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  • #TransformationTuesday: Transforming the Google Machine

    03/06/2018 6:38:30 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-6-18 | MOTUS
    If you’ve been paying attention you know that it’s #TransformationTuesday – the day we explore all the ways  Obama and his mignons are still trying and/or succeeding in fundamentally transforming America. Many of these transformers are in government but the public sector harbors some as well: take Google for example. Long known as a bastion of leftist biases, censorship and abuse of it’s search engine monopoly it recently has used its power to shutdown YouTube videos (mostly conservative) that it doesn’t approve of. “The Google Machine” and a handful of other high-tech companies rule the Internet through a combination of...
  • Amazon is set to unveil its $4billion 'mini-rainforest' Three Spheres campus in downtown [tr]

    01/27/2018 4:39:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 26, 2018 | Ariel Zilber
    Who needs the Amazon rainforest when you can bring the rainforest to Amazon. The e-commerce giant is set to unveil its $4billion urban campus in downtown Seattle on Monday that features an innovative mix of office space and exotic plant life. The company's hard-working employees will be able to take a break from the daily grind by walking along stone pathways, observing mini-waterfalls, and enjoying the plant life from exotic locales in South America. The massive project includes three office buildings in the shape of spheres – the tallest of which is 90 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter,...
  • The Trillion-dollar Chameleon

    01/18/2018 8:20:13 AM PST · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson Victor Davis Hanson
    Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Cellphones were still simply mobile, small and expensive telephones. There was no concept of a phone as a handheld computer. Today, five companies -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet (Google's parent company) -- have a collective worth of more than $3 trillion. Yet such transnational companies remain mostly exempt from the sort of regulations and accountability faced by most other industries.
  • Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock

    12/14/2017 5:14:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michelle Castillo
    Bob Iger (R), CEO of Walt Disney Co. and Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp. Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock 54 Mins Ago | 03:52 Disney on Thursday announced a deal to acquire many parts of Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. The company will get Fox's movie studios, network Nat Geo, Asian pay-TV operator Star TV, stakes in Sky and Hulu and regional sports networks. The acquisition bolsters Disney's plans to become a dominant streaming service platform, making it a bigger threat to...
  • Why Google Should Not Rule the World

    12/02/2017 9:45:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    The internet has provided tools to improve the world that are, in a way, indescribable. For example, understanding the multitude of medical challenges people face becomes easier with the internet. Improving your language skills and understanding a foreign language is infinitely simpler. But there are severe challenges that come with the ease of the internet. Google and others cannot go unchallenged. This all began as something to explore for me when within a month I had a chance to spend an extended period of time with two different biochemists on two different continents. Both of these men are utterly brilliant...
  • 9 facts about Amazon's unprecedented warehouse empire

    11/22/2017 4:08:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Curbed ^ | November 21, 2017 | Patrick Sisson
    The holiday season will be a busy one for Amazon, and as 2017 draw to a close, it could be said this entire year has been a big one for the e-commerce giant, from its acquisition of Whole Foods to the HQ2 race and its expansion in its hometown, Seattle. But behind the company’s growth and expansion, and future plans, lies an immense, intricate logistics network that enables it to offer incredible delivery times to every corner of the country. The company’s footprint is pretty wild. According to Amazon, the company now operates more than 75 fulfillment centers and 25...
  • Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’

    11/09/2017 4:45:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The (S)Hill ^ | 11/9/17 | Ali Breland
    Lawmakers put the finishing touches this week on military funding legislation that contains a provision that stands to significantly benefit Amazon. The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say. The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of an online portal that government employees could use to purchase everyday items such as office supplies or furniture.
  • 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney: Sources

    11/06/2017 11:25:31 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 6, 2017 | David Faber
    21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., leaving behind a media company tightly focused on news and sports, according to people familiar with the situation. The talks have taken place over the last few weeks and there is no certainty they will lead to a deal. The two sides are not currently talking at this very moment, but given the on again, off again nature of the talks, they could be revisited. For Fox, the willingness to engage in sale talks with Disney stems from a growing belief among its...
  • It's Time to Bust the Online Trusts

    11/01/2017 9:05:54 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 11/01/17 | Luther Lowe
    In the absence of rigorous antitrust enforcement, the consumer internet has become too concentrated in a few dominant companies, creating easy targets for bad actors. There is a reason Congress did not have to investigate foreign meddling after the 2008 or 2012 elections. Back then the internet was still a diverse, decentralized network...This older form of online community building has largely been supplanted by tools provided by the dominant players... Google used to be the engine that drove the open web... Over time, Google’s philosophy shifted [to] making the internet less open and pluralistic than even a few years ago...Facebook’s...
  • Letter To Congressman - The NFL Is A Monopoly. It's Time To Treat It As Such (Vanity)

    10/08/2017 12:24:42 PM PDT · by mbrfl · 108 replies
    Self | 10/8/17 | Self
    I just sent this to my Congressman. I encourage others to do likewise. It's time to broach the topic of regulating major league sports in this country. And no, there's nothing unconservative about regulating a monopoly like the NFL. Don't buy the argument that it's un-American to regulate the NFL because is goes against the free market. The NFL is anything BUT a free market, and it never has been. Mr. Desantis I am writing to encourage you to introduce legislation to fix the broken state of major league sports in this country. The NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL are...
  • How Silicon Valley Turned Off the Left and Right

