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bigrobeight 35 posts  |  Last Activity: Aug 16, 2014 4:22 AM Member since: Aug 7, 2005
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    ".... code-named PRISM ...."

    by bigrobeight May 21, 2014 4:28 AM
    bigrobeight bigrobeight Jun 1, 2014 4:41 AM Flag

    Actually , chiamenu , PRISM was Published in The Guardian and the Washington Post on
    June 6, 2013 [ not quite a year ago ] .

    I'm wondering if you completely understand the ramifications of this program .

    Read the articles in the New York Times , the Tampa Bay Times , the Sydney Morning Herald
    or any number of other publications dated June 1st , 2014 .

    And , then , go back and search all the articles that have been written since the middle of May
    [ 2014 ] regarding this program .

    Check out John Chambers ,
    " NSA intercepting Cisco routers before they were sent to customers...."

  • "Now, in addition to using that data, the company will also be taking into account the things users do online or on their smartphones outside of Facebook's website and apps. So if Facebook sees you shopping for laxatives at an online drugstore, visiting an adult-themed site or using an exercise app to track your workouts, it might use that information to serve up ads while you're on Facebook."

    "But the change pointed out just how much data Facebook is collecting on its users, much of it likely without their knowledge. It also highlighted -- yet again -- how Facebook's privacy practices are never set in stone."

    "This is a company, after all, that three years ago agreed to 20 years of oversight to settle a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission that alleged that the social networking giant repeatedly misled users about its privacy practices."

    Excerpt .... San Jose Mercury News
    _____________________________________________

    As I see it , if you put it out there then privacy is not an issue for you .

    After all , with regard to Facebook , the privacy issue is not new .

  • Clever Scam - taking advantage of older men. Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it.

    A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's or Home Depot customers. This one caught me by surprise. Over the last month, I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

    Here's how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking 20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say, 'No' and instead ask you for a ride to McDonald's. You agree and they get into the back seat.

    On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also July 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

    So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant. Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at Dollar General and the Dollar Store and bought them out.

    Also, you never will get to eat at McDonald's. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Lowe's and Home Depot.

  • and it has to use its IPO cash to pay off less than half of its debt ?

    No money left for expansion ?

    On an annual basis, it’s nothing but red ink ?

    Pollo Loco loss last year was twice the size of the 2012 loss ?

    Already tried to grow beyond its core market — and failed ?

    This is what passes for an " investment " ?

    Pathetic !

  • Clever Scam - taking advantage of older men. Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it.

    A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's or Home Depot customers. This one caught me by surprise. Over the last month, I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

    Here's how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking 20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say, 'No' and instead ask you for a ride to McDonald's. You agree and they get into the back seat.

    On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also July 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

    So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant. Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at Dollar General and the Dollar Store and bought them out.

    Also, you never will get to eat at McDonald's. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Lowe's and Home Depot.

  • Clever Scam - taking advantage of older men. Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it.

    A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's or Home Depot customers. This one caught me by surprise. Over the last month, I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

    Here's how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking 20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say, 'No' and instead ask you for a ride to McDonald's. You agree and they get into the back seat.

    On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also July 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

    So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant. Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at Dollar General and the Dollar Store and bought them out.

    Also, you never will get to eat at McDonald's. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Lowe's and Home Depot.

  • "As The Wall Street Journal detailed this month, the percentage of these third-party app users had doubled from 7% one year ago – when stripped out of Twitter’s user count, overall monthly active user growth actually slowed to 3.9% from 4.4% three months earlier. That’s a different story than Twitter’s narrative of accelerating user growth."

    "....overall monthly active user growth actually slowed to 3.9% from 4.4% three months earlier. "

    " In other words, up to 23 million of its users may not be interacting with Twitter content at all."

  • Excerpt from BloombergBusinessweek

    "Italy will include prostitution and illegal drug sales in the gross domestic product calculation this year, a boost for its chronically stagnant economy and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s effort to meet deficit targets."

    "Drugs, prostitution and smuggling will be part of GDP as of 2014 and prior-year figures will be adjusted to reflect the change in methodology, the Istat national statistics office said today."

    "Renzi, 39, is committed to narrowing Italy’s deficit to 2.6 percent of GDP this year, a task that’s easier if output is boosted by portions of the underground economy that previously went uncounted."

  • bigrobeight bigrobeight Jun 5, 2014 3:29 PM Flag

    immortal_sammy ,

    You write ,

    " Mr. Acton mentioned that company is on its way to become the 2nd entity with ONE Billion users... "
    _________________________________

    I say ,

    What Mr. Acton said was , " he believed it would send 1 billion new users to the social network...."

