Powerball won the $ 699 million jackpot on a single ticket on Monday night

The estimated cash option on this ticket is $ 496 million and here are the winning numbers. (Author: Gardener)

The Powerball jackpot rose quickly to the fifth highest prize in game history over the past week, and with a winner on Monday night, the game will reset. There was a ticket with the first five numbers and the red Powerball for the jackpot of $ 699.8 million. Here are the winning numbers from the Powerball game from 04/10/21. Both winning options are pre-tax, "announced the Powerball website early Tuesday morning. Six tickets were sold for the Monday drawing, equaling the five white balls and minus the red Powerball for the second prize of the game. Prize tickets sold in Tennessee are worth $ 2 million for spending $ 1 extra on the Power Play, and the other five second prize tickets - one each in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts (2), and Virginia - are each 1 Worth a million dollars for not buying the Power Play, Monday's jackpot was $ 699.8 million, the fifth highest mark in the game's history, and if the last registers are cleared it could be the fifth highest The fourth highest Powerball grand prize was also won in 2021 when a ticket sold in Maryland in January won a jackpot of US $ 731.1 million. Dollar reached all nine months ago and had three jackpot winners in four drawings. A ticket sold in Maryland hit the jackpot of $ 731.1 million on Wednesday, January 20th, 21st. The game was reset to the minimum of $ 20 million won on Saturday, 1/23/21, and then another jackpot was hit on 1/30/21. Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and one of the two largest lottery jackpot games in America. Powerball jackpots start at $ 20 million and other prizes are paid out between $ 1 million and $ 2 million on a Power Play. You can check the numbers for tonight or any previous winning numbers on the official Powerball website. Simply getting the Powerball with no other numbers pays out $ 4, and even more if the Powerplay is purchased for an additional dollar. If all five white, numbered balls are selected but the red Powerball is incorrect, the payout is $ 1 million, with an even higher payout if the powerplay is chosen. The next drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 21st for a jackpot of US $ 20 million. Related Articles Powerball surges to $ 620 million on Wednesday despite 8 new millionaires


Davis Mills suffers from growing pains

John McClain looks at Davis Mills' performance, Anthony Miller's departure, and changes ... (Author: Gardener)

Lessons learned from the Texans' Wednesday practice at the Houston Methodist Training Center as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Patriots: Rookie quarterback Davis Mills tries to recover from his terrible performance in the 40-0 loss in Buffalo, where he was four Threw interceptions. The Texans cannot play a repeat against the Patriots on Sunday at the NRG Stadium. The coaches work overtime with Mills and emphasize one thing. "Ball safety," said coach David Culley on Wednesday. “Understand that your job is to protect the ball. When returning to the passport, an incompleteness is fine if the guy is not (open). It's the same when you take a sack. If there's a guy down there, throw the ball at his feet. It has to grow faster. ”Culley doesn't worry about Mills getting cautious or cautious and worrying too much about interception. "You can't scare him," said Culley. “We talked one-on-one about what we need from him, what is expected of him, so that we have a chance to get this offensive to where it needs to be. As our quarterback, he has to understand his job, and he does. We also need to understand how the work needs to be done in order for us to be what we need to be. It's part of being a quarterback in this league. "Culley, offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, and passing coordinator / quarterback coach Pep Hamilton also offer reassurance to Mills." We had one-on-one talks about such things this week, "Culley said." Basically to reassure him that we're behind him and we're going with him, he has to play better, and we'll play better with him. ”John McClain of the Houston Chronicle discusses what's next for the Texans and quarterback Davis Mills after theirs Upcoming 40-0 defeat at Buffalo dumping recipient Anthony Miller on Wednesday is another example of a player not fitting in with culture general manager Nick Caserio and coach David Culley trying to establish he's gone. You have said several times that they want selfless players who will put the team first and do whatever they can to help rebuild. Miller will end up with another team that n Oh, looking for a slot receiver, so the Texans might have done him a favor, considering they're on a three-game losing streak after being blown out at Buffalo. Culley said Danny Amendola was healthy and since he and Miller were playing the same position, only one would be active. In two games, Amendola has six catches for 43 yards (averaging 7.2) and one touchdown. Also in two games, Miller had five receptions for 23 yards (4.6 average) and one touchdown. Texans lose two linemen, add two to training roster It's no secret that the Texans were unable to consistently play the ball during their three game losing streak. New England is fifth on defense (306.8 yards), including 19th against the run (121.8) and fourth against the pass (185). With the Texans having such great difficulty walking the ball with three backs - Mark Ingram II, David Johnson, and Phillip Lindsay - maybe they should shout an audible signal and abandon the running back-by-committee approach. That won't happen anytime soon, if at all, according to David Culley. "We think all three of them have a seat back there," said Culley. “All three of these guys have different ways of helping us offensively. We have to stop receiving penalties and start being more constant. If we don't do things that get us wrong, we can do what we did in the first game and a half and run the ball effectively. ”In four games, tight ends Jordan Akins and Pharaoh Brown got each other for 11 catches and 126 yards combined. Akins has six catches for 53 yards (average 8.8). Brown has five catches for 73 yards (6/14). No tight end scored a touchdown. Brown started the season with a terrific performance in defeating Jacksonville. He had four catches for 67 yards, including an amazing one-handed reception for 29 yards. Brown is struggling with injuries and in the three losses he has a catch for 6 yards and that was against Buffalo. Coach David Culley was asked if Brown's injuries or the move of quarterbacks from Tyrod Taylor to Davis Mills had anything to do with his lack of production during the losing streak. "I don't think it's because of the quarterbacks change," said Culley. “I think it's that he didn't play that well. And not just him, but other guys too. ”The Texans face their second rookie quarterback in New England's Mac Jones. The Texans have been down 13-2 against rookie quarterbacks since the 2014 season, including 1-0 this season when they defeated Trevor Lawrence and Jacksonville in their first game. The last four rookie quarterbacks the Texans have beaten have come from the Jaguars. During their current 13-2 run against rookie quarterbacks, they lost 2016 to Jacoby Brissett of New England and Drew Lock of Denver in 2019.


