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InLoop – Online magazine covering Design-Tech-Digital News and events! http://inloop.in Get in loop with Design, Tech and Digital world! Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:57:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 http://inloop.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/cropped-InLoop-Site-Icon-Yellow-32x32.png InLoop – Online magazine covering Design-Tech-Digital News and events! http://inloop.in 32 32 Unions Push F.T.C. to Study if Amazon Warps the Economy http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/unions-push-f-t-c-to-study-if-amazon-warps-the-economy/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/unions-push-f-t-c-to-study-if-amazon-warps-the-economy/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:57:55 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/technology/amazon-unions-ftc.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/technology/amazon-unions-ftc.html SEATTLE — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with its 1.4 million truck drivers, warehouse workers and other transportation laborers, does not represent any Amazon workers, nor is it organizing them.…

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SEATTLE — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with its 1.4 million truck drivers, warehouse workers and other transportation laborers, does not represent any Amazon workers, nor is it organizing them. But the union keeps butting into the e-commerce giant, which ships billions of packages a year.

The Teamsters joined several other major labor unions in filing a petition Thursday asking the Federal Trade Commission to open a wide-ranging study into Amazon’s business practices. The unions, which represent more than five million American workers, hope to sic the antitrust regulator on a company increasingly reaching into the industries they represent.

“We wanted to demonstrate that there is a real desire to see them take this on,” said Michael Zucker, director of Change to Win, a federation of labor unions that led the effort.

The petition asks the F.T.C. to use its broad powers to gather nonpublic information about a company’s or industry’s effects on commerce. In a 28-page document with 149 footnotes, the unions lay out areas they think the F.T.C. should explore, including whether Amazon requires companies to use more of its services to succeed on its marketplace.

The petition, which took several months to prepare, is a greatest hits of concerns reported in the press, but the unions said it should just be a starting point.

“You could just say to the F.T.C., ‘Look into this company,’” Mr. Zucker said. “The reason why we laid out a detailed case for why was because we were trying to convince the F.T.C. in the request that they look at the company in all of its manifestations and all of its systems.”

Amazon said it had created more than 500,000 jobs domestically for people with various education levels, training and skills.

In an Op-Ed published[1] in The New York Times this month, Jay Carney, who runs the company’s communications and policy teams, argued that Amazon used its scale for good. “Because Amazon is a large company with hundreds of thousands of employees, as well as contractual relationships with hundreds of thousands of other businesses of all sizes, what we do can generate positive ripple effects across the country,” he wrote.

Mr. Carney said the company’s minimum wage of $15 an hour had pushed other employers to increase pay, and “in keeping with what political leaders say they want to see from companies, Amazon has plowed $270 billion into the domestic economy since 2010.” That sum includes[2] money Amazon has spent on payroll, buildings, equipment and other business investments.

Various liberal groups have gone after Amazon for its impact on workers, competition and communities around the country. Last year, many of the groups formed a coalition[3] called Athena to coordinate their criticism of the company. Competitors like Walmart have funded[4] research into negative impacts of Amazon.

The company has also become a target for elected officials, including candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee for president. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has pressured it over the wages and working conditions for its warehouse employees. Senator Elizabeth Warren has said it should be broken up. And former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said last year[5] that he had “nothing against Amazon, but no company pulling in billions of dollars of profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers.”

Amazon has yet to disclose receiving requests for information from antitrust investigators at the Justice Department or F.T.C., and it has not been publicly targeted by state attorneys general, unlike Google and Facebook. The company has continued its push into even faster deliveries and recently announced it was building a warehouse dedicated to the kind of house-brand products that critics say push smaller competitors out of the market.

While Amazon’s workers are not unionized, those at some suppliers and competitors are, and they feel pressure to adapt to Amazon’s business. For the Teamsters, Amazon is a major customer of the transportation companies where they work, and the company is building its own delivery network through a series of small contractors and gig-economy drivers, who aren’t unionized.

“We have watched Amazon’s logistics infrastructure grow pretty exponentially over the past few years,” said Iain Gold, a director with the Teamsters. “That has a direct impact when we are at the bargaining table with UPS or DHL or other companies.”

In their 2018 contract negotiations, UPS and the Teamsters agreed to create a new job type[6], with lower pay, to service demand for weekend e-commerce deliveries, a trade-off that some union members resisted.

In their petition, the unions ask the F.T.C. to study whether Amazon forces its third-party merchants to buy its delivery fulfillment services if they want to rank high and succeed on the site, a move that they say could harm competing shipping and logistics providers.

Amazon said its fulfillment services were optional, but many sellers loved them “because it gives them peace of mind knowing that shipping logistics and customer service are taken care of 24-7, year-round,” a spokesman, Jack Evans, said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the F.T.C., Betsy Lordan, said the agency had received the labor groups’ petition.

In 2000, the Communications Workers of America tried to organize Amazon’s customer service workers, as an outgrowth of its work with the telecom industry. The company pushed[7] back, and the unionization effort failed.

The union has since followed how the company affects its industries. It represents workers in AT&T’s retail stores, which compete with Amazon for phone sales, for example, and the union in January announced plans to organize tech workers, starting with people in the gaming industry.

Tom Smith, head organizer at the communication workers’ union, said it turned to the F.T.C. because much about Amazon’s business is still a mystery, even to a union that has followed it for two decades. “We see a company that we know very little about, that is very secretive, that there are just tons of unknowns,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Smith declined to comment on whether his union was trying to organize Amazon’s tech workers. (The NewsGuild, which represents journalists at The New York Times, is part of the C.W.A.)

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents grocery workers at companies like Kroger and Safeway, began closely tracking Amazon after it bought[8] Whole Foods for more than $13 billion in 2017. The move catapulted Amazon from the 17th-largest grocer in the country to the sixth largest, according to the investment bank Cowen.

The grocery workers’ union was particularly interested in a question the petition asks the F.T.C. to study: whether Amazon depresses wages in areas where it is a major employer. The petition estimated that half of all warehouse workers in Mercer County, N.J., were employed by Amazon. Federal data shows that warehouse wages in the county have fallen 18 percent since 2014, when Amazon opened its largest fulfillment center in the state there, according to the petition.

Mr. Evans said that Whole Foods represented just 4 percent of grocery sales domestically, and that Walmart and Kroger sell far more. “This competition ultimately leads to innovation for consumers, as you can see across the grocery industry right now,” he said.

The Service Employees International Union, with two million members in health care, the public sector and other industries, also joined the petition.

The labor groups are making a novel use of the F.T.C.’s right to conduct research into how a market or industry works, using its legal authority to compel companies to provide private information. The results of these studies can influence policy changes at the agency or inform its efforts to police an industry.

