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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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Tesla Model X Has Flaw Allowing It to Be Hacked and Stolen

Tesla Model X Has Flaw Allowing It to Be Hacked and Stolen

Our upcoming world with new electric, self-driving, high tech cars, continues to come with dangers like being hacked and stolen. This new bug in the code was found by a good guy, but it raises just as much concern as we've seen in many other cars over the years. Just...

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Amazon pushes holiday shoppers to pick up packages at stores

Amazon pushes holiday shoppers to pick up packages at stores

Amazon may encourage you to their local store. The whole drive for me to purchase from Amazon, is so that I don't have to go down to the local Walmart. I give up the idea of instant gratification, but it arrives safely. Now, if they want me to go to the store instead,...

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Zillow Surfing Is the Escape We All Need Right Now – DNyuz

Zillow Surfing Is the Escape We All Need Right Now – DNyuz

Another escapist route other than streaming services is to daydream about someplace new to move. Not a bad idea, and Zillow (and the others) are seriously reaping the benefits. Millions of people have spent far more time at home than they expected to this year. It’s...

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The leading states in tech and science – Axios

The leading states in tech and science – Axios

I was shocked to see some of the latest stats on state level technology and science rankings. Massachusetts with MIT is at the top, followed by Colorado, California, Maryland, and Washington. At the bottom... Mississippi, West VA, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nevada. I've...

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DoorDash files for IPO – Axios

DoorDash files for IPO – Axios

When one considers how crazy the food delivery market has been during this new shift we call 2020 life, DoorDash filing for an IPO is not surprising. They are still in loss mode, but instead of 2019's where it was $533M loss with $587M revenue, it was a $149M loss,...

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Podcast wars heat up – Axios

Podcast wars heat up – Axios

Spotify just purchased Megaphone. iHeartMedia announced picking up the bulk of Voxnest last week. Other companies are making moves into this same world. The industry is turning into an advertising world, and while it's only $1 billion in revenue, more are listening...

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Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

I have taken a number of online exams over the years. My most recent exam involved being in an almost empty room, slowly turning the laptop around to show that I had nobody in the room, no posters showing the subject, and so forth. It was comical to think that someone...

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Mozilla – *privacy not included

This list is amazing. Starting from "Not Creepy" and through "a little", "somewhat", "very", and ending at "Super Creepy", the folks at Mozilla provided this gift guide for all of us. Part is the tech's actual usage, and part is how much the tech maker says they track...

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Dish ends Slingbox, will shutter servers in 2022 – Axios

Dish ends Slingbox, will shutter servers in 2022 – Axios

In the ever growing saga of tech that you hope lasts forever, but doesn't... Slingbox is shutting down. It's having a bad year based on Covid, and nobody travelling, but it's also had a bad life as they failed to market it well. Even at CES, I had to ask multiple...

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Walmart lays off shelf-scanning robots for humans

Walmart lays off shelf-scanning robots for humans

Walmart's conducting some downsizing. Layoff's are coming. Those robots are going to be on the unemployment line... WHAT? Yep, apparently the live employees were just as good at it, and didn't generate the negative comments and image that the robots did. I accepted...

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That 4G Network on the Moon Could Ruin Astronomy

An interesting thought in regards to last weeks plans from Nokia to put cell service on the moon. Apparently there are some that believe that radio telescopes may be thrown off by this signal. It's a clear reason to think all of major tech projects through carefully....

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