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A Jan. 6 defendant said he"s "already felt the impact" of his actions after losing his wife, job, and access to guns

An attorney for Jerry Ryals listed the losses in a Friday sentencing memo requesting no jail time for his client. Jerry Ryals took photos of himself inside the Capitol on January 6.The Department of Justice. An Oklahoma Capitol riot defendant asked to avoid jail time in a Friday sentencing memo. Jerry Ryals said he's already suffered the loss of his wife, job, and ability to own firearms and vote. Prosecutors say Ryals took a video of himself on January 6 talking about "overthrowing" the Capitol. A Capitol riot defendant's attorney listed the consequences he says his client has suffered as a result of his participation in the January 6 attack, while petitioning a judge for leniency this week.Jerry Ryals of Oklahoma pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder in May and is set to be sentenced next month. He was originally charged with five counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining, and disorderly conduct. But as the government works to prosecute the more than 900 people arrested in connection with the attack, federal prosecutors have offered some rioters lesser charges in exchange for their guilty pleas.An attorney for Ryals on Friday filed a sentencing memo requesting no jail time for his crime, instead suggesting a sentence of two years of probation. Federal sentencing guidelines carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the charge.Ryan J. Reilly of NBC News was the first to report on Ryals' request. —Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) September 30, 2022 The defendant's lawyer in court documents painted a picture of his client as a "gentle giant" who was betrayed by former President Donald Trump's election lies."Unlike many others who participated in the January 6th riot, Mr. Ryals had no agenda other than to participate in a peaceful protest," attorney Jay P. Mykytiuk wrote. "He was unarmed. He did not force his way into the Capitol. He had no physical contact with law enforcement."Mykytiuk acknowledged that Ryals "expressed his support" for those who spearheaded the breach of the building, but said he did not "join them at the front."Ryals has "already felt the impact" of his involvement in the insurrection, his lawyer argued: He lost his job and became estranged from his wife as a result of the siege. Ryals, who is described as an "avid hunter" will also be barred from owning firearms as a result of his conviction and will no longer be able to vote — "a right he cherished so deeply.""Due to the massive publicity and historic nature of the January 6 riot, most people in his community know of his offense, and many have shunned him because of it," Mykytiuk added. The lawyer declined to comment on Ryals' sentencing prospects.He is not the first January 6 defendant to describe massive personal fallout from the siege. A Texas lawyer earlier this year said he "hit rock bottom" after he lost his fiancée, friends, and job. Ryals and "two like-minded friends" drove from Oklahoma to Washington, DC, to hear Trump speak at the "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the riot, according to court documents. Ryals took several photos and videos of himself and others at the riot, prosecutors said, including one in which he said "we definitely have enough people to overthrow this bitch.""They don't stand a fucking chance. We got the fucking doors open up there I guess. We're working our way in slowly but surely," Ryals said in the video, according to court documents. More than 900 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, and nearly 400 people have pleaded guilty thus far. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Top Tech Stocks to Buy in October and Hold for Long-Term Growth

Let's explore two great large-cap technology stocks for investors to consider buying in October at levels that might look like bargains in the not-too-distant future. Now might not be time to call a market bottom, with inflation still clocking in at 40-year highs and the Fed determined to do all it can to drag prices down. Thankfully, investors who plan to own stocks for years to come don’t need to pinpoint an exact bottom and should instead consider slowly starting positions in blue-chip stocks with great fundamentals that should look like steals at these levels down the road.  The S&P 500 is trading at new 2022 lows, with it at levels last seen in late November of 2020. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq is down over 6% in the past two years to trade where it was in the summer of 2020. The market could continue to slide. But investors should take solace in the fact that higher interest rates and soaring inflation are already showing up in corporate earnings outlooks.Wall Street had been waiting for the current economic turmoil to take its toll on sales and, more importantly, earnings before they consider nibbling at stocks again. With the heart of Q3 earnings season set to begin in the middle of October and September’s CPI data due out on Oct. 13, the market might not have to wait too much longer for an even clearer picture.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchEarnings and interest rates drive stock prices and the more clarity Wall Street gains on those fronts, the better. The outlook for Q3 FY22 earnings and full-year fiscal 2023 have already dropped significantly and the 10-year and two-year Treasury yields are responding to the Fed’s rate hikes and projected course of action.The major money managers are rather good at pricing in the future into stock prices, which is part of the reason why Wall Street is often ahead of Main Street, as we saw during the covid comeback and the subsequent beating growth and tech stocks started to take in late 2021 as investors realized the Fed would have to raise rates to cool the economy.The best investors use bear markets and major periods of panic to start positions in their favorite stocks. Just remember the average investor is often the most bullish to buy stocks near what turns out to be the tops and terrified to buy, with a penchant to panic sell, at what might one day turn out to be near the lows. Let’s explore two great large-cap technology stocks for investors to consider buying in October at levels that might look like bargains in the not-too-distant future.Adobe Inc. ADBE Adobe might be the best of the rest when it comes to big tech. Though it is not in the same rarefied air as Apple and Microsoft, Adobe is a champion of a vital segment of the software market with an impressive subscription-based business model that’s helped it post between 15% to 25% revenue growth for seven-straight years. That kind of growth is highly impressive for a company that went public in the mid-1980s.Adobe’s portfolio of subscription software includes Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and many others for a total of nearly 30 rather unique offerings. Its products help users, from Hollywood filmmakers to students, edit videos and images, create artwork and books, and do almost anything else in the larger creative/design world that one might imagine can be done on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchAdobe’s documents and business portfolio ranges broadly from PDFs and e-signatures to marketing, commerce, and workflow digitalization. And it’s prepared to expand its reach through its planned, roughly $20 billion cash and stock deal to buy privately held software firm Figma. The little-known company specializes in helping digital creators collaborate through shared software. Figma’s offerings should integrate well into Adobe’s portfolio and provide real benefits in a world where work gets done on individual computers even when people are in the same office.Wall Street is worried that Adobe is overpaying for Figma and sold the stock heavily when it announced the deal alongside its Q3 earnings release on Sept. 15. It is possible ADBE is paying too much at a time when growth-focused tech valuations have been crushed. But it’s difficult to argue with Adobe’s track record and its outlook in an increasingly crowded software market.The post-announcement drop helps set up a potentially attractive entry point for patient investors, with ADBE shares down roughly 30%. The recent decline is part of a larger recalibration of Adobe and other growth names to account for higher interest rates. ADBE stock has fallen 60% from its peaks to below its covid-lows.  Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchADBE’s falling price, coupled with its strong earnings outlook, has it trading where it was before it changed to a subscription model roughly a decade ago at 22.3X forward earnings. Plus, ADBE’s earnings estimates have largely held up in the face of the economic slowdown causing Micron and many others to dramatically lower their guidance.Adobe’s revenue is projected to jump 12% in 2022 and another 13% in 2023 to hit nearly $20 billion to help lift its adjusted EPS by 9% and 14%, respectively. ADBE currently lands a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), alongside “A” grades for Growth and Momentum in our Style Scores system.Analog Devices, Inc. ADI Semiconductor maker Analog Devices expanded its reach to help it challenge the biggest player in the analog space, Texas Instruments TXN, when it completed its acquisition of Maxim Integrated in August 2021. Analog semiconductors are on the less flashy side of the booming chip industry that will remain the backbone of technology and arguably the entire economy for the foreseeable future.  Analog semiconductors play crucial roles in countless devices and industries that next-generation digital semiconductors cannot meet. Analog chips help handle information not easily understood with 1s and 0s, such as temperature, speed, sound, electrical currents, and much more.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchAnalog Devices boasts around 125K customers globally for its over 75K products, which helps provide diversification in a time of economic uncertainty, which is hitting the cyclical chip sector particularly hard. ADI executives project the firm will benefit from continued expansion within six secular growth segments, from connectivity & data centers and digital healthcare to industrial 4.0 and automotive ecosystems.Analog Devices’ revenue and adjusted earnings both climbed by roughly 31% in fiscal 2021, driven in part by its Maxim Integrated deal. Current Zacks estimates call for ADI’s revenue to climb another 63% in FY22 to help lift its adjusted earnings by 46%. ADI is expected to grow both its top and bottom lines next year as well, even as it comes up again difficult to compete against periods.ADI shares have held up far better than its Zacks Semiconductor industry, down 17% in the past 12 months vs. 32%. ADI trades around where it was in December 2020 at roughly $140 per share. And its current Zacks consensus price target offers 38% upside to its closing levels Friday. Analog Devices is now trading right near its decade-long lows at 14.9X forward earnings.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchEarlier this year, Analog Devices lifted its dividend by 10% for its 19th raise in the last 18 years. ADI’s dividend yields 2.2% right now to top many of its peers and the S&P 500’s 1.7%. The company boasts a solid history of stock buybacks, supported by a solid balance sheet. On top of that, 11 of the 16 brokerage recommendations Zacks has are “Strong Buy,” with nothing below a “Hold.” And now might be a solid time to add this chip stock that’s holding up somewhat well as semiconductor names tumble. This Little-Known Semiconductor Stock Could Be Your Portfolio’s Hedge Against Inflation Everyone uses semiconductors. But only a small number of people know what they are and what they do. If you use a smartphone, computer, microwave, digital camera or refrigerator (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg), you have a need for semiconductors. That’s why their importance can’t be overstated and their disruption in the supply chain has such a global effect. But every cloud has a silver lining. Shockwaves to the international supply chain from the global pandemic have unearthed a tremendous opportunity for investors. And today, Zacks' leading stock strategist is revealing the one semiconductor stock that stands to gain the most in a new FREE report. It's yours at no cost and with no obligation.>>Yes, I Want to Help Protect My Portfolio During the RecessionWant the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI): Free Stock Analysis Report Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN): Free Stock Analysis Report Adobe Inc. (ADBE): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

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An Apple executive is leaving the company after being filmed joking about fondling "big-breasted women" in a viral TikTok video

