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Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed

“One interesting issue facing the marijuana farming industry is which of these models is going to dominate” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. The organic marijuana market right now is a bit hazy, with lots of products billed as organic marijuana that are really far from that.With federal approval, you could finally have marijuana farming certified as organic.The idea for Craft Weed began when Stoa started hearing about water conflict in Northern California, specifically around marijuana agriculture. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Former Staffers Say FCC May Be Hiding Data Showing Broadband Industry Problems

“The FCC is refusing to release data from an FCC program that tracks whether ISPs actually deliver the broadband speeds they advertise” reports vice.com. Since Ajit Pai was appointed boss of the FCC in early 2017, the FCC has yet to release any data from the program.Failure to release data from the Measuring Broadband America program is just the latest example of an FCC not keen on holding ISPs accountable for these failures. Source: vice.com Share This:

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Mining Giant Bitmain Expands to the U.S. State of Washington

“According to the NW News Network, a company that is arguably synonymous with crypto mining, Bitmain, has expanded to North America and opened a six-building data center in Douglas County in Washington state” writes Nikita Blows for livebitcoinnews.com. The new center comes in the wake of a slump in interest in the mining industry, something that Bitmain isn’t overly concerned about.In fact, Live Bitcoin News recently reported on how certain counties in the state of Washington have put moratoriums in place and have also proposed structures that would require mining operators to…

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Autodesk CEO: Blockchain Can Stem Corruption in Construction Industry

“American software corporation Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost said that blockchain could fight corruption in the construction industry, finance and investment news outlet the Australian Financial Review reported Nov. 19” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. Per the Financial Review, Autodesk has been working on its own non-blockchain digital “escrow” system designed to improve trust in the construction industry.While the CEO believes in blockchain’s ability to improve traceability and bring transparency to the industry, Autodesk purportedly has not yet introduced blockchain-powered products.Speaking at the 2018 Autodesk University conference in Las Vegas, Anagnost…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We have to admit when the free market is not working’

“Tech industry advocates have called for policies that protect user privacy while not hindering innovation” writes Brian Fung for washingtonpost.com. Cook said that he was no fan of regulation and that he prefers markets to operate unimpeded.In a speech last month in Brussels, Cook called for stronger privacy rules in the United States and said Apple “celebrates” the passage of recent privacy regulations in Europe that many others in the tech industry opposed. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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This London fund made a $113 million short bet on Renault before it tanked 14%

“London-based Merian Global Investors, formerly Old Mutual Global Investors, made a sizeable bearish bet on Renault before the stock tumbled” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. The auto industry has dragged on the overall index, due in part to fears surrounding global trade amid the US-China spat on tariffs. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Rebranding Within the FX Industry: Challenge Accepted

“I believe that if a company decides to enlist external agents in its rebranding process then it can be a big challenge” reports financemagnates.com. The new name comes after the broker formed a partnership with Squared Financial, a company which, as its name suggests, provides a variety of financial services to the retail and institutional market.Rebranding is a big challenge but at the same time it’s a big opportunity to restructure a company making it able to achieve its long-term goals.The FX industry is under pressure from all the new…

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Satellite deal cements UK space industry success

“European aerospace giants Airbus and Eutelsat will sink millions into building satellite parts in Britain in a major vote of confidence for the booming space industry” writes Greg Clark for telegraph.co.uk. The companies have struck a deal to manufacture and assemble components for two new satellites in the UK, securing investment of up to €40m (£36m) per year. Eutelsat chief executive Rodolphe Belmer shrugged off concerns that a no-deal Brexit would paralyse the manufacturing sector, saying that “the British space industry will remain one of the front-runners in Europe”. “What…

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