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Now You See Facebook Messages, Now You Don’t…

Daniel Chase

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If you’ve ever wanted to dazzle your friends with your extensive vocabulary, though I can’t imagine this being desirable quality, allow me to add one more phrase to your lexicon: prestidigitation. The word “prestidigitation” is an exceedingly long word which is represents a scenario when magic tricks are performed for the purpose of entertainment. In other words, you are a master of prestidigitation if you can shock a crowd with some sleight of hand.

When speaking about magicians, often times we are reminded of the idea of seeing something, and then, several moments later, not seeing that something any longer. This, herein, lies the reason that ordinary men and women are bewildered by magic tricks, and why magicians are able to make a modest living. When speaking about the tech industry, this idea comes up frequently when discussing social media platforms, but tech folk use the term ephemerality, which refers to the ability to exist for a short period of time. 

Gambling on the fact that I’ve lost some of you in translation, allow me to explain. When Evan Spiegel created Snapchat (SNAP), the appeal was that one could send a photo, and later video clips, and any sent media would last for a few moments before disappearing forever. This new technology one of the first to give birth to the idea of ephemerality in a social context. Essentially, one could send a rather scandalous or ridiculous photo or video and rest assured that it would be gone in a matter of seconds. Like time, ephemerality is relative, and it is up to the  platform creator to decide how long certain types of content remain alive. 

In the case of apps like Instagram (FB), when someone posts to their “story,” these media bites last twenty-four hours before disappearing into the ether of the cosmos. In a recent blog post, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook (FB), which also owns Instagram, spoke about how, for years now, Facebook and Instagram have existed as a digital equivalent to that of a “town square.”

He continued to explain that “people increasingly want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room,” referring to the notion that some people choose to message friends privately, as opposed to in a Facebook (FB) group or on somewhere more public. Zuckerberg goes on to share that predicts privacy-based communications platforms will soon become all the more important, which is interesting given Facebook’s (FB) track record with data privacy-related issues. 

According to a TechCrunch report released back in January, Facebook (FB) had been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees in exchange for installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. While this may seem like a great way for a pretty wide age demographic to make some extra cheddar, “Facebook Research” is a VPN that the social media giant uses to siphon and analyze user phone activity to gather data on usage habits. Facebook (FB) admitted to TechCrunch that they’ve been paying “spy teens” since 2016  for their data activity, including going so far as to ask users to “screenshot their Amazon order history page.” 

Zuckerberg even admits, in his blogpost, that if Facebook were to venture into a more ephemeral style for it platform, it could go poorly

“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protection services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing…but I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services..and we plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp and Facebook, including in private messages and stories..”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder, Facebook 

It’s a bold strategy for Zuckerberg to suggest that Facebook (FB) take the steps necessary to make its platforms more secure, and ephemeral, especially at a time where data transparency is a primary concern for users across all social platforms. 

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Where Will Oil Go After This Week’s Price Hit?

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Even though oil had been taking a beating over the last 2 trading sessions, its price rose to $69 per barrel on Friday. However, oil prices are experiencing the worst week of 2019 mainly due to potential economic slowdown and ever-growing oil inventories. US oil inventories have not been this high since July of 2017. And to top it all off, the trade war between the US and China is growing wearier every day further affecting oil prices.

Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at TF Global Markets, stated, “Clearly, bargain hunters are back in town.” He later added, “However, it is still set to record the worst week of the year and this is due to the increase in trade war tensions between the U.S. and China.”

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The global benchmark for oil, Brent Crude, has experienced a decrease of 5 percent this week. However, Brent Crude this morning climbed $0.98 to value each barrel at $68.74. Due to US sanctions and voluntary supply cuts, a floor under prices held. Market analysts are expecting the oil market to recover off of the price floor.

“It is reasonable to doubt whether Saudi Arabia will be willing to step up its output given the latest decline in prices, […] we therefore expect to see higher oil prices again in the near future,” Explain analysts at Commerzbank.

In order to make the market tighter, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been cutting oil supplies since the beginning of the year. 

Brent Crude’s prices reflect that the supply and demand of oil is tightly knit. According to UBS, Brent Crude should get back to $75 this month as supply gets tighter and tighter.

“Compliance of OPEC and its allies to the production cut deal remains high, while production from Iran and Venezuela is likely to again trend lower this month,” explains analyst Giovanni Staunovo,

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StockPrice.com Friday Morning Update – May 24, 2019

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated. Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

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Two of the fastest growing industries right now in the United States are on-demand technology and cannabis. These two industries are at the epicenter of growth and investors aren’t being shy about their appetite for companies in these arenas. But one company, in particular, has developed a unique business model that services both of these massive growth industries.

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The Delivery Market in the Age of Convenience; Can GrubHub & Uber Adapt?

As the internet grows and develops, people and services become more connected. Thus, the food delivery service industry has blown up over recent years. Big players like UberEats (UBER), Postmates, and DoorDash are making big splashes against competitors like GrubHub (GRUB). These companies only represent a fraction of what delivery services can become.

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

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Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated.

Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

New Potential for the Security Industry & Security Stocks

While developing security protocols and machines to fight threats overseas is important, home-grown threats have become a point of concern for US citizens. Mass shootings have increased, and the Muslim radicalization of American citizens is prevalent as ever. In order to make people safer, Liberty Defense has come to fill that hole.

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) is developing HEXWAVE to revolutionize how facilities get secured. HEXWAVE can be used to detect any kind of weapon through 3D imaging. The technology utilizes both quickness and indiscretion to produce warnings of potential threats while respecting people’s privacy. 

While the product is still undergoing testing, Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) has been taking steps to put HEXWAVE in front of the public. The company recently announced signing a memorandum of understanding with Utah’s Attorney General to beta test HEXWAVE there. The technology can be tested at sporting events, amusement parks, schools, and government buildings.

Bill Riker, Liberty Defense’s CEO, stated, “HEXWAVE can be applied in a variety of settings to provide a means to identify possible threats before they advance into attacks. We are excited that the Attorney General of Utah recognizes the potential value of this technology and the opportunity it provides for enhanced security in the state.”

What’s Should Be Expected Of Defense Companies?

When people think about the US armed forces they marvel at the gear used from tanks to jet planes. Most people do not take the moment to think where the US actually gets its arms from.

Report: This New Technology Could Transform A Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry!

One company responsible for US defenses is Lockheed Martin (LMT). Lockheed Martin develops and manufactures missile systems, aircraft, and training systems. They even provide cybersecurity services to governmental figures.

While Lockheed Martin controls a large portion of the defense industry, they show no signs of slowing down. Recently, the company made progress on its new production facility in Alabama. It is expected to be a 225,000 square foot facility to fulfill US Air Force needs.

The construction is expected to be finished in 2021. Executive Vice President, Frank St. John, explained, “All our employees come to work with an unwavering commitment to help our customers succeed in their mission to create a more secure and prosperous world.”


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