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    Daily Digest 4/21 – Why Dogecoin Is the Meme Stock of the Cryptocurrency Universe

    by Daily Digest

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:40 PM

Economy

Why Dogecoin Is the Meme Stock of the Cryptocurrency Universe

Ever heard the one about the joke that’s worth $50 billion?

In 2013, two friends created Dogecoin — a parody of a cryptocurrency that was meant to be worthless. Its mascot is a meme-worthy Shiba-Inu that can’t quite spell or get its grammar right.

FDA Inspection Finds Numerous Problems At Facility Intended To Make J&J Vaccine

Peeling paint. Cracked buckets. Employees dragging unsealed bags of medical waste. Procedures ignored. Inadequately trained staff.

All of these were problems noted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors at the Emergent BioSolutions factory in Baltimore – a facility that is intended to produce materials for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. That plan is on hold, following a problem last month with a batch of a vaccine ingredient there, and now a range of documented issues at the facility.

Some small businesses could increase PPP loan size under new Senate bill

A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a proposal this week to allow the nation’s smallest businesses to receive additional aid through the Paycheck Protection Program, a key coronavirus rescue fund that’s poised to expire at the end of May.

Under the bill, introduced Tuesday by Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin, D-Md., thousands of self-employed Americans could qualify for a bigger loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, the massive relief program that provides forgivable loans if businesses maintain payroll.

Coronapas: The passport helping Denmark open up after Covid

Football fans will be allowed into stadiums from Wednesday and bars, restaurants and museums are reopening as Denmark takes a big foot forward in lifting its coronavirus restrictions. The big condition for Danes to take advantage of these new freedoms is that they must prove they are infection-free, by showing a coronapas or corona passport.

It’s a digital app on your phone which shows whether you have had a negative test result within the last 72 hours, a certificate of vaccination or proof of a previous infection two to 12 weeks earlier. It can also be in paper form if necessary.

Shuttered Venues Still Waiting For Government Aid Announced In December

Liz Tallent was by her computer, ready. She’s the marketing and special events director at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., a 1,050-cap venue that has hosted everyone from songwriter Nick Lowe, to Sublime cover band Badfish, to rapper Danny Brown. Like every other music venue, The Orange Peel was hit hard by the pandemic shut downs. Distanced indoor events would barely break even, and because of how the space is set up, there hasn’t been a real way to do outdoor events, either.

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