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Alphbaet Inc. GOOGL, -0.16% GOOG, -0.18% shares fell more than 2% in the extended session Monday after the company beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and revenue. The company reported fourth-quarter net income of $8.95 billion, or $12.77 a share, compared with losses of $3.02 billion, or $4.35 a share, in the year-ago period. Changes to the U.S. tax code resulted in a $9.9 billion expense in the fourth quarter of 2017. Revenue rose to $39.28 billion from $32.32 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had estimated earnings of $10.86 a share on revenue of $38.9 billion. For the first quarter, analysts models earnings of $10.45 a share on sales of $37.2 billion. Alphabet stock has gained 2% in the past year, with the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.47% falling 2%.

Water Cooler / Amazon - wait, there is a blank space, lets sell it!
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:36:29 PM »

Traffic / Does this make anybody else a little sad?
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:01:41 AM » - 403 Forbidden

Hardware & Technology / OrCam MyMe - a personal nanny cam for adults
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:40:55 AM »

Its basically a bodycam that has AI, recognizes faces * text ad then sends data to your other devices.   No thanks.

Water Cooler / Business: Do YOU plan ahead?
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:11:42 PM »
If so, how far?

Also, how close did you end up sticking to your plan?

Traffic / DDG: Google provides search bubble even in incognito mode
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:59:41 PM »
A study carried out by the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo yielded some slightly surprising results. In tests earlier in the year, it was found that even when people searched without logging into a Google account -- or when they used private browsing mode --  "most participants saw results unique to them", suggesting there was still personalization of results.


FAFT was created by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD), as a policy-making organization to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorists. The FATF began discussing ways to introduce binding rules that would govern cryptocurrency exchanges globally, earlier this year. The organization had also sought out the current rules in a bid to accommodate new market realities.

According to the G20 declaration, “other responses” would be considered as needed, adding that the countries would also continue to monitor the global economy, which is rapidly being digitalized, adding that it “would seek a consensus-based solution to address the impacts of the digitization of the economy on the international tax system with an update in 2019 and a final report in 2020.”

Water Cooler / had a server outage yesterday
« on: November 25, 2018, 08:04:08 PM »
There was a rollback to the last saved backup, so the most recent posts were lost.

Traffic / 'Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt': Jeff Bezos
« on: November 16, 2018, 08:45:33 PM »
"Amazon is not too big to fail... In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years," Bezos reportedly said when addressing a question about Sears recently going bankrupt.

30 years is forever on the web.  I see room now in this space for a company to come in and make headway.  If a company could deliver traffic and keep the commissions low it could be a real competitor.  I honestly don't think the massive warehouse infrastructure of FBA is what is fueling the success with third party merchants.   If FBA shut down there would be tens of thousands of merchants looking to sell elsewhere.  I say this as a fan of FBA.

Water Cooler / California burning again
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:20:04 AM »

Water Cooler / Sears in an alternative universe
« on: October 16, 2018, 02:34:25 AM »
I remember thinking in 1993 that it was a mistake for Sears to discontinue its catalog.  In 1995 eBay and Amazon both launched.  I remember thinking around that time that they should bring their catalog back and put it on the web.  Sears really could have been a (maybe THE) dominant player if they just had more persistence and vision.

From back in 2012:
Sears, which opened for business in the late 19th century, called itself “The Cheapest Supply House on Earth,” and, in its heyday, dominated home delivery with 75 million catalogs distributed each year[!], bringing goods to far flung farms, towns and other locations. But today’s customer, who can browse the Sears website but not order from its catalog service, which was dropped in the early 1990s, is likely to be ordering from Amazon’s marketplace instead.

“Amazon is the new Sears,” says Robert Spector, a retail historian who wrote Get Big Fast, and other books on retailers. “It’s also the new Walmart, the new Barnes & Noble and the new Best Buy.”

Sears (shld, -17.69%) has not retooled its venerable brand for the technology age, which was underscored this past holiday season when retail sales rose, and Internet sales soared, but the venerable store racked up such poor sales that it announced that it will close 120 stores, and projected that its earnings are likely to sink more than 50% for the most recent three months — usually the time of the year that retailers rake in their biggest revenues.

Sears, says Spector, “tried to hold onto what they were rather than trying to invent themselves. Like Kodak, Sears did not leap forward when it needed to do so.”

Water Cooler / Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« on: October 08, 2018, 03:11:16 AM »
Just check in once a week to let us know what you are doing, even if that isn't much.

This week I went to the gym 4 times.  I've also been getting a little cardio teaching my 6 y.o. to learn a bike.  I've spent about an hour a day chasing after her and making sure she doesn't take a spill.  As of yesterday she's fine on her own, so I've just been playing roller tag (not literally) with her on he bike and me on a skateboard.

Edit: fixed some really bad structure issues.

A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage.

Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small work space sitting atop the kind of robotic trolleys that now drive racks of shelves around Amazon warehouses.

The patent was called “an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines” by researchers who highlighted it in a study published Friday.

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