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Charter Considering Time Warner Merger

Now that Comcast isn’t merging with Time Warner, another cable company is considering joining forces with the cable company instead. Charter has been eyeing Time Warner for a potential merger for some time now. Flavio Maluf (camarabarbacena.mg.gov.br) sees that, with Comcast out of the picture, the door is open once again for the company to make a bid.

Charter originally tried to buy Time Warner in 2014, placing a bid for the company that was ultimately rejected. Just because they were turned down didn’t mean they were no longer interested. Charter’s CEO has been quoted as saying that it wouldn’t be out of the question for the company to place another bid for the cable provider, perhaps a slightly higher one.

In general, Charter has a better chance of getting their bid approved by the FCC, in part due to their size. The Comcast and Time Warner merger was met with such a significant amount of opposition in part because the two companies were both so large to begin with. Had they been allowed to join forces they would have likely put people like Charter out of business. Charter however is small enough that the merger just might get government approval. It will be interesting to see f both companies decide to move forward with conversations in the future.

Android Urinates Over Google on Google Maps

Various users spotted an Easter egg on Google maps recently. It can be found just around Madison Street Capital, where the image of the Android bot pissing on Apple’s logo can be clearly seen. The bizarre picture is actually visible on the basic terrain. Google maps is largely editable but in order for the basic terrain to be edited, some advanced rights are required from Google. However, this image is not the only odd thing on the map. A bit to the east of the Android-Apple image lies another one that questions the review policy of Google.

The big question is – is Google responsible for this? Why have these pictures not been spotted and removed by Google even after the news has broken out? Google has, so far, not commented on the picture.

An important point people should remember is that Google maps is being edited regularly. There is something you don’t see on the map and you know it exists – perhaps something close to your house like a cafe or a library. So, you add the marker on Google maps and later, Google reviews the addition and okays it. After this approval, the marker would now be visible on the map. This could explain both the images, especially the second one.

Both the app and desktop versions of Google maps include the image but when satellite mode is chosen, the image disappears.

Brent Crude Prices Skid A Bit After Record High For the Year

The question of how to invest in oil became more complicated when just a day after hitting its high for the year of $63 a barrel, the price started to slip to close to $61 as the oil trading day begins to wind down. Crude oil prices have been tanking considerably in the =past few weeks. Once at a high in the past 52 weeks of $109 a barrel, crude dropped all the way down to $50 a barrel within recent weeks and at one point oil economist projected that oil price could seep into the $30 a barrel range. Other recent reports regarding production from the United States shale oil sector and OPEC has giver new bounce to the price of crude and hope to oil investors that crude prices are on their way back up. If U.S. shale production continues to lag in the next couple of months crude could be traded in the area of $80 a barrel before the end of summer. Crude Oil Prices Continue to Change

The pricing is still contingent on what the oil producing countries decide to do with new crude oil from Iran and Iraq which has not yet hit the open markets but is expected to be traded some time this year. Some oil economists, like Christian Broda (linkedin.com), view the U.S. production slow down as an initial step to make room for oil pricing when the new Iran and Iraq oil enters the market. This would drive prices back down to the range of $40 or $50 a barrel instead of $20 or $30 a barrel if no action by either OPEC or the United States is taken on current production.

A 70k Yearly Minimum Wage Implimented at a Seattle Company Is Making Employees Very Happy

One of the world’s largest pay gaps exists here in the United States. Some economists estimate that the average American worker earns a wage that is nearly 300 times lower than that of top executives. But Dan Price, founder of Gravity Payments says, “The market rate for me as a CEO compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd,” and he aims to make a difference.

On Monday, Price gathered his staff of 120 and made an announcement that both floored and excited them all. Over the next three years, he intends to increase every one of his employee’s wages to a minimum of $70,000 a year. Bernardo Chua (facebook.com) has learned that, for some of the staff, that increase represents a doubling of their current income, and they all couldn’t be happier. The idea came to him after reading an article on happiness which explained that receiving extra money has a very positive affect on people who make less than $70,000 a year.

Raised in rural southwestern Idaho, the entrepreneur, at the ripe age of only 19, started the credit-card payment processing company which is now based in Seattle. In order to implement his 70K minimum wage plan, he intends on reducing his own salary of close to $1 million to the same amount he’s giving his employees. Twenty-four year old Haley Vogt, who currently makes $45,000 a year as a communications coordinator at Gravity says, “Everyone is talking about this $15 minimum wage in Seattle and it’s nice to work someplace where someone is actually doing something about it and not just talking about it.” The difference Dan Price is making for his staff is surely making them happier.

Link to language delays from TV watching found in toddlers

A South Korean study has revealed the first proven link between watching large amounts of TV and a delay in speech development for toddlers, PsyPost reports. For many years a link between TV watching and speech issues has been reported on an anecdotal basis without a large scale study taking place that has given any proof or otherwise of a link. The South Korean study has now proven that toddlers who watched less than one hour of TV per day were three times less likely to have a form of speech delay than those who watched more than two hours per day.

More than 1,700 toddlers were included in the study and a series of factors were included in the completed report, including marital status of parents, income and population size for each toddler. Despite a large number of companies now looking to prove their products aimed at toddlers could help learning this new evidence seems to show that toddlers language development can be harmed by prolonged periods watching the TV.

The Life Out There

Ever since Galileo expanded our vision of the cosmos human beings have gazed and wondered if life can survive elsewhere in the universe. According to a recent article from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics it seems such musings are no longer limited to the shelves of science fiction or the speculations of theorists. A new technology utilizing radiation imaging has led to the discovery of complex organic molecules necessary for the evolution of life in a newly forming solar system 455 light years away.

