UK should hold second Brexit referendum, Tony Blair says
- London (CNN) - Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he believes the UK should hold a second Brexit referendum to break the political impasse on the issue.
- Blair, who was Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007, said he believed there would soon be a majority in the UK Parliament for a new vote.
- Speaking at a People's Vote event in London, Blair argued that going back to the British people in a second referendum was the proper thing to do now that people better understood what was at stake -- and that this would bring the country the "closure" it craves, rather than disunity.
- On BBC Radio earlier, Blair said he believed a majority of MPs in the UK Parliament would soon support a second vote.
The issues with discoverability, monetization, and retention, and how to solve them
- This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
- As voice platforms continue to gain footing in homes via smart speakers — connected devices powered primarily by artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled voice assistants — the opportunity for voice apps is becoming more profound.
- However, as observed with the rise of mobile apps in the late 2000s, any new digital ecosystem will face significant growing pains, and voice apps are no exception.
- Thanks to the visual-free format of voice apps, discoverability, monetization, and retention are proving particularly problematic in this nascent space.
- In this report, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, explores the two major viable voice app stores.
- It identifies the three big issues voice apps are facing — discoverability, monetization, and retention — and presents possible short-term solutions ahead of industry-wide fixes.
The stock market's 'death cross' is particularly bad news this time around, Bank of America says
- The stock market's recent drop has come fast and furious, with the S&P 500 plunging nearly 5% in the last week and seeing its losses total 8% in three months.
- And this time around, the death cross could prove even more damaging, according to a new report from Bank of America's technical analysts.
- The current death cross — when a security's short-term moving average falls beneath its 200-day moving average, or in popular cases the 50-day falling beneath its 200-day — which formed on December 7, features a declining 200-day moving average.
- The percentage of time the market rose following S&P 500 death crosses while the 200-day was in decline dropped to 25% from 59.43% for the 20-day return period, according to the report.
- The analysts noted the current death cross is just the 47th-ever such formation in the S&P 500 since 1928.
Apple announces new $1 billion Austin campus as part of US expansion
- Apple has announced a big expansion of its US operations, at the heart of which is a new $1 billion campus in Austin, its third in the city.
- Along with the 6,200 employees that Apple already has in the city, its new 133-acre development is expected to make it the largest private employer in Austin.
- Apple expects the new campus to accommodate 5,000 employees at first, though it will ultimately have a total capacity of 15,000.
- Along with its new Austin campus, Apple has also announced expansions across a number of other US cities.
- Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City will each grow to have over 1,000 employees apiece, and Apple also plans to expand its operations in Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder, Colorado, over the next three years.
Internet Search Tips
- Conferences are particularly complex bibliographically, so you may need to apply the same tricks as for page titles: drop parts, don’t fixate on the numbers, know that the authors or ISBN or ordering of title:subtitle can differ between sources, etc.
- Another approach is to look up the listing for a journal issue, and find the paper by hand; sometimes papers are listed in the journal issue’s online Table of Contents, but just don’t appear in search engines.
- In particularly insidious cases, a paper may be digitized & available - but lumped in with another paper due to error, or only as part of a catch-all file which contains the last 20 miscellaneous pages of an issue.
- I broke my rule of thumb to host the 2 books (my mistake), which leaves only the 1 paper, which I think was a fluke.