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Derek Ross
You can't fake passion.
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My wife's book is now available on Amazon:

In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her pre-kidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life.

Katie has been traveling around the country the past two years keynote speaking at various child advocacy and victim events, motivational and inspirational speaking venues, and of course various media outlets.

My wife's book, Buried Memories, is a NYT Bestseller. This is the new and updated version that includes new chapters such as life after Buried Memories.

For those that do not know, part of the reason for the new book is sadly because the original book publisher completely screwed her and I over, stealing thousands of dollars from us (essentially victimizing a victim, awesome huh?). The book has been released with a reputable publisher and we couldn't be happier with the change.

Thank you so much for the share and the kind words +Virginia Poltrack. Katie and I appreciate it :)
So I really struggled with how to word this post. Let me start by linking to this book-

I met +Katie Beers​​ before I knew about this book, about her story. I liked her immediately, and in fact, just thought she was a GREAT person. The kind of friend that when you meet them for the first time, you walk away thinking to yourself, "I really adore that person, I'm so happy to have met them!"

Then I learned a bit about this story, and ordered the book. And I was floored. To say she is an amazing person and survivor is an understatement. Basically, I was completely blown away and have a new found respect for someone I already held in really high regard. Katie, thank you for sharing this. You're amazing, and deserve every happiness. I'm really proud to call you a friend 💗

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With Android O-face, we get ability to snooze notifications, similar to Inbox. That's awesome.

Here's a nice rundown of many of the upcoming features that are currently available in the developer preview.

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Hangouts is FINALLY killing carrier SMS support

This has been a long time coming. I called this last year after I received a leaked internal memo. I was doubted. Oh...
The deconstruction of Hangouts continues

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Katie and I watch The Flash together. We both really enjoy the show. This week's episode was quite different... I love this song and I love you Katie :)

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AT&T, Verizon join companies pulling ads from Google and YouTube

Ouch. More companies, some of the largest avertisers in the US, are pulling ads from Google and YouTube. Brands are upset over their ads appearing on content related to terrorism and hate. And rightfully so. Google has promised better tools and ways to stop this from happening. They need to move quickly. This is going to hurt their bottome line.

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Duo gets Audio calling, Allo gets file sharing, Maps gets Location sharing, Google Photos gets faster uploads and sharing, and more. Update Wednesday here we go!

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O-shit. Android O Developer Preview was just announced by Google!

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So let me get this straight... The Galaxy S8 will have Google Assistant AND Bixby. I hope a carrirer doesn't partner with Amazon to install Alexa or Microsoft for Cortana... ASSISTANT ALL THE THINGS!

Samsung's duplication of existing Google apps to build their own ecosystem inside an existing ecosystem has failed before. I can't see how this will be any different.

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The Huawei Watch 2 seems like such a disappointing turd.
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