$800,000 in rebates to replace fireplaces is snapped up in 15 hours

Bay Area homeowners took just 15 hours this week to snap up $800,000 in rebates to replace wood burning fireplaces and stoves with cleaner heating options. The Bay Area Air Quality Management opened the rebate application period at 11 a.m. Tuesday and the reservations for the money were snapped up by 2 a.m Wednesday, the air district reported Thursday. Some homeowners worked late into the night to submit online applications. Other applicants will be put on a waiting list for future rebate programs that may be offered when money is available. The air district offered rebates of $750 to decommission and seal off a wood burning fireplace, $1,000 to switch… Read More

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The incredible career of Jeff Bezos’ wife MacKenzie, an acclaimed writer who quit her job to support her husband and is now half of the richest couple in the world

• MacKenzie Bezos, the wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is an award-winning novelist. • She’s had literary ambitions since she was six years old. • Bezos is now the author of two novels, “The Testing of Luther Albright” and “Traps.” When Jeff Bezos told his wife MacKenzie about his idea for a new company, she was immediately on board. Bezos traveled with her husband to Seattle, where she worked for the fledgling Amazon as an accountant. The move was a bit of a departure for the Princeton grad, who had long dreamed of becoming a writer. But she was eager to support her husband. “To me, watching your spouse,… Read More

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AR has inherited all the promise and hype of VR

For the better part of the last decade, we’ve been told that virtual reality, and to a lesser extent augmented reality, will transform how we communicate, use computers, and play games and enjoy other forms of interactive entertainment. In 2018, it feels like the situation has reversed: AR is the more promising technology on the horizon. As a result, we’re starting to see the industry shift its resources and the built-in momentum of a hyped-up new product category toward heads-up displays. In combination, computer vision, which seeks to give software the ability to see and understand our surroundings using cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence, AR feels poised to take off.… Read More

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Amazon loves data, so here’s a look at the numbers on the 20 cities to make the HQ2 shortlist

(Amazon Graphic) The nation’s capital looks like a favorite to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Amazon showed 218 cities, counties, states and provinces the door, cutting the list of eligible suitors for its second home down to 20 Thursday morning, and three of the spots left standing are in the Washington, D.C. area. GeekWire co-founder John Cook put D.C. at the top of his list of remaining cities with the best shot of landing the Seattle-based tech giant. But the data may say otherwise. Following the initial announcement of the HQ2 sweepstakes, we ranked top contenders based on the information in Amazon’s request for proposals, and today we’re going… Read More

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Some cryptocurrency traders in South Korea took the bitcoin ‘bloodbath’ to a whole new level

Cryptocurrency trading in South Korea, the world’s third-largest market, is a huge deal in the country. So huge in fact, that when the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges were recently raided by authorities on suspicion of tax-dodging, and when the government proposed a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges, the global cryptocurrency market took a nosedive. Since then, more than 220,000 people have signed an online petition against the proposed plan that they say infringes on their “happy dream” of cryptocurrency trading, something that has eluded them “until now.” “Buying my own home is difficult in South Korea, I don’t know how I could even buy one,” the petition… Read More

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