Money online – Runescape 2 Gold Sale http://www.runescape2goldsale.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:19:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-98-32x32.png Money online – Runescape 2 Gold Sale http://www.runescape2goldsale.com/ 32 32 GCash will deploy the “two-factor authentication” feature https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/gcash-will-deploy-the-two-factor-authentication-feature/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 06:48:05 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/gcash-will-deploy-the-two-factor-authentication-feature/ On Thursday, Globe-backed mobile wallet GCash announced it would be rolling out a new security feature in a bid to prevent unauthorized transactions amid the proliferation of phishing and other types of scams. During the launch of the GSafeTayo campaign in Makati City, the financial platform introduced the “double authentication” function, an additional layer of […]]]>

On Thursday, Globe-backed mobile wallet GCash announced it would be rolling out a new security feature in a bid to prevent unauthorized transactions amid the proliferation of phishing and other types of scams.

During the launch of the GSafeTayo campaign in Makati City, the financial platform introduced the “double authentication” function, an additional layer of authentication in which the account holder will have to take a selfie to verify their identity by recognition. facial.

The new feature, which will roll out in December, will ensure that only the account holder has the ability to link their GCash account to a specific device.

“This feature removes customers’ reliance on SMS OTP (One Time Password) which has been exploited by some fraudsters to scam users. It will provide a unique ID that cannot be phished by scammers It also provides an additional layer of security to the current SMS OTP,” said Winsley Bangit, Chief Customer Officer of GCash.

“We never stop innovating to ensure our 71 million users have the safest and most convenient experience when using the app,” said Bangit,

During the event, GCash signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Philippine National Police Cyber ​​Crime Unit (PNP-ACG) to enhance collaboration in prosecuting perpetrators involved in phishing, smishing , online fraud, e-scams, vishing and other cyber crimes that take advantage of GCash users.

“I would like to express my confidence that through our strengthened partnership with the PNP-ACG, we will be able to accomplish more in preventing, investigating and prosecuting cyber crimes. GCash also assures PNP-ACG that we will do our utmost to successfully implement our agreement,” said GCash Chief Legal Officer Atty. said Maricor Alvarez-Adriano. —LBG, GMA Integrated News

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Thailand’s economy sees growth boosted by revival of tourism https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/thailands-economy-sees-growth-boosted-by-revival-of-tourism/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:23:45 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/thailands-economy-sees-growth-boosted-by-revival-of-tourism/ BANGKOK — Thailand’s economy enjoyed a healthy expansion in the third quarter, officials said Monday, with the return of international tourists helping to offset still-high inflation. Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy has been hit by the pandemic, but the kingdom’s reopening earlier this year saw the services sector register an 87% year-on-year increase, official data showed. […]]]>

BANGKOK — Thailand’s economy enjoyed a healthy expansion in the third quarter, officials said Monday, with the return of international tourists helping to offset still-high inflation.

Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy has been hit by the pandemic, but the kingdom’s reopening earlier this year saw the services sector register an 87% year-on-year increase, official data showed.

Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) recorded a 4.5% year-on-year increase in gross domestic product in July-September, projecting overall growth this year at 3.2% while forecasting 3, 0/4.0% for 2023.

“The service sector continues to grow due to the reopening of tourism earlier in the year,” said Danucha Pichayanan, secretary general of NESDC, adding that private consumption grew by 9%.

Thailand expects to generate about 570 billion baht ($15.8 billion) in tourism revenue this year, officials said, after welcoming some 10.2 million visitors since reopening, still down from the few 40 million before the pandemic.

But Danucha said the signs of recovery were there, with the kingdom pinning its hopes on China’s potential relaxation of its strict COVID-19 travel rules.

“We believe China is likely to ease travel restrictions in the second half of next year,” he said.

Chinese visitors made up a large part of the kingdom’s tourism economy and accounted for around 28% of all arrivals, according to Bloomberg.

Officials said they forecast around 23 million tourists in 2023, predicting 1.2 trillion baht in revenue generated.

However, the country, like many others, still faces stubbornly high inflation, hovering just below six percent, but far from the 14-year highs reached recently.

