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Donald Trump Stomps on the Truth and His Supporters Love It

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Next Tuesday, thanks to the New York State Federation of Republican Women, a grassroots group based in Nassau, folks can listen to Dick Morris, the triangulating political mastermind and Fox News Channel commentator, promote the latest book he’s written with his wife Eileen McGann.Packed with provocative buzzwords, the title is “Revolt!—How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Agenda—A Patriot’s Guide.” Even though his presentation is called “Winning the Presidential Election,” it’s safe to say that Morris is not peddling free advice so Hillary Clinton can occupy the White House again, although he doesn’t mind getting credit for providing the strategy that engineered President Bill Clinton’s re-election in 1996 when it looked a little hopeless.Morris must know his audience pretty well, because it takes a lot of balls to profit from calling President Obama’s agenda socialist with a straight face. But for this crowd, they’ll probably buy it. They certainly aren’t paying any mind to a real Democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who could only wish that Obama and, for that matter, his party’s leading rival for the nomination, Hillary Clinton, really were more to the left, especially about reining in Wall Street power and the cancerous concentration of wealth in this country.There’s a lot going on in the months leading up to the next election, and it’s neither enlightening nor encouraging—at least if you care about facts. The reality is that the extremists in the GOP base eat this stuff up. According to the polls, Donald “Something Terrific” Trump is still the front-leader of the GOP field, and that’s got a growing number of people concerned, and some of them are even Republicans.A recent cartoon by the Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Toles in the Washington Post, featuring a conversation between a pair of elephants in business suits, spells out the conundrum facing the party of Lincoln: “We’ve got a Trump problem,” says one. “He’s appealing to voters who are responding to racism bordering on fascism. It’s a real dilemma. How do we get rid of Trump but keep those voters?”Conservative Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush’s speechwriter and policy advisor, spelled it out much further in a recent column about the 2016 race: “The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: to forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; to rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican principle of birthright citizenship; to build a 2,000-mile wall on our southern border while forcing Mexico to pay the cost. He has characterized undocumented Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, and opposed the speaking of Spanish in the United States.”Most of Trump’s appeal is “reactionary,” writes Gerson, before quoting the billionaire himself: “‘We’re going to have to do things,’ says Trump with menacing vagueness, ‘that we never did before.’ And if disrespect for institutions is common, Trump is its perfect vehicle — combining the snark of Twitter with the staged anger and grudges of reality television… Is it possible and morally permissible, for economic and foreign policy conservatives, and for Republicans motivated by their faith, to share a coalition with the advocates of an increasingly raw and repugnant nativism?”He’s right, but his words probably fall on the deaf ears of those who get their views from Fox News. After all, Trump has just lied that the U.S. is going to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees, that African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides (total falsehood), and, most outrageous, that on Sept. 11, 2001 he saw on television “thousands and thousands” of people in some unnamed “Arab” neighborhood of New Jersey “cheering as that building was coming down.” Not even Gov. Chris Christie, who knows a thing or two about New Jersey, could back him up on that big whopper. But it didn’t matter, because he just doubled-down and his supporters ate it up.Recently a front-page photo taken at a Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama, showed a group of haggard-looking white people sitting in the front row, holding placards proclaiming “the silent majority stands with Trump.” Take away their red, white and blue signs and they could have passed for hard-luck people in the Depression, perhaps gathered to hear the Louisiana Sen. Huey “Kingfish” Long, on the stump for his “Share Our Wealth” campaign.A populist Democrat with a demagogic streak, Long was a constant thorn in the left side of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom the Kingfish called a mama’s boy. He dubbed Congress “the Rich Men’s Club” when he gave a speech in 1932 on the Senate floor he titled “the Doom of the American Dream.” At one point he says, “There is a mere candle flicker here and yonder to take the place of what the great dream of America was supposed to be.” His plan would have imposed a $5 million tax cap on a family’s wealth, a $1 million a year salary cap, and a reliance on “men with the smartest minds” in America to flesh out the details.“Unless we provide for the redistribution of wealth in this country, the country is doomed,” he said, citing a study by the Federal Trade Commission that “1 percent” owned “59 percent” of the wealth. His figures almost sound quaint today, but he was deadly serious. He railed against both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, saying that “nothing can be squeezed through these party organizations that goes far enough to bring the American people to a condition where they have such a thing as a liveable country.”On the stump, Trump boasts about his business ability that has made him, the son of a millionaire, a purported billionaire. Nothing he’s proposed so far will actually improve the lives of the poor middle class men and women flocking to hear him. Behind him lurk Charles and David Koch, petrochemical billionaires (in Long’s day he railed against Standard Oil executives), who have pledged to spend almost a billion dollars on the 2016 elections to bring the Republican Party to the White House, and cement their hold on the Senate and the House of Representatives—as the brothers have already done with helping to put a majority of the state houses across the land in Republican hands.By 1935, Huey Long’s Share Our Wealth organization was collecting tens of thousands of letters a week from people all across the country who didn’t believe that FDR and the Democrats were doing enough to save them from despair, let alone improve their daily lives. As the 1936 election approached, FDR’s supporters feared that Long would challenge him for the nomination.But Long was playing a different game. He told his closest advisors that he was going to sit it out, perhaps put up a third party candidate who’d siphon enough votes from Roosevelt so that the Republican candidate would win. It was a cynical strategy, as T. Harry Williams noted in his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the Kingfish, because Long knew that a Republican president would only make the Depression worse—but that would pave the way in 1940 for a savior to come along like Huey Long, who’d promised to “make every man a king.”Today, when you look at the forlorn faces of Trump’s Republican supporters beyond the beltway, you wonder what they think when they listen to their candidate speak. In his mind, he’s already on the throne. But he’ll never share the crown.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)last_img read more