In the past, these studies have been used to look at other industries, as varied as data brokers and pharmaceuticals. One study into hospital mergers bolstered the agency’s ability to successfully challenge new deals, while others have led to legislative changes. This year, the agency said it would research smaller acquisitions by major tech companies, including Amazon.

It is far less common for the agency to do what the unions are requesting: begin an inquiry explicitly into a single company.

“Generally, if you want to investigate a company you open up an investigation and you investigate them using the normal enforcement authority,” said Michael Kades, the director of markets and competition policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a former F.T.C. lawyer.

While these types of studies are separate from the agency’s enforcement investigations into specific alleged legal violations, information they unearth can be used to advance cases against the companies in question.

Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School and an advocate for greater antitrust enforcement, said the approach made sense because the F.T.C. has struggled to find a single route into an investigation of Amazon — where low consumer prices provide a shield against antitrust action. (Mr. Wu is on the advisory board of the Open Markets Institute, an influential group that has called for the breakup of Amazon. He is also a New York Times contributing opinion writer.)

“I think the unions here are thinking, ‘There’s a lot of concerns raised by Amazon and the F.T.C. kind of has a blind spot,’” said Mr. Wu, who reviewed a draft of the groups’ petition.

Karen Weise reported from Seattle, and David McCabe from Washington.

References

  1. ^ published (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ includes (blog.aboutamazon.com)
  3. ^ formed a coalition (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ have funded (www.wsj.com)
  5. ^ said last year (www.reuters.com)
  6. ^ a new job type (www.huffpost.com)
  7. ^ pushed (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ bought (www.nytimes.com)

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Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan’s Censorship Rules http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/facebook-google-and-twitter-rebel-against-pakistans-censorship-rules/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/facebook-google-and-twitter-rebel-against-pakistans-censorship-rules/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:45:35 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/technology/pakistan-internet-censorship.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/technology/pakistan-internet-censorship.html MUMBAI, India — When Pakistan’s government unveiled some of the world’s most sweeping rules on internet censorship this month, global internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were expected to…

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MUMBAI, India — When Pakistan’s government unveiled some of the world’s most sweeping rules on internet censorship this month, global internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were expected to comply or face severe penalties — including the potential shutdown of their services.

Instead, the tech giants banded together and threatened to leave the country and its 70 million internet users in digital darkness.

Through a group called the Asia Internet Coalition, they wrote a scathing letter[1] to Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan. In it, the companies warned that “the rules as currently written would make it extremely difficult for AIC Members to make their services available to Pakistani users and businesses.”

Their public rebellion, combined with pressure and lawsuits from local civil libertarians, forced the government to retreat. The law remains on the books, but Pakistani officials pledged this week to review the regulations and undertake an “extensive and broad-based consultation process with all relevant segments of civil society and technology companies.”

“Because Pakistan does not have any law of data protection, international internet firms are reluctant to comply with the rules,” said Usama Khilji, director of Bolo Bhi, an internet rights organization based in Islamabad, the country’s capital.

The standoff over Pakistan’s digital censorship law, which would give regulators the power to demand the takedown of a wide range of content, is the latest skirmish in an escalating global battle. Facebook, Google and other big tech companies, which have long made their own rules about what is allowed on their services, are increasingly tangling with national governments seeking to curtail internet content that they consider harmful, distasteful or simply a threat to their power.

India is expected to unveil new censorship guidelines any day now, including a requirement that encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp tell the government how specific messages moved within their networks. The country has also proposed a new data privacy law[2] that would restrict the activities of tech companies while exempting the government from privacy rules.

Vietnam passed its own cybersecurity law in 2018[3], with similar provisions to what Pakistan passed. Singapore recently began using its rules against “fake news” to go after critics and opposition figures[4] by forcing social networks like Facebook to either take down certain posts or add the government’s response to them.

The unified resistance by Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies in Pakistan is highly unusual. Companies often protest these types of regulations, but they rarely threaten to actually leave a country. Google pulled its search engine out of China in 2010 rather than submit to government censorship of search results, but LinkedIn agreed to self-censor its content when it entered China in 2014[5] and Apple acceded to Chinese demands to remove apps[6] that customers had used to bypass the country’s Great Firewall.

Chinmayi Arun, a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, said the collective threat by the tech companies to leave Pakistan was a brilliant new tactic to fight authoritarian policies.

“If it was just Google threatening this or Facebook threatening this, Pakistan might say go ahead,” said Ms. Arun, who founded the Center for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi. “It’s more risky for the Pakistani government to have all of these services withdraw together.”

In Pakistan, like much of the world, Facebook, TikTok, WhatsApp and YouTube routinely top the charts of most popular apps.

Under the new regulations, formally known as the Citizen Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, social media services must remove or block content within 24 hours of a request from a newly appointed officer, called the national coordinator. Companies must also prevent the live-streaming of any type of content the authorities say is objectionable and label as “false” anything the government deems to be so.

In addition, the companies must open permanent offices in Islamabad and set up servers to store data in the country. Violations of the law are subject to fines of more than $3 million, with the authorities even empowered to block services entirely.

Pakistani officials denied the new regulations were aimed at curbing free speech.

Firdous Ashiq Awan, the adviser to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, said in a policy statement this month that the rules were introduced to protect the social, cultural and religious values of the country.

She added that “under the new laws, action could be taken against those who speak against national institutions and sovereignty” — a veiled reference to the military.

Shahzada Zulfiqar, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, urged the government to rescind the regulations, which were adopted without any warning or public consultation.

“The new laws will not only cause deterioration of a digital economic future for Pakistan but also decrease freedom of expression, increase censorship and diminish digital rights,” he said.

The U.S. government also expressed concern about the new restrictions. On Tuesday, the State Department tweeted[7] that they could be a “setback to freedom of expression” and hamper the development of Pakistan’s digital economy.

Google, Facebook and Twitter declined to comment beyond the letter from the Asia Internet Coalition.

It is a “huge concern” that more governments want to take down online content, said Jennifer Daskal, a law professor at American University and faculty director of its Tech, Law, Security Program. So many of the rules “end up being used by the government to stifle dissent, or to curate content in ways that are conducive to the government’s preferred narratives.”

Mr. Khan rose to power in Pakistan in 2018 partly because of his party’s strong presence on social media, a fact he acknowledges in his speeches. But now that he is in charge, he has shown little patience for online criticism.

Pakistan’s powerful military is also averse to debates on social media platforms, especially on Twitter, which is used by critics to question human rights violations and the military’s involvement in politics.

Over the past two years, Pakistani government requests for Facebook, Google and Twitter to remove content have increased sharply, according to transparency reports published by the companies. Pakistan disclosed in September that it had blocked more than 900,000 web pages for various reasons, including pornography, blasphemy and sentiments against the state and military.

