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Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people's health, with the intention of rolling it out next year, CNBC reports.

How it works: The device would use ambient sensors to track people's basic health metrics, like whether they're making more trips to the bathroom or staying in bed longer than usual. Tools are also being built to detect falls.

  • The device won't be like an assistant, as other home speakers are, but it will have a personality and be able to make emergency phone calls.
  • Pilot tests are anticipated to begin later this year.

The big picture: Comcast joins a host of other tech companies that are experimenting with in-home health care.

  • The company has also been talking to hospitals to explore using the device to reduce readmissions after a patient has been discharged.

Go deeper: How bias creeps into health care AI

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Hours-long reading of 628-page COVID relief bill delays Senate debate

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) forced Senate clerks to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, which took nearly 11 hours and lasted until 2:04 a.m. on Friday. The Senate is set to return at 9 a.m. to debate the bill before considering amendments, which could drag into the weekend.

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Cuomo advisers reportedly altered July COVID-19 nursing homes report

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers successfully pushed state health officials to exclude certain data on the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths from a July report, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.

Why it matters: The changes resulted in a "significant undercount of the death toll attributed to the state’s most vulnerable population," the WSJ wrote.

Ro Khanna wary of Biden approach on Middle East

Rep. Ro Khanna. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images

An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.