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UK roundup: Staff changes at LGPS Central, USS, Railpen

first_imgThe UK’s biggest pension pension scheme has appointed Dominic Gibb as its new chief financial officer.Gibb joins the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) from Lehman Brothers, where he had worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers on the winding up of the UK operations of the failed US investment bank. He was financial controller for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the bank before its collapse in 2008.Gibb replaces Jennifer Halliday, who resigned from USS on 31 March 2017.His appointment was announced as the £60bn (€68.4bn) scheme faces an uncertain future. The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) today said its members had voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over changes to USS’ benefit payments. Universities UK (UUK), the representative organisation for higher education employers, wants to switch the scheme from defined benefit to defined contribution in an effort to control rising contribution costs.University staff vote for strike actionNearly all of the UK’s universities face disruption next month after staff voted for strike action. On a turnout of 58% of its members, the UCU said 88% had backed a walkout, which would affect 61 of the country’s 68 higher education institutions.UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Universities will be hit with levels of strike action not seen before on UK campuses if a deal cannot be done over the future of USS pensions. Members have made it quite clear they are prepared to take action to defend their pensions and the universities need to work with us to avoid widespread disruption.“Even at this late stage we urge universities to work with us to reach an agreement that protects the defined benefit element of USS pensions.”In response, a UUK spokesperson described the ballot result as “disappointing”, and said that not reforming the scheme would be ”a dangerous gamble”. The spokesperson added: “A solution to the significant funding challenges facing USS needs to be found. UUK’s priority is to put USS on a secure and sustainable footing while offering attractive, market-leading pensions – the very best that can be afforded by both employers and employees.” USS reported an official deficit of around £5bn following its 2017 actuarial valuation, but other valuations have put the shortfall as high as £12bn-£17bn. It said the cost of funding future pension benefits had increased by 35% and that contribution increases of six to seven percentage points could be required.Public pension pool hires ex-Nestle investment chiefLGPS Central, the asset manager set up to run £42bn of assets for nine local government pension schemes (LGPS), has named Duncan Sanford as interim deputy CIO.Sanford left Nestlé Capital Management last year after a restructuring led to the international food and drink company shutting down much of its internal investment operations.LGPS Central has also hired two staff from the West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF), one of the founder members of the asset pool. Mike Hardwick has joined as investment director for infrastructure and property, having most recently run alternatives at WMPF, while Michael Marshall is set to join as director for responsible investment and engagement. He is currently the responsible investment officer at WMPF.Finally, Omar Ghafur has joined as investment director for private equity. He was previously in charge of private investments for a charitable foundation, according to a press release from LGPS Central.Jason Fletcher, CIO, said the appointments were “critical to our delivery of the risk-adjusted return after costs that our partner funds require to meet their future commitments”.LGPS Central announced on Friday that it planned to roll out 10 investment vehicles for its pension fund clients.Investment director exits RailpenCiarán Barr, investment director at RPMI Railpen, is to leave the multi-employer scheme for the railways industry later this year.RPMI Railpen announced on Friday that Barr would step down from the investment team during the first half of 2018, having worked at the group for nearly nine years.During his tenure Barr oversaw the transformation of RPMI Railpen’s investment strategy alongside fellow investment directors Paul Bishop and Richard Williams and former CEO Chris Hitchen.The departure is the latest in a series of senior staff changes at the railway industry scheme. Chris Hitchen stepped down as CEO last year and is now overseeing the creation of the Border to Coast Pension Partnership as chairman. Philip Willcock will take over as CEO next month.Paul Sturgess joined last year from Equiniti as managing director for its administration arm, while deputy CEO David Maddison became managing director for the scheme, tasked with leading support for the trustee board. Julian Cripps was appointed managing director responsible for the investment arm in 2016.John Chilman, chair of Railpen’s trustee board, said: “I, and my fellow trustee directors, would like to thank Ciarán for the contributions he has made to the success and sustainability of the Railways Pension Scheme. He has always put the interests of our members and employers first and the scheme has benefited from his thinking.”last_img read more

