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  1. Never buy a 'new' brand of beer because 'it was on sale.'

    If we're in the backyard and the TV in the den is on, that doesn't
    mean we're not watching it.

    Don't tell anyone we can't afford a new car. Tell them we don't want

    Whenever possible please try to say whatever you have to say during

    Only wearing your new lingerie once does not send the message that
    you need more. It tells us lingerie is a bad investment.

    Please don't drive when you're not driving.

    Don't feel compelled to tell us how all the people in your stories
    are related to one another: We're just nodding, waiting for
    the punchline.

    The quarterback who just got pummeled isn't trying to be brave.
    He's just not crying. Big difference!

    When the waiter asks if everything's okay, a simple 'Yes' is fine. It
    does not mean that is your chance to complain about the taste of the
    water and the salsa.

    What do you mean, 'leering?' She's obstructing my view.

    When I ask, 'How many guys have you slept with?' It would be much
    appreciated if you did not answer honestly.

    When I'm turning the wheel and the car is nosing onto the off-ramp,
    saying 'Oh, this is our exit, Honey' is not really necessary.

    When you're not around, I belch so loudly that I even appall myself.

    The temperature in the cave will be my responsibility. It will be
    slightly to moderately cooler than you want it.

    SportsCenter starts at 10:00 P.M. and runs one hour. This is an
    excellent time for you to pay bills, put laundry in the dryer, or talk
    to your sister.

    Is it too much to ask to have the bra match the underwear?

    If we see you in the morning and at night, why call us at work?

    You probably don't want to know what we're thinking about.

    It's in neither your interest nor ours to take the Cosmo quiz

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    The HoloLens 2 started shipping yesterday. Microsoft's new-and-improved AR headset costs the equivalent of five iPhone 11s ($3,500) and is catered to corporate customers.

    What's new: The "mixed reality" device has more digital perception and interaction capabilities. Compared to the original HoloLens, it tracks more hand gestures, has 2x the field of view, and boasts "single-digit" lag time.  

    How it works: The headset's visor superimposes 3D digital objects on the real world, and lets you drag, drop, and resize those objects. You summon a menu by holding an arm palm-up and touching your wrist like Iron Man. Let's just say I tried sneaking a headset out of the demo in my pocket (it didn't work). 

    Also at the demo was the startup Spatial, which makes "shared augmented workplaces," aka Slack on steroids. Using a HoloLens 2 and Spatial's product, I met the avatar of someone who wasn't there, moved content around in 3D, and put a digital rover on Mars. 

    Takeaway: HoloLens 2 truly feels like the future—but one that's far out for non-Fortune 1,000 employees. If you work at a company that does remote assistance, virtual training, or visual 3D collaboration, you may be in luck.

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    Several big tech companies recently announced a new joint effort to promote better data security. Confidential Computing Consortium will be an open-source community that includes Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM and Microsoft, among others. Current protection strategies address data at rest and in transit. However, a fully encrypted lifecycle for sensitive data remains a work in progress, and perhaps the most challenging step to take in data security.9 Computing has moved from on-premise to public domains to edge, but the cloud is a nascent industry with reams of data still to transition. Attention this consortium brings to data security could accelerate the adoption of next-generation cloud and edge computing.


    9. Confidential Computing Consortium, “New Cross-Industry Effort to Advance Computational Trust and Security for Next-Generation Cloud and Edge Computing,” Aug 21, 2019.

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    LG Chem, Korea’s largest chemical company, is expected to supply electric vehicle (EV) batteries for Tesla’s first plant in China. Until now, Tesla has relied on Japanese battery maker Panasonic for the EV models it produces in the U.S. Production of Tesla’s Model 3 in China is set to begin later this year, less than 12 months after it started building its plant in Shanghai. For LG Chem, the deal reflects the company’s leadership in the lithium-ion battery market; LG Chem already has partnerships with automakers like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. LG Chem projects that it will double its EV battery sales in the next five years, from $24 billion today to over $50 billion by 2024.8

    8. InsideEVs, “LG Chem To Increase Battery Sales Fivefold By 2024,” Jul 9, 2019.

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    Biogen and Invitae, two leading biotechnology and genomics companies, recently announced the availability of a rapid results genetic testing program for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The test will reduce the definitive diagnosis from 21 to just four days, at no charge to individuals in the U.S.6 SMA is often a life-threatening disease, characterized by loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and lower brain stem. As it progresses, the disease can cause severe and progressive muscle atrophy and weakness.7 Faster diagnostics will allow for earlier intervention, treatment and, potentially, better medical outcomes for patients with SMA.



