Yelp rolls out new tactic to warn consumers about businesses accused of ‘overtly racist actions’

Yelp has a zero tolerance policy for racism.

The company, which publishes and aggregates crowd-sourced business reviews, announced Thursday it will be placing a new “Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert” on Yelp pages to warn users about businesses that have been said to display “overtly racist actions.” They will also include a direct link to a news article for consumers to learn more about the reported incident.

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“We know these values are important to our users and now more than ever, consumers are increasingly conscious of the types of businesses they patronize and support,” Noorie Malik, vice president of user operations, wrote in a blog post. “In fact, we’ve seen that reviews mentioning Black-owned businesses were up more than 617% this summer compared to last summer. Support for women-owned businesses has also increased, with review mentions up 114% for the same time period.”

Malik said that as the nation continues to be affected by systemic racism, Yelp feels an obligation to help consumers make better decisions before spending their hard-earned dollars with businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions.

“So far in 2020, we’ve seen a 133% increase in the number of media-fueled incidences on Yelp compared to the same time last year,” said Malik.


Malik wrote that between May 26, a day after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, and September 30, a week after the Breonna Taylor verdict was announced, Yelp has placed more than 450 alerts on business pages that were either accused of or the target of racist behavior related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Boom rolls out XB-1 demonstrator aircraft

There’s been very little good news to report in the aviation industry over the past few months, with airplanes grounded or pushed into early retirement.



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However, Boom Supersonic is going all out to show that there will be light at the end of the tunnel in the future.

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More than 50 years after the world’s first supersonic airliner took its maiden flight, the Denver based start-up has made history with the roll out of XB-1, the first independently developed supersonic aircraft.

Dubbed Baby Boom, the 71-foot-long fuselage is a 1:3 scale prototype of Boom’s upcoming supersonic commercial jet Overture, which is to have a maximum speed of Mach 2.2, making it capable of flying London to New York in just three hours and 30 minutes.

“Supersonic [travel] has been promised for so long,” Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic tells CNN Travel.

“What’s different is that we now have history’s first independently developed supersonic jet. We have an assembled aircraft with all the technology that we need to do what we’re talking about here.

“And it’s not a piece of paper, it’s not a computer render, it’s an airplane. An airplane designed to be safe enough for humans to fly on. So supersonic is here.”

‘First post pandemic airliner’

XB-1, which has a wingspan of 6.40 meters, is equipped with three J85-15 engines, designed by General Electric, that supply more than 12,000 pounds of thrust, allowing it to fly at breakthrough supersonic speeds.

According to the team at Boom, the aircraft’s carbon-composite airframe will enable it to maintain its strength and rigidity “under the high temperatures and stresses of supersonic flight.”

The eagerly anticipated roll out of XB-1, specifically designed to “discover learnings” for Overture, was broadcast on October 7 in a live

NY Rolls Out Phone App To ID Coronavirus Infections [POLL]

NEW YORK — New York unleashed another weapon in its arsenal to fight the new coronavirus. This one will reside on your smartphone.

At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state had launched its new COVID Alert NY app.

He said the free app uses the phone’s built-in Bluetooth technology to alert the phone’s owner that they have been in close contact with another person who is infected with the virus.

Close contact, according to the app, is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes.

Cuomo said the app was really creative and could make a big difference.

Even though the state has about 19 million residents, there are just 15,000 contact tracers, or as Cuomo calls them “disease detectives.”

He said the app could help identify faster those who have been potentially been exposed to the new coronavirus.

“Testing is only as good as your contract tracing,” he said.

New York’s app will work in concert with those in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware — and soon in Connecticut — as a regional alert network to help stop the spread of the virus.

The app works by sensing nearby phones and storing anonymous close contact codes.

If someone who has activated the app tests positive, they will be called by a representative of their local public health department who will ask if that person is willing to share their close contacts stored on their phone. If the person agrees, then those close contacts will receive an exposure alert, along with next steps to stay safe and prevent community spread.

Officials said the alert will never reveal the identify of the person who tested positive for the virus, nor will the app collect location or personal data from your phone.

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Park District Rolls Out October Programming in Deerfield

DEERFIELD, IL — It will be an October like no other as most months in 2020 have been. Despite the limitations put on programming due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Deerfield Park District still has some events planned.

BOO! In A Bag

The Deerfield Park District has everything your little ones will need to celebrate and enjoy a fun, safe and festive Halloween at home. Each BOO in a Bag includes:

  • Halloween Treats
  • Spooky Crafts
  • Recipes and Activities
  • Fun and Safe Halloween Toys

BOO Bags are $10 and went on sale Thursday. Bags can be purchased at the Jewett Park Community Center front desk between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bags will be available for purchase through Oct. 23.


School’s Out

Join the park district for a day of supervised fun between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Jewett Park Community Center. Children will participate in a variety of activities including games, arts & crafts, and much more! Please send your child with a sack lunch and a refillable water bottle. All safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, DCEO, and IDPH will be followed.


Halloween Family Fun Fest
Join the park district for an afternoon of Halloween fun between 2-2:45 p.m. Oct. 24 featuring balloon twisters, Halloween themed arts and crafts, airbrush tattoos and prepackaged Halloween treats!

It’s not too late to join! Susie Mason brings her warm teaching style to this virtual drawing class. Students will be able to be creative and draw their own subject matter while receiving feedback and instruction from the instructor. Students must provide their own materials.


Magic Class

Learn fascinating card, rope, coin, mind-reading, and other tricks from a professional magician. Amaze family and friends! Children are grouped by age and taught age appropriate tricks. All materials provided. Each child takes home

Twitch Rolls Out Soundtrack Beta To Give Streamers Rights-Cleared Music

Licensed music has been an issue for many streamers in the past, with takedown notices coming from rights holders and making certain games complicated to stream or post videos of. It’s made streaming games with big licensed soundtracks, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, difficult. Twitch is testing a solution to this issue, an app called Soundtrack By Twitch that will allow streamers to play license-cleared music in their streams.

In a blog post, Twitch has detailed Soundtrack, which has an interface very similar to Spotify. “Soundtrack gives you a curated collection of rights-cleared music and integrates with your streaming software to separate your audio sources, allowing you to keep your channel safe while you create compelling content and grow as a creator,” the post says.

Artists currently available, according to the blog, include Above & Beyond, mxmtoon, Porter Robinson, RAC, SwuM, “and many more”. Claude Von Stroke, Cloudchord, Chrome Sparks, and Tia Nomore are also listed on the Soundtrack website.

The current beta is compatible with OBS Studio v26.0 or later, and compatibility with Twitch Studio and Streamlabs OBS is planned. Streamers can join a waitlist now, and invites to the program will be sent out over email.

This is an issue that streaming platforms seem to be increasingly aware of–Facebook Gaming also recently licensed a bunch of music for streamers. Microsoft, meanwhile, closed down its streaming service Mixer earlier this year.

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