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Facebook announced that users will be able to turn off “all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the “Paid for by” political disclaimer" on both Facebook and Instagram. The company also set a goal to help register 4 million voters for the upcoming election. Continue Reading →
Tesla Model 3
Engadget is reporting that Tesla announced that its 2020 Model S Long-Range Plus is now EPA rated for 402 miles, cracking a significant psychological range barrier for electric vehicles. That’s an update from the EPA’s earlier 391 mile estimate and applies to “all Model S cars made since late Jan,” according to a Tweet from CEO Elon Musk. The 2020 version can now go nearly 20 percent farther than the last Model S, according to Tesla, thanks to improvements in the vehicle’s weight, wheel drag, drive unit efficiency and updated regenerative braking. Continue Reading →
TikTok
CNBC is reporting that a growing number of TikTok users are turning to the app for personal finance advice. As of mid-June, the #investing tag on TikTok had racked up 278.1 million views. Stating the obvious, experts caution that accounts offering guidance may be skipping important lessons and hawking get-rich quick schemes. We’ve been here before. Continue Reading →
warehouse worker
CNBC is reporting that Amazon is planning to build its own diagnostic labs as it ramps up to test the bulk of its workforce for COVID-19 every two weeks. Workers would test themselves with nasal swabs, using a video for guidance, with a clinical professional supervising. Those testing positive will be referred to a third-party Continue Reading →

Doomscrolling

Concerned smartphone user
There's was a piece on wsj.com by Nicole Nguyen about about "Doomscrolling" that caught my attention. She writes, "Also known as 'doomsurfing,' this means spending inordinate amounts of time on devices poring over grim news—and I can’t seem to stop. My timeline used to be a healthy mix of TikTok memes and breaking-news alerts. Now the entire conversation is focused on two topics: the pandemic and the protests." I think she's speaking for so many of us (I include myself in the legions of doomscrollers as it is now defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary). Continue Reading →
Las Vegas Covid Masks
According to USA Today, downtown Las Vegas was "packed" as it reopened the other night. Market Watch is reporting that "American Airlines stock jumps after 'steady' rise in demand leads to increased flying," and CNET is reporting that CES 2021 (January 6-9, Las Vegas) is in the works as both a physical and a virtual event. Continue Reading →

Regulating Twitter

Twitter Bird in Cage
Imagine a universe where Twitter is fully regulated, an alternative Twitterverse. This is not a place that will ever exist, but sometimes it's helpful to simplify complex issues to help think them through. What would your perfect Twitterverse be like? What rules and regulations would have to exist? Would the world be a better place if your imaginary Twitterverse existed, or would it just present us with a different set of complex issues? Continue Reading →
Part Copying
Most of us are waking up in an unrecognizable world. We are working from home or forced to adopt new ways of working together. We're all adapting and doing our best just to get through the day. There are not many silver linings to this dark pandemic cloud. But one may be the opportunity to create new, better, more productive processes which will lead to much better products. Continue Reading →

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