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The Facebook CEO’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick or “Mom, Dad, I Had a Little Accident Involving About 87 Million People…”

  The question that kept coming up during Mark Zuckerberg’s 2-day congressional testimony was, Just what is Facebook anyway? The other takeaway was the scene from Animal House when the Delta House fraternity brothers were confronted by Dean Wormer after … Continue reading

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Uber–Ride Hailing From Four Wheels to Two

The business story is that Uber just bought Jump, the electric bike manufactuer, so that Uber can now offer electric bikes to its ride-hailing customers for $2.00 for the first 30 minutes and then a per-minute fee after that. The … Continue reading

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Going Viral About “Fake Science”–Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why

Marco Zozaya created a viral storm several years ago when he cleverly took on the subject of vaccines and autism. His 2-minute video has attracted over 8 million views, which for a 12-year old is a tsunami of eyeballs and … Continue reading

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Social Media Displacing Unions as Teacher Walk-out Spreads to 2 More States

Oklahoma and Kentucky teachers joined their classroom brethren and sisters following West Virginia’s successful school boycott over cuts in pay, benefits, and school funding.  The statewide teachers’ strike that shuttered West Virginia schools for almost two weeks resulted in the … Continue reading

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Conversing Without a Smartphone–Is it Possible? And What are the Consequences, If Any?

  There’s an Italian joke, “What do you call an Italian with no arms? Mute. This came to mind the other night when I was talking with a family member and not one minute passed by before he whipped out … Continue reading

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“Do what we say, not what we do”–Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

  While Facebook founder, CEO, and chairman Mark Zuckerberg is not yet on the level of the Pope, the Dalai Lama, or the ancient Greek philosophers, he seems to be quoted as often. Here are some samples: “Facebook was not … Continue reading

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Facebook, The Town–Inklings of What a Philly HQ for Amazon Might Resemble

                        Facebook’s Willow Village plans.   What’s the saying, “If you loved the book, you’ll hate the movie?” Well, Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, is creating a … Continue reading

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