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Man stabbed to death

first_imgGiganto was rushed to the San CarlosCity Hospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.” Officers of the San Carlos City policestation conducted a manhunt operation against Cañedo, who fled after theincident./PN The 43-year-old Wendell Giganto ofBarangay 3, San Carlos City sustained stabbed wounds on the body, a policereport showed. Police identified the suspect as29-year-old Antonio Cañedo of Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City. This prompted the former to stab Gigantousing a bladed weapon, police said. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed todeath in Barangay 6, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators, aheated argument ensued between Cañedo and Giganto around around 12 p.m. on Feb.22.last_img

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England teams to defend in France

first_img England Golf will send two teams to defend the Vilmorin Cup at the French Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud, near Paris, from 28 March-1 April. Team A will include Curtis Cup player Bronte Law, who was the runner-up in the individual championship last year. She will be joined by fellow internationals Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters, the English women’s stroke play champion. Team B consists of England international Amber Ratcliffe, with girl international Olivia Winning and fellow member of the England Performance U18 squad, Annabel Dimmock. The Vilmorin Cup is the nations’ team trophy and is played over the two stroke play rounds of the championship, which decide the players to go forward to the matchplay knockouts. The championship is contested by the cream of Europe’s U21 amateurs. The players: Gabriella Cowley, 16, (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire) was in the winning England teams at last year’s girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She is the Scottish and the North of England U16 champion and is a past English U15 titleholder.  She was in the winning Essex team at the 2012 County Finals. Bronte Law, 17, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the GB&I team which won the Curtis Cup in 2012 – for the first time in 16 years. She qualified for last season’s Women’s British Open and successfully made the cut, eventually finishing in a share of 33rd place.  She represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup and was runner-up in last year’s French Lady Junior Championship. Image © Leaderboard Photography. Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’) is the English women’s stroke play champion and, like Gabriella and Bronte, was in England’s successful team at the women’s Home Internationals. Last season she also won the Independent Schools’ championship, the Nottinghamshire ladies’ title and shared the Porters Park Centenary Cup. She represented England in the South American amateur early this year. Annabel Dimmock, 16, (Wentworth, Surrey) enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, reaching the quarter finals of the Jones Doherty Championship and finishing in the top 20 at the Harder Hall Invitational. Last year she was fifth in the English girls’ championship and won the London Foursomes. Amber Ratcliffe,17, (Royal Cromer) is the England Golf East Region women’s champion and was a member of the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has twice won the English schools’ U16 championship. Olivia Winning, 18 (Rotherham) joined Amber in England’s team at the girls’ Home Internationals. Also last year, she won the Pleasington Putter and was runner-up in another prestigious scratch event, the Astor Salver. She was also second in the  Fairhaven Trophy. 5 Mar 2013 England teams to defend in France last_img read more