Apple exec Tony Blevins was approached while getting out of his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a supercar that can cost more than $500,000. VCG/VCG via Getty Images Apple exec Tony Blevins is leaving the company following a TikTok video of him making a crude joke. He was filmed earlier this month saying he fondles "big-breasted women" for a living. Blevins is a 22-year Apple veteran who works with the company's manufacturing and delivery partners. A senior Apple executive is leaving the company after a video of him making a crass joke went viral on TikTok, Bloomberg reports. In a video published September 5 by TikTok content creator Daniel Mac, Tony Blevins — Apple's vice president of procurement — was approached while getting out of his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a rare supercar that can cost more than $500,000.When asked what he does for a living — the theme of many of Mac's videos — Blevins responded: "I have rich cars, play golf and fondle big-breasted women, but I take weekends and major holidays off." He added: "Also, if you're interested, I've got a hell of a dental plan." The video has since been liked more than 140,000 times on TikTok. Bloomberg reports that the video attracted the attention of Apple employees, who are said to have flagged it to the company's human resources department.Apple then launched an investigation that resulted in Blevins' team of six direct reports and several hundred employees being removed from under his management, Bloomberg reported, citing people it said were familiar with the situation. Now, Blevins is departing the company, Bloomberg reported. "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my mistaken attempt at humor," Blevins told Bloomberg. His comments, he said, were a reference to the 1981 film "Arthur," which contains a similar phrase.An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Blevins has been with Apple for 22 years and reports to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams. According to a 2020 Wall Street Journal profile, he's considered a shrewd negotiator and is responsible for making deals with Apple's suppliers and manufacturing and delivery partners.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 29th, 2022Related News

How to decide how much iPhone storage you need

You can buy an iPhone with five different amounts of storage space: 64 gigabytes, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and one terabyte. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Depending on your iPhone, you'll have different storage options.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider You can buy an iPhone with five different amounts of storage space: 64 gigabytes, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and one terabyte. Most iPhone users won't need more than 256GB, or 512GB if you take a lot of photos and videos. Apple also offers online iCloud storage, which can help free up your device's internal storage. Every new iPhone comes with an upgraded camera, which is great for taking beautiful photos. But the higher quality your photos and videos are, the more space they take to store.This means that having enough storage on your iPhone is more important than ever. And luckily, Apple gives users a decent amount of control over how much storage they have.iPhones come in five different storage sizesDepending on what kind of iPhone you're buying, you can get one of five different storage sizes. Here's a quick chart showing what each iPhone that Apple currently sells offers:iPhone ModelStorage Sizes OfferedPriceiPhone SE (2nd generation)64 gigabytes (GB), 128GB, 256GB$429, $479, $579iPhone 1264GB, 128GB, 256GB$599, $649, $749iPhone 13 mini128GB, 256GB, 512GB$599, $699, $899iPhone 13128GB, 256GB, 512GB$699, $799, $999iPhone 14128GB, 256GB, 512GB$799, $899, $1099iPhone 14 Plus128GB, 256GB, 512GB$899, $999, $1199iPhone 14 Pro128GB, 256GB, 512GB, one terabyte (TB)$999, $1099, $1299, $1499iPhone 14 Pro Max128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB$1099, $1199, $1399, $1599One terabyte, the largest size, is about twice as much storage space as the 512GB option.A typical photo taken with the iPhone's main camera is about 2MB large, or 0.002GB. In other words, it takes about 500 photos to fill one gigabyte. Apps can range from 2MB to 2GB, depending on what they're for and how much you use them.And a few GB of space is always taken up by important system files, which are difficult to delete or compress.How much iPhone storage do I need?No matter what kind of iPhone you're buying, you've got a few different storage options. So which one is right for you?128GB and 256GB are the best options for most users. They offer enough storage space for thousands of photos and videos, along with dozens of apps.At this point, it's a mistake to buy anything with only 64GB. Apps and photos are big enough now that you're going to be running out of space quickly.If you constantly use your iPhone for professional work — if you're a photographer, for example — or want it to be your main gaming device, then consider 512GB. For regular users, though, it's a bit overkill.The only reason you'd ever need a 1TB iPhone is if you're regularly recording 4K or 8K video, and your iPhone is the only place you have to store it. Unless your entire world and career revolves around a single iPhone, you don't need 1TB.iCloud gives you more storage spaceYou can access iCloud through a computer or smartphone.Nikkimeel/ShutterstockEven if you've already bought an iPhone, you're not stuck with whatever storage space you bought. You can link your iPhone to a free Apple ID account, which comes with 5GB of free online iCloud storage. And if you're willing to pay a monthly fee, you can upgrade that 5GB to 50GB ($0.99 per month), 200GB ($2.99/month), or 2TB ($9.99/month).To manage what gets saved to your iCloud drive, open the iPhone's Settings app and tap your name at the very top, and then iCloud.One of the best features you can turn in here is the Optimize iPhone Storage setting. When this is on, any photo or video you take won't be stored on your device. Instead, you'll only have a preview saved, and opening that photo or video in the Photos app will download the original right then and there. This can save gigabytes of space without deleting any data.You can turn this on by opening that iCloud menu, tapping Photos, and then selecting the Optimize iPhone Storage option.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 29th, 2022Related News

Adobe"s new Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 uses AI to make complex photo and video editing foolproof

Adobe's consumer editing software gets a speed boost and new creative effects. Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 also unveil new companion apps. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Adobe Photoshop uses AI to automatically replace a background, a normally complex photo-editing task.Adobe Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2023 add creative features that require no editing experience. The photo and video editing applications are also faster, especially when used on an Apple M1-based Mac. Available separately for $100 each or bundled for $150, Elements 2023 is on sale now. Adobe on Thursday released a new version of its consumer photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. For 2023, which is available starting today, there are new and upgraded features that include AI-guided editing, animation, video art effects, and audio tracks, as well as performance improvements — particularly for Apple's M1 computers.Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are also adding companion apps for mobile and web, which allows for on-the-go viewing and sharing when users are away from their computers.As the Photoshop and Premiere names suggest, Elements is designed to bring pro-like editing to consumers who have no experience. Users can let the software handle all sorts of quick, basic editing, follow guided tutorials (browse through the options or type in some keywords for what you want to do), or use an advanced option that offers more user control over the editing process.It isn't just for the non-computer savvy: Elements is useful for any creator who wants to focus more on sharing and less on editing, but wants some professional quality in the final product or to add some fun elements. Unlike Adobe's subscription-based pro software, Elements remains buy-to-own — online download or on a CD. Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023 cost $100 each or bundled for $150. You can also upgrade from any previous version for $80 for either Photoshop Elements or Premiere Elements, or both for $120.Here are the new features added to Elements 2023.Animating still photosTo animate a still photo, simply select the area and Photoshop Elements will use AI to create the effect.AdobeTurn any static photo into a video or GIF with Moving Elements in Photoshop Elements 2023. You can add motion to objects like clouds or waterfalls, for example, and save it as a movie file or GIF. Users can simply draw around the areas of a photo they wish to add to the effect. Adobe continues to leverage its AI, Adobe Sensei, to enable this type of feature. While this special effect can already be found in other software and mobile apps, it looks more realistic.Upgraded creative photo effectsNew backgrounds and skies in Photoshop Elements 2023 can make an image look more dynamic.AdobePhotoshop Elements 2023 also adds several new backgrounds, patterns, and skies that you can use if you want to add some creative touches to a photo — fun for creating things like virtual greeting cards out of photos. Using the Content-Aware Fill function, you can easily cut subjects out of a photo and drop them onto a background, or add fun graphics to a photo. In addition, there are also new collage and slideshow templates.Peek-through Overlay is a new feature in Photoshop Elements 2023 that adds a creative depth-of-field.AdobeAnother new feature is Peek-through Overlays. By manipulating blurring and vignetting, and adding graphics, users can create some depth-of-field for a more interesting photo.If you have an idea of how you would like to edit a photo or video but are not sure where to start, the Guided menu can be helpful. You can browse the various tutorials or just type what you're looking for into the search box. Adobe updated the search to understand natural language, even if you don't know a specific editing term. Turn videos into moving works of artAdobe Premiere Elements 2023 lets you overlay an artistic filter on top of a video.AdobeIf you've used the Prisma app, then this feature will be familiar. Also powered by Sensei, Artistic Effects in Premiere Elements 2023 adds an artsy layer — based on popular styles, like abstract — on top of any video. This feature was already available for photos, but now you can make your home movies look like a painting.100 new audio tracksEditing a video is one thing, but finding music to go along with it can be a challenge. Premiere Elements 2023 added 100 new tracks you can use for movies. However, when we asked Adobe if users can use the music publicly or even monetize it on YouTube, the answer was murky; Adobe says the music should be for private use, so you may still need to hunt for free-to-use music.Improved performance on Apple M1 computersAdobe said Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2023 have faster launch times — up to 70% — on Macs that use Apple's M1 processor. In general, Adobe said launch times are 50% faster than previous versions. The applications also install faster and are smaller in file size.New mobile and web companion apps that leverage the cloudNew web and mobile companion apps for Elements 2023 let you access your work from anywhere.AdobeCurrently in beta, Elements 2023 users can now access their photos and videos when they're away from their computers. With 2GB of cloud storage, you can view your uploaded content and share them via mobile and web apps. The web app also lets you create collages and slideshows. Editing is still limited, but it adds a bit of a pro Adobe feature to this consumer software.Who is Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 for?While anyone can use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023, Ashley Still of Adobe told us that while creativity is for all, "Elements is about the consumer — people who just want to express themselves."As Adobe's senior vice president of Digital Media Marketing, Strategy, and Global Partnerships, Still has overseen the development of Elements since the beginning. While Elements is designed for novices and those with basic photo-editing skills, it also leverages features and technology introduced in the professional Creative Cloud applications. That means even pro users could take advantage of the software if they just want to do something quickly.Elements is also ideal for users like small business owners who don't have the editing skills or the budget to hire a designer. They can use Photoshop Elements to create ads and graphics that look professional, but with ease.And as more people are now taking photos with their camera phones, more consumers and what Still calls "memory keepers," want to do more with their content. Elements allow users to make complex edits with ease, thanks to the guided tutorials and Sensei AI. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 29th, 2022Related News

