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Water Cooler / Who gets Yosemite? in Three Californias plan
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:00:05 PM »
For example, Yosemite National Park would suddenly straddle two of the new states since part of it is in Madera (Southern California) while other parts are in Tuolumne and Mariposa (Northern California) counties.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/13/three-victors-and-a-lot-of-spoils/

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Economics & Investing / Apple Buys Tesla? Amazon Buys Sears?
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:12:48 AM »
Apple Buys Tesla? Amazon Buys Sears? 3 Dream Mergers That Just Make Sense

https://www.thestreet.com/opinion/apple-should-buy-tesla-and-amazon-should-buy-sears-dream-deals-14586350?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

Suggestion: TURN SOUND OFF

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Water Cooler / U.S. Websites Go Dark in Europe
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:54:27 AM »
U.S. Websites Go Dark in Europe as GDPR Data Rules Kick In

EXAMPLE
Tronc Inc. publisher of the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and other U.S. newspapers, was among those that blocked readers in the European Union from accessing sites, as they scrambled to comply with the sweeping regulation.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-websites-go-dark-in-europe-as-gdpr-data-rules-kick-in-1527242038

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Water Cooler / Remember when times were just a bit SLOWER ???
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
Well, This is today...

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Water Cooler / GOOGLE ENVISIONS TOTAL DATA COLLECTION
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:48:32 AM »
This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society. #social engineering


https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/17/17344250/google-x-selfish-ledger-video-data-privacy

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Water Cooler / YOUTUBE music thread
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:48:25 PM »

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Monetization / Amazon halts Google shopping ads
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has stopped buying a popular type of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) ad, according to people familiar with the decision. The move deepens the rift between the technology titans and signals Amazon’s growing ambition in the digital advertising market. [Bloomberg]

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On a U.S. scale though, and when comparing to the biggest cities there, this rate is low - lower than any of the 50 largest in the country, in fact. San Diego is the safest of the major U.S. cities, with a homicide rate of 2.2. New York had a rate of 3.4 in 2017. Looking to the top of the list, Baltimore has an astonishing rate of 55.8.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-09/putting-londons-soaring-homicide-rate-perspective

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Web Development / Facebook Wants To Explore Blockchain Technology.
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:09:47 AM »
ENTER David Marcus, the Facebook executive who has, until this week, been running the company’s standalone messaging app, Messenger.

As the former president of PayPal, Marcus has a lot of payments expertise and has been in charge of Messenger through a lot of significant changes over the years. In fact, Facebook’s decision to split Messenger out of the core app so that users had to download the standalone app in order to receive messages on mobile happened during Marcus’s first month on the job. He oversaw Messenger’s push into customer service bots, shopping and, more recently, advertising. His departure from that role is notable, especially since Messenger is just starting to ramp up its advertising business.

https://www.recode.net/2018/5/8/17329696/facebook-blockchain-crypocurrency-david-marcus-crypto-messenger-app

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https://www.thewrap.com/warren-buffett-says-all-but-3-american-newspapers-are-doomed/

VIDEO

“It’s difficult to see how the print product survives over time,”

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"Although McTeague says the price spike has its roots in a low Canadian dollar and refinery breakdowns, Vancouver was one of the first cities in Canada to proudly unveil a carbon tax that has continued to escalate year after year. McTeague recently told Vancouver radio station News 1130 that taxes on gas sold in B.C. account for 50 cents of every liter, which is the highest energy taxes in North America."

http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/29/vancouver-gas-prices-nearing-8-a-gallon-the-highest-in-north-america/

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When times are good, Americans feel confident by keeping little in checking, but when times are difficult consumers store money in checking accounts, effectively pulling back on spending on retail and restaurants. “Yet, the Federal Reserve keeps raising interest rates,” he said.

Consumer had the least amount of money in their checking accounts in 2007, when times were good just before the Great Recession. In fact, they had on average less than $1,000 in their account. Since 2008, the checking account customer has been hoarding more money.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/markets-are-behaving-strangely-and-this-new-data-suggests-bank-customers-are-too-2018-04-25

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Economics & Investing / Canadians Start Feeling The Pain Of Debt
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:20:31 PM »
Easy credit has provided Canadians with a false sense of security and enticed many into the housing market. With household debt already at an unprecedented level, many homeowners will not be able to refinance their current mortgage debt.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-23/reset-looms-canadians-start-feeling-pain-debt

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Water Cooler / Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:40:27 AM »
Retail is set to have a record year of closures, spurred by the shuttering of Toys 'R' Us, Sam's Club, Sears and Bon-Ton stores around the country, CNBC's Lauren Thomas reports. "The amount of retail space going dark in 2018 is on pace to break a record," says the report, citing CoStar, a real estate information firm. Over 90 million square feet has been announced as closing this year, on track to surpass the 105 million square feet that was vacated by retailers in 2017. • What's your take on the demise of retail? Read the story below and comment.

VIA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjkatz/

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"While this panic-bid is notable - the biggest spike since 2017 - the price of bitcoin has nearly halved in the four months of the year so far, and its unlikely to top its all time high of $19,843, set in December, ever again, Barclays says."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-12/crypto-mania-back-bitcoin-surges-most-2017-back-above-8000

TIP  ;D Buy low & sell high  8)

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