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I spoke to a #SmileDirectClub account manager on the phone, here’s what I learned that people need to understand
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I spoke to a #SmileDirectClub account manager on the phone, here’s what I learned that people need to understand

Editors note: This is an ongoing article series about Smile Direct Club who has acknowledged that they in essence "buy" the silence of their customers but of course they can't outright say that because their prevented by their legal department. On Friday, I spoke to an account manager following my first report on the company amid my own experience that validated some of the claims made about the company by others. Beginning a year ago, I decided to put their service to the test under the guise of being a customer (some of which I was but I was also a reporter after answers.) I want to make it clear that while Smile Direct Club may have customers who certainly have had what appear to be successful experiences --- others most certainly have not had pleasant experiences. Smile Direct...
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Answering some of your FAQ ‘s sent to our fan-mail inbox

In this week 's fan question box (we have an e-mail dedicated to that) we received a host of questions about our business model and how we managed to get it off the ground. The truth is our business model we don't actually have one. The only form of a business model that we have is consistency; productivity, and otherwise employee happiness. Contrary to popular belief, we aren't owned by what is called Newspaper Newsgroup Limited (pretty sure that's there name.). We are owned by a group of private citizens who have no corporate interests; no ties to dark money, and otherwise are about as regular as one might expect. That has accounted for much of our success because they've banned corporate money; power players, and the like from ever taking control of this agency. Another l...
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The GOP is lying to you, they want to repeal Section 230 because you don’t agree with them

As expected and in typical McConnell fashion --- McConnell is now gunning to either kill the measure all together or will attempt to get a measure of his own passed if Democrats want more help sent to Americans. According to the Verge, McConnell has now proposed a new piece of legislation that as this title states would only bring the stimulus efforts to the floor if it included a Section 230 repeal. Not just a partial repeat at that, but a full repeal of the law taking direct aim at tech companies that have long enjoyed those protections. But let's keep it frank here. A repeal of Section 230 of that law likely would lead to dramatic moderation at some of the world's most popular tech hubs and blogs. For example, Twitter likely would ramp up their moderation of posts and tweets in...
Rollout of anticipated video game ends up being complete crap
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Rollout of anticipated video game ends up being complete crap

The rollout of the anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 has been anything but fun for consumers. After reports of lags; glitches, and other informal problems with the popular game — Sony has confirmed that they’re pulling the game entirely. The BBC reports that the Swedish produced game has been pulled from the Playstation store entirely and users will be given refunds for the game. It is unclear how fast or when the game may be re-released. It was certainly one of the most anticipated drops of the year. The game is still available across the other usual platforms — however people are widely reporting issues getting refunds even from the likes of Sony.
I played Runescape for the first time in nearly a decade, it is just as great as it once was
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I played Runescape for the first time in nearly a decade, it is just as great as it once was

Back in the day — Runescape was once the world’s biggest RPG game online. In fact, in some ways, it still is as it has been around long enough to have loyal fans and players. I should know because I’ve played off and on but recently picked up the game again after more than a decade. If you’re wondering: my name on Runescape is SullyKhane. I currently play on an iPad Pro and it works seamlessly. I added in a mouse and it is wonderful. Runescape ‘s appeal was that it wasn’t just a game. Growing up, it was how me and my brother bonded. My brother loved and still loves Runescape because of the fact there is almost always something to do on the game or a new on the game. It is a game that essentially gets updated often making it modern and fairly interesting even in the intriguin...
Mackenzie Scott is still donating billions of dollars to charity and those in need
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Mackenzie Scott is still donating billions of dollars to charity and those in need

Mackenzie Scott, one of the world’s richest women, has spent almost her entire 2020 donating wild amounts of monies to charitable organisations and more. According to a post on her Medium blog, Scott has donated another $4.1B to causes she truly cares about. Scott has signed on to the giving pledge with some of the other billionaires of the world that have largely pledged to donate large chunks of their fortunes. Scott ‘s own fortune recently surged by $23.5B as Amazon recently saw stocks jump.
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Twitter announces the end of Periscope

Twitter Inc is shutting down a project that cost them $100m in the beginning but has since failed and become a cost-not-so-effective nightmare.According to the company, the infamous Periscope app will be shut down by March and new signs up are now banned. Sign-ups will be banned in the new update as the company seeks to rid itself of an app they say hasn’t been sustainable in years. That part they’re right about because one quick look at app statistics according to multiple websites — shows PS has been on the steady decline for at least 3 years. The app was initially bogged by spammers and then people appearing on their live chats doing otherwise graphic and often illegal things.
The Future Of Taxi Cabs Has Arrived
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The Future Of Taxi Cabs Has Arrived

And frankly they look pretty amusing. According to Zoox (which is weirdly owned by Amazon which nobody apparently remembered that), the future of cabbies might look significantly different in the very near future. The company’s take on the cabbie completely reimagines a cabbie with: no driver, no driver seat, no steering wheel, or anything. Zoox This week they unveiled their first prototype that they hope to have on the streets in the next few years. It can be seen in the photo below.
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Pornhub is big mad, but it wiped unverified content, but wants other sites to follow suit — here’s what they mean

In wake of Pornhub ‘s stunning decision to wipe millions of videos from its servers —- many are wondering what’s next for the site. Well for starters, look no further than their apparent statement where they maintain nothing was wrong but call for other sites to disallow non-verified content across the board. In a statement (see here) the site calls for others to follow suit because they maintain that if they’re guilty of illegal content so is everyone else. Vice was first to report the stunning move, although there appears to be likely more moves in the future. Other sites are however expected to implement their own modern changes but Pornhub was among the most known of offenders. If you’re wondering what Pornhub is referencing — look no further than Twitter. While Twitter openl...
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Pornhub has deleted all of its unverfied content, could this be the end?

