How the world’s busiest airport envisions post-COVID travel

By Tracy Rucinski

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With COVID-19 ravaging the aviation industry, airlines and airports worldwide are reining in costs and halting new spending, except in one area: reassuring pandemic-wary passengers about travel.

“Whatever the new normal (…) it’s going to be more and more around self-service,” Sean Donohue, chief executive of Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport (DFW), told Reuters in an interview.

The airport is working with American Airlines <AAL.O> – whose home base is DFW – to roll out a self-check-in for luggage, and all of its restrooms will be entirely touchless by the end of July with technology developed by Infax Inc. They will have hands-free sinks, soap, flushing toilets, and paper towel dispensers, which will be equipped with sensors to alert workers when supplies are low.

“One of the biggest complaints airports receive are restrooms,” Donohue said.

Dallas is piloting three technology options for luggage check-ins: Amadeus’s

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AI technology will soon replace error-prone humans all over the world – but here’s why it could set us all free

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It has been oft-quoted – albeit humouredly – that the ideal of medicine is the elimination of the physician. The emergence and encroachment of artificial intelligence (AI) on the field of medicine, however, puts an inconvenient truth on the aforementioned witticism. Over the span of their professional lives, a pathologist may review 100,000 specimens, a radiologist more so; AI can perform this undertaking in days rather than decades.

Visualise your last trip to an NHS hospital, the experience was either one of romanticism or repudiation: the hustle and bustle in the corridors, or the agonising waiting time in A&E; the empathic human touch, or the dissatisfaction of a rushed consultation; a seamless referral or delays and cancellations.

Contrary to this, our experience of hospitals in the future will be slick and uniform; the human touch all but erased and cleansed, in favour of complete and utter digitalisation. Envisage

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U.S. global media agency demanded outlets return money for internet freedom projects

The U.S. Agency for Global Media has asked three of its outlets to return more than $3 million they were allocated to help people in countries like China and Iran access impartial online news without their government’s knowledge, according to an agency official familiar with the matter.

The official said Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe, were told to return the so-called internet freedom money to USAGM. In Radio Free Asia’s case, that money was supposed to go to the Open Technology Fund, a digital rights non-profit financed by taxpayers.

It’s the latest example of how the Trump administration is trying to revamp the agency, which oversees taxpayer-funded media properties, and which the administration says has strayed too far from its mission of representing the U.S. abroad. New CEO Michael Pack has tried to dramatically reshape the agency by firing outlet heads and other senior

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Rackspace Technology, Inc. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rackspace Technology, Inc. (“Rackspace Technology”) today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Rackspace Technology has applied for listing its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “RXT”. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for Car Accident Lawyer in Indianapolis the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are serving as joint lead book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the proposed offering. RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Evercore Group L.L.C. are also serving as book-running managers for the proposed offering. Barclays Capital Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and HSBC Securities (USA)

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What Do You Need to Know Before Using Local SEO Services

Let’s face it—with Google continually updating the way it displays local business results, succeeding at local search can be challenging. In today’s marketplace, you can’t afford to only focus on a single element of search. If you hope to dominate, you need a complete local SEO strategy that drives customers to your business and not the competitor down the street.

What is Local SEO?

Local SEO is the process of optimizing your website (and its content) for optimal visibility in the search results when a local-intent based search occurs.

In a microsecond, Google will do a million things all at once, including pulling historical data, checking cookies, looking at personalization factors, determining your location based on IP, Wi-Fi, or GPS data

It’s all about providing the necessary information to Google (and other search engines) to match your local business to people searching for the products or services you offer.

Local

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Global companies raise most funds for the month of August in a decade

By Scott Murdoch and Patturaja Murugaboopathy

(Reuters) – Companies raised the most funds in global equity and debt markets for the month of August in a decade as homebound bankers spend their summer fixing deals off the back of trillions of dollars of stimulus worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Companies have raised $65.5 billion through initial public offerings (IPOs) and high-yield bond issuances globally so far in August, the highest for that month in at least 10 years, according to Refinitiv data. They raised $98.6 billion in July and $126.5 billion in June, which was the highest in 20 years.

Graphic: Monthly global IPO proceeds https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/dgkpllgrapb/Monthly%20global%20IPO%20proceeds.jpg

It comes as governments and central banks have made at least $15 trillion of stimulus available to help economies withstand the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic..

The fact that bankers and investors were working during the traditional August holiday month, due to coronavirus

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