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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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Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

There are many naysayers, and many supporters, and I'm not going to get mixed into this. Reporting just the facts, Coinbase, a company that sells digital currencies, went public, and due to the major price of Bitcoin, started off with a market value near $100 Billion....

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Jeff Bezos says Amazon has to treat its employees better

Even after escaping unionization, Amazon's own leader is stating that they need to treat their employees better. It's a good level of realization that something went wrong somewhere to create that many disgruntled employees. Will that impact the various bean counting...

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Amazon defeats union effort at Alabama plant – Axios

Amazon defeats union effort at Alabama plant – Axios

In that Amazon union effort in Alabama, only about 1/4 of the ballots were found in favor of unionizing. Only a little more than half of the potential voters even bothered, which strikes an even deeper blow to the unionizers. There's continued talk about foul play...

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Toy cars get eco makeover to inspire children | Reuters

Toy cars get eco makeover to inspire children | Reuters

Matchbox is now offering scaled down versions of a number of electric cars. It's an interesting nod to the future that is coming at us quickly. Matchbox is launching a new series of toy cars based on real-life electric and hybrid vehicles, in a bid to make its...

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Tim Cook Wants Americans to Be Able to Vote on Their IPhones

I'm amazed at the idea that we should vote on our smartphones. In a day and age where everything can be manipulated, hanging chads can be interpreted for or against, and hackers abound... this seems senseless. To push voting via methods that involve companies that...

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Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

Another data leak from Facebook, with over 500 million users. They claim that it's old, and has been long since resolved, but in the age of the spin doctors, and a lack of accountability from Big Tech, who knows. Data included is your Facebook ID ties to your phone,...

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Why the Amazon union vote is taking so long to tally.

Why the Amazon union vote is taking so long to tally.

Amazon worker votes are being counted in Alabama as to if they are going to unionize. Amazon is now the country's second largest private employer at 800,000 workers and this was the first union election at Amazon in years. Many unions are watching, and even some...

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Bernie Sanders queries Twitter’s Trump ban – Axios

Bernie Sanders queries Twitter’s Trump ban – Axios

I do agree with Bernie Sanders, in what he said this week... while still noting many things that express his displeasure for President Trump.... his exact words in support were "yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow it could be somebody else who...

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Lawmakers press Big Tech CEOs on speech responsibility

Lawmakers press Big Tech CEOs on speech responsibility

Another hearing this week for the big tech folks. What used to be a friendly get together is now a way for senators and congressmen to line their pockets with graft. I'm not pleased with where we've come, but the threats of regulation by people who don't, can't, won't...

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Cricut to Charge for Unlimited Use of Its Cutting Machines

The Cricut device is really cool, according to Keith's wife, but many others as well who have them. I've longed for one, but it's another gizmo that I don't know that I'd enjoy as much. They are changing their model, and now putting the process of creating a new...

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Tinder to offer background checks on would-be dates – Axios

Tinder to offer background checks on would-be dates – Axios

Keeping people safe is a big concern these days. The blind date has less of a concern for someone now, as a background check can be performed before your next Tinder date. My only wonder here is that if something like this should be paid for through the fees, instead...

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Bizarre Twitter Issue Suspends Users for Saying “Memphis”

For a short period of time, Twitter started banning people for using a certain word. It's safe for radio, I think... It's a city in Tennessee? It was home to Elvis. Memphis. Yeah, their scanners broke and they didn't explain it... but lightly poked fun at themselves...

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Dropbox declares its password manager will be free to use

Dropbox is getting into the world that LastPass, 1Password, and others are starting to reduce down to paid only. Dropbox already provides a great service for storing and moving files, so storing passwords across different systems is a great option. They are moving you...

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Netflix test stops you from using someone else’s password

Two-factor authentication is usually used to protect you, but it's also being used to protect companies. For years, it's been to protect against hackers using your account, an indirect form of protection of the corporation. Netflix has introduced their new 2FA route,...

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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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