Another Technology Bubble?
Whether Goldman Sachs' $450 million investment in Facebook will create another technology bubble depends on how and when emerging tech companies go public.
It’s been over a decade since Time Warner and America Online merged in a $180-billion deal, marking the peak of the Internet bubble and the beginning of a long drought for technology stocks—a drought that has arguably been broken only by Apple and Google. Now Facebook seems to be taking the lead in the next wave of tech-stock enthusiasm, with Goldman Sachs reportedly investing $450 million in the social network, giving the company a theoretical market valuation of $50 billion and positioning it for what seems like an inevitable IPO. That may be good for Facebook and Goldman, but will it be good for investors?
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The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
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- The coalition argues that government agencies might abuse facial recognition technology.
- Google and Microsoft have expressed concern about the potential problems of facial recognition technology.
- Meanwhile, Amazon has been actively marketing the technology to law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
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