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April 3, 2019

IN THE NEWS: WEBBY AWARDS NOMINATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple, Spotify and Instagram are among the high-tech firms vying for the 23rd annual Webby Awards. The nominations were announced yesterday by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Celebrities are also up for Webbys. Among the nominees are Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — for addressing social issues like gun control, women’s rights, addiction and bullying. Those interested in voting for the People’s Voice Award can do so online. Winners will be announced April 23 — with the awards to be presented May 13 in New York City.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK - SOLAR PANELS

UNDATED (AP) — Remember all those on Facebook promising tax breaks for installing new solar-energy panels on your home? Forget them; they’re bogus. There are hundreds of Facebook ads promising homeowners big tax breaks and even the possibility of making money from installing solar panels. But the incentives simply don’t exist. While those who signed up for the panels didn’t lose money directly, the links did point to sites that could be used to harvest personal data for future offers — legit or not.

ON THE WEB: LYFT STOCK PRICES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It was good while it lasted for those who invested in Lyft. Trouble was, the good didn’t last long. When Lyft made its debut on the public market, its stock price jumped 21% to $87.24. But two days later, it fell below the initial offering price of $72. It’s unclear what it all means, given that it’s the first chance investors have had to buy into the ride-sharing biz. There are lingering concerns over whether Lyft and its rival Uber can become profitable.

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IN STORES: WALMART VOICE SHOPPING

NEW YORK (AP) — About two years ago, Walmart hooked up with Google to make a way for customers to order stuff using their voices. And now that union is bearing fruit. Walmart will let shoppers order groceries with Google’s smart home assistant. Walmart says it can quickly identify what customers want based on information from previous purchases. For example, if a customer tells Google to get more milk, the Google Assistant can tell what kind had been bought before — and restock based on that.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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