Apple The Latest Silicon Valley Crooks To Face Justice?

A drop in the value of appple shares has pushed the godlike technology corporation back below Microsoft’s market capitalisation for the first time since May 2010,  taking a big enough bite out of Apple’s valuation to lose the company its spot as the most valuable US company.

Earlier today , Apple share proces tumbled after reports that the US Supreme Court appears willing to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

As Associated Press reports, the court has heard arguments in Apple’s effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit.

Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices in seeming ready to agree with Apple.

The suit by iPhone users could force Apple to cut the 30 percent commission it charges software developers whose apps are sold exclusively through Apple’s App Store.

A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the suit.

Justice Stephen Breyer used to teach antitrust law at Harvard Law School. He says the consumers’ case seemed straightforward.

Apple argues it’s merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers.

A ruling against Apple could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties. The company is sitting on almost a trillion dollars in cash. Though fanboys are claiming this would be a fleabite to Apple, which is holding a billion dollars in cash, things are more complicated than that. Apple’s cash mountain is profit (from robbing users with their monopolistic marketing policies) offshored to avoid tax. The moment they start repatriating that, the taxman is going to be on their case.

And as is usually the case with these tech companies that think they are above the law, once the case reveals how they have stolen from users, public trust will evaporate. That’s what will really hurt.

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‘Unbiased’ Facebook Fired Executive For Pro – Trump Political Beliefs

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Zuck plays with one of Luckey’s gadgets but denies Luckery the right to his own opinions.

Mainstream media and left wing politicians like to show how they are up with modern trends and developments by heaping praise on psychopathic Silicon Valley, virtue-signaling, shadowbanning, conservative – censoring, fake news generating social media billionaires. Thus, though the political bias towards the left / liberal parties and causes is blatantly obvious, they are allowed, when they appear before US Congressional committees to answer questions on abuse of privacy, or respond to accusations of bias by devising  PR campaigns to show to the world they are truly impartial, with zero liberal bias. Unfortunately, every time they try to pull such a stunt, it backfires as their true ideological face quickly emerges from behind a fake, hypocritical mask.

A case in point is that of former Facebook executive, Oculus co-founder and virtual-reality wunderkind Palmer Luckey, who was a rising star of Silicon Valley when, at the height of the 2016 presidential contest, he donated a modest $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group. His donation sparked a backlash from his colleagues, which then led to him being put on leave, and six months later he was fired.

What stinks about Luckey’s termination, is that when testifying before Congress about data privacy earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg denied, or rather lied that the departure had anything to do with politics. In fact, neither Facebook nor Mr. Luckey ever gave a reason why he left the social-media giant.

Now however, disgusted perhaps by Zuckerberg’s continued hypocrisy in claiming Facebook is a totally neutral platform politically: according to a report from the WSJ, Luckey revealed to asociates the reason for his termination from that bastion of apolitical impartiality Facebook, was his support for Donald Trump and the furor that his political beliefs sparked within his employer, and Silicon Valley, some of those people say.

We should perhaps remind you here that support for Trump does not necessarily imply agreement with Trump’s policies or admiration of his abrasive style. Post election analysis showed many people supported Trump because they were horrified at the prospect of corrupt, crooked, warmongering, morally dysfunctional Hillary Clinton, who in her campaign had effectively promised war with Russia by committing herself to attacking the Assad regime in Syria as soon as she took office.

Luckey’s attack on Facebook and Zuckerberg is not just sour grapes either:leaked  internal Facebook emails suggest the matter was discussed at the highest levels of the company. In the fall of 2016, as anger over his modest political donation to a candidate the boss didn’t like simmered, executives at Facebook – which according to Open Secrets has spent over $60 million on lobbying in the past decade – including Zuckerberg pressured Mr. Luckey to publicly voice support for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, despite Mr. Luckey’s years long support of Trump.

At that point Luckey, 26, allegedly hired an employment lawyer who argued to Facebook that it had violated California law in pressuring the executive to voice support for Johnson and for punishing an employee for political activity.

Which, we have to say is pretty typical behaviour among Silicon Valley billionires. Go against the ‘corporate culture’ as dictated by the billionaire boss, and you are dead

Luckey and his lawyer are not as stupid as Zuckerberg is arrogant and megalomaniacal, and negotiated a payout of at least $100 million, representing an acceleration of stock awards and bonuses he would have received through July 2019, plus cash, according to the people familiar with the case. The stock awards and bonuses were a result of selling his virtual-reality company, Oculus VR, to Facebook in 2014 for more than $2 billion, a deal that netted him a total of about $600 million.

In other words, Facebook can claim it was Trump’s “fault” that a $10,000 donation resulted in a $100,000,000 payout just a few months later. What a bunch of wankers.

