Instagram Is About To Hide Likes For Some US Users. Here’s What To Expect

Instagram is about to take its biggest step yet toward removing likes from its platform. After months of testing an option to hide likes in select international markets, Instagram is about to do the same for a number of users in the United States, a key market and the company’s home turf. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has already been testing hiding likes in seven other countries, including Canada, Ireland and Australia. (CNN)

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TranZed Apprenticeships partners with Global Apprenticeship Network

TranZed Apprenticeships, a nonprofit registered apprenticeship provider with the mission of expanding modern apprenticeships throughout the United States, is partnering with Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) to exchange knowledge and advance modern apprenticeships as a solution to the skills gap facing businesses across the country. (Daily Record)

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’We’re being killed’: Maryland vape shops see declining revenue due to ‘public confusion’

As U.S. health officials and lawmakers continue to sound the alarm on vaping-related illnesses, Baltimore area vape shop owners say their businesses have unduly suffered, and they blame what they say is misinformation. For Mike Becker and Lisa Barkhorn, owners of B&B’s Vape Café in Parkville, selling e-cigarette and coffee products is a second job. In the past five or six months, Becker said business has dropped by at least 20% to 25%. (Balt. Sun)

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Deloitte's Fast 500 list includes 10 Maryland tech companies

Ten Maryland companies made the 2019 list of the nation's fastest-growing tech firms assembled by professional services firm Deloitte. Dubbed the North American Technology Fast 500, the list looks at private and public companies in technology, media, telecommunications, life science and energy tech sectors. The companies are ranked by percentage of revenue growth between 2015 and 2018. Of the 10 Maryland companies on the list, two made the top 50: Bethesda-based iLearning Engines Inc. ranked fifth and Rockville-based Regenxbio Inc. was No. 43. The highest ranking Greater Baltimore company on the list was Linthicum-based Impact Analytics, which was No. 74. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Medical Company Claims To Have Cure For HIV, AIDS

A Maryland medical company has submitted an application to the U.S Food and Drug Administration for a gene therapy it says will eliminate HIV. American Gene Technologies in Rockville said based on lab tests, the single-dose gene therapy has a “high potential” to be effective. The company said the therapy, AGT103-T, is a genetically-modified product made from a person’s own cells that focuses on repairing damage to the immune system caused by HIV. (WJZ)

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New UMMS CEO Promises Accountability After ‘Healthy Holly’ Scandal

For the first time since a self-dealing scandal shook the University of Maryland Medical System, some financial disclosure information for current board members has been released. “I believe that leaders are defined by how we respond to challenge,” incoming CEO Dr. Mohan Suntha told WJZ. Dr. Suntha will take over the system next month. It follows a turbulent year that saw almost the entire board get replaced amid revelations that nine board members had business with the hospitals that earned them tens of thousands of dollars. (WJZ) 

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Facebook is deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions. The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates Facebook's "coordinating harm policy," which prohibits material that could identify a "witness, informant, or activist." (Times-News)

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Lockheed’s F-35 contract comes at the right budget time, defense experts say

Last’s week’s Pentagon contract to procure 478 F-35 fighters from Lockheed Martin Corp. was a big acquisition marker for a program known widely by its promise, development delays and costs. The contract couldn't come at a better time. The fiscal 2020 defense budget is still being negotiated, but it’s widely seen as the high-water mark of recent efforts to modernize and upgrade U.S. forces. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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