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Zack Rosebrugh

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Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

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Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Sandberg admits to Facebook stumbles, says 'we need to do better' after rough year

Sandberg admits to Facebook stumbles, says 'we need to do better' after rough year

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  • The valuation of FB is at a historical low after the poor performance. On a p/e basis, the stock trades at 21x, compared to an average pe of about 35x since the stock went public in 2012. That’s a good deal for a stock which boasts some of the highest margins in the market. The bear case is that FB will

    The valuation of FB is at a historical low after the poor performance. On a p/e basis, the stock trades at 21x, compared to an average pe of about 35x since the stock went public in 2012. That’s a good deal for a stock which boasts some of the highest margins in the market. The bear case is that FB will face future regulation and in a draconian scenario be forced to break up its main assets: Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp.

  • Sheryl’s statement is demonstrably true. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that FB has the capability to do better. They have caused problems — like filter bubbles — that cannot be solved with more code.

    It is time to recognize that the flaws of the internet platforms can only be addressed through

    Sheryl’s statement is demonstrably true. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that FB has the capability to do better. They have caused problems — like filter bubbles — that cannot be solved with more code.

    It is time to recognize that the flaws of the internet platforms can only be addressed through participation and intervention by users, government, social scientists, and many other constituencies.

  • Until they accept that they can’t control everyone’s behavior on the platform and stop fighting every attempt at regulation and stop trying to hide anything that goes wrong. That’s a fundamental change in their mentality. Nothing truly changes till that happen. Spin isn’t enough.

  • Enough apologies, actions speak louder than words. Let’s see you actually DO better.

  • To me this apology seems like a rinse, wash and repeat.

    Just hard to guess which improper usage of data and lack of concern for user privacy will lead to the next apology from the company.

    Zuck and Sandberg are amazingly smart people, they just keep forgetting that there are real people behind the

    To me this apology seems like a rinse, wash and repeat.

    Just hard to guess which improper usage of data and lack of concern for user privacy will lead to the next apology from the company.

    Zuck and Sandberg are amazingly smart people, they just keep forgetting that there are real people behind the user numbers and not just numbers.

  • Don’t forget that Facebook in 2012 manipulated people’s emotions by changing the feed algorithm and making people see more positive or more negative friend posts — The bad actors are themselves and there’s nothing people can do about it. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/06/28/facebook-manipulated-user-news-feeds-to-create-emotional-contagion/amp

    Don’t forget that Facebook in 2012 manipulated people’s emotions by changing the feed algorithm and making people see more positive or more negative friend posts — The bad actors are themselves and there’s nothing people can do about it. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/06/28/facebook-manipulated-user-news-feeds-to-create-emotional-contagion/amp/

  • It doesn’t matter what they say anymore. They’ve lost public trust to the point that it’s a meme now. Public opinion is of irreplaceable value to companies handling our data (social media companies in particular). The fines are the least of their problems since they’re probably still making ridiculous

    It doesn’t matter what they say anymore. They’ve lost public trust to the point that it’s a meme now. Public opinion is of irreplaceable value to companies handling our data (social media companies in particular). The fines are the least of their problems since they’re probably still making ridiculous sums of money off advertising. They’d better hope that Instagram keeps them floating in the court of public opinion because I know I’m not alone when I say “Who uses Facebook anymore?”

  • This has become binary. Either abandon a business model designed to track and manipulate ppl. Or face the music.

  • Can’t say it’s too little too late, and yet wonder if Facebook is merely saving face? Can any formula rein in or close the Pandora’s box opened by the wholesale marketing of collected data and undisciplined and unrestricted “right” to publish fabrications of character? Will we actually see Facebook trying

    Can’t say it’s too little too late, and yet wonder if Facebook is merely saving face? Can any formula rein in or close the Pandora’s box opened by the wholesale marketing of collected data and undisciplined and unrestricted “right” to publish fabrications of character? Will we actually see Facebook trying to do better or will the mode of operation skew to blur the continued business as usual?

  • People should be abandoning Facebook quicker. What ossicle use does it have for most people today that isn’t replicated by a better app?

  • Don’t they say this every year? When does it finally get better?

  • Executives have committed seppuku over less.

  • Enough with the we’ll do better... time to fine and time to consider charging the top executives. They have danced too long, it’s time the music stopped.

  • For lack of a more realistic solution, I believe that beyond confirming the authenticity

    of accounts, Facebook needs to quit toying with the platform, stop censoring, promote transparency and leave it alone.

    Facebook has become a monstrous institution. It is part of our culture. Allowing it to spy

    For lack of a more realistic solution, I believe that beyond confirming the authenticity

    of accounts, Facebook needs to quit toying with the platform, stop censoring, promote transparency and leave it alone.

    Facebook has become a monstrous institution. It is part of our culture. Allowing it to spy on our other Internet activity is criminal, Tweaking it only makes it worse.

    Facebook must be allowed to live or die in its own. Users need to have the option to completely delete their accounts.

    Young people have been abandoning Facebook. Others of us should think about it.

  • Three little words, Sheryl: I f**d up.

  • I wonder how many times a Facebook exec has said "we need to do better" by now. Did any of those statements lead to action?

  • And they must kick Sandberg to the curb, far and hard.