FROM Michael Pachter
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?