FROM Brian Steinberg
A High-Tech Gamble on the Next Big Thing Instagram is a simple way to create your own art online with your smartphone photographs. It lets smartphone photographers enhance their pictures with 17 different filters and post their creations on the Internet. In 18 months it's attracted 33 million users. But with 13 employees, no advertisements and no sales of personal information, it hasn't made any money. For many users, it's come to be the anti-Facebook. Now Facebook 's Mark Zuckerberg is buying Instagram for $1 billion. Will Instagram ever be the same? Is it further evidence that Facebook is losing its "cool?" Will Zuckerberg still be able to raise $100 billion with Facebook's Initial Public Offering?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”