This week, a lot of people received text messages. That’s not unusual. Billions of messages are sent in the U.S. on a daily basis according to a wireless industry trade association (SMSEagle). What is unusual is many of these messages were sent on Valentine’s Day.
A glitch in the text messaging system prevented the delivery of lots (we’re still not sure of the exact number) of messages sent on Valentine’s Day. The senders didn’t know about the delay. The recipients didn’t know. And apparently, neither did the phone companies.
Then, this week, the messages were delivered. Some people received messages from people they used to date. Others received messages from people who had passed away (The Verge).
For better or worse, we now rely on text messaging to communicate. The fact that something like this could happen without anyone knowing is a bit disconcerting.
Hopefully, a combination of new network technology (5G) and new software will prevent this from happening again. But the next time someone swears they didn’t get your text message, you might want to give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s entirely possible they’re telling the truth.
Now on to the News Fix!
New York hemp farmers get a boost: The hemp industry looks like it has friends in Albany, New York. New rules in the state will allow medical marijuana companies to buy hemp and hemp-based CBD extracts directly from hemp farmers. Previously, the medical marijuana firms had to grow their own stock, which raised costs (Democrat & Chronicle).
Straight Hemp CBD line picks up new distributor: Earth Fare, which has 57 stores across 10 states, will sell Straight Hemp’s CBD oil and balm products (Progressive Grocer). Straight Hemp is based in Colorado.
CBD can lead to positive marijuana tests: If you have to regularly pass drug tests, you might want to think twice before consuming CBD (even if it’s legal in your state). That’s because, depending on the CBD product you consume, you might test positive for marijuana. Researchers at Johns Hopkins ran a test on six patients (yes, that’s a ridiculously small sample size, but still…). And they found that when they administered pure CBD with no THC in it, none of the patients tested positive for marijuana. But when THC was present (0.39% concentration), two out of the six patients tested positive (Forbes). CBD products with 0.39% THC are fairly common in the market, according to the researchers.
Google creates accelerator program for environmental startups: Google employees petitioned the company to become more environmentally friendly. And the search engine giant has responded by creating an accelerator program for startups that are trying to help the environment. The program will, among other things, provide technical support and training to help environmental startups scale (MarketWatch).
AstraZeneca launches $1 billion fund targeting China: Big Pharma clearly has its eyes set on China. AstraZeneca has launched a $1 billion investment fund that’s looking to pour money into Chinese startups in the healthcare sector (Reuters).
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