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Regain Control From Nanny Zuck – How To Make Facebook Show You The News Again

February 21, 2018 |

Facebook Time Well Spent by Taking Control of Your Feed

The beginning of 2018 saw a dramatic change in how the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, presented its content. Curation has always been a real issue with Facebook, but users who were once empowered to decide their personal feed scroll are now actively being managed. Here’s how to gain back some control.

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Regaining Facebook Feed Control

It’s really not that complicated. Find a valued source, walk the browser to, click Like, and next to that button click Follow; while on the Follow button be sure to select See First. This way, valued content will continue to flow through your personal Facebook feed. Otherwise, Facebook has decided to curate content for its users, and information and news users relied upon, such as, are quieted in favor of bad vacation photos in front of monuments.

“One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent,” began CEO and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He went on to contend, “we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.”

Facebook Time Well Spent by Taking Control of Your Feed

This means content some found either objectionable or cumbersome is to be struck in order for a more personalized Facebook experience. As such, “we’re making a major change to how we build Facebook. I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” Mr. Zuckerberg explained.

It’s a grand, seemingly mature vision from the one animating Mr. Zuckerberg’s early enterprise: wooing college women. Facebook’s value, at least initially, was its personalization. If a user’s attraction to the platform was to “connect” with other people, then that option was beyond available through Friend requests, community forums, groups, and so forth.

Facebook Time Well Spent by Taking Control of Your Feed

Nanny Zuck

However, at some point Facebook became a distribution channel. The company sought outlets from across the spectrum, large conglomerates to niche news. Like a drug dealer, Facebook welcomed all comers, and many a business was built and maintained afloat through Facebook’s ever-growing user base. And then things began to change.

Mr. Zuckerberg and his crew have distinct business interests. To pretend otherwise is to be naive. Anecdotal and university level research suggests Facebook favored slants on the news over others, and often designated opinions out of its favor as “violating community standards.” Fair enough. It’s their company, their rules. But then the advertising revenue idea switched to promoted content, and, again, standards were all over the place.

Facebook Time Well Spent by Taking Control of Your Feed

It’s clear Mr. Zuckerberg has gone full Nanny: “We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being.” Furthermore, “Some news helps start conversations on important issues. But too often today, watching video, reading news or getting a page update is just a passive experience.”

Facebook is like that super beautiful woman who mistakes her winning of the genetic lottery with profundity, only to find out when her looks fade how little interest there actually is in her ideas. She’s often left shocked, stunned. Something like that is happening with Facebook and its success. Facebook believes its hype, ascribing to itself too much importance and, as a result, too much philosophical doo-goodery.

Facebook Time Well Spent by Taking Control of Your Feed

Take Control

The market will work it out, especially as competitors rise. A decade’s worth of social media experience has humbled the most aspirational of tech executives. Very often adults want shackles lifted and the power to decide what they see to be entirely their own. Businesses that head in the opposite direction, focusing on “well-being” rather than killer content for users, will fade.

For now, alternatives for social media are aplenty, even if Facebook dominates. In a crazy, always changing cryptocurrency ecosystem, having access to timely news from a trusted source only increases in value.

What do you think of Facebook’s changes? Let us know in the comments section.

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Stocks climb again as investors shake off inflation worries

February 14, 2018 |

Investors saw some new hints Wednesday that inflation is increasing, but they still sent banks, technology firms and consumer-focused companies climbing. That was a big change after the market’s inflation-inspired plunge earlier this month.

After a shaky start, stocks rose for the fourth straight…

L.A. Times – Business

Why Border Controls on Trade Will Rise Again in Europe

February 9, 2018 |

The British government’s clear rejection this week of any involvement in a customs union means one thing for British exporters, Stephen Fidler writes: a return to plenty of red-tape at the border. What’s News Europe


Larry Nassar Sentenced Again, Gets Up to 125 Years for Sexual Abuse

February 5, 2018 |

Larry Nassar was just sentenced to an additional 40-125 YEARS in prison … less than 2 weeks after a judge signed his “death warrant” with a 40-175 year term in a separate case. This time, the disgraced ex-Team USA doctor was being charged for…

Dead again? In Reality Bitcoin Is Up 729% Since Last February

February 3, 2018 |

Dead again? In Reality Bitcoin Is Up 729% Since Last February

The price of bitcoin has seen some corrections over the years, but really there have only been a few deep cuts. With the bearish dips in price over the past five weeks it’s always good to look at the historical view of value drops and the long-term achievements of the cryptocurrency economy in general.

