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CBRE said the vacancy rate for commercial office space in 17 major cities rose to 21.5% in 3Q19, a level not seen since the global economy was melting down in 2008.

Catherine Chen, Cushman & Wakefield's head of research for Greater China, told Financial Times that soaring commercial office vacancies in China was mainly due to dwindling demand, but not oversupplied conditions.

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/office-vacancies-china-hit-decade-high-amid-economic-turmoil


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The worry now is that products arranged by independent wealth managers will face mounting losses as China’s economic slowdown deepens and corporate defaults surge.

https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/news/trouble-brewing-darkest-corner-china-210000882.html

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Web Development / The State of Online Tracking in 2019
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:24:21 AM »
TUNE building a solution that can solve for Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.2 (ITP) for Safari, Mozilla’s Enhanced Tracking Prevention for Firefox, and others.

https://www.tune.com/blog/intelligent-tracking-prevention-2-2-itp-future-tracking-browsers

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Economics & Investing / "It May Already Be Too Late For Europe's Economy..."
« on: September 25, 2019, 11:15:58 AM »
"No Longer Hanging In, Europe May Have (Been) Broken Down"

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/it-may-already-be-too-late-europes-economy


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Hardware & Technology / Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy
« on: September 21, 2019, 01:24:12 PM »
Google's quantum computer, dubbed "Sycamore," contained 53-qubits, or "quantum bits," a measure of the machine's potential power. The team scaled back from a 72-qubit device, dubbed "Bristlecone," it had previously designed.

https://fortune.com/2019/09/20/google-claims-quantum-supremacy/

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Hardware & Technology / Delta® VoiceIQ™
« on: September 19, 2019, 12:56:14 PM »
Delta® VoiceIQ™ Technology Helps Consumers Command the Kitchen
Kitchen and bath leader’s “smart” faucet increases connectivity in the kitchen


To address an emergent need for thoughtfully connected home technology, the Delta brand leverages Amazon® Alexa® and Google® Assistant-enabled devices to create a smart kitchen faucet that thinks on command. Delta VoiceIQ Technology provides dependable, hands-free operation for a revolutionized kitchen space.

https://www.deltafaucet.com/company/media-room/press-releases/primary-content-area/all-media-items/delta-voice-activated-faucet-technology
 

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Mozilla and Creative Commons want to reimagine the internet without ads, and they have $100M to do it

Grant for the Web, will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites

https://www.fastcompany.com/90403645/mozilla-and-creative-commons-want-to-reimagine-the-internet-without-ads-and-they-have-100m-to-do-it

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Water Cooler / The Pros and Cons of a Guaranteed National Income
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:26:44 AM »
Although federal, state, and local governments spend nearly $1 trillion annually on at least 126 anti-poverty programs, we are doing little to help the poor get out of poverty or become self-sufficient.

https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/pros-cons-guaranteed-national-income

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Economics & Investing / ECB cuts key rate for first time since 2016
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:37:10 PM »
The bank’s deposit rate, trimmed by 10 basis points, is now −0.50%, meaning that commercial banks must effectively pay the ECB to hold their excess cash balances overnight.

https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/news/ecb-cuts-rates-for-first-time-since-2016-as-recession-fears-grow-114702200.html

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Firefox is continuing its fight against Facebook and Google's online ad tracking empire. The browser, owned by Mozilla, will now block third-party tracking cookies by default. This Enhanced Tracking Protection will be automatically turned on for all global users as part of the standard setting. The improved privacy features have been trialled on new users since June 2019, and currently cover 20 per cent of users. From today, this will increase to 100 per cent of people using the Firefox. [WIRED]

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Hardware & Technology / Do we really need an iPhone 11
« on: September 10, 2019, 10:56:34 AM »

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Water Cooler / States to Launch Google, Facebook Antitrust Probes
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:21:01 PM »
The participation of so many attorneys general of both parties in the probe is potentially worrisome for the big tech companies. About 20 attorneys general were involved in the federal government’s last major tech antitrust case, against Microsoft Corp. , two decades ago.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/states-to-launch-google-facebook-antitrust-probes-11567762204

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