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+Google Webmasters +Google Ads  I found a problem with Knowledge Graph in search results. When I search using the term "police architects", the results include a Knowledge Graph for a particular company.  Despite one company owning the domain name policearchitects.com, This company is NOT the definitive result for the search term. I believe this to be an incorrect result which unfairly promotes this particular company and significantly harms the impact of my company's Adwords advertising. 

I've sent numerous feedback submissions to Google regarding this but I feel like I am not reaching anyone. Who can I contact to get this looked at and maybe fixed! 

+Verizon Wireless Customer Support What's the deal with the account management area of your website? I've been unable to access my account on the website and in the My Verizon app since about 7PM ET. It's 11:30PM ET now. Would be nice to get some sort of notification by social media or on the website itself. 

I just spent the last few months shopping around for a new Backup/DR solution and finally made a decision last week. After spending so much time with the different vendors haggling price and trying to figure out which solution is best for us, I feel like such a bad guy telling the losing vendors that we didn't choose them. Then one of them told me, "I've had many people call me a year or two down the road wishing they had chosen our solution. Good luck with your choice."

Seemed pretty tacky for this other vendor to basically imply that I made a bad decision and I'll be coming back to him with my tail between my legs begging for our services.

Curious to hear some opinion on this.

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You hit the nail on the head. I think Connecticut needs to build an arena with the primary focus being on UCONN Basketball and Hockey. NHL should be a secondary thought. In other words keep the NHL in mind while designing and building an arena for UCONN. Don't try to sell it to the general public as an NHL arena.

With the state wastefully spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the last 6 years, whats another $500 million? I'd rather see it spent on an arena than for the "promise" of a few hundred jobs.

I really really wish developers would make a greater effort to design apps for Windows 8/8.1!  Especially business related apps. For me I would love to see #Autodesk and software companies that work in Architecture and Construction fields get their iOS and Android apps ported over to Windows.

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Happy to see this show carry on the greatness of it's predecessor. 

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Very interesting and astute observations .
Today CBS is streaming in real time their coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. I meant to just watch the beginning (before they had a camera warmed up) through the official confirmation. But it's 2.5 hours later and I'm still fixated on it. 

Part of it is the historical aspect of what was believed about the events as they unfolded. But I think what I've found fascinating is the conductance of the coverage in light of the present day coverage of major breaking news The most recent comparable event to my way of thinking is the Boston Bombing. But there have been so many, too many others that it bears little argument over what to compare it to.

It's the parallels and the differences that I find so striking. 38 minutes before Walter Cronkite made the famous official announcement that you usually see in clips, Cronkite was passing along word from the priests as reported by a correspondent in Dallas that the President was dead. Cronkite is quick to say this is unconfirmed but it is repeated often. A live report from a reporter in the hotel where the President was supposed to speak repeats the report that the President is dead. I read up a little bit and ABC and even CBS radio all announced the President was confirmed dead before Cronkite. I details all this because every breaking news event I've watched has the same effect. Some agencies report confirmation early some late sometimes the early reports are true and sometimes not, and sometimes even the later reports turn out to be wrong. It's the nature of fast-moving events, and even with live cameras and seemingly more instantaneous delivery of information, we still experience the same fog.  I don't point this out to say somehow Cronkite was less of a newsman than we think, or to excuse the sloppiness of some present-day news agencies, only to say that I think we tend to glamorize the past sometimes. Breaking news is always muddy and confusing and it always has been.

Less weighty notes also stick out to me. Transitions from anchor to anchor weren't covered with slick graphics. Instead we watch as Walter Cronkite gets up and Charlie Collingwood sits down and takes over. There is no earpiece to send the anchors updates. Instead we watch as someone hands them paper or even hear them off mic passing along facts and information.

One piece of coverage caught my eye as being much better done then than now. That is the man on the street. These days random people with little to say speak mundanities in those pieces. They usually provide little value. Two versions were done by CBS News in 1963 that I found outstanding. One was delivered by Robert Trout a man who had reported on D-Day and even WWI. He gave a moving description of what was happening on the streets of New York City. Not a hyped up piece meant to make everything sound dramatic but an accurate representation. He mentioned how some people seemed not to know what was going on while some wept openly. It was a much better picture than almost any I've heard and not a single piece of video was used or was necessary. Another was shot in Chicago with a crowd of Chicagoans, of all races by the way, all with well spoken articulate statements on how they felt. Not small sound bites either. Some may not have been all that poetic but they were all thoughtful and honest.

And that's another thing that struck me as a misperception. Many reporters, many witnesses interviewed and many of the people shown on the street were not white. This was 1963 before civil rights and before Martin Luther King Jr. was the major force he would become. 

And that's the last bit. In the early hours of the reporting much concern was expressed about the divided nature of the country. Suspicion that extreme right-wing groups might be responsible and that reaction to the events would be violent. It all seemed all too modern in tone.

What was absent was any blame. Several reporters and even politicians noted that this was a risk any President takes in a free and open society.  none called for new laws or repressive measures.

Finally there was something I wish we could see now. That was the reassuring, sensible, and wise statements from former President Eisenhower. I froze standing in front of the TV as I was walking through the room as he began to speak. His brand of even-handed sense is all too rare at any moment in history. I imagine many people in the United States at the time calmed down a bit after seeing Ike tell them that while this was a tragedy, Americans would get through it well. 

Watching this has been a lesson that while times change and habits mutate over time, we are still human beings and there are some underpinnings to our behavior that stay consistent even over 50 years. I firmly believe and think this viewing bears out that the 'good old days' are rarely better than our current days, it's just nicer to think they were. It also affirms my believe in the tenet that those who don't learn from the past may be condemned to repeat it. In this case I hope, I dearly hope, we've learned well.

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Woe is me.

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