Benjamin Goggin, provided by Published 5:48 pm PST, Monday, November 26, 2018 Screenshot/Fox Nation Fox Nation, Fox News' new opinion streaming service, will be available Tuesday. The service features Fox News' most well-known and controversial figures, like Tucker Carlson and Tomi Lahren. Fox News says that early purchases suggest a younger demographic could be served by the platform. Professor Reece Peck says that the plan could end up encouraging cord cutting. Fox News has built a reputation for serving its news, analysis, and opinion with a conservative edge. With Tuesday's launch of its opinion-only streaming service, Fox Nation, it's leaning further into that sometimes controversial brand. "I think our brand identity is pretty clear at this point," said Fox News senior vice president of development and production John Finley. "We want as many of the superfans as we can get." To cater to Fox News' already massive audience, which according to … [Read more...] about Fox Nation, the new streaming service for Fox News ‘superfans,’ dumps news coverage and goes all-in on conservative opinion
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Companies are not democracies. But companies born in democracies sometimes display their values, as when social networks give their users cite the First Amendment in drafting their policies around content moderation. The act of protest is not not limited to democracies, of course. And yet there was something wonderfully democratic about today’s Google walkout, in which thousands of Googlers left their desks to demonstrate against their leadership’s problems with swiftly separating sexual harassers from the company. A large group of loosely connected people, moved to common action, came together to seek redress for their grievances. And I suspect, in the long run, that they will be successful. The proximate cause for today’s events was last week’s blockbuster story in the New York Times, which reported that Android co-founder Andy Rubin had been granted a $90 million exit package despite the company finding a sexual assault allegation about him to be credible. It … [Read more...] about The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests
A report released this week puts a surprisingly high figure on the societal cost of obesity in the US: $1.72 trillion annually, or 9.3 percent of GDP. By contrast, the current CDC estimates are in the region of $150 billion, less than one tenth as high. By far the biggest chunk of that $1.72 trillion is the $1.24 trillion chunk attributed to the “indirect” costs of obesity: the “work absences, lost wages, and reduced economic productivity for the individuals suffering from the conditions and their family caregivers,” the report explains. That is, the bulk comes from costs other than healthcare spending. The estimate for healthcare spending—$480.7 billion annually—is somewhat higher than a range of estimates in reviews of the literature, which hover around $150 to $300 billion, but are still on the same scale. Estimates like these can vary substantially because of the different methods used in calculating them. For example, a review from 2017 … [Read more...] about A new, eye-wateringly high estimate of the cost of obesity in the US
Editorial By Daniel Eran Dilger Thursday, October 11, 2018, 06:05 am PT (09:05 am ET) Two years of Google selling "Pixel" branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive machine learning and artificial intelligence features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?Google's Pixel phones look like an iPhone but don't sell well or generate profits HTC gets pixelated Ten years ago, Google offered Taiwan's HTC a lifeline of sorts in the form of an Android partnership for the original HTC Dream, followed by Nexus One. However, the former Windows Mobile contract manufacturer hasn't fared so well since. Google's last two years of HTC-built Pixels have done nothing to help the struggling company. After its initial work with HTC, Google moved on to partner with Samsung, then LG and Motorola. HTC's next collaboration on Google's Nexus 9 tablet was a bust. Selected by Google to … [Read more...] about Google’s Pixel 3 is a third strike for hapless HTC and LG
Nearly 8,000 words into its exhaustive investigation of the elaborate and allegedly illegal schemes by which Donald Trump’s father conserved his wealth and promoted the myth of his son as a self-made billionaire, the New York Times revealed the existence of a sham business the Trump family used to hide massive gifts from Fred Trump to his children, saving himself millions in federal taxes. The company was called All County Building Supply & Maintenance and it was created in 1992 for the purpose of providing inflated invoices to contractors for Fed Trump’s sprawling real estate holdings in Brooklyn and Queens. Story Continued Below “All County had no corporate offices,” the Times reporters wrote. “Its address was the Manhasset, N.Y., home of John Walter, a favorite nephew of Fred Trump’s. Mr. Walter, who died in January at the age of 83, spent decades working for Fred Trump, primarily helping computerize his payroll and billing systems. He also … [Read more...] about Did the Trump Family Historian Drop a Dime to the New York Times?