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Army Spouse Uses AirTag to Track Down Shady Moving Truck Driver

David Roza, reporting for Task & Purpose: McNulty attached the tag to a box of her son’s toys, then her family of four headed out to the east coast. She told Task & Purpose that her family had been waiting about a month for their things to arrive, which surprisingly isn’t that bad compared to what some families go through....

Mozilla Stops Accepting Cryptocurrency, Wikipedia May Be Next

Brandon Vigliarolo, writing for TechRepublic: The original tweet from Mozilla mentioned three forms of cryptocurrency: the two main players, Bitcoin and Ethereum, and Dogecoin , all three of which use a system called proof of work (PoW) in order to add an entry to their respective blockchains. It’s here we find the first big sticking...

NPR: ‘Fissures at the Supreme Court Suggest Justices Are Like a Dysfunctional Family’

Nina Totenberg, reporting for NPR, on discord amongst the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court: Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19. She has been the only justice to wear a mask on the bench since last fall when, amid a marked decline in COVID-19 cases, the justices...

COVIDtests.gov: Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

More good news: the Biden administration’s website to get free at-home COVID tests — four tests per household — has soft-launched a day ahead of schedule. Worked like a charm for me and my extended family.  ★ 

Omicron: ‘A Flash Flood More Than a Wave’

Josh Marshall, with some good news on the Omicron front: New York City was one of the first parts of the United States hit by the Omicron variant. The trajectory of the city’s surge now appears remarkably similar to the pattern we saw earlier in South Africa and other countries. Data out of South Africa showed a roughly four week...

Will the U.S. Government Approve Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard?

Peter Kafka, writing for Recode: “When we think about our vision for what a metaverse can be, we believe there won’t be a single, centralized metaverse,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said after announcing the deal on Tuesday. You can also read that statement as a message to Lina Khan, the head of the Federal Trade Commission, along...

How Omicron Symptoms Differ From Delta, Past COVID-19 Variants

Aria Bendix and Shayanne Gal, reporting for Insider: Almost as soon as Omicron started spreading, doctors noticed slight differences in their patients’ symptoms relative to prior variants. Mild, coldlike symptoms — such as sore throats, sneezing, and runny noses — were increasingly common. But former hallmarks of COVID-19 — such as...

Back of the Envelope Math on Microsoft’s Activision Acquisition

Phil Spencer, announcing Microsoft’s intention to buy Activision for $68.7 billion: Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming. Upon close, we will offer as many...

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard for Nearly $69 Billion

Maddy Myers, reporting for Polygon: Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, publisher of some of the most popular games on the planet (from World of Warcraft to Call of Duty), as well as the studios currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits related to accusations of gender discrimination in its workplace, the company announced...

‘Bob Saget’s Sublime, Filthy Comedy’

Penn Jillette, remembering Bob Saget, in a piece for the NYT: He had a big smile and joy for the world in “Full House” and on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Everyone loved and trusted Bob in those roles. You wanted to hug him. Some people are saying now that the real Bob was very different from that good-guy image, but I disagree....

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