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Amazon adding new fees for grocery delivery – GeekWire

Amazon adding new fees for grocery delivery – GeekWire

Do you use the Amazon Fresh delivery service? Starting next month, you will be hit up for charges if you have smaller orders. If you're a Prime customer, and spend $150, then you're still free. For some, this means just spending a bit more, planning your purchases...

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Showtime is Merging With Paramount+

Showtime is Merging With Paramount+

If I were going to pick up another streaming service, I think it would be Paramount+. It's interesting that they just started the process of merging Showtime into Paramount+, so I'm paying attention to what happens next. For the combined properties with Paramount and...

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Microsoft Surface sales are tanking, Microsoft says | PCWorld

Microsoft Surface sales are tanking, Microsoft says | PCWorld

Last weeks news of Microsoft layoffs is starting to become even more clear. The Microsoft Surface is experiencing a major hit, as the Microsoft Devices revenue is down 39%. Same with Windows OEM, the licensing of Windows Operating Systems. Xbox, down 13%, and this is...

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Mass. congressman reads AI-generated speech on House floor

Mass. congressman reads AI-generated speech on House floor

A topic that is building, and fast, is Chat GPT. US Rep Auchincloss from Massachusetts delivered a 100 word speech on a bill this week that was generated via AI, a possible first. It was to support the creation of a US-Israel artificial intelligence center. Of course,...

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Netflix founder Reed Hastings is giving up his CEO role

Netflix founder Reed Hastings is giving up his CEO role

Netflix Founder and CEO, Reed Hastings, is moving in a new direction. His long term stint at Netflix has been since 1997, and now he's going to have a little more relaxation time. He's leaving the CEO position, but still retaining the Chairman position. This comes...

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Microsoft Is Finally Done With Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft Is Finally Done With Windows 7 and 8.1

Any chances of a last reprieve from Microsoft in regards to Windows 7 and 8.1 has been dashed. Microsoft officially turned off all support for both of them this week, including security updates. This wasn't surprising, but it's also something that had to be done to...

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Shopify Clears Employee Meetings, Calendars

Shopify Clears Employee Meetings, Calendars

So you know those big huge meetings at the office where 80 people show up? Shopify just cancelled all recurring meetings with more than 3 people. Across the company. It's an interesting concept, and perhaps it'll make people think twice about those super meetings....

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CES 2023 Day 1: The biggest announcements so far | ZDNET

CES 2023 Day 1: The biggest announcements so far | ZDNET

CES was this week. The announcements made were as expected with new televisions and monitors, new LED lighting, and new CPU and GPU announcements from Nvidia and Intel. Cars factored big in announcements with in-car gaming, color changing cars, and more. The usual...

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New Law Offers a Fix for the Prison Phone Racket

The prison phone industry is coming under scrutiny of the Congress. A new bill has been put forth that empowers the FCC, the agency that covers phone calls and costs, to pursue the telecom companies that reach provide services in the jails. Some of the phone costs, in...

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U.S. securities regulator alleges price manipulation by FTX

U.S. securities regulator alleges price manipulation by FTX

More issues have come out, and now the SEC is updating complaints against FTX to include more targets for price manipulation of crypto, and what looks like some additional sneaky dealings. The SEC has disclosed new details about the final days of FTX and Alameda...

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Official NORAD Tracks Santa

Official NORAD Tracks Santa

The annual tracking of Saint Nick, aka Santa, Kris Kringle, etc... is continuing again this year with NORAD watching as the big guy takes to the skies. It started with a misdialed number some 67 years ago, resulting in a young child reaching NORAD, and receiving an...

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Delta May Offer Free Wi-Fi for Passengers in 2023 – CNET

Delta May Offer Free Wi-Fi for Passengers in 2023 – CNET

Delta is setting up a new battle in the skies with their new approach of offering free Wi-Fi as a perk. This is something that is likely to have new customers making the change. It seems small, but that little perk is something that changed coffee shops, hotels, and...

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The iPhone 14’s Satellite SOS Is Already Saving People

The iPhone 14’s Satellite SOS Is Already Saving People

Apples other innovations, however, are exciting, in that the iPhone's SOS feature, using satellite communications, is already saving lives. Apparently a car went off the road in a forest area in Southern California, and standard cell service wasn't available. One of...

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Privacy advocates are aghast at UK’s anti-encryption plans

The UK government is making waves now, with an Online Safety Bill. The drama here is that they want to force any messenger apps to scan through all private messages for illegal content. They don't stop there... internal proprietary efforts would be discarded, and the...