Ozy Media's audience was largely a mirage. Founder Carlos Watson is also looking for opportunities in the scandal.

The company's rapid demise - and Watson's unexpected "Today" interview - opened the curtain on the open secrets of digital media it was trying to exploit. (Author: Gardener)

Carlos Watson is recording an episode of "Take On America With OZY" in San Francisco in 2018. The timing suggests that Ozy Media's CEO and co-founder could provide an explanation for his company's implosion just days earlier. Watson had told employees on Friday that the company, which breathlessly promised to deliver "the new and the next," was closing its doors amid reports that Ozy had inflated its readership and misrepresented itself to potential investors. But Watson did something different: "We're going to open for business," he told host Craig Melvin. Even in the shameless self-hype culture of Silicon Valley, in which the mantra of many startups was “Fake it till you make it”, Watson seemed to take the art of bluff to a whole new level: Fake it even after you have filled it up. In the eight years of its existence, Ozy Media has not achieved a prominent position either as a practitioner of effective journalism or as an innovator of multimedia content. But in the last week it has done some kind of shame, moving from a relatively small player in the overall digital media market to a megawatt example of dubious business practices and inaccurate marketing claims, as reported in a number of New York Times reports. His downfall also lifted the curtain on some of the digital media industry's open secrets that Ozy took advantage of - and Watson, the charismatic figure at the center, seemed to be enjoying the attention. When Melvin asked him if Ozy had ever "paid for digital traffic," Watson lit up. It's not uncommon for digital media companies to pay to promote content on platforms like Facebook in order to generate more views of their article or video. In a sustainable business model, however, this type of paid advertising shouldn't make up the bulk of a website's traffic. Potential investors and advertisers value media companies that can attract audiences in more organic ways without having to subsidize them. What Ozy apparently did was rely heavily on paid advertising - create a mirage that its content was far more appealing to readers than it actually was. Despite hosting an annual festival, the Ozy Fest, which drew a crowd of celebrity guests, the company existed on the edge of a broader cultural consciousness before New York Times media columnist Ben Smith revealed on Sept. 26 that Ozy's chief operating officer, Samir Rao, allegedly posed as a YouTube manager to announce the popularity of the company's social media videos during a meeting seeking investment from banking firm Goldman Sachs. From there, however, reporters began delving into the company's previous claims and looking under the hood of the company's business model, which relied on large advertisers and sponsors. Fingers pointed at Watson - but the episode says even more about the investors who got Ozy up and running from the start. Media investors are keen to find products that will attract young consumers, an audience valued by advertisers that is still notoriously difficult to reach. Some investment firms tend to distribute seed capital to a variety of media companies, knowing that many will fail, but a small number of successes could outweigh the losses. "The fact that no investors seem to have asked for reliable [traffic] numbers or received reliable numbers makes me wonder what investors do when they invest in a company like Ozy," said Chris Roush, dean of the School of Communications in Quinnipiac University and an expert in financial journalism. Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs and founder of Emerson Collective, met Watson in the 1990s while both teaching students in East Palo Alto, California; As an early supporter of Ozy, she gave the company an air of credibility. She was on the board, along with other high profile funders, including hedge fund manager and co-owner of Milwaukee Bucks Marc Lasry, who became the company's chairman. Powell Jobs stepped down from the board in 2017 and Lasry stepped down last week. On Friday, Robin Reck, an Emerson spokeswoman, told the New York Times that the organization "is troubled by the alleged actions of Ozy Media executives," noting that Powell Jobs "did not participate in the company's recent investment round ". Reck said Emerson supported an independent review of the company, for which Ozy's board hired law firm Paul Weiss. When contacted by The Post, Emerson repeated his testimony but made no comment on the review, saying the company representatives would not comment further. In 2017, BuzzFeed News reported that Ozy was among the digital media companies that were buying “fraudulent” readership for their articles - rather than organically attracting interested readers - in order to meet the goals promised to advertisers like JPMorgan Chase. "We strive to only work with reputable and brand-safe publishers, and we do not take something like that lightly," said a bank spokesman at the time. Craig Silverman, who wrote the BuzzFeed News story and now works as a reporter for the nonprofit journalism organization ProPublica, said Sunday night that Ozy was never able to generate a real, large audience without resorting to paid advertising techniques that didn't long-term sustainability without a continuous flood of investments. And yet, for most of the company's history, the investment money flowed. These investors were drawn to the company's mission-driven approach and were committed to telling stories for, by, and about a millennial audience. Watson, Harvard-educated and media savvy, promised to deliver a "modern media company". Ozy described himself as "a diverse, global and future-oriented media and entertainment company". That message was appealing to both investors and corporate recruiters looking to get into digital media early, especially at a time when early entrants like Vice Media and BuzzFeed looked like they were going to become multibillion-dollar companies. ready to overwhelm old brands in newspaper journalism and traditional television. "I think there are a lot of institutional investors out there who have a certain hubris and feel too confident about their analytical skills," said Keith Hernandez, a digital media advisor who serves as corporate director for companies like BuzzFeed and sports websites was bleacher report. However, potential investors have a chance to review a company's finances and business model before giving in any money. The question, he said, is, "Are you actually reading this and delving into it and doing the follow-ups and asking the questions?" Brandon Ross, a media and technology analyst at LightShed Partners who also makes money in Media and technology company invests, said the digital media business is particularly challenging. I don't think it's necessarily a statement of where digital publishing is now. ”Last week, several Ozy employees shared stories about the relentless culture Watson has built, including long hours and an unpredictable, controlling, and sometimes punitive one Watson's leadership style. Eugene Robinson, a former employee and former editor in general, offered perhaps the most violent criticism of "a smiling, flattering, nervous, and death-eyed" Watson who flatters millions of venture capitalists eager to endorse a minority entrepreneur. (Watson is Black.) "That cheerful bon vivant, like the black sidekick in an action movie, made them feel good about anything considered 'alert' in the Valley." In an interview with The Post, Robinson said that Watson's fundraising is different Minority entrepreneurs looking for investments have robbed: "There are real people out there doing real things with minority publishing and they don't get the same funding," Robinson said. He added that when he was with Ozy, even after nine years of employment, he had to explain what the organization was, a sign that the publication was not reaching a real audience. "How is it possible that no one I know or speak to has heard of the company I'm telling them about," he said. On Monday, fund management company LifeLine Legacy Holdings filed a lawsuit against Ozy Media in California, alleging it was misled when it made an initial $ 2 million investment in the company earlier this year. The fund relied on "direct assurances regarding the strong business performance of Ozy Media, investments from high-profile institutional investors, high audience figures and competent and honest company management" in order to have confidence in the investment. On Monday evening, Watson sent a long email to Ozy's "family". It was partly an apology and partly a call to action. Details were missing, but it contained a promise to improve Ozy's culture. He admitted that “we have often marketed hard. Sometimes too harsh, with bold claims and incorrect attributions. ”Watson expressed remorse:“ It was wrong and we can get better. ” He invited staff to get in touch and said he looked forward to building OZY stronger. When The Post asked for details, a Watson spokesman declined. Watson repeatedly declined to reply and instead waved back to the opportunity NBC had just given him: "If people know the name Ozy, OZY, now, I hope they'll sign up for our newsletter," he said with one knowing smile.


