Impeachment hearings offered new details on Trump’s Ukraine dealings. Career diplomat Bill Taylor testified that the US ambassador to the European Union said Trump cared more about investigating rival Joe Biden than about any policies toward Ukraine. Hearings will resue on Friday.
US-China trade talks have a farm problem. While Trump has touted Chinese commitments to buy up to $50 billion of agricultural products, the Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing wants some wiggle room.
Apple is still living in 2015. It’s been a long time since anyone got too excited about a MacBook Pro, but the new 16-inch model fixes a few long-simmering complaints with the popular workhorse notebook.
Your streaming update
Disney+ first-day numbers are in. Despite a somewhat rocky launch, the company said they garnered 10 million sign-ups in one day, sending the company's stock up around 7%, CNBC reports.
Netflix and Nickelodeon partner up. In an apparent response to the family-friendly Disney+ launch, Netflix is expanding its work with Nickelodeon to offer more childhood classics as well as new productions, TechCrunch reports.
Taming big tech
A privacy win for international travelers. In a dramatic shift, a US federal judge ruled that travelers’ laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other devices cannot be searched without probable cause.
Pay and play
Board games are back in India. Indian children once learned ethics and life lessons from simpler activities, until PUBG came along.
As kids growing up in the 1990s, where India's liberalisation had only just become a reality, kids could play games without needing much paraphernalia. This takes me back to that time of unparalleled inventiveness.
Convenience and cost are the two biggest factors for why I allow my child to play a mobile game instead of a board game. Buying board games is an expensive affair now with most being imported to India. Also, most of the board games of my childhood are not available online for free. I recently realised
Convenience and cost are the two biggest factors for why I allow my child to play a mobile game instead of a board game. Buying board games is an expensive affair now with most being imported to India. Also, most of the board games of my childhood are not available online for free. I recently realised that Ludo on Android is a pretty popular game.
I guess, we need to move on with times and try to find e-games that teach ethics and life lessons because it's nearly impossible to keep kids away from technology now.
The simplest way to help young kids is to pay their teachers better. There is a large body of evidence that tells us good early education and support leads to better economic outcomes. But teachers remain chronically underpaid, harming children's chances.
Do you remember who your preschool teacher was? In all likelihood, you don't. But that doesn't mean they weren't hugely significant in shaping who you are today. I cover early childhood development, and the basic principle of decades of research in ECD is that the best investment a government can make
Do you remember who your preschool teacher was? In all likelihood, you don't. But that doesn't mean they weren't hugely significant in shaping who you are today. I cover early childhood development, and the basic principle of decades of research in ECD is that the best investment a government can make is in improving vulnerable kids' early years (roughly between birth and six) because that's when 90% of brain development happens. And yet early educators and care staff and under-paid, under-valued, under-trained, and over-worked almost everywhere in the world. A new report from the OECD shows there is nuance in that picture though, and it's all about pay scale progression. If you receive a pittance when you start out but know that you have the possibility of earning a lot more as time goes on, there's a chance you'll stick it out. But if you'll make almost the same thing starting out as you will 15 years into your career, that's not going to motivate you. See where your country stacks up on this chart and let me know your thoughts below!
According to certain ways of thinking, only CEOs and investment bankers are motivated by financial incentives. But market forces work across the the income spectrum, and you think the promise of stock options will recruit, retain, and motivate tech workers, then you should support higher pay for teachers.
Capitalism and its discontents
Your personal data helps manipulate capitalism. Social platforms and online companies tell us to "provide accurate information about yourself" because they want one precise version of ourselves for them to monetize.
🇺🇸 2020 🗳️
A 2020 US election simulation resulted in 32 dead and 200 injured. A recent trial run—dubbed Operation Blackout— illustrated just how wrong things could go if groups tried to subvert the upcoming general election, according to documents reviewed by Quartz.
They're coming for your wallet
Google plans to offer checking accounts. According to the Wall Street Journal, you’ll be able to stash your money with the tech giant starting next year, with accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union at Stanford University.
How Zuckerberg plans to make money with Facebook Pay. Even as it drives deeper into commerce and digital transactions, which hasn't always gone well, Facebook is likely to rely on ads as its main money-maker for the foreseeable future.
When I talk to people about Facebook's drive into payments, they often think it's because the company wants to diversify beyond ads. But a review of earnings calls shows that that's not what Zuckerberg has in mind—at least not anytime soon. Instead, he sees payments and commerce as a way to make Facebook ads even more valuable.
The new consumer
Women are buying their own jewelry rather than waiting for gifts. Such changes in shopping behavior mean that the gift-giving season is becoming less important for jewelry stores in the US.
Porno for patriots
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