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James could mean millions for Miami tourism

first_imgMIAMI (AP)—Tourism promoters say LeBron James is giving South Florida a boost already. The reservations team at the Fountainebleau Resort in Miami Beach says they’re getting asked about packages that include Heat tickets.Prime 112 says athletes, sportscasters and regular diners want to know if they’ll still be able to get tables at the South Beach restaurant that’s bracing for even more popularity with celebrities.Real estate agents say James’ move drove up the price of at least one condo near the AmericanAirlines Arena, and home buyers want Heat tickets as part of the deal.The star already has snack named for him: the “Le-Brat James” bratwurst at the Shake Shack in South Beach.last_img

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How I Loved, And Lost, an Aardvark

first_imgOne day in December I was visiting family and picked up my niece Xander from daycare. We had to leave before her balloon got turned into an animal. It was disappointing. So when we got back to her house, I pulled out my iPhone and showed her an app called Aardvark. We asked Aardvark how we could turn one long balloon into a balloon animal. My niece jumped up and down with excitement every time we got an iPhone push notification that someone out on the internet had an answer to offer. The first 3 people said “draw eyes on it and call it a snake.” That was funny the first time. Then, someone came through with a great link to good instructions for making a balloon animal. We made one, we were happy and proud, and we’d become the kind of people who knew how to make balloon animals.A month later, Xander was visiting my house and we gave her a package of balloons. She whipped up a giraffe, a horse and a princess crown in minutes. Her mom asked her how she did it and you know what she said? “The Aardvark taught me how to do it!” Google announced today that it bought the company that made that iPhone app. It feels like some closure on my past year of hunting the story of the Aardvark, both personally and professionally. I’ve asked for and received from Aardvark advice on cooking, home repair, what color shirt to wear on TV, whether I can easily catch a cab at a particular BART stop and how to make balloon animals. Today Google officially announced the acquisition of Aardvark and its availability in Google Labs. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few stories about my year following this company and using its service. There’s no knowing how much attention the project will get inside Google, so this may be a case of “it was fun while it lasted.” But it sure was fun. And perhaps this acquisition won’t be the last we hear of Aardvark, after all.Founded by ex-Google employees, here’s how Aardvark describes its team that built the system: “Over 2009, the company built an amazing technical team of over twenty people, including engineers from each of Silicon Valley’s major technology companies, four AI Ph.D.s, and founders from a dozen different successful startups.” Those people are all Google employees now and have a tidy pile of money.How Aardvark WorksI love telling people about Aardvark. It’s interesting, easy to understand and makes almost everyone raise their eyebrows, whether in intrigue or skepticism. Here’s how it works: you get an invite from a friend and that friend says you are someone who knows about music, PHP, Portland, Oregon and barbecue. Then, you accept the invitation and say “I also know about skateboarding and training flea circuses.” So Aardvark tags you as a person who knows about those things.Then, you can ask Aardvark any question you can think of, through Instant Messaging, iPhone, web or Twitter interfaces. The system looks at the text of your question, figures out what the topic is, then goes looking for someone to answer it. Aardvark seeks out people who are tagged as knowing about the topic of your question, are most socially-close to your immediate circle of friends (on Twitter, Facebook or Aardvark), who are available at that very moment via IM or iPhone and who have been rated in the past as good people to answer questions, who have the same propensity to use or avoid obscenity as you do, and a number of other criteria. Aardvark then pings those most-qualified people to ask if they are available to answer your question. If they say they are, it acts as an intermediary, delivering your question and bringing you back answers. The vast majority of questions are answered to the satisfaction of the people who asked them within 5 minutes. It’s amazing. There’s all kinds of technology under the hood, too. The service watches what you’re Tweeting about if you’ve associated your Twitter account, for example, and considers you particularly qualified to answer questions about topics you’ve been discussing most recently on Twitter. It really is an amazing system, from the rapid text analysis to the people-sorting to the well-thought-out user experience. Aardvark’s investors got a little bit of money out of the deal, but seeing one of the leading examples of what some people believe is the future of search (social search) sell for a mere $50 million does raise questions. With a total of $1.3 billion invested in various companies, lead backer August Capital is probably disappointed at this small exit, even if it is nearly 10X the $6 million that Aardvark had