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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Can Play a Role that Churches and Little League Once Filled

June 27th, 2017

I’ll see you down at Reverend Wayne’s Pearly Gates. Via: CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook groups to play an important role that community groups like churches and Little League teams used to perform: Bringing communities together. And with nearly 2 billion people around the world on Facebook today, he might have a chance to make […]

EU Has Fined Google $2.7 Billion for Manipulating Search Results

June 27th, 2017

Via: Recode: The European Union slapped Google with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine on Tuesday, charging that the U.S. tech giant had manipulated search results in a way that gives an “illegal advantage” to its own services while harming the company’s rivals. The punishment — announced at a press conference by Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s […]

Life and Death in Apple’s Forbidden City

June 18th, 2017

In other news, Taiwan’s Foxconn, Assembler of iPhones, Considering Wisconsin Plant. Via: Guardian: In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves. Research Credit: EG

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

June 16th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into the supermarket business with hundreds of stores across the U.S. Amazon agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic-food chain, including debt, a roughly 27 percent premium to […]

Taiwan’s Foxconn, Assembler of iPhones, Considering Wisconsin Plant

June 14th, 2017

I wonder if they’ll use the suicide prevention nets on the buildings? Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitress. On a more serious note, my guess is that the plant will be centered around robotic manufacturing and the thousands of workers thing is being thrown out there […]

Tesla’s Vice President of Solar Products: Competitors Are, “Kind of Fucked”

June 7th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — The quote in the title is referring to Tesla’s new solar roofing products, but as someone who sells more conventional solar products, the same can be said about the storage sector. I recently wrote: The storage industry needs to deal with the Tesla reality and […]

U.S. Ranked 114th out of 163 Countries Surveyed on Global Peace Index

June 1st, 2017

Via: Newsweek: The United States has plummeted on a global ranking of countries based on levels of corruption, violent crime, racism and respect for human rights. The Global Peace Index 2017, issued annually by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), shows the U.S declining 11 places in the global rankings to 114th out of […]

Microsoft Co-Founder Built the World’s Largest Plane to Launch Rockets Into Space

May 31st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on a giant aircraft capable of launching rockets to space. Today, his company Stratolaunch Systems literally rolled that plane out of its hangar in the Mojave Desert for the first time ever. It’s called the Stratolaunch aircraft, and it’s massive. The […]

Biggest Threat to Utilities Is Not Solar + Storage, It’s Their Own Greed

May 31st, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had written a long, obscenity laden rant about the retail energy cartel in New Zealand as the commentary on this story. Upon reading over what I’d written, and cleaning the spit off my screen, I realized that A) I’d written it all before and […]

Billionaire Robert Bigelow ‘Absolutely Convinced’ Aliens Are Currently Living on Earth

May 30th, 2017

It would be nice if he shared some details as to why he believes this. It would be nicer if he showed proof of it. Via: Independent: One of Nasa’s partners has said that he is “absolutely convinced” aliens exist – and that they are living on Earth right now. Robert Bigelow, an entrepreneur who […]

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