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Haven't seen a Tesla service truck before

Spotted this in Healdsburg, California. 
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Is it car service, or infrastructure (super charger) service? Most car owners should have onsite service through their insurance I suppose.
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Cuba can't afford pesticides, so their bees are healthy and honey organic.

Honey has become one of Cuba's top exports, and foodies all over the world are clamoring to get some.

Why? Because Cuba is so poor that the nation has been unable to afford pesticides since the early 1990s.

All the honey in Cuba is therefore organic.

And there's no colony collapse disorder, which is hammering the bee industry all over the world.

Because Cuba is an authoritarian communist country, all bee farmers must sell to the government based on the price they set. Then the Cuban government sells the honey abroad.

The government buys at a price that's linked to the global market prices. But then they sell at a premium because Cuban honey is superior in quality.

#honey #cuba

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My prediction was right! The Super Bowl destroyed the previous stadium data record!

I predicted in my eWeek column last week that Super Bowl 50 would more than double the previous record for fan use of data at a sports event.

The previous record was set at last year's super bowl -- 6.2 terabytes. I predicted that this year it would exceed 15 terabytes.

As +Chris Preimesberger demonstrates in this column, it did in fact blow past the 15 terabyte mark.

Chris also has a lot of other interesting data information from the game.

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That fact was more exciting than the game. Probably why usage was so high, everyone started getting bored and checked fb
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Is Google+ being taken over by spam?

I sometimes feel like I spend one-third of my time on Google+ blocking spammers, and another third un-blocking the people in comments Google has falsely flagged as spammers.

I'd like to spend a lot less time doing both these things. What's the solution?
"Ghosts" aren't the real issue at Google+. Zombies are.

I don't know what the answer is here, or if there even is an easy answer, but man -- the G+ spam/random-gibberish comment problem is getting seriously out of control. Seeing my posts taken over by this crap and then going on a massive block-and-report rampage has become a consistent morning ritual for me (with ongoing smaller block-and-report runs continuing all throughout the day).

I hope someone can figure out a solution to this -- and fast. Most people aren't going to be so patient and persistent about actively dealing with this kind of thing, and seeing this level of nonsense and noise really makes G+ look like a cesspool. 

Given how much genuinely fantastic sharing and discussion actually goes on here, I hate to imagine folks peeking in and then turning right back around because of the small but all-too-present minority of virtual graffiti vandals. One way or another, something's gotta give.
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31 comments a point aside if you group +Google Play in a collection or tag etcetera they all play at the time on auto-play...

just saying

wonder if +Robert Scoble knows yet
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This is why Amazon will open physical bookstores

(Read my column: )

Opening physical bookstores is the best idea Amazon has had since the creation of Amazon Prime.

But wait, you say! Wasn't the report that Amazon is even planning a store retracted? And wasn't Amazon created as an efficient alternative to brick-and-mortar stores? Aren't all the bookstores going out of business partly because of Amazon?

Confusion on all this abounds. Here's what you need to know about Amazon's brilliant plan to launch a chain of physical bookstores:

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It is quite possible using today's technology, and leaves lots of room for all the other products to showcase.
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Nigerian scammers get a space program

The latest scam email out of Nigeria involves a Nigerian astronaut stuck in space who needs millions of dollars to return home.

This is awesome:

#spam #scam

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What ISP does he use...?
Great coverage.
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Wow! Grammy Awards will have GoPro cameras built in this year!

The Grammys are next week. And this year they've made a modification to the trophy. It's called the "Grammycam." A tiny video camera that will be streaming live from the award itself.

+Harry McCracken has the details:


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That's awesome!
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This is what everybody misses about invisible payments

(Read my column: )

Everybody's talking about invisible payments. But there's more to this particular form of "friction-free capitalism" than meets, or doesn't meet, the eye.

Here's what makes invisible payments really work:

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+Dave Wood Yes: I blocked him. He was rude and condescending. I don't like him, so I blocked him. 
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This is why it sucks to be an AirBnB host: People put their feet on the damn furniture

Beyonce paid $10,000 for the night, but still...

#airbnb #beyonce
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I'm being made an example of! Nice!

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New Beyonce song is exclusively on Tidal (and YouTube, apparently)

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+Lisa Borel​ your just like the new York mayor......shitty and brain doesn't fully understand true meaning.
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New fighter jet with no tail will probably be unveiled in a Super Bowl commercial tomorrow

It's a 30-second commercial hawking Northrop Grumman as a defense contractor. The plane in question is a concept, and should evolve over the years into a stealth fighter that shoots "lasers."
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The world's only lovable technology journalist.
Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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reviewed a year ago
Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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