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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

Al Jazeera - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:47
The virus thought to have originated in a Wuhan food market continues to spread as China steps up containment efforts.

China virus death toll now at 80, more than 2,700 cases confirmed

Al Jazeera - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:41
Country has imposed drastic travel restrictions and extended holiday season to try and curb spread of the virus.

US basketball superstar Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Al Jazeera - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:27
Bryant was in his private helicopter with eight others, including one of his four daughters, when it crashed.

Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 80 as China extends holiday

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:18
The new year holiday has been extended by three days, in an attempt to contain the outbreak.

Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:11
The basketball star, 41, is considered one of the best players in the game's history.

Woman dies in Australia Day lamington-eating contest

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 03:52
The woman, aged 60, suffered a seizure while speed-eating the cakes during an Australia Day event.

Chatbots 101: How AI is Fueling the Disruptive Force in Customer Relations

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 03:02

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Salvini faces setback in Italian regional election

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 03:00
The Italian far-right leader had focused heavily on campaigning in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 02:57
There are reports that three people were injured when rockets hit the embassy in the Iraqi capital.

Tech and business giants mourn the unexpected death of NBA legend turned investor Kobe Bryant, who was known for his 'obsessive' work ethic and used to call leaders like Tim Cook for advice

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:48

  • Tech and business leaders from Apple and Microsoft as well as high-profile investors reacted with shock, sadness, and respect for Kobe Bryant's legacy on Sunday, following the news that the NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at age 41.
  • Bryant may be best known for his achievements on the court, but he became a savvy investor in his later career.
  • The former NBA star is also said to have sought advice from business leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former Nike CEO Mark Parker.
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Tech and business leaders mourned the unexpected death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California at age 41.

Executives from Apple and Microsoft as well as high-profile investors expressed shock, sadness, and respect for Bryant's legacy in Twitter posts on Sunday.

During his storied career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant became the fourth all-time high scorer in the NBA and won five NBA championships. While much of his fame may be defined by his accomplishments on the court, he also became an established presence in the business world.

He launched a $100 million venture capital fund with investor Jeff Stibel following his retirement from the NBA in 2016, but he delved into the business world long before then. In 2014, for example, he invested a 10% stake in the sports drink BodyArmor, which is now said to be worth $200 million after Coca-Cola purchased a stake in the firm.

Bryant even said that he hoped to be remembered for his investments just as much as his NBA career when speaking with CNBC in 2016. "If you really want to create something that lasts generations, you have to help inspired the next generation, right?" Bryant said to the network. "They create something great. And then that generation will inspire the one behind them. That's when you create something forever."

Among those who shared their reactions on Sunday were Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer, and billionaire entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" TV personality Mark Cuban.

Devastated and heartbroken by the passing of Kobe Bryant. I admired his athletic prowess from afar and his humanity close up. He was an original. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. RIP.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 26, 2020

The Clippers mourn Kobe Bryant, an icon in this city and this sport, who inspired teammates and opponents with his drive and determination. Kobe left an indelible mark on the world. His family, friends, fans and the Laker organization are in our prayers. We will miss him.

— Steve Ballmer (@Steven_Ballmer) January 26, 2020

Kobe. Fuck. There will be a lot of takes. But, not sure I will ever know anyone else with his work ethic. Legend. #RIPMamba

— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 26, 2020

"My brain . . . it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I sit there and have to face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure’ . . . I think that’s almost worse than death." -- Kobe Bryant, basketball legend, RIP

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) January 26, 2020

Damn. RIP Mamba. May your memory be a blessing

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 26, 2020


Bryant was known to have a tireless work ethic. When speaking on Bill Simmons' podcast back in 2016, investor and former Shark Tank host Chris Sacca said Bryant would consistently text and call him with Ted Talks and other news while doing research for his business ventures.

"He was bringing the same obsessive work ethic to learning about startups that he does to training, to rehab, to his thousand makes a day, to everything," Sacca said. He also wasn't afraid to call other successful leaders for advice, as he told Alex Rodriguez and Dan Catz on an episode of "The Corp" in 2018, according to CNBC.

He said he learned a lot from Oprah Winfrey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former Nike CEO Mark Parker in particular, especially when it comes to handling mistakes. "We all make mistakes," Bryant said, according to CNBC. "We all make decisions. And you just continue to plow forward. You continue to figure it out."

SEE ALSO: The incredible life of Kobe Bryant, the 41-year-old basketball legend who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday

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The art of buildings

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:34
The winners of Art of Building Photographer of the Year 2019

The man teaching 300 million people a new language

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:29
Luis von Ahn is the founder and boss of Duolingo, the world's most popular language learning app.

'I was 90% dead': Henri's story of surviving Auschwitz

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:27
Henri Kichka lost his family in the Nazi death camp, but lived on to tell his own story of survival.

Teenage adoption: The family that took in a 17-year-old girl

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:16
How a 17-year-old girl got out of foster care and found a permanent home with a loving family.

'They are invaders': Brazil indigenous group takes on mining giant

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:08
Brazil's Mura indigenous group starts consultation that could reject a proposed mining project.

The Fighter and the Pimp: Fighting for Kinshasa’s most vulnerable girls

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:01
Shaki is an inspiration for dozens of street children, and her home has become a refuge for girls.

Nambi Narayanan: The fake spy scandal that blew up a rocket scientist’s career

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:01
Falsely charged with selling secrets to Pakistan, Nambi Narayanan's life was knocked off course.

Peru Congress vote: Election follows September dissolution

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:33
The poll comes almost four months after the president dissolved the body, accusing it of obstruction.

Early Grammys for Dolly Parton and Lil Nas X

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:15
Stars are collecting awards ahead of the main ceremony, with many paying tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Troels Halken: EU skal blive en selvstændig supermagt – ellers bliver Europa kørt over

Ræson: Magasin om politik - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:06
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