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Lawmakers Intro Bill to Ban TikTok in U.S. – Nextgov

Lawmakers Intro Bill to Ban TikTok in U.S. – Nextgov

TikTok is coming under fire again. This time, there are folks on both sides of Congress that are noting the threat. They are seeking a ban on the app, due to the political influence capabilities, all based on Chinese ownership, which could run afoul of the ban of...

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NFTs minted on FTX break, highlighting Web2 hosting flaws

NFTs minted on FTX break, highlighting Web2 hosting flaws

NFTs, non-fungible-tokens... OK, think of it like this.... artwork, that was unique and rare, stored in digital form. They must be authroized by a blockchain, a series of numbers in encrypted public form. Some of the NFTs that were authenticated by the FTX blockchain,...

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FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried denies crypto exchange fraud

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried denies crypto exchange fraud

The former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, went on TV and claimed that he didn't try to commit fraud, that he should have done a better job, that he was only worth $100k, and had only one credit card left. This is after it came out that he contributed $40 million to...

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BlockFi files for bankruptcy as FTX fallout spreads

BlockFi files for bankruptcy as FTX fallout spreads

Antoewhr crypto firm declared Chapter 11... BlockFi, with 100,000 creditors, is following FTX, and a few others. Things brings back memories of some of the collapses in other markets over the years. BlockFi was one of the first firms to be "rescued" by former...

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California looks to ban all diesel trucks

California looks to ban all diesel trucks

California is moving forward again with crazy rules regarding reducing pollution. Their current plans are now to ban all diesel trucks and buses by 2045. Environmentalists are pushing for that to be even sooner, but California has less than 2000 vehicles that meet...

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Apple will pay $50M to settle the butterfly keyboard fiasco

Did you ever pickup one of the various Macbook, Macbook Air's, or Macbook PRo's that came with the butterfly keyboard? For a while, a lawsuit, and settlement have been working their way forward. Finally, the judge has provided approval for the $50 million settlement...

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Crypto bros offloading G-Wagons, luxury cars amid FTX crash

Crypto bros offloading G-Wagons, luxury cars amid FTX crash

One part of the crypto-crash that has been going, and continues to implode... people who struck it rich there, are starting to sell off their expensive ultra-luxury cars. The genre referred to as Exotics, with nameplates like Lamborghini, McClaren, Bugatti, etc, are...

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The leap second will be scrapped by 2035 – The Verge

The concept of the leap second has been around for nearly my whole life. It's like the leap day every 4 years, but it's an extra second every 21 months to sync up tech and UTC time with the actual time around the sun. It's created enough headaches with tech in the...

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WARN Act employee protections: What workers should know

WARN Act employee protections: What workers should know

Immediately after layoffs were announced, many threats of lawsuits were thrown about about something called the WARN Act. It states that you must give notice, and people focus on that part... but a way around that is to pay people, after sending them home. In...

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Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees

Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees

Elon Musk wasted little time with cleaning house, with adjusting to his way of business and more. Layoffs, return to office for people who are near one, and more. Yes, there are some people talking about the end of Twitter, and it could be. Remember that Elon has been...

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Sony to launch its PSVR 2 headset for $550

Sony to launch its PSVR 2 headset for $550

Sony is planning a new VR headset, the PSVR2. The announcement presented better specs than the Meta Quest 2, which has been the market leader, but it also comes at a higher pricetag than Meta's model. Sony also announced it'll come with 20 games at launch, but it...

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Facebook’s Monopoly Is Imploding Before Our Eyes

Years ago, one of the earlier forms of social media was MySpace. In a series of missteps, they crumbled in the competitive space, against newcomer Facebook, who came along and became much that MySpace wasn't. Facebook isn't being beat out by any other major competitor...

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Facebook parent Meta Q3 2022 earnings

Meta has not been a thrilling stock for a while. Just over a year ago, it was nearly $400. After some mild numbers reflecting nearly flat year over year, the stocks dropped even further than the previous 2/3rd's drop in the past year. Now sitting at just under $100 a...

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Android users alerted just before California earthquake

Android users alerted just before California earthquake

A 5.0 earthquake hit California earlier this week, but the techs who developed an app called MyShake, weren't surprised. OK, they, and the users of the app, had a few seconds of notice before the shaking was felt. This app is available on Androids and iPhones, but is...

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Remote Worker Fired for Shutting Off Webcam Gets $73,300

International application of laws can sometimes create odd situations. A computer programmer in the Netherlands sued a former employer in the US for $75,000 after it came out that he was fired for not leaving his webcam on during his entire shift. Unlike the...

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YouTube Premium gets a price hike

YouTube Premium gets a price hike

YouTube Premium, which we don't talk about a lot, due to their small size, also had announcements this week. They are bumping thir plans from $18 a month to $23 a month. This is both overdue, and bold at the same time. It's been the same price for five years, so...

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