acquisition offer from Facebook on three separate occasions.  Spiegel and Zuckerberg haven't been friendly since. Facebook has mimicked many of Snapchat's features over the years — both on its own app and its subsidiary, Instagram — and the CEOs have made jabs at each other in public. In 2018, after Facebook cloned yet another Snapchat feature, Stories, Spiegel said: "We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices also," a dig at Facebook's various privacy scandals. Steve Jobs and Michael Dell In 1997, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell was asked for his opinion on Apple, which, at the time, was in dire straits. He responded that he'd "shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." That comment irritated Steve Jobs, who told his team in response: "The world doesn't need another Dell or HP. It doesn't need another manufacturer of plain, beige, boring PCs. If that's all we're going to do, then we should really pack up now." At an Apple keynote shortly after, Jobs said Dell's comments were "rude" and told him that Apple was coming for him.  Dell later softened his comments, saying that he was trying to make clear that he wasn't for hire.  But Dell rankled Jobs enough that, in January 2006, Jobs sent around this memo to the entire company: "Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn't perfect at predicting the future. Based on today's stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today." Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Systrom Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom used to get along well — so well that Zuckerberg bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. But in the intervening years, the relationship between the two executives seemingly fell apart. When asked why he left, Systrom said, "no one ever leaves a job because everything's awesome." According to an April 2019 piece from Wired's Nick Thompson and Fred Vogelstein, Systrom and cofounder Mike Krieger left because of increasing tensions with Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg reportedly became increasingly controlling, banning Systrom from doing magazine profiles without approval, taking away Facebook tools that helped Instagram grow, testing location-tracking while Systrom was out on paternity leave, and adding a new button to Instagram that Systrom detested. 
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