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Discussing the latest hacks, tech trends, mobile devices and whatever else i find interesting

First off the title may be a bit misleading. However people who have never heard of Mastodon have more than likely never heard of the fediverse. You have to show them the former in order to properly explain the latter. In my opinion anyway.

So Mastodon Then...

Imagine if email and Twitter had a baby. It would be Mastodon. Mastodon is similar to Twitter in that it is a micro-blogging platform where one can follow and be followed by friends or anyone else (depending on privacy settings). Since the platform is called Mastodon and uses a wooly mammoth/elephant as it's mascot your statuses are called toots. This is similar to the sound elephants make.

Mastodon is similar to email because of it's federation. What's that? Well, you may have a Gmail address and your friend may have an Outlook address. You can communicate with your friend using Outlook because Outlook, Gmail, and every other provider all speak the language of email. Mastodon servers also all speak the same language. It's called ActivityPub (more on that later). So just like email you can have an account on one instance (website) and your friend can have an account on another.

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The Story

My alarm clock shatters my dreams and brings me back into the plane of reality. I wish i could go back to sleep. Even as this thought occurs to me my lights start to brighten as if they can read my mind. In today's world, that very well may be the case.

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Everyone knows large companies wish to extend their power to every part of our lives. Who remembers when Facebook purchased Whatsapp or AT&T purchasing Time Warner? There are better examples but I think you understand where I'm coming from.

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So, if you live in the US and haven't been under a rock for the past two years. You may have read that T-Mobile — the nations third largest carrier — has been involved in a merger with Sprint. The FCC and DOJ approved the merger on the condition that they help Dish Network — satellite TV provider — become the new fourth carrier. Unfortunately the merger became very political with one party fighting against it on the grounds that consumers would be forced to pay more for less competition.

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