Google

Stronger Dollar Sends Futures Higher, Oil Lower, Asian Stocks To Two Month Lows

Yesterday's weak dollar headfake has ended and overnight the USD rallied, while Asian stocks dropped to the lowest level in 7 weeks and crude oil fell as speculation returned that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as next month. The pound jumped and European stocks gained thanks to a weaker EUR.

UN Plots War On Free Speech To Stop "Extremism" Online

The United Nations Security Council wants a global “framework” for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to “counter” what its apparatchiks call “online propaganda,” “hateful ideologies,” and “digital terrorism.” To that end, the UN Security Council this week ordered the UN “Counter-Terrorism Committee” — yes, that is a real bureaucracy — to draw up a plan by next year. From the Obama administration to the brutal Communist Chinese regime, everybody agreed that it was time for a UN-led crackdown on freedom of speech and thought online — all under the guise of fighting the transparently bogus terror war.

Firebombing At Google Office Damages Google Earth Demo Car

Less than a month after a still unexplained suicide took place inside a conference room at Apple headquarters, there seems to be more trouble in Silicon Paradise. According to CBS, an incendiary device ignited a fire late Thursday night at the offices of digital giant Google, damaging a Google Earth demo car and leaving a large singe mark on one of the buildings, authorities said.

Frontrunning: May 20

  • Lacking new ideas, G7 to agree on 'go-your-own-way' approach (Reuters)
  • Japan's Aso tells G7 FX stability vital, no competitive devaluations (Reuters)
  • Snubbed by West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Asian leaders (Reuters)
  • The Fed Has Something to Prove to Wall Street (BBG)
  • Trump's Supreme Court list: all conservative, some provocative (Reuters)
  • Nasdaq Raises Lawsuit Threat Over SEC’s IEX Speed-Bump Plan (WSJ)

"The Peak Is Behind Us" - Silicon Valley Real Estate Bubble Has Now Also Burst

Not long ago we pointed out that the second tech bubble had officially burst, and the extent of the layoffs is increasingly significant. It's taken a few months, but the economic slowdown and downshift in the once bustling Silicon Valley jobs front has now worked its way into the real estate market... "The seemingly inexhaustible well of very high-end buyers has proven exhaustible after all. The peak is behind us, and that's becoming clearer and clearer to builders and buyers"

Frontrunning: May 18

  • Stocks sag as U.S. rate rise expectations revive (Reuters)
  • Clinton, Sanders hit final stretch of nominating contest (Reuters)
  • Bernie Sanders Wins in Oregon, But He Needed Kentucky, Too (NBC)
  • Clinton less than 100 delegates from nomination (The Hill)
  • Trump needs 66 delegates to officially clinch nomination (The Hill)
  • Japan GDP Rebound Not Enough to Stave Off Stimulus (WSJ)

Ex-Google Engineers Launch "Otto": Completely Driverless Truck Testing Underway

Movement in the autonomous vehicle space accelerated once again. Four ex-Google engineers, including the man who built Google’s first self-driving car,  announced “Otto”, an autonomous truck retrofitting business. The service isn’t vaporware. “Otto” is currently operating on Nevada highways.

Can Big Oil Survive At Today's Prices?

Data suggests that oil producers need prices in the $70-80 range to survive. That is unlikely in the next year or so. Without more timely price relief, the future looks grim for an industry on life support.

Frontrunning: May 17

  • As Brexit vote looms, U.S. banks review their European commitments (Reuters)
  • Oil’s Strength Continues to Boost Global Stocks (WSJ)
  • Trump closing gap with Clinton, poll shows (Hill)
  • In Adjacent Pennsylvania Counties, Republicans Are Split on Donald Trump (WSJ)
  • Make America Gold Again: Calls for Everyone's Favorite Standard Are Back (BBG)

Zuckerberg To Meet Conservative Media Figureheads As Facebook Censorship Scandal Escalates

In an attempt to resolve the ongoing "conservative censorship" crisis at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has invited prominent conservative media figures, including Glenn Beck and Dana Perino, to a meeting at Facebook's headquarters this week. As CNN reports, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and aims at addressing the alleged suppression of conservative news stories in Facebook's "trending" stories section. Along with Dana Perino and Glenn Beck, other confirmed attendees include Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN conservative commentator SE Cupp, and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of tech firm Targeted Victory. Moffatt was previously Mitt Romney's digital director.