Apples perfect world

I use and have used apple products – hey macos – but I also have to live in world where cost and functionality is an issue. And I work with and have to communicate with people not living in the apple closed eco-system. And yes i dont like to store my whole life on Apple servers.

In many ways Apple reminds me of a cult for middle-age senior executives living in northern California. So yes i agree with the rant below..

…Apple executives live in a perfect world where non-Apple products aren’t really a thing

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Jeff Bezos goes into space

I think the The Space Industry is probably a future industry like how Silicon Valley was in the 60s and 70s. Everything from mining, micro-factories to zero-G labratories will be a nexus for investors and looks like will be dominated by a few companies and nations

..Bezos’ spaceflight company and space tourism competitor to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, is aiming to launch its first crewed suborbital spaceflight on July 20.

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Twitter may be close to launching Super Follows, as new research shows what it could look like

Twitter announced earlier this year it was working on a Super Follows feature that would allow some users to charge followers and give them access to extra content. On Sunday, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong tweeted screenshots of what she says it will look like.

According to Wong’s research, which is typically very accurate, the Super Follows program will be limited to Twitter users with at least 10,000 followers, who have posted at least 25 tweets within the past 30 days, and are at least 18 years old. As Twitter has referenced, one of the main features of Super Follows will be bonus content, such as exclusive tweets for Super Followers.

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China Has Triggered a Bitcoin Mining Exodus

China has long been the world’s epicenter of bitcoin mining, an energy-guzzling process to secure the cryptocurrency network and mint new bitcoins via specialized machines known as “mining rigs.” According to the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Alternative Finance, over 65 percent of miners working on the bitcoin blockchain were based in China as of April 2021. But Chinese miners are now on tenterhooks following a top government official’s announcement, in a speech on May 21, that Beijing would start to “crackdown on bitcoin mining and trading behavior.”

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Cruise gets permit from California to provide passenger test rides in driverless vehicles

The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) said Friday (pdf) it has authorized General Motors-owned self-driving vehicle company Cruise to provide driverless passenger service to the public in its robotaxis.

The CPUC said Cruise is the first entrant in its driverless pilot program, which lets companies give test rides in vehicles without drivers. Under the terms of the program, Cruise may not charge passengers for the rides, and the company must submit quarterly reports to the CPUC about the vehicles’ operations.

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Square will invest $5 million to build solar-powered bitcoin mining facility

Financial services firm Square Inc. will partner with blockchain technology provider Blockstream Mining to build an open-source, solar-powered bitcoin mining facility, Blockstream announced in a press release Saturday. Square confirmed the news in a tweet, saying it was “committed to driving further adoption and efficiency of renewables within the bitcoin ecosystem.”

According to the release, Square will invest $5 million in the facility, which will be a “proof-of-concept for a 100% renewable energy Bitcoin mine at scale,” and will be built at one of Blockstream’s sites in the US. “We hope to show that a renewable mining facility in the real world is not only possible but also prove empirically that Bitcoin accelerates the world toward a sustainable future,” the release states.

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Android ad tracking still isn’t opt-in, though, so not much will change.

After Apple shook up the advertising industry by requiring users to opt-in to ad tracking in iOS 14.5, Google—the world’s biggest ad company—is announcing a small concession for advertising on Android. Starting in late 2021, Google will begin to roll out a feature that makes Android’s years-old advertising opt-out checkbox less likely to be bypassed by apps.

ndroid has offered an advertising opt-out option for years, and the interface doesn’t seem to be changing. Buried in the settings (System Settings -> Google -> Ads) is a checkbox allowing you to “opt out of ads personalization.”

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Report: Facebook to End Special Treatment for Politicians

Facebook will reportedly overturn its policy that shields politicians from some content moderation rules, according to The Verge.

The move comes a month after Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the company’s decision to restrict former President Donald Trump’s access to the social network in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, though it took issue with the indefinite nature of the ban. An independent group funded by Facebook to review tricky content rulings, the 20-member Oversight Board in May said that the “same rules should apply to all users.”

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