In today’s buzz, drones take care of your pets, Chatanooga says it’s “Literally Perfect,” and firefighters solve problems without firearms. This buzz is brought to you by scary bunnies.

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What I’m Listening to – my ‘Dope Cova Sawngs’ playlist

What I’m Watching – Grand Designs on Netflix

What I’m Doing – hanging out with family and eating lamb


  • Uber lost $2.8 billion last year: Uber’s gross bookings for 2016 hit $20 billion, more than doubling from the year prior, according to financial figures the company provided to Bloomberg. Its net revenue, after drivers took their cut, totaled $6.5 billion for the year.
  • IBM Filed a Patent for a Drone That Acts Like a Dogsitter: The next frontier for drones could involve using them to watch over your pet while you’re at work.
  • Police: Suspect kills victim on Facebook Live: Police say a man killed someone on Facebook Live Sunday and a manhunt is underway. The suspect broadcast the killing on Facebook Live, police said, and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified.
  • China and the Legend of Ivanka: The Times, in a recent article probing Ivanka’s popularity in China, reported that the First Daughter has been compared to a goddess, and she does, in certain ways, fulfill the image of the consummate Westerner in the Chinese imagination: regal, poised, resplendently golden.




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Local Government Confidential

  • Episode 2 of the ‘Drinking Wine Talking Tech’ podcast is up! Dr. Jonathan Reichental and Tom O’Malley drink wine and discuss emerging technology from their front seat in Palo Alto, California. A mix of wit, science, and philosophy provides 20 minutes of entertainment and education.
  • Your Image of a Firehouse Is Probably Wrong: “We want to solve every problem that doesn’t require a gun,” says Tom Jenkins, the fire chief in Rogers, Ark., and a vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • Taxing the New Economy, Starting With Uber, Lyft: Unlike old-economy taxicab companies, the new ride-hailing services often pay little to none of the license fees or taxes that taxi businesses hand over to cities, counties and states for the right to operate.