Book Reviews

Book Review: Meltdown by Chris Clearfield

Meltdown (Clearfield)Our society increasingly relies on complex, tightly coupled systems that handle our healthcare, finances, travel, and more. While those systems can be more productive and theoretically safer, they have vulnerabilities, including the complexity in itself. Sometimes, the addition of more safety features can actually make something less safe by making it more complex and therefore more likely to allow for a mistake to be made. Continue reading “Book Review: Meltdown by Chris Clearfield”

Investing

3 Reasons Microsoft Is a Great Company

Microsoft (MSFT) is one of the leading companies in the technology sector. The media and the President may obsess over Amazon (AMZN), investors may follow Warren Buffett into Apple (AAPL), and the average Joe may spend half his day on Google (GOOG/GOOGL), Netflix (NFLX), and Facebook (FB), but Microsoft has been quietly expanding its empire far beyond its traditional PC business. It has everything from a popular video game system to a 500 million-member social network to commercial software and cloud services. Those products are generating growth and income for the company’s shareholders. Here are three reasons they are doing this so well. Continue reading “3 Reasons Microsoft Is a Great Company”

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Why Facebook Will Face A Lawsuit Before This Is Over

Summary:

  • Facebook violated its own terms of service by not protecting customer data from developers.
  • This scandal will drag out through government investigations, regulatory moves, lawsuits, and the exposure of further details about Facebook’s failure to protect user data.
  • The outlook is not entirely negative. FB still has long-term earnings potential, and there may be opportunities to buy it cheaper.

In his questioning of Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senator John Kennedy said that “there are some impurities in the Facebook punchbowl.” More bluntly, he continued, “your user agreement sucks.” Kennedy’s questioning deteriorated from there, as he did not get specific enough about the user agreement and showed a lack of understanding about how Facebook and its 3rd party apps work. However, he was absolutely correct in his starting point about Facebook’s user agreement. It sucks. Continue reading at Seeking Alpha