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December 3 · Issue #120 · View online
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Amazon Go Going Wide? NASA Meeting Asteroid; Hot New Instagram Feature

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Go go. Amazon’s tiny Amazon Go grocery stores are odd little places. They’re clean, open, well organized and devoid of checkout counters. Instead, your smartphone registers you with the system as you walk in and then charges you for everything you grabbed off the shelves as you walk out. The sophisticated customer tracking system is fairly successful in a number of small stores, but now that Amazon owns Whole Foods it would love, according to reports, to deploy the Amazon Go system is stores of that size. As a result, Amazon is doing some trial runs in larger grocery stores. The good news for checkout clerks? Amazon is still struggling to work out the kinks and most Whole Food checkout staff are probably safe…for now.
Amazon is reportedly testing its cashier-less technology in larger stores - The Verge Amazon is reportedly testing its cashier-less technology in larger stores - The Verge
Space meetup. NASA is about to get up-close-and-personal with a near-earth asteroid. Sometime today, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with Bennu. The roundish asteroid is just small enough (slightly bigger than the Empire State Building) and rotates slowly enough that NASA’s spacecraft can orbit it and get close enough to disturb the surface and collect samples to bring back home to earth. What we learn from Bennu could tell us something about the origins of life.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrives at the asteroid Bennu today - CNN NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrives at the asteroid Bennu today - CNN
Insta-Friends. I’m sure you’ve heard of “Finstagrams,” that’s the Instagram account you set up for only your closest confidants, your inside circle who can deal with the unvarnished you. Now, at least for Instagram Stories, you can have just one Instagram account and then choose if you want to share the story with all your followers or just your closest friends. Here’s a nice walkthrough for this nifty new feature.
How to Make Your Instagram Stories Only Visible to 'Close Friends' How to Make Your Instagram Stories Only Visible to 'Close Friends'
Facebook Portal + Review: Didn’t read my review of Facebook’s hands-free video conferencing system? Watch the video instead.
Facebook Portal+ - My Big-Screen Review! Facebook Portal+ - My Big-Screen Review!
ICYMI me on TV: Check our my Live with Kelly and Ryan Holiday Gift Guide. You might find a few fun ideas.
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan | Welcome to the official website for the nationally syndicated talk show LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. LIVE with Kelly and Ryan | Welcome to the official website for the nationally syndicated talk show LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.
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