With a "1-0 mentality", the Arizona Cardinals block out the noise

The Arizona Cardinals are constantly on the alert to the notion that a 4-0 start means deeper than that it was a very good month. (Author: Gardener)

Judging by their comments and social media posts, the Arizona Cardinals are constantly vigilant against the notion that a 4-0 start has deeper meaning than what it was a very good month. "As for the 4-0, I try to go 1-0 every week," said quarterback Kyler Murray after Sunday's 37:20 win against the Los Angeles Rams. "It's a 1-0 mentality every week," said safety Budda Baker. Get all the messages you need in your inbox every morning. "4-0 means we can't go 3-14," tweeted Brentson Buckner, defensive line coach / employee actuary. It's a mantra born after last season when the Cardinals started 6-3 and then lost five of the last seven to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year. One reason for the breakdown, they found, was too much long-term thinking and too little focus on the job that week. October 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates with center Rodney Hudson (61) after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 37-20. "Together, after last year, it was important to stay in the present," said coach Kliff Kingsbury, "to focus week after week and try to improve every week. I think our boys have that Well done so far. ”The pursuit of humility and mindfulness is noble and can't hurt as the Cardinals try to build on a 4-0 start, and the Cardinals showed in the first month that they've had enough of it to make the postseason and maybe fight for something bigger. And it's not that the Cardinals have a track record of continued success. It's the Cardinals' first 4-0 start since 2012, a season designed as a precaution to overtake ourselves. This team only won one more game and coach Ken Whisenhunt was sacked afterwards. But these are not the Cardinals of 2012. They are much better than a team that lost quarterback Kev could not survive in Kolb. They are better than the 2020 version, which needed help and additional playmakers around Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the middle of the offensive. NFL NEWSLETTER: Subscribe now to receive soccer news in your inbox from Cardinal's wide receiver Rondale Moore runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams. Rodney Hudson was a revelation at the center. Christian Kirk has thrived in the slot that Larry Fitzgerald played. Green leads the team to the reception center. Murray plays like an MVP candidate. He leads the league on completion percentage (76.1) and is runner-up in yards per attempt (9.5), about 2.5 yards more than his average last year. The offensive line is solid. The defense has a nice mix of weathered and fresh faces and should improve as the season progresses. The Cardinals lead the NFL in scoring (35 per game) and are second behind Buffalo in terms of point difference (13.8 points). Three of the wins were on the road, two were blowouts against teams that reached the playoffs a year ago (Titans, Rams). The Cardinals got lucky when the Vikings missed a game-winning field goal on their final play, but some seasons are like that. Luck is sometimes the difference between winning 10 games and winning 13 or so. Kingsbury seems to have grown into his job just as important. His fixtures, game designs, and game calls were all on point this season. After Sunday's game, he said he would likely celebrate by going home and watching "Ted Lasso" on Apple TV +. “There are some real parallels between Ted Lasso and me,” said Kingsbury, who was hired despite having no NFL coaching experience, “like the epic YouTube dance video. You've all been to my (first) press conference, it was essentially the same press conference Ted Lasso had whenever it goes, 'Is that a joke?' "Right now the Cardinals are doing their best to pretend goldfish, according to Lasso, the happiest creatures in the world because they have a 10-second memory. This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: With a "1-0 mentality", the Arizona Cardinals block out the noise


What is good, bad and what is missing from the Facebook whistleblower's statement?