Separately, regulators in Pakistan have proposed requiring online video sites to obtain licenses from the government.

There is a strong case to be made that the government is overstepping its authority with the new rules, said Muhammad Aftab Alam, executive director of the Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development, a Pakistani public policy group.

“This national coordinator is judge, jury, regulator and executioner as well,” he said.

At least two lawsuits challenging the rules have already been brought in Pakistani courts.

“The main objective of the impugned rules seems to be to control the social media through indirect control by the government and ruling party,” read the petition in one case, filed by Raja Ahsan Masood, who asked the court to declare them unconstitutional.

Vindu Goel reported from Mumbai, and Salman Masood from Islamabad, Pakistan. Zia ur-Rehman contributed reporting from Karachi, Pakistan, and Davey Alba from New York.

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Microsoft Issues Financial Warning Because of Coronavirus http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/microsoft-issues-financial-warning-because-of-coronavirus/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/27/microsoft-issues-financial-warning-because-of-coronavirus/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:52:53 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/technology/microsoft-coronavirus-earnings.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/technology/microsoft-coronavirus-earnings.html SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday said its sales in the current quarter would be lower than it had previously predicted because of coronavirus-related disruptions in Chinese manufacturing. While its fast-growing…

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SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday said its sales in the current quarter would be lower than it had previously predicted because of coronavirus-related disruptions in Chinese manufacturing.

While its fast-growing cloud computing business is not affected, the company said its personal computing business, which includes Windows installations and its Surface laptops and tablets, would record lower sales than it told investors to expect last month.

“Although we see strong Windows demand in line with our expectations, the supply chain is returning to normal operations at a slower pace than anticipated,” the company said[1] in a statement.

Roughly a week ago, Apple warned it was cutting sales projections[2] because of the public health crisis from the coronavirus.

Apple said the factories that make its iPhones were slower to reopen after the Lunar New Year than it had expected, and the company experienced lower demand for its products from Chinese consumers. At the time, all of its stores in China were closed, though some have since begun to reopen[3].

  • Answers to your most common questions:

    Updated Feb. 26, 2020

    • What is a coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses[4] from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands[5] frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The C.D.C. has warned older and at-risk travelers[6] to avoid Japan, Italy and Iran. The agency also has advised against all nonessential travel to South Korea and China.
    • Where has the virus spread?
      The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 80,000 people in at least 33 countries[7], including Italy, Iran and South Korea.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious,[8] similar to SARS[9], and is probably transmitted through sneezes, coughs and contaminated surfaces. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have been working with officials in China, where growth has slowed. But this week, as confirmed cases spiked on two continents, experts warned that the world was not ready for a major outbreak[10].

The financial warnings from Microsoft and Apple — two of the most valuable publicly traded companies in the world — underscore the vulnerability of technology supply chains in China, said Dan Ives, a managing director at Wedbush Securities. Many tech companies in the United States rely on large factories in China, though some have started to shift to other countries like Vietnam.

“When bellwethers like Microsoft come out and talk about the supply chain and how it will negatively impact PC demand, it fans the flames of some of the worries out there for the broader supply chain,” he said.

Microsoft’s stock fell about 1 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday evening.

Personal computing, which includes hardware sales as well as Windows installed on computers that other companies produce and sell, accounts for roughly a third of Microsoft’s revenue.

In January, the company said it expected to have between $10.75 billion and $11.15 billion in sales for the segment, a wider-than-normal range reflecting the uncertainty at the time. The company did not provide a new sales estimate.

Unlike Apple, Microsoft does not sell much in China, and the market accounts for less than 2 percent[11] of the company’s revenue. While its Windows and Office products are used in China, the software is often pirated.

Having two giants disclose that the coronavirus is squeezing their finances will put pressure on competitors to follow suit, said David Larcker, a professor of corporate governance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

When companies make unusual financial disclosures, they need to juggle their duty to inform shareholders, their desire to get ahead of a big surprise and the need to keep some information secret from competitors, he said.

“It may be they are still trying to understand this,” Mr. Larcker said. “It may not be a satisfying answer, but it’s a truthful one.”

References

  1. ^ said (news.microsoft.com)
  2. ^ Apple warned it was cutting sales projections (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ begun to reopen (www.bloomberg.com)
  4. ^ a range of respiratory illnesses (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ Washing your hands (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ warned older and at-risk travelers (wwwnc.cdc.gov)
  7. ^ at least 33 countries (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ it seems moderately infectious, (www.nytimes.com)
  9. ^ similar to SARS (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ was not ready for a major outbreak (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ less than 2 percent (www.geekwire.com)

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It’s Facebook vs. the Bloomberg Campaign vs. the Internet http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/its-facebook-vs-the-bloomberg-campaign-vs-the-internet/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/its-facebook-vs-the-bloomberg-campaign-vs-the-internet/#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 21:38:13 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/style/bloomberg-memes-instagram.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/style/bloomberg-memes-instagram.html ImageThe Facebook headquarters in California.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times Several high-profile Instagram accounts posted sponsored content for Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Wednesday afternoon. World Star Hip Hop[1], Funny Hood…

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Several high-profile Instagram accounts posted sponsored content for Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Wednesday afternoon.

World Star Hip Hop[1], Funny Hood Vidz[2], Banger Buddy[3], Nugget[4], and Wasted[5], all accounts with millions of followers, posted ads in the form of fake “relatable” tweets and edited videos.

The posts do not make use of Instagram’s official system for disclosing that money has changed hands. The company has said that[6] all creators posting sponsored content on behalf of presidential campaigns must use the official branded content tool. Branded content is a form of advertising.

Many of the accounts the Bloomberg campaign has advertised on are private, which means that followers must request to see the accounts and be approved by the account owners.

“Going private” is a known growth hack among meme pages. When a follower sends someone a post from that account, the receiver must request to follow the page to see it.

In 2018, many of Instagram’s top meme pages locked down their accounts[7] to gain followers in this way. Meme pages often flip between private and public. Some use auto-accept programs to manage their flow of followers.

Large meme pages also set their accounts to private to avoid scrutiny[8], denying follow requests from journalists or from people they suspect may report the account for violating terms of service. After posting a Bloomberg ad on Wednesday, Funny Hood Vidz flipped its account from public to private, locking out journalists or others who sought to view the ad. (The account is now public again.)

The practice has become so widespread that it has become a pain point with users.

After Josh Constine, a reporter for TechCrunch, spurred a debate about the practice on Twitter[9] on Tuesday, Adam Mosseri, the chief executive of Instagram, replied that “the current state is definitely not great, so we’re looking into a few ideas.”

“It’s not like we just noticed that large meme accounts often go private,” Mr. Mosseri wrote[10] in another tweet. “You’ll probably think this is crazy, it just hasn’t bubbled up as the next most important thing to do, we’ve been more focused on Stories, Direct, creative tools, bullying, elections integrity, etc.”

