At the Sunrise Café...

  ... you can write about whatever you want.  And please think of supporting this blog by doing your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon, which is always right there in the sidebar. Thanks! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse

Facebook should be broken up, FTC and states allege in pair of lawsuits

The social network is under pressure to spin off Instagram and WhatsApp.
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Ftc

The tranquil sight of Shinto priests in Tokyo

An unusually quiet Tokyo moment that felt a world away from the world just outside.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo

Facebook Teams Up With Cultural Institutions on Instagram AR Effects

Facebook teamed up with Le Grand Palais, the Palace of Versailles and The Smithsonian to bring parts of the collections of the cultural institutions from France and the U.S. to Instagram users via augmented reality effects. The effects were built using Facebook's Spark AR platform, and they will enable Instagram users to spin the works...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, France, Advertising, Artificial Intelligence, Versailles, Social Pro Daily

Leading Thoughts for December 10, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Morgan Housel on finding the sensible balance between optimism and pessimism: “Optimism is usually defined as a belief that things will go well. But that’s incomplete. Sensible optimism is a belief that the odds are in your favor, and over time things will balance out to a good outcome even if what happens in between is filled with misery. And in fact...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Morgan Housel, Leading Thoughts, Arthur Jensen


Huge art that I saw on walls and buildings around Paris. We were in the Place d’italie area. I haven’t been there in a long time. This is the exterior of a movie theatre. They should open December 15. I hope they haven’t gone out of business during this time. A pretty building where famous carpets are made, Gobelins. There were three huge works of art in the same region. Very impressive. I liked this one the best. And even the artist who does all of the Sp...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, House, Paris, Gobelins

Facebook tried and failed multiple times to acquire a mystery competitor that wasn't Twitter or Snapchat, according to the FTC's new lawsuit

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019 Andrew Harnik/AP The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from 46 states, plus DC and Guam, both filed lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. Both suits allege that Facebook broke anti-trust laws and participated in monopolistic behavior by acquiring Instagram and WhatsApp.  "Facebook has, for many years, continued to engage in a course of anticompetitive conduct with the aim of suppressing, neutralizing, and deter...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, UK, News, Instagram, Washington, US, Trends, Snapchat, New York Times, Reddit, Federal Trade Commission, Business Insider, Ftc, WhatsApp Facebook

This container house in the middle of the desert can be yours for $3.5M

Envisioned by Whitaker Studio architecture firm, the so-called Starburst Container House in Joshua Tree will be built from shipping containers arranged in the shape of a sta
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Snap launches a native Twitter integration

Twitter is partnering with Snap to bring tweets into Snapchat with a native integration that both companies hope will push users away from screenshots and towards more interactive embeds. Twitter users who are also logged into the Snapchat app on their phone will be able to access the functionality by tapping share on a particular tweet and navigating to the Snapchat icon where they’ll be able to share and react or comment on a Twitter post and send it to a friend or share on their story. The...
Tags: Android, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Computing, Reddit, Api, Soundcloud

The top 10 Golden Visas the ultrawealthy are scrambling to get ahead of the holidays

Senglea marina in Grand Bay, Valetta, Malta. Dado Daniela/Getty Images Astons, an investment immigration and relocation provider, has released its list of the most popular Golden Visas wealthy individuals are looking to obtain this holiday season.  The list includes countries such as Cyprus, Malta, and Jersey, where the minimum cost of investment in order to obtain a Golden Visa can run into the millions.  Many countries have these "Golden Visa programs" — also known as "citizenship by inv...
Tags: Europe, London, Instagram, France, Trends, Eu, Spain, Cyprus, Cnn, Porsche, United Kingdom, New York Times, Connecticut, Bulgaria, Monaco, Jordan

FTC files lawsuit in an effort to split Instagram and WhatsApp away from Facebook (Update: FB response)

Back in October, the US Justice Department went after Google in a massive antitrust lawsuit filed against the company. We heard that...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Ftc, US Justice Department, Facebook update

'It's better to buy than compete': The FTC is using Mark Zuckerberg's own words against him. Read the Facebook CEO's crucial emails here.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019 Andrew Harnik/AP The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Wednesday, accusing the company of buying WhatsApp and Instagram to neutralize competition instead of creating their own services to compete against them. Internal emails written by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were made public in the lawsuit, and the documents reveal how the executive and others in leadership perceived the two companies as thre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Washington, US, Trends, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Congressional, Andrew Harnik

Photographer discovers and develops 19th century child's cat photo

Mathieu Stern (previously) found a 120-year-old keepsake box containing childhood memorabilia, including two glass negatives of beloved pets. So he developed them and colorized them. Image: YouTube / Mathieu Stern
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Google has launched COVID-19 information panels in its search results to tackle misinformation about vaccines

The near search feature will show information panels on each vaccine. Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images Google rolled out new COVID-19 information panels on its search results Thursday to provide people with accurate information on vaccines. The new feature will list authorized vaccines in the user's location, and show information panels on each one, Google said in a blog post. The panels will first be launched in the UK which began vaccinating people Tuesday. It'll then be introd...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, European Union, Bill Gates, Pfizer, Pew Research Center, Andrew Matthews, BioNtech, Getty Images Google, Imran Ahmed, Kate Duffy

It’s #Ad Season. Don’t believe everything you see.

