Blue Cross Blue Shield partners with Bluebikes to offer free rides to the polls on Election Day

Need a lift to the polls on Election Day? Head to your nearest Bluebikes station for a free socially distanced ride to your polling location.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will sponsor free bike rentals on Nov. 3 from more than 350 Bluebikes stations in eight Greater Boston municipalities: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Everett, Newton, and Watertown.

The organization introduced this effort after a survey conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that 30 percent of registered youth did not vote in the 2016 presidential election because they could not find transportation to the polls.

Using the Bluebikes mobile app, voters can use the map feature to find the closest station to them and their polling location. Once they arrive at a station, they can activate an “Adventure Pass” on the app to unlock a bike and enjoy unlimited two-hour bike

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Internationally Renowned Speakers to Participate in Global Housing Foundation’s Virtual International Conference in Support of UN Day

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaged the economy, greater widening the gap between the rich and poor, and thrusting the global housing crisis into the spotlight. To encourage solutions for developing adequate housing needed for one-fifth of the world’s population, international leaders will come together on United Nations Day, Saturday, October 24 at 12 noon during the virtual conference “Global Strategies for Smart, Sustainable Workforce Housing: Innovative Solutions to Win the War Against Poverty, Healthcare & Crises” hosted by the Global Housing Foundation (GHF) in partnership with UN-Habitat.

During the conference, GHF will unveil an exciting interactive digital resource, the Global Housing Network, a state-of-the-art tool, providing comprehensive knowledge and information, relevant links, research and resources. It will be an important catalyst to connect and build global partnerships which stimulate the creation of workforce housing throughout the world.

The conference

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Emails show how election officials shut down website on National Voter Registration Day

Nearly 300 pages of emails obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request seem to indicate the scheduling snafu was an honest mistake.

NEW ORLEANS — In mid-August, Louisiana elections officials delayed the scheduled maintenance of the state’s voter registration website from Sept. 8 to Sept. 22, apparently never noticing the move would shut down the site for hours on National Voter Registration Day and cause a political firestorm.

Nearly 300 pages of public Secretary of State’s Office emails obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request seem to indicate the scheduling snafu was an honest mistake by election officials who were focused on the Aug. 15 municipal elections and an especially challenging election season.

“The 2020 election cycle presented unprecedented challenges to our state, including a global pandemic and two hurricanes,” Secretary of State spokesman Tyler Brey said. “Despite a strained staff, the July and August elections were conducted

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Silicon Valley’s biggest billionaires have reportedly poured millions into a super PAC-run series of anti-Trump TV ads ahead of Election Day



Dustin Moskovitz, Eric Schmidt are posing for a picture: Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have reportedly donated to a a pro-Biden super PAC that is running a series of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch before Election Day. Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images


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Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have reportedly donated to a a pro-Biden super PAC that is running a series of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch before Election Day. Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Silicon Valley billionaires like Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have poured millions into a Democratic super PAC that is behind a slew of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch to Election Day, per a Recode report.
  • The super PAC is spending more than $100 million on TV ads in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, an amount that surpasses any other group’s spending.
  • The report comes as the tech world continues to fight off Republicans’ claims that the industry harbors an anti-conservative bias on online platforms.
  • It also comes after reports that employees from Apple, Amazon, Facebook,
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FedEx, UPS face ‘shipageddon’ with potential shortfall of 7 million packages a day over holiday season

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, delivery services are bracing for what some are calling “shipageddon,” with a potential shortfall of as many as 7 million packages a day.

UPS and FedEx have told some of their shippers that they have already reached most of their capacity, according to The Wall Street Journal.

That shortage could mean up to 7 million packages a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas could face delays, Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix software and consulting provider, told NBC News.

“This will be an unprecedented peak season, and there will be days within the holiday season where the entire industry is constrained,” Brie Carere, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at FedEx, told NBC News’ Jo Ling Kent.

