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Economics & Investing / China Is Disintegrating
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:26:32 PM »

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A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51366123?

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Marketing / Retail is not dead
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:59:27 AM »
at least Amazon doesn't think so...

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It is very likely that the deflationary nonmonetary influences of globalization and digitalization, which camouflaged the activity of the goods-inflation twin during the past decade, are already dissipating.

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/prospects-sound-money-revolt-against-dollar-and-euro

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Marketing / Gen3 Marketing Completes Acquisition Of AffiliateManager.com
« on: January 13, 2020, 05:53:09 PM »
Gen3’s Co-Chief Executive Officers, Mike Tabasso and Andy Cantos, will continue to lead the combined business and the Founder of AffiliateManager.com, Mike Nunez, will be joining the Gen3 team.

https://gen3marketing.com/news/gen3-marketing-completes-acquisition-of-affiliatemanager-com/?fbclid=IwAR3vphwukN9ZKoamNLm1guaiGbPim_AqYSnaBwktU5grr15_57N1ZLE-pSw

Congratulations
to Mike Nunez, Pat Grady, Karen Tabbert and the Tribe

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More than 100,000 documents are said to be released in the coming months, revealing Cambridge Analytica’s activity in a shocking 68 countries, including elections in Malaysia, Kenya, and Brazil. The Guardian reported that the documents come from Brittany Kaiser, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica who turned whistleblower and star of the documentary The Great Hack.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-cambridge-analytica-leaks-reveal-psychological-manipulation-global-population

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Economics & Investing / Helicopter Money Is Here
« on: January 03, 2020, 10:43:43 AM »
Helicopter Money Is Here: How The Fed Monetized Billions In Debt Sold Just Days Earlier

https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/SV2%20issuance.jpg?itok=dGQOio2c

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Traffic / Lawmakers Urge Trade Officials to Remove Tech Liability Shield
« on: December 21, 2019, 11:14:47 AM »
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is stepping up efforts to have U.S. trade officials eliminate a legal liability shield that tech companies are pushing to keep in new agreements...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-16/google-reddit-defend-liability-exemption-amid-lawmaker-scrutiny

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The Eurozone economy continues to stumble into December, recording one of the weakest paces of growth since 2H13. Employment has plunged to a five-year low, and a manufacturing recession continues to disrupt the region. Though the service sector has been resilient during the economic deceleration, the loss of momentum in overall growth could signal more slowing ahead.

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/europes-economy-records-worst-quarter-2013-slowing-persist-2020




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"Speaking with MIT Technology Review, Rohit Prasad, Alexa’s head scientist, has now revealed further details about where Alexa is headed next. The crux of the plan is for the voice assistant to move from passive to proactive interactions. Rather than wait for and respond to requests, Alexa will anticipate what the user might want."

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614676/amazon-alexa-will-run-your-life-data-privacy/

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Researchers had feared that the model, known as "GPT-2", was so powerful that it could be maliciously misused by everyone from politicians to scammers.

GPT-2 was created for a simple purpose: it can be fed a piece of text, and is able to predict the words that will come next. By doing so, it is able to create long strings of writing that are largely indistinguishable from those written by a human being.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ai-artificial-intelligence-dangerous-text-gpt2-elon-musk-a9192121.html

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Critics have increasingly complained about algorithms enabling online-search and social-media companies to determine the content users see, with some on the right claiming the result is a form of censorship because certain views may be excluded. The big internet firms generally have denied such claims and contend that using profile information gives users better-tailored results.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/legislation-would-require-search-engines-to-disclose-algorithms-11572540266

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