Talk to People on the Telephone
- There are plenty of situations in which a text or email is plainly preferable, and for people with hearing impairments or other disabilities that make phone calls difficult, the development of real-time, text-based communication is a boon that shouldn’t be dismissed.
- For kids of that era, having a communication method that made after-school chats easier to conceal from parents provided a freedom that many people my age still ascribe to text-based messaging, long after the generation has taken the format’s convenience past its logical extreme.
- Those signifiers work to a certain extent, but there’s an irony to so many people mimicking the touchstones of spoken conversation on their phones when they’re just a button-press away from the real thing.
- He nods to the work of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Sherry Turkle, who argues that texting and emailing are often useful for quick, logistical, or low-priority communications, but that for more complex matters, spoken conversations can’t be replaced.
Amazon is bringing a cash-based checkout option, Amazon PayCode, to the U.S.
- The retailer today announced the U.S. arrival of Amazon PayCode, a new checkout option that will allow online shoppers to pay for Amazon.com purchases at one of 15,000 Western Union locations.
- Separately from this, Amazon said that its Amazon Cash service, which lets you load cash into an Amazon account, is now offered at over 100,000 cash-loading locations across the U.S. Prior to today, PayCode was available in 19 countries around the world, including emerging markets where paying with cash is more common and bank account penetration is lower than in the U.S. or Europe.
- The service itself launched earlier this year in partnership with Western Union, and was initially available in 10 markets: Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand.
- Instead of using a bank card to pay for online purchases, shoppers can instead choose the PayCode option at checkout on Amazon.com.
Silicon Valley held a secret fundraiser for Trump
- Silicon Valley hosted a secretive fundraiser for President Trump in Palo Alto on Tuesday, with tickets costing as much as $100,000 per couple.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that attendees weren't told in advance where the event would be or who would be hosting, in part over worries that protesters might turn up en masse.
- Instead, attendees were asked to meet at a remote location before being shuttled to the host's house.
- Campaign aides and advisers declined to disclose the location and its host, because of privacy and security concerns.
- It turned out that Scott McNealy, co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems, was hosting the fundraiser at his Palo Alto home.
- Crowds of protesters caught wind of the event and duly gathered nearby along with, apparently, a giant balloon depicting Trump as a baby.
Mexico's military paraded through the streets for independence day, and for the first time, women pilots flew over them
- Late Sunday and throughout Monday, Mexicans celebrated their country's independence day.
- Celebrations took place all over the country, including in Mexico City's main plaza, Zocalo Square, where thousands of onlookers watched members of the Mexican military parade past on foot, in vehicles, and in the air.
- Below, you can see how Mexico's armed forces invoked past and present to celebrate the 209th anniversary of Mexico's freedom from Spain.
- The words of the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became a battle cry for Mexican forces in the war.
- But what exactly he said in what is now Guanajuato state in 1810 is not known.
- Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5, is sometimes confused for Mexico's independence day.
- Cinco de Mayo instead marks the Mexican army's defeat of a larger French force at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War.
AT&T accused of creating fake DirecTV Now accounts to improve numbers ahead of $85 billion Time Warner deal
- AT&T allegedly pushed employees to create fake DirecTV Now accounts to bolster subscriber numbers ahead of $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, according to a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading shareholders.
- The lawsuit, which was filed by a group of investors, claims AT&T knowingly told shareholders DirecTV Now was growing when subscribers were leaving the platform.
- Markets Insider is looking for a panel of millennial investors.
- The lawsuit comes less than a week after activist hedge fund Elliott Management revealed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T and published a 23-page report criticizing the company's leadership and its previous purchases of Time Warner and DirecTV Now. Elliott said both Time Warner and DirecTV — AT&T's two largest acquisitions — were misguided and have damaged the company's value instead.
A $194 billion quant fund says everyone is misunderstanding the yield curve as a recession signal. Here's how its experts say it can be used more effectively.
- At present time, investors are riddled with anxiety as they grapple with multiple inversions of different sections of the yield curve.
- But AQR Capital Management, a quant investing firm with over $194 billion in assets managed, thinks investors can benefit from viewing the yield curve in a different light.
- AQR finds that, after an inversion, there is a positive relationship between yield-curve slope and GDP growth in the year that follows.
- The light-blue line — representing market timing — goes long in six markets (Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US) when the global average yield curve is steeper than its historical average and short when it's flatter.
- The dark-blue line — representing the cross-sectional strategy — goes long the three countries with the steepest curves and short the three with the flattest curves (with weight inversely proportional to rank).
Building a project with TypeScript, Express, Mocha and Chai
- We will start by setting everything up, mixing in TSLint, adding Mocha and Chai for tests, and will then use webpack to create a bundled JS file, which can be run with node, out of the box, without anything else needed.
- Following the link will give us a friendly Hello world!
- We are not making use of TSLint, yet, and executing each command manually with Yarn is not the best use of our time, so we are going to add some npm scripts and change our package.json, while also letting main point to our dist/index.js.
- Well, that's a bit of disk space used, just for one endpoint which returns "Hello world!" and does nothing else, yet.
- When we use yarn start or yarn build now, webpack will create a bundle.js which is then executed instead of the old index.js.