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Legalizing Recreational Marijuana, Canada Begins a National Experiment

Legalizing Recreational Marijuana, Canada Begins a National Experiment

Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades. Across the country, as government pot retailers opened from Newfoundland to British Columbia, jubilant Canadians waited for hours in line to buy the first state-approved joints. For many, it was a seminal moment, akin to the ending of Prohibition in the United States in the 1930s.
Apple’s Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Blockchain-Focused Venture Capital Fund

Apple’s Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Blockchain-Focused Venture Capital Fund

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been announced as a co-founder of recently launched blockchain-focused venture capital fund EQUI Global, global business outlet Verdict reports Monday, Oct. 15. Following an announcement about his plans to become “involved” in a blockchain project earlier in August, Wozniak has been revealed today as a co-founder of EQUI Global, a venture capital fund focusing on blockchain technology and built on a blockchain-powered backend.
Pretium Explores Up to $5 Billion of Rental-Home Sales

Pretium Explores Up to $5 Billion of Rental-Home Sales

Pretium Partners LLC, the third-largest owner of U.S. single-family rentals, is working with Morgan Stanley and Ardea Partners to explore options that could include a sale of most of the company’s homes, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
GitHub Actions: built by you, run by us

GitHub Actions: built by you, run by us

Yesterday at GitHub Universe, they announced GitHub Actions, a new way to automate and customize user's workflows. Configuring the apps and services that make up user development cycle takes significant time and effort. GitHub Actions applies open source principles to workflow automation, weaving together the tools user use from idea to production into one complete workflow. Users can also create, share, and discover any actions your projects require, just as they would create, share, and discover code on GitHub.
Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices

Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices

With Gartner estimating that there will be 150 billion connected devices by 2030 — many of them mission critical, such as powering major national infrastructure — the risk and realization that these devices aren’t secured properly is leading some cybersecurity experts to predict that there is a large-scale disaster waiting to happen. And the problem is only getting worse. By some estimates, on average there are 127 new devices connected to the internet every second.
Apple makes it easier to download your personal data

Apple makes it easier to download your personal data

A few months ago, if you wanted to find out what kind of personal information Apple had collected on you, you needed to navigate to Apple's privacy website, locate a hard-to-find tab to request the info and await its arrival.  That changes today, with the introduction of a new privacy portal that will offer one-click access to get the information, delete it, pause an Apple.com account or kill it altogether. 
Homebuilder sentiment unexpectedly rises amid solid demand

Homebuilder sentiment unexpectedly rises amid solid demand

Confidence among homebuilders unexpectedly rose in October, registering the first gain in five months amid falling lumber prices and solid demand, according to a report Tuesday from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo. The Housing Market Index increased 1 point to 68 (the estimate was 66). The current sales gauge for single-family homes increased to 74 from 73; the gauge of the six-month sales outlook rose to a three-month high of 75 from 74. The measure of prospective buyer traffic climbed to a seven-month high of 53 from 49.
Twilio to Acquire SendGrid, the Leading Email API Platform

Twilio to Acquire SendGrid, the Leading Email API Platform

Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) and SendGrid today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Twilio to acquire SendGrid in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. At the exchange ratio of 0.485 shares of Twilio Class A common stock per share of SendGrid common stock, this price equates to approximately $36.92 per share based on today’s closing prices. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019.
Apple apologizes for phishing scam account hack in China

Apple apologizes for phishing scam account hack in China

Following reports from Chinese mobile payment companies Alipay and WeChat that some of their Apple device-using customers had lost money, Apple today apologized and confirmed that stolen Apple IDs were the subject of a hack. “We are deeply apologetic about the inconvenience caused to our customers by these phishing scams,” Apple said in a statement (via the WSJ), describing the issue as limited to “a small number of our users’ accounts.”
Cannabis will be legal in Canada this week, but the industry's landscape is still hazy

Cannabis will be legal in Canada this week, but the industry's landscape is still hazy

Jimmy’s Cannabis will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on Oct. 17 — but it’s still not clear whether there will be any pot products on its shelves. The Saskatchewan-based chain of recreational pot stores is one of 51 retailers to receive a store permit and is putting the finishing touches on two locations, which feature reclaimed barnwood and custom-made display cases and other details to reflect their provincial roots said co-owner David Thomas
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