raised.The price may well be based on the company’s failure to find a substantial number of users. Aardvark said earlier this month that it had fewer than 100,000 registered users. So be it. The founders will now return to Google, their former employer, with a powerful proof of concept, an eye for the huge Google user base and several million dollars in each of their pockets. Maybe they’ll continue to work on Aardvark itself and maybe they won’t. Only time will tell.In the mean time, I’ve had a great time using Aardvark and have even put it to work for me professionally.Last October I was walking down the street in San Francisco after lunch, headed back to the Moscone Center to see what was rumored to be a big announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit. Microsoft was going to announce that it cut a deal with Twitter to include Tweets in Bing search results. The much more connected Kara Swisher broke the news and I was trying to think of how to add value to the conversation with my coverage. So I put out a tweet: “Are there any User Experience experts at Web 2.0 who can talk to me about Bing/Twitter integration?”By the time I sat down on the floor of the crowded convention hall before the announcement, I hadn’t gotten a single reply on Twitter. So I decided to fire up Aardvark. I asked it by IM, “are there any UX pros available right now to give me a live reaction to some news about to break?” I was quickly delivered 3 suitable User Experience design professionals from around the country, asking me how they could help, through the Aardvark IM interface. I typed, copied and pasted as fast as I could – sending them the link to bing.com/twitter as soon as it was available, getting their thoughts, asking follow-up questions, separating three live interviews in one chat stream (chatting with Aardvark) into three separate interview chunks of text. It was crazy! I typed and thought and parsed as fast as I possibly could and then boom – within minutes of the announcement being over, I had a blog post up. Three User Experience professionals react to the way that the first major search engine to do so integrated the Twitter stream. It was quite a rush and something I couldn’t have done in any other way, without Aardvark. We all knew that Aardvark was born and raised to be sold, probably to Google. When Michael Arrington broke the news 2 months ago that Aardvark was in talks with Google, it wasn’t a surprise. Nor was it a surprise that TechCrunch broke the story, Arrington has held an annual summer event at the offices of August Capital, Aardvark’s lead investor, for years. He’s very connected to the circle of people around Aardvark, as he is with hot Silicon Valley startups quite often.A few days after that news came out, Aardvark CEO Max Ventilla was a guest on Leo Laporte’s show This Week in Tech. I ended up butting in far too much, explaining Vark and telling stories in the TWiT chat room that Leo asked Max about live on the show. I was a little worried that Max was going to get tired of me. I’d been trading emails with him, cursing him for giving exclusives to other media outlets, interviewing him at length for our research report on the future of the Real-Time Web and just generally being a harassing fan and overeager news blogger.After the show, I shot him an email anyway. I told him that I’m not connected enough to break the news that Aardvark is about to sell, but I’d like to try to out-write my competitors. Just like the New York Times writes obituaries for famous people before they die, I’d like to spend some time with him so I can write the story of Aardvark ahead of time, before it gets acquired.He told me there was no rush, that nothing was really happening, but agreed to schedule a call. We scheduled some time, but that morning a pipe exploded in the basement of my house. I emailed him and said I’d reschedule sometime soon. That was two weeks ago. I never got to dive deep into the story of Aardvark, before it got acquired, and now there’s no telling what the future will bring for the company. But I did have a great time chasing Aardvark around in my personal and professional life over the last year. I know how to make a mean sweet potato and butternut squash soup thanks to Aardvark, and I’m not afraid to put certain Arm and Hammer products on my carpet to vacuum up, even if they aren’t labeled for it explicitly. Thanks, Aardvark community.These days I haven’t been responding to my Aardvark IMs as much as I used to. I used to answer lots of questions, so now I get a lot of questions. Most of them are on topics I have no interest in. I spent the end of last year chasing down the next social search company that caught my fancy, the then-unlaunched Quora, built by some of the very first people to join and leave Facebook in the early days. I posted the first screenshots of Quora and use it regularly still, but as a web technology writer it’s my job to be looking for the next new thing.I still enjoy Aardvark and I love the ideas behind it. We’ll see what happens to it at Google, but if absolutely nothing else: my niece and I now know how to make balloon animals. I think that’s very cool.Congrats on your sale, team Vark, and good luck changing the world of search at Google. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Features#Real-Time Web#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Was Microsoft’s Surface A Mistake? Of Course Not

