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New on LLRX – Technology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place

Via LLRXTechnology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place – This commentary by Zachary Loeb synthesizes the increasingly frequent calls for oversight, regulation and even breaking up giant tech companies who have strayed way beyond their initial mission statements of “don’t be evil” and “helping you connect and share with the people in your life.” Public opinion has decidedly changed on issues concerning Big Tech, and Loeb’s opinion piece distills user concerns into a concise review of the boundaries of “public trust.”

New on LLRX – Blockchain Challenges

Via LLRX – Blockchain Challenges – V. Mary Abraham shares her notes from the new Blockchain in Government conference, part of the KMWorld 2018 Conference, that was held November 7-8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The program speaker was Marcus Ralphs, CEO, ByzGen Ltd. who shared his real-world challenges, both technical and organizational, as well as… Continue Reading

The Music of the Algorithms: Tune-ing Up Creativity with Artificial Intelligence

New on LLRX – The Music of the Algorithms: Tune-ing Up Creativity with Artificial Intelligence – In this article, Alan Rothman engages us with significant insights into how the music business is using artificially intelligent music composers, producers and performers that challenge the boundaries of intellectual property and human versus AI musical production. Rothman offers… Continue Reading

8 topics badly explained by many Finance Professors

Fernandez, Pablo, 18 topics badly explained by many Finance Professors (October 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract= “This paper addresses 18 finance topics that are badly explained by many Finance Professors. The topics are: 1. Where does the WACC equation come from? 2. The WACC is not a cost. 3. The WACC equation when the… Continue Reading

Major international report highlights a new direction for culture in World Cities

The World Cities Culture Report 2018 is now available for download here. “Launched today at the 2018 World Cities Culture Summit in San Francisco, the World Cities Culture Report 2018, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is the most comprehensive report ever published about culture and the role it plays in shaping life in major cities worldwide.… Continue Reading

Poll: Americans crave human interaction despite pervasive tech

More reasons why libraries and librarians will continue to play a critical role as we confront the rising tide of communications’ disconnect: “We may sleep with our smartphones and spend multiple hours a day staring at device screens, but almost of half of American adults say they prefer in-person communication, per a poll by SurveyMonkey… Continue Reading

The Geography of Prosperity

The Hamilton Project Framing Paper – The Geography of Prosperity – “Over the last several decades, the fortunes of regions and communities across the United States have stopped converging. Evolving patterns of trade and technology, among other factors, have created concentrated prosperity while leaving many places behind. In order to formulate an effective policy response… Continue Reading

Debate flares up over canned pumpkin used for Thanksgiving pies

Folks – how this just became an issue is rather odd given all the important “news” we are trying to wrap our heads around every day – but just in case you missed this topic – to clarify – a pumpkin is a type of squash – we all know that. We also know that… Continue Reading

As Federal Courts Urge Caution On Docket Services, Vendors Respond

LawSites – Bob Ambrogi – “Companies that provide services for accessing federal court dockets were caught off guard last week when a number of federal courts began sending notices to attorneys urging them to exercise caution when using such services. Some vendors said that the caution did not apply to them, while others said they were… Continue Reading

Faang companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google)

Who knew – not me – Faang companies??  OK, so here is the article via The Guardian: US stock markets continue to fall, erasing 2018 gains – “Technology stocks slid again and fears of a trade war with China worried investors. Much of the fall has been driven by troubles at the so-called Faang companies… Continue Reading

America’s largest cities have 72% of post-crisis employment growth

Brookings Report – Countering the geography of discontent: Strategies for left-behind places – “Big, techy metros like San Francisco, Boston, and New York with populations over 1 million have flourished, accounting for 72 percent of the nation’s employment growth since the financial crisis. By contrast, many of the nation’s smaller cities, small towns, and rural… Continue Reading

Opinion: Inside Bloomberg BNA’s Fall Pricing Surprise

Legal Tech News – In his analysis piece, consultant Michael Feit examines recent price increases for Bloomberg BNA and what it means for the company’s market positioning. “This fall, law firms who subscribe to a handful of BNA reporters and electronic newsletters are receiving a surprise: renewal proposals with unexpected price increases. This comes on… Continue Reading