    6. Global Newswire, “Biogen and Invitae Announce Availability of Rapid Results in Genetic Testing Program for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to Improve Speed of Diagnosis for Patients,” Aug 20, 2019.

    7. Ibid.

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    You thought ordering that colon cleansing tea off Instagram was easy before? You’re in for a real treat now.

    Instagram is adding a checkout feature that’ll let users buy products from brands and retailers on their feed directly inside the app, meaning they won’t have to leave Instagram to finish the transaction.

    Advantage retailers: When it takes 

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     to complete a purchase, shoppers are far more likely to smash that “place order” button.

    Advantage Instagram: First, it’ll keep a small cut of each sale.

    • Plus, it makes sense for IG parent Facebook. For now, only Instagram will store shoppers’ payment and shipping info, but remember...Facebook has said that payments and commerce is a revenue stream it’ll be leaning into going forward.

    The checkout feature is starting with 

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    . The WSJ calls it a “
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    ” toward taking on Amazon, but you can call it a quick way to blow your bonus.

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  7. Yesterday was a historic one for Facebook (+0.69%). It announced 

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     to its rules for advertisers to settle a cluster of lawsuits claiming it allowed ad buyers to illegally discriminate against minorities—mainly people of color.

    The backstory: Two years’ worth of investigative reports (and a handful of high-profile lawsuits) uncovered how some ad buyers abused FB’s platform to block minority groups from seeing ads about certain opportunities for housing, employment, and credit.

    Going forward, Facebook 

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     age, gender, and ZIP code targeting for housing, employment, and credit-related ads on all platforms, plus...

    1. There will be a new advertising process tailored specifically for marketers purchasing ads in those sectors.
    2. And FB will launch an 
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       for housing ads (like it did for political ads) to allow users to search all active housing ads on FB, whether or not they’re being targeted by them.

    Zoom out: As Axios puts it, internet platforms that sell ads aren’t regulated the same way TV and radio are. This probably isn’t the last time you’ll watch a tech company address ad transparency.

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    But don’t worry about hiding your stash in your video game console. After all, you may not even have a console after Google’s big announcement yesterday. It 

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     a new video game streaming platform called Stadia that hopes to push the industry further into the cloud.

    How it works

    No one likes a backseat gamer, but it’s helpful to have Google VP Phil Harrison teach us one way to 

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     on Stadia:

    1. You watch a game trailer on YouTube.
    2. When the video is over, you get the option to “Play on Stadia.” If you select that option, the game will launch in that same YouTube window and you can start playing in as fast as five seconds.
    3. Then, you can share a video of your game with your friends and 
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       to play with you.

    And here’s a big selling point: The only new hardware for Stadia is a Wi-Fi-enabled controller. The platform will work on smartphones, PCs, and TVs using Google’s Chrome browser (but not on Apple’s iOS).

    Let’s take a stretch break

    Google’s entering the gaming industry with a bit of 

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    compared to its Big Tech peers. It sold $21.5 billion worth of games on its own app store last year, while Apple’s App Store did $33 billion in game sales, according to Sensor Tower.

    And there’s no shortage of competition in games streaming, from Sony to Nvidia to Microsoft.

    Btw, if you were wondering why tech giants are interested in video games…

    • Their vast network of servers puts them in a great position to leverage cloud technology.
    • The gaming market’s been valued at 
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    Bottom line: Stadia is an innovative platform...but it's going to need more than Block Dude to compete. May the best content win. 

  9. I just read the following on another forum talking about the long term prospects for Earth:

    "...And we’re cooling off down below at a far faster rate (about 5x) than the sun is warming up.

    The point is… in about a billion years… maybe 1.5 (we’re still measuring and guessing to be honest)… the Earth will be very cold, with most of our remaining water trapped permanently below the surface as part of the lithosphere. We won’t be much better off than mars is now. And as the dynamo at the center of the earth wanes (and it is), the magnetic field that keeps the sun from punishing our atmosphere worse than it already does will no longer be up to the job… so not only will the crust beneath our feet by cold, but the air will be a looooot thinner (and thus also cold.) Radiation will get through much more easily and you’ll be lucky to see an equatorial summer’s afternoon reach 10C. Of course, dry as as a bone as it would be, you probably wouldn’t see any liquid water anyways… not even at high noon."


    So ... Could Global Warming end up being a good thing for planet Earth long term?

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