But the scourge of private meme accounts is particularly thorny when it comes to political ads. When sponsored content for political candidates appears on private accounts, it allows those running the ads to escape the direct scrutiny that comes with a public-facing account.

It also keeps non-followers in the dark about ads being run on the page and prevents users from easily searching for specific content.

Liz Bourgeois, a spokeswoman for Facebook, which owns Instagram, wrote in a statement to The New York Times that the company does not “have visibility into financial relationships taking place off our platforms, which is why we’ve asked campaigns and creators to use our disclosure tools. On the broader topic of political branded content, we welcome clearer guidelines from regulators.”

The ads posted on Wednesday are just the latest in a campaign that has been orchestrated though Meme 2020[11], a collective of meme makers who run some of the largest and most influential meme pages on Instagram and have been contracted by the Bloomberg campaign. These meme pages operate as small media companies and make money by posting ads to their feeds.

For weeks, Facebook has been scrambling to respond to the Bloomberg campaign’s new social media tactics.

The company, which has spent years preparing for the 2020 presidential elections, has been caught off-guard by the Bloomberg campaign’s aggressive and unorthodox use of social media.

Facebook’s election team learned about the Bloomberg campaign’s plan to hire social media influencers through a report in The Times. On an internal message board used by the team, seen by The Times, the story was posted with a question: “Do we know about this?”

Immediately, according to a Facebook employee who was at a meeting about it, the group began to scour Facebook and Instagram for examples of influencers who had posted favorable Bloomberg content. With each post, the team checked to see if the photograph or video was clearly labeled sponsored by the Bloomberg campaign.

The posts they found were labeled. The group decided it would create an online database through CrowdTangle, a social media tool also owned by Facebook. The tool allowed them to catalog all posts by influencers that had been paid for by the Bloomberg campaign.

There was just one problem: Facebook’s team was relying on the influencers to label themselves.

The memers who created the first round of Bloomberg posts two weeks ago were asked by Facebook to retroactively label their posts through the official tool. However, many ads posted since then have not done so. Facebook is currently investigating how to crack down on these violations. So far, no meme accounts have been penalized.

The only disclosure on the Bloomberg advertisement posted to World Star Hip Hop read: “Verified #sPoNsoReD: bY @mIkEbLoOmbErg.”

References

  1. ^ World Star Hip Hop (www.instagram.com)
  2. ^ Funny Hood Vidz (www.instagram.com)
  3. ^ Banger Buddy (www.instagram.com)
  4. ^ Nugget (www.instagram.com)
  5. ^ Wasted (www.instagram.com)
  6. ^ The company has said that (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ locked down their accounts (www.theatlantic.com)
  8. ^ set their accounts to private to avoid scrutiny (www.theatlantic.com)
  9. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  10. ^ Mr. Mosseri wrote (twitter.com)
  11. ^ orchestrated though Meme 2020 (www.nytimes.com)

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How Delivery Apps Are Eating Up Your Budget http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/how-delivery-apps-are-eating-up-your-budget/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/how-delivery-apps-are-eating-up-your-budget/#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:12:18 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/technology/personaltech/ubereats-doordash-postmates-grubhub-review.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/technology/personaltech/ubereats-doordash-postmates-grubhub-review.html After a long day, you have probably done some back-of-the-napkin math and decided there was no point in going out for dinner when you could get food brought to your…

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After a long day, you have probably done some back-of-the-napkin math and decided there was no point in going out for dinner when you could get food brought to your door for the same cost, plus a tip. So you fired up a delivery app.

Too bad the numbers aren’t that simple.

When you order through a delivery app, you pay multiple parties, including the driver and the companies that offer the apps, like Uber Eats and Postmates. In some cases, you pay the restaurants extra fees as well.

The markups can be downright egregious. Take Panda Express, the fast-food chain. If you ordered a $39 Family Feast value meal using Uber Eats, your tab would be 49 percent higher than if you bought the same meal at the restaurant.

You would have to really love Panda Express to pay this kind of premium — and that doesn’t even include a tip.

The extra fees creep into your bill for various reasons. Some restaurants hike the prices of food ordered for delivery. And most of the popular apps charge a delivery fee and cram tax and extra service costs into a single line on the bill, making it difficult to notice the inflated costs.

To give you an idea of the true cost of delivery app convenience, I tested some of the apps. Read on for what I found. (Hint: It wasn’t pretty.)

I focused my tests on DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub and Uber Eats, the four largest delivery apps in the United States[1]. To compare them, I used all four apps to make identical orders — such as the same kind of pizza — from four restaurants.

The results, for the most part, followed this trend:

How Delivery Apps Drove Up the Cost of a Subway Order

I ordered two turkey sandwiches from a nearby Subway. Here are the details of how the costs worked out.

Cost

Grubhub

DoorDash

Postmates

Uber Eats

Restaurant

6-inch Turkey Breast Sub (x2)

$11.98

$14.78

$14.78

$14.78

$12.58

Delivery fee

$1.99

$1.99

$2.99

$3.99

Service fee

$1.29

$1.20

$2.42

$2.22

Sales tax

$1.20

$1.29

$1.33

$1.26

$0.63

Misc.

$3

Total cost

$16.46

$19.26

$21.52

$25.25

$13.21

Markup

25%

46%

63%

91%

The markups on the food deliveries were 7 percent to 91 percent more than what you would pay if you bought the meal directly from the restaurant. Yep, you read that right.

Uber Eats bills were high across the board, which was surprising because it offers practically the same type of service as Grubhub and DoorDash.

But unlike the other apps, Uber Eats charged a $3 “small order” fee when I ordered the sandwiches from a Subway. Plus it added a 15 percent service charge and a separate $3.99 delivery fee, which was determined by my proximity to Subway.

Meghan Casserly, a spokeswoman for Uber, said that the company’s goal was to deliver meals to people as quickly as possible, and that the transparent fees covered operating expenses while fairly compensating workers.

Yet among the four apps, Uber’s service charges were also the most unpredictable, I found. Its delivery fees fluctuated depending on the availability of couriers when I placed an order. That was similar to Uber’s so-called surge pricing for rides, which it uses to get more people to drive when rides are in high demand.

Postmates’ markups were also confusing. Its delivery fees and service fees both vary widely, depending on the merchant you are ordering from. For the same Subway order, its delivery fee was $2.99, lower than Uber’s $3.99. But its service charge was highest at about 16.4 percent, or $2.42.

Postmates service charges can skew higher in part because it doesn’t deliver only meals. Its couriers offer to bring you practically anything they can pick up, from a pair of sneakers to a birthday cake.

