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Face-ing The Music, Monopoly-Not, That Hurts, We Deliver, Stan Lee


April 11 · Issue #26 · View online
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Face-ing The Music, Monopoly-Not, That Hurts, We Deliver, Stan Lee

Face Time. That was fun, wasn’t it? Six-plus hours of watching an often visibly uncomfortable Mark Zuckerberg apologize and explain Facebook’s privacy and data handling policies in the past, in the present, and in the future. There were moments of levity, jaw-dropping revelations and grandstanding. Zuckerberg comes back for more squirm-worthy fun today. It should kick off around 10 AM ET.
Watch Zuckerberg testify before Congress, day 2: start time and live stream - The Verge
Monopolizing. There was so much to ponder after that long day, but the bit that stuck out for me is the insistence by some that Facebook is a monopoly. I don’t buy it.
Facebook is not a monopoly – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Ouch. Apple just lost an important communications patent lawsuit to the tune of over half a billion dollars. VirnetX claims Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage and VPN secure communications platforms incorporate their patented technology without permission. A Texas jury agrees. Apple can afford to pay this without blinking, but I’m sure it will appeal.
Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $502.6M in patent infringement row
We deliver. The battle between two of the biggest retailers, Amazon and Walmart, has moved out into the streets where thousands of delivery companies are now competing to deliver their goods. Amazon is expert at delivery. Walmart has been playing catch-up. But after vastly expanding its grocery delivery business last year, Walmart has partnered up with popular delivery company Postmates. This move should help it achieve its goal of expanding grocery delivery to almost half of American households. For the record, the Ulanoff household still gets groceries the old-fashion way: We flip a coin over who’s going to the grocery store.
Walmart taps Postmates for grocery delivery service
Excelsior? I’m worried about comic book icon Stan Lee, the man who brought you Black Panther, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. The 95-year-old-icon is in failing health and, according to one very long article in The Hollywood Reporter, he may be suffering abuse at the hands of family and care givers. Even if you only skim the article, you may come away agreeing with me: Something must be done to protect Lee and his legacy.
Stan Lee Needs a Hero: Elder Abuse Claims and a Battle Over the Aging Marvel Creator | Hollywood Reporter
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