Alphabet Becomes Third-Most Valuable Company On Planet Earth – Amazon Takes Second

Technology becomes more widespread as years pass by. It’s crazy to think that just 30 years ago, mobile phones weighed pounds and had to be lugged around in briefcases, people went to department stores for a bulk of their shopping, and were reliant on pay phones – unless you were considered rich.

Today, the largest companies in the world are those that operate through websites, mobile phones, and other technological formats. Apple is currently the most valuable company on planet Earth.

What comes after Apple?

As of today, March 20, 2018, Amazon overtook Alphabet – the parent company of Google – as the second-most valuable company across the globe. Alphabet is currently valued at roughly $762.7 billion, whereas Amazon is worth about 3.5 billion more, at $766.3 billion.

Amazon has comfortably ridden a dramatic increase in stock price in 2018, raising roughly 35 percent from January 1 to March 20, 2018. When year-on-year growth is considered, Amazon’s common stock share price has risen a solid 85 percent.

Microsoft sits behind all three of the aforementioned companies with a valuation of $717.1 billion. How paltry! Pathetic.

Amazon unarguably has a more attractive, popular cloud storage system that does Google. While Google Cloud isn’t inherently bad, or full of flaws, or overly expensive, Amazon’s cloud business is simply better than Google’s.

Google Cloud, the Cloud Platform, and the G Suite line of services are hoped by Alphabet to beat out Amazon’s digital service solutions, though it’s certainly not happening anytime soon.

Amazon has even made a recent push into physical stores. Despite the unmatched convenience and profitability of online retailing, Amazon has likely made a solid, low-risk decision in constructing unmanned Amazon Go stores around the nation. The first installment was crafted in Seattle, Washington, just longer than one month ago.

Arguably, Alphabet’s best chance at competing with Amazon to regain the title of second-most-valuable company in the world is to partner with Walmart, Target, and other stores to sell its Google Assistant – which it’s already done.

Self-Driving Car’s Accident In Arizona Was Not Intentional Or Avoidable

In the early morning hours of Monday, March 19, 2018, a fully-automated Uber vehicle struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The 49-year-old female initially battled her quickly-depleting health, but later died at a hospital in Tempe.

Many people might think, upon first glance, that the unmanned Uber vehicle was unarguably at fault for the crash. Since when can cars drive themselves, right?

In actuality, even though the vehicle wasn’t being driven by anyone, an alert, trained driver was behind the wheel, but even she couldn’t stop the crash from happening. Local regulations in Tempe require all moving vehicles to have an alert, licensed driver behind the steering wheel; even if they didn’t, Uber still finds human drivers as a necessary, added layer of safety.

The self-steering, -braking, and -accelerating Volvo XC90 SUV was traveling at roughly 38 miles per hour in a 35 mph speed zone. Before calling “speeding robot!” think about how you and most other people on the road travel at least a handful of your odometer’s tick marks above the speed limit. 38 miles per hour in such a situation was entirely reasonable.

So, here’s what happened – a pedestrian entered a crosswalk with a bicycle and several plastic shopping bags, failing to watch out for traffic, when the self-driving Volvo XC90 struck the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.

The collision occurred at night, and the side of the road Herzberg shot out from was undeniably dark. Neither the human driver nor Uber’s self-driving intellectual property detected Herzberg in time. The woman presented herself in front of the Uber so quickly that police inspection of the Uber’s two cameras resulted in police claiming that “[Herzberg] came from the shadows right into the roadway.”

Tempe police agreed that how quickly she moved into the roadway made the collision practically impossible to avoid.

Nobody knows if Tempe, Arizona, police are going to release the front and rear cams on the self-driving Uber-branded Volvo. No passengers were inside the vehicle, and the case is still being investigated.

Cambridge Analytics Suspends CEO Alexander nix

Everybody who’s practically been alive since Saturday is all too familiar – or at least familiar, in the slightest – with Cambridge Analytica, a data firm specifically concentrating on its political uses.

Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to roughly 50 million Facebook accounts’ personal information and metadata, presumably allowing the firm to more closely tailor political marketing messages to Internet users, particularly those on Facebook.

