Pass the poutine: Weed is now legal in Canada

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At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the great people of Canada turned over a new leaf, becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana (Uruguay being the first).

In legalizing weed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on a campaign promise and the move is expected to result in the injection of billions of dollars into Canada’s economy, including from U.S. cannabis tourists.

Canadian job seeker interest in the cannabis industry continues to surge. After a temporary spike following the June 20th legalization announcement, searches containing cannabis-related terms have climbed even further through the end of last weekpic.twitter.com/GTL6sPwbMc

— Brendon Bernard (@BrendonBernard_) …

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YouTube just made TV advertising more affordable than ever

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TV advertising is notoriously expensive. YouTube just changed that.

YouTube has announced it’s now letting advertisers run campaigns that specifically target users watching YouTube on television screens.

The video giant has just launched a “TV screens device type” option on its Google Ads platform. This means that advertisers will now be able to specifically target viewers who are watching YouTube content television sets. This includes people using streaming devices such as Google’s very own Chromecast, set-top boxes like the Apple TV or Roku, video game consoles, and smart TVs.

Along with being able to carve out ad space for content developed for TV viewing, advertisers will receive television-focused analytics and special options for their ads with this YouTube update, too. Those running YouTube video ads will be able to set specific bidding prices for the TV viewers, as well as each of the other device type categories (such as computer, mobile phone, or tablet). …

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Totally bonkers case turns the iPhone XS into a mechanical watch

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Just when I thought I’ve seen it all.

Caviar, the Russian luxury case company that brought us the Putin phone, has taken iPhone cases to the next level by launching a case that essentially turns the back of the iPhone XS or the XS Max into a ticking, mechanical watch.

The Grand Complications Skeleton, as it’s called, is a heavily ornamented case that has a mechanical watch in the middle, complete with a winding crown that slightly protrudes from the side of the phone.

Image: Caviar

Obviously, this is an extremely blingy case that will appeal to a certain type of audience with deep pockets and a love for things that scream “money.” But it doesn’t appear to be just some shiny crap slapped on the back of an iPhone. The skeletonized movement — in the world of wrist watches, “skeletonized” means the inner parts of the watch are visible — is a modified ETA Unitas 6498-1, a well known watch movement that’s used by numerous high-end brands. In other words, that watch on the back of the case is the real deal by luxury watch standards. …

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Rockstar Games, crunch, and the great shame of the video games biz

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Building a video game ain’t easy.

A great game looks effortless when you sit down and play it, but few people really consider just how much went into making it that way. Lots of people have been ooo-ing and ahh-ing over all the tiny details in Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games, but the revelation this week that those details may have been fueled by 100-hour work weeks prompted shocked and horrified responses.

It’s also gotten a lot of people talking about a troubling pattern of inhumane working conditions in the game development scene. Overwork is common, and once you couple that with the studio downsizing that follows the completion of many projects, you’re left with people working themselves to death with little reward. …

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Helm is the personal email server you never knew you needed

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Maybe Hillary Clinton had the right idea.

The idea of a personal email server may be forever associated with Clinton’s infamous email woes, but the technology — which takes email out of the cloud services that most of us use and puts it into a physical drive in your home — is sound. There are a lot of advantages to running your own email server, privacy being the main one. But, to most, it just sounds like such a hassle.

Not so with …

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