Just when we thought our Monday couldn’t have gotten any worse, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook has managed to one-up all of us. The tech billionaire has just lost more than $5 billion in value off of his company in a matter of hours. While he still has billions tied up in the company, it just goes to show just how much of his wealth is based on the rise and fall of the Facebook’s stock price.
Early this money to stock had dropped nearly 8% after UK and US politicians began to accuse the company as well as Mark himself for data breaches involving millions of users and their personal information. The data had reportedly been used for political purposes throughout the 2016 United States presidential election, resulting in the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Prior to this Monday Mark Zuckerberg’s total wealth has increased more than $2.5 billion over the year to date according to information on the Bloomberg Billionaire index. All of these games have been wiped out by the major loss in the company, with the company and subsequently his wealth ending up more than 2 billion dollars in the red.
These woes don’t seem to only be impacting the social media giant. Shares of Alphabet, the parent company of Google I take in a similar 4% loss, with with the total net worth of the company’s founders dropping around $1.5 billion dollars according to report at Forbes. The world’s richest man Jeff Bezos experienced a drop in wealth to the tune of $2 Billion dollars on Monday as Amazon shares dropped in value by about 3%.
While this may seem like bad news for Jeff there is much more good news to make up for it. 2018 has been very good for him, with more than $30 billion in increased worth so far. It is safe to say that it would require a considerable drop in Amazon’s valuation to see Jeff Bezos knocked from the top spot on the Billionaire leaderboards.
Only time will tell just how temporary these changes are, but it’s safe to say that any business operating with large amounts of data is at risk of scrutiny. Time will tell if markets will forgive and forget and go back to valuing these companies based on what they can produce for their customers and shareholders.
The answer to as to why you might need a sound cybersecurity might seem too simple for you until you experience its devastating effects first hand. “Ransomware,” does it ring a bell? This article first appeared in “Investing News” authored by Jocelyn Aspa.
The report emphasized the growing need for excellent cybersecurity measures due to rising cyber crimes like the WannaCry attacks that happened in May 2017. The author wrote that the Ransomware infected over 300,000 digital users and software in over 150 countries.
Leave alone this incident, cyber crimes threats are increasing at an alarming rate, and its devastating effects is reported to be anywhere between $400billion and even as high as $500billion.
With the number of attacks increasing it carries the level of damage along, with politicians and bigger corporations at risk. The attackers are reported to be targeting mainly large center of information and attack carriers.
The article added that due to rising cybersecurity issues, more companies are learning from the history and embracing attack counter measures and the allocation of funds is gaining traction. But with Rubica app in all of your devices, you can avoid all of these headaches.
Rubica is the only company that can guarantee you online safety and privacy. It protects you, your family and your business from online cyber crimes like ransomware. Whether you are a small business or a world class corporation, Rubica can provide you security and total privacy. You just need to download their app and install it in all of your devices.
Teachable is a start up formally known as Fedora is an education tech company that has raised $4 million during the first round series funding this is according to its CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company main aim is to offer a platform that similar to a Shopify or Squarespace to be used by the teachers as well as tutors. The platforms let the tutors with expertise on a particular subject matter to quickly make an online course and auction them or offer for free to their students, the experts sets their own pricing, make a decision on how their content should be accessed and owning all their customer’s data.
The tutors of any particular field can use Teachable for free, however, they give the start up a $1 and 10% commission on each sale they make. Teachable does not charge the tutors for offering a course on their platform. The firm also provides another alternative of accessing their platform, the tutors can choose to subscribe to various monthly plans ranging from $39 to $299 with low commissions or none at all.
Most of the courses that are offered on the Teachable platform are not for the college credit. Many are entails non-academic fields such as how to decorate a cake, how to fly a drone. While some are courses involving the professional frameworks or how to manage a martial arts schools amongst others. Large companies do offer their employee learning and development programs through the Teachable platform.
People who brand themselves as long life learners may not even be aware that they are using the Teachable platform after they sign up for a course to follow a person who inspires them. On the other hand, Teachable competitors that include Udemy, Edx or even Coursera provide students with as online course catalog that they can peruse prior to committing to purchase. This format means that the tutors are competing against each other for the attention and money of the student.
