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Reliable wireless service is always important—but during uncertain times like these, it feels like a higher priority than ever. The wireless industry is currently pulling out all the stops to make sure Americans stay connected, according to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). The FCC has even coordinated with major carriers to launch the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which protects customers who are having trouble paying their cell phone bills.  

Staying connected personally and professionally is paramount right now

There’s a lot at stake, like the ability to keep tabs on vulnerable family members, stay on top of important school announcements, and even secure our professional reputations, to name

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Kentuck Arts Festival Cancellation Prompts Changes In Approach

Northport-based artist Scott McQueen was scheduled for nearly 30 shows this year and managed to get a few in before late March brought a wave of shutdowns and new regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is still holding out for the future and has had to get even more creative with his public approach in recent months, but when news came Wednesday that the 49th Kentuck Festival of the Arts had been cancelled, it came as a major blow.

The annual outdoor arts festival represents the biggest event of the year for many local artists, with roughly 270 losing needed sales, in addition to the impact on revenue felt by the Kentuck Art Center and local business community.

“It’s devastating,” McQueen said. “I had a full schedule planned up all the way through Thanksgiving but they’re dropping like flies. Then we had Kentuck [cancelled] yesterday. I’ve got four or

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Is the Earnings Improvement for Real?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily provides a real-time scorecard of the ongoing Q2 earnings season and emerging signs of stabilization and improvement in the overall earnings picture. Our core strength in earnings data and analytics allows us to identify these trend shifts in real time and share them with our readers. 

As is always the case, today’s daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), SAP SE (SAP) and McDonalds (MCD). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Q2 Earnings Season Scorecard

Total Q2 earnings for the 113 S&P 500 members (22.6% of the index) that have reported results are down -45.4% on

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

There’s been speculation over the years about online travel companies getting into the hotel business, and Kayak CEO Steve Hafner teased as much during an interview on Thursday.

Hafner, who heads Booking Holdings brands Kayak and OpenTable, dropped the hint during a pre-recorded interview for Travel’s Path Forward: Online Travel, when discussing the company’s product roadmap during the Covid-19 hiatus.

Without providing much detail, Hafner teased an announcement about Kayak getting into the hotel business in some form beyond its traditional hotel referral and booking services.

“Soon we are going to announce our first forays into the hotel business,” Hafner said.

Asked whether we would see Kayak-branded hotels, Hafner said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you did. Put it that way.”

He added another tidbit when discussing OpenTable and loyalty programs.

Later in the interview, Hafner discussed the integration of OpenTable’s dining services with sister company Booking.com, and he said

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More Help Is Coming, But $600 Unemployment Bonus Will Lapse First

A second economic rescue package is on the horizon, one that will likely include another stimulus check, funding for small businesses and schools, additional jobless benefits and more. But as lawmakers debate the finer points, a critical provision of the first relief package is set to expire.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, boosts all Americans’ unemployment payments by $600 per week, automatically. That provision of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act expires July 31 unless Congress acts immediately to extend it.

That deadline is according to the wording of the CARES Act, but the payments effectively end sooner. State unemployment agencies typically operate on a Sunday to Saturday schedule (or vice versa), meaning the last unemployment payment including the $600 bonus will be paid out either July 25 or July 26.

With the clock ticking, that means jobless Americans are likely to see a lapse in their unemployment payments —

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John Cusack Declares ‘We All Have Our Purpose’ in Amazon’s Twisted ‘Utopia’: Watch Trailer

Are you ready to dive into the conspiracy?

The first teaser trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s Utopia dropped Thursday during its virtual Comic-Con@Home panel, setting the table for the twisted dramatics that await audiences when the series drops this fall. The eight-episode series hails from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who is an executive producer.

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

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Amazon Studios

In the minute-long teaser, John Cusack, who plays brilliant biotech mastermind Dr. Kevin Christie, is seen delivering this declaration: “We all have

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Open schools for younger kids, top pediatrician says

Kindergarten teacher Holly Rupprecht carries plexiglass panels to her room at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto, Ill., on Monday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Kindergarten teacher Holly Rupprecht carries plexiglass panels to her room at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto, Ill., on Monday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

WASHINGTON — Younger children pose a smaller risk of catching and transmitting the coronavirus, a top pediatrician told Congress on Thursday, providing a scientific argument for why elementary schools could potentially open in parts of the country next month.

“School systems may consider prioritizing the return of younger children and taking additional measures to ensure physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings among older children,” Dr. Sean O’Leary told the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on Thursday morning. 

The hearing was titled “Underfunded & Unprepared,” a sign of how House Democrats, who control the chamber’s agenda, view the matter. 

O’Leary, a vice chair for infectious disease at the American Academy of Pediatrics, also cited a South Korean

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Businesses turn to tech as they reopen

When employees at the 3D bioprinting company Cellink went back to the office Monday after nearly five months, they were required to clip a small piece of Bluetooth technology onto their clothes before walking through the office’s front doors.

The devices, made by the Austrian company Safedi, are intended to make sure people are socially distancing in the office. A green light shines when people are at least six feet apart.

A red light flashes and the device emits a noise when people get too close.

“Safedi has already shown its value in just one day, especially when it’s time for those coffee breaks,” Cellink CEO Erik Gatenholm said.

The devices are one example of the varied and sometimes bizarre tech-infused solutions businesses are using in an effort to get their employees back to work and offer their customers a safe environment amid the ongoing outbreaks of the coronavirus in

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Rave Family Block Fest Debacle: What Went Wrong?

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From the moment it was announced, Rave Family Block Fest felt almost too good to be true: With more than 950 artists — including big names like A-Trak, Zhu, MJ, Maya Jane Coles, Khruangbin and even Paris Hilton — and 85 stages entirely within the game Minecraft, it was positioned as the biggest-ever virtual festival. What’s more, Rave Family and its CEO Jackie McGuire aimed to pay every artist for their participation, a rarity amidst virtual events limited by the restraints of COVID-19.

However, those lofty goals quickly came crashing down. After a rocky first day on July 9 that had some referring to it as the “Fyre Festival of Minecraft,” the Rave Family Block Fest was postponed indefinitely.

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Meet 5 Dads Who Have Upped Their TikTok Game Amid Coronavirus

With families around the world staying home amid coronavirus, more and more parents are becoming breakout stars on TikTok as the video-sharing app continues to grow in popularity. But while there are, of course, plenty of TikTok moms who deserve recognition — like the mom with the stereotypical Jersey accent who makes the best schmear — today we’re spotlighting some of the dads who have entertained millions of viewers in recent months.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, it seems as though dads can be counted on to keep their kids laughing with stereotypical dad hijinks ranging from dancing to Ariana Grande to impersonating a dinosaur. As one dad who TIME spoke to put it: “I love to make the kids laugh. I’d pretty much do anything to make them laugh. It’s like jet fuel.”

As TikTok has transformed into a hub for activism in recent months, TikTokers have

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