What Frances Haugen does right - and wrong (Author: Gardener)

Today, let's talk about what Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen said before the Senate: the good, the bad, and what should happen next. Haugen spoke to a subgroup of the Senate's trade committee for more than three hours on Tuesday. While she made her criticism more nuanced than most Facebook critics - she supports Section 230, for example, and opposes winding up the company - she also said the company should declare "moral bankruptcy." "It's not just about certain social media users being angry or unstable or that one side is radicalized against the other," Haugen told Congress. “Facebook decides to grow at all costs and become a nearly trillion dollar company by buying its profits with our security.” Long frustrated by Facebook's size and power - and, it is believed, its own inability to do so To tackle problems constructively - Senators Haugen gave the floor to defend their point of view. During the hearing, titled Protecting Kids Online: A Facebook Whistleblower's Testimony, Haugen took senators through most of the Wall Street Journal's Facebook files, discussing ethnic violence, national security, polarization and more. For their part, the senators tried to paint the hearing in historical terms. There were always comparisons with Big Tobacco and a “Big Tobacco Moment”. "This research is the definition of a bomb," said Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who chaired the hearing. Over at Facebook, Haugen's strategic response team threw a half-hearted slander and bizarrely found that while at the company she "had no direct subordinates" and "never attended a decision-making meeting with C-level executives". If there is a point, I have overlooked it. What it could have done, however, is to finally mobilize support in Congress for meaningful regulation of technology. First, Haugen identified real damage taking place on Facebook services. Too often, discussions about the damage done to social networks are either abstract or emotional. The main benefit of Haugen's leakage is to add some empirical rigor to these discussions - and to highlight the degree to which these issues are known but not discussed by Facebook executives. In response, Facebook's Monika Bickert told CNN that the same study shows the majority of teenagers believe that Instagram improves their wellbeing. But one of the strongest moments of the hearing came when Haugen discovered that only about 10 percent of cigarette smokers ever get cancer. "The idea that 20 percent of your users could face serious mental health problems, and that's not a problem, is shocking," she said, citing leaked data. Second, Haugen emphasized the value of research in understanding problems and developing solutions. For years we've seen Congress asking Facebook based on false anecdotes about who was censored or banned, or which publisher was or was not included on a trending list, with no constructive ending. It was therefore refreshing to see Congress members grapple with the company's own internal data. Senator Ted Cruz, who seldom acted in good faith on an issue, largely put his censorship questions aside to ask Haugen for data exploring the link between Instagram and self-harm. Facebook will not wrongly say that senators were largely cherry-picking these questions. But we have to justify these discussions in something - why not Facebook's own research? Third, and perhaps most of all, Haugen helped shift the discussion of platform issues away from the content of the speech they hosted towards the design of the systems themselves. "The problems here relate to the design of algorithms - of AI," replied Haugen when asked whether the company should be liquidated. That wouldn't solve anything, she said - the same engagement-based algorithms would likely cause similar problems in the new baby facebooks. Haugen postulated the regulation of algorithms - in particular the ban on attachment-based ranking such as the use of Facebook and Instagram today - as a way of avoiding the problems of the First Amendment that come with attempting to regulate the Internet language. As scientist Daphne Keller wrote, attempting to regulate language algorithms is likely to trigger a review of the First Amendment anyway. Still, Congress seemed receptive to the idea that it should focus on broader system incentives, rather than stunts like the recent efforts in Florida and Texas to force platforms to broadcast all language regardless of content. First, Haugen appeared as a solutionist: someone who believes that any problem created by technology can therefore also be solved by technology. This is most evident in their advocacy of a reverse chronological feed, which they believe would remove incentives to share polarizing or harmful content. Polarizing and harmful content has been widely shared on Twitter and Instagram over the many years these services used reverse chronological feeds. That's not to say that reducing the algorithmic gain is a bad idea or that Facebook shouldn't investigate the problem further and share what it finds. But given the wide range of damage identified in the Facebook files, I found it surprising that Haugen's pet problem is feed ranking: I just don't think it's as powerful as others seem to be. Those of us who have opinions on social networks are constantly at risk of trying to solve societal problems at the feed level. Issues such as the growth of the US polarized long before the emergence of social networks. Or the research showing that long-term viewers of Fox News tends to change people's political opinions more than Facebook usage. It is possible to look at a subject from so many different angles that you are paralyzed. But it is equally crippling to start your efforts to contain big tech with the assumption that if you just "fix" Facebook, you will fix society too. In the end, Haugen's testimony focused on the documents and not on her own work on Facebook. But the senators were more interested in the admittedly intriguing questions that the research that had leaked her had raised. That is understandable, but it also meant that Haugen had to regularly remind the subcommittee that they were asking her questions about which she had no expertise. In my own conversations with current Facebook employees, this is where I hear most of the desperation: Just because you found documents on a server doesn't mean you are qualified to describe the underlying research. Platforms should take the events of the last few weeks as an opportunity to find ways of regularly exchanging internal research on topics of public interest, providing them with relevant contexts and data that are made available to third-party researchers in accordance with data protection regulations. Facebook regularly tells us that most of its research shows people like it, and the company's market dominance suggests that there is likely to be evidence of that too. Congress should pass a law that obliges large platforms to provide external researchers with data for the study of topics in the public interest. (Nate Persily argues here that the FTC could oversee such a design.) I think that sharing more research is in Facebook's long-term self-interest, and that the company should do it voluntarily. If we don't want to rely on whistleblowers and random caches of leaked documents to understand the impact social networks have on society, we should ask platforms to provide more data. What Congress shouldn't do is pass a comprehensive bill designed to solve every problem suggested in Haugen's testimony in one fell swoop. Instead, I would like Congress to better identify the real problem it is trying to solve. If you listen to the hearing, you've heard many possibilities: Facebook is too big. Facebook polarizes too much. Facebook is a national security risk. There still does not seem to be a consensus on how to prioritize this, and it is fair to ask if this is one of the reasons Congress has struggled so much in advancing legislation. Meanwhile, Haugen appears to have convinced Congress that Facebook is as bad as they feared, and that the company's own research proves it. As simple as it may be, this narrative - Facebook is bad, a whistleblower proved it - quickly solidifies to concrete on Capitol Hill. The question, as always, is whether our crumbling Congress will find the will to do something about it. This column was co-edited with Platformer, a daily newsletter about big tech and democracy.