With the funding made possible, the company aims at using the money to do more of what it has been doing that is hiring acquiring users at a low cost, while at the same time providing support to its customers and the all its users. However, the company CEO recognizes that they have some features that they need to work on for example integrating Teachable to other platforms.
The relationship between President Elect Donald Trump and Tech companies has been tested following a meeting between the President and select Silicon Valley CEOs. According an article published by Forbes on December 14, Trump assured the CEOs that he was on their side and will do everything possible to ensure the companies to ensure the companies grow. Trump also reiterated the importance of technology in America’s advancement. The heads present at the meeting included Facebook COOO Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the CEO of Apple Tim Cook. The meeting came after a hard fought election that saw most tech industry leader’s support Hillary Clinton.
Vice President Mike Pence and Peter Thiel, a member of the transition team was also present at the highly publicized meeting that took place at Trump Towers. Thiel is one of the few Silicon Valley leaders who backed Trump’s election. It is incredible to note that Thiel has transformed from a Trump donor and key speaker at the Republican National Convention to a big political player in the transition team in a space of a just a few weeks. Analysts believe Thiel will play an important role of bridging the divide between Trump and the technology industry. Others present included Trump’s 3 oldest children; Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. One of the Tech leaders who criticized Trump during the campaign period, Jeff Bezos congratulated the President Elect in a tweet he sent earlier,
Bezos said he was glad to meet the president and said the meeting was very productive. Another tech titan said to be warming up to Trump is Elon Musk. According to a report appearing on Techcruch, Musk who set to fly to India was added to the list of attendees at Trump’s strategic and policy forum in the last minute. One notable personality not in attendance was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. There are reports indicating lingering frosty relationship between Trump and Twitter. The difference is said to have arisen as a result of the latter’s decision to deny Trump campaign team the permission to use special images. The Emojis, which Twitter prefers to call Hashflags, were earlier used in presidential debate related hashtags.
Apple is a company known for its continual success stories in the world of technology. The huge company is known for its many hits and success stories. Not all endeavors by Apple, however, turn out to be successful ones. Minor glitches do arise now and then as well. Those running Apple do realize quick responses to customer concerns and complaints do have to be addressed and done so quickly. The fast response of Apple is typified in the way the company moved to deal with the “time remaining battery” issue associated with the macOS update.
With MacBook Pros, the battery life on the device has proven unpopular with users. Battery life does not seem to be what it should be. Or is it? The ambiguity of available and remaining battery life is a major concern among using the MacBook Pros. The battery indicator may show the power source is running extremely low. Yet, the actually remaining power may be higher than what the battery icon is showing. Reporting indicate this is due to the strange way power is regulated through the processor. The readings simply might not be accurate ones, which can cause headaches for those trying to figure out how much longer their batteries are going to last before needing recharging.
Apple has made a rather unique decision in the matter. The company has chosen to eliminate the time remaining indicator from the most recent macOS Sierra versions. Eliminating the time remaining indicator does not solve the problem, but it could eliminate complaints from customers — or at least that seems to be what Apple is hoping for.
Likely, customers are going to be annoyed that they won’t be able to check out the time remaining on their laptops. Complaints are sure to roll in. Apple is likely hedging that people won’t worry about the time remaining if they do not have a constant reminder from the battery icon.
Honestly, it is hard to see how Apple is making the right decision here but the company does not have much of a choice. Recalls of these particular MacBook Pros for a minor glitch wouldn’t make sense. Eliminating the indicator does make sense since it is not working in the preferred or desirable manner.
Last spring, video marketing solutions giant, Talk Fusion, launched a 30-day free trial period offer of its services. Talk Fusion boasts top quality services that are available in nine languages in more than 140 countries. It employs independent representatives in each of these countries. The month-long free trial is to highlight its all-in-one Marketing Solution site instantly and completely risk free. The prospective customers will learn first hand that Talk Fusion really is the best in video marketing in the world. Bob Reina, founder and CEO of Talk Fusion, is confidant most of these prospective customers will opt to become actual paying customers.
Individuals, businesses, and charities can all sign up for the Talk Fusion 30-day free offer at TalkFusion.com. After signing up, free trial users will have complete access to Talk Fusion’s many services, including Video Email, Video Newsletters, Live Meetings, Sign-up Forms, and the award-winning Video Chat. All of this will be available to the users effective immediately after sign-up. In addition, Talk Fusion has even installed a virtual library for Free Trial users so they can get the full experience of what they have to offer.