first_imgIn a column for PCMag.com, well-known analyst Tim Bajarin argued Monday that Microsoft has “betrayed” its hardware partners with the launch of its Surface tablet, and that it should abandon its infant hardware business. It’s a strange, protectionist argument mired in the past. And it’s dead wrong.Bajarin’s argument can be summed up like this: After watching Apple and Google control the ecosystem, Microsoft decided to do the same. But by doing so, Microsoft has alienated its partners, who will be less receptive to Microsoft in the future.To that, I say, so what?Apple & Google Have Their Own HardwareBajarin’s first point is obvious, but spot on. Apple first tied together its Macintosh computer and OS with the iPod, then the iPhone and iPad, combining hardware, software (including apps), media, services and a pair of operating systems into a coherent whole. Google approached the problem from another direction, launching a comprehensive suite of services, then adding devices and later media services from Google Play. And Amazon has built out from its media business, tapping into a fork of the Android OS, and designing its own tablet.Microsoft’s been late to this game because of a few factors:It failed to immediately recognize the importance of the Internet.It relied on its hardware partners.The hardware efforts it did pursue, like the Xbox, Zune, and computer mice, were tangential to the PC.As Bajarin notes, however, the modern ecosystem or computing platform consists of hardware, software, services and media. Microsoft maintained control of the last three, but not the first.Did Microsoft need to create the Surface? No, it did not. Microsoft’s hardware partners are already bashing their brains out to create PCs with sufficient margins to keep them in business. And yes, any Surface tablets that Microsoft sells is likely a sale the partners won’t make.We already know that those partners are unhappy, and it’s very possible that Surface could become the most popular Windows tablet simply because of Microsoft’s own massive marketing effort, which simply drowns out any promotions by its hardware partners. You do have to feel somewhat sorry for those partners, whose most compelling selling point so far seems to be “We’re cheaper than the Surface!”Here’s where I think Bajarin’s argument breaks down.Co-opetition Is CommonplaceIn a recent interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Apple chief executive Tim Cook was asked about the disparity between partnering with Samsung, one of Apple’s largest component suppliers, and suing Samsung’s device business for patent infringement. Cook’s response: “It’s awkward.”Sure it is. But that’s the way business is conducted today. Microsoft needs its manufacturing partners, and they need Microsoft. But that shouldn’t stop Microsoft from trying to bash their brains in. Simultaneously cooperating and competing – “co-optition” – is par for the course. Look at Twitter and its apps partners. Ditto for Apple and the developers who occasionally get in Apple’s way. An even better example is collaboratively sharing patents among various companies to develop specifications that benefit all of them, like Wi-Fi.And let’s face it – some of those partner’s products are crap. They’re full of bloatware, they’re slow, they use subpar components. Part of the blame lies within the retailer community, which encourages proprietary, low-cost builds that they can use as “doorbuster” promotions. Microsoft’s Surface is the “hero” tablet, the premium device that all other Windows tablets should aspire to. And, as we’ve argued before, that’s why Surface carries the “hero” price tag. Even if some Best Buy retailers are inexplicably burying it in the discount section.But that doesn’t mean that Asus, Acer and others are merely carrying water for Microsoft, either. Every manufacturer in the world – including component manufacturers like Super Micro – tries to differentiate themselves to capture more sales and bigger profit margins. In 1989, for example, Asus was founded as a motherboard and card manufacturer. Today, it is the world’s fifth-largest PC manufacturer. All of the world’s top five PC makers – HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus – have expanded into the tablet market; some, like HP and Dell, failed to make their tablets into viable products.Co-opetition Runs Two WaysStill, the options are there. HP tried and failed with WebOS; Dell had less success with the free Android OS than some of its competitors. But when each manufacturer expanded into the tablet market, was there any grumbling from Microsoft about raising their Windows license prices, or cutting them off?Nope. Nothing that leaked out, anyway. Partnering with a company in one area simply does not mean that you have to share common goals in every area, or that you have to do everything in lock step. It’s a business deal, and business deals can be “awkward” and still work out to both parties’ benefit.Some companies acquire “personalities” – among them Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Personalities humanize what would otherwise be a collection of employees, products, policies and service contracts. So if a company like Apple were to go out of business, would it be missed? Unquestionably. But would Acer? I doubt it.This may sound callous, but another faceless offshore supplier would step up. And if the products had the right mix of quality and cost, we’d buy them.Similarly, if Microsoft went out of business, would Acer fall? Probably not. The company would simply pivot toward Android or some other operating system.Competition drives innovation. This is one of the fundamental principles of a free market, and one of the central tenets of organizations like the Federal Trade Commission.Say what you want about Microsoft’s Surface tablet itself; there are plenty of criticisms available to choose from, ranging from the price, to the tiny apps store, to the limitations of the Surface RT OS. But to call Microsoft’s decision to manufacture the Surface a mistake itself misses the point.  markhachman Tags:#Microsoft#Surface#tablet Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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B-town gives full marks to Genius Of the Year-Alia Bhatt

