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Happy Friday, y’all! It actually feels like spring outside, so get outside and enjoy it while it lasts!

If you’re an avid iPad user like me, you may be intrigued to learn that Microsoft finally got its act together and released a version of Office for the iPad. Critics say that it might be too late, however — iPad users have had years to get use to life without Word and have learned to love other products that have taken its place.

Speaking of tech giants, Facebook is trying to figure out how to tinker with drones so that they can deliver internet access from high above. This announcement is the second of two big ones this week: on Tuesday, Facebook also announced its acquisition of Oculus VR, a company that develops virtual reality headsets for gamers.

I thought virtual reality was a popular thing of the 1990s, back when I was a teenager? I did some digging and found proof here.

Are you a Jeopardy fan? More importantly, are you a Jeopardy master? Well in honor of Jeopardy’s 50th birthday, you can play online with 74-time winner Ken Jennings as your host in an interactive video quiz. Jennings is a little smug, so try to ignore that part.

Finally, on a more serious note, a piece of good news from my beloved home state of Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation this week to expand protections for transgender individuals, which will mean employers, landlords and other parties will not be able to discriminate against people based on gender identity. Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will sign the law.

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Crucial Conversation – Prof. Peter Edelman discusses his new book, Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Prof. Edelman is coming to the Triangle to mark the 50th anniversary of Durham-based nonprofit MDC. His visit is the first of a series of MDC-sponsored events focused on ways that Southern leaders can work together to create an Infrastructure of Opportunity that shapes a South where all people thrive.”