Shopify (SHOP) Unveils POS Go to Help Retail Merchants

Shopify (SHOP) launches POS Go to meet the rising demand for point-of-sales software solutions demanded by retail merchants to compete with the e-commerce market. Shopify SHOP recently introduced Shopify POS Go to provide retail merchants of any size with new AI technology to close sales with customers anywhere. The solution allows merchants to view detailed product information, customer notes and purchase history to level up customers’ in-store experience.The POS Go by Shopify includes features such as a built-in barcode scanner that lets merchants start checkouts anywhere in the store without lining up at billing counters to provide more hassle-free customer service.Merchants would be able to seamlessly take payments with tap, swipe and chip cards through built-in, fully integrated card reader. They can also securely receive payments via- Wi-Fi and Shopify Payments.Shopify’s recent launch of POS Go is to meet the rising demand for point-of-sales software solutions demanded by retail merchants to compete with the e-commerce market. During the second quarter, Shopify benefited from this rising trend as top-tier brands like Beyond Yoga, Our Place and James Perse implemented the company’s point-of-sale Pro solution for their locations.Shopify Inc. Price and Consensus Shopify Inc. price-consensus-chart | Shopify Inc. QuoteShopify Banking on Retail Market Growth to Boost Top LineShopify’s e-commerce business boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic as global brands and small stores set up online platforms to sell products due to retail market closures.However, once the economy opened and retail stores started winning back their lost customers, Shopify lost its momentum. Raging inflation and possible signs of recession aggravated the current market scenario, which slowed down growth in the e-commerce market.In the second quarter, non-GAAP operating expenses soared 75.7% year over year to $845.9 million, inducing an adjusted operating loss of $41.8 million.The stock, which currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), has plunged 78.8% compared with the Zacks Internet Services industry’s decline of 35.6% in the year-to-date period.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Nevertheless, Shopify has been investing heavily in research and development, and sales and marketing to create new platforms and forge strategic alliances with major tech companies to generate new services and address the growing trends in the retail marketing and social media marketing space.Shopify collaborated with companies like Apple’s AAPL iPhone tap-to-pay feature and the major social media platforms like Twitter TWTR and Meta Platforms’ META Facebook and Instagram.The recent integration with Apple enables shoppers to use Apple smartphones against the terminal to pay for goods. While this may not be a new feature in retail but Apple’s recent Pay Later installments added a whole new dimension to retail marketing.The Twitter sales channel allows merchants to connect with consumers directly from their Twitter profiles. SHOP’s integration with Twitter was the very first collaboration with a social media platform, and the company is looking to benefit from the growing trend of influence marketing strategy.Meta Platforms’ Facebook and Instagram are two of the most popular social media platforms among creators and users alike. Facebook’s short-format videos and reels on Instagram are enjoying increasing popularity among content creators who can create short content, while users spend more than 20% of their time on these social media platforms. Integration with Meta Platforms will help Shopify address the growing trends and help merchants promote and sell their products via Facebook or Instagram at a more reasonable cost.Although the short-term growth prospects look bleak for SHOP under the current market volatility, the recent solution launch will help it benefit from the re-rise of the retail market. Also, integration with major tech companies will help it generate new revenue sources in the long haul, thus impacting revenue growth positively. FREE Report: The Metaverse is Exploding! Don’t You Want to Cash In? Rising gas prices. The war in Ukraine. America's recession. Inflation. It's no wonder why the metaverse is so popular and growing every day. Becoming Spider Man and fighting Darth Vader is infinitely more appealing than spending over $5 per gallon at the pump. And that appeal is why the metaverse can provide such massive gains for investors. But do you know where to look? Do you know which metaverse stocks to buy and which to avoid? In a new FREE report from Zacks' leading stock specialist, we reveal how you could profit from the internet’s next evolution. Even though the popularity of the metaverse is spreading like wildfire, investors like you can still get in on the ground floor and cash in. Don't miss your chance to get your piece of this innovative $30 trillion opportunity - FREE.>>Yes, I want to know the top metaverse stocks for 2022>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Apple Inc. (AAPL): Free Stock Analysis Report Twitter, Inc. (TWTR): Free Stock Analysis Report Shopify Inc. (SHOP): Free Stock Analysis Report Meta Platforms, Inc. (META): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 29th, 2022Related News

See every stock trade Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have made since 2021

