Facebook is going to let publishers start charging readers to view stories.

I consider this to be “BAD NEWS” for those of us that are struggling to make a living in this ever increasing world of stupidity. This new service will affect every user of the Facebook platform.

“The social network has started briefing publishers on the forthcoming subscription service and hopes to start testing it by October, according to a person familiar with the matter. – Facebook is currently telling publishers they’ll be able to show at least 10 free articles per month before the paywall kicks in.”

Source link is at the end of this article, for more about this breaking news.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not always the sharper tool in the shed -but- if I’m understanding this correctly, if you want to go to a link of a media outlet (TV media, on-line Newspaper) you will have to pay a fee. This is bad news.

Or if I’m understanding this as – since I have two website’s (www.thinkr8.comwww.amerispheresoftware.wordpress.com) and two Fb page’s linking to those websites, and you the reader here in Fb see my post from any one of my Fb page’s and want to link to the website article, you’ll have to pay a fee to me. And if that’s the case, then “Great” I would start to make on-line money. Cause as it stands now, you don’t (yes, some have, thank you) support my on-line endeavor’s. Having said that, if the latter is correct then I’m all for the up and coming new subscription service.

Another funny thing I noticed about this news – I googled it, and there were no links to any tech sites, (Tech Crunch, PCWorld, C|Net, Computerworld, etc.) only local tv station across the states. Weird, very weird.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-testing-publisher-subscriptions-2017-7

Click here for: Facebook Exec Campbell Brown: We Are Launching a News Subscription Product.


Here’s what you should know before today’s Google I/O conference — Re/code

Expect a peek at Mountain View’s answer to the Amazon Echo.

via Here’s what you should know before today’s Google I/O conference — Re/code

“We are moving to a world where smart, interactive machines surround us — our homes, cars, offices and (of course) phones. Google wants to be there; that’s Google’s bread and butter.”


What Is A Smart Contact Lens

Novartis and Google are joining together to work on a smart contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels and corrects vision, the latest in a series of technology products designed to monitor body functions.


As part of the agreement, Google and Novartis’ eye care division Alcon will create smart lenses that feature “non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics” and focus on two main areas. The first will provide a way for diabetic patients to keep on top of their glucose levels by measuring the sugar levels in their tear fluid, feeding the data back to a smartphone or tablet. The second solution aims to help restore the eye’s natural focus on near objects, restoring clear vision to those who are only farsighted (presbyopia).

People with presbyopia, who can no longer read without glasses, Novartis is considering the possibility of implanting the lens directly into the eye. Which, is great but… ouch?

The technology is still very much in its infancy—

Novartis hopes to have a prototype available for research-and-development reviews by early 2015.

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What’s Privacy compliance for big data systems automated: Search engine code is moving target that eludes manual audits

Web services companies, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all make promises about how they will use personal information they gather. Scientists have now automated the method to ensure that large codebases are operating in compliance with those promises and has deployed a prototype automated system on the data analytics pipeline of Bing, Microsoft’s search engine.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University

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Central Computer Core Nine

The 21st Rainmeter Skin produced by Amerisphere Software Technologies has arrived.

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Central Computer Core 9

Skin Folder Size: 5.88 MB

Rainmeter Installer Size: 4.34 MB

Screen Resolution: 1280×1024 / This skin on your desktop may need some dragging to adjust.

AST provides the “Wallpaper” in all of its skins.
With this skin is a set of Icons (OblyIcons.zip) the set of Icons work with the Application Launcher, (not all Icons are set to the Launcher).

This skin works with Rainmeter Version 3.1.0 r2290 32-bit (May 25 2014) Win XP and Higher.

Get it .

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein

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What is the mystery of Google’s barges off U.S. coast?

Floating barges near Treasure Island has people wondering.


A patent filed by Google in 2007, suggest they might be water-based data centers.
The barges, each carrying a large, modular looking structure about 40 feet wide and 70 to 80 feet long, have been moved into and docked in harbors in San Francisco and Portland, Maine.
Speculation has been fueled by how hard everyone around the projects is working.
A Portland Coast Guard station spokesman, said
“We know it’s not a threat to public safety here in Portland.

The barge docked in San Francisco, is registered as BAL 0010, and the barge in Portland is registered as BAL 0011. More likely these will be moved around to provide localized support or backup as needed ,you can use water for cooling and there are a number of creative ways to get energy,
said Rob Enderle, an analyst at Enderle Group.

Multiple requests for information on the barges have gone un-answered by Google.
The construction company working on the barge in Maine and the Portland Harbormaster are tight lipped about the barges as well.

The barge in San Francisco would be one of a dozen data centers worldwide.
An independent marine engineer, says Google wants to build a backup data center in the event of a natural disaster.


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