It’s said that a scholar in the human sciences developed an app that asked personal questions about Facebook users, similar to other dating or personal life mobile applications. Through that application, which was then used by Cambridge Analytica, many gigabytes of data that turned out to be useful in advertising were mined, then combed through, used to make inferences, then pump out popular advertisements.

Here’s the newest of the news: Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive officer Alexander Nix was suspended from his position on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Alexander Tayler, the chief data officer of Cambridge Analytica, has been asked to act as the firm’s lead executive until more formal, permanent plans are finalized.

A popular news channel in Britain, Channel 4 News, published an exclusive piece on inappropriate behavior committed by Alexander Nix and others among the upper echelons of Cambridge Analytica. The publication was broadcast on Monday in the United Kingdom, just two days after Saturday, March 17’s dual reports from The New York Times and The Observer that initially detailed a link between 50 million Facebook profiles’ worth of data, Cambridge Analytics, Facebook, and even Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Nix was found at what was apparently a business meeting, of which an undercover reporter for Channel 4 News was present and acting as a wealthy client seeking his services, claiming he could reliably bribe politicians to throw their chances of election off, or even entrap them with sex workers, take video evidence, and ruin their careers.

Many state politicians in both the U.S. and U.K. are calling on Mark Zuckerberg’s insight to his company’s data breach.

New Solar Park in the Heart of India

India is in the midst of constructing the world’s largest solar park, which will provide power to hundreds of thousands in the country’s scorching-hot heartland.

The Pavagada solar park, when completed, will output 2,000 megawatts of electricity. This is enough to power over 700,000 households, the LA Times reports. The park comes at a time when India is investing in more renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.

The park, which already produces about 600 megawatts of power, is located in an area whose rocky fields cannot support agriculture. And so, the solar park is seen as a means to make use of the land.

The Pavagada solar park is the latest in a string of super-sized solar parks being built around the world. Meanwhile, as the park’s construction continues, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has become a champion of solar power on the international stage. He and French President Emmanuel Macron recently cohosted the first conference of the International Solar Alliance, an organization of nations committed to the use of solar power.

At the conference, Modi and Macron committed their countries to further investment in solar panel technology. In an India-France Joint Statement, the two leaders “stressed the importance of mobilizing public and private funds to support the development of solar energy.”

Despite harmony on the world stage, the Pavagada solar park isn’t without its problems. A new national sales tax has already increased the price of solar panels in India.

There are environmental concerns, too. Some locals believe the solar farm’s use of immense amounts of water, which is needed to clean the panels, will harm the environment.

But, generally, India’s move away from coal is widely praised. India’s renewable energy strategy is quickly becoming a model for other countries around the globe.

Mark Zuckerberg Discusses Compromised Facebook Data

Facebook is the largest social network and one of the most successful companies in the world. However, the company has come under fire from the media because of user data that was compromised. This is not the first time that Facebook has had very serious issues concerning the protection of the data of their users. However, this time the company is suffering very serious financial consequences. That was not the case before. The stock of Facebook fell $50 billion after the compromised data became public knowledge.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stayed quiet for five days after the scandal broke. Constant requests for comment from various media sources were denied. He finally posted a comment on his own Facebook page. He did admit that the company had made some mistakes when it came to the handling of the data entrusted to them by their users. He also said that changes will be made and the company will step up and make them. Zuckerberg said that he does take responsibility for what happened. However, he never apologized for allowing the data of Facebook users to be so easily compromised. Some critics have said that apologizing could be seen as admitting guilt and could open the door for a potential class action lawsuit against Facebook. It remains to be seen if that will happen.

Facebook has faced large public relations problems in the past and overcome them. However, this time might be different. The outrage from users who feel betrayed seems to be more intense than it has in the past. Will users finally decide that they have had enough and delete their accounts for good? Only time will tell if that will happen. There is no question that Zuckerberg and his team have a lot of work to do when it comes to regaining the confidence of the people who have made Facebook such a huge success. Zuckerberg did not lay out any specific things he would do to fix the problem in his statement.