MTG told Insider that she has an investment advisor who makes trades for her. Several of the trades are incongruent with her own political stances. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her family have made several stock trades that are incongruent with her own espoused values.John Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband are frequent stock traders. Several of the Greenes' stock trades are with companies whose values conflict with those of MTG. Insider compiled each of Greene and her family's trades that she has reported since 2021. As members of Congress debate whether they and their spouses should be able to trade stocks, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her family continue to regularly buy, sell, and hold stock in various companies.Some of Greene's investments appear to stand in direct opposition with the Georgia congresswoman's political statements and ideology.Notable examples include Greene and her husband's investments in Visa and Walmart, two companies whose executives have openly supported the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite her investment in the companies, Greene has expressed serious disdain for the movement.In April 2021, Greene called Black Lives Matter the "strongest terrorist threat" in the country and introduced legislation to give Congressional Gold Medals to "the law enforcement officers and those who protected American cities during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots."Greene and her husband, Perry Greene, have also invested significant amounts of money in companies that say they'll pay for their employees to travel out-of-state to obtain abortions. Greene is a staunch opponent of abortion rights.Additionally, Greene and her husband also continue to hold up to $45,000 in stock in the Walt Disney Company, which the congresswoman accused of being "pro-child predator" for opposing Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law.Greene also recently suggested that the Highland Park shooter could have suffered from psychosis due to smoking marijuana and has voted against several marijuana-related bills while in office. In spite of this, Insider found that she and her husband previously held and sold stock in Medical Marijuana Inc.Greene previously told Insider in an email that she does not personally make any of her trades."I have an independent investment advisor that has full discretionary authority on my accounts," Greene wrote. "I do not direct any trades."In September 2022, Greene and her husband announced they're getting divorced, which for now means an uncertain future for the substantial stock assets they jointly own.Here are all of the trades reported by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during 2021 and 2022:AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014.REUTERS/Brendan McDermidGreene and her husband jointly purchased stock in AbbVie Inc. on June 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI)The Activision Blizzard booth during the 2013 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage)Greene and her husband jointly sold stock in Activision Blizzard on January 18, 2022 worth between $1,000 and $15,000The couple sold their stock on the same day Microsoft announced its plans to purchase the company, causing Activision Blizzard's stock price to soar. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)Advanced Micro Devices staffers celebrate the company's anniversary.Associated PressGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of Advanced Micro Devices stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 21, 2021Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the company worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on May 19, 2021Greene purchased stock in the company worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on February 22, 2022AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)AflacGreene purchased stock in the insurance company on February 22, 2022, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Albemarle Corporation (ALB)Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the specialty chemicals company on August 31, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Alphabet Inc. — Class C Capital Stock (GOOG)The Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Alphabet is Google's parent company.Marcio Jose Sanchez/APGreene and her husband sold between $15,000 and $50,000 worth of the tech giant's stock on January 20, 2021Greene's husband sold between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the stock on January 20, 2021Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)An Amazon logo is displayed on a fulfillment center.Gabe Ginsberg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene's husband sold Amazon stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 20, 2021Greene and her husband jointly sold stock in the company on January 20, 2021, worth between $15,000 and $50,000Amgen Inc. (AMGN)REUTERS/Robert GalbraithGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the pharmaceutical company's stock on July 19, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene purchased stock on February 22, 2022, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Apple Inc. (AAPL)Apple logo at an Apple store on May 31, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of Apple stock on May 12, 2021, valued between $15,000 and $50,000 Greene and her husband sold stock valued between $15,000 and $50,000 on January 20, 2021Greene's husband sold stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 20, 2021Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT)Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the company, which supplies materials and services for the manufacture of semiconductor chips, on June 16, 2021, with a value of between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband purchased stock on August 31, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000AT&T Inc. (T)Despite donating to politicians who support abortion rights, AT&T also donated $1.2 million to politicians opposing abortion access.Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the telecommunications company's stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on June 16, 2021Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)Greene bought stock in the human resources management software and services company on February 22, 2022, valued between $1,000 and $15,000 Bank of America Corporation (BAC)Bank of AmericaGreene and her husband bought stock in the company valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 21, 2021Despite Greene's strong anti-abortion stance, she and her husband are investors in Bank of America, a company that said it would reimburse travel costs for employees seeking an abortion.Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BDX)Greene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the medical technology company on May 12, 2021BHP Group Limited American Depositary Shares (BHP)Greene and her husband purchased stock in the mining company on May 19, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Block Inc. Class A Common Stock (SQ)In this photo illustration, a Block Inc. logo is seen on a smartphone screen.Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene's dependent child purchased stock in Square Inc. valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on June 3, 2021Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in Block Inc. on December 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Square Inc. changed its name to Block Inc. on December 1, 2021.Broadcom Inc. (AVGO)ReutersGreene's husband bought stock in the semiconductor company on January 22, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)The ship engine manufacturer Caterpillar in Rostock-Warnemünde.Photo by Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the heavy machinery company on January 21, 2021Greene purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 of stock on February 22, 2022The Chevron logo is displayed at a Chevron gas station.PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the oil company's stock on June 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Greene purchased between $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock on February 22, 2022Clorox Company (CLX)Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the cleaning product company on August 5, 2021, worth between $15,000 and $50,000Greene bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on February 22, 2022Coca-Cola Company (KO)AP Photo/Seth PerlmanGreene's husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the beverage giant on January 22, 2021Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)A Costco truck makes a delivery to a Costco store in Carlsbad, California.Mike Blake/ReutersGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on July 19, 2021Greene's husband purchased between $15,000 and $50,000 worth of stock on June 10, 2022CRISPR Therapeutics AG - Common Shares (CRSP)Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the biotechnology company on January 21, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Digital World Acquisition Corp. - Class A (DWAC)Donald Trump (left) and a phone displaying his social media app, TRUTH Social, which Digital World Acquisition Corp. is behind.Brandon Bell/Christoph Dernbach/Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock worth between $15,000 and $50,000 on October 22, 2021Digital World Acquisition Corp. is the company behind President Donald Trump's new social media platform, TRUTH Social. Greene was the first member of Congress to invest in the company.DraftKings Inc. — Class A (DKNG)DraftKings is one of four operators that started taking mobile sports wagers on January 8, 2022.Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesGreene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the fantasy sports and gambling company's stock on January 21, 2021Facebook Inc. - Class A (FB)Dado Ruvic/ReutersGreene's husband sold $1,000 to $15,000 worth of the social media company's stock on January 20, 2021Greene and her husband jointly sold stock in the company on January 20, 2021, valued between $15,000 and $50,000Facebook Inc. is now known as Meta Platforms Inc. Despite Greene's strong anti-abortion stance, she and her husband were invested in Meta, a company that said it would reimburse travel costs for employees seeking an abortion.Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)AP Photo/Paul SakumaGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the biopharmaceutical company worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 21, 2021Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)The bank's "flexible vacation" scheme took effect at the beginning of May.APGreene's husband purchased $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock in the banking giant on January 22, 2021Green's husband bought $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock on June 10, 2022Home Depot Inc. (HD)Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene's husband purchased stock in the home improvement company worth between $15,000 and $50,000 on June 10, 2022Home Depot has been a supporter of LGBT rights in the US and lobbied in favor of the Equality Act.In May 2022, Greene predicted that straight people would go extinct because of "trans terrorists" and LGBT-related education in schools."Probably, in about four or five generations, no one will be straight anymore. Everyone will be either gay or trans or non-conforming or whatever the list of 50 or 60 different options there are," Greene said in a video.Intel Corporation (INTC)Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the computer chip company's stock on July 19, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000 Greene's husband purchased $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock in the company on June 10, 2022International Paper Company (IP)Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on June 16. 2021Invesco QQQ Trust, Series 1 (QQQ)Greene's husband invested in the exchange-traded fund on June 10, 2022, valued between $15,000 and $50,000 J.M. Smucker Company (SJM)Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the food company stock on January 21, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000 JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM)A view of the exterior of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. corporate headquarters in New York City.Mike Segar/ReutersGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the financial company stock on December 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on January 19, 2022Despite Greene's strong anti-abortion stance, she and her husband are investors in JP Morgan Chase & Co., a company that said it would reimburse travel costs for employees seeking an abortion.Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI)Greene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the energy infrastructure company on June 16, 2021Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT)Liz Kaszynski/Lockheed MartinGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in defense contractor Lockheed Martin on November 15, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband bought stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on December 16, 2021Greene and her husband purchased stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 21, 2021Greene bought $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock on February 22, 2022Greene faced criticism for her purchase of Lockheed Martin stock on February 22, 2022, as it came just two days before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Lockheed Martin manufactures some of the weapon systems the United States government has sent to Ukraine."Add this to the list of why members of Congress should never be allowed to trade stocks," Rep. Ilhan Omar said.Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA)Greene and her husband sold between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the medical marijuana company on February 5, 2021Following the Highland Park mass shooting on July 4, 2022, Greene suggested that the shooter suffered from psychosis due to frequent marijuana usage.It "affects everyone differently," Greene said in the video, "Some people thrive on it. Some people do well on it. Some people say they can focus on it, but for some people, it actually causes psychosis, which absolutely could be the case ... if you watch any of this guy's music videos, he clearly was suffering from psychosis."Greene also voted against or abstained from voting in House votes relating to marijuana.Medtronic plc. Ordinary Shares (MDT)A Micra AV pacemaker is on display at the Medtronic booth during the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) on November 5, 2021 in Shanghai, China.Tang Yanjun/China News Service via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the medical device company's stock on January 19, 2022, worth between $1,000 and $15,000 Nestle SA Sponsored ADR representing Registered Shares Series B (NSRGY)Arnd Wiegmann/ReutersGreene and her husband purchased stock in the food company on May 18, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000 Greene and her husband purchased stock worth between $1,000 and $15,000 on May 19, 2021Greene and her husband bought stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on June 16, 2021Greene and her husband purchased stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on July 19, 2021Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on December 16, 2021Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on January 19, 2022Greene's husband sold $15,000 to $50,000 worth of stock on June 10, 2022NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE)In this photo illustration, Nextera Energy Inc. logo seen displayed on a smartphone with the stock market information of Nextera Energy Inc. in the background.Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband purchased stock in the power company on April 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband bought $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock on May 18, 2021Greene purchased $1,000 to $15,000 worth of the stock on February 22, 2022Greene has expressed skepticism toward the climate-change crisis and humans' role in the planet's warming. "Maybe perhaps we live on a ball that rotates around the sun, that flies through the universe, and maybe our climate just changes," Greene said at a town hall in Murray County, Georgia.Despite this, she invested in NextEra, a power-generation company that's been vocal about working to diversify its power generation toward renewable and low-emission sources."Our industry can best confront climate change by investing in clean power generation that produces zero or low emissions," NextEra said in a 2020 report. "We believe that no company in any industry has done more to reduce carbon emissions and to confront climate change than NextEra Energy."NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)David Becker/Stringer/Getty ImagesGreene and her husband bought $1,000 to $15,000 worth of the computing company stock on July 19, 2021PagSeguro Digital Ltd. Class A Common Shares (PAGS)PagSeguroPagSeguroGreene and her husband purchased stock in the financial services company on December 16, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene's husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the stock on January 22, 2021Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the stock on January 21, 2021PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL)An image of a woman holding a cell phone in front of the PayPal logo displayed on a computer screen.Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the stock in the financial services company on November 15, 2021 Greene and her husband purchased stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on December 16, 2021Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN)Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the gambling company's stock on December 15, 2021Greene and her husband purchased stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 22, 2021 Proctor & Gamble Company (PG)The Procter & Gamble logo.Business WireGreene's husband purchased stock in the consumer product company on June 10, 2022, valued between $1,000 and $15,000QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM)REUTERS/ Albert GeaGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of the wireless technology company's stock on April 16, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Rackspace Technology Inc. (RXT)Greene and her husband sold $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock in the cloud computing company on December 16, 2021Salesforce.com Inc (CRM)Salesforce logoOmar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband purchased stock in the customer service software company on April 15, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Seagate Technology Holdings PLC - Ordinary Shares (STX)Sign with logo on facade of headquarters of hard drive and computer hardware maker Seagate in the Silicon Valley, Fremont, California, July 28, 2018.Smith Collection via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the data storage company on May 19, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000ServiceNow Inc. (NOW)Greene and her husband purchased stock in the cloud computing company on January 21, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000 Softbank Corp Unsponsored ADR (SFTBY)AP Photo/Shizuo KambayashiGreene and her husband purchased $1,000 to $15,000 worth of stock in the investment management company on January 21, 2021Greene and her husband bought stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on August 31, 2021Greene and her husband sold their stock in the company on December 15, 2021, at a value between $1,000 and $15,000Southern Company (SO)Southern Company/FacebookGreene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of the stock in the power generation company on May 19, 2021Greene and her husband bought stock on December 16, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Sylvamo Corporation (SLVM)Greene and her husband bought stock in the paper company on November 1, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSM)Greene's husband bought stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on January 22, 2021Greene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000 on June 16, 2021Tesla Inc. (TSLA)A Tesla Model 3.David Zalubowski/APGreene's husband bought $1,000 to $15,000 worth of the stock in the electric car and solar panel company on January 22, 2021Despite Greene's strong anti-abortion stance, her husband invested in Tesla, a company that's announced it would reimburse travel costs for employees seeking an abortion.The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC)Commemorative items for sale on display at the Kraft Heinz booth during the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2016.Rya Henriksen/ReutersGreene and her husband sold between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in the food products company on December 16, 2021Truist Financial Corporation (TFC)Truist bankGreene and her husband bought stock in the banking company on May 12, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband sold their stock in the company valued between $15,000 and $50,000 on December 16, 2021United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS)Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesGreene's husband purchased stock in the package shipping company on June 10, 2022, valued between $15,000 and $50,000 Visa Inc. (V)VisaGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock on July 19, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband bought stock on September 5, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000Greene and her husband purchased stock on August 31, 2021, worth between $1,000 and $15,000Greene's husband purchased stock on June 10, 2022, worth between $15,000 and $50,000In April 2021, Greene called Black Lives Matter the "strongest terrorist threat" in the country and introduced legislation to give Congressional Gold Medals to "the law enforcement officers and those who protected American cities during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots."Greene and her husband invested in the company despite Al Kelly, its chairman and CEO, telling employees that "We must focus on how much Black Lives Matter and what we can do in driving real and lasting change to end social injustice and racial inequality." Vulcan Materials Company (VMC)Vulcan MaterialsGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the construction materials company on May 18, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA)FILE- In this June 25, 2018, file photo shows a Walgreens store in Peoria, Ariz.Ross D. Franklin/APGreene and her husband made a joint purchase of stock in the pharmacy chain company on June 16, 2021, valued between $1,000 and $15,000 Greene bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on February 22, 2022Walmart Inc. (WMT)A Walmart store.APGreene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on January 21, 2021 Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and  $15,000 worth of stock on April 16, 2021Greene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on May 19, 2021In April 2021, Greene called Black Lives Matter the "strongest terrorist threat" in the country and introduced legislation to give Congressional Gold Medals to "the law enforcement officers and those who protected American cities during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots."Despite this, Greene and her husband continued to invest in Walmart despite its president and CEO, Doug McMillon, saying that the company would build "frameworks of equity and justice that solidify our commitment to the belief that, without question, Black Lives Matter."The company also sells Black Lives Matter-themed merchandise on its website, as well.Walt Disney Company (DIS)Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World.Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty ImagesGreene and her husband purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock on August 31, 2021Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 of the stock on November 15, 2021Greene and her husband bought between $1,000 and $15,000 of the stock on December 16, 2021Speaking with Infowars broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in March 2022, Greene railed against the Walt Disney Company and accused it of sexualizing children."This is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth, a place where innocence is celebrated. But it seems to be the place where innocence is actually under attack." She added, "Walt Disney — they need to pay a serious price for this."Despite her views, Greene and her husband continue to hold up to $45,000 in stock in the Walt Disney Company.Methodology note: In 2012, Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act to combat insider trading and conflicts of interest to bring more transparency to lawmakers' financial dealings.Per the STOCK Act, members of Congress are required to file financial disclosures within 45 days of making a trade, doing so in a certified congressional document known as a periodic transaction report. Insider collected and analyzed the trades listed in each of Greene's periodic transaction reports submitted since 2021.Federal lawmakers are required to report stock trades made by themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children. But they are only required to list the value of reported trades in broad ranges.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Here are all the new features Google recently announced that show how seriously the company is taking the threat of TikTok becoming Gen Z"s search engine of choice