    09/28/2017 5:02:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When left and right finally agree on something, watch out: The unthinkable becomes normal. So it is with changing attitudes toward Silicon Valley. For the last two decades, Apple, Google, Amazon and other West Coast tech corporations have been untouchable icons. They piled up astronomical profits while hypnotizing both left-wing and right-wing politicians. Conservative administrations praised them as modern versions of 19th-century risk-takers such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs and other tech giants were seen as supposedly creating national wealth in an unregulated, laissez-faire landscape that they had invented from nothing. At...
  • Retail Websites Are 'Public Accommodations' Subject to ADA, Judge Rules

    09/05/2017 5:58:11 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 57 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | September 5, 2017 | Andrew Denney
    n a recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York found that the website for Blick Art Materials, where customers can purchase products, is a place of public accommodation and thus subject to the ADA.... Of the hundreds of suits filed, so far one has gone to trial, and it didn't bode well for the defense bar. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola of the Southern District of Florida found that supermarket chain Winn-Dixie violated the rights of a blind customer by not making its website usable through screen reader software.
  • Google Detractors Want to Hand Internet Over to European Union Control

    08/31/2017 10:24:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/31/17 | Judi McLeod
    The entire EU out to get Google battle can be framed in one sentence: Google is private in private industry, the EU bureaucracy is an unelected government There’s a new monster out on the trail patiently waiting for the unsuspecting to wander into its mouth before it snaps shut its vizor-like jaws from which there is no possible escape. The monster, the most monolithic of them all, is set to gobble the Internet while piously claiming to save the masses from Google.
  • Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons

    08/17/2017 3:02:17 PM PDT · by Mafe · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer-in-chief” for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor. Yet most of the computers and smartphones sold by Silicon Valley companies are still being built abroad — to mostly silence from progressive watchdogs.
  • How to Break Silicon Valley’s Anti-Free-Speech Monopoly

    08/15/2017 5:33:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/17 | Jeremy Carl
    It’s time to treat Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter like public utilities.... Yes, they are private companies, just as many utilities are. And yes, these Internet monopolies do not have the same physical-infrastructure advantages that electric-utility monopolies have. But because of their network effects, their dominance and monopoly power are in many ways even starker. If I don’t like my utility I can put solar panels on my roof and an inverter and battery in my garage, and I can still get power. But if I can’t get access to the 2 billion people on Facebook because Facebook doesn’t like...
  • Movement to Topple CNN’s Airport Monopoly Gains Steam

    07/13/2017 4:38:23 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 54 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | July 12, 2017 | Media
    Americans sick of #FakeNews propaganda in public spaces (Infowars) – The backlash against CNN continues to grow as Americans are force-fed anti-Trump propaganda and #FakeNews at airports across the US, where the network has a veritable monopoly on broadcasting. Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo has started a petition to be sent to the mayor and city council of Denver to “Get CNN Out of Denver International Airport,” which he hopes will fuel a national movement. “CNN has been the leading source for Fake News that radical liberals are using to rally voters against our President, and yet, this ‘news’ station...
  • How American Airports are used to Indoctrinate the Masses

    07/08/2017 6:16:01 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 40 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | 2016 | Brian Logan
    CNN is currently in 47 airports throughout the United States (in gate and boarding areas). This means that many travelers–from Atlanta to New York—are bombarded with a left-wing narrative. Looking to get away? Too bad. You’ll be forced to watch the media’s propaganda in the boarding area. Thanks to CNN, the US airport is now an indoctrination facility that’s designed to keep travelers in a state of despair. Control Center CNN The CNN Airport Operations Center in Atlanta–the epicenter of airport propaganda. I’ve traveled to over 75 countries. In all those airports, I’ve never seen the news on a television....
  • Arrestee hands deputy 'get out of jail free' card

    06/29/2017 1:55:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KARE11.com ^ | 6/26/17 | Dana Thiede
    Sometimes you just have to give someone an A for effort, no matter how misguided the gesture is. Case in point, is a gentleman who had an encounter with one of Dakota County's finest over the weekend. Deputy Mike Vai pulled over a car registered to someone wanted on a warrant and subsequently saw a passenger was not wearing his seat belt. When the deputy ran the man's ID he learned that he, too, was wanted on a controlled substance warrant out of Ramsey County. When the deputy searched the suspect, he found the man's secret weapon: A 'get out...
  • Google, Facebook Earn Roughly Half Of All Global Ad Dollars

    06/27/2017 11:02:33 AM PDT · by Thalean · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 27, 2017 | Eric Lieberman
    Google and Facebook combined earn roughly 50 percent of all global advertisement revenue, according to Axios. The two tech giants dwarf all other corporations in the industry with Google and Facebook respectively making $80.8 billion and $36.3 billion in 2017. Besides three other tech conglomerates based in China, the next 12 companies — which includes Amazon, Microsoft, Verizon, Pandora, Twitter, Snapchat, and Yelp — bring in roughly half of what Google collects in ad revenue annually, reports Axios. Combined, the two tech companies account for 90 percent of the growth in new ad revenue. Their dominance over others in the...
  • It's time to break up Amazon

    06/20/2017 3:38:34 PM PDT · by MrExplorer70 · 58 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 06/19/2017 | Douglas Rushkoff
    “Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me seconds after the announcement of the proposed acquisition. “It’s over. The world.” This unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force. Surely the company, which now generates 30% of all online and offline retail sales growth in the United States, and already controls 40% of internet cloud services, has reached too far. The 3% hike in Amazon’s share price since the announcement—which would alone more than pay for the acquisition—may attest less to the deal’s appropriateness than to investors’ growing fear that...