There are also lots of video product tutorials, step-by-step guides, and tip sheets. Talk Fusion even includes a lot of tip sheets specific to businesses to help them use their services to drive business forward. Talk Fusion has been committed to perfecting its considerable since beginning in 2007. At the same time, they have been fully committed to the highest of ethical business practices. Their firm goal is to affect real and positive change throughout the world. For more information visit www.TalkFusion.com or www.facebook.com/TalkFusion.
In the world of direct sales, few companies enjoy the kind of reputation that Talk Fusion does. Backed up by innovative, powerful products, this company offers an array of enticing benefits to its associates. Still, even with its excellent reputation, it pays to do some research before signing up to be an associate with Talk Fusion. This unbiased Talk Fusion review covers all of the basics, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to participate. If you are looking for an established, reputable direct sales opportunity, however, chances are that Talk Fusion is right for you.
What is Talk Fusion?
Talk Fusion is a digital marketing tools company first and a direct sales opportunity second. This is an important distinction because all too often, direct sales opportunities lack the most important thing of all: products and services that people actually want. Talk Fusion is even better in some ways since it appeals to both businesses and individuals.
Rather than sell each of these products individually, Talk Fusion offers them in bundles, which they refer to as plans. If you decide to become an associate, your goal will be to sign as many people and businesses up for as many plans as possible–and to keep them enrolled to keep receiving monthly payments.
Video Email and Video Newsletter – As the name suggests, this plan includes these two products only. 5,000 contacts are also included, as with all other plans. Monthly cost: $25
Basic – This plan includes video email and video newsletters and adds sign-up forms, live meetings for up to 500 and video chat. Monthly cost: $50
Custom – This plan includes everything from the Basic plan plus 1 custom video email template per month and private branding for videos and newsletters. Monthly cost: $75
Earning Commissions as an Associate
Chances are that you are more concerned with how you earn commissions through Talk Fusion–and how much those commissions will be. Like most direct sales opportunities, there’s no “average” in terms of how much you can earn in commissions. The more you sell, the more you earn.
Talk Fusion has published an exhaustive guide to how their compensation plan works. The company is very transparent and straightforward about it, which is a very good sign.
First, for every monthly plan that you sell and is maintained, you earn commissions. You’ll get $5 per Video Email and Video Newsletter Plan; $10 per Basic plan; and $15 per Custom plan. There are no limit on these bonuses.
You also earn bonuses for Business Builder Packages, with the ability to earn a bonus of $120 for every $1,500 package that you sell. Other packages come with smaller bonuses.
The company also offers team commissions, which further incentivize you to grow your team. Each product is assigned a point value that is known as sales volume, or SV. When it pertains to your team, it is known as group sales volume, or GSV. You can earn up to a maximum of $50,000 per week in team commissions.
Talk Fusion also offers Mega Matching Bonuses that give you an extra 10-percent commission from sales by personally sponsored associates. Also, every month the company awards cash bonuses of up to $1,000 to the top 20 associates who personally sponsor the most new customers.
It’s also worth mentioning here that if you stick with this program and work your way up, you may be eligible for some pretty exciting perks. These include an all expenses paid tropical vacation, a Rolex watch, gold and diamond recognition rings and even a Mercedes-Benz luxury car. These and other perks are earned by achieving and maintaining certain commission ranks, which begin at Bronze and continue up through Double Diamond and beyond.
One of the top selling points of Talk Fusion is that it pays commissions really fast. Indeed, they bill it as “instant compensation,” and that’s basically true. Within three minutes of making a sale, the commission is credited to your PAYLUTION e-wallet account. You must then transfer the funds from your wallet to your bank account, so there’s a bit of a process. Also, you must sign up for the wallet, and a $3 fee applies.
Customer Service and Support
Talk Fusion associates enjoy a wealth of customer support resources. These begin with the Back Office, which you access through an intuitively designed interface. It is easy to navigate and understand, and it’s where you conduct most of your online business.