“Inflation, rising interest rates and conflicts that have affected energy prices remain factors impacting several countries,” Danucha noted. – France Media Agency

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USDA program keeps extra COVID-era money for fruits and vegetables https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/usda-program-keeps-extra-covid-era-money-for-fruits-and-vegetables/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:48:41 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/usda-program-keeps-extra-covid-era-money-for-fruits-and-vegetables/ U.S. agriculture officials on Thursday proposed changes to the federal program that helps pay the grocery bills of low-income pregnant women, babies and young children, including extending an increase in payments for fruits and vegetables authorized fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The update also adds more whole grains, canned fish and non-dairy options to their […]]]>

U.S. agriculture officials on Thursday proposed changes to the federal program that helps pay the grocery bills of low-income pregnant women, babies and young children, including extending an increase in payments for fruits and vegetables authorized fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The update also adds more whole grains, canned fish and non-dairy options to their shopping carts. The effort aims to increase the number and type of healthy foods available to families who receive assistance from the Department of Agriculture program known as WIC, officials said.

“These proposals will support healthier lifestyles and brighter futures for millions of children,” said Stacy Dean, deputy assistant secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

The revisions would make permanent payments authorized by Congress during the COVID-19 pandemic that increased fruit and vegetable vouchers to $25 per month for children ages 1 to 5 and $49 per month for women who are breastfeeding.

“This increase in fruits and vegetables has really made it attractive for families to have their children in the program longer,” said Geraldine Henchy, director of the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center, who applauded the changes. “Kids really like fruit.”

At the same time, the plan would reduce the amounts of certain foods, for example by reducing or eliminating the juices allowed for certain recipients. It also reduces the amount of milk and cheese covered by the scheme, a move that drew immediate criticism from the dairy industry.

“It is unfortunate for WIC participants that the proposed rule reduces access to dairy products and the unique nutrient profile they provide,” the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Federation of Dairy Producers said in a statement. communicated.

More than 6.2 million pregnant women, mothers, babies and young children participate in the program each year. The federal government currently pays about $5 billion a year to run the program, which is administered by states and other jurisdictions. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children provides vouchers to eligible mothers and children and specifically lists the amount and types of foods they can purchase.

The proposed changes to the WIC would also expand access to whole grains, encompassing foods from different cultures, including quinoa, blue cornmeal and teff, an ancient cereal grass from East Africa. The plan also allows for more non-dairy options, including soy-based yogurts and cheeses, and requires the inclusion of lactose-free milk.

“It reflects the fact that different people have different abilities to tolerate different types of food,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak said.

More canned fish, such as tuna, would be available as well as easy-to-prepare canned beans, in addition to dried beans, officials said. The plan would also change the amount of infant formula provided to partially breastfed babies.

Raising the fruit and vegetable voucher to $25 a month during the pandemic has allowed Elizabeth Loya, 28, of Los Angeles, to encourage her 4-year-old daughter, Gisselle, to try new foods.

“She tried Brussels sprouts and two weeks ago she tried asparagus,” Loya said. “She liked them.”

The proposed changes are based on a 2017 report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and the National Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They will be evaluated after a three-month public comment period. ___

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Amazon to lay off 10,000 employees – report https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/amazon-to-lay-off-10000-employees-report/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 22:37:29 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/amazon-to-lay-off-10000-employees-report/ NEW YORK — Amazon is preparing to lay off up to 10,000 employees, The New York Times reported Monday, making the e-commerce giant the latest tech giant to launch a full-scale layoff plan. This would represent a little less than one percent of the group’s total payroll, which had 1.54 million employees worldwide at the […]]]>

NEW YORK — Amazon is preparing to lay off up to 10,000 employees, The New York Times reported Monday, making the e-commerce giant the latest tech giant to launch a full-scale layoff plan.

This would represent a little less than one percent of the group’s total payroll, which had 1.54 million employees worldwide at the end of September, not including seasonal workers who are recruited during periods of high activity such as winter holidays. Christmas.

The Times report says the affected positions will be located in Amazon’s device department, retail division and human resources.

The breakdown by country has not been specified.

The report says the total number of laid off employees could change, but if confirmed, it would be the largest round of layoffs in the history of the 28-year-old company founded by Jeff Bezos.

The layoffs would follow an aggressive hiring spree. As business boomed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as people locked down seriously turned to online shopping, Amazon doubled its workforce in the first quarter of 2020 to 1.62 million employees two years later.

