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    Toshiba - see the future of Panasonic
    • Toshiba Corp. made difficult decision – they will abandon their giant LED display overseeing Times Square.

      Toshiba will end its sponsorship of two very popular television shows in Japan, for which it has been their long-term sponsor. Its sponsorship of Sazae-san, a cartoon show, and another Sunday night show, will end at their fiscal year end on March 31st. How big a deal is this decision? Toshiba has sponsored Sazae – the Guinness World Record Holder for longest-running animated series – for the last 48-years, and the Sunday night show for 61 years

      Toshiba has launched a series of fire sales to attempt to raise cash. They have sold their crown jewel, their memory chip business to a Japan-U.S.-South Korean group.. They have also announced the sale of their television division to China’s Hisense Group. Last year, Toshiba sold off their appliance division to China’s Midea Group.

      The company also plans to raise ¥600 billion ($5.4 billion) through a new issue of shares. If drastic measures falls through, the company faces delisting from the stock market.

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    Capitalism: Degradation galore
    • A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.

      Assessments found less than half of California students from third grade to fifth grade have met statewide literacy standards since 2015. Both traditional and charter schools are failing, Rosenbaum said.

      State assessments found 96 percent of students at the La Salle school were not proficient in English or math, according to the lawsuit. Only eight of the school's 179 students were found to be proficient when tested last year.

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    Mergers: Lensrentals and LensProToGo merge
    • We’re so excited today to announce we’ve joined forces with our friends at LensProToGo. We’ve had a mutual respect and friendship with Paul and the entire LPTG crew since the days when Lensrentals operated out of my spare bedroom. We’re happy to have Paul join the Lensrentals ownership group, and to have the rest of the LPTG team joining our family.

      For those of you who have used LensProToGo, you already know how fantastic the folks at LPTG are. Their entire team in Boston is made up of professional photographers & videographers with a passion for helping you achieve your goals.

      LensProToGo customers will get access to the largest rental inventory in the country and the advantages that arise from a shipping location located just a few miles from the FedEx SuperHub in Memphis. Lensrentals customers will get access to an even larger staff of experts ready to offer unbiased advice and to help you craft solutions for whatever projects you have coming up.

      Both brands will continue to exist and thrive. If you’re a LensProToGo customer, the only differences you’ll notice is a greater choice & availability of equipment, and that your shipment might ship from Lensrentals HQ in Memphis. If you’re a Lensrentals customer, you’ll soon have more options for pickup locations, and you might end up talking about your order with a staff member who has a wicked good New England accent instead of an adorable Southern drawl.

      Expect some prices bump, they even warn you

      We’ve all seen mergers before where the press release informs everyone about how wonderful it’s going to be for all of their customers and employees. And then a couple of months later, prices go up, service plummets and hundreds of employees are laid off. I assure you this will not be the case with our two relatively small companies. We’re forever committed to providing you with the best experience you have ever received from any company you have ever interacted with.

      It’s also important to me that you know that no one at either company will be laid off. We’re very loyal to all of the people who helped us get to where we are. We still have a lot to accomplish with all hands on deck!

      As far as I remember it is said with any merger. Yet after shot time and as everyone forgot it the fun begins.

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    Good quote: On laws
    • The law is sacred to the bourgeois, for it is his own composition, enacted with his consent, and for his benefit and protection. He knows that, even if an individual law should injure him, the whole fabric protects his interests; and more than all, the sanctity of the law, the sacredness of order as established by the active will of one part of society, and the passive acceptance of the other, is the strongest support of his social position.

      Friedrich Engels

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    Finally! Modular hackable camera we all waited for
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      AIY Vision Kit is completely hackable:

      • Want to prototype your own product? The Vision Kit and the Raspberry Pi Zero W can fit into any number of tiny enclosures.
      • Want to change the way the camera reacts? Use the Python API to write new software to customize the RGB button colors, piezo element sounds and GPIO pins.
      • Want to add more lights, buttons, or servos? Use the 4 GPIO expansion pins to connect your own hardware.
      • A model based on MobileNets that can recognize a thousand common objects.
      • A model for face detection capable of not only detecting faces in the image, but also scoring facial expressions on a "joy scale" that ranges from "sad" to "laughing."
      • A model for the important task of discerning between cats, dogs and people.

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