The Las Vegas Raiders' tendency to start slowly is, after all, too much to overcome

The Raiders made up a 14-0 deficit, but 21-0 was too much for them. So that they do not fall behind, they need their O-line to include them. (Author: Gardener)

Smith says he doesn't think much of the Raiders after losing to the Chargers. Smith says he doesn't think much of the Raiders after losing to the Chargers. - Sure, quarterback Derek Carr has a clue as to why the Las Vegas Raiders offensive got stuck in neutral and sometimes reversed to start games. No, he won't share it publicly. "I'll do this privately," said Carr after the Raiders lost 28:14 at the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night, a game in which Las Vegas fell 21-0. "It's not something I have to do in front of a microphone. Neither of them want to be possessed in such a dominant way in the first quarter of the game. Remember, Las Vegas got five points in the first quarter of this season and" Two of those points came on a safety from cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. Thus, the Raiders are in the first quarter of the point difference at minus 23 as the last in the NFL. All you need this week: And the Raiders are still 3-1. One quicker start against the Chargers and they'd probably be undefeated. For one thing, the Raiders can't get their running game going. Whether Josh Jacobs, who missed weeks 2 and 3 with an ankle injury, in the backcourt or Peyton Barber, who stormed to a career high of 111 yards in week 3, or even (gulp) Hall of Famer and Jacobs mentor Marcus Allen, the last 1992 silver and black wore barrel blockage, it doesn't matter who you imagine running the ball The offense becomes one-dimensional, guess who pays the price. Yes, Carr, who is well on the way to being fired 51 times in her career. And then things like this happen: “We knew if we hit him a couple of times he would really be shaken up. And you saw on [Christian Covingtons] Sack that he pretty much curled up in a ball before we even got there. Great guy, great player ... Now the record will show Carr came to life in the third quarter, scoring two goals and completing nine of his first 10 passes after halftime for 76 yards with the two TDs while the Raiders' defense did the Serve held. And he was aiming for a potential TD early in the fourth quarter when Covington broke through on third and third places for the six-yard sack, forcing Daniel Carlson's 52-yard field goal attempt with the far left hook. But it was the bad start that contributed to the miserable end. The Raiders had 51 yards offensive in the first half, their lowest first half performance since Jon Gruden's return as coach in 2018, and 53 yard penalties. The Raiders had a first down in the first half, the lowest total since 2015. And although it was the first time since Gruden's return that the Raiders had four drives in a row without a first down; The last time they had three back-to-back three-and-out games to start a game was in week 4 of the 2017 season. Like that fateful night, it all starts up front, on the offensive. "We just had a lot of moving parts," said Gruden. “I mean, the different running backs; we had a number of different offensive linemen. We knew we would be young at the beginning of the year, but we haven't had a couple of guards lost even during training camp. ”So, it's a work in progress and it's not easy. It is a difficult thing to run football in this league. And we'll keep working on it and getting better at it. "The predicted start-o-line of the left tackle Kolton Miller, who, according to Pro Football Focus, hasn't given up a sack yet; left security guard Richie Incognito, who is on IR and hasn't even trained since injuring his right calf in training with the Los Angeles Rams on August 19; center Andre James, right guard Denzelle Good - who tore his cruciate ligament in his left knee at the start of the season - and right tackle Ale Leatherwood, the team's first round pick in 17th overall, played zero snaps together, with John Simpson starting instead of Incognito and Jermaine Eluemunor replacing Good, even though Eluemunor was shaken. "There are obvious things we have to do," said Gruden, “We need to protect better early in the games.” Sometimes it was a series of things - we had mistaken shotgun snaps call ge better pieces. I have to get our running game up and running at some point at the start of a game. "But we just didn't do very well at the start of the games, let's face it and that has to change."


