Tech combats pandemics; Russian election interference; Disney post-Iger

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses tech news:

What role does technology play in combating potential pandemics?

A huge one. Technology moves quickly. Pandemics move quickly. You need technology to map it, you need technology in your response, you need new technology to build new hospitals quickly. There's a new story this week that was interesting about Chinese doctors using A.I. to diagnose coronavirus. Yet another good use of technology to combat a pandemic.

How is Russia interfering in the Democratic primary?

Well, Russian bots have been messing with all kinds of social media and they're doing it to promote Bernie Sanders, it seems. Now, why would they do that? Well, I don't know. A. Maybe they want chaos and they think Sanders will cause chaos. B. Maybe they want Trump to win again and they think Sanders is most likely to lose. C. Maybe they actually think Sanders will have the most generous policies towards Russia. Or D. Maybe they actually think the news would break about them supporting Sanders, and that would hurt Sanders, and really they're worried that Sanders would be the strongest opponent to Trump. Basically, we don't know. My guess is it's probably A, they are probably trying to create chaos.

Is Bob Iger's resignation as CEO of Disney a sign of trouble for the company?

I don't think so. Disney is in pretty good shape. The announcement he made was pretty rational. What I don't understand is why it happened right now? It's possible something else is going on, something fishy. That would be a bad sign. But based on what we know right now, I think it's okay.

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It's the decision that could kickstart intra-Afghan dialogue, and pave the way to ending the US occupation in Afghanistan after 20 bloody years.

On Sunday, after days of deliberations that involved thousands of Afghan delegates packing into one tent (what's COVID again), President Ashraf Ghani agreed to release hundreds of Taliban prisoners from government jails. The move opens the way to intra-Afghan dialogue under a deal that the US brokered directly with the Taliban earlier this year.

The Trump administration has touted this development as a major step towards peace, but after nearly two decades of war, the relevant players are still miles apart when it comes to laying out a common vision for the conflict-ridden country. What do they all want?

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"Go ahead, take it," President Putin says to you.

"Take what?" you ask.

"This Covid vaccine," he continues, turning a small syringe over in his hands. "It's safe. Trust me. We… tested it on my daughter."

Would you do it? Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting that a lot of people will say yes. On Tuesday he announced that Russia has become the first country to register a COVID-19 vaccine, and that mass vaccinations will begin there in October.

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20.4: The UK economy is now officially in a recession for the first time in 11 years, after British economic growth plunged by 20.4 percent quarter-on-quarter from April to June 2020. The quarterly decline — attributed to the economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic ­— is double that of the US and second only to Spain's in Europe.

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