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Apple is looking to patent a technique for automatically generating exercise recommendations.

Why it matters: Apple has been spending a significant amount of time and energy on its fitness efforts, including establishing a lab dedicated to fitness tracking. The application, filed in June 2017 and published Thursday, covers machine learning algorithms that can use data like vital signs and workout information, to suggest particular exercises.

Meanwhile, another newly published patent application suggests an interesting augmented reality approach to maps, allowing a user to point their camera in different ways to get additional data on what is around them.

  • Standard patent-related disclosure: Just because a company applies for or receives a patent is no guarantee the idea will ever find its way into a shipping product. Still, they can be interesting clues of where a company is spending its research dollars.

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J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said Monday that he is "absolutely" confident that the company will be able to meet its distribution goals, which include 100 million doses by June and up to a billion by the end of 2021.

Driving the news: J&J is already in the process of shipping 3.9 million doses this week, just days after the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the one-shot vaccine. Gorsky said he expects vaccines to be administered to Americans "literally within the next 24 to 48 hours."

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Clash of the central bankers

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While Fed chair Jerome Powell is brushing off the seismic rise in government bond yields and a corresponding decline in stock prices, a group of central bankers in the Pacific are starting to take action.

Driving the news: Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda told parliament on Friday the BOJ would not allow yields on government debt to continue rising further above the BOJ's 0% target.

Biden expresses support for Amazon workers' union vote in Alabama

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President Biden expressed support for a union vote by Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama in a two-minute video posted on Twitter Sunday, though he did not name the tech giant specifically.

Why it matters: A vote by workers at the Bessemer, Ala., warehouse to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union would make the facility the first Amazon warehouse to unionize in the U.S., per NPR. The election will run through March 29.