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How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million | Reuters

People spend money, real and virtual, on the craziest things. In October, an art collector a 10 second video for $67k, and a week ago, turned it around for $6.6 million. A non-fungible token (or NFT) is a digital asset, using blockchain tech (like Bitcoin) that proves...

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Google says goodbye to individual user tracking – Axios

Google says goodbye to individual user tracking – Axios

This article paints Google as giving up on individual tracking, as they abandon cookies. Cookies for tracking users, however, is no longer needed. They have the power to track you, pitch to you, and it's all done through the information your browser provides freely....

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Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover – NASA Mars

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover – NASA Mars

Perseverance made it successfully to Mars. This is a new effort to look for life, not in the form of little green men, but algae and other simple organisms. It's also planned to gather fascinating rocks and other soil samples to hopefully be returned to Earth for more...

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Parler reemerges after a month offline – Axios

Parler reemerges after a month offline – Axios

Parler has been brought back to life, but still has a long way to go after Google, Apple, and Amazon beat them senseless, and left them for dead. If it were real people, and it happened in a dark alley in a major city, there would have been charges for attempted...

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Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

Australia is proposing laws to make social media giants pay for journalism... for news content, even if it's just a link or a post. Facebook has decided to turn off all news content in Australia, and that will reduce education, discussion, and even understanding of...

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Inspiration4 – Home

Inspiration4 – Home

A much better ad actually provided a contest to be on the first "all civilian" spaceflight. Backed with a rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", this commercial resulted in launching dreams of millions of people across the country, more exciting than having a...

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We are all investors | Robinhood – YouTube

The Superbowl brought us one team that could only score with field goals, and a bunch of commercials that were less than thrilling. Robinhood.com provided a tonedeaf commercial that said that we are all investors... talking about realizing gains and losses......

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Don’t Share Your Vaccine Card on Social Media

Nothing stops or even slows down the scammers. The warning to not share your vaccine card is serious. I must pause to ask... did you post your drivers license, passport, or other personal information on the Internet? We are all way to free with our information, and...

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Andy Jassy: What to know about Amazon’s new CEO – Axios

Andy Jassy: What to know about Amazon’s new CEO – Axios

Stepping into Bezos shoes is this guy, who built AWS into an amazing service provider. If you are any size company looking for cloud servers, storage space, or other computing needs on the Internet, AWS is a good first look. People who like Amazon's entire range will...

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Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO – Axios

Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO – Axios

The 2nd richest (money) man in the world is stepping down from his role at Amazon. Jeff Bezos started with a few books, in a garage, and look at what he made from that. OK, maybe a little poetic license there. Moving to the executive chair at the board in the 3rd...

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Facebook to downplay politics on its platform – Axios

Facebook to downplay politics on its platform – Axios

Facebook is driving a new message that political speech isn't important. Their thoughts are that it's too much trouble, but isn't freedom worth it? After all, our world has always communicated their feelings on divisive topics like politics and religion. Yet, Mark...

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2 in 5 U.S. seniors lack sufficient broadband – Axios

The group that most needs access to the Information Age is senior citizens. This enabling tool allows them to shop, connect, reminisce, and engage the brain through research, recipes, or whatever else. In the coming week or two, Keith will talk about some of the...

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Average U.S. iPhone price hits a record $873 – Axios

Average U.S. iPhone price hits a record $873 – Axios

Apple has been soaking all of us for years. The price point originally was $599, but dropped to $399. Today, if you buy the latest version, you're talking a bit of cash after you pay for the charger (not included), earbuds (wireless, and not included), and case....

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America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates

Farmer Bill? Really? Yes, 242000 acres, or a space about 1/4 of the size of the state of Rhode Island. Now this is farmland, and doesn't count the 40 square miles outside of Phoenix for suburb development, or various other investments around the world. Bill Gates,...

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All the big CES 2021 announcements in one place – Axios

All the big CES 2021 announcements in one place – Axios

CES adapted. There were still announcements, and wonderment, and a number of different COVID related items as well. Still, just as some of my previous tech haunts have disappeared, I think we are seeing the last of the biggest annual trade expo in the country. How...

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Dropbox to cut workforce by 11% – Axios

Dropbox to cut workforce by 11% – Axios

Are we surprised by another downsizing of a tech company with a ton of competitors? In all fairness, it's not a large amount, and it appears to be a minor correction to ensure longevity. Still, I feel for those who are having to move on. This will continue, and I'm...

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Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

There are a number of different social media platforms gaining attention, most due to censorship on other prevailing platforms. Telegram is one, over WhatsApp's changes in terms of service... gaining millions per day. Signal doesn't share their numbers, but Elon Musk...

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Freedom of Speech is disappearing.

This isn't about left or right. I would scream about this no matter who is working to keep our voices silent. I despised the efforts years ago to censor music. I was against the censorship of a certain comedian who I found to be foul and obnoxious, as it made him more...

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Social platforms flex their power, lock down Trump accounts

Social platforms flex their power, lock down Trump accounts

This week created a lot of fireworks in the political world. I try to avoid divisive issues, and my first topic this week is regarding all of the social media craziness... without getting political. Social media platforms have all locked down the President's access to...

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23andMe raises $82.5 million in new funding | TechCrunch

23andMe raises $82.5 million in new funding | TechCrunch

There is a headline about 23andMe, the DNA testing company making another $82 million in funding. I don't see this as the headline. Covid is the headline, and the interest that people have in the various benefits coming out of the pandemic for 23andMe, as well as...

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Apple AirPods Max first look: lots to prove – The Verge

I wear studio quality headphones that retailed at a big price. I can't imagine what Apple was thinking when they decided to compete here, though. It's like they said "hey, let's make high-end audio based on our brand, but charge twice as much as the expensive Sony or...

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YouVersion Bible app engagement skyrockets in 2020 | Disrn

YouVersion Bible app engagement skyrockets in 2020 | Disrn

We've had the makers of the YouVersion Bible series of sites and apps on this show, many years ago. I'm happy to say they are doing well, especially as they announce amazing new numbers. Searches are up over 80%, reading is up, devotional plans, and more. The most...

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Federal Trade Commission calls for breakup of Facebook

Federal Trade Commission calls for breakup of Facebook

Now, before you get excited, the idea of breaking up Facebook has been floated for a while. The problem is that it will take years to happen. The AT&T breakup in 1984 was 2 years after they made an agreement, which was after 8 years of battle in the courts....

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Adobe Flash is going away for real this month

Adobe Flash is going away for real this month

To quote Star Trek, "It's dead Jim." Adobe Flash has been lingering on the deathbad for far longer than it should have. It was not allowed in the iPhone or iPad, removed from FireFox and Chrome in 2016, and abandoned by most developers years ago. It was a target for...

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