Other delivery apps generally have relationships only with restaurants, so their offerings are more limited and they charge a smaller service fee. DoorDash’s service fee for the Subway order was 11 percent, and Grubhub’s was 5 percent.

Another thing to look out for are food prices that are inflated to cover delivery expenses.

In my tests, this practice was most evident at Panda Express. While the family value meal’s normal cost was $39, the price was listed at $44.85 in Postmates and $47.10 on Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub.

How the Prices of a Panda Express Order Broke Down

Cost

Grubhub

DoorDash

Postmates

Uber Eats

Restaurant

Family Feast

$47.10

$47.10

$44.85

$47.10

$39

Delivery fee

$1.49

$5.99

$2.99

$4.99

Service fee

$4.71

$5.18

$9.73

$7.07

Sales tax

$4.61

$4

$3.81

$4

$3.32

Total

$57.91

$62.27

$61.38

$63.16

$42

Markup

37%

47%

45%

49%

For another comparison, I created identical orders for two entrees and a smoothie from Little Szechuan, a local Chinese restaurant. The spicy spare ribs, normally $13.98 at the restaurant, cost $16.98 at Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash.

What’s going on here?

It depends on the app and the restaurant. DoorDash[2], Postmates and Uber said restaurants controlled their food prices. Grubhub said it worked with restaurants on their pricing, and though it encourages them to keep prices consistent, it allows merchants like Panda Express to offer different prices for delivery. Big national chains also tend to give smaller commissions to delivery apps, so menu prices are sometimes inflated for the apps to collect more commission, according to a person at Postmates, who asked to remain anonymous.

Panda Express said its delivery prices allowed it to provide delivery services nationwide. Little Szechuan did not respond to requests for comment.

After you rack up the exorbitant costs of delivery, going to a restaurant to eat or grab takeout probably feels like a bargain.

Here’s another idea: Consider cooking your own meal. You may need to plan a little to buy some groceries ahead of time, but there are many simple weekday meals you can prepare in a fairly short time. My favorite go-to is fresh chicken with a side of vegetables, roasted in my toaster oven[3]. No tips or markups required.

References

  1. ^ delivery apps in the United States (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ DoorDash (help.doordash.com)
  3. ^ toaster oven (www.nytimes.com)

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When Tina Sorg first saw the robot rolling through her Giant supermarket in Harrisburg, Pa., she said to herself, “That thing is a little weird.”

Programmed to detect spills and debris in the aisles, the robot looked like an inkjet printer with a long neck.

“It needed personality,” said Ms. Sorg, 55, who manages the store’s beer and wine department.

So, during one overnight shift, she went out to a nearby arts and craft store, brought back a large pair of googly eyes and, when no one was looking, affixed them on the top of the robot.

The eyes were a hit with executives at the global grocery company Ahold Delhaize, which owns the Giant and Stop & Shop supermarket chains. They are now a standard feature on the company’s nearly 500 robots across the United States.

How this supermarket robot got its goofy eyes touches on a serious question: Will robots with friendly faces and cute names help people feel good about devices that are taking over an increasing amount of human work?

Robots are now working everywhere from factories to living rooms. But the introduction of robots to public settings like the grocery store[1] is fueling new fears that humans are being pushed out of jobs. McKinsey, the consulting firm, says the grocers could immediately reduce “the pool of labor hours” by as much as 65 percent if they adopted all the automation technology currently available.

“Margin pressure has made automation a requirement, not a choice,” McKinsey said in a report last year[2].

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Credit…Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times

Retailers said their robot designs were not explicitly meant to assuage angst about job losses. Still, companies of all sizes — from Carrefour in Spain to Schnucks supermarket in St. Louis — are investing in tens of thousands of friendly-looking robots that are quickly upending human work.

Most of the retail robots have just enough human qualities to make them appear benign, but not too many to suggest they are replacing humans entirely.

“It’s like Mary Poppins,” said Peter Hancock, a professor at the University of Central Florida, who has studied the history of automation. “A spoonful of sugar makes the robots go down.”

Perhaps no other retailer is dealing as intensely with the sensitivities around automation as Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, with about 1.5 million workers. The company spent many months working with the firm Bossa Nova and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to design a shelf-scanning robot that they hope both employees and customers will feel comfortable with.

This robot was designed without a face, because its developers did not want customers to think they could interact with the device. But many of the robots have names, given to them by store staff. Some also wear name badges.

“We want the associates to have an attachment to it and want to protect it,” said Sarjoun Skaff, a co-founder and the chief technology officer at Bossa Nova. Walmart said it planned to deploy the robots in 1,000 stores by the end of the year, up from about 350.

At the Walmart Supercenter in Phillipsburg, N.J., on the Pennsylvania border, employees named the robot Wall-E — a choice partly inspired by the Pixar film that depicts a trash-collecting robot on a deserted planet.

The robot can work 365 days a year, scanning shelves with high-resolution cameras tabulating out-of-stock items. It takes a short break between shifts to recharge its batteries in a docking station.

Wall-E completes its route with no assistance from humans, except when it becomes stuck on the rug in the pharmacy section. When this happens, the store manager, Tom McGowan, gets an alert on his phone, sometimes in the middle of the night. He then calls the store to tell someone to free the robot.

Mr. McGowan said that he referred to Wall-E as a he but that other employees thought of the robot as a she.

“I’ll say, ‘Where is he at?’” Mr. McGowan said. “But they say, ‘Where is she at?’”

Tally, a robot that cruises the aisles of Giant Eagle grocery stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has digital cartoonlike eyes that blink but perform no actual function. A blue computer screen flashes messages informing customers what the robot is doing: “Stock check!”

Jeff Gee, a co-founder of Simbe Robotics, the firm that developed Tally, said the eyes were meant to help customers feel comfortable with the device, particularly in areas of the country “where a lot of people have never experienced robots in the wild before.”

Simbe is short for Simulated Being. A spokeswoman said the company’s mission was to “foster a harmonious relationship between robots and humans.” One of Simbe’s biggest financial backers is Venrock, a firm which was founded as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family.

Some robots, the tech companies say, are blending seamlessly into the stores. Walmart and malls operated by the Simon Property Group are using self-driving floor scrubbers that have a steering wheel, a cushy seat and even a cup holder — features that give the impression that these scrubbers are meant for humans settling in for a long shift of floor washing with a coffee at their side. The scrubber can be driven manually to set the routes it will take through the store. Then, a worker needs only to touch a screen and the device takes off on its own. About 80 percent of the time, there is no human at the wheel.

Before deploying the device in stores, Brain Corp, the San Diego firm that developed the device, tested customer reactions to a driverless machine. The humans, the company learned, were not missed.

“The biggest reaction we got” to the driverless machine, said Phil Duffy, Brain Corp’s vice president of product management, “is no reaction at all.”

