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While I understand and respect PayPal's tough decision, I think it should be acknowledge that #Charlotte championed liberty. This isn't a matter of a regressive business community, but a progressive city being constrained by a misguided state legislature. I hope THAT message also gets communicated in the national media.

#PayPal "The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte. This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect."

#CLT   #PayPal   #Charlotte   #CharlotteNC   #LGBT  
Just two weeks after announcing a new global operations center in Charlotte, PayPal has nixed those plans, citing North Carolina's contentious House Bill 2 as the reason.
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We can’t answer the question “Is tech useful in schools?” until we’ve grappled with a deeper question: “What kinds of learning should be taking place in those schools?” 

#edtech   #edu   #elearning   #education   #learning   #teaching   #schools  
We can't answer the question 'Is tech useful in schools?' until we've grappled with a deeper question: 'What kinds of learning should be taking place in those schools?'
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Coca-Cola has unveiled a new design for its retail packaging which can be folded into virtual reality glasses designed for smartphones. McDonald's own foray into virtual reality headsets is already on the market. Limited "Happy Goggles" VR headsets are made from folding Happy Meal boxes.

#mcdonalds   #cocacola   #VR   #virtualreality   #happymeal   #packaging   #retail  
Both companies have new packaging that transforms into VR headsets
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"CMS has gotten to a point where it is hard to please everyone," Taylor says. "I think everybody would be more happy than they are today." - Mayor Jim Taylor of #MatthewsNC  

I've long been in support of adding regional schooling districts; Northern, Southern, Central.

#CLT   #CMS   #CharMeck   #edu  
After Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools vote on student reassignment, one town is saying "we want out!"
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Fight fire with fire.

"researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were able to convert skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that homed in and destroyed glioblastoma brain tumors."

#uncc   #cancer   #innovation   #biotech   #biotechnology  
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This will be a massive technology change for the DOD who has been running Windows ME for the last 15 years. #snarkygeek   #windows   #windows10   #DOD   #geek  
The U.S. Department of Defense is committing to upgrade roughly four million devices and systems running legacy versions of Windows to Windows 10 by February 2017.
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More delicious #BBQ  comes to #MatthewsNC  
Charlotte restaurateur Frank Scibelli has chosen the first location for this spinoff concept to Midwood Smokehouse.
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+Google+ really made a mess out of this +Google Voice and #GoogleFi  integration. I have two phone numbers registered on #GoogleVoice  and a primary mobile phone number with the service provider. Switching to #Fi is nearly punitive. 

Google's new wireless service and its long-standing phone management service work together in confusing ways. Time to sort it all out.
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1.  Don't buy Nexus devices until you sign up (The 5x is only $199 right now if you activate Fi!)
2.  Holy shit, visual voicemail without Apple & AT&T!  lol.  love it-
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Watching the voter sentiment trends, this election no longer comes down to Republican vs. Democrat. It's really being decided between Clinton and Sanders; Democrat Moderate vs. Democrat Liberal.

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Both of the remaining Democratic candidates for president easily top Republican front-runner Donald Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.
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Another interesting development. In my experiences, Google Apps and Google Docs consistently beat-out Microsoft 365 on features and UI.

#google   #googledocs   #googleapps   #microsoft   #cloud  
Last year, Google introduced a Voice Typing feature for the desktop Web version of its Docs word processing software that let users dictate their documents. Now, it's getting upgraded with the ability to let people control document formatting with just their voice.
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Microsoft's platform, built on their ancient "desktop productivity software" for folks who have missed the point of the modern internet...  is at least 6 years behind Google.  Preach the controversy right, lol?  Hell, they both pay the bills around here.
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