Wall Street mourns the loss of one of the stock market's “brightest minds, greatest hearts”, who was hit by a car

Tobias Levkovich, a prominent analyst, died Friday aged 60, and tributes to Citigroup's equity strategists continue to roll in. (Author: Gardener)

Tobias Levkovich, a prominent Wall Street analyst, died Friday at the age of 60, and tributes to Citigroup's equity strategist are rolling in. See Equity Trading Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, in a note on LinkedIn. Tobias Levkovich, a prominent Wall Street analyst, died Friday aged 60 and tributes to Citigroup's equity strategist are rolling in. "Wall Street lost one of its brightest minds, biggest hearts and kindest souls on Friday," wrote Lori Calvasina. "Wall Street lost one of its brightest minds, biggest hearts and kindest souls on Friday," wrote Lori Calvasina, head of US equity trading strategy at RBC Capital Markets, in a note on LinkedIn. “I learned so much about the stock market from Tobias. But it is his willingness to approach consensus thinking head-on that I remember most and hope that I will always stay with myself, ”wrote Calvasina, who was a protégé of Levkovich from 2000 to 2010 when she worked at Citi. Doug Kass, president of Seabreeze Partners Management hedge fund and a close friend of Levkovich, wrote in a blog post that although the strategist was known in the "investment community" as "Tobias," his family, friends, "and the Jewish community knew him as Tuvia, which means 'God is good' in Hebrew. ”“ For me, Tuvia combined the wisdom of a Byron Vienna with the work ethic of a 25-year-old. Tuvia was a special man, ”wrote Kass, referring to Blackstone’s Vienna, who is a respected market expert and still provides an annual list of predictions of“ market surprises ”. "While it would be enough to recognize Tobias for his acumen as a strategist, it is for his spirit, compassion and humanity that he is truly remembered and appreciated by all of us," wrote Levkovich's research colleagues at Citi, including Robert Rowe, Lucy Baldwin, Jon Rogers and Anne Malone. Levkovich, a managing director at Citi, has been a senior US equity strategist since 2001. In what was probably his last TV interview before his accident, Levkovich said investors might be driven by fear of significant underperformance (FOMU) than just fear of missing out, or FOMO, as stocks get closer the records recovered. Levkovich said investors are facing a number of headwinds, including a slowdown in earnings compared to outperforming the breakneck pace of recent quarters as the economy and market rebounded from COVID-19. “The flow of money was not as good as it was at the beginning of the year,” he said at the end of August. Levkovich said investors were “reluctantly optimistic”, noting that “people are positioned because the market continues to rise. Levkovich made some predictive calls. One notable one was another August forecast, in which he predicted that the market could come off the upside in September. "The lack of immediate catalysts for pullback is regularly cited, although we deepen concerns about higher taxes, cost pressures that hurt profitability, a decline and more sustained inflation in September (usually the seasonally toughest month for the S&P 500)," he wrote . It's a call that if investors had followed them, they might have saved them money in the last month. "While there could be some good news about a possible slowdown in the outbreak's spread outside of Hubei Province, we hesitate to believe that the effects are now behind us," wrote Levkovich. "It is not one aspect of Tobias that made him a shining star among us, but the combination of his spirit and his humanity that was so impressive for all of us," write his Citi research colleagues. Our thoughts are with his colleagues and family at this difficult time, ”wrote Paco Ybarra, head of Citi's institutional client group, in a memo on Monday.


15% less than high, Facebook share has 30% upward trend

If Facebook can grow its sales faster than analysts forecast, its stock could soar 30% from here (Author: Gardener)

Facebook has had some bad weeks in the spotlight, which contributed to a 15% decline from its stock's all-time high last month. * The world is too dependent on Facebook to stop now * Facebook is likely to continue to grow rapidly S. If the debt ceiling is not raised by October 18, fears of Fed tightening as supply chain problems will grow Risk of long term inflation and uncertainty about key spending laws being passed before Congress. Facebook stock has fallen further than other technology leaders because of two recent events: the release of internal documents exposing corporate governance issues and the October 4th shutdown of its business operations for more than five hours to its backbone routers disrupting services caused Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram to stop working for more than five hours. Says Facebook, “Our development teams learned that configuration changes to the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers were causing problems that disrupted that communication. This disruption in network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate and brought our services to a standstill. ”I can attest to the pain this shutdown caused. They shared their painful feelings of withdrawal from their inability to access Instagram The discussion was relevant to the class discussion that focused on neuroeconomics - the most compelling manifestation of which uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify which parts of the brain are glowing. When people use different products like their iPhone or credit card, researchers found that when teenagers see a lot of likes "on their own photos or photos of their peers on a social network," it activates the same parts of the brain that glow when People Eat Chocolate, According to Psychological Science This type of pain results from the sudden withdrawal of what the researchers termed the pleasure associated with "greater activity in neural regions associated with reward processing, social cognition, imitation, and attention" . As reported by the New York Times, the Federal Trade Commission has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook accusing it of using its Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions to secure a monopoly. Worse still, whistleblower Frances Haugen (a graduate of Olin College, where I taught entrepreneurship) shared documents showing that "The company knew, among other things, that Instagram made teenagers' body image problems worse and that it had a two-tier judicial system." the Times noted. Today Haugen is supposed to testify to the congress about the effects of Facebook on young users. I doubt this bad news will change the way Facebook works because - as I wrote in 2012 - CEO Mark Zuckerberg has an insurmountable control of voting rights (58% of voting shares). Facebook has integrated into daily life around the world. As the Times wrote, "In Mexico, politicians have been cut off from their voters. And in Colombia, a nonprofit IT organization that uses WhatsApp to connect victims of gender-based violence with life-saving services has been compromised in their work." The evidence for that The spread of Facebook is convincing: "In June, an average of 2.76 billion people used at least one Facebook product a day" and WhatsApp - which Facebook acquired in 2014 - has been downloaded six billion times since then, the Times noted the operation of companies all over the world. A Colombian snack maker takes orders for empanadas via WhatsApp - the outage cost one day of sales. And a Brazilian pharmacy chain that uses WhatsApp to take orders failed, according to the Times. I suspect most Facebook Users will see yesterday's failure as a minor mistake rather than a reason to switch to other platforms. Facebook is growing fast and expects this to continue. As Forbes reported, Facebook reported revenue growth of 56% to $ 29 billion in the second quarter of 2021 - 4.3% more than analyst expectations. According to CNBC, Facebook expects revenue growth to "slow significantly" in the second half of the year on a sequential basis as we go through ever stronger growth phases. "Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv expect revenue to grow 31% to $ 28.22 billion in the third quarter . Facebook's next big growth vector is the metaverse. It will be accessible through all of our various computing platforms - VR and AR, but also PC and mobile devices and game consoles, "said Zuckerberg. This looks to me like Facebook's effort to monetize another acquisition - the $ 2 billion Having paid for OculusVR's 2014 quarterly results later this month, the stock should go up. According to CNNBusiness, 44 analysts have an average 12-month target price of $ 425 - an increase of about 30% from the stock's October 4th closing price said: "I've seen Facebook keep getting into conflict between its own profits and our security. The result has been more division, more damage, more lies, more threats, and more co mbat. ”If you're not concerned about how Facebook is working, the recent drop is a buying opportunity.