Retailers say the robots are good for their workers. They free up employees from mundane and sometimes injury-prone jobs like unloading delivery trucks to focus on more fulfilling tasks like helping customers.

At the Walmart Supercenter in Phillipsburg, some workers have put their personal touches on automation that’s changing their jobs.

The store’s newly installed FAST unloader automatically sorts boxes arriving at the store, and reduced the number of workers needed to empty a delivery truck from eight to four. The task now takes employees about two-thirds the time it used to, springing them from the often sweltering confines of the back room to spend time ferrying inventory out to the aisles and dealing with customers. Walmart says the new unloader has reduced turnover in the back room.

The employees named the unloader Grover and placed a plush blue puppy on top of it as a kind of mascot.

“It’s the way of the world,” said Lori Vogelin, who works in the back room in Phillipsburg.

Automation has not yet reduced Walmart’s overall work force, but executives acknowledge that the number of positions in the stores will eventually decline through attrition. The company says it was retraining many of its employees to work in its e-commerce and health care businesses or even helping them prepare for jobs outside Walmart.

“There is never going to be this great cataclysm of job loss,” Mr. Hancock, the University of Central Florida professor, said. “It is going to be death by a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand robots.”

Throughout history, Mr. Hancock said, workers have attacked technologies when they feel threatened, like the 19th-century Luddites, who destroyed machinery in textile mills.

“If you push too hard, too far, people transfer their anger to the technology and they revolt,” he said.

Credit…Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times
Credit…Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times

Ms. Sorg, who has worked at Giant for 14 years, isn’t worried.

At first, she was unsure how her bosses would react to the googly eyes. But the robot’s developers at Badger Technologies loved them.

A spokeswoman for Badger said one of the supermarket’s executives remarked that robot reminded him of an employee named Marty, who was “tall, thin, reserved and not very emotional.” Since then, the robot has been known as Marty.

While others might worry about robots taking jobs, Ms. Sorg said: “I haven’t put much thought into it. I am just fascinated by the whole thing.” For Halloween, she dressed up as Marty to go trick or treating with her grandchildren.

Last month, Stop & Shop celebrated Marty’s first anniversary with a series of parties at its stores around the Northeast.

The company said the parties were partly a chance for Stop & Shop to explain to customers how robots are improving the cleanliness of its aisles.

Credit…Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times
Credit…Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times

Marty is equipped with sensors that detect spills and then trigger an automated announcement over the store’s loudspeaker beckoning employees to clean up the mess.

At the many “Marty Parties,” there were sheet cakes decorated with the robot’s signature eyes and goody bags containing robots fashioned from juice boxes and applesauce containers.

An older customer in Newburgh, N.Y., brought the robot a can of WD-40 lubricant as a gift. In Queens and on Long Island, children made cards, drew pictures and composed poems for Marty.

“Wishing you a Happy First Birthday,” one young customer wrote to the robot. “May you have many more.”

References

  1. ^ like the grocery store (www.wsj.com)
  2. ^ report last year (www.mckinsey.com)

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If you are a web designer or website developer and you are looking for creative website designed, you might want to look into the 2020 design trends and also in this article we are gathered thirty five modern websites with amazing UIUX design. Read through our article to find a list of the newest web design practices and developments – everything from shapes, fonts, colors, layout, and features. [1]

GDJ is the best place for Website Design Inspiration[2]. Here you can discover the fresh and creative website designs of the world. In this huge list  award winning websites design by web designers, web design agencies and entrepreneurs.

All these websites using modern development tools, HTML5 & CSS3[3] queries and design techniques. All webdesign are well-structured with a responsive design it is easily usable with any device (Desktop, tablet, mobile phone), without removing any content!

In past few years web design trend improvements very amazingly and growing up too fast like flat design and retro/vintage effect, big background, video with sound are appear in modern website designing. Today we are shared beautiful collection of web design that Follow the New Trends[5]. I hope your will enjoy and get some great ideas for your next web  projects. [4]

You may be interested in the following related articles as well.

Creative Website Design Examples From 2020

Becoming a UI/UX designer[6] is no easy feat. Developing UX design calls for research into the customer’s persona and goals when visiting a website. This designer is required to plan the user journey from the moment they access the website to the moment they leave it. To ensure that customers don’t leave a site midway, a UI/UX designer works to make the design efficient enough to allow website visitors to easily meet their goals while making the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Inspire yourself with professionally designed websites. In this web design showcase, we’re picked up 50 examples of modern Web UI Designs with Amazing UX. You may read: 10 Important Rules to Make Creative Website Design[7].

1. Skyline Films WebSite

Skyline Films is a Hollywood Film and TV production company, providing film production and consultancy services on a global scale.

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Source[8]

2. Pest Stop Boys WebSite

Pest Stop Boys are a new, holistic pest control service in the South of England. Disclaimer – This website contains bugs.

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Source[9]

3. Bruno Ortolland WebSite

CG Artist lives in Paris, France. Interested in character modeling, lighting and compositing.

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Source[10]

4. Laracon WebSite

Laracon US is an annual gathering of people who are passionate about building amazing applications with the Laravel web framework.

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Source[11]

5. Innovation Lab WebSite

Innovation lab uses a method aimed at solving business management problems through the use of the Lego construction game.

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Source[12]

6. Instabar WebSite

Instabar is a unique range of high quality, utterly gratifying and nutritious nut, seed and fruit bars.

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Source[13]

7. Moon ultraLight WebSite

You are beautiful and so are your moments. They are meant to be captured and shared in the best light and quality.

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Source[14]

8. Nightingale WebSite

Nightingale is a progressive marketing and communication agency with offices in Antwerp and Amsterdam.

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Source[15]

9. Becoming Prince WebSite

An exploration of the relationship between Prince and Minneapolis, a city with a complex history that shaped the artist.

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Source[16]

10. MaxMara Bearing Gifts WebSite

Live the new #MaxMaraBearingGifts experience with Max The Teddy.

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Source[17]

11. Obys WebSite

Obys agency website. We design unique web/graphic experience.

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Source[18]

12. Acoustic Garage WebSite

A 3D car configurator for Autoneum’s Acoustic Garage. Drive, customize and learn about automotive acoustic design.

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Source[19]

13. iFly 2020 WebSite

Discover the 20 mysterious souvenirs you should bring home in 2020.

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Source[20]

14. Let Girls Dream WebSite

A website to support a gender-equal future, envisioned by the #LetGirlsDream campaign for Gucci’s Chime for Change.

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Source[21]

15. Fashion Store Website WebSite

Milano Prison is a concept of fashion online store with jewellery and accessories.

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16. Eslam Said – Folio WebSite

Folio of Eslam Said – A designer & Developer from somewhere in Egypt.