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Commerzbank, Mozilla, Suspend Facebook Ad Campaigns As Advertisers Start Pulling Out

As we reported yeserday, the backlash against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytics data harvesting story continues to grow. At first it seemed fairly innocuous, some crazy scientist had developed an app that tricked people into granting access to their personal details and activity records. Then it emerged that even though the guy had been naughty, …

Google, Facebook and Twitter Yield to German Govt Demand to Censor Anti-Migrant ‘Hate Speech’ (aka Free Speech)

Over the past couple of days we, and many other New Media outlets reported the horrific incident in Cologne, Germany at New Year, in which a crowd on male, recently arrived immigrants, all of Arab or North African appearance according to witnesses carried out a mass attack on German women who were simply trying to use the railway station.

Facebook Is Falling Apart so Fast We Can’t Keep Up

Facebook Is Falling Apart so Fast We Can’t Keep Up Anyone who reads The Daily Stirrer regularly will know we have never been fans of Facebook, Google or any of the other multi – billion dollar internet corporations which operate business models based on abusing users privacy. We have always predicted retribution would one day …

How Internet Companies Like Google and Facebook Have Helped The spread of extremism

Although the Westminster terror attack is still filling the print and broadcast news and the usual conspiracy theories about it’s being a false flag incident start to circulate, attention is turning to the role of technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter in the process of radicalisation. Google stands accused of providing easy access …

Philanthropic” Mark Zuckerberg Will Place Facebook Shares In A For-Profit LLC

Sorry to seem the The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, but somebody has to blow the whistle on the latest self serving stunt of the self server in chief, Mark Zuckerbugger but the great act of philanthropy with which the Inyaface Datatheft Book chief celebrated the birth of his child is, like everything else billionaire philanthropists do, not quite as straightforward as it has been presented in mainstream media.

Who Runs America? US Federal Trade Commission Takes Orders From Google

Barak Obama runs America surely, you might well be thinking. We would argue that no US President since Eisenhower has truly run the USA. But the latest revelation of how cosy the Obama Administration has become with corporate business, to the extent that government departments are taking instruction from Google will shock even the most cynical Americans

Fuck Facebook, It has been taken over by prudes

OK, we’ll be honest, the only thing anyone at this site thought Facebook was ever any use for is getting new content picked up by search engines. With the new content being added to the site hundreds of times every second, Search Engine spirder swarm all over it. But like all tech firm bosses, Zuckerbugger and his merry little band of fascists are incapable of critical thinking and so prefer to leave decision making to algorithms.

Facebook boss Zukerberg Wants To Own The Internet

Facebook’s latest acquisition Whatsapp cost $19bn, that’s $40 per user. Whatsapp charge their users $1 per year. That means it will take Facebook 40 years to recover their outlay. And people are buying shares in this company? Insane.

The Threat To Our Brains Posed By The Internet by Ian R Thorpe.

The Daily Stirrer along with many other commentators who are not easily brainwashed by corportate and government propaganda has reported many times on the dangers posed by the internet and yet people become more obsesed with the wor;ld wide web, social networking and online gaming. Now neurologists are starting to express concern.

The WiFi revolution that could take traffic off our roads and control of our lives away from us

The science and technology worshippers are getting crazier the nearer they feel they are to being able to turn us into humandroids, unthinking automatons controlled by central computers. Here’s a report on their latest Dr. Evil style insanity; Using the internet to control our lives. You are a human being, you don’t need an iPhone or an X Box to think for you.

The WiFi revolution that could take traffic off our roads and control of our lives away from us

The science and technology worshippers are getting crazier the nearer they feel they are to being able to turn us into humandroids, unthinking automatons controlled by central computers. Here’s a report on their latest Dr. Evil style insanity; Using the internet to control our lives. You are a human being, you don’t need an iPhone or an X Box to think for you.

So Tim Berners Lee Is Upset About How The Internet Turned Out FFS what did he expect?

We hear the man (falsely) credited with inventing the World Wide Web is disappointed at the way his brainchild has turned out. having been so naive and ignoirant of human nature as to believe that a free and unregulated internet would encouage everybody to join hands and sing Kumbaya, the man who made internet technology the friend of freaks, fascists and fraudsters really has no right to complain

Facebook’s Privacy Piracy

Once again Facebook are in trouble over their contempt for users privacy. It is quite astounding that this upstart corporation that is quite open about its ambition to control the internet does not seem to understand there are lines that cannot be crossed when it comes to broadcasting or “sharing” details of users private lives.

Internet Evil Empire Games – The Facebook Fourth Reich
Microsoft might be “the sick man of technology” a spent power desperately trying to cling to its former glories as The Ottoman Empire was in 1914, Google are The Evil Empire, consistently evading regulators attempts to curb their ambition to control all the information in the world and quite prepared to trample on our individualism, privacy and civil rights in order to do so. Where does that put Facebook then?

Censorship Comes To The Internet – Goodbye Free Speech

While most indie media was focused on about Kanye West  talking to Donald Trump in the USA and the case of a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing (UK version of Dancing With The Stars,) kissing his professional partner, a completely unaccetable escalation in the efforts of far left Silicon Valley CEOs to introduce internet censorship and blank sites that do not share their neo – fascist world view took place, and it threatens everything sane people (right or left) all care about. And yet it went almost unreported by mainstream media, a cartel which has far more to lose than independent news websites.

