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Slack goes after the big customers: Despite being a tool for organizations and companies by nature, workplace chat tool Slack didn't make a deliberate push to service "enterprise"-sized customers until now. Slack announced on Tuesday that it has already signed Capital One, Paypal, and IBM as its first enterprise clients.

Over the last few years, Slack quickly became a Silicon Valley darling thanks to its quirky design and popularity among startup teams. It also quickly raised large rounds of funding and its valuation shot up to over $1 billion very early. But its user growth began to somewhat slow down a few months ago, and it had yet to prove whether it could compete for the largest customers and continue to justify its valuation.

Apple makes a comeback this quarter: After a disappointing fourth quarter last year, the tech giant posted record revenue and iPhone sales. The App Store saw $3 billion in purchases in December alone, and Apple's overall services category continues to grow. It's also making headway in Greater China, though sales are still in decline there.

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Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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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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