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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.