Pornhub.com is likely facing its own reckoning as it comes to terms with the idea that it alone is responsible for many wrongdoings on the internet. But, there are more sites out there than just Pornhub — all of which likely are discussing changes of their own behind the scenes. I think it’s important to remind people that porn is a part of life just as sex is. The allegations against Pornhub are very much real and should be taken with considerable concern. Although, that doesn’t mean other sites shouldn’t be looked just as muc to ensure that things are being done correctly. It is the reckoning that brought Pornhub to the conclusion that it was time to go nuclear and reportedly remove unverified videos. The move rightfully deleted millions of videos — lots of which did act...
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I play #ACNH to help cope with my anxiety because it brings me joy, I’d like to play with you too

One thing I love doing every Sunday is going through our reader inbox and sifting through the many questions and feedback that we receive. One of the most popular we’ve received this week, is, whether or not I or we play ACNH. In fact, I do play Animal Crossing New Horizons. Below you’ll find my Switch code (as I also play a host of other games) and am always down to play with new people from all over the world.) If you add me feel free to DM me on IG @SullyDaBrat so I know who you are and we can pick a game to play.
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I tried Teladoc for the first time so you don’t have to yourself, here’s how that went

Teladoc is a virtual doctor service that as you guessed it brings the doctor to you literally at home. As someone who is “invisably disabled” (because of a car crash) I finally gave Teladoc try because of its convenience and the fact it was partially induced by the pandemic. I’ve always been weary of services like Teladoc because despite how it may seem I don’t often like entering my information on the internet. In the U.K Teladoc is known as Best Doctors. They are the same organisation just operating under different names due to the country difference. The service as I have learned is actually fairly affordable (even if you don’t have insurance.) Off the top plus I’ve found about Teladoc is that despite never having seen you in person they can send prescriptions to just ...
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In big development, #Visa and Mastercard have confirmed that #Pornhub is banned from processing new payments

In a huge development in the fight against Pornhub, Mindgeek has now been banned from having Visa and Mastercard payments processed on their servers. The move in part comes as survivors across the spectrum are coming out with their stories of abuse on behalf of the platform. On Thursday evening, both Visa and Mastercard confirmed that they’ve indefinitely suspended Pornhub from ever processing payments again. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1337147585216319490 Pornhub did not respond to requests for comment as they’re maintaining the same statement previously provided to us that the claims against them are (“exaggerated”) and part of an agenda.
New Yorker suspends Danny Shanahan amid child porn charges
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New Yorker suspends Danny Shanahan amid child porn charges

Shanahan, 64, pictured in a photo. (Danny Shanahan/Credit) Troubling news for the New Yorker today as it has been revealed that one of its famed cartoonists has been jailed on child porn charges. According to state police in the NY village of Rhinebeck, Danny Shanahan, 64, was arrested this week after a search warrant was conducted at his home. The search warrant reportedly turned up a series of innapropriate materials depicting children in sexual acts. According to what we’ve been able to find out about Shanahan per his biography and such — he has been with the New Yorker for more than 30 years. Police confirmed that he has since been released from jail, although, now has to appear in court in Rhinebeck on 20 January to face the charges against him. UPDATED: At approxi...
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Facebook; IG, and Whatsapp all went down at the same time today

Facebook isn’t having a great morning following yesterday ‘s reports that half of the American government is coming for its neck. According to DownDetector, Facebook ‘s portfolio of services are partially or entirely down this morning. Users are having trouble sending; receiving, and viewing certain parts of each of the sites respectively. It comes as the network is being sued by the United States. Meanwhile on another front — Facebook has yet to respond to the fact that it is being sued in an antitrust investigation by 47 states including Guam and D.C.
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#Facebook ‘s future is in jeopardy amid a huge antitrust lawsuit in the United States

Facebook Inc could soon be forced to break-up its massive organisation if an antitrust lawsuit is in any way successful. On Wednesday, a lawsuit led by New York City and 47 other states now seeks to force the social media site to divest its business rather than keep it together. Although that feat may be difficult considering Facebook previously had intentionally formed their businesses together via “cross-platforming” in an effort to make the point of such a lawsuit far more difficult. NPR reports that even Guam and Washington D.C have joined the lawsuit amid reports that officials have apparently discovered substantial evidence that Facebook abuses in great detail antitrust laws. Some states claim that Facebook intentionally purchases smaller businesses in an effort to quell c...
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