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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Real Estate Broker ○ Florida Notary Public
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On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

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(Google cofounders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page via AP 📷 Ben Margot) Google has built a $580 billion empire by keeping its innovation engine running ahead of the competition. But on Wednesday the company pulled off an impressive, and curious, feat: It wowed the public with an eight-year-old idea.
Google unveiled a new set of features for its popular Maps app that lets users share their locations with friends and contacts in real time. Thanks to this update, Google Maps users will now be able to quickly let friends know if they're running late to a meeting or stuck in traffic.
It's a compelling idea. And if you're wondering why Google hadn't thought of this earlier, the answer is: It did.

In 2009, when smartphones were still in their infancy, Google introduced something called Latitude.
The Latitude app, to quote Google's blog post announcing it, "allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you." In other words, it's almost the exact same feature Google is now touting as the hot new thing.
Take a look at the two side by side.
Here is Google Latitude, circa 2009:

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GSA Says Trump D.C. Hotel Lease Is Valid, Despite Ban On Elected Officials

President Trump got good news on Thursday from the federal agency that oversees the three-year-old lease on his five-star hotel in Washington, D.C.

The General Services Administration said in a letter that the Trump Organization is in "full compliance" with the lease on the luxury hotel that's located just blocks from the White House.

Many ethics and contract experts have called upon GSA to end the lease, noting that the contract language specifically says no "elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom[.]"

But GSA contracting officer Kevin Terry wrote that reaching "simplistic 'black and white' conclusions regarding the meaning" of the contract's ban on elected officials was not appropriate. He determined the lease is valid because Trump moved his interests in the building to a revocable trust, which is being managed by Trump's oldest sons and other associates. Trump is the sole beneficiary of that trust.

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In 2015, when researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy.

Now the husband-and-wife economists say they have a better understanding of what's causing these "deaths of despair" by suicide, drugs and alcohol.

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On Tuesday, Reddit announced it was introducing profile pages. The Reddit profile contains a list of the user’s posts in reverse-chronological order, and a follow button for subscribing to them. Co-founder Alexis Ohanian told The Verge that profiles are “a very big level-up for Reddit as a platform,” saying they would encourage users to share posts that might not work on the site’s topic-specific subreddits. The feature may feel familiar to Twitter users, and there was something ruthless in the timing of the announcement: it came on Twitter’s 11th birthday.

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As we near the release of iOS 10.3, attention is slowly turning towards iOS 11 and what features Apple has in store for the update.

Apple will likely preview the next major iOS release at #WWDC in June, subsequently releasing developer betas and later making it available to the public.

What feature do you most want to see come with iOS 11?

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Following the Wikileaks March 7 Vault 7 data dump, which allegedly details a host of CIA hacking tools, people have started looking at their internet-connected devices with just a tad bit more skepticism. After all, if the government can rig a Samsung Smart TV as a listening bug, then why not other in-home devices as well?

Other devices like, for example, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home.

With that in mind, people have taken to asking their digital assistants about the CIA. The results, well, are a bit baffling. 

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Kids are not to be trusted. And now, thanks to Uber for teens, they don't have to be.

The scandal-plagued ride-hail company announced Thursday a new program allowing parents to add teenagers to a "family profile," thus allowing plucky youngsters aged 13 to 17 the ability to hail a car all by their grownup selves. No adults required.

"We all wish we could be in multiple places at once," the saccharine ad copy — no doubt channeling Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's desire to simultaneously extinguish all of his company's press fires — tells us. "But until then, Uber can help families with the logistics."



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Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds - The Wall Street Journal

In 2015, two Princeton University economists published a landmark paper showing that mortality was rising for white middle-aged Americans after decades of decline, a startling development for an economically advanced nation.

Now a new analysis from the same pair, released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, paints an even bleaker picture of the nation’s largest-population group.
Mortality has been rising since the turn of this century for an even broader swath of white adults, starting at age 25, the researchers found, driven by troubles in a hard-hit working class. Death rates for white non-Hispanics with a high-school education or less now exceed those of blacks overall, the pair said—and they’re 30% higher for whites age 50 to 54 than for blacks overall of that age.
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