But with the economic crisis, Amazon announced a hiring freeze two weeks ago and its workforce is already down from the start of the year.

Contacted by AFP, Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced it was cutting 11,000 jobs, or about 13% of its workforce.

Online payment company Stripe and car rental app Lyft also recently announced big layoffs. Twitter, newly acquired by Elon Musk, laid off around half of its 7,500 employees earlier this month. — France Media Agency

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Grab says Move It continues to operate independently https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/grab-says-move-it-continues-to-operate-independently/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 09:20:11 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/grab-says-move-it-continues-to-operate-independently/ Grab Philippines said on Saturday that Move It continues to operate independently, months after acquiring the motorcycle taxi company. Grab said in a statement that Move It has its own sets of driver benefits, supports and other benefits that are separate from those of Grab’s delivery partners. The company said the motorbike taxi company’s business […]]]>

Grab Philippines said on Saturday that Move It continues to operate independently, months after acquiring the motorcycle taxi company.

Grab said in a statement that Move It has its own sets of driver benefits, supports and other benefits that are separate from those of Grab’s delivery partners.

The company said the motorbike taxi company’s business model is “significantly different from deliveries, and to say that these delivery issues apply to motorbike taxis is incorrect and misleading.”

Grab made the statement “in light of the November 10 event in Cebu.”

“[W]We are saddened that these groups have used fake social media accounts to harass, incite threats of harm, misinform and even make false reservations about our community,” the company said, noting that several of the people who allegedly passed off as Grab delivery partners “are not actually Grab delivery partners”, according to its records.

“These individuals are determined to sow discord and discontent, and are prepared to endanger the livelihoods of many Grab partners,” he said.

“The sentiments of these groups do not represent the general sentiment of Grab’s broader partner communities across the country.”

In August, Grab announced its acquisition of Move It for an undisclosed amount, but said the value of the deal fell below the Philippine Competition Commission’s 1 billion peso threshold for mandatory M&A notification. .

The CCP said earlier that Grab’s acquisition of Move It didn’t need its go-ahead.

Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista earlier said he was unwilling to review the Grab-Move It deal as he sees no legal issues with the deal.

“We continue to engage our partners, and a far greater majority of them are choosing to stay on the platform because they understand and appreciate the recent steps we’ve had to take for their well-being and well-being. be,” Grab said.

“Our partners need meaningful livelihood opportunities to be able to provide for their families, and we are focused on supporting them during these very difficult economic times,” he said.

Grab said it reaffirms its long-standing commitment to empowering its partners across the country, and “we are fully motivated to find ways to ensure our partners continue to earn meaningfully from the platform despite a very difficult economy. — VBL, GMA Integrated News

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Meta cuts its workforce by 11,000 as it pumps more money into the metaverse https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/meta-cuts-its-workforce-by-11000-as-it-pumps-more-money-into-the-metaverse/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 14:36:00 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/meta-cuts-its-workforce-by-11000-as-it-pumps-more-money-into-the-metaverse/ Nov 9 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Wednesday it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, in one of the biggest layoffs of the year as the company Facebook’s parent is battling soaring costs from its push into the metaverse in a weak ad market. The massive layoffs, […]]]>

Nov 9 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Wednesday it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, in one of the biggest layoffs of the year as the company Facebook’s parent is battling soaring costs from its push into the metaverse in a weak ad market.

The massive layoffs, the first in Meta’s 18-year history, follow thousands of job cuts at other big tech companies, including Twitter and Microsoft Corp , owned by Elon Musk.

The pandemic-driven boom that boosted tech companies and their valuations has turned into a slump this year in the face of decades-high inflation and rapidly rising interest rates.

“Not only has e-commerce returned to earlier trends, but the macroeconomic slowdown, increased competition and loss of advertising signal has caused our revenue to decline from what I expected,” the director said. General Mark Zuckerberg in a message to employees.

“I was wrong, and I take responsibility for it.”

The company also plans to cut discretionary spending and extend its hiring freeze through the first quarter. But he did not specify the regions affected or the expected cost savings from the moves.

It now forecasts spending of up to $100 billion in 2023, up from up to $100 billion previously, with more resources focused on areas like artificial intelligence, ads, commerce platforms and the metaverse.