Adam Milstein: The Most Precious Gift To Children

In today’s world, children have much to deal with each day. Living in a world where violent attacks have become almost a daily occurrence, it’s crucial children know adults have not forgotten about them. To do exactly this, Adam Milstein uses his writing talents on the Times of Israel blog to give Jewish individuals another voice in the world. In his most recent article “Pride and Courage: Gifts to Our Children in 2018,” Adam Milstein makes it clear that for Jewish children to survive in today’s world, the adults in their lives must give them such gifts as pride, innovation, knowledge, persistence, and others in an effort to help them lead fulfilling lives.

Feeling strongly that today’s Jewish children must use these gifts to achieve security, freedom, and prosperity, Adam Milstein has taken numerous steps to see this happen. Along with being a regular contributor to the Times of Israel, Adam and his wife Gila have chosen to start a foundation to help not only Jewish children worldwide, but also families and various Jewish organizations. The Milstein Family Foundation, which supports a variety of pro-Israeli groups and organizations, is strongly committed to the concept of education, and of keeping many parts of the Jewish heritage alive. To do so, Adam’s foundation makes it a monthly effort to send numerous families diverse collections of books that concentrate on aspects of Jewish faith and heritage. By doing so, Adam feels his foundation is able to give the gifts to children they so desperately need to succeed in today’s world.

Along with the many endeavors the Milstein Family Foundation is involved with throughout the year, there are also many other ways in which Adam Milstein helps the Jewish community. For example, due to his success as a real estate entrepreneur, Adam spends much of his time working with communities and Jewish organizations to develop ways to create various types of community centers, schools, and other facilities. By being an ardent supporter of the Jewish heritage and community, there is no doubt Adam impacts the lives of many Jewish families and children each day.

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Jeunesse Global Is Helping People Wake Up And Sleep Better

Jeunesse Global has released a new product called AM & PM Essentials. Initially, these products were going to be sold separately, but the managers of Jeunesse felt that waking up energetic is just as important as going to bed peaceful, so they decided to make this a package deal at an extremely low price.

AM Essentials is filled with a variety of vitamins to help people hit the ground running in the morning. Vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and vitamin D are some of the fantastic healthy supplements found in AM Essentials. People taking AM Essentials will notice the difference in less than a week. Upon waking up, there will not be a desire to lay in bed and do nothing, but there will be a desire to get up and get the day started.

PM Essentials include everything found in AM Essentials and more. PM Essentials is known for soybean and brown seaweed. PM Essentials causes the brain to reduce stress and negative thinking. This promotes healthy sleep. PM Essentials also helps the brain not crave sweets at night. In this regard, PM Essentials is a dietary supplement.

Jeunesse Global came into existence a decade ago. The originators of Jeunesse Global wanted to create products made in America for the American people. The originators decided to do this so they could control every vitamin and other items that go into each product. Though they intended to help America, Jeunesse Global instantly became a worldwide sensation. Today, Jeunesse products are distributed to every country on a daily basis. Jeunesse has also rebuilt its customer service department. There are representatives available from every language, and the customer service department is open every hour of every day. Jeunesse is planning on creating more products over the next few months, and they are planning on establishing a headquarters in just about every country within the next seven years.

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Market America Helps Customers Get The Best Prices

Often times, customers are looking for some kind of discount in order to save money. They often hold up the lines at the store because they don’t agree with the price that is being charged. One of the reasons behind this is that it can be frustrating if one does not get the price of the product that they feel they have been promised. Another thing that can be very frustrating is if a product is charged at a price that is a lot higher than the price tag. This is the type of frustration that Market America knows all too well.

Market America offers customers an opportunity to maximize the amount of money they save. They allow customers to do comparison shopping so that they will get the lowest price they can. This allows them to find the right products at a low price so that they do not wind up spending all of their hard-earned money. After all, Market America states that money saved is money earned. This is very true for people that are shopping on a budget. Another thing that is worth noting is that people who manage to save money by sticking with the sales are those that often find themselves with a little more money when there is a deficit.