first_imgA new viral video titled Alia: Genius Of The Year, created by funny portal AIB and directed by Shakun Batra of Ek Main Aur Ek Tu fame, announces that Bollywood’s Gen-Next glam brigade has grown up and is gradually learning to take jokes on them.The video takes potshots at Alia’s supposed dumbness and her eventual transformation to a brainy babe. It has taken the virtual world by storm and has received more than 20 lakh hits in less than two days. Meanwhile, Alia’s fans have applauded the actress’ guts to come on screen to narrate her journey “From Dolce Gabbana to smart like Shabana”, by singing up for the Dumb Belle Mental Gym to upgrade her mental aptitude.Alia Bhatt in a still from the spoof videoAlia had apparently become a troll topic on the Internet after she named Prithviraj Chauhan as the President of India on Koffee with Karan. “Alia did not waste a minute to be a part of the spoof and neither did her father, who thought that it was a unique culture we were trying to create,” says AIB member Tanmay Bhatt.”In India, film stars do not parody themselves, which takes away the fun from our lives,” adds Bhatt, expressing his surprise over how the video has emerged as the biggest hit online. The video features Alia discussing her plight of being anointed as Bollywood’s official dumb blonde. The Bhatt family, including Alia’s dad and film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, joins in to read out an SMS joke: “Alia Bhatt thinks the national animal is Tiger Shroff”. “The new crop of actors is a far more chilled out lot, who enjoy and connect with the online crowd,” adds Bhatt, profusely applauding Batra for making the film in a shoe-string budget.advertisementOthers who feature in the video are ‘Garibo ka Wolverine’ Arjun Kapoor, ‘The other PC’ Parineeti Chopra-who sought an edge over Alia as she is taller-and ‘NRI Emotion Exploiter’ Karan Johar who says, “We have hot and clever heroines, and they’re called heroes.”Fell down laughing!! Talent wth a twist, @aliaa08 u are sensational! https://t.co/PRSnx34ztd Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 25, 2014Hahaha!! Toooo clever u r baby… https://t.co/KBykr99v3c @aliaa08 ! PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 25, [email protected] @AllIndiaBakchod minnnnnndblowing alu! Hahahahah Masaba Gupta (@MasabaG) August 25, 2014″Be a God and laugh at yourself”. Alia demolishes herself. This is her best performance till date!! http://t.co/ch9hwMU2tD Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) August 25, 2014So proud of you my baby!!! @aliaa08 this is what you call “sporting”…..http://t.co/EmckgNdGZ1 @shakunbatra Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 25, 2014Bollywood’s Young Guns can Laugh at ThemselvesWell Done @aliaa08 @ParineetiChopra n @arjunk26HystericalPl Watchhttp://t.co/Rv2mCxAg1R atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) August 25, 2014BRAVO @aliaa08 this is superb! And its also @karanjohar s best performance ever! http://t.co/5SNyGeO8Wv @AllIndiaBakchod Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 25, 2014Congratulations team @AllIndiaBakchod ….1.5 million views in a day…it’s a viral blockbuster!!! https://t.co/HcjDUCPIQQ Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 26, 2014Hahaa brilliant @aliaa08 so endearing n sporting n kudos to @AllIndiaBakchod n cast,must watch…http://t.co/CWVBcztcVV Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2014Aaaaaahaha? And THATS how it’s done Alia Bhatt – Genius of the Year !! What a sport!! Super job AIB ? http://t.co/q3gVFvSqnU Mini Mathur (@minimathur) August 25, 2014Now this is funny.. Hahahaha.. Love it. Full points to @aliaa08 @shakunbatra @karanjohar http://t.co/cew7ml3d1j Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 25, 2014Unbelievably funny -Take a Bow @aliaa08 Shakun @AllIndiaBakchod – @karanjohar you are superb (award winning performance). Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 25, 2014this is one of the best thing you wil get to see in a long time… clap clap for @karanjohar @aliaa08 @mojorojo https://t.co/aeTMfvQyjS sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) August 25, 2014last_img read more

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