EXPENSIVE METAVERSE BET

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a projected screen with a Facebook logo, in this illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

Wall Street is losing patience with Zuckerberg’s huge and experimental bets on his proposed metaverse, a shared virtual world, a shareholder who recently called the investments “super-sized and terrifying”.

Concerns over the spending spree have wiped out more than two-thirds of Meta’s market value so far this year. But its shares rose 4.5% to $100.80 before the bell on Wednesday.

“The market is breathing a sigh of relief that either Meta or Zuckerberg management seem to be specifically heeding some advice, which is that you need to mitigate some of the growing spending bill,” said Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Sophie Lund-Yates. .

She added, however, that “it doesn’t quite align with the fact that you’re going to be trying to increase efficiency while pursuing something as ambitious and tenuous as the Metaverse.”

Meta will pay 16 weeks of base salary and two additional weeks for each year of service, plus any remaining paid time off as part of the severance package, the company said.

Affected employees will also receive their shares that were due to vest on Nov. 15 and medical coverage for six months, according to Meta.

The company did not disclose the exact amount of the layoffs, but said the figure was included in its previously announced spending forecast for 2022 of between $85 billion and $87 billion.

Meta had 87,314 employees at the end of September.

Reporting by Aditya Soni, Nivedita Balu and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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Sunrise Host David Koch Furious Over Bitcoin Crypto Scam Claiming Approval https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/sunrise-host-david-koch-furious-over-bitcoin-crypto-scam-claiming-approval/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:10:00 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/sunrise-host-david-koch-furious-over-bitcoin-crypto-scam-claiming-approval/ Sunrise host David Koch has exposed online fraudsters who used his likeness and fake quotes to steal $30,000 from a viewer, demanding they be arrested. Koch said he was contacted by the victim who was tricked by an online advertisement using a fake endorsement for a shady crypto investment platform. “I had a guy over […]]]>

Sunrise host David Koch has exposed online fraudsters who used his likeness and fake quotes to steal $30,000 from a viewer, demanding they be arrested.

Koch said he was contacted by the victim who was tricked by an online advertisement using a fake endorsement for a shady crypto investment platform.

“I had a guy over the weekend who contacted me through Facebook, cheating on me because he lost $30,000 on a scam that used my photo and questionable comments from me,” he said. -he declares.

Sunrise host David Koch (pictured left) has revealed a viewer was tricked by scammers using his image and fake quotes

Koch said online scammers frequently use him as a decoy because of his public profile and asked his guest, Deputy Treasurer Stephen Jones, what the government was going to do about it.

“Scammers have been using my photo and dodgy quotes from me to scam people for years,” he said Monday morning.

“They show up on Facebook, they show up on LinkedIn, they show up on this Taboola feed on major mainstream websites and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Koch asked Mr. Jones to explain what could be done about it.

“Here at Channel Seven we get sued by you and the ACCC if we run questionable advertising,” he said.

‘Why can’t Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn take on the same responsibilities as mainstream media groups?

“It’s just heartbreaking for our viewers who get sucked into this stuff.”

Koch says scammers have been using his image and making quotes of him for years

Koch says scammers have been using his image and making quotes of him for years

Mr Jones admitted the government was powerless to act because laws lag behind technology.

“We believe the law needs to change,” Mr Jones said.

“We have to drag it into the 21st century. Social media platforms should be responsible for the material they post.

“If they are told you have dodgy stuff online and or illegal stuff online, which allows criminals and they don’t take it down, then fines and penalties will apply.

“We also want to work with the banks and make sure the wallet at the end of the scam is also locked.”

Mr. Jones said there would be a specialized scam detection unit created within the company’s watchdog, the ACCC.

“Once we detect something moving, lock it down as soon as possible and access social media platforms as you suggested, and make sure they have a legal obligation to shut these things down at the source,” Jones said.

“It’s music to my ears because not only are people losing thousands of dollars, but it’s hurting my reputation,” Koch replied.

“I saw a picture online saying things I never said about bitcoin or whatever, and people are losing money because they think it’s me.”

Koch revealed that a viewer contacted him via Facebook to say he lost $30,000 to a scam featuring his image and fake quotes.

Koch revealed that a viewer contacted him via Facebook to say he lost $30,000 to a scam featuring his image and fake quotes.