Young people are turning to TikTok as a search engine, and Google has announced several updates to win them back, including a "vibe" check feature. Google CEO Sundar Pichai.Jerod Harris/Getty Images Google has rolled out new features to win back young users who reportedly have turned to TikTok as a search engine.  Some features include a neighborhood "vibe" feature and updated ways for users to search for top-rated local restaurants.  Many of Google's announcements seem aimed to make the search process more visual — and more entertaining.  TikTok is quietly encroaching on Google's search engine dominance, especially with young people, and Google has announced a number of new features to seemingly try to beat back the competition. At a conference in July, Google SVP Prabhakar Raghavan told attendees that according to Google's internal data, "something like almost 40% of young people when they're looking for a place for lunch, they don't go to Google Maps or Search, they go to TikTok or Instagram." On Wednesday, at Google's 'Search On' event, the tech giant announced several visual changes to its map and search features to win back those young users and potentially make the searching process more entertaining. This isn't the only recent announcement aimed at taking on TikTok.Youtube, which is owned by Google, announced last week that it would share advertising revenue with short-form creators in an apparent attempt to coax influencers away from TikTok and Reels. Check out the updates Google announced on Wednesday to appeal to young users.  'Vibe' CheckGoogle's neighborhood vibeGoogleGoogle announced it's unveiling a "neighborhood vibe feature" that allows users to preview a neighborhood before visiting it using Google Maps. Google said it will help people see the most popular spots in a specific area "thanks to helpful photos and information from the Google Maps community right on the map." Even the use of the word "vibe" is notable in Google's announcement. It appears to be an attempt to use Gen Z vernacular to appeal to younger users. Immersive viewGoogle's immersive view screenshotsGoogleGoogle says it has added 250 landmarks to its "immersive view feature," which includes "photorealistic aerial views" of landmarks. Using historical data, the feature helps predict the weather, traffic, and how busy a certain area will be. Perfecting Food searchesGoogle food search screenshotGoogleGoogle says its research shows that 40% of people already have a dish in mind when searching for a restaurant. Google will now allow users to search for a specific dish and see which places offer it in people's local areas.The tech giant takes food searching a step further, though. Users can also search images of food taken from social media and include a "near me" function for food suggestions. Search with Live ViewGoogle search with live view screenshotGoogleThis feature allows users to hold up their cell phone cameras and search their surrounding area for anything from an ATM to grocery stores nearby. Google says the feature will start rolling out in some major cities in the coming months. New features vs. TikTokScreengrabs of TikToks with travel recommendationsTikTokMany of Google's announcements seem aimed to make the search process more visual and, in some ways, more entertaining. But there is still a big question as to whether the features will effectively win over young users. Many seem to take aim at TikTok's user-generated video content. Content creators often post popular videos on TikTok with lists of "favorite places in New York" or "the best places to visit in San Francisco," which include restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing suggestions. But Google's internal data shows that young people don't use TikTok as a search engine the same way they might use Google. On TikTok, they search for suggested places or activities and refer to comments on videos to check the results against the consensus of other users. What's clear is that many Gen Z users trust the videos they watch on TikTok, but it remains to be seen whether Google can similarly establish that trust with young users. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The era of the Big Tech moonshot is over

Big Tech companies like Google and Amazon have for years pursued "moonshot" ideas. But amid a dismal economic climate, the moonshot era may be over. Hey, I'm so happy to see you. I'm Jordan Parker Erb, and I have a question for you: What do driverless cars, hoverboards, and space elevators have in common?Each of these ideas is a "moonshot," or a radical, potentially world-changing project that Big Tech companies have worked on in recent years. But recently, amid a gloomy economic climate, companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are backing away from these kinds of ambitious long-term projects — and the golden era of moonshots may have run its course. All of this, and more, below.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app here.Amazon; Google; Meta; Microsoft; Rachel Mendelson/Insider1. Is the era of Big Tech moonshots over? For years, companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook dumped money and energy into radical, potentially world-changing projects. But recently, Big Tech firms have been scaling back their ambitions — and have instead turned to a Wall Street-appeasing pragmatism.At Google, moonshot ideas have included driverless cars (now the self-driving startup Waymo) and internet balloons (the now-shuttered Loon). For Snap, it was the abandoned Pixy drone. Facebook attempted a speed-dating app and Hotline, a tool for creators and fans to interact. But thanks to a tough market and some projects not paying off after years in the works, these companies are being forced to become more efficient — and cutting moonshots as a result. Google has slashed projects that don't align with its CEO's broader mission to pursue artificial intelligence, Snap has turned to focus on its "core strengths," like messaging and its popular filters, and Facebook has shrunk its experimental products group. The group is now dedicated to short-form video, attempting to keep up with TikTok. Inside the death of the moonshot.In other news:Reuters2. Apple nixed plans to increase iPhone 14 production. According to Bloomberg, Apple ditched plans to make more of the new iPhones this year because it hasn't experienced the surge in demand it originally anticipated. Get the full rundown here.3. Twitter is telling advertisers their ads mistakenly ran on profiles selling and soliciting child sexual abuse material. In emails to advertisers and advertising agencies, viewed by Insider, the company said it had banned accounts that violated its rules and it was investigating what had happened. What we know so far. 4. Amazon temporarily shut down some warehouses in Florida. In preparation for Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida, the ecommerce giant closed warehouse sites near Tampa and Orlando until Friday. Here's the latest.5. Salesforce has quietly become a giant government contractor. Public contract data shows that over the past five years, Salesforce has racked up over 1,400 deals with federal agencies. Everything we know about the contracts.6. Workers at Amazon warehouses will receive hourly pay raises. Wages will increase across the country by roughly $0.50 to $1 an hour, according to workers at two facilities. It comes after Amazon workers of all types have been pushing for higher pay for years. Read the full story here.7. Hey, young people — Google wants you to use it more. In an effort to stay hip, Google is updating its most important products. It's added more vertical, TikTok-style videos in its search results, and has added a "vibe" feature for Google Maps, which will show curated pictures of an area that a user is searching for. A look at the TikTok-ification of Google.8. Grimes said she couldn't afford a house in Austin without Elon Musk's help. The singer slammed housing prices on Twitter, saying despite being a successful artist, she couldn't afford a home that would fit her kids in Austin, where the average house costs over $820,000. Here's what else she said.Odds and ends:The BMW XM SUV.BMW9. People are roasting BMW for unveiling a "hideous" SUV. Coming in at $160,000 and 644 horsepower, BMW's XM is a plug-in hybrid with dramatic angles, chunky wheels, and slim headlights — and some people hate it. Take a look at the "ghastly" XM.10. Amazon just unveiled a Kindle you can write on. At its annual hardware event yesterday, the company debuted the Kindle Scribe, a device for both reading and writing. Here are the Kindle Scribe's coolest features.What we're watching today:Micron, Nike, and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.Silicon Slopes Tech Summit starts today in Salt Lake City.POLITICO is hosting its 2022 AI & Tech Summit, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.NFT Seattle kicks off today. Keep updated with the latest tech news throughout your day by checking out The Refresh from Insider, a dynamic audio news brief from the Insider newsroom. Listen here.Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Amazon"s new QLED TV is its most advanced display yet — at $800, here"s why it could be the 4K TV to beat

The Omni QLED Fire TV offers advanced features like local dimming, quantum dots, and hands-free Alexa for a competitive price. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon's Omni QLED is its latest smart TV model.Amazon Amazon has announced its most advanced smart TV yet: the Fire TV Omni QLED Series. The display boasts high-end features, like expanded colors, a sensor to detect when viewers enter the room, and hands-free Alexa. Available in 65- and 75-inch sizes, the $800 65–inch model is particularly competitive for its price. Amazon revealed its latest smart TV during a product launch event on September 28. The new model, called the Fire TV Omni QLED, is the next step in the company's Omni Series, and it boasts several upgrades while keeping built-in support for hands- free Alexa. Preorders are now available for the 65-inch ($800) and 75-inch models ($1,100), with an official launch date set for October 27. At a starting price of $800, the Omni QLED is competitively priced for its features, and it's poised to be a top contender in its class. This is Amazon's second go at a higher end TV, following the original Omni's release in 2021. Though its Alexa features were convenient, we were underwhelmed by the first-gen Omni's picture quality. This new Omni QLED, however, looks like it will address all of the old model's flaws while also boasting a lower list price at launch. After taking a look at the specifications released so far, we rounded up the five best features that are poised to make the Fire TV Omni QLED a true competitor in the smart TV market.1. Wide color support with quantum dotsAmazon's Omni QLED uses quantum dots to produce an expanded range of colors.AmazonThe original Omni TV only supports displaying a standard range of colors. This level of performance is fine when you're watching regular HD videos, but many streaming services now offer 4K HDR movies and shows with a wider gamut of colors. The first-gen Omni simply can't display this content in all its glory. The new Omni QLED, however, adds a picture technology called quantum dots into the mix. These nanoparticles are integrated into the display to enable a wider range of colors. This means you'll be able to stream 4K HDR titles on services like Netflix and Disney Plus with all their colors on display.2. Local dimming for deeper black levelsLocal dimming allows the TV's LEDs to dim and brighten across specific areas of the display.AmazonOne of our biggest pet peeves when it comes to TVs is poor black level performance. If you've ever watched a movie in a dark room and noticed your display looking cloudy and washed out with uneven brightness during dark scenes, you know exactly what we're talking about. This is a common issue with TVs that use LCD panels, but there is a feature, called full-array local dimming, that can help fix it. With local dimming, a TV is able to dim and brighten in specific zones across the screen to enable deep blacks. The standard Omni TV does not have this feature, but the new Omni QLED does. The 65-inch model has 80 zones, and the 75-inch model has 96 zones. Generally, the more zones a display has, the more precise the dimming feature will be. 80 zones is solid for a display in this price range, so we're excited to see how local dimming improves the Omni's image quality. 3. Comprehensive high dynamic range supportHDR10+ support offers improved contrast on the Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED.AmazonHigh dynamic range is one of the coolest features found on modern 4K TVs. The tech enables enhanced contrast with brighter highlights and darker shadows to create more realistic images. HDR videos are available on many streaming services — like Disney Plus, Netflix, and Prime Video — as well as 4K Blu-ray discs. The Omni QLED supports all of the major HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+. The latter is most notable, since HDR10+ support was missing on the standard Omni model released in 2021. Amazon's own streaming service offers a lot of content in HDR10+, so the omission was especially odd. HDR10+ offers better scalability to your display's specific capabilities compared to HDR10, so the feature should make Amazon's HDR videos look better on the Omni QLED. That said, Amazon hasn't announced exactly how bright the Omni QLED can get just yet, and peak brightness is an important element of good HDR performance. With that in mind, we'll have to wait and see just how well the Omni QLED stacks up against the competition in this regard. 4. Ambient smart TV experience with hands-free AlexaThe TV's ambient experience displays art and helpful information on the display when it's not in use.AmazonFor the new Omni QLED, Amazon is carrying over the standard Omni's built-in support for hands-free Alexa voice control. This means you can ask the TV to power on/off, adjust volume, open apps, search for content, and more without ever touching the remote. The display also offers all of the main digital assistant functions you'll find on other Alexa devices.Amazon is also taking its smart TV performance further by adding new ambient features. The display can use its built-in sensors to detect when someone is in the room to switch into ambient mode to display art or helpful widgets with info like calendars and reminders.  5. A truly competitive price The 65-inch Fire TV Omni QLED is priced competitively at $800.AmazonOne of our biggest complaints about the standard Omni TV was its high list price. The 65-inch model launched with an $830 price tag, which is simply too much when stacked up against other TVs with similar specifications.The new Omni QLED looks to rectify this in a big way. Not only does it boast improved picture quality features, but it's also launching for a lower list price than the original Omni did. At $800 for the 65-inch model, the TV is priced competitively against other displays with similar specs, like the Hisense U7H, TCL 6 Series, and Vizio MQX. We'll have to wait until we can get hands-on with the new display to really determine how it stacks up to competitors in its price range, but on paper it's looking like a strong contender for the best TV value at $800.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 28th, 2022Related News