“We are working with all of our customers to really smooth their demand. We’re asking retailers and merchants to pull forward their sales and I think

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Website issues on first day of early voting in Orange County

Orange County’s election website was down Monday morning, the first day that residents could vote early and in-person. The county said the site went down due to a technical issue and there had not been a hack or security breach. “We are sorry for the inconvenience of our website being unavailable this morning. We have encountered a technical issue with our DNS server which translates the IP address to the domain name,” a statement from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office said. Many users said the site was back up and running around 9 a.m. Monday.

Orange County’s election website was down Monday morning, the first day that residents could vote early and in-person.

The county said the site went down due to a technical issue and there had not been a hack or security breach.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience of our website being

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Amazon Prime Day Estimates Suggest E-Commerce Sales Continue Soaring

While Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report hasn’t shared the final sales tally for its Prime Day event, Amazon’s data and third-party estimates point to strong growth relative to 2019.

E-commerce website Digital Commerce 360 estimates Amazon racked up $10.4 billion worth of sales globally on Oct. 13 and 14 as its Prime Day event unfolded. That represents a 45.2% increase relative to the $7.16 billion in sales estimated for Amazon’s July 2019 Prime Day event.

The estimate arrives a day after Amazon — ever eager to highlight its work with small businesses — disclosed that its marketplace sellers generated more than $3.5 billion in sales (a near-60% annual increase) across the 19 countries in which Prime Day was held on Oct. 13 and 14. The estimate doesn’t include sales occurring during India’s Prime Day event, which took place in August.

As Digital Commerce 360 notes, Amazon’s Prime Day

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7 Prime Day deals on popular Withings smart gadgets



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Prime Day Deals

A deep Prime Day discount on the “iPhone of forehead thermometers” is one of the most popular deals we’ve covered on Prime Day. Other health-related items have also been big sellers, with Powecom KN95 face masks up at the top of the list. They’re the only FDA-authorized KN95 masks on Amazon and they’re on sale with a huge 42% discount, so it makes sense that they’re flying off the shelves. They’re also even better at filtering small airborne particles than most 3M N95 masks, according to NIOSH’s tests.

If you’re looking for more great deals on health products, we’ve got some terrific ones to share with you. With Prime Day 2020 winding down, seven popular Withings devices are on sale with discounts up to 30%.

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The most noteworthy deal is definitely a nice big

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REVOLT Relaunches Sean “Diddy” Combs’ VOTE or DIE! Initiative Leading Up To Election Day, With Town Hall Meetings, Programming And Merchandise

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Approaching this year’s General Election on November 3rd, REVOLT has relaunched Sean “Diddy” Combs’ widely popular VOTE or DIE! initiative, to rally the next generation of leaders to exercise their right to vote in this critical election.

As we face a pivotal turning point in our nation’s history, being politically active means more than selecting a President; it symbolizes your right to take action now. REVOLT recognizes “Vote or Die” is relevant now, more than ever.

To jumpstart the campaign, REVOLT hosted a State of Emergency: Election Day and Black America town hall, presented by Cash App and moderated by American television host, Eboni K. Williams, to alert citizens about the current happenings in Black America as we prepare to engage in the general election. Guests included Kerry Washington, Cordae, Tamika Mallory, Vic Mensa, Dr. Cornell West, Jeff Johnson, Kimberly Jones, Mysonne, Tezlyn

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals launch early: 4K TV sets, Echo Dots on sale, more gadgets already discounted

Amazon Prime Day doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13, but because Amazon’s popular sale event is almost here, the retailer has already dropped a few early deals in hopes of enticing early shoppers.

The real sales and steep discounts will kick off at midnight tonight and continue through Wednesday, but today you can still score on a few items including Amazon and Alexa-compatible smart devices and other products.

If you don’t have a Prime account, some of these deals won’t work for you, so sign up for Amazon Prime before shopping. Here’s a look at a few of the best deals available now.

The Best Deal

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Smart Device (3rd Generation) + Amazon Music

One of the best deals on Amazon today is an awesome deal on the third generation Amazon Echo Dot Alexa-enabled Smart Device going on sale for just $18.99 (regularly $40 when

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