Scammers pretend to be relatives and send text messages where they claim to have lost their old phone

Scammers pretend to be relatives and send text messages where they claim to have lost their old phone

Mr Jones continued: “Sports stars, TV stars, personalities all have their identities used by these criminals, let’s call them what they are because they are economic criminals ripping off Australians.

“We want to suppress it at the source.”

Mr Jones said it was not just popular online platforms that needed to up their game to fight “criminals and scumbags”, but also telecommunications companies, as “a lot of things go through e-mail and SMS”.

The scam is still continuing with a link to a website called ‘Flippercash’ which was emailed to unsuspecting Australians on Sunday.

The link led to a page mocked up to look like an ABC News article reporting a fake segment from The Morning Show airing the crypto scam.

The headline read: “David James Koch’s latest investment has experts in awe and big banks are terrified”.

“Australian TV presenter David James Koch has made a name for himself as a brash outspoken man who isn’t afraid to be honest about how he makes his money,” he began.

The latest scam attempt using Koch took a random appearance by the Sunrise host on The Morning Show and photoshopped the headline to make it look like he was talking about the fake product

The latest scam attempt using Koch took a random appearance by the Sunrise host on The Morning Show and photoshopped the headline to make it look like he was talking about the fake product

A simulated graph of Koch's supposed earnings from the fake QuantumAI crypto trading app, which the scam claims uses AI to trade for you

A simulated graph of Koch’s supposed earnings from the fake QuantumAI crypto trading app, which the scam claims uses AI to trade for you

The scam claimed that Koch had explained a ‘wealth loophole’ that would ‘turn anyone into a millionaire in 3-4 months’ and viewers had to take part ‘before the big banks shut it down for good’.

“And sure enough, within minutes of the interview being finished, National Australia Bank called to stop Koch’s interview from being broadcast – it was already too late,” he claimed.

The scam crypto investment platform is called QuantumAI and the fake article claimed that Koch pulled out his phone to show Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies how much money it was making for him.

The too good to be true scam claims that QuantumAI “uses artificial intelligence to automatically manage long and short sales for you so you can earn money around the clock, even while you sleep.”

Australians are expected to lose $4 billion to scammers this year, double last year’s total.

One of the biggest scams is phishing, where a scammer tries to trick someone into revealing their identity and other personal information, including bank details.

Ten tips for staying safe online

Shara Evans is a tech futurist and online security expert. Here are his tips for staying safe from hackers

1. Get basic computer security on devices, including antivirus programs, malware checkers, ransomware checkers, VPNs, and firewalls.

2. Use different passwords for each website and app. Make them long and complex – upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters. Save your passwords in an encrypted password vault.

3. Use two-factor authentication where possible (i.e. logging into a secure banking portal requires you to provide a passcode which is texted or emailed to you or requires a SecureID token number)

4. Use multiple email addresses. If you own a domain, it’s easy to set up an email alias (“forwarder”) that names a specific site or type of business. If it’s compromised, then you can disable an alias email address without affecting anything you do. And, it will help you identify the source of the leak.

5. Check your credit reports for signs of fraudulent activity or misinformation.

6. Enroll in a credit/identity protection plan and implement credit report bans if you have reason to suspect your identity is compromised.

7. NEVER click on text or email hyperlinks that you have absolutely no idea are legitimate. A lot of people get in trouble this way. You can check a compressed link by copying it and typing it into the search bar to see what comes up. If it is malware, a notice may appear. At a minimum, check if the source domain looks suspicious, in which case don’t click on it!

8. When uploading sensitive information to a website portal, check for the lock icon (https) – this means that your data is encrypted “in transit” when uploaded to the website. Companies’ cybersecurity practices vary widely.

9. If someone calls you saying they are from Company X, NEVER give them any information unless you know them and are already expecting a call from a phone number or a specific person.

10. NEVER publish your date of birth online! If you have it on social media, DELETE it now. Unless you’re making an official financial transaction, there’s very little good reason for any party to know your true date of birth, let alone store it.

Australians are also increasingly falling victim to fake text messages and phone calls, according to comparison website Finder.

Money tracing expert Sarah Megginson said Australians have been inundated with scam text messages and phone calls in recent years and should ignore contacts from unknown numbers.

‘Let the caller go to voicemail. If they leave a number, you can check if it’s for a real online business,” she said Monday.