7 ways to troubleshoot if Paramount Plus is not working on your streaming device

If Paramount Plus is not working, you may need to troubleshoot several aspects of the service or your device. You may need to troubleshoot several aspects of Paramount Plus if the service is not working on your device.Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images If Paramount Plus is not working, try restarting the app and restarting your streaming device. Check your internet connection, and see if the Paramount Plus service is experiencing an outage.  Here are seven ways to fix Paramount Plus when it isn't working.  Paramount Plus offers a wealth of content from CBS, MTV, Comedy Central and other content catalogs, but all that is only valuable if you can actually watch the streaming service. If Paramount Plus isn't working on your phone, computer, Roku, or some other device, don't worry — here are seven of the most common solutions to fix your connection and start streaming. Restart Paramount PlusOften, the easiest way to fix a streaming service like Paramount Plus is to close and restart the app. When you close an app, it typically deletes any corrupted data that's kept the app from working properly. This is a good first step whether you need to close the app on your iPhone, on Android, on a streaming media player like Roku, or on a smart TV. How you do this varies depending on what kind of device you have, but for most streaming devices, select the app and then click and hold or long-press on it until you see additional options that include force-closing the app. There's no way to force-close an app on Roku, but you can exit the app and then launch it again. Check to see if Paramount Plus is online The Paramount Plus service doesn't go offline often, but if you can't play any video in the app, it's entirely possible that Paramount is experiencing an outage. To see if that's the problem, you can check the Paramount Plus status page. If the website reports that the service is offline, you'll need to watch a different streaming service (or go read a book) while you wait for service to be restored.  Visit the Paramount Plus status page to see if there's a known issue with the service.Dave JohnsonCheck your internet connectionOf course, if you see a connection error in Paramount Plus — or your videos play erratically, your internet connection might be to blame. Your WiFi router might need to be rebooted, or perhaps there's some sort of service outage at your ISP. To find out for sure, open a web browser on the device you're trying to watch Paramount Plus and run Google's online speed test. If you're trying to stream Paramount Plus on a streaming media player like a Roku or on a smart TV, run the speed test on another device in the same room. You should have an internet speed no slower than 5 Mbps for high definition or 15 Mbps for 4K video streaming. See our guide on internet speeds for more details. If you can't perform the speed test on the device you're using to watch Paramount Plus, be sure you try another streaming app on that device to make sure its internet connection is solid.  Make sure your browser isn't running Adblock If you are trying to log into Paramount Plus in a web browser, you might run into a problem if your browser is configured with an ad blocker like AdBlock — this extension can interfere with Paramount Plus. You may want to disable it entirely, but you can also set AdBlock to ignore Paramount Plus. In Chrome, for example, click the AdBlock plugin icon at the top of the browser and, in the drop-down menu, choose Don't run on pages on this domain.  Update your Paramount Plus appIf you're using an older version of the Paramount Plus app, there might be a bug or incompatibility that's preventing it from working properly. Most devices update their apps regularly, but it's possible your copy of Paramount Plus is obsolete. If you're watching on your phone, update the app on your iPhone or on your Android phone. If you're using a Roku, navigate to the Paramount Plus app and press the Star button. In the pop-up menu, choose Check for updates and let Roku update the app. Check to see if there's an update available which might fix your Paramount Plus glitch.Dave JohnsonRestart the device Another easy troubleshooting step: If nothing has worked so far, try to restart your iPhone, Android, or whatever other device you are using. Restarting the entire device can solve a lot of common problems, such as the streaming app not working as expected. You can turn off most Android devices by pressing and holding the power button for several seconds, or you can pull the Control Center down from the top of the screen and find the power icon. If you want to restart a TV, look for a restart option on the settings menu, or just pull the power plug, wait a minute, and then plug it back in. Watch Paramount Plus on another deviceIf all else fails, try Paramount Plus on another device — your phone, tablet, or laptop, for example, if it's not working on your TV. This won't solve the root problem of course, but if it works, it can point to a problem with the particular app or device that was glitching. This can help you narrow down the problem later. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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"All Ages" Drag Show In Tennessee Canceled After Protesters Arrive

"All Ages" Drag Show In Tennessee Canceled After Protesters Arrive The sexualization and ideological indoctrination of children has become a major point of political conflict in the US in the past year as progressives ramp up a flurry of "family friendly" and "all ages" drag show performances across the country.  In the majority of documented cases the performances include sexual elements common to most drag shows, but in this case in the presence of young children.  The shows have specifically targeted predominantly conservative states and venues in what appears to be an attempt to incite a reaction from residents. If that was the goal, then leftists got what they wanted.  An all ages drag show scheduled this past week at the Memphis Museum of Science and History was suddenly cancelled as groups of conservative protesters including the Proud Boys arrived to show opposition.  Mainstream media affiliates and progressives were quick to admonish the decision to shut down the event as "censorship,"  and accused protest groups of "intimidation" (Yes, it's rather hypocritical).  Many in the media fail to mention the "all ages" aspect of the shows, which is the main reason why protesters show up in the first place. It is unclear who actually gave the order to close the event, and the Memphis PD denies any involvement in the decision. The common argument made by leftists in support of drag shows for children is that they are not at all sexualized.  This is a lie.  As we have witnessed in numerous leaked videos they tend to be highly sexualized and children are even encouraged to give drag queens dollars as they dance or strip on stage.  Only two weeks ago, another family drag show at Tennessee Tech University hosted by the "Backdoor Playhouse" caused a public outcry as video evidence revealed a stripping man in drag and what appears to be a cod piece taking money from small children.   The question is not IF leftists are grooming children with trans propaganda and sexualized imagery, but WHY are they doing it?  They deny the practice exists, and when they get caught they defend the practice as normal.  An argument could be made that it is the parent's decision what their children should and should not see, but if we reverse the roles and consider parents taking their kids to a straight oriented strip joint, it's obvious that law enforcement would immediately be involved and the parents would be punished.  The very notion that we have to explain why it is wrong to expose children to sex propaganda sets a tone of extreme social instability and moral relativism for 2022.   While leftists might describe these events as a family friendly exercise in "tolerance," many others would describe the shows as the glorification and normalization of mental illness.  In any case, opposition to the trend is growing now that the American public is being made aware of it.    Tyler Durden Wed, 09/28/2022 - 05:45.....»»

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Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Google Photos With Recent Upgrades

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google is gearing up to roll out new features in Google Photos to provide an enhanced experience to users. Alphabet’s GOOGL division — Google is consistently adding innovative features to its photo-sharing and storage-providing app, Google Photos.According to 9TO5Google, Google is preparing to roll out the Memories section with added vertical-swipe gesture in Google Photos for Android users.The recent feature shows an aesthetic and smoother vertical-scroll gesture for switching between image and video flipbooks.Moreover, Google is rolling out a feature named Shared Memories on Android, through which users will be able to share photos and videos with friends and family.With the help of these capabilities, Google focuses on providing an enhanced experience to the users of Google Photos. This is expected to boost the app’s adoption in the days ahead.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteGrowing Google Photos InitiativesApart from the recent move, Google enhanced Google Photos with a pop-up UI, allowing users to share photos and videos directly from the photo-sharing app’s library.Google also introduced a set of Real Tone filters in Google Photos to let users show their actual complexion.Additionally, Google released a Google Photos tool for Android and iOS users, with the help of which users can delete media in albums and view the date and location while browsing.These growing endeavors will continue to help Google drive momentum among Android, iOS and web users.This, in turn, is likely to be reflected in the performance of the Google Services segment, which will benefit Alphabet’s overall financial performance.Google Services generated $62.8 billion in revenues (90.2% of total revenues) in second-quarter 2022, up 10.1% from the prior-year level.Moreover, strengthening financial performance will aid GOOGL in winning investors’ confidence in the near term.Shares of GOOGL have been down 32.3% in the year-to-date period, outperforming the Computer and Technology sector’s decline of 34.6%.Competitive ScenarioHowever, Alphabet faces intense competitive pressure from other technology giants like Microsoft MSFT and Apple AAPL, which are witnessing solid momentum among customers on the back of their photo-sharing and storage services.Microsoft has lost 29.4% in the year-to-date period. MSFT’s Microsoft OneDrive lets users easily store and share photos, videos, documents and more from any device.Security-conscious users can access Microsoft OneDrive’s subfolder Vault, which provides end-to-end encryption for important files. MSFT customers using the free OneDrive plan can store five files in the vault, whereas premium customers can keep unlimited files.Apple, which lost 15.2% in the same time frame, offers its affordable, feature-rich and highly secure photo management application — Apple Photos. It has a Shared Albums option, letting users share photos and videos with selective people.Further, Apple Photos is integrated with iCloud, offering a seamless cloud storage backup and syncing solution across iOS, macOS and iPadOS.Microsoft and Apple’s growing efforts are expected to remain a threat to Alphabet’s position in the photo management market.Zacks Rank & Stocks to ConsiderCurrently, Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).Investors interested in the broader Zacks Computer & Technology sector can consider the better-ranked stock, Monolithic Power Systems MPWR, holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Monolithic Power Systems has lost 25.6% in the year-to-date period. The long-term earnings growth rate for MPWR is currently projected at 25%. Just Released: Zacks Unveils the Top 5 EV Stocks for 2022 For several months now, electric vehicles have been disrupting the $82 billion automotive industry. And that disruption is only getting bigger thanks to sky-high gas prices. Even titans in the financial industry including George Soros, Jeff Bezos, and Ray Dalio have invested in this unstoppable wave. You don't want to be sitting on your hands while EV stocks break out and climb to new highs. In a new free report, Zacks is revealing the top 5 EV stocks for investors. Next year, don't look back on today wishing you had taken advantage of this opportunity.>>Send me my free report revealing the top 5 EV stocksWant the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Apple Inc. (AAPL): Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPWR): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