The company also publishes many guides, which are available in their knowledge center. Additionally, customer service is available during regular business hours, or you can always shoot a quick email to customer support. Watch below:
Pros and Cons
Some of the top advantages of Talk Fusion include:
Stellar Reputation – Founded in 2007 by Bob Reina, one of the most respected names in the marketing industry
There aren’t any major drawbacks to doing business with Talk Fusion. When stacked up against most other direct sales opportunities, it more than holds its own. Some folks complain about the small fees that are charged for various things, including the e-wallet, but those are just maintenance costs, and they pale in comparison to how much you stand to earn.
Recently, the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is focusing on bringing jobs back from China to the United States. For blue-collar workers, who are struggling with job cuts since the start of the Millennium, it may be a good sign. Already, the media is covering news of how American companies are trying to keep their promise of “Made in America” by cutting off-shore jobs. However, unknown to many news readers and the general public, cut-backs of Chinese labors and installing local plants is hardly going to work if the local jobs are overseen by robots instead of humans.
For instance, Ranir, maker of electric toothbrush, is just one of the many companies that are rolling-back operations from China. In theory, the company would bring the jobs back to the American people as it brought nearly one-fifth of the production to Grand Rapids. In China, these jobs were carried out by large number of workers because it needed huge man-power. For Americans, it will mean that there will be more jobs as Ranir produces nearly 13,000 toothbrush heads for major retailers such as Wall-mart and others. In reality, Ranir saved cost by automating its plants, which means that it will only need a handful of employees who can sit in their cubicle overseeing several robots in the new plant. As such, these robots will replace U.S. workers. In fact, the few human workers will also need to be tech-savvy, which will require more formal education and technical expertise.
According to Brad Hershbein, economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the trend of automation will likely continue to increase in the coming years. Therefore, the likely promise of Trump and Clinton to impose strict trade policies on China and giving back jobs to the Americans is fraught with challenges. In fact, Brad and several other industry analysts believe that automation will take more jobs away from Americans compared to the jobs provided by installing domestic manufacturing plants. They also claim that job cuts will continue as almost all major companies in the United States are reverting to automation. For instance, the Big Four of U.S. automobile industry depend on skilled humans to make small interior auto parts. However, in the coming two to three years, dexterous robots will also take over the skilled art.
Virgin Galactic has made headlines over the last few years as it pursues the ambitious goal of bringing civilians on paid excursions into space. The company recently announced that it received its operator license from the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST). The license was granted after officials examined the designs of the ship for safety and viability. Virgin Galactic views the acquisition of a license as a significant milestone in their long journey.
This news comes about two years after the company’s earlier model, the SpaceShip Two, was destroyed during a test flight in October 2014. Despite a crew fatality in the 2014 accident, the Virgin Galactic team has continued their efforts to create a stable and safe vehicle for their space touring program. They are currently working on a new model called the VSS Unity, which was named by Stephen Hawking. The current model is also the first one built by The Spaceship Company, which is Virgin Galactic’s own manufacturing branch.
While the company announced that their new ship was nearing completion in February 2016, they also plan to conduct many more tests as they move forward with the project. The company mentioned that they already have dozens of customers who have expressed interest in being on the first commercial flights when they are available. However, Virgin Galactic does not plan to rush development and will be conducting a series of rigorous trials in the months ahead.
Britain continues to feel the sting of its people’s vote to leave the European Union, and it looks like its tech industry is not immune from the damage. Prices are increasing for many of the large retailers of computers and other large electronics in the United Kingdom, including American and Asian firms, because of supposed uncertainty in the market following the Brexit vote.
The Brexit vote had many sad implications and broad-reaching consequences that deserve merit, but it also have profound impacts on specific sections of European culture and the global economy that also deserve to be spotlighted, and one of those specific areas is the tech industry. If British technical expertise can’t be coupled with that of the Germans and the buying power of the European Union’s common market, there are hundreds of millions of dollars of innovative, new technology that might be unnecessarily hindered because of trade barriers and barriers to free movement that didn’t have to be there in the first place.
Technology is going to be part of the future, even if we’re not ready for it. The United States can no longer dominate the world overwhelmingly all on its own, as a rising China and a continually powerful Japan and South Korea maintain a large presence in the tech industry, but we should hope that Europe could remain united if we want to continue to be able to compete for jobs, investments, and security into the 21st century.