Add this to the list of Silicon Valley's responses to the age of Trump: LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says he's leading a "more than $30 million" round of funding for petition platform Change.org, a development first reported by Fortune. He called the website "a crucial democratizing force in this era of growing civic participation" in a post announcing the investment.

Bill Gates and Y Combinator's president, Sam Altman, are reportedly also putting money into the round. Hoffman said his contribution was "the largest personal impact investment I've made to date."

Bigger picture: There's long been interest in Silicon Valley in boosting civic engagement — Hoffman has previously invested in Change.org — and that's become more relevant after an election that jarred tech leaders. Facebook, for example, recently announced that it would connect Americans with their lawmakers.

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Former Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm's powerful winds and heavy rainfall moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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