    This is what Mr. Acton " believes " not what's currently happening , immortal_sammy .

    Currently , the fact is , Mr. Acton sees challenges in U.S. and other markets .

    As for the Pryte acquisition , it's an attempt to enter areas that don't have access to affordable Internet service.

    " an attempt to enter areas that don't have access to [ affordable Internet service ] .

    What does that tell you , immortal_sammy ?

    And , with regard to Ascenta using drones, satellites and lasers , regulations will decide
    whether or not this part of the plan ever gets off the ground .

    So , immortal_sammy , it seems we're back to the initial subject of the post ....

    " WhatsApp co-founder sees challenges in U.S. and other markets "

  • "A concern for the company’s long-term prospects is that existing users seem to be spending less time on the service. In June, Americans spent an average of 7.2 minutes a day on Twitter’s mobile apps, down from 9.2 minutes a year ago, according to comScore data analyzed by the brokerage firm Cowen & Company.

    "That 22 percent drop was the worst showing of any major social app."

    Excerpt - NY Times

  • "Growth in the United States is a challenge for us," Acton said on Wednesday after a talk at StartX, an incubator for young companies affiliated with Stanford University."

    "He also cited Japan and Taiwan as countries where "we could have been more successful with a little bit more effort."

    Excerpt - June 4 (Reuters)

  • "Our source also says that Twitter's user engagement problems are worse than people realize. We asked in what way, but cryptically our source said, "I can't say more specifically, but Twitter has a lot more competition than it did two years ago."

    "Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, even stuff like Whisper, is pulling on people's attention. Instagram in particular is a drag for Twitter, says the industry source."

    "Another issue Twitter is facing is a product problem.

    "According to tech site AllThingsD, a big part of that problem looks to be internal. Engineers have complained to higher-ups that there is no real way to expedite product changes and improvements up the ladder, and the results have been a platform that stagnates and loses its luster in the eyes of viewers. "

    Excerpts from ....

    SFGate / Business Insider / Wall Street CheatSheet .... [ June 12, 2014 ]

  • Reply to

    Facebook changes tracking practices -- again

    by bigrobeight Jun 21, 2014 4:16 AM
    bigrobeight bigrobeight Jun 22, 2014 5:09 AM Flag

    A thumbs down .... I have to smile .

    Which FACT did you not agree with ?

    A. Facebook changes tracking practices -- again

    B. Facebook's privacy practices are never set in stone.

    C. if you put it out there then privacy is not an issue for you .

    D. with regard to Facebook , the privacy issue is not new .

    Or , are you one of those individuals who simply can't face the facts ?

  • "Analysts at the banks that ran GoPro Inc.GPRO +3.66%’s initial public offering don’t sound too excited about the stock."

    "After a roaring rally and lots of attention from short sellers, the camera maker only got a bullish nod from two of the seven analysts who initiated coverage of the stock ...."

    "....the rest took a cooler view, recommending clients hold the stock, but not buy more. That is unusual for Wall Street analysts, who recommend their clients buy S&P 500 stocks just over half of the time, according to FactSet."

    Excerpt from :
    The Wall Street Journal

  • I have to smile at this " furor " .

    People put so much of themselves on Facebook and then whine over something like this .

    Pathetic !

  • "As if to downplay the positive impact of the World Cup event on Twitter's second quarter results, CEO #$%$ Costolo stressed in a CNBC interview that the sporting event – which started on June 12 and went through July 13 – was not behind the pickup in monthly active users (MAUs) last quarter. "
    ______________________________________________________________

    I do not believe Mr.Costolo .

    We'll see what the next two quarters bring .

    The fourth quarter , in particular , will be interesting .

  • bigrobeight bigrobeight Jul 28, 2014 3:06 PM Flag

    Yep , it sure can , kev.speed1

  • bigrobeight bigrobeight Jul 29, 2014 4:44 AM Flag

    78.35 on 7/24 at [ 8:06am ] , that's pre-market hours , direction2trade .

    Only regular market hours are used to record the official PPS ....

    Date ................ Open .....High ...... Low ......Close

    Jul 24, 2014 .... 75.96 .... 76.74 .... 74.51 ....74.98

  • bigrobeight bigrobeight Jul 28, 2014 3:04 PM Flag

    Let's see if your screen name can be hacked too , kev.speed1

  • BEIJING: China's ruling Communist Party is launching a new crackdown on popular instant messaging platforms including Tencent's WeChat, state media said Wednesday, the latest in a series of moves to stifle online speech.

    The month-long campaign follows a similar clampdown last year on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service whose popularity has been hit as China's censors have tightened their grip.

    Excerpt is from The Economic Times [ May 28th , 2014 ]

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