Space launch by William Shatner on Blue Origins New Shepard

Here's everything you need to know about Blue Origin's launch of William Shatner and his crew on the New Shepard spacecraft on October 12, 2021. (Author: Gardener)

A collage shows Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, the company's New Shepard suborbital launch system, and actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Blue Origin's next manned space mission will see a "Star Trek" captain enter the strange new world of space explored for real. On October 12, the company's second manned flight on its New Shepard spacecraft after flying founder Jeff Bezos in July will include passenger William Shatner, an actor best known for portraying Captain James T. The mission, named NS-18, also includes a senior executive from Blue Origin and two co-founders from space-related technology companies. The New Shepard launch time is set at 8:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. EDT or 1:30 p.m. GMT) from Company Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas. The launch of New Shepard's second manned flight will broadcast on Tuesday, October 12th, with an estimated take-off time of 8:00 a.m. EDT (12 GMT) on and, if possible, here on A typical New Shepard flight takes 11 minutes. After landing, based on what happened with the Bezos crew in July, a live broadcast with the astronauts will likely be available on When that happens, Blue Origin will likely stream it online and will broadcast it simultaneously whenever possible. The company will likely be posting mission updates on Twitter via @BlueOrigin throughout the day. On a normal New Shepard flight, the spacecraft flies well above the 100-kilometer Kármán Line, which international authorities recognize as the limit of space. (Not competitor Virgin Galactic, which started the sparring between the two companies.) The missile will autonomously return to its launch site and land, and the crew pod will parachute a few minutes later. The second crewed New Shepard flight will carry four passengers but no pilot as the space capsule is an automated system. William Shatner, 90, an actor best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek and Denny Crane on Boston Legal and The Practice. Shatner is expected to be the oldest person to fly in suborbital space to break the 82-year-old Wally Funk (an aviator and Mercury 13 member) record while flying Blue Origin in July. (The oldest person to reach orbit was NASA astronaut John Glenn, aged 77 in 1998; Glenn came out of retirement to join an age-based shuttle mission.) Space Audrey Powers, age not disclosed , is vice president of missions and flight operations for Blue Origin, who oversees flight operations, vehicle maintenance and mission infrastructure for New Shepard. She played a key role in New Shepard's approval for the flight and likely flies in her official corporate role. The authority previously served as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Legal and Compliance of Blue Origin, and a NASA mission controller for the International Space Station program. Chris Boshuizen, age not disclosed, is the co-founder of Earth observation company Planet Labs (now Planet). Glen de Vries, allegedly around 49 years old, is vice chairman of life sciences and healthcare at the French software company Dassault Systèmes. In 2019, Dassault acquired Medidata Solutions, a 20-year-old company founded by de Vries. New Shepard made 17 flights prior to Shatner's flight, dubbed NS-18. The last flight was on August 26, when New Shepard sent a payload-oriented mission into suborbital space, along with a NASA lunar technology demonstration. The probe's only manned space flight to date took off on July 20 when it brought founder Jeff Bezos, Bezos' brother Mark, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen (son of a hedge fund manager) into the suborbital space flew. New Shepard is named after the Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, who became the first American to go into space in 1961. It is about 18 meters tall and passengers on board its suborbital flights experience "weightlessness" for about three minutes. Blue Origin has not yet released any seat prices to the public; Competitor Virgin Galactic now sells seats for $ 450,000 apiece. For your money, the space flight is relatively short and takes 11 minutes from takeoff to landing. The crew members descend separately under the parachute of the capsule. While New Shepard has only flown a maximum of four people at a time, its maximum capacity is six and Blue Origin cites the spacecraft's “big, beautiful windows” as a marketing tool to attract the super-rich. The crew, led by Bezos, received just 14 hours of training over a few days in July to learn basic flight and emergency procedures for the autonomous spacecraft. Footage of the flight showed the crew relaxing during take-off and landing, monitored by Blue Origin personnel on the ground, and floating in the capsule during the weightless phase, screaming enthusiastically over the view. When Blue Origin auctioned seats for the first time in early 2021, there was a document with terms and conditions for flight crews that required, for example, space pilots to dress in flight suits and climb the launch tower (seven flights of stairs) in less than 90 seconds. Funk, 82 years old, quickly led the first crew up the stairs. While the company emphasizes the view and the autonomous experience, like all space flights, the New Shepard flight is a high-risk activity. Passengers are exposed to several gravitational forces or G-loads during take-off and landing. 30, 21 Blue Origin employees (all but one anonymous) penned an essay with scathing criticisms of corporate culture and safety practices, saying, among other things, that the company was rushing the launch process to move paying passengers to suborbital flights. To date, New Shepard has flown 17 times since 2015. Blue Origin successfully recovered both the capsule and booster from all but one attempt due to a hydraulic problem on the first flight, NS1, in April 2015 that prevented the booster from landing. Blue Origin uses its RSS First Step (RSS stands for Reusable Space Ship) for manned flights. Another New Shepard capsule called RSS H. Blue Origins launch facilities is called Launch Site One, a remote area in the West Texas desert about 25 miles from the town of Van Horn. During the last crewed launch in July, Blue Origin severely restricted the desert area around the launch site, even along nearby State Highway 54, making it unlikely to get anywhere near the site unless you are standing on the media list (which was very limited during the Bezos launch) you can see the facilities in a short tour video previously released by Blue Origin. All paying customers have the opportunity to visit the spaceship and, according to the video, find out about the nearby support facilities before venturing into suborbital space. Blue Origin has a spot on its website where you can reserve your interest for future flights, although we don't know how often to take off or how much a seat will cost. There is likely a backlog of high profile passengers and Blue Origin employees who will be flying in front of the public. For example, an unknown person won a $ 28 million seat auction on the first flight on Bezos but turned it down due to a lack of availability and Daemen (whose father had made a second bid on his son's behalf) was named as a replacement. Virgin Galactic flights are now priced at $ 450,000 apiece, and in early October, stratospheric balloon flight operator World View announced that it would fly customers for $ 50,000 per seat from 2024 if the schedule holds. World View does not reach space, but it is high enough in the atmosphere to see the curvature of the earth.


