Monday, July 24, 2023

Friendly Fire: Dan Goldman Demolishes the Biden Defense in Whistleblower Hearing

Blackstone Wins Private Equity’s Race to $1 TrillionWall Street Journal

It's a track record which reached federal Parliament this week, with explanations demanded in question time and heated debate in Senate Estimates after The Australian Financial Review revealed the little-known Paladin had been awarded contracts worth $423 million to provide refugee services on Manus Island.

Google it? People now are searching with TikTok or Reddit

Washington Post: “For a generation of internet users looking for answers, Google was the first stop. Google became so associated with search that its name became synonymous with the act of seeking information online. But there are signs that’s changing…To be sure, Google is still a dominant force in search. The platform still holds 90 percent of the search engine market, according to SimilarWeb, a software and data company. But increasingly, users, especially Gen Z ones, are complaining, and the signs of decline are many. In 2021, TikTok briefly dethroned Google as the world’s most popular domain, according to Cloudflare, a web security firm. About 40 percent of Gen Z — those born between 1997 and 2012 — prefers to discover information on platforms other than Google, according to datapresented last year by Prabhakar Raghavan, a senior vice president at Google. Google’s share of revenue from search advertising in the United States is expected to fall to 54 percent this year, down from 67 percent in 2016, according to eMarketer, a research firm. Users bemoan the product’s declining utility in viral tweets and TikToks and trade information on more reliable methods of hunting down information. Google itself is aware of this issue and recently announced a slew of updates to the service, including new AI-generated search results at its annual conference…”

AFP Operation Dolos-EMMA8 began in August 2022 after an Australian bank alerted the AFP about unusual financial transactions

The big four are on the nose, but the stench is coming from elsewhere Parnell Palme McGuinness Columnist

Untenable for govt to be gutted, leaving the Big 4 to be both poacher and gamekeeper 

Americans turning to installment apps Klarna, Affirm to buy groceries The Atlanta Journal Constitution

RIP BuzzFeed News, intelligence agency propaganda conduit Al Mayadeen. Unsurprising, if true.

Leaked files suggest hidden British hand in latest Kerch Bridge strike Kit Klarenberg, The Grayzone

Typo leaks millions of US military emails to Mali web operator FT

Congratulations! The US Is 32nd Worldwide On Broadband Affordability Techdirt


Friendly Fire: Dan Goldman Demolishes the Biden Defense in Whistleblower HearingJonathan Turley

IRS whistleblowers air claims to Congress about ‘slow-walking’ of the Hunter Biden caseOrlando Sentinel. Commentary:

       Literary fiction 

       At Esquire Will Blythe finds: 'In the golden age of magazines, short stories reigned supreme. Has the digital revolution killed their cultural relevance ?' in The Life, Death -- And Afterlife -- of Literary Fiction


160,000 SAG-AFTRA Members to Strike with 11,000 of the Writers Guild for 1st Time in 60 Years Payday Report


We’re All Mice Trying to Chew Through a Trillion Dollar Tree How Things Work


Remote work to wipe out $800 billion from office values, McKinsey says Crain’s Chicago Business


The fight over working from home goes globalThe Economist


Libertarian Squillionaire Titanic Submersible Darwin Award Winner


Notes on George Washington’s Farewell Address: The Evils of Political Parties

”How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?” –Dr. Samuel Johnson