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FTC Sends Refunds to People who lost Money to Work-From-Home Scheme

WASHINGTON ― The Federal Trade Commission is sending full refunds totaling more than $284,000 to people who lost money to a scheme that used misleading spam emails to lure consumers … Continue reading FTC Sends Refunds to People who lost Money to Work-From-Home Scheme

Amazon is acquiring Zoox for $1.2 billion to help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality

FOSTER CITY, CA ― Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire Zoox, a California-based company working to design autonomous ride-hailing vehicles from the ground up. Aicha Evans, Zoox CEO, and … Continue reading Amazon is acquiring Zoox for $1.2 billion to help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality

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NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

WASHINGTON ― NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA. … Continue reading NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

U.S. Senate confirms new Air Force Chief of Staff with a unanimous historic vote

WASHINGTON―General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. will become the first black service member to lead an American military branch after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to make him the Air Force’s 22nd … Continue reading U.S. Senate confirms new Air Force Chief of Staff with a unanimous historic vote

SpaceX crew docks after historic commercial transportation launch with NASA

HAWTHORNE, CA — Space Exploration Technologies Corp., trading as SpaceX, is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk.  Musk, also the CEO of Tesla, set a … Continue reading SpaceX crew docks after historic commercial transportation launch with NASA

Captain Lucinda Cunningham, USCG Cyber Exec, Retires

WASHINGTON — The Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, presided over a retirement ceremony on Thursday, 21 May 2020, for Captain Lucinda Cunningham, United States Coast Guard. CAPT … Continue reading Captain Lucinda Cunningham, USCG Cyber Exec, Retires

Amazon Announces All-New Fire HD 8 Tablets for the Entire Family

SEATTLE —  Amazon today announced the next generation of its Fire HD 8 tablet lineup, designed with the entire family in mind: the all-new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 … Continue reading Amazon Announces All-New Fire HD 8 Tablets for the Entire Family

Zoom Selects Oracle as a Cloud Infrastructure Provider for Its Core Online Meeting Service

Zoom deploys Oracle Cloud within hours; enables millions of meeting participants within weeks Redwood Shores, CA — Today Oracle announced that Zoom Video Communications, Inc. is turning to Oracle Cloud … Continue reading Zoom Selects Oracle as a Cloud Infrastructure Provider for Its Core Online Meeting Service

Obituary: Rod W. Flakes, BDPA Boston Metrowest

BOSTON, MA — Roderick “Rod” Wesley Flakes passed away on Friday, April 17th at the age of 74 from the COVID-19 virus. Rod was born on October 3, 1945, son … Continue reading Obituary: Rod W. Flakes, BDPA Boston Metrowest

A Miracle out of Mayhem: 51,000 parents and children in Detroit get laptops and free Internet access

DETROIT, MI (NAACP Detroit) – Today it was announced that 51,000 Detroit school children and their parents will have access to laptops and the internet. A few weeks ago, this … Continue reading A Miracle out of Mayhem: 51,000 parents and children in Detroit get laptops and free Internet access

Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

CUPERTINO, CA — Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. … Continue reading Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

Form 990 and Other IRS Tax Deadlines Pushed Back Until July 15, 2020

WASHINGTON [bdpatoday] — The IRS announced today that due to COVID-19, deadlines for any federal income tax filings and tax payments due from April 1 to July 14, 2020 have … Continue reading Form 990 and Other IRS Tax Deadlines Pushed Back Until July 15, 2020