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"Fuck the vote": Roger Stone doubles down on claim that CNN documentary footage of him saying "let"s get right to the violence" during 2020 election is a "deep fake"

"CNN airs fraudulent deep fake videos and expects anyone to believe them based on their long history of lies," Stone said on Monday, per reports. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Roger Stone, a former adviser and confidante to former U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives to the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building for a deposition before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol on December 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Stone, who was pardoned by President Trump before leaving office, is set to plead the Fifth Amendment when he appears before the committee.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Roger Stone claims that the documentary footage of calling for violence before the 2020 election is "deep fake."  Stone said the footage obtained by CNN is a "deep fake." It comes after clips obtained by the outlet show him saying: "Fuck the voting, let's get right to the violence." Roger Stone doubled down on his claims that the documentary footage obtained by CNN — in which he is seen calling for violence before the 2020 presidential election — was doctored. "CNN airs fraudulent deep fake videos and expects anyone to believe them based on their long history of lies," Stone wrote in a Telegram post on Monday, The Daily Beast reported. "Let CNN or anyone else produce any proof that I knew in advance about, participated in, or condoned any illegal act on January 6 or any other day."The footage, taken by Danish filmmakers Frederik Marbell and Christoffer Guldbrandsen, was filmed as they trailed Stone on and off for three years, according to CNN. "Fuck the voting, let's get right to the violence," the former Trump adviser could be heard saying in a clip, per CNN.  "Shoot to kill, you see an Antifa — shoot to kill."In a Nov. 1, 2020 clip seen by the outlet, Stone suggested that if former President Donald Trump is defeated, "the key thing to do is to claim victory." Stone previously denied the legitimacy of the footage in a statement to CNN. "I challenge the accuracy and the authenticity of these videos and believe they have been manipulated and selectively edited," the statement said.However, the network has stood by the airing of the footage. Some of the footage was shared with the January 6 committee, which is investigating the events surrounding the Capitol riot, according to the report. The House committee is probing the connection between the staunch Trump ally and extremist groups, such as The Proud Boys and The Oath Keepers, whose members were present during the insurrectionSince Trump supporters swarmed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 — forcing Congress to go into lockdown and damaging the halls of government — at least 919 people have been arrested and charged with crimes, according to Insider's database. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytSep 27th, 2022Related News

Animal rights group seeks release of 185 pictures related to the autopsies of animals that died during experiments for Elon Musk"s Neuralink

UC Davis and Elon Musk's company Neuralink have refuted the claims its test animals experienced "extreme suffering" in the past. Neuralink used rhesus macaque monkeys (not pictured).EAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images An animal-rights group says UC Davis has 371 photos showing Neuralink's experiments on monkeys. The organization sued the university and filed a complaint with the USDA in February. UC Davis and Neuralink have refuted the claims its test animals experienced "extreme suffering." An animal-rights group that is suing the University of California, Davis over experiments conducted for Neuralink says the university has 371 photos related to experiments on monkeys that were performed for Elon Musk's biotech company.The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said UC Davis has 185 pictures related to the autopsies of animals that died during Neuralink experiments and another 186 photos of the experiments that were performed on the monkeys, which included cutting holes into the monkeys' skulls to implant electrodes into their brains.The group said they learned of the photos through a legal document from UC Davis dated September 7, 2022. Between 2017 and 2020, Neuralink paid the university $1.4 million to use UC Davis' facilities and animals for testing, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said."UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they're looking at," Ryan Merkley, director of research advocacy with the Physicians Committee, said in a press release. "But it's clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died."A spokesperson from Neuralink did not respond to a request for comment and a UC Davis spokesperson referred Insider to a previous statement. In February, the institution said "research protocols were thoroughly reviewed and approved by the campus's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee" during the institutions work with Neuralink."Animal research is strictly regulated and UC Davis follows all applicable laws and regulations including those of the US Department of Agriculture," the statement said.UC Davis issued the statement after the animal-rights group sued the university for not releasing photos and videos of the experiments it has performed for Neuralink from 2017 to 2020. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also filed a complaint with the US Department of Agriculture, alleging the institution had violated the federal Animal Welfare Act. Insider's Isobel Asher Hamilton previously reported that the group said it had obtained records showing the monkeys experienced "extreme suffering as a result of inadequate animal care and the highly invasive experimental head implants during the experiments."At the time, Neuralink responded to the accusations, denying several of the injuries that the animal rights group reported and saying the company is "absolutely committed to working with animals in the most humane and ethical way possible." The company said it has since transitioned to using its own in-house facilities.Ultimately, Neuralink is working to develop a computer brain interface system that would be able to read and write brain activity. In the past, Musk has claimed the AI brain chips would one day be able to do anything from cure paralysis to give people telepathic powers, referring to the device as "a Fitbit in your skull."Last year, the billionaire said the company plans to transition from implanting the chips in monkeys to humans by the end of the year, but the device has yet to receive approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 27th, 2022Related News

Meta Disabled a Pro-Kremlin Campaign of Fake News About Ukraine

A sprawling network originating in Russia spread Kremlin talking points using sham accounts and fake media sites A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread Kremlin talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Meta revealed Tuesday. The company, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said it identified and disabled the operation before it was able to gain a large audience. Nonetheless, Facebook said it was the largest and most complex Russian propaganda effort that it has found since the invasion began. The operation involved more than 60 websites created to mimic legitimate news sites including The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom and Germany’s Der Spiegel. Instead of the actual news reported by those outlets, however, the fake sites contained links to Russian propaganda and disinformation about Ukraine. More than 1,600 fake Facebook accounts were used to spread the propaganda to audiences in Germany, Italy, France, the U.K. and Ukraine. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The findings highlighted both the promise of social media companies to police their sites and the peril that disinformation continues to pose. “Video: False Staging in Bucha Revealed!” claimed one of the fake news stories, which blamed Ukraine for the slaughter of hundreds of Ukrainians in a town occupied by the Russians. The fake social media accounts were then used to spread links to the fake news stories and other pro-Russian posts and videos on Facebook and Instagram, as well as platforms including Telegram and Twitter. The network was active throughout the summer. “On a few occasions, the operation’s content was amplified by the official Facebook pages of Russian embassies in Europe and Asia,” said David Agranovich, Meta’s director of threat disruption. “I think this is probably the largest and most complex Russian-origin operation that we’ve disrupted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine earlier this year.” More from TIME [video id=F3LuMknq autostart="viewable"] The network’s activities were first noticed by investigative reporters in Germany. When Meta began its investigation it found that many of the fake accounts had already been removed by Facebook’s automated systems. Thousands of people were following the network’s Facebook pages when they were deactivated earlier this year. Researchers said they couldn’t directly attribute the network to the Russian government. But Agranovich noted the role played by Russian diplomats and said the operation relied on some sophisticated tactics, including the use of multiple languages and carefully constructed imposter websites. Since the war began in February, the Kremlin has used online disinformation and conspiracy theories in an effort to weaken international support for Ukraine. Groups linked to the Russian government have accused Ukraine of staging attacks, blamed the war on baseless allegations of U.S. bioweapon development and portrayed Ukrainian refugees as criminals and rapists. Social media platforms and European governments have tried to stifle the Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation, only to see Russia shift tactics. A message sent to the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., asking for a response to Meta’s recent actions was not immediately returned. Researchers at Meta Platforms Inc., which is based in Menlo Park, California, also exposed a much smaller network that originated in China and attempted to spread divisive political content in the U.S. The operation reached only a tiny U.S. audience, with some posts receiving just a single engagement. The posts also made some amateurish moves that showed they weren’t American, including some clumsy English language mistakes and a habit of posting during Chinese working hours. Despite its ineffectiveness, the network is notable because it’s the first identified by Meta that targeted Americans with political messages ahead of this year’s midterm elections. The Chinese posts didn’t support one party or the other but seemed intent on stirring up polarization. “While it failed, it’s important because it’s a new direction” for Chinese disinformation operations, said Ben Nimmo, who directs global threat intelligence for Meta......»»

