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In Austin, Texas, men are more than 6 times as likely to ghost someone than in other U.S. cities, according to the Singles in America survey by Match.

The big picture: They are also 5 times more likely to breadcrumb, almost 4 times more likely to become relationship "zombies" and 4 times more likely to constantly check their phone on a first date.

  • "Ghosting" is a relatively new dating term referring to the act of disappearing without explanation from all communication with someone after weeks or months of regular texting, messaging, calls and/or dates.
  • A "zombie" will come back to text or interact on social media with someone they ghosted a while before.
  • "Breadcrumbing" consists of regularly messaging someone via text, dating apps or social media with no real intention of starting a relationship.
  • "Benching" is when you don’t really want to date someone seriously, but want to keep them “on the bench” for those lonely nights. This is done by consistent yet infrequent communication.

Sound smart: Benching differs only slightly from breadcrumbing, in that, breadcrumbing requires no in-person communication.

  • "Orbiting" is one of the newest online dating terms, which refers to the act of cryptically viewing or liking a love interest or ex's social media accounts. "The way it feels to be orbited depends on your relationship to the orbiter," according to the New York Times.

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Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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