The most important thing for a business to do is make sure that the customer feels that they are getting more than what they are paying for. This will bring the customer back to the store. One thing they can do is sell the items at the price they feel it is worth while providing some of the best services possible. This is one thing that Market America does for the customers. They make the customers feel as if they are valued. Therefore, the customer is willing to spend their money at the place.

http://www.unfranchisemerchandise.com/ecommerce/market-america.html

Jason Hope: Bringing Awareness to IoT and Giving Back

Jason Hope is a philanthropist, futurist, investor, technology enthusiast, entrepreneur and author. As a Scottsdale, Arizona native Hope continues to give back to his community by researching and contributing to causes he is deeply passionate about. He focuses his contributions on efforts to advance in technology and medicine as well as, investing and mentoring young students and entrepreneur’s through his grant program. After earning his Degree in finance from Arizona State, he went on to earn his MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P Carey School of Business. He then went on to found a number of technology start-ups, resulting in his authoritative reputation in the tech industry.

Thanks to his talents and years of experience, Hope was able to compiled his knowledge and expertise into a book titled ‘Understanding the Internet of Things Revolution: A Quick Guide for Thriving in the IoT era.’ The book is a compilation of his understandings of everything Iot related. Jason Hope a firm believer in the future of IoT and a skillful futurist, predicts that technology will increasingly become a part of the day to day lives of people around the world and very soon. He wrote this book in hopes of bringing the public level of understanding, of this technology, to a deeper level.

After successfully generating enough income from his Phoenix based companies, Hope began contributing to organizations and individuals in philanthropist efforts to change the lives of the public for the better. One organization he avidly supports, starting with a half a million-dollar donation back in 2010, is the SENS research Foundation.

SENS is a non-profit, regenerative medical research organization focused on taking a different approach to modern medicine. Instead of treating diseases such as, Alzheimer’s and diabetes after its manifested, their goal is targeting these age related diseases before they even occur. Not just as a cosmetic youth serum but to improve the quality of human life. They plan on achieving this feat by addressing “unwanted molecular bonds and restoring the elasticity of the body’s extracellular matrix.” As SENS, CSO and cofounder Aubrey de Grey explains. Jason Hopes $500,000 contribution will further fund this ground breaking research. Arizona Entrepreneur Jason Hope Predicts the End of Aging As a leader in the technology markets, Jason Hope continues to generously donate his time, knowledge and resources in efforts to advance medicine, technology and young minds.

https://ideamensch.com/jason-hope/

Jeunesse Global captures the market’s attention with Luminesce moisturizer

When Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis informed their friends that they were planning on getting back into the entrepreneurial game with a health and beauty company, many of them shook their heads. None could say that they were genuinely surprised, however. While most people in their ritzy and exclusive gated community enjoyed the leisurely life of golf courses, grandkids and second bottles of merlot, Ray and Lewis seemed to have a fire lit inside them that simply wouldn’t allow the industrious couple to fully enjoy the idleness of retirement.

It was this innate drive to excel that gave birth to Jeunesse Global. Incredibly, Ray and Lewis founded the company out of their garage in 2009, growing it from absolute scratch without outside financing of any kind. Ray put his experience as one of the most formidable salesmen in the global direct-marketing industry to work, crafting a business plan that remains one of the most lucrative and competitive opportunities for people to own their own distributing businesses in the world today.

Meanwhile, Lewis got busy spotting unmet market needs and creating some of the most innovative and revolutionary products that the health and beauty industry had seen in decades. One result of her efforts was the company’s now-famous moisturizer known as Luminesce.

Luminesce uses a special and secret molecule that is known cryptically as APT-200. The substance was developed by scientists working on behalf of Jeunesse Global and can only be found in the company’s products. APT-200 has been clinically proven to reduce current wrinkles, prevent the appearance of new wrinkles, restore skin’s natural elasticity and to give skin a vibrant and youthful glow that can help turn back the clock on aging.

In addition to the powerful effects of APT-200, Luminesce is also a world-class moisturizing lotion. It contains skin-strengthening and healing ingredients like aloe vera. The lotion is designed for busy professionals and others who have extremely limited time, which is a theme found throughout all of Jeunesse’s products. In just a single application in the morning, Luminesce can help skin stay health and great-looking for the entire workday.

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