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17. Yuto Takahashi – Portfolio WebSite

Portfolio of Yuto Takahashi. My areas of expertise are web designer and graphic designer, front-end engineer, photographer, retouching.

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Source[24]

18. D.Potfer Studio WebSite

D.Potfer Studio is a consulting & communication studio focused on the fields of Art de Vivre, Culture and hospitality.

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Source[25]

19. Talia WebSite

Online store women’s clothing for wholesale customers. Without authorization, the site acts as a clothing catalog.

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Source[26]

20. PREVINT WebSite

PREVINT aims to raise awareness among adolescents and adults of contexts of violence in interpersonal relations.

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Source[27]

21. Love, Death & Robots WebSite

Terrifying creatures, wicked surprises and dark comedy converge in this NSFW anthology of animated stories presented by Tim Miller

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Source[28]

22. Minas Designs WebSite

A powerful yet clean-cut design of a corporate as well as an e-commerce website

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Source[29]

23. Simple Creature WebSite

Simple Creature is a fun-size digital design and interactive animation studio in Burlington, VT.

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Source[30]

24. ON CO.LTD. WebSite

ON is a Harajuku Tokyo based creative agency that specializes in website design, film making, UI/UX design amd graphic design.

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Source[31]

25. UNLOCK YOU?WW WebSite

We created a special site for the new watch brand ‘WW’, expressing the concept and image of the brand in a playful way.

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Source[32]

26. Yaroflasher WebSite

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Source[33]

27. Laguta & Laguta WebSite

Independent creative pair. Our goal is to make easy and effective solutions based on our experience and relevance to your business

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Source[34]

28. Allpress Culture Manual WebSite

This is a story about what Allpress Espresso stands for; people, flavour and innovation.

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Source[35]

29. Lincor WebSite

The best traditions of watchmaking combined with modern manufacturing technologies.

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Source[36]

30. andstudio WebSite

We are a value design branding studio, making design valuable beyond the aesthetics.

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Source[37]

31. Wickret WebSite

Wickret is a mobile banking that charges no fees and offers smart savings help with AI, it is applying to become a national bank.

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Source[38]

32. eDesign Interactive WebSite

As a full-service agency, we strive to create emotional and meaningful stories, which ultimately become great digital experiences.

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Source[39]

33. Mocktober WebSite

Mocktober is the most prestigious design contest in the world.

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Source[40]

34. Digital Design Days Festival WebSite

We have been called by Digital Design Days festival to develop the new official website.

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Source[41]

35. District2 WebSite

We’re a brand & design studio based in Saigon, offering complete solutions, from concept to execution – leveraging your business.

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Source[42]

References

  1. ^ 2020 design trends (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  2. ^ Website Design Inspiration (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  3. ^ HTML5 & CSS3 (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  4. ^ web design trend (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  5. ^ Follow the New Trends (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  6. ^ UI/UX designer (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  7. ^ 10 Important Rules to Make Creative Website Design (graphicdesignjunction.com)
  8. ^ Source (www.skylinefilms.tv)
  9. ^ Source (www.peststopboys.co.uk)
  10. ^ Source (monsieurnoss.com)
  11. ^ Source (laracon.us)
  12. ^ Source (innovation-lab.it)
  13. ^ Source (instabar.eu)
  14. ^ Source (moonultra.com)
  15. ^ Source (www.nightingale.world)
  16. ^ Source (becoming.prince.com)
  17. ^ Source (maxmara-bearinggifts.betteringbrands.com)
  18. ^ Source (obys.agency)
  19. ^ Source (acoustics.autoneum.com)
  20. ^ Source (2020.iflymagazine.com)
  21. ^ Source (www.letgirlsdream.org)
  22. ^ Source (dribbble.com)
  23. ^ Source (eslamsaid.co)
  24. ^ Source (yuto-takahashi.com)
  25. ^ Source (dpotferstudio.com)
  26. ^ Source (talia.su)
  27. ^ Source (www.prevint.pt)
  28. ^ Source (love-death-and-robots.com)
  29. ^ Source (www.minas-designs.com)
  30. ^ Source (simplecreature.us)
  31. ^ Source (zoccon.me)
  32. ^ Source (w-wired.com)
  33. ^ Source (www.yaroflasher.com)
  34. ^ Source (lagutalaguta.com)
  35. ^ Source (allpressculture.com)
  36. ^ Source (lincorwatches.com)
  37. ^ Source (andstudio.lt)
  38. ^ Source (wickret.cuberto.com)
  39. ^ Source (edesigninteractive.com)
  40. ^ Source (mocktober.com)
  41. ^ Source (www.ddd.it)
  42. ^ Source (district2.studio)

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a retro text effect with colourful concentric stripes. Illustrator’s Offset Path command produces the basic effect, but we will eliminate the tedious process of adding each outline individually with the help of an Action, so you will be able to fill an entire poster with this retro stripe effect within seconds.

Retro Text Effect with Concentric Stripes

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► Inspired by the work of Tyler Spangler – https://tylerspangler.com
► Candy Shop colour scheme – https://spoon.graphics/2vGQ8Vq
► Activate the Korolev Font – https://spoon.graphics/2YRuhn2[1][2][3][4]

Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel[5]

Access This Download[6]

References

  1. ^ https://spoon.graphics/fonts (spoon.graphics)
  2. ^ https://tylerspangler.com (tylerspangler.com)
  3. ^ https://spoon.graphics/2vGQ8Vq (spoon.graphics)
  4. ^ https://spoon.graphics/2YRuhn2 (spoon.graphics)
  5. ^ Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com)
  6. ^ Access This Download (blog.spoongraphics.co.uk)

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Tesla Autopilot System Found Probably at Fault in 2018 Crash http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/tesla-autopilot-system-found-probably-at-fault-in-2018-crash/ http://inloop.in/2020/02/26/tesla-autopilot-system-found-probably-at-fault-in-2018-crash/#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:53:48 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/business/tesla-autopilot-ntsb.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/business/tesla-autopilot-ntsb.html WASHINGTON — Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system and a driver who relied too heavily on it are likely to blame for a 2018 crash in California in which the driver died,…

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WASHINGTON — Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system and a driver who relied too heavily on it are likely to blame for a 2018 crash in California in which the driver died, a federal safety agency said on Tuesday.

The agency, the National Transportation Safety Board, criticized several institutions for failing to do more to prevent the crash, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for what some board members described as a hands-off approach to regulating automated-vehicle technology.

“We urge Tesla to continue to work on improving Autopilot technology and for NHTSA to fulfill its oversight responsibility to ensure that corrective action is taken when necessary,” Robert L. Sumwalt, the board’s chairman, said. “It’s time to stop enabling drivers in any partially automated vehicle to pretend that they have driverless cars.”

