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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Please focus on what you're thankful for. Me? Friends and family, health, and the continued opportunity to work enough to feel purposeful.
Published Wed, Nov 25 2020 11:46 AM EST Shares of Slack rose as much as 15% Wednesday following a Wall Street Journal report that Salesforce held talks to buy the company. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesSalesforce has a history of buying popular products and integrating them into its platform. And Slack doesn't make money, because many users are free. So this might be a win for everybody.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon's internet infrastructure service that is the backbone of many websites and apps, is experiencing a major outage affecting a large portion of the internet. “Kinesis has been experiencing increased error…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesOK. Now we find out how really dependent we are on the internet. It's awful to be so dependent on one service, but most new products are built on AWS.
Brad Raffensperger, USA TODAY
– Nov 25, 12:15 AM
The past few weeks have been difficult for the voters of the Peach State. As the nation and the world watched, Georgia took center stage in a battle that will define our country in a very practical sense for the next four years. But also, in a…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesDoes it surprise you that Trump threw his family under the bus? There's such a pile of humanity under the bus after the past four years that the bus wheels are off the ground.
The Washington Post
Todd Frankel, Brittney Martin, Andrew Van Dam, Alyssa Fowers
– Nov 25, 5:35 AM
It was 5 a.m., not a hint of sun in the Houston sky, as Randy Young and his mom pulled into the line for a free Thanksgiving meal. They were three hours early. Hundreds of cars and trucks already idled in front of them outside NRG Stadium. This was…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesOK, i heard a piece about this on The Daily this morning, too. I know it's relevant around Thanksgiving, but I feel so bad about the poverty in America right now. If you are not rich, you are struggling.
As PR professionals, an inalienable truth of our work is that we cannot be successful without the help of reporters, journalists, bloggers and news media. We build relationships with media members because we need them. Yes, we rely on journalists…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesTruth. This was a very bad year for journalists and we really need them.
There is perhaps no less self-aware, or no less shameless if you rightly assume bad motives, of a group than the mainstream media. They manage to routinely do the very things they are currently denigrating others for, all the while pretending to be…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesFor all my left wing friends who believed this, including myself, this also belongs in the realm of conspiracy theories. These political conspiracy theories are an expression of distrust -- how we tend to think the worst of each other, not the best.
Disinformation can be deadly. Tobacco industry propaganda disguising the dangers of smoking; the actions of big oil to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change; corrupt scientists telling parents that life-saving vaccines are unsafe:…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesThere's a fine line about this, but it is necessary. Same as journalism. Outliers aren't necessarily agents of disinformation, but they can be.
The ballot machines that determined President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by 45,109 votes in Maricopa County accurately counted those ballots, the chairwoman of the Maricopa County Republican Party confirmed in two documents…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesWhat is the point of this? If we really think the software is faulty, let's start ordering new software for the next election.
Joe Biden (right) and Greg Simon (left) during a meeting of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, DC in 2016. A cancer charity started by Joe Biden gave out no money to…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStatesI looked it up. It's the truth, Ruth. Doesn't look like fraud, but certainly I could have put this money to better use.