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The Holidays Are Here! UPtv Announces 500 Hours of Christmas Programming and 5 New Films

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It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas.

Beginning on Nov. 1, UPtv will air films and over 500 total hours of holiday cheer, spanning 60 total days, as part of the annual “Merry Movie Christmas” programming.

Plus, the network is launching a new movie tracker app called My UPtv Movies, allowing viewers to get notifications, reminders and updates about their favorite holiday content.

And PEOPLE can also exclusively reveal this year’s holiday movie line-up, which includes five new U.S. premieres.

See the list below for more info:

A Very Country Christmas Homecoming – Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET

The third film in the A Very Country franchise, Zane and Jeannette return from their magical honeymoon to plan the perfect first Christmas as a family, but the arrival of Jeannette’s former father-in-law throws a wrench into all of their holiday planning.

Stars: Bea Santos, Greyston Holt, Deana Carter,

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D-Wave announces launch of new Advantage quantum computer for business use

D-Wave announces launch of new Advantage quantum computer for business use
Credit: D-Wave

Canadian based D-Wave has announced on its blog that it has developed a new quantum computer for use by businesses. Called Advantage, the new system has 5,000 qubits and 15-way qubit connectivity. The new machine will be made available to business customers over the Internet via the Leap quantum cloud service.


Over the past several years, several companies have dedicated resources to the development of a true quantum computer that can tackle problems conventional computers cannot handle. Progress on developing such computers has been slow, however, especially when compared with the early development of the conventional computer. As part of the research effort, companies have taken different approaches. Google and IBM, for example, are working on gate-model quantum computer technology, in which qubits are modified as an algorithm is executed. D-Wave, in sharp contrast, has been focused on developing so-called annealer technology, in which qubits are cooled during

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January Jones’ Bizarre Self Care Posts Intrigue Internet

January Jones has become something of an accidental influencer in recent months as the Mad Men star’s chaotic Instagram has fans intrigued.

One of the actress’ latest post has raised a few eyebrows—in the best possible way.

Jones, 42, joked about taking a bath in beer and linking it to Cleopatra bathing in sperm.

A fan tweeted stills from the story from September 29with the caption: “January is self care posting again and just poured beer in her bath because she read that Cleopatra used to bathe in sperm (?) and it ‘can’t be that different depending on who you’ve dated.'”

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They added: “This is by far one of the greatest videos she’s ever posted but the yeast implications are terrifying me.”

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Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal set for EU approval: Reuters

  • Google is expected to win EU approval for its $2.1 billion Fitbit deal after it addressed competition and data concerns, Reuters reported.
  • The internet giant has promised it will not use Fitbit data to personalize adverts for 10 years, according to a Financial Times report.
  • It will also ensure competitors can use its Android and Cloud platforms, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • The EU opened a four-month long investigation into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit in August. The deal was first announced in November 2019.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of wearables company Fitbit appears to have cleared a major hurdle.

It will be cleared by EU antitrust regulators after the tech giant agreed Tuesday to restrict how it uses customer data, according to multiple reports.

Google promised regulators that it would not personalize adverts based on user data for 10 years, up

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The Lost Art Of Software

Director of Engineering at Sabal Tech, Inc., overseeing the design and implementation of software that exceeds our customers’ expectations.

“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.” — John Romero

When we think of software engineers, we envision people with highly technical minds. We may go on to assume that these people did great in math and science courses. We tend to draw these conclusions because we’ve been conditioned to think of software development as a purely technical task. This is not the case, however, and I would even go as far as stating that the development of software is mostly an artistic craft with some highly technical elements sprinkled in.

A successful software product is not engineered once, deployed and forgotten. Rather, it is the result of an ongoing creative process, with its goalposts continually getting pushed

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Programming languages: Java founder James Gosling reveals more on Java and Android

James Gosling, the father of Java, one of the world’s most widely used programming languages, has talked with research scientist Lex Fridman about Java’s origins and his motivations for creating a language that would be used on tens of billions of devices and become central to the development of Android at Google. 

Gosling designed Java 25 years ago while at Sun Microsystems. In 2009, Java would be one of the key reasons Oracle acquired Sun. According to Oracle, today there are 51 billion active Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) deployed globally. 

But long before Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, Gosling said he and a team at Sun “kind of worried that there was stuff going on in the universe of computing that the computing industry was missing out on” – what would become today’s Internet of Things.

“It was all about what was happening in terms of computing hardware, processors and networking

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Computer/IT remote work increased more than 50% since March 1

A new report from Flexjobs taps the top 50 companies offering remote jobs, and 11 of them are tech-related.

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Image: Vasil Dimitrov, Getty Images/iStockPhoto

A COVID-19-imposed work-from-home life may have revealed a preferable working situation for many, as there’s been a significant increase in people looking for remote and flexible jobs since the beginning of the pandemic. There’s also been significant opportunities at companies recruiting remote workers. 

Due to the popularity of the search for remote work, Flexjobs reviewed and determined the top companies hiring for the most remote jobs between March 1 and Sept 15. 

While only 11 of the top 50 companies chosen as offering the most remote jobs during the pandemic are tech-related, the computer/IT career category was ranked No. 1 in the increases of more than 50% in remote jobs since March 1. 

The career categories that showed increases of more than 50% 

  1. Computer/IT

  2. Customer Service

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Is An Internet Service Provider Revolution On The Horizon?

By Ben Bawtree-Jobson, CEO at SiFi Networks.

For several years now, a revolution has been slowly building momentum in the battle for internet services being supplied to the home. For decades, consumers have been faced with either a monopoly or duopoly in the form of just a telco and/or cableco offering to their homes. As in any other unregulated monopolistic industry, this has resulted in higher prices for consumers, poorer customer service levels and lack of investment in infrastructure. In short, the customer has paid the price and suffered when compared to the rest of the developed world.

Unfortunately, the barriers to entry for anyone willing to compete have been exceptionally steep, with TV products and content being owned or exclusive to the cable TV companies and the vast amount of capital required to build out separate competing networks, but all of that is changing drastically.

The doom

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Zynga’s FarmVille is leaving Facebook by end of 2020

  • Zynga announced Monday that FarmVille is shutting down on Facebook by the end of the year.
  • The news comes after Facebook announced it would stop supporting games that run on Adobe’s Flash Player by December 31.
  • The farm simulation game launched in 2009 and quickly rose in popularity, drawing millions of online players.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

FarmVille is shutting down on Facebook by the end of the year, Zynga announced Monday.

The company said the move is due to Adobe’s decision to stop distributing and updating its Flash Player software. Facebook announced in June that it in turn would officially end support for Flash games on December 31, at which point FarmVille users will no longer be able to play the game.

“We’re aware that many of you have been with us since the very beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of players over

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Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Unicorn

Palantir co-founders Peter Thiel and Alex Karp.

Palantir co-founders Peter Thiel and Alex Karp.
Photo: Getty Images

Back in 2003, John Poindexter got a call from Richard Perle, an old friend from their days serving together in the Reagan administration. Perle, one of the architects of the Iraq War, which started that year, wanted to introduce Poindexter to a couple of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who were starting a software company. The firm, Palantir Technologies, was hoping to pull together data collected by a wide range of spy agencies — everything from human intelligence and cell-phone calls to travel records and financial transactions — to help identify and stop terrorists planning attacks on the United States.

Poindexter, a retired rear admiral who had been forced to resign as Reagan’s national-security adviser over his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, wasn’t exactly the kind of starry-eyed idealist who usually appeals to Silicon Valley visionaries. Returning to the Pentagon after the

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