“Never reply to links or click on links in text messages. These could be related to viruses and other nasties, or bogus sites seeking to steal your personal data.

A giveaway is if the text message has poor spelling or grammar.

“Be especially careful if you receive a message on WhatsApp or Facebook claiming to be from a relative who has lost their phone and now needs help,” Ms Megginson said.

“This is the so-called ‘Mom Scam,’ responsible for $2.6 million in losses in the first seven months of the year.”

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Meta plans to lose even more money building the metaverse https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/meta-plans-to-lose-even-more-money-building-the-metaverse/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 23:23:29 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/meta-plans-to-lose-even-more-money-building-the-metaverse/ Mark Zuckerberg, Managing Director of Meta Platforms Inc., demonstrates Meta Quest Pro during the Meta Connect virtual event in New York, United States, Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reiterated his commitment to spending billions of dollars to grow the metaverse as investors worry about […]]]>

Mark Zuckerberg, Managing Director of Meta Platforms Inc., demonstrates Meta Quest Pro during the Meta Connect virtual event in New York, United States, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reiterated his commitment to spending billions of dollars to grow the metaverse as investors worry about the health of his company’s online advertising business.

During a call with analysts as part of Meta’s third quarter earnings report, Zuckerberg and other Meta executives answered a number of questions from analysts who seemed increasingly frustrated with the rising company costs and expenses, which jumped 19% year-over-year to $22.1 billion during the quarter.

Meta shares fell 19% after the company announced weak fourth-quarter guidance below analysts’ estimates. Facebook’s parent company’s revenue fell 4% year-on-year to $27.7 billion in the third quarter, while its profits fell 52% year-on-year to $4.4 billion .

Meta’s Reality Labs unit, which is responsible for developing virtual reality and related augmented reality technology that underpins the yet-to-be-built Metaverse, has lost $9.4 billion so far in 2022. Revenue for this business unit fell nearly 50% year over year. -year to $285 million, which Meta CFO Dave Wehner attributed to “declining sales of Quest 2”.

“We expect Reality Labs operating losses in 2023 to increase significantly year over year,” Meta said in a statement. “Beyond 2023, we plan to accelerate investments in Reality Labs so that we can achieve our goal of growing the company’s overall operating income over the long term.”

Jefferies analyst Brent Thrill said on the earnings call that investors likely feel there are “too many experimental bets compared to proven core bets” and asked why Meta think experimental bets like the Metaverse will pay off.

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“I just think there’s a difference between something that’s experimental and not knowing how good it’s going to end up being,” Zuckerberg said in response. “But I think a lot of the things we’re working on in the app family, we’re absolutely confident that they’re going to work and be good,” he added, citing the company’s work improving its TikTok-like short video service Reels, content recommendation algorithms, professional messaging features and online advertising technology.

Although Zuckerberg said he “can’t tell you right now how big they will be,” each improvement “kind of goes in the right direction.”

Zuckerberg said that “obviously the metaverse is a longer-term set of efforts that we’re working on” and that he thinks “that will eventually work out too.”

Seeming flabbergasted, Zuckerberg said ‘there’s a lot going on right now in the business and in the world, and so it’s hard to have a simple ‘we’re going to do this thing and it’s going to solve all the problems.’ “

Meta faces a number of challenges such as the poor economy, the lingering effects of Apple’s iOS 2021 privacy update which made it harder for Meta to target ads to users, and competition from gamers like TikTok, Zuckerberg explained.

Long-term investments in the metaverse “are going to provide better returns over time,” he said.

“I think we’re going to work out each of these things over different periods of time, and I appreciate the patience and I think those who are patient and invest with us will eventually be rewarded,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that part of the reason his company is developing the Metaverse is to ensure that it has a platform in the future that will not be affected by the decisions of its rivals, such as Apple. But the main reason Zuckerberg is developing the metaverse is that tech companies can be more innovative when they build both the software and the hardware that underpin a computing platform, he said.

“A lot of it is just that you can create new and innovative things by controlling more of the stack yourself,” Zuckerberg said.

