Verna W. Cormier

Zillow skit on Saturday Night Live goes viral as show pokes fun at house-browsing ‘fantasies’

Zillow Group didn’t have a Super Bowl ad, yet it may have come away from the weekend with the biggest marketing bump thanks to Saturday Night Live.

The Seattle real estate giant was the subject of a hilarious SNL sketch that poked fun at how home-browsing on Zillow is a replacement for sex, particularly for people in their late 30s.

“The pleasure you once got from sex now comes from looking at other people’s houses,” was one of several LOL-worthy lines.

The YouTube clip racked up more than 2 million views in one day. Zillow CEO Rich Barton chimed in on Sunday morning:

Others said they felt “seen” by the skit.

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Nokia to help Deutsche Telekom’s optical transport network modernization

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Nokia to help Deutsche Telekom’s optical transport network modernization

  • Deutsche Telekom will deploy Nokia’s optical transport portfolio to deliver a higher-capacity, more automated network that meets residential and Industry 4.0 requirements
  • The modernized network will be easier to scale, enabling faster services delivery times and innovation

8 February 2021

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced it has been selected by Deutsche Telekom as a long-term strategic partner to transform the operator’s optical network into a service-centric platform that can easily scale to meet Industry 4.0 demands.

The transformation will enable Deutsche Telekom to deliver an enhanced service quality experience to its customers by upgrading the existing network to a more scalable and automated one. Deutsche Telekom will also benefit from automation to simplify and streamline operational tasks to

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China issues new anti-monopoly rules targeting its tech giants

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s market regulator released new anti-monopoly guidelines on Sunday that target internet platforms, tightening existing restrictions faced by the country’s tech giants.

FILE PHOTO: People check their phones during the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

The new rules formalise an earlier anti-monopoly draft law released in November and clarify a series of monopolistic practices that regulators plan to crack down on.

The guidelines are expected to put new pressure on the country’s leading internet services, including e-commerce sites such as Alibaba Group’s Taobao and Tmall marketplaces or JD.com. They will also cover payment services like Ant Group’s Alipay or Tencent Holding’s WeChat Pay.

The rules, issued by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on its website, bar companies from a range of behaviour, including forcing merchants to choose between the country’s top internet

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10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective Of Microsoft Azure’s Growth

  • Microsoft Azure revenue grew 50% year-over-year in fiscal Q2, 2021, contributing to a 26% increase in Server products and cloud services revenue.
  • According to the latest earnings call, more than 1,000 Microsoft customers now use Azure Arc to simplify hybrid management and run Azure services across on-premises, multi-cloud and at the edge.
  • Commercial cloud gross margins increased to 71% in the latest quarter, up from 67% a year earlier.
  • There are now over 60 Azure regions globally, strengthening Microsoft’s competitive global position versus Amazon Web Services.
  • Microsoft reported $43.08 billion in the second fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $36.91 billion a year earlier,

These and many other insights are from Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2021 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and related research. Microsoft’s early decision to double down on expanding their cloud platform by accelerating new product and services development and Azure region expansion is

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FIREDAO Launches a New DeFi Protocol for Financial Independence

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / ACCESSWIRE / February 8, 2021 / Recently, FIREDAO, a famous community-run platform in crypto industry, has launched a new DeFi protocol for financial independence. WallStreetbets movement’s recent squeeze on Wall Street and the following response by stock trading apps proved that the current financial infrastructure serves much better the privileged financial establishment rather than retail investors, who need a new system, which would be inclusive, fair and will not discriminate users by age, nationality or starting capital. It should be a system that values equal access, investor rights and cannot be shut down by greedy corporations. It also should be a system which guarantees financial freedom.

The idea of financial freedom has always been an inspiration for many people but in reality less than 1% of Americans retire before age 50. Achieving financial independence from a typical 9-to-5 job and having an opportunity to work optionally

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Hyundai, Kia say Apple car deal is off, puncturing investor dream

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co said on Monday it is not now in talks with Apple Inc on autonomous electric cars, just a month after it confirmed early-stage talks with the tech giant, sending the automaker’s shares skidding.

Wiping $2.4 billion off its market value, Hyundai stock slumped 4.3% by 0428 GMT. Shares in its affiliate Kia Corp, which had been tipped in local media reports as the likely operational partner for Apple, tumbled 12.8% – a $4.7 bilion hit.

The announcement brings the curtain down on weeks of internal divisions at Hyundai Motor Co Group – parent to both automakers – about the potential tieup, with some executives raising concerns about becoming a contract manufacturer for the U.S. tech giant in a tieup reminiscent of electronics firm Foxconn’s role in making device for Apple like the iPhone.

“We are receiving requests

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