City A.M.: Google launches hacker crack down as it snaps up Israeli cybersecurity firm Siemplify for £371m

City A.M.: Google launches hacker crack down as it snaps up Israeli cybersecurity firm Siemplify for £371m. “Google, also known as Alphabet, has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Siemplify for an estimated $500m (£371m), as the giant gears up for the rise in cyber attacks and data breaches. Siemplify has raised $58m (£43m) over four rounds to date, with Israeli VC G20 Ventures the company’s largest shareholder.”

WJLA: Hogan issues state of emergency after COVID surge, National Guard deployed for test sites

WJLA: Hogan issues state of emergency after COVID surge, National Guard deployed for test sites. “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered a 30-day state of emergency, citing a 500% spike in hospitalizations over the last few weeks. The governor said the decision was made in light of the recent COVID-19 case surge and its variants. Hogan said the next 4-6 weeks will be the toughest on Marylanders, even implying that hospitalizations related to the coronavirus could reach 5,000.”

HCP Live: Gastrointestinal Symptoms Linked to Severe COVID-19 Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

HCP Live: Gastrointestinal Symptoms Linked to Severe COVID-19 Outcomes in Pediatric Patients. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, severe gastrointestinal symptoms has been common in children with COVID-19, but it is unknown what the frequency and clinical outcomes of these gastrointestinal symptoms are and why pediatric patients are impacted more than adults. There have also been studies that show 15% of pediatric patients with COVID-19 present with diarrhea, particularly in infancy. Vomiting (10%) or abdominal pain (8%) also have a higher frequency in school-aged children.”

Yuzhou: Second Chinese city forced into Covid lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Yuzhou: Second Chinese city forced into Covid lockdown. “China has put a second city into total lockdown after just three asymptomatic Covid cases were discovered. Yuzhou – which has a population of 1.1 million – saw its transport system shut down and all but essential food stores closed overnight. It follows a similar lockdown in Xi’an, where 13 million have been confined to their homes since 23 December.”

WHDH: More than 1K Boston Public Schools teachers, staff call out sick on district’s first day of classes after holiday break

WHDH: More than 1K Boston Public Schools teachers, staff call out sick on district’s first day of classes after holiday break. “More than 1,000 Boston Public Schools teachers and staff members called out sick Tuesday on the district’s first day of classes following the holiday break. A total of 461 teachers, about 1,000 staff members, and 52 bus drivers phoned in with an illness, according to BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history. “[Ahmed Flex] Omar’s story is just one of countless stories about Black Muslims that have gone untold or unnoticed – something he has been working to amplify for the past six years through his Muslim American Leadership Alliance. A new $25,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is hoping to help the group – and others like it – to move forward.”

Reuters: Armani to cancel January men’s, haute couture shows due to COVID-19 surge

Reuters: Armani to cancel January men’s, haute couture shows due to COVID-19 surge. ” Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani said on Tuesday it would cancel its men’s and haute couture shows scheduled in January due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in Europe. The men’s fall/winter 2022-23 show was due to take place during Milan’s Fashion week while the haute couture runway was expected in Paris.”

Reuters: Swedish King and Queen test positive for COVID-19

Reuters: Swedish King and Queen test positive for COVID-19. ” Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘The King and Queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are feeling well, given the circumstances,’ the palace said in a statement.”

Covid: Critical incidents declared at several hospital trusts as Omicron hits staff numbers (ITV)

ITV: Covid: Critical incidents declared at several hospital trusts as Omicron hits staff numbers. “Critical incidents have been declared at several NHS trusts in the past five days, with at least 14 hospitals now responding to reduced staff numbers. The Omicron variant of Covid is said to be causing mass absences across a range of industries, with the government forecasting that 25% of workforces could be forced into self-isolation by the fast-spreading strain.”

The Verge: Podcasters Are Letting Software Pick Their Ads — It’s Already Going Awry

The Verge: Podcasters Are Letting Software Pick Their Ads — It’s Already Going Awry. “Wherever there’s a website, there can be a targeted ad, and now wherever there’s a podcast, there’s the potential of inserting a targeted ad, too. Whichever company can make that transition happen the fastest, across the most shows, and with the best data, could not only recoup all those millions of dollars in acquisition costs but make more on top of them. The industry is sprinting toward this programmatic advertising future. However, there are some obstacles along the way, and podcasters are already running into them.”