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A reminder from late October, the Dems must be worse than the Repubs.

Not much in the way of sports happening now. In normal years this would be NBA season, and I'd be hunkered down in front of the TV zoning out. Never been much of an NFL fan, and this year it's ridiculous. So many games canceled due to virus outbreaks.

Good morning sports fans!

Mallory Hackett / MobiHealthNews:
Well Health, which lets health care organizations connect with patients over SMS, email, phone or live chat, raises $45M Series C, bringing total raised to $75M  —  With these funds, Well Health has now raised $75 million since its founding in 2015.  —  This week, the patient communication hub …

David Manners / Electronics Weekly:
Australian startup Morse Micro, which is developing ultra low-power, long-range Wi-Fi HaLow chips for IoT environments, extends its Series A by $13M to $30M  —  Morse Micro, the Australian IoT WiFi start-up, has secured $13 million (AU $18) in additional funding.

Arijit Ghosh / Bloomberg:
FC Kohli, the founding CEO of IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services and who is referred to as the “father of India's IT industry”, died at 96 on Thursday  —  - 'Father of India's IT industry,' Kohli led TCS for 3 decades  — Kohli was the first CEO at Asia's biggest IT services firm

Nikkei Asia:
Executives and engineers from the top US chip design toolmakers, Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems, are joining Chinese startups established in the last year  —  Synopsys and Cadence veterans join local startups amid Beijing tech push  —  TAIPEI — Veteran engineers and high-level executives …

Katie Abel / Footwear News:
Zappos co-founder Tony Hsieh, who stepped down as CEO earlier this year, has died at age 46  —  Tony Hsieh, the brilliant and big-hearted luminary who revolutionized the shoe business and built one of the most innovative companies in modern history, has died.  He was 46.

Varsha Bansal / Rest of World:
Indian developers are using India's TikTok ban to experiment with new apps and potentially to take back control over India's digital economy from foreign rivals  —  In the wake of India's ban on Chinese apps, local developers are scrambling to come up with the next best thing.

Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Survey: 55% of US adults are worried about government agencies tracking them and 77% believe the government should get a warrant to buy detailed location data  —  Quarter of poll respondents say they will change behavior to avoid surveillance  —  A new survey found widespread concern among Americans …

For journalism, the Trump cash cow era is over. He’s like the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz, dissolving into a puddle of ooze, self-pity and depression.

I’ve been right about a lot when it comes to networking our culture and politics. I’m sure I’m right about where politics needs to go, and have been waiting for decades for the Democratic Party to take a risk and try to win against the lunacy of Repubs.

Zach Zorich / New York Times:
Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to search satellite images to map ancient burial sites in parts of Russia, Mongolia, and China  —  Trawling ancient history with neural nets.  —  Finding the tomb of an ancient king full of golden artifacts, weapons and elaborate clothing seems like any archaeologist's fantasy.

Kris Holt / Engadget:
As Spotify continues to test its stories feature, it has tapped popular musicians to contribute to select Spotify-created playlists  —  If you're in the festive spirit and you're already listening to seasonal music, you might have noticed Spotify's Christmas Hits playlist is looking a little different.

Wolfie Zhao / The Block:
Chinese court details the crypto assets seized during the PlusToken Ponzi scheme crackdown, which are worth $4.2B at today's prices  —  Crypto assets worth more than $4.2 billion have been seized by Chinese police during the massive PlusToken Ponzi scheme crackdown, according to a new court ruling.

Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
A look inside ByteDance's legal strategy against the US TikTok ban, which sources say included orchestrating parallel lawsuits with star creators as plaintiffs  —  A lawsuit looked like a grass-roots effort, but was orchestrated by TikTok and parent company ByteDance, according to people familiar with the effort

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft aims to let developers bring Android apps to Windows 10 with little to no change in code, via a project codenamed Latte, as soon as next year  —  Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little …

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
A threat actor is selling access to Office 365 and Microsoft accounts of hundreds of C-level execs at companies around the world, for $100 to $1,500 per account  —  Access is sold for $100 to $1500 per account, depending on the company size and exec role.  —  A threat actor is currently …

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Adobe says consumers in the US spent $5.1B buying goods online on Thanksgiving, up 21.5% YoY, but falling short of Adobe's original prediction of $6B  —  Thanksgiving for many is about eating, seeing family, reflecting and relaxing for the day.  But for an increasing number of us, it's also seems to be about shopping.

I'm going to get the vaccine as soon as I can. If I get vaccinated, now you aren't my problem, not personally. I might urge you to get the vaccine or wear a mask because I care about other people, but it's not about me anymore.

