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Twitter’s Fight for Free Speech

Oct 29, 2014 in Tech. 0 Comment

Twitter’s Fight for Free Speech

Twitter has long been recognized for its role in some world-changing moments. Many credit the use of Twitter and other types of social media for sparking revolutionary changes in countries around the globe. 

Now, Twitter has taken the fight for free speech to the next level. The company filed a lawsuit against the federal government over First Amendment rights. Read on to learn more about this lawsuit and why Twitter is taking a stand. 

Background

The lawsuit comes after reports from Twitter that they’ve been troubled by their inability to publish information about national security requests from the government. It is the latest in the battle between tech companies and the National Security Agency that began when documents were leaked by Edward Snowden. 

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The Latest Apps for Small Business Owners

Oct 27, 2014 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

The Latest Apps for Small Business Owners

Managing a small business is no simple task. Despite the clever marketing pitch, there isn’t an “easy button” that can make difficult challenges go away. While a big red button on your desk may not solve your problems, there are several apps that can help. Read on for more information on the best apps for small business owners.

Kanban Flow

Keeping track of all your pending tasks can be difficult. The Kanban Flow app allows you to assign tasks to workers and schedule due dates. You can also upload documents for better communication within your team. 

The Kanban board provides an overview of your entire workflow. You can see what other people are currently working on as well as what’s in the pipeline. This allows team members to collaborate in real time. Also included is time tracking, so you can keep track of how long it takes to complete a task. 

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Reduce Toxic Exposure with Eco-Friendly Paint for Your Home

Oct 24, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Reduce Toxic Exposure with Eco-Friendly Paint for Your Home

A fresh look for any room in your home is just a coat of paint away. With ecofriendly paints, you can make sure that your home’s facelift is good for the environment and your family.

Why You Should Go Green

Most paints contain some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the form of solvents that keep the paint liquid while in the can. Once the paint is on the walls, however, it releases the solvents into the air as part of the drying process. VOCs can cause a host of respiratory problems as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution. Some may even be carcinogenic. Conventional paints release VOCs for days, weeks or even up to a year.

Low or Zero?

Just because it’s EPA approved doesn’t mean it’s safe – the agency allows up to 250g per liter of VOCs in water-based interior paints. Low VOC paints have less than 50g per liter of the offending compounds. These amounts are for the base paint, not its colorants, so one color may in reality have more VOCs than another color from the same line.

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Top Songs for Your Halloween Party

Oct 22, 2014 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment

Top Songs for Your Halloween Party

When considering songs for your spooky playlist, it is good to remember the classics. Choosing hits that your guests already recognize as great Halloween music will help them get in the spirit and keep with the theme. 

Ghostbusters

Can you really think of Halloween without the theme song from this classic movie? Written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr, it was released in 1984. It made it to the top of the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. It’s a fun song to include at parties for all ages.

The Monster Mash

Since 1962 this song has been included in the playlist of the rock radio stations as a Halloween must. You’ll have guests singing along in delight to an old favorite. It made it to number one when it was released, and climbed back up the charts over 10 years later in 1973. Boris Pickett was really onto something special when he created this frightfully funny spoof of the Mashed Potato. This song keeps the event light hearted and makes everyone want to dance. 

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Creating Yummy Halloween Treats

Oct 20, 2014 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Creating Yummy Halloween Treats

One of the highlights of Halloween is the delicious treats you can enjoy with family or at a party with friends. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or effort to create a few frightfully good snacks that everyone will enjoy.  

Apples, Apples Everywhere

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without delicious holiday apples. Whether you are bobbing or dipping, they are sure to be a part of your ghoulish festivities. With numerous ways to spice up your typical apple treats, you’ll be sure to impress all of your guests. From fake poison apples, to ghostly takes on the old school dipping, apples aren’t just caramel anymore. 

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