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Economics & Investing / Watch > Other Bets
« on: June 21, 2019, 01:59:34 PM »
Other Bets includes businesses such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, and X. Revenues from the Other Bets are derived primarily through the sales of Internet and TV services through Google Fiber, sales of Nest products and services, and licensing and R&D services through Verily.

During 2016, Alphabet generated a total of $90.3 billion of revenues. Of these, Alphabet generated:

    $89.5 billion, 99.1% of the total, from the Google segment; and
    $0.8 billion, 0.9% of the total, from ‘Other Bets’.

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A new report from LendingTree analyzed thousands of MyLendingTree users' anonymized credit reports in 165 metropolitan cities across California reveals the most debt-ridden places in the state.

ADDED:
I know a man NoCal that I used to work with in real estate who has $150K in CC debt.

So SICK & WRONG

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DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud

IDENT essentially serves as an enterprisewide clearinghouse for troves of biometric and biographic data collected by the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service and other Homeland Security components. The system links fingerprint, iris and face data to biographic information, allowing officials to quickly identify suspected terrorists, immigration violators, criminals and anyone else included in their databases.

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2019/06/dhs-move-biometric-data-hundreds-millions-people-amazon-cloud/157837/

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Water Cooler / Protect pollinators
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:23:07 AM »
Wild Bee Population Collapses By 90% In New England, Study Warns

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-19/wild-bee-populations-new-england-collapse-90-study-warns


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Water Cooler / Google Should Be Afraid. Very Afraid.
« on: June 02, 2019, 12:13:14 PM »
"Antitrust investigations are difficult to predict, of course. Once the U.S. government pores over every internal email and business development contract, there’s no telling what it will turn up. If the DOJ moves ahead, it will also be an open invitation for every company or individual with a gripe against Google to pile on, and an investigation will embolden critics of Facebook, Amazon and other tech giants as well."

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-afraid-very-afraid-121312132.html

Amazon too

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Water Cooler / Is the individual obsolete?
« on: June 01, 2019, 09:42:10 AM »
“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. . . . If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” [BHO]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/opinions/george-will-is-the-individual-obsolete/?utm_term=.39326bf1f9c5

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Water Cooler / Which U.S. States Have The Worst Roads?
« on: May 27, 2019, 01:45:42 PM »
WHO "governs" these states?

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Water Cooler / A "European Empire" Is Not What Europe Needs
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:44:32 AM »
A certain nostalgic view has helped to push the idea the European Union is essential to the prosperity and success of Europe. But a closer look at the continent invalidates the link between prosperity and affiliation to Brussels' Europe.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-23/european-empire-not-what-europe-needs

PS: May to leave


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NFFC


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Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, are facing criminal charges in the United States over the alleged theft of trade secrets and sanctions violations in Iran.

Huawei has inked over 40 5G contracts; 25 in Europe, 10 in the Middle East and six in Asia.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-14/huawei-offers-sign-no-spy-pacts-governments-uk-embarks-5g

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Water Cooler / How Free Is the Internet? SEE MAP
« on: May 14, 2019, 01:24:42 PM »
Berners-Lee’s observations are in line with research conducted by Freedom House, which found that the level of freedom on the internet has been deteriorating in recent years. “Disinformation and propaganda disseminated online have poisoned the public sphere. The unbridled collection of personal data has broken down traditional notions of privacy.

https://www.statista.com/chart/3942/internet-freedom-across-the-world-visualized/?fbclid=IwAR3qfrxEStR3iC1qmaTwLu52WVUr6-OKZwGHUw2BrB9G_mqV934IK9q10BM



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The 'latest and greatest' in automation will replace thousands of workers. After installing the technology in a "handful of warehouses," the company has considered installing the machines at dozens more - replacing at least 24 workers each at facilities which typically employ more than 2,000 people.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-13/amazon-rolling-out-automated-packing-machines-5x-faster-humans

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Water Cooler / EU's Tusk warns of risks in rise of U.S. tech giants
« on: May 04, 2019, 11:23:09 AM »
The world needs to be wary of the rise of tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, comparing their powers to those of countries such as China, European Council President Donald Tusk said in Warsaw on Friday.

U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle are Chicken $hit when it comes to this issue.
The lobby money is all they care about.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-tusk-tech/eus-tusk-warns-of-risks-in-rise-of-u-s-tech-giants-idUSKCN1S91AO

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Traffic / Putin signs controversial internet law
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:46:32 AM »
The measures include creating technology to monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers, ostensibly to prevent a foreign country from shutting it down.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190501-putin-signs-controversial-internet-law

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