Also read: Nassim Nicholas Taleb vs David Birch on The Bitcoin Standard

Mainstream Media Assumes the Cryptocurrency ‘Bubble Has Popped,’ But In Reality This Economy Is Just Getting Started

Dead again? In Reality Bitcoin Is Up 729% Since Last FebruaryIf you look at all the headlines across mainstream media publications today, lots of these ‘news sources’ claim “bitcoin is dead” and the “digital asset bubble has burst.” Cryptocurrency prices have been on a downward spiral since BTC/USD markets reached an all-time high above $ 19K in December of 2017. Of course, since that point, there’s been many predictions to how low values will fall as some predicted BTC markets to stop at $ 10,000, while a lot of speculators forecasted today’s low of $ 7,625, and some individuals think the value will still sink even lower. Since reaching a global average of $ 19,600 USD per BTC, the digital asset had lost approximately 61.22 percent when it arrived at its lowest point today. However, bitcoin markets have rebounded, and the loss is only 56 percent at the time of publication.

Even After the Big Dip Bitcoin's 70,000% Increase Is Far from Being 'Dead'
Since bitcoin’s price inception, the cryptocurrency has gained roughly 70,328.57 percent

Bitcoin’s Recent Five Week-Long Drop In Value Has Come Close to a Few Outlier Corrections  

A lot of people are looking at prior bitcoin price corrections to figure out where this one will lead. Historically bitcoin markets have seen a number of broad cuts in value, but this particular drop overwhelms four previous corrections. On December 16, 2017, BTC markets touched an all-time high and lost 61 percent in just five weeks leading to today. Even with the rebound, the dip outpaces the June 2012 Linode hack scare where bitcoin markets lost 36 percent. Additionally, the past month’s decline has been more prominent than the 2014 Mt Gox bankruptcy plunge (49%), and the value drop that was correlated to Chinese exchange bans back in September of 2017 (40%).

Even After the Big Dip Bitcoin's 70,000% Increase Is Far from Being 'Dead'
“I’ve Been Patiently Waiting For This Day To Arrive” chart created by FxDollarZz via Trading View.

However, there are three significant bitcoin market outlier corrections that have been far larger than this past drop. In 2011 the BTC market lost 94 percent of its value during the first hack of the Japanese exchange Mt Gox. Further, Mt Gox spurred another 79 percent selloff in 2013 when the platform halted trading. Lastly, bitcoin’s value sunk over 87 percent from November 2013 to January 2015 as the cryptocurrency experienced the longest ‘bear run’ in its history. There’s also been quite a few ‘major corrections’ over the 35 percentile mark, and every one has led the mainstream media and many newcomers to believe it’s time to close the casket on this ‘magical internet money.’

Even After the Big Dip Bitcoin's 70,000% Increase Is Far from Being 'Dead'
The “Historical Three looks to be completed” chart created by PentarhUdi via Trading View.

After the Big Dip, Bitcoin’s 70,000% Increase Is Far from Being ‘Dead’  

What these pundits don’t realize is even after this current price drop since bitcoin’s inception, the cryptocurrency has gained roughly 70,328 percent. Since last February BTC/USD markets are still up 720 percent and many other digital assets have seen even more substantial price gains year-over-year. Historically, for every two steps back, the value of bitcoin has leaped seven steps forward after nearly every correction.

Even After the Big Dip Bitcoin's 70,000% Increase Is Far from Being 'Dead'
This week the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Insider, Forbes, Bloomberg, and Barrons have published stories about bitcoin’s ‘crash’ and so-called “death spiral.”

Will this be the case again? We really don’t know, but cryptocurrencies have never ‘died’ and many believers feel the value of this economy will likely continue to rise over the long term. Those who say cryptocurrencies are in a death spiral have not looked at the whole picture.

Where do you see cryptocurrency market values going from here? Let us know in the comments below.

Images via Shutterstock, Reddit, Trading View, and Barrons. 

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Macron’s France Great Again? European Growth Outpaces U.S.

February 3, 2018 |

A revival of the French economy has helped the eurozone clock its strongest growth in a decade, outpacing the U.S. last year, as businesses shake off economic fears that had long gripped the country. What’s News Europe

Trump once again vows to lower drug prices, and once again you shouldn’t believe him

February 1, 2018 |

President Trump told some whoppers in this week’s State of the Union speech: His tax cuts were the biggest ever (they weren’t), he has added 2.4 million new jobs (only if you count former President Obama’s last few months in office), wages are finally rising (they’ve been slowly but steadily climbing…

L.A. Times – Business

US Slides Again in Ranking of World’s Best Countries

January 28, 2018 |

Call it the “Trump Effect.” For the second straight year, the United States has dropped in the annual US News Best Countries ranking, according to US News & World Report . The ranking is determined by a survey of more than 21,000 people around the world regarding their perceptions of…

Prince Is Free Again, but It May Have Cost a Fortune

January 27, 2018 |

One of the richest men in the world is once again a free man, but it may have cost him a fortune. Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal walked out of prison Saturday after being arrested on corruption charges as part of a sweeping roundup in November, reports Reuters . More…

U.S. economy slowed at year’s end, once again unable to sustain 3% growth

January 26, 2018 |

The U.S. economy slowed at the end of last year, once again unable to sustain 3% growth for very long in a trend that has plagued the recovery from the Great Recession.

The 2.6% figure for the October-December period reported Friday by the Commerce Department — the first of three estimates in the…

L.A. Times – Business