The board adopted a number of staff findings and recommendations from an investigation into the crash that began more than six months ago. The findings included the determination that Autopilot failed to keep the driver’s vehicle in the lane, that its collision-avoidance software failed to detect a highway barrier and that the driver was probably distracted by a game on his phone.

The board also determined that the driver, Wei Huang, most likely would have survived had the California Transportation Department fixed the barrier he hit, which was designed to absorb some of the impact of a collision but was damaged during a previous crash.

Mr. Sumwalt also said Tesla had not responded to two recommendations the safety board made to the electric-car company and five other automakers in 2017. The board told the companies to limit use of automated systems to the conditions for which they were designed and to better monitor drivers to make sure they remain focused on the road and have their hands on the wheel.

“It’s been 881 days since these recommendations were sent to Tesla and we’ve heard nothing,” he said. “We’re still waiting.”

Tesla did not respond to requests for comment about criticism of Autopilot.

In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that all crashes caused by distracted driving, including those in which driver-assistance systems were in use, were a “major concern” and that it planned to review the board’s report.

The board’s conclusion is the latest development in a string of federal investigations into crashes involving Autopilot, which can, among other things, keep a moving car in its lane and match the speed[1] of surrounding vehicles. Tesla has said that the system should be used only under certain conditions, but some safety experts say the company doesn’t do enough to educate drivers about those limitations or take steps to make sure drivers do not become overly reliant on the system and, thus, distracted.

Mr. Huang had been playing a game on his phone during the drive, but it was not clear whether he was engaged with the game in the moments before the crash, according to the investigation.

The concerns about Autopilot have done little to slow Tesla’s rise. The company’s share price has more than tripled since October as Tesla’s financial performance has surpassed even the rosiest of analyst expectations. In September, Tesla earned its first safety award[2] from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and last week Consumer Reports named Tesla’s first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, one of its top picks for 2020.

Tesla has repeatedly said that Autopilot makes its vehicles safer. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported one accident for every three million miles driven in a Tesla with Autopilot engaged. Over all, the national rate was one accident for every 498,000 miles driven in 2017, according to NHTSA.[3][4]

Still, the electric-car maker faces scrutiny on multiple fronts. The N.T.S.B. and the traffic safety administration are currently investigating more than a dozen crashes in which Autopilot might have played a role.

In the 2018 accident, Autopilot had been engaged for nearly 19 minutes, according to the safety board’s investigation. Mr. Huang put his hands on and off the wheel several times during that period, and in the final minute before the crash, the vehicle detected his hands on the wheel three times for a total of 34 seconds. It did not detect his hands on the wheel in the six seconds before impact.

Tesla’s event data recorders routinely collect a wide variety of information, such as location, speed, seatbelt status, the position of the driver’s seat, the rotation angle of the steering wheel and pressure on the accelerator pedal.

Mr. Huang had been traveling in his 2017 Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle on U.S. 101 in Mountain View when the car struck a median barrier at about 71 miles per hour. The speed limit was 65 m.p.h. The impact spun the car, which later hit two other vehicles and caught fire.

Mr. Huang, who worked at Apple, had previously complained to family of problems with Autopilot along that stretch of highway near State Route 85, his brother told investigators. Data from the vehicle confirmed at least one similar episode near the area dividing the two highways, according to documents from the investigation.

The safety board called on Apple to ban the nonemergency use of company-issued devices while driving. It also called on Apple and other electronics companies to either lock people out of their devices or limit what they can do with the devices while driving.

The first known fatal crash with Autopilot in use occurred in May 2016 in Florida[5], when a Tesla failed to stop for a truck that was turning in front of it on a Florida highway. The vehicle hit the trailer, continued traveling underneath it and veered off the road. The driver of that car, Joshua Brown, was killed in the accident.

Both the N.T.S.B. and the traffic safety agency investigated that crash, but came to somewhat different conclusions. In January 2017, NHTSA cleared Autopilot[6], finding that it had no defects and did not need to be recalled, though the agency called on automakers to clearly explain how such systems work to drivers. Nine months later, the safety board determined that while Autopilot worked as intended, it had nonetheless “played a major role[7]” in the crash.

“The combined effects of human error and the lack of sufficient system controls resulted in a fatal collision that should not have happened,” Mr. Sumwalt said at the time.

That finding reflects a common critique of Autopilot — that it does not go far enough in forcing drivers to maintain their focus on the road. Unlike Autopilot, Super Cruise, a driver-assistance system offered by General Motors, works only on certain highways and tracks drivers’ heads to make sure they are paying attention to the road.

Critics also say Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk, have exaggerated Autopilot’s capabilities.

In 2018, for example, Mr. Musk was widely criticized[8] for taking his hands off a Tesla Model 3 steering wheel while demonstrating Autopilot for the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” something the vehicle owner’s manual[9] instructs drivers using Autopilot never to do.

In January, Mr. Musk told investors[10] that Tesla’s “full self-driving capability” might be just a few months from having “some chance of going from your home to work, let’s say, with no interventions.”

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, an advocacy group, said that “by calling it Autopilot, by using terms like ‘full self-driving,’ Tesla is intentionally misleading consumers as to the capabilities of the technology.”

To avoid false expectations, German regulators reportedly asked Tesla[11] in 2016 to stop using the term Autopilot, arguing that it suggests that the technology is more advanced than it really is.

Autonomous technology is commonly categorized into six levels, from zero to five, as defined by SAE International, an association of automotive engineers. Level 5 represents full autonomy in which a vehicle can perform all driving functions on its own, including navigating to a chosen destination. Autopilot and Super Cruise are considered Level 2 “partial automation” technologies, which enable a vehicle to control steering and braking and accelerating yet require the full attention of a human driver.

Evidence of drivers misusing Autopilot abounds[12] on the internet. And in a survey last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 48 percent of drivers[13] believed it was safe to remove their hands from a steering wheel while using Autopilot. By comparison, 33 percent or fewer drivers said the same thing about similar systems in cars made by other automakers.

References

  1. ^ match the speed (www.tesla.com)
  2. ^ first safety award (www.iihs.org)
  3. ^ the company reported (www.tesla.com)
  4. ^ according to NHTSA. (cdan.nhtsa.gov)
  5. ^ occurred in May 2016 in Florida (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ cleared Autopilot (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ played a major role (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ widely criticized (www.wired.com)
  9. ^ vehicle owner’s manual (www.tesla.com)
  10. ^ Mr. Musk told investors (www.rev.com)
  11. ^ reportedly asked Tesla (www.dw.com)
  12. ^ drivers misusing Autopilot abounds (www.nytimes.com)
  13. ^ found that 48 percent of drivers (www.iihs.org)

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  1. ^ presentation mockups (graphicdesignjunction.com)
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