Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Post Nation by Marwa Eltagouri by Marwa Eltagouri Email the author April 24 at 7:01 PM Email the author Oregon child-welfare officials knew in July 2013 that Jennifer Hart — who last month drove her wife and six adopted children off a California cliff into the ocean — had already faced abuse allegations in another state, according to records from their investigation released Monday. They knew that when … [Read more...] about Oregon officials knew of Hart family child-abuse allegations, but did not intervene, records show
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“Is there anybody out there?” “We don’t need no education.” “Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all.” “And I have become … comfortably numb.”As if I even have to tell you, the above lines all come from Pink Floyd’s seminal 1979 masterpiece, The Wall. Roger Waters, the former Floyd bassist, vocalist, and chief sonic architect behind that legendary album, spent years visualizing and planning how to properly perform it in its entirety on the live stage. The resulting tour spanned three years starting in 2010, played to more than 4 million people worldwide, and pulled in over $458 million, the highest grossing tour of any solo performer to date. (That’s one comfortable sum.)I saw The Wall live twice – once indoors at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey in November 2010, and once in Yankee Stadium in July 2011. Without question, it was the most visually exciting and sonically pleasing … [Read more...] about Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters continues to tear down walls, now on the big screen
Facebook and Google once aimed to connect the world. Now they would be happy just to reconnect part of it.In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to send a “connectivity team” to help restore communications in ravaged Puerto Rico. Google parent company Alphabet offered to send its Wi-Fi balloons. They were among several tech companies proposing disaster response ideas, most aimed at getting phone and internet service up and running.Some of these plans, of course, are more aspirational than others.BATTERY POWERTesla CEO Elon Musk often takes to Twitter to mull over ideas, but on Friday his musings about sending his company’s solar-powered batteries to help restore Puerto Rico’s power attracted the attention of the island’s governor.“Let’s talk,” said Gov. Ricardo Rossello in a Friday tweet .Musk agreed. Hours later, he announced he was delaying the unveiling of Tesla’s new semi-truck and … [Read more...] about Big Tech Has Big Plans to Help Reconnect Puerto Rico
It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If so, there are a lot of wet kisses being blown back and forth between the largest and best-known e-commerce companies.Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) is the latest to dye its hair the same color as all the others. On Tuesday, the Internet portal unveiled a plan to integrate used items, closeout items and auctions into its existing shopping hub.Sound familiar?It should. Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) does it. Search for a book published more than a few weeks ago and you'll get an offer to buy a used one instead of a new one.And eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) is actively working to do it better than anybody else, by merging Half.com and eBay into one big happy family, where virtually everything and anything can be bought, sold, bid on or haggled over.Now, it's not impossible that the three amigos arrived at the same strategic business conclusion independently.It makes sense, after all. If Customer X is looking for Product Y, X may not care if Y is new … [Read more...] about Yahoo!, Amazon & eBay: Is Imitation Always Flattery?
As businesses gain a new appreciation of the power of data, they're discovering new tactics for sales and marketing that go far beyond what was possible in the past. It's not just big data and a technology-driven revolution -- it's also a shift in attitudes about data's place in the selling process, its role as a guide or as a reality check, and its ability to fuel new processes that drive greater sales performance.However, it's important to keep in mind the customer's perception of how data is being used. Otherwise, all the data-based changes you make could be worse for your business than distracting shiny objects -- they could be genuine customer turnoffs.Those turnoffs result from a failure to think like a customer. They're usually not based on privacy issues; they're more often the result of how businesses use data. Businesses are getting creative about how they use data types in conjunction with each other, and that's a good thing. Still, focusing too much on customer data, … [Read more...] about OPINION Wrangling Big Data: When in Doubt, Think Like a Customer