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Bezos’ Blue Origin hires lobbyist with ties to Obama

Bezos’ Blue Origin hires lobbyist with ties to Obama

The article is about a lobbyist, but the real news is a space tax. Kinda. It's a tax on any space travelers where it's not really business. OK, I get it... rich billionaires flying into space can afford the few percentage points extra for taxes. I worry, however, as...

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Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition program

Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition program

Strangely, Facebook announced they will end their face recognition plans, and delete more than 1 Billion individual identification parameter templates. Amazingly, they announced concerns over how regulators are adjusting rules governing usage, and also "how people can...

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Zillow Shares Plunge as Investors Digest Home-Flipping Halt

Zillow hopped into real estate a while back. They started buying homes for a steal, then flipping them. The losses racked up, and Wednesday they announced the end of that venture. The ripples in their business will be interesting. Along the way they dealt with some...

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In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

Yes, Facebooks renaming is already in progress. Or at least their corporate name. Now going by a new name of "Meta", it's already bringing derision from everywhere. It seems that Mark Zuckerberg has an idea of where he thinks we will all go, and he will be at the...

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Trump’s Truth Social Hacked Within Hours of Announcement

Trump’s Truth Social Hacked Within Hours of Announcement

Donald Trump announced a new social media platform, slated to open next year, and reporters started to create fake accounts named after the previous President and Vice President. I find it shameful that they participated in the news story, instead of reporting on it...

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Best Buy Puts PS5 Purchases Behind a Paywall

Best Buy Puts PS5 Purchases Behind a Paywall

In a move to make more money, Best Buy is now locking some of the more coveted purchases behind their Totaltech membership at $200 a year. Sure, there are other features to it, like discounts, expanded warranty and return periods, as well as free delivery and...

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Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin | TheHill

Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin | TheHill

Miami's mayor has an idea of becoming a crypto-capital, by dealing in bitcoin for any and all who desire. Employee's, residents, and even holding it on the balance sheet are of interest to Mayor Suarez. I like the idea of enabling it as a currency, but I am also...

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Overview effect – Wikipedia

Overview effect – Wikipedia

William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, finally made it to space this past week. Upon his return to earth, and even from videos in space, it seems that he was speechless, and sometimes almost incoherent until moving forward. it was clear that he experienced something...

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Elon Musk announces Tesla to move headquarters to Austin

The last carmaker in California drove a lot of business to the Golden State... and is now driving away for a new destination. Elon Musk has been pushing much of his work out of California, with massive efforts regarding SpaceX in Southern Texas, and now Tesla...

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Facebook whistleblower testifies before Senate committee

Ironically, Facebooks next smallest story this week was dwarfed by that outage. A whistleblower appeared before a Senate panel, begging them to stop the unhealthy issues of addiction, women's self image disruption, and more. The FB response was to deny everything and...

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Why Was Facebook Down on 10/4? Was Facebook Hacked?

Facebook lost an estimated $60 million in 6 hours... just a minor hiccup for users of of the social media platform, Instagram, and more. Why did it happen? In short, someone made a big mistake during a test of stability. It wasn't even supposed to be testable, but the...

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Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely

Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely

In an ongoing story, on Thursday, while the President stated most everyone needs to be vaccinated, Microsoft pushed back their return to office from October 4th, to indefinite. This continuing pushback indicates that this major player (with 181,000 FTEs), is joining...

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Apple Events – Apple

Apple Events – Apple

Apple's next event is coming in just a few days. Keith M. Sedor will be joining us on next weeks show to give his thoughts and opinions regarding the announcements.Watch the latest Apple keynote stream, and check out the archive of special event announcements for our...

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Microsoft sets Oct. 5 as Windows 11 launch date – Axios

Microsoft sets Oct. 5 as Windows 11 launch date – Axios

Here it comes. Windows 11 is just a month away; October 5th. October 5th brings the most boring version of Windows yet. Minor coats of paint, it contains little changes here and there which look like Chrome OS or Mac OS. I've been working in Windows since before most...

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Microsoft sets Oct. 5 as Windows 11 launch date – Axios

Microsoft sets Oct. 5 as Windows 11 launch date – Axios

Here it comes. Windows 11 is just a month away; October 5th. October 5th brings the most boring version of Windows yet. Minor coats of paint, it contains little changes here and there which look like Chrome OS or Mac OS. I've been working in Windows since before most...

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New Facebook app moves workplace meetings to VR – Axios

New Facebook app moves workplace meetings to VR – Axios

Facebook brought forth a new idea to bring VR to our homes, in the form of us using it to work from home. Current Oculus Quest 2 users will be able to join in conference rooms and the hardware will track movements and try to bring together a realistic world. I'm not...

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T-Mobile Confirms Major Hack, More Than 40 Million Impacted

T-Mobile Confirms Major Hack, More Than 40 Million Impacted

Another hack of millions of current and past customers. The name could have been anyone. T-Mobile is just the latest in what is going to be an ongoing story where the characters are changed, but the plotline doesn't. Hackers recently came out claiming to have stolen...

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40 Years Later: What Was it Like to Use an IBM PC in 1981?

40 Years Later: What Was it Like to Use an IBM PC in 1981?

40 years ago the IBM PC (Model5150) was introduced. Along through my life, I've had occasion to work on a few of these Model T's of the computer world. It represented state-of-the-art of the day, but is laughable by today's standards. The CPU was one core running 4.77...

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How to Use Apple FaceTime on Android or Windows

Apple's lock on Facetime is being loosened, and now you can send a link to someone to Facetime via a webpage. It's a day late and even though it's free, about $10 short. It's about time that we can communicate via one of the more common names in the industry. I've...

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