Sep 22, 2017

Paris Hilton deletes support of controversial ICO

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Earlier this month we discussed how Paris Hilton had repeatedly tweeted her support of an initial coin offering from Gurbaksh Chahal, a serial tech entrepreneur who is infamous for admitting to domestic abuse. Shortly after came a Daily Beast article detailing more of Chahal's alleged transgressions. And, with that, Hilton's tweets went poof.

Chahal long ago blocked me on Twitter, but his current company responded when I noted the disappearance: "Maybe its because we want the focus to be on the product not the celebs supporting it?" I followed up by asking if this meant Gravity4 had asked Hilton to remove the tweets, even though it had retweeted them at the time. But this time there was no reply.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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