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  1. I read somewhere that they re-enabled them not long afterwards. Funny how our USA lost trust in the "freedom of speech" so easily.
  2. E-commerce platform Shopify recently launched an enhanced version of its messaging capabilities in the form of Shopify Chat. Live chat capabilities can be particularly useful for a business’ e-commerce, as customers who chat with a brand convert three times more often than those who don’t.12 Shopify Chat aims to be a difference-maker for the company’s core users, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), helping them stay personal and prompt with their customers. The announcement follows Shopify’s foray into the fulfillment business with the Shopify Fulfillment Network. The company wants to co
  3. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) released a three-year plan to strengthen the country’s financial technology sector. The central bank dubbed fintech the “new engine” of development in the financial industry and identified six key steps for China to engage.10Included among them involves using fintech to improve the quality of the country’s financial services and to strengthen financial risk prevention and control capabilities.11 Fintech continues to disrupt traditional financial services with more accessible, efficient and affordable products. But fintech is more than a product. It’s an ecosys
  4. Will Rogers once recommended that people should buy land due to its scarcity. With this in mind, investors need to understand the practicality of owning land and of running a land-based business venture. Types of Land Investments Independently wealthy people can purchase land for personal use, recreation – and yes, investment. Unfortunately, most people do not fall into this category. This begs the question: Are land-ownership opportunities and business ventures capable of generating an acceptable return on investment for small investors, while still affording them the joys and attr
  5. What legal ground does he have to "order" any business to stop what is legal trade? Now if he outright bans trade with China for EVERYONE... then that is a different ball of wax. If I want to source my supplies from ZAMBIA it is my right to do so no matter what the President may "order"..... He is out of his mind.
  6. Brazil's Forest Fires Illuminate the Beef Industry Brazil’s space research agency, INPE, said Wednesday the number of forest fires in Brazil has leapt 84% this year. Blazes across the Amazon rainforest are putting the focus on Brazil's beef industry and its contribution to deforestation. Smoke from the fires is sweeping out of the rainforest, one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, and over some of Brazil's cities, blanketing the skies and blackening water. Hospitals have reported an uptick in respiratory problems. Zoom out: Cattle ranching is responsible for the majori
  7. This is surprising.... I wouldn't have guessed this outcome from The Who
  8. A magazine recently ran a "Dilbert Quotes" contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real life Dilbert-type managers. Here are the finalists: 1. "As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA.) 2. "What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter." (Lykes Lines Shipping) 3. "E-mail is not to be used to pass
  9. On one of Apple’s support pages about the Apple Card, it now says, “Exporting data from Apple Card to a financial app like Mint is not currently supported.” Sad. I think I would have liked to try the new card out.
  10. Negative interest rates = The bizarro market... And it's happening right now in most of Europe. The federal government of Germany just did something nearly unheard of: It issued a 30-year bond with a negative interest rate. Here's why that's weird: How a 30-yr bond normally works: An investor gives $900 today, in return for $1,000 in 30 years. Investors make money by lending. How Germany's 30-yr bonds work right now: Investors gave Germany $1,149 today, in return for just $1,000 in 30 years. Investors pay money to lend. The asparagus
  11. At least in the 1970's they moved the car seat to the back seat... 😉
  12. Activists and leaders gather for the National Cannabis Policy Summit in Washington, DC.
  13. @James Thomas Rook Jr. Similar to the Aristocrats in France lecturing the Parisian factory workers on the importance of cleanliness. While the lesson may be true.... It may not be an option for a vast majority of common people. "Let them eat cake!"
  14. Canopy Growth, the world’s most valuable marijuana company, plans to buy fellow pot company Acreage Holdings for $3.4 billion...when (if?) weed becomes legal at the federal level in the U.S.
  15. Amazon announced a free, ad-supported music streaming service to win more customers for its speakers and Alexa-enabled devices.
  16. West Texas is in the middle of an energy boom, per a WSJ report? Barbers are making up to $180,000 a year. Companies are reserving tables at bars for over $6,000. There are 30-minute lines outside BBQ joints.
  17. I like the circular design. I'm also always impressed as to how exact flight simulator creates views.....amazing.
  18. No wonder Mark Zuckerberg made this statement this week.... “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever.” But don't believe for one minute that he likes this..... he is losing content along the way.
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