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Oct
2020
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Everything You Need To Know

Walmart (WMT) has rolled out a revamped Black Friday shopping schedule during the coronavirus pandemic as shoppers look for safe ways to still get in on the deals for the holiday season.

As most retailers have promised, the deals for Black Friday will start early and extend longer, with Walmart offering three sales events as it looks to provide a “safer and more convenient shopping experience” for customers.

The events – Black Friday Deals for Days – will give customers three separate savings events throughout the month of November. The sales events will begin online and continue in stores with the option for curbside pickup of orders at no additional charge.

“Although this year’s event looks different, our commitment to what our customers depend on us for – the absolute best prices of the season on hot gifts from top brands – hasn’t changed,” Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S., said in a statement.

The first Walmart sales event will begin with deals online starting on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with new deals added in stores on Nov. 7 at 5 a.m. local time. The sale will extend to toys, electronics, and home products, Walmart said. New deals will also go live on Walmart.com on Nov. 7 at 12 a.m. ET.

As part of the sale, Walmart will hold its annual Tire Event in stores and online Nov. 7 to 13, offering $20 off per tire and free lifetime balance service at its Walmart Auto Care Centers for Goodyear branded tires.

The second sales event will begin on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET online and in stores on Nov. 14 at 5 a.m. local time. New deals will be added to Walmart’s website on Nov. 14 at 12 a.m. ET. The

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are $298 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo

The second and final day of Prime Day 2020 is here, but there are still a ton of deals to take advantage of for the next several hours, including this fantastic deal on Sony’s new WH-1000XM4 wireless over-ear headphones. Normally, these headphones cost $350, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can buy a pair for just $298. Even better? Amazon will also give you a $25 gift card to its website when you purchase these headphones. Best Buy and B&H Photo are also price matching Amazon, but unfortunately, neither retailer is including the gift card sweetener like Amazon. The price is available for both color options (black and silver).

Sony originally released these headphones in August. When stacked up against its predecessor, the WH-1000XM3, the newer model shares a similar design but allows users the ability to pair two devices via Bluetooth simultaneously. My colleague, Chris Welch, noted in his review that the WH-1000XM4s have improved mic performance, which should make the audio output on calls clearer.

If you are looking for more headphone options, we picked out the best headphone deals you can grab during Prime Day 2020, plus a few from Amazon’s competitors, too.

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Oct
2020
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Business leaders call for ‘patience and civility’ ahead of US election, tying economic health to democracy

Business leaders are calling on Americans to be patient and civil ahead of the 2020 presidential election, citing the importance of maintaining confidence in democracy during the coronavirus pandemic.



Michael E. Porter wearing a suit and tie: Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.


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Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.

More than 50 executives across the fields of tech, finance, retail, and real estate signed onto a statement released Wednesday by the Leadership Now Project, a group founded by Harvard Business School alumni focused on protecting democracy.

“America has successfully held elections through previous challenges, like the Civil War, World Wars l and ll, and the 1918 flu pandemic… we can and must do so again,” the group said in the statement. “As business leaders, we know firsthand that the health of America’s economy and markets rests on the founding principle of our democracy: elections where everyone’s vote is counted.”

The statement was backed by big names in business, including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, and General Assembly chief executive Lisa Lewin. Massachusetts executives on the list include Seth Klarman of Baupost Group, Tricia Glynn of Advent International, Trinidad Grange-Kyner from Tufts Health Plan, and Eric Spindt from Commonwealth Financial Group.

The group emphasized that it could take weeks or more until election results are confirmed because of the number of citizens voting by mail this year. They asked Americans to stay calm, “making it clear that they will refuse to accept any results called too early or based on insufficient data.”

The statement also called on journalists to “avoid calling the election before sufficient data are available,” and asked business leaders to “promote patience and civility among employees, communities, and the American people.”

LinkedIn’s Hoffman wrote that “election results inaccurately or prematurely reported by journalists, elected officials

14
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

The death of the internet

It’s too bad that presidential campaigns are so personal, because in truth they’re policy wars. “Who’d you rather have a beer with?” might be easier to answer than “who’s got the better approach to regulating the internet?”, but the latter is far more important.  



Kelly Evans et al. sitting at a table using a laptop computer: CNBC's Kelly Evans


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CNBC’s Kelly Evans

I mention all this because the FCC is set to finalize its repeal of “net neutrality” at the end of the month. Remember “net neutrality”? I certainly do, because of its peculiar premise not so much to address a major existing consumer harm, but to prevent one from coming into being. But even after its repeal, those harms –giving “fast lanes” to certain content and slowing others–haven’t really borne out. The only recent examples I could find were of Sprint reportedly throttling Skype in 2018, and Verizon throttling Santa Clara firefighters for what turned out to be going over their monthly data cap.  

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Ben Thompson, who writes the popular Stratechery columns, got tons of flack for being one of the few Silicon Valley types not to support net neutrality at the time. Not because he, or anyone is against the idea of “net neutrality,” but because, as he wrote at the time, “there is no evidence that harm exists in the sort of systematic way that justifies heavily regulating [internet service providers]…current regulatory structures handle bad actors perfectly well.” 

“Net neutrality,” which reclassified internet providers to subject them to stricter regulation, was passed into law in 2015. It was repealed at the end of 2017, despite dire warnings from the likes of comedian John Oliver, who warned it would be the “death of the internet” and got more than 45,000 comments posted to the FCC website against the move. (And registered the domain name www.gofccyourself.com.) 

AT&T, meanwhile,

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Oct
2020
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R2 Recycling Launches New Website

R2 Recycling provides electronic recycling solutions for towns, businesses, schools, hospitals, and government entities

LAKEWOOD, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / October 14, 2020 / R2 Recycling is proud to announce that its new website has officially launched.

As a nationwide premier electronics recycling company, R2 Recycling provides world-class professionalism and service. The organization has more than 15 years of experience in the electronics and computer recycling industry.

R2 Recycling is based in Lakewood, New Jersey, and provides solutions for towns, businesses, schools, hospitals, and government entities. The company’s services range from electronics recycling and disposal to IT asset management. The organization works to stay informed on the latest standards and technology.

The company has access to more than 150 trucks and trailers, ensuring efficient service for customers throughout the U.S. and has all necessary licencing and permits. Clients can rest assured that their hard drives and other media will be wiped clean and/or physically destroyed to ensure security of their data.

R2 Recycling’s service areas include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

The organization offers drop-off container programs as well as electronics recycling pick-up services.

Experts from R2 Recycling say that anywhere from 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of and only 12.5% of e-waste is properly recycled worldwide each year, making the company’s work more important than ever.

For more information, visit https://www.r2-recycling.com/.

About R2 Recycling

Headquartered in Lakewood, New Jersey, R2 Recycling was founded in 1988 as a solution to e-waste. The company is a nationwide leader in electronic recycling and a full service recycler offering data destruction and ensuring your data is kept safe in the process. Service areas include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The