Meta should focus on real revenue streams, not the Metaverse, says Ritholtz's Josh Brown
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Danny De Gracia: Want to reduce inequalities? Let people make money with what they own https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/danny-de-gracia-want-to-reduce-inequalities-let-people-make-money-with-what-they-own/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 10:21:10 +0000 https://www.runescape2goldsale.com/danny-de-gracia-want-to-reduce-inequalities-let-people-make-money-with-what-they-own/ A friend from the mainland whom I hadn’t seen for 20 years wanted to visit me for his birthday, along with his entourage of 12 other social media creators from around the world. Before his visit, he sent me an iMessage: “Find me a house, with a large swimming pool, near you, where my team […]]]>

A friend from the mainland whom I hadn’t seen for 20 years wanted to visit me for his birthday, along with his entourage of 12 other social media creators from around the world. Before his visit, he sent me an iMessage: “Find me a house, with a large swimming pool, near you, where my team and I can stay and hang out for the next three days.

“Forget it,” I texted him back. “Just stay in Waikiki and get multiple rooms or a presidential suite.”

“Why?” he demanded to know.

“It’s too complicated for me to explain to you in a short time, this is Honolulu we’re talking about,” I replied.

And so he and his associates came to Hawaii, stayed three nights in Waikiki, and brought all their dollars to the altar of grand tourism, just like the millions of other visitors who come to Oahu daily.

And if you ask me, that’s precisely what’s wrong with our condition. In case you haven’t noticed, Hawaii, and more specifically Honolulu, are places where the money is amassed with big business while the rest of the locals fight for a token net of cash that barely reaches them.

The people of Oahu live in a 21st century neo-plantation of haves and have-nots. The difference between these two is striking. Those who are “haves” get money by influencing politicians to create preferential regulation and subsidies that allow them to maintain monopolies by eliminating competition (or making competition too costly). Like the fictional Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street, these people can be summed up in one sentence: “I don’t create anything; I own!”

Those who are “have-nots” earn money in the form of wages by creating value through back-breaking labor or intellectual servitude to the have-nots. They pay subscription fees for their mere existence in the form of income and property taxes to the government, and through the purchase of consumer goods and services from businesses. Because they do not own things, or because their property is tightly regulated, unlike the wealthy, they cannot use the things they own to earn money for themselves.

That is why, dear friends, regardless of pandemics, recession, inflation, stock market crashes or even war, the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.

Honolulu cannot fully enforce every provision of the law that targets vacation rentals, and we should use this pause to reflect on how we move forward. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

If you have the time and didn’t get a chance to read it in high school, I recommend everyone read John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Pearl.” A poor fisherman finds a giant, valuable pearl and plans to sell it to improve his family’s life – but unbeknownst to him, everyone in his town is controlled by the same pearl cartel.

His doctor wants him to give up the pearl in exchange for medical attention. His church wants him to give the pearl to “God” (which in turn will be sold by the church for profit). And all the local pearl dealers belong to the same company, but pretend to be competitors so that they can set the price for buying pearls at a lower price than the market price. Sounds like how Hawaii works in an election year, if you ask me.

We really like to point out the virtue on “reducing inequality” in Hawaii. If you really want to reduce inequality and close the gap between haves and have-nots, you need to let ordinary people have the freedom to own things and monetize them for profit.

That’s why it was somewhat of a welcome relief that U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted a preliminary injunction against portions of Honolulu’s 22-7 order. The law as originally codified severely prohibited landlords from renting properties for less than 90 days, making it extremely difficult to earn money as a vacation rental.

The feds seem to be allergic to Honolulu officials and their policies lately, but I won’t go into the details today. The fact is, at this time, Honolulu cannot fully enforce all of the provisions of the law that targets vacation rentals, and we should use this pause to reflect and reflect on how we move forward. .

If you ask me, we should just abolish ordinance 22-7. And before the government-subsidized non-profit rental agencies rise up against me with your minions quoting white papers saying vacation rentals create inequality, the real “inequality” is a government that prepares us for the future. failure and forces us to fight each other for the falls.

Instead of blaming homeowners for the housing shortage, why not point the finger at the state and county who have a myriad of complex regulations and approval processes that have strangled new home construction on Oahu? In fact, how does the state live up to its commitment to house Native Hawaiians?

Instead of blaming tourists for crowded streets, heavy traffic and no parking, why don’t you point the finger at the state and county for not building better modern streets and creating more space for visitors? Remember those memes online where people asked, “Without the government, who would build the roads? Yeah? How come the Honolulu government can’t build roads?