Something I wrote on Facebook in 2018. "I hear a lot of baby boomer blame tonight. I just have one thing to say to you younguns. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. There I let you in on the secret. Now go "run" the world. Hahah."

In the early days of the virus I said it would make us smarter because there's no way out that doesn't require us to be smarter. It was true, we did get smarter. But we didn't have to work together. We will be able to get out of this, individually, even if people are in it only for themselves and some immature misguided sense of what their rights are.

In a way it's a shame the vaccines are coming, because if they weren't, we would have to learn to trust and work together, all of us, without exception. The virus would be like AIDS, which transformed sexuality in the 80s and 90s. There wasn't much of a "safe sex" concept before AIDS. Back then, if we were as crazy as we are now, people would say "it's my right not to wear a condom. You're infringing on my civil liberties!" A condom to protect against STDs is fairly analogous to wearing a mask to protect against Covid. There is no vaccine for AIDS, roughly 40 years later. So we had to transform and learn new societal norms. We apparently will not have to do that for Covid-19. Shame. Because we really do need to learn how to work each other, for many other reasons. This is not the last crisis we're going to be facing collectively, and a new understanding of what our rights are is called for.

Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Twenty-three current and former Coinbase employees allege mistreatment and racial discrimination, as some say the cryptocurrency startup ignored complaints  —  Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency company, has faced many internal complaints about discriminatory treatment.

The lame duck had a eruption yesterday, a very rude one, where he said he was the president of the United States and you don't talk to the president of the United States that way. Then I thought, is he really the president of the United States? He plays golf and other than that probably not much more. Can you say you're president of the United States if you aren't doing the job?

For the Lincoln Project. Do you still live rent-free in Trump's head? I always wondered why campaigns stop entertaining us with videos when the election is over. That's when the fun starts, esp if you won. 💥

I am thankful for my car. It's really weird but since the pandemic started, I've had this huge appreciation for what a fine bit of engineering it is. For a relatively big car it handles really well, esp driving on muddy dirt roads, which I do every day. It has more headroom than any car I've owned, which is cool because my torso is huge. In most cars, designed for normal-size people, I hit my head getting in, and have to scrunch my body uncomfortably just to fit. I sail in and out of the Forester, and I can sit any way I want. You'd be amazed how important this is. It also has technological flourishes which while not as flashy as a Tesla, still blow my mind. For example, the car likes to stay in lane. You could have a collision if you really insist, but you would know you were doing it. Very rational design. But the biggest thing is this -- for a civilization that is tottering on the edge of oblivion in so many ways, if this is the pinnacle, the highest point we ever reach, I have to say, well done human species. Very nice work.

A bunch of big shots, including yours truly, are pretending we work for Gruber, after we all admitted that we couldn't work for anyone. Here's my vignette. "Dave has been ordered to add a feature to the app, and asked to explain why it’ll take so long to do. Finally Gruber in a fit of frustration asks for the source so he can add it himself over the holiday weekend. Dave gives him the code and starts work on a fresh project."

Today's song: Alice's Restaurant.

I'm thankful for the great food in Woodstock. For such a small town, there are an incredible number of great places to eat. Much of it is very affordable. I've lived in Berkeley, New Orleans and New York -- places known for great food -- and the food here is that good. And the farms are right here, so the food is often incredibly fresh. For a good bagel however, you still have to go to NYC.

I’m thankful for WDST, a great rock music radio station, as good as KFOG, on the radio dial where I live.

I'm sure we've lost a lot in the last four years that we don't yet know about, especially in 2020. But the United States is still the United States. Journalism tends to make it appear worse than it is. In day to day life, at least where I live, things are much the same as before. The store shelves are still full. You can still buy a wonderful meal. Want to buy a car? You can. The roads are clear. Gas stations have gas. Supply chains work. The health care system is a mess, as before, but much worse right now. The laws for the most part are enforced (except for you know who and his friends). Western civilization created and tested three highly effective vaccines in record time. We did this. To Americans who hate elites, if you understand these sentences, you might want to think again about living in a country that values education, science and math enough to get these things done, pronto, when needed, to save your life. Yours. You. Now we're going to try to get our political system to work for us again. Maybe you can possibly not get in the way of that? I know that's a lot to hope for. :-)

I'm thankful to have survived the virus at least this far. Every day is a new day in this wonderful world. Of course I'm thankful Donald Trump is now a has-been, one-term, washed-up, lame-duck, impeached, loser. I have avoided listening to him and reading his tweets, all the time knowing they were possibly going to affect our lives, always in a bad way. At least for the time-being it feels like that is over.

A wild turkey came to visit the other day! 🚀

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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