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Derek Ross
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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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+Eric Schmidt​ is doing pretty well for a dude that has been dead for nearly a century.

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Watch Android Auto completely destroy Apple CarPlay. Wow. Siri is a pathetic, horrible assistant that would get fired if she were real.

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Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link and Wink devices get Google Home support. Awesome.

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Sweet. Location Sharing has moved to Maps. Taps button. Oh. Not enabled for my account yet. Stupid server side switches.

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Floral patterned wallpaper is all the rage these days. I cannot wait to Andy Rubin's upcoming wallpaper when he's ready to fully reveal it to the world.

Also, phone with basically zero bezel.

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Google X tells the story behind Gcam, the software behind the Pixel’s camera. Spoiler: It was developed originally for Google Glass!

The next Allo update includes a 'quick selfie' button which shows a tiny live preview, when tapped takes a quick circular selfie, and posts it to your conversation. Thankfully, this abomination can be disabled via settings.

It's not that the feature itself is bad, it's just that the live preview always being visible lessens Allo's beautiful UI. I do not like it. But as I said, you can hide it. I guess if you're into sending nonstop selfies in a Snapchat type of scenario, then this feature is for you. Go you.

Who knows, maybe this feature won't make it out of beta?

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StarCraft remastered is old school Starcraft, but in 4K. I would play this.

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Finally, a nice looking Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch. Everything else announced the last month or so has been a turd. Also, it has NFC for Android Pay! Woot.

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