Stop talking about ‘inequality’ when you let the biggest inequality factor of all – a government that doesn’t do its job on roads, sewers, parks, housing – run without any accountability. .

This is precisely what big business wants, where we fight and blame each other rather than helping each other get rich and empowering each other to own a piece of the American dream. Small businesses and homeowners built America, and if we can learn a lesson, small businesses and homeowners can save Hawaii too.

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The airflow distribution system at the Post Exchange Military Community Center in Ord, Calif., is performing well after decades of use. However, a new computerized control system has reduced system uptime from 100% to 20%, saving taxpayers a lot of energy and money.
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MONTEREY PRESIDIO, Calif. (October 20, 2022) – A refurbished heating and ventilation system at the Ord Military Community Exchange Station not only saves $43,000 in energy costs per year, but also makes the building more comfortable for customers and employees.

Richard Thorne, energy manager for the U.S. Army Presidio of Monterey Garrison, said the project is one of four energy projects the garrison has completed this year that he says will help taxpayers save money. save more than $52,000 a year. While the Garrison planned three of these projects well in advance, a simple observation led to the fourth, showing that it always pays to be on the lookout for energy savings.

The PX project is the largest of the four projects, and to realize the savings, the contractors refurbished all of the existing heating and ventilation units that serve the main PX store and the stores in the adjacent mall, Thorne said. They also added new controls to the system.

“The units are from the late 1970s or mid-1980s and hadn’t been overhauled for a very long time,” Thorne said. “It was ripe for an energy project.”

Given Monterey’s cool temperatures year-round, air conditioning isn’t necessary, so the system draws air from outside the building and distributes it inside, Thorne said. The old system worked all day, but the new system, which went live in the spring, only works 20% of the time.

The new unit’s air dampers and controls modulate fan speed and damper position to provide the right amount of air for heating, ventilation and cooling, Thorne said. Energy savings come from reducing fan speed in heating and ventilation modes.

The system’s computerized control panel allows operators to see if something is wrong with the system and fix it before customers and employees even notice there’s a problem, Thorne said.

Additionally, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service paid for the replacement of aging fluorescent lighting with more energy-efficient LEDs, Thorne said.

“This energy project, along with the AAFES lighting project, achieved almost 30% energy savings when comparing FY22 to FY2019 pre-COVID,” Thorne said. “With the new controls and air shutters, the building is much more comfortable and less stagnant.”

Another project in Building 618, Munzer Hall, an administrative building of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, involved adjusting heating and cooling airflows and outdoor airflow for each volume zone box. variable air to the correct amounts, Thorne said.

Thorne said any time technicians can reduce the speed of a motor, it results in energy savings. “Even small shifts in gears can result in significant energy savings,” he said.

Plus, employees often leave the building’s front doors open for an ocean breeze, Thorne said, and that eliminates the need for a fan. “Again, save quite a bit of energy by keeping the fan off when not needed,” he said.

These simple scheduling changes resulted in approximately 20% energy savings when comparing fiscal year 2022 energy bills to pre-COVID 2019 energy bills, a savings of approximately $3,000 per year , Thorne said.

Another project in Building 4283, the Porter Youth Center, saved about $6,000 a year by adjusting heating system controls to better match occupancy usage, Thorne said.

The heating system came on too soon, Thorne said, and the air systems also came on too soon, pushing cold air into the building until the heating system started.

To fix the problem, technicians updated the system schedules to start the heating system first and then the air system about 30 minutes before occupancy, Thorne said. They also programmed in all the federal parties. In addition to saving money, the building is also more comfortable.

The fourth project that Thorne himself led after noticing that a fan at the World Café across from his office was still on.

“During a recent coffee break, I asked the owner of the World Café about the fan,” Thorne said. “It turns out that the fan is controlled by a simple switch. The fan is left on to ensure the space is not too hot in the morning. Once this kitchen starts early, it doesn’t take long before the space gets really warm, especially if there was no air circulation before opening.

Thorne submitted a work request and technicians will install a simple programmable timer and reverse the direction of the fan’s airflow to blow air into the space instead of exhausting it, Thorne said.

The simple fix will reduce fan power consumption by about 70 percent and save about $90 a year, Thorne said.

To report energy-saving ideas to USAG PoM, contact Thorne at (831) 242-4296 or richard.l.thorne4.civ@army.mil.

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