A massive purge by Facebook of hundreds of politically oriented pages and personal accounts pronounced guilty by Zuckerbergs politically correct fairies of “inauthentic behavior”,  attracted a fair amount of opprobrium for dishonest way Facebook always denies bias while planning such policies. Even more disturbing, though it  received less attention than Facebook’s display of authoritarianism, was that many of the same anti-establishment alternative media sites had their accounts completely removed from Twitter as well, as if the two social media companies were being steered by a hidden hand.

President Trump obviously has concerns about the policies pursued by Silicon Valley too, he’s making moves to take on  the world’s most evil company, Google, and its parent Alphabet. And this ethically challenged organisation is also in deep legal trouble with the EU, Russia, China, India and a few other countries.

Three large alternative media outlets which were expelled from both platforms at almost the same time: Anti-Media, the Free Thought Project, and Police the Police, all of whom had millions of followers on Facebook. And those expulsions come soon after the rather nutty, but still supposedly protected by free speech rights, InfoWars site was deplatformed on Facebook. And the social media giant will no longer show links to rival social media site Minds, which is totally committed to free speech.

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Tesla’s Single Point Of Failure

Interesting and well researched article comparing the success of Ford with the chaotic meltdown of Tesla.

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Authored by Chris Whalen via TheInstitutionalRiskAnalyst.com,

Watching the meltdown of Tesla Motors (TSLA) founder and CEO Elon Musk last week unfold in the pages of The New York Times, we are reminded that enterprises need both vision and operating smarts to be successful. It was obvious years ago that Elon Musk needed help to build a new car company. Yet somehow the members of the board of directors of TSLA did nothing as Elon Musk led this extraordinary endeavor.

We noted in Ford Men: From Inspiration to Enterprise that Henry Ford had the vision thing, but his partner James Couzens turned the idea into a successful business. So bad was his reputation for tinkering and racing that Ford was not even an officer of Ford Motor Co (F) when it was founded, but he had an idea.

Thanks to Jim Couzens, in less than a decade that idea Henry Ford nurtured exploded into one of the great American fortunes, a transformational fortune built on manufacturing. The business was wildly successful and repaid its investors and more in the first year. And thanks to another Ford Man, engineer Charles Sorensen, Ford Motor Co invented the assembly line that enabled the company to meet the astronomical demand for cars a century ago.

Musk is no Henry Ford, but TSLA is the latest case in point to the lesson that solitary leaders often fail. No matter how brilliant or inspired, most of us need the moderation and help of business partners, directors and investors to make an enterprise succeed and endure.

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Readers may think my tracking of the Tesla meltdown is a case of a Musk hater wallowing in schadenfreude. Not so, I think Musk is a dick who has made the mistake of believing his own hype, but what has really appalled me is the Tesla fiasco shows the business community learned nothing from the the dotcom bubble’s bursting in 1999 / 2000. Once again in recent years thay have jumped on the bandwagons of Silicon Valley start ups, abandoning caution and common sense when it should have been clear the wheels would drop off the first time they encountered a bump in the road.

Amazon & Silicon Valley Masters of Universe Push Governments To Nationalize Music Industry

Amazon is leading a well-funded and well organised Silicon Valley campaign to force governments to nationalize the music industry, thereby creating a system where the government props up favoured corporations — such as Amazon — to be beneficiaries of and have control over, while also profiting from, music production.

The Music Modernization Act, which already been prsented in both Houses of the US Congress would create by law, if passed, a “collective” that pays the various beneficiaries of of public funds. The major problem with said “collective,” according to critics, is that it would be run by the government, specifically the U.S. Copyright Office, making it prone to cronyism, corruption, and misappropriation of intellectual property.

And if it becomes law in the USA you can bet the global media corporations will not be long before they are pushing for a similar law in the European Union, Britain, Canada, Australia and Japan just for starters. The good thing here is that such a proposal is not likely to become law as long as Donald J Trump is US President. Remember, the pernicious Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), another example of leftist control freakery rhat would have handed control of law making in sovereign states to corporate lawyers, was pushed by Obama and the EU, defeated by public opinion in Europe and killed by Trump in the USA.

“The so-called Music Modernization Act will destroy the private sectors’ progress by creating a federal mechanical license ‘collective’ which would collect payments and distribute them to the correct parties,” Bryan Crabtree, a pro-Trump author, wrote in NewsMax:

This collective would be funded by a new fee on music services and housed at the U.S. Copyright Office. The bill is perhaps a solution in search of a problem or maybe a power grab by global media corporations. The creation of the collective threatens to drive small record labes and distributors out of the marketplace, killing competition and establishing yet another monopoly in the music industry. Likely, the government would select just one or perhaps two services as their policeman on the beat. The most politically astute (and we know Bezon fancies his chance of succeeding Trump as President,) are the ones that often walk away with the deal, and the The Music Modernization Act looks to be no exception.

The bill passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support and made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee already, although it is misleading to talk of bipartisan politcs in the US system, there is one party, the corporate party, Senators and Representatives are its hirelings. We derailed TTIP, we must derail this latest act of corporate piracy heading our way from across the pond.

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