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Apple on Thursday became the first-ever U.S. company to have its market cap hit $1 trillion, when shares briefly touched $207.05. It’s a largely symbolic milestone, but also a reminder that between its giant market cap and massive cash holdings, Apple could buy almost anything it wants.

The bottom line: A billion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A trillion dollars.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
1 hour ago - Technology

Lego, Sesame Workshop back early-learning startup

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A number of leading children's brands, including Lego and Sesame Workshop, are among the investors pouring $50 million into BEGiN, the New York startup behind the early-learning program HOMER.

Why it matters: Thus far, HOMER has focused on reading apps, but with the new funding and partnerships, the company says it will expand to a full early-learning program combining digital, physical and in-person experiences, tapping some of its investors for both content and distribution.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Climate's surprise appearance in the debate

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The debate was a mess as moderator Chris Wallace struggled with President Trump's interruptions. But let's analyze the climate parts anyway without normalizing the whole thing.

Why it matters: The contest provided a collision over the topic between Trump and Joe Biden, and underscored the two candidates' immense differences.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 33,700,008 — Total deaths: 1,008,874 — Total recoveries: 23,426,047Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 7,191,406 — Total deaths: 206,005 — Total recoveries: 2,813,305 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Health: The coronavirus' alarming impact on the body.
  4. Business: Shell plans up to 9,000 job cuts by 2022.
  5. Politics: 7 former FDA commissioners say Trump is undermining agency's credibility.
  6. Work: United States of burnout — Asian American unemployment spikes amid pandemic