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The iMac Pro is being discontinued | TechCrunch

Chalk this up to inevitability. The iMac Pro is soon to be no more. First noted by 9to5Mac, TechCrunch has since confirmed with Apple that the company will stop selling the all-in-one once the current stock is depleted.

One configuration of the desktop is still available through Apple’s site, listed as “While Supplies Last” and priced at $5,000. Some other versions can also still be found from third-party retailers, as well, if you’re so inclined.

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Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims | WIRED

WHEN NEWS HIT earlier this week that Chinese hackers were actively targeting Microsoft Exchange servers, the cybersecurity community warned that the zero-day vulnerabilities they were exploiting might have allowed them to hit countless organizations around the world. Now it’s becoming clear just many email servers they hacked. By all appearances, the group known as Hafnium breached as many victims they could find across the global internet, leaving behind backdoors to return to later.

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange servers’ Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED. The intrusions, first spotted by security firm Volexity, began as early as January 6, with a noticeable uptick starting last Friday and spiking early this week. The hackers appear to have responded to Microsoft’s patch, released Tuesday, by ramping up and automating their hacking campaign. One security researcher involved in the investigation who spoke to WIRED on the condition of anonymity put the number of hacked Exchange servers at more than 30,000 in the US alone, and hundreds of thousands worldwide, all apparently by the same group. Independent cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs first reported that 30,000 figure Friday, citing sources who had briefed national security officials.

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How Jersey Mike’s Subs Grew In 2020: It Began Acting Like a Tech Company

When the lockdowns hit in March, business at Jersey Mike’s dropped 45 percent in a week. And with fall sports on hiatus, CEO and founder Peter Cancro lost the ability to reach his football-loving customers with game-day commercials. So he went on the offensive: He shifted his marketing dollars to Fox News, NBC, CNN, and ABC.

“Everyone was watching the news, so they saw we were still open,” says Cancro, who used the marketing blitz to reaffirm his small-business roots. One commercial, for instance, opens on a photo of Cancro posing with his high school football coach, Rod Smith — the banker who famously went on to lend him $125,000 to buy his original sub shop in 1975.

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Business Improvements for Slow Periods |

Covid has slowed down business for all kinds of companies. It can be incredibly frustrating to look at all of the unused space on which you are paying a mortgage or rent. The last thing you may think to do is spend any more money right now.

When business inevitably opens up again, you need to be competitive. Here are some ways to improve your business now, while business may be slower than other times.

Examine your Business Expenses

This is a pretty logical step to take during a slow time. If you aren’t busy making money, now is a good time to make sure you aren’t bleeding out money anywhere. Look into employee activity reports, office expenses, vehicles, and other areas of your business to find anywhere that money is being wasted.

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Inner Ear Implant Restores Balance |

If someone suffers from bilateral vestibular hypofunction, it means that their inner ear doesn’t maintain their sense balance properly. As a result, the person gets dizzy very easily. A new implant, however, appears to bypass the problem, significantly reducing vertigo.

Bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) can be quite a debilitating condition, as it causes the sufferer to stumble and weave back and forth when walking. Not only does this greatly inconvenience the person and make them feel self-conscious, but it also puts them at a high risk of falling.

Even when someone with BVH remains seated, their head movements alone still cause their vision to blur and jump. Sufferers are therefore advised not to perform activities such as driving, in which their vertigo could endanger themselves or other people.

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Elon Musk wants to build a city called Starbase in Texas | Mashable

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is getting into the city-building business.

On Tuesday, Musk tweeted about “creating the city of Starbase, Texas.” He followed that up with a few other details, some of which are typically Muskian — for example, he says the city will be dog friendly and its leader will be The Doge, a pun on a medieval elected lord title of the same name and the cryptocurrency DOGE, which is Musk’s favorite.

However, it appears that Musk is serious about creating a new city. SpaceX’s launch and development site for Starship resides in the unincorporated community in Cameron County, Texas. Musk claims he wants to incorporate the village and the land that surrounds it into a much bigger city called Starbase.

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Reese’s is launching a peanut butter cup with no chocolate | CNN

Peanut butter purists called and Reese’s answered.

Reese’s latest iteration of its wildly popular peanut butter cup will be all peanut butter, no chocolate, Hershey (HSY) announced on Monday.

The Reese’s Ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers Cup is made entirely of peanut butter, both inside and in the peanut butter candy-flavored outer shell.

This is the first time in the company’s 90-year-history that its peanut butter cups have taken chocolate completely out of the equation. Versions of the Peanut Butter Lovers Cup came out in 2019 and 2020, but those still contained some chocolate.

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Cats are too socially inept to be loyal | Live Science

In the cat world, there’s a saying that you should keep your humans’ friends close and your humans’ enemies … just as close. That’s the takeaway of a new study that shows that cats, unlike dogs, will gladly accept food from people who are not nice to their owners.

While dog lovers may rejoice at the chance for another study suggesting dogs are more loyal than cats, the conclusion is not that simple. It might not be that cats are disloyal; rather, they may be too socially clueless to understand when someone is not being nice to their owners, according to the new study, which was published in the February issue of the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition.

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How Do You Create a Content Calendar? |

A content calendar can improve your content marketing efforts by aligning brand voice across channels and delivering relevant content to your audience. Here’s how to develop a content calendar.

A content calendar is a written schedule of content that you plan to publish.

There are many benefits to creating an editorial calendar, including producing more compelling content and making collaborate with different team members easier.

You can create a content calendar in a spreadsheet, but you can also turn to more robust tools to simplify the process.

This article is for content creators who need help starting and organizing a content calendar for their company.

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What Australia’s new law might mean for the news you see in the future | CNN

Facebook has turned the news back on.

In Australia, the websites that were previously blocked by Facebook are now accessible and sharable once again.

But the battle involving social networks and news is just beginning.

This week Australia’s government passed a law this week that offered a glimpse at the future for Facebook and media consumers around the world.

The News Media Bargaining Code, passed Wednesday, effectively forces big tech platforms to pay publishers for news content

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