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HTC

Taiwan's HTC, which makes Android smartphones and the Vive VR headset, is considering strategic options, including selling part or all of the company, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

  • HTC has retained an advisor and is looking at options including bringing in a strategic investor and selling or spinning off its virtual reality business, Bloomberg said.
  • The company has seen its share of the phone business slip and, although the Vive is a leader in the VR space, that market remains a niche business.
  • History lesson: HTC, which got its start making handhelds for others, was once among the top three smartphone makers in the world (and briefly No. 1 in the U.S.) before losing considerable ground to Samsung and others in the market for Android smartphones.

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

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  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
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Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.

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