This discovery marks a momentous turning point of understanding: we know now that the chemistry of life is not unique to us and that it could possibly be repeated throughout the universe. Compounds such as those found around the star MWC 480 are seeming to thrive in the tumult of materialization and, as is the theory regarding our own planet’s origins, can trigger development of life by bombarding planetoids, depositing organic elements. The observable universe covers an expanse of twenty-eight billion light years in diameter. This suggests that there’s at least a possible six billion developing star systems containing chemical building blocks, surrounded by developing planets.

 

Though we may still be a long way off from discovering any form of alien life, it’s becoming clear that ignorance of its possibility is short-sighted and detrimental to the expansion of our understanding the natural condition in which we all live. Sergio Cortes feels like a discovery is right around the corner.

How to Make Your CV Better

It is good to update your CV now and then. With adding the most recent achievements everything is clear. As for the ‘skills’ section, people often take long time to decide what to include there. The HR employees recognize that there are some words that figure so often among the skills lists in the Resumes that they become irrelevant. Skills like responsible, quick learner, good communication skills don’t tell much and are present in everyone’s CV they said.

Pros like Igor Cornelsen (facebook.com) agree that the worse terms to use are ‘various’ or ‘different’. Having worked at ‘various projects’ for a company is non-descriptive and only makes the CV readers believe that all that was unimportant. It is best to mention the field and the number of the projects at least, if it is needed to be short.

Those who think that they original by adding ‘futurist’, ‘visionary’, mastermind’ to their CV will be disappointed, as the recruiters consider that arrogant. Of course it depends on the person who examines the CV too, as some may still like that.

The indicator of having obsolete knowledge is the use of ‘problem solver’, which for the recruiters indicates a person who is older and does not possess strong skills in one domain but can only be useful at general non-specialized tasks.

The Progressive Lady Speaks

Anyone who watches network TV has seen the commercials for Progressive car insurance that feature a helpful Progressive representative named “Flo.” Recently, the actress that plays Flo, Stephanie Courtney, explained to Heather Wood Rudulph for Cosmopolitan how a decade of hard work resulted in her acquiring the role.

When Courtney started out, she was mostly in small TV show and theater production roles stated recent article featuring Brad Reifler. She worked odd jobs to pay the bills while living with two cousins in New York City. She credits her success with auditioning a lot for roles and using every experience as a teaching moment. In 1996, she turned away from acting somewhat and focused on comedy stand up performances and she was eventually discovered and approached by a Los Angeles talent agency.After moving to L.A., she made money with commercial work and continued auditioning a lot. By 2006, she had problems paying the bills even as she was getting roles in critically acclaimed TV shows like Mad Men.

As Courtney pointed out to Rudulph, there were a lot of roles that she wanted but didn’t get. She considers herself a late bloomer, but noted that she can safely say that she has a fantastic life now as a result.

Oil and Gas Wrong

Last week, a California spokesperson for the oil drilling and gas fracking producers stated that their water usage only impacts 514 households per year. Yet, a report early Monday, April 6, shows that one million rural Californians currently don’t have access to clean, safe water for drinking, washing dishes or bathing as their tap water has too many contaminants like arsenic. While one million Californians pay approximately $5 a week, if not more in some areas, for bottled water outside of required tap water utility bills and taxes, the oil and gas producers falsely claim their impact is negligible.

If the clean water lost to oil and gas extraction was combined with the water lost to hundreds of other companies that are also extracting millions of gallons a year for a wide variety of industrial and commercial uses, such as retail sale and maintenance of lawns, golf courses, sidewalks, et cetera, there would be more than enough affordable, clean water for those one million people. Jaime Garcia Dias agrees that it really doesn’t make sense that business owners in California can’t seem to do basic math.

What does “basic math” mean?

It means having an elementary student’s ability to see that their water usage is having a significant impact on California’s water supply. Yes, climate change does exist and normal weather pattern changes do happen. But, business water usage is destroying groundwater supplies in California.

Is Biotechnology Booming?

As reported from The Wall Street Journal

Biotechnology is responsible for many innovations and cures for the use of the public. However, the business aspect of this industry is often overlooked which allows poor decisions to pervade the plans of many investors.
The biotech industry has gained more advanced companies other than older biotech companies such as Genentech and Amgen. These companies are rooted in the less explored but highly promising areas of biotechnology while still competing in the more commonly studied fields of the industry. Since 1983 the biotech industries have made many improvements in many less studied areas including cancer. The biotech industry has also seen the slow emergence of other fields including neuroscience. Scientists in these fields have been working to develop more effective ways of studying these dynamics and recording relevant data.

Despite these advancements the FDA still faces budgeting issues which many scientists believe impedes scientific progression. This information was reported recently in the wall street journal along with the news of several biotech companies changing their bases of operation. Experts have explained that these types of companies thrive in environments such as cities due to the higher rates of both company recruitment and support.

A few months ago I did a profile on biotech entrepreneur Mark Ahn. The  twenty year veteran known for being a entrepreneur,executive, and consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry. Along with his colleagues, Mark Ahn recently gave his own advice on why many budding biotech startup strategies seem to fail. Mark Ahn explained that many investors fail by investing either in the wrong product too early or the wrong company producing the product. However, Ahn explains that investing in high level research teams can assist in selecting the right products to invest in.

The biopharmaceutical industry is highly regulated and usually new products require extensively consistent funding from outside companies. This means that the companies involved can have a large degree of control over the outcome of these product’s success. the companies you that you choose to invest with can negatively or positively impact your rate of return. Investing in several small productions during their beginning phase usually becomes the most pragmatic solution. Ahn also warns against allowing current industry trends to distract from individual long term business goals. Promising innovations along with promises of success have lead many investors off their respective financial paths. Mark Ahn stresses the importance of having a solid long term plan and proper support to find success in the biotechnology industry.