It’s the holiday season and our feeds are currently stuffed with gorgeous filtered photos and fifteen second videos warmed with soft music – all with one clear and focused goal: to make us buy and follow, follow and buy. Keep your wits about you. It’s a tricky season in the best of years, but at the end of the soul-suck that is 2020, we are more than a little ready to believe that others are handling life/garden/finances/decor/gift giving/holiday baking and of course, personal hygiene, a great ...
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Photographer discovers and prints a 19th century child's cat photo

Mathieu Stern (previously) found a 120-year-old keepsake box containing childhood memorabilia, including two glass negatives of beloved pets. So he printed them and colorized them. Image: YouTube / Mathieu Stern
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How to update to the new version of Instagram messaging that incorporates Facebook Messenger features

You can update Instagram to get Facebook Messenger features on the app. Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images You can update Instagram messaging to a new version that incorporates Facebook Messenger features. You can find the option to upgrade by tapping the direct message icon at the top right of the screen.  Here's everything you need to know about the new updated Instagram messaging. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Thanks to an Instagram ...
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This Beautiful 360-Degree Camera Needs Its Software to Catch Up

Although they enjoyed a surge in popularity when products like made VR more accessible, 360-degree cameras have always been a niche product, if only because viewing and sharing 360-degree imagery is a challenge. Vecnos wants to change that with a slick 360-degree camera called the IQUI and a new app…Read more...
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Some influencers are secretly using ghostwriters to respond to OnlyFans messages

Webfluential / Getty Images Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.The paywall-content platform OnlyFans has recently surged in popularity among influencers on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.This week, I wrote about how many of these influencers have leaned into the messaging component of OnlyFans, rather than the explicit content that made the platform famous.In short:...
Tags: Facebook, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Kentucky, Advertising, US, Trends, Georgia, Star, Sydney, Broadway, North America, Los Angeles Times, Ftc, Influencers

Instagram launches shopping in Reels, its TikTok rival

Instagram today is launching Shopping in Reels, its TikTok competitor. The new feature was announced in October as something the company had in the works, as part of a ongoing series of shopping-related updates to the Instagram app. With today’s launch, both businesses and creators will be able to tag products when they create Reels — the short-form videos that now have their own tab in Instagram following last month’s redesign. Instagram expands shopping on IGTV, plans test of shopping on ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, Shopify, Trump, Bambuser, Reels, IGTV, Tiktok, Alibaba Amazon Google

Survey: Americans think Big Tech isn’t so bad after all

Will Johnson Contributor Share on Twitter Will Johnson is CEO of The Harris Poll, one of the world’s leading public opinion research firms. In government, there’s rare bipartisan consensus on taking down Big Tech . Capping a 16-month investigation, a Democratic-controlled House committee recently identified Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google as monopolies that snuff out competition and innovation, equating the Bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Column, Instagram, Congress, Government, Social Media, Joe Biden, Policy, House, Antitrust, Biden

Tiny-house boat a sunrise.

At first, I thought it was an ice shanty out there...    ... but there's no ice.    If it's a houseboat, it's a tiny-house boat. It looked pretty out there in the morning light. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Tiny House, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

US stocks dip as stimulus hopes waver and jobless claims hit 11-week high

Scott Heins/Getty Images US stocks edged lower on Thursday amid disappointing economic data and slowed stimulus progress.New US weekly jobless claims jumped to an unadjusted 853,000 for the week that ended Saturday, handily exceeding the 725,000 estimate. The reading also marks the highest total in 11 weeks.Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over a new fiscal relief package. The House voted Wednesday night to fund the government for an additional week and buy more time for stimulus n...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Markets, Tesla, Bloomberg, House, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Oil Price, Airbnb, Fda, Pfizer

Facebook faces U.S. lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every...
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48 U.S. States and FTC are suing Facebook for illegal monopolization

The US Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of 48 state attorneys general on Wednesday filed a pair of sweeping antitrust suits against Facebook, alleging that the company abused its power in the marketplace to neutralize competitors through its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp and depriving users of better privacy-friendly alternatives. "Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy — [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Ftc, US Federal Trade Commission, U S States, Ravie Lakshmanan

10 things in tech you need to know today

Nick Wass/Associated Press Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Event alert: Join us Thursday, December 17 at 3 p.m. ET for a panel discussion on how to get hired in VC. Sign up here.Facebook faces a breakup after being hit with double lawsuits. Both lawsuits, from the FTC and 46 states, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Instagram, Microsoft, Ipo, Trends, Connecticut, The Times, Sony, Zappos, Sundar Pichai, Ftc, Nordic, Tony Hsieh

Shaq Shoots His Shot at Megan Thee Stallion on Instagram Live

It’s no secret that Megan Thee Stallion is one of the hottest/sexiest female rappers in the game and literally everyone in the industry wants a piece of her WAP. Rapper Slim Thug has made countless attempts to get at Megan via Instagram and often comments under her posts professing his love for her. Most recently, Slim commented under one of Megan’s IG posts stating: “My home is your home” along with the heart eyes emoji. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Celebs, Instagram, Funny, Sports, Hip Hop, Nba, Pop Culture, Hilarious, Jazz, Lol, Slim, Shaq, Meg, Megan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dear Santa

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