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This is one of the great things we've been building at Shopify in the past year. This project in particular is what pulled me away from Google and it's been a great year working with the team building it!
Shopify Capital helps entrepreneurs get the funds they need to grow their businesses. With no application process or forms to fill out, securing capital has never been this simple.
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That's a great initiative! Exciting to see a Canadian tech business do such a bold and innovative move. WTG Shopify!
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+Tesla Motors - a day late and many dollars too much. Yesterday we ordered a +Volvo Cars XC90 PHEV instead.

We'd paid $5000 (refundable) 15 months ago to be 687 on the Canadian Model X wait list (~16,000 worldwide). But the wait has been too long. We discovered the XC90 over the weekend - a plug-in electric hybrid with a 40km electric range and 7 seats. We don't usually drive 40km in a day, so we expect to buy gas as infrequently as with our current Volt.

We're paying 83k CAD for a top end XC90 - Nappa leather, walnut interior, heated everything and features that approach Autopilot. Pricing a similarly equipped Model S is 120k CAD - with a Model X probably 10k more. (We were able to see, touch and drive actual XC90s but can only speculate about the Model X.) Our XC90 will be here in March - there's still no date for the first Model X in Canada.

We loved you +Tesla Motors, but we could only wait so long. Others are finally catching up and offering lovely, environmentally friendly vehicles that actually exist for far less...
 
Still pricey, but a far cry from the $135,000 that the first Signature (fully loaded, special edition) vehicles were priced at.
Model X SUV will start at $80,000 before options, incentives, and rebates.
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+Craig Froehle​ Sadly, yes.
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:runs around screaming:

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THIS JUST IN: We're getting those final four words! Sources confirm that Netflix has closed a deal with Warner Bros. for a limited-series revival of Gilmore Girls penned by series creator Amy Sherm...
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Holy crap... If you're looking for a job with an online retail platform where you won't be crying at your desk, let me know. I have some open desks in my office - with free lunch and coworkers who are talented enough to find the best solution to tough problems without marathon conference calls on Easter Sunday.
 
Amazon sounds like a terrifying place to work that I'd never ever want to be.
The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.
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+Kristi Ross's birthday present. Ottawa Bluesfest in the rich old people section....
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Best birthday present! We saw Blue Rodeo (just in case you didn't recognize Jim Cuddy on the jumbotron)
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Wow. Fascinating article with impressive pictures.
 
Over 10 months, 300,000 Frenchmen and Germans died. Another 750,000 were wounded. There was a constant monsoon of artillery shells. It permanently changed the landforms of the area. After the war, it was dangerous to live there because of the vast amounts of unexploded ordnance, including poison gas shells. Stepping on the wrong spot or plowing a furrow in the wrong field meant death.

So France closed off much of the area, which became known as the Zone Rouge or "Red Zone." It gradually shrank over the years, but approximately 65 square miles remains off-limits to most human activity. Vegetation has filled in many of the craters.
When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling gre
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We're brothers then!
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Awesome feature of Canadian money. Almost makes up for its not-so-awesome feature of a plummeting value.

Via +John Mueller​.
 
That is actually nicely done - challenging to replicate but dead simple to verify. Also: science.
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Some things bind us together as humans. Traumatic childhood memories of primitive toilet facilities is one of those unifying experiences. Wars could be averted if we bonded over the particular species of hole-in-the-ground in our respective countries. This article could have been written about the out-houses at friends' cottages in Canada. Or about the "black hole of Kolkata" at a relative's otherwise lovely home near Paris.
 
I’ve long been afraid of toilets in Japan, beginning with the one in the temple we visited every summer starting in 1975, when my mother and I began to regularly go to her homeland in a bid to make...
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While we’re all waiting impatiently for HBO to roll out the next series of its tech startup documentary, Firefox founder Blake Ross has been busy penning how he thinks things should pan out.
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+Kristi Ross​ don't even think of it...
 
What is this, I don't even...

http://gearjunkie.com/bike-mom-seven-kids

I've been trying to figure out how I will haul two kids to school this fall.  I saw a lovely video once of a lady of a bike with a cabin up front that seemed to have seats for 4 kids sitting upright and comfortable with seatbelts.  I haven't seen it since (and so can't find the brand)
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Oh I already know about her...which is why I think I can totally haul our 3 kids in one of these!
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Long read, but fascinating story.
 
Wow, I've been inside Harveys multiple times and never knew this fascinating bit of history: an extortion plot with a complicated bomb in 1980.

http://www.damninteresting.com/the-zero-armed-bandit/

h/t to +Daniel Erat.
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