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Stephen Akins
Space Cowboy, Pundit, and News Maker
Space Cowboy, Pundit, and News Maker
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Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm that reduces file size by about 35 percent and it's completely compatible with existing browsers, devices, photo editing apps, and the JPEG standard.

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"It will not outperform conventional computers, at least not yet. But the company says that the system will be crucial in developing a market for future quantum machines that can handle complex calculations currently out of reach of classical computers."

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A recent breakthrough in storage technology at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center could allow us to store 215 petabytes of data into one gram of DNA.

While practical applications are years away, DNA holds promise for data storage because of its superior density to tape, disk, and optical media. It can also store information for thousands of years when kept in the right conditions.

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"The oldest known signs of life on Earth have been found in northern Quebec, buried in a sheet of potentially 4.3 billion-year-old bedrock that once formed the bottom of the planet's first ocean."

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A few interesting points:

However, using this as an opportunity to jockey for market share can be hazardous, said Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations in New York. He referred to Uber’s effort to pick up travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport when taxi drivers protested President Trump’s immigration ban. Uber’s message might have been “Don’t worry, we’ll get you home,” Torossian said, but it backfired. “Its core customers, most of whom weren’t even at the airport, sympathized more with the protest than Uber’s gesture. It’s OK to piss off a whole bunch of people; just don’t piss off your core customer.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanpearson/2017/02/07/should-your-brand-take-a-stand-3-ways-advocacy-can-boost-sales/

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This looks like a nice; solid solution with low overhead.

Well done!

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Our new Business Starter Package will be a great new addition to our paid offerings; designed specifically for businesses that have a smaller customer base and an even smaller budget.

The generically branded cards allow us to offer all of the features that our Full Service Offering subscribers get; but at a much lower price.
We just got our first batch of generically branded "No Name" paper punch cards for our new Starter Package (plastic cards coming soon!). #loyaltycards
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Let me take this Opportunity to wish you a Happy Birthday!
Our Opportunity rover celebrated 13 years on Mars Tuesday. She's now officially a teenager and has been behaving like one. See how: http://go.nasa.gov/2jjgUwg

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We love seeing our Loyalty Program businesses' Happy Customers.
Thank you to Bello Cacau Café e Chocolateria for forwarding this picture on to us!
Two Lovely Customers at Bello Cacau Café e Chocolateria in Brazil; showing off their QR Loyalty Cards #Customerloyalty

http://www.bellocacau.com.br/
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Google is making things that they don't understand; to make things they really don't understand. 
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