US convention season set to begin, with (virtual) spotlight on Biden

As Democrats on Monday open an unprecedented virtual convention, the party’s disparate factions are projecting a united front behind Joe Biden, brought together by their common determination to oust Donald Trump in November’s election.

“It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” Bernie Sanders, a former Biden rival and a keynote speaker on the event’s opening night, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Adding to the drama, the four-day convention — originally planned for the Midwestern city of Milwaukee but forced to go online by the COVID-19 pandemic — takes place amid a furor over Trump’s efforts to limit mail-in voting.

The president, insisting without proof that mail-in voting fosters fraud, has threatened to block extra funding that Democrats say is urgently needed to allow the US Postal Service to process millions of ballots.

In normal election years, nominating conventions are a raucous scene. Tens of thousands of party

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CES 2021 Looks Set to Be All-Online in Wake of COVID-19

Anyone interested in product design has likely heard of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) traditionally held in famous Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, the event’s organizers have recently announced that the 2021 edition of the show would look much different than in years past. Not just figuratively or literally speaking, but virtually, taking on an all-digital format in the wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) made the announcement in July 2020, a full six months before the January show. On one hand, that means attendees need not worry about airfare and hotel rooms. On the other hand, it means preparing to observe, disseminate information, and make purchasing decisions entirely online.

Traditionally, the show is set up like any other type of trade exhibition, with rows of booths manned by product specialists ready

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Barbie launches ‘Campaign Team’ doll set featuring a black woman as a presidential candidate

Barbie has released a new 2020 “Campaign Team” set, which features a black doll as a presidential candidate.

While the current US presidential nominees are both white men, toy company Mattel is hoping to nurture the dreams of young girls that they could one day become the first female president.

The new launch features four dolls who each have roles within the campaign and election process, including a black presidential candidate dressed in a pink blazer who comes holding a microphone.

The other dolls are also all women, including a campaign manager, a fundraiser, and a voter.

Mattel said the set aims to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future”.

“Since 1959, Barbie has championed girls and encouraged them to be leaders whether in the classroom, community or someday, of the country,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie

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PayPal is Set to Make Cryptocurrency Trading Mainstream?

Last month, rumors began circulating that online international payment giant PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) had plans to enter the cryptocurrency industry, and will soon begin offering cryptocurrency buying and selling functionality.

These rumors appear to have been confirmed by a recently published letter, which clearly describes PayPal’s intent to develop its capabilities in the cryptocurrency space. Once these plans are brought to fruition, this will make PayPal the largest traditional finance platform to support digital assets.

This new feature is likely to have a significant positive impact on the cryptocurrency industry as a whole, but the cryptocurrency trading space looks set to benefit the most.

Making Cryptocurrency More Accessible Than Ever

Right now, the only way to purchase most cryptocurrencies with PayPal is to use peer to peer marketplaces like Local Bitcoins and Paxful, or one of the handful of cryptocurrency brokers that accept PayPal deposits.

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