A Welsh village’s broadband service went down at 7am every morning for over a year. …

A Welsh village’s broadband service went down at 7am every morning for over a year. They finally tracked it down to electrical interference from a single old TV set whose owner switched it on every morning to watch the news. The “mortified” owner agreed to stop using it immediately, and the problem hasn’t happened again.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180

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Facebook suspends 200 indigenous and environmental activists’ accounts just before their online anti-pipeline protest, claims it was an automated mistake. Suuuuure…

Facebook suspends 200 indigenous and environmental activists’ accounts just before their online anti-pipeline protest, claims it was an automated mistake. Suuuuure…

https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/24/21454554/facebook-acitivists-suspended-accounts-coastal-gaslink-pipeline

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Covid news, Africa (+)

Wow. Comparing these numbers for an *entire continent* to the numbers in the US alone is amazing: “Slightly more than 34,000 deaths have been confirmed on the continent of 1.3 billion people….Africa is doing a lot of things right the rest of the world isn’t”

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-09-22/defying-predictions-africa-coronavirus-response-praised

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Finally decided to stop postponing my dentist appointments and get it over with. They were running late so I had some time to spend outside and encountered some of their small neighbors. #lizards #flowers

Finally decided to stop postponing my dentist appointments and get it over with. They were running late so I had some time to spend outside and encountered some of their small neighbors.

#lizards #flowers

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Interesting point about Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda: for the most part, MS doesn’t care what …

Interesting point about Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda: for the most part, MS doesn’t care what hardware you run their stuff on, they just want you to buy the software. So it’s less likely to be about trying to gain Xbox exclusives and more likely to be about getting more games for Game Pass.

https://www.theverge.com/21449178/microsoft-xbox-bethesda-zenimax-media-acquisition-xbox-game-pass

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It reminds me of a blog post I read a few years back comparing the core business of various major tech players:

Apple sells hardware, and they sell software & media to give you something to do with the HW.

MS sells software, and the HW is to give you something to run their software on.

Google sells ads on services, and provides HW & SW to connect to those services.

Amazon sells stuff, and their HW is a way to sell you virtual stuff.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20131030165516-1269-waterworld-the-right-way-to-think-about-the-battles-in-mobile

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And that’s why, for instance, you can run Gmail on anything, MS Office on almost anything, but the main Apple program that runs on other operating systems is designed primarily to hook you up with an iPhone (previously an iPod).

It’s an older post and predates the rise of smart speakers, but it still fits remarkably well. Remember how the Echo originally was mostly a way to place orders through Amazon?

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