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Russia Enacts Lengthy Prison Sentences For Wartime Desertion & Refusal To Serve

Russia Enacts Lengthy Prison Sentences For Wartime Desertion & Refusal To Serve Days after announcing a partial mobilization of national forces amid the ongoing 'special operation' in neighboring Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday enacted significant measures to prevent citizens from fleeing draft notices, as he signed into law stiff penalties for desertion. Putin specifically introduced "mobilization, martial law and wartime" measures into the Russian Criminal Code for the first time, which also covers long prison terms for "voluntary" surrender. Anti-war protester detained in Novosibirsk on September 21, 2022. AFP via Getty Images It comes following days of social media videos out of Russia going viral which show young men pack out airports as well as long queues at border posts at places like the Russia-Georgia border. According to The Moscow Post, some of the penalties include a harsh 15 years in prison: Under the law, "voluntary" surrender is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But a first-time offender "may be exempted from criminal liability if he took measures for his release, returned to his unit or place of service and did not commit other crimes while in captivity," according to the bill published on the State Duma website.  Desertion during a period of mobilization or wartime will be punished by up to 10 years in jail, while conscientious objectors will risk up to three years in prison.  Penalties are also stipulated for "looting during wartime" - after the opening months of the Ukraine invasion saw criticism from the West over reports of Russian troops rummaging through stores and residences of occupied areas. RUSSIAN MOBILIZATION IS UNDERWAY ***pic.twitter.com/fJwFEZPbHd — The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) September 24, 2022 Last week Putin's order called up some 300,000 reservists, with some reports speculating that the actual figure could be much higher - as much as one million - according to some sources, though this remains unconfirmed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has meanwhile been encouraging safe passage and protection for Russia soldiers who surrender, according to his words summarized in The Hill:  Appealing directly to Russians during an address, Zelensky said Ukraine could guarantee three terms to Russian soldiers in exchange for their surrender. He said such Russians will be treated in a civilized manner, the circumstances of their surrender will remain undisclosed and Ukraine will find a way to ensure those who do not want to return to Russia are not exchanged.  Zelensky asserted in making the appeal, "Russian commanders do not care about the lives of Russians. They just need to replenish the empty spaces left by the dead, wounded, those who fled or the Russian soldiers that were captured." There are fresh reports Sunday saying that Russian President Putin in the coming days will impose a travel ban outside the country for all military age males... Chaos at the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow today as Russian men try to flee the country before Putin closes the borders.pic.twitter.com/SUHHSKK4Sy — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 25, 2022 Countries like Finland and the Baltic states have taken measures to essentially lock-down their borders to Russian young men suspected of fleeting military service. The Baltic countries have already enacted a de facto blanket travel ban on Russian nationals, while Finland has thus far taken only temporary measures to restrict the flow of Russian travelers. Tyler Durden Tue, 09/27/2022 - 02:45.....»»

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A Capitol rioter who received phone call from the White House on Jan. 6 was identified as a 26-year-old Trump-loving New Yorker who joked about shooting Nancy Pelosi

Anton Lunyk pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count related to his role in the riot and was sentenced to one year of probation. Anton Lunyk was captured on surveillance footage inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.The Justice Department CNN revealed the identity of a Capitol rioter who received a phone call from the White House on Jan. 6 Anton Lunyk, 26, pleaded guilty to one riot-related charge earlier this year. According to CNN, Lunyk claims to not remember getting the call. The Capitol rioter who received a perplexing nine-second phone call from inside the White House on the afternoon of January 6, 2021, has been identified by CNN.Anton Lunyk, 26, had already left the Capitol premises that day when his phone rang at 4:34 p.m., according to records reviewed by the outlet. The call came from the White House's publicly available phone number just minutes after former President Donald Trump posted a video encouraging his supporters to "go home," telling them, "we love you, you're very special," CNN reported.The revelation of Lunyk's identity as the mysterious call recipient comes after a former technical advisor to the the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection said Friday that he traced a call between a rioter and the White House switchboard during the attack."You get a real 'a-ha' moment when you see that the White House switchboard had connected to a rioter's phone while it's happening," Denver Riggleman, a former Republican Congressman , whose unauthorized "behind-the-scenes" book on the probe is set to be published later this week, told 60 Minutes. "That's a big, pretty big 'a-ha' moment."Members of the January 6 House select Committee have since downplayed Riggleman's role with the panel — as well as the importance of the phone call — suggesting that Riggleman is "overstating" the incident.An anonymous source told CNN that the committee is still investigating the nature of the phone call, but has thus far been unable to uncover who made it — or why.What has been made clear this week, however, is who received the call: Anton Lunyk — who claims he doesn't remember getting the ring and says he doesn't know anyone who worked in the Trump White House, according to CNN's sources. Anton Lunyk.The Justice DepartmentLunyk, of Brooklyn, New York, was initially charged with five counts related to his role in the riot, including violent entry, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and entering or remaining in a restricted building. But in April, he pleaded guilty to just one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a restitution fine in September. Prosecutors said Lunyk traveled to Washington, DC, the evening before the riot with two of his friends, Francis Connor and Antonio Ferrigno. The three men first attended the "Stop the Steal" rally before joining the mob of Trump supporters in walking to the US Capitol, where the crowd laid siege to the building.Photos of Lunyk inside the Capitol show him wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, and videos from the scene captured Lunyk and his friends laughing and recording on their cellphones while in the building, according to court documents. A sentencing memorandum revealed that Lunyk and his friends made violent jokes about Democratic lawmakers in the days after the November 2020 election, alleging that the presidency had been "stolen." "If they take my money I'm gonna shoot Pelosi," Lunyk said in a message to Connor, Ferrigno, and others on January 12, 2021.The trio spent approximately 10 minutes inside the Capitol before exiting through a window, prosecutors said. They had been out of the building for nearly an hour and a half when Lunyk's phone rang, according to CNN, and photographic evidence suggests the friends were already on their way back to New York when the call came through.There is no mention of the phone call in any court records related to Lunyk's case, and an attorney for him did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Roger Stone is heard saying "let"s get right to the violence" in unearthed footage from 2020 election handed over to January 6 committee

In another clip, Stone can be heard telling his crew that even if Trump loses, "the key thing to do is to claim victory … No, we won, sorry." Roger Stone, a former adviser and confidant to former U.S. President Donald Trump, addresses reporters in front of the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal BuildingAnna Moneymaker/Getty Images New footage obtained by CNN shows Roger Stone calling for violence before the 2020 election. In the footage, Stone is also heard saying "fuck voting" and "you see antifa, shoot to kill." The footage filmed by Danish producers could become crucial evidence for the Jan. 6 committee. Former Trump adviser Roger Stone was shown calling for violence on the day before the 2020 election as seen in documentary footage obtained by CNN.In clips previewed by the network, Stone and his associates are seated in a van returning home from a Doug Collins rally in Georgia on November 2, 2020, the day before the general election. In the car, Stone can be heard explaining his game plan to his colleagues."Fuck the voting, let's get right to the violence," Stone is heard saying. "Shoot to kill, you see an antifa — shoot to kill."According to CNN, Danish filmmakers Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Frederik Marbell nestled with Stone for three years on and off in the process of their documentary. Some of their clips will be used by the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, the outlet reported.In another clip from election night, Stone can be heard telling his crew that even if Trump loses, "the key thing to do is to claim victory … No we won, sorry fuck you."A spokesperson for Stone did not immediately return Insider's request for comment. In a statement shared with CNN, Stone claimed that the videos were doctored.The January 6 committee is looking at the links between Stone and extremist groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, both of whom have had multiple members plead guilty to crimes committed on the day of the insurrection.In December 2020, within the last month of the Trump presidency, the former president pardoned Stone, who had been convicted of multiple felonies in 2019. Before Trump's pardon, a jury found Stone guilty of seven felonies which included witness tampering, obstructing Robert Mueller's 2016 Russia investigation, and making false statements.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Satellite images show traffic jams at the border as Russians flee the country following Putin"s decision to send more people to fight in Ukraine

"Lots of uncertainty about the Future," a Finnish Board Guard official said on Monday, as Russians flee Putin's military mobilization announcement. Traffic at a border crossing between Russia and Mongolia at the Khyagt border post on Sept. 23, 2022.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies Putin last week announced the partial military mobilization of his country's reservists.  Many Russians have since tried to flee the country, leading to sold-out one-way flights.  New satellite images show long traffic lines at Russia's borders with Georgia and Mongolia.  Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a televised address last week and announced the partial military mobilization of his country's reservists — a move that appears to have been sparked by his forces' battlefield setbacks in Ukraine. Immediately after the announcement, many Russians — desperate to avoid being deployed into into a war that has left tens of thousands of soldiers dead or wounded in just seven months — started to flee the country in any way they could. Google searches for how to leave Russia surged, one-way plane tickets sold out, and videos began surfacing showing traffic at Russian border crossings. New satellite images taken recently by the commercial satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies and shared with Insider on Monday show long lines of cars at crossing points along Russia's borders with Georgia and Mongolia.The following images show trucks and cars nearing a border crossing between Russia and Georgia on Sunday.  Trucks and cars wait in a traffic jam near Russia's border with Georgia on Sept. 25, 2022.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.A traffic jam near Russia's border with Georgia on Sept. 25, 2022.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.A traffic jam near Russia's border with Georgia on Sept. 25, 2022.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.Maxar took satellite photos of the Khyagt border post on Russia's border with Mongolia on August 15, before Putin's announcement, and September 23, after partial mobilization was declared. Images from September show a massive increase in traffic at the border post.  Traffic at a border crossing between Russia and Mongolia at the Khyagt border post on Aug. 15, 2022, before the mobilization announcement.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesTraffic at a border crossing between Russia and Mongolia at the Khyagt border post on Sept. 23, 2022, after the mobilization announcement.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesClose-up of traffic at a border crossing between Russia and Mongolia at the Khyagt border post on Sept. 23, 2022.Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesRussians have also tried to flee by crossing into Finland, which borders the country to the northwest.Matti Pitkäniitty, a Finnish Border Guard official, said on Monday that over 8,000 Russians entered the country on Sunday, a figure double the amount that was reported on the previous Sunday, days before Putin's mobilization announcement. Pitkäniitty said many who arrived at the border are on their way to other countries. Over 5,000 Russians left Finland on Sunday. "Border traffic at Finnish Russian land border has remained on higher level than in previous weeks. Lots of uncertainty about the Future. Finnish Border Guard is prepared for different developments, also difficult ones," he said over the weekend. Finland's border guard shared in an update that traffic at the country's eastern border with Russia has "remained busy since last Wednesday," the day Putin delivered his announcement. "We do a thorough check on every arrival. We remain vigilant and prepared for any changes in the situation," Finland's border guard said, while also acknowledging that weekend traffic played a role to a certain extent in the increase. Putin's announcement last week was a politically risky move for the Russian leader and has been met with some resistance.After the announcement, Russians across the country took to the streets to protest the war, where many were arrested — some aggressively — by riot police. One Russian man who was called to fight even opened fire at a local enlistment office on Monday.    Meanwhile, Russia has been pushing stop-loss measures designed to maintain its force size. Russia's lower house of parliament, for instance, recently passed legislation paving the way for soldiers who desert their units to face up to 10 years in jail, a five-year increase over past punishments. The legislation also includes indications that the penalty may apply to individuals who attempt to dodge the new mobilization order, though that remains unclear.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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