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Dale Carnegie, most famous for the book How to Win Friends and Influence People, changed his last name from “Carnagey” to “Carnegie” in honor of the steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, and to make it easier for others to remember his name.

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Did You Know?

Dale Carnegie, most famous for the book How to Win Friends and Influence People, changed his last name from “Carnagey” to “Carnegie” in honor of the steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, and to make it easier for others to remember his name.

⌚️ But Wait, There’s More

Happy Friday! Google’s big hardware event was yesterday, but it wasn’t perfect. The company is trying more than ever to mimic Apple’s product strategy with mixed results, and Google’s poor long-term support is still a problem.

The upcoming Pixel Tablet will have a dock to keep it front and center in your home. That’s cool and all, but it’s fine to just stuff your tablet in a drawer.

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