How Fixing Facebook's Algorithm Could Help Teenagers - and Democracy

Frances Haugen's statement depoliticized the conversation on Facebook, making it less about extremism and more about children's mental health. (Author: Gardener)

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appears before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transport during a hearing titled Protecting Kids Online: A Facebook Whistleblower's Testimony at the Russell Senate Office Building on October 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. However, Tuesday's statement by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen suggests that both of these are symptoms of the social media platform's flawed algorithm and corrupt business model, and adapting Facebook's algorithm to solve a problem could go a long way Solve the other. Until Haugen's whistleblower revelations published in the Wall Street Journal and on 60 Minutes, most of the talk about regulating Facebook has centered on hate speech, disinformation, and the platform's role in facilitating the 6th riots both sides of the aisle and has led to a political impasse in dealing with the social media giant. But a bipartisan body of lawmakers seemed equally appalled by Haugen's testimony Tuesday about Facebook's potential to harm children, which could give Congress a way to move forward in regulating Facebook without falling into the controversial political quagmire of censorship and free speech devices. “There is political consensus about protecting children,” says Tom Wheeler, who served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017, 'and it's the same process that could make sure an algorithm doesn't spread lies or hatred. In her blockbuster testimony to a Senate trade subcommittee, Haugen said that Facebook's “reinforcement algorithms” and “engagement-based ranking” (the part of the algorithm that rewards posts that get the most likes, shares and followers) are children and teenagers have driven destructive online content that has led to body image issues, mental health crises, and bullying. Facebook, she said, “buy its profits with our security”. Haugen claims that Facebook knew its algorithm was directing teenagers to harmful content but refused to take steps to stop it and that it disbanded the Civic Integrity team shortly after the election, which predicted extremism before Jan. The January 5th allowed the platform to thrive on the hearing focused much more on the former than the latter, a shift in focus that marked a significant development in the narrative about what is wrong with Facebook and what is needed to fix it. And it circumvented the major partisan disagreement about the dangers of Facebook: Republicans are most concerned about Facebook's alleged attacks on freedom of expression, while Democrats are outraged by Facebook's role in spreading hate speech and disinformation online. By focusing on the potential harm to children, the blame is put on the platform itself, not the bad actors who use it. "We found a lever for the problem that actually enables both sides to get involved on the plane without it becoming a 'what about anti-conservative prejudice' or 'what about the Russian trolls'," says Jason Goldman, former Chief Digital Officer at Barack Obama's White House and part of the founding team of Twitter. The algorithm rewards posts that evoke the most extreme reactions - often anger, anger, or fear - because it is designed to keep users looking at the platform for as long as possible, no matter how they feel about it or what makes them think. Haugen pointed to research that found that children looking for healthy recipes ended up in a rabbit hole with pro-anorexia content. Reformers like Haugen believe that any real solution would require adjusting the incentives at the core of Facebook's platform and business model. Focusing on reforming the algorithm rather than monitoring the behavior of its users is “definitely more dangerous for Facebook,” said Josh Miller, former product director at the Obama White House and former product manager and product manager at Facebook, “because it hits the mark To that end, Haugen recommended reforming Section 230, which protects technology companies from liability for third-party content posted on their platform, “to exempt decisions about algorithms,” she said. "Changing 230 around content is very complicated as companies have less control over user-generated content," she said. And Facebook shouldn't be acquitted of decisions it makes to prioritize growth, virality, and responsiveness over public safety. ”Haugen also recommended building a regulatory structure specifically for social media companies, in which tech veterans serving the Understand algorithms, make sure they work for the common good (Wheeler, the former FCC chairman, suggested a similar solution.) Haugen's revelations about Facebook's algorithmic corruption changed the subject of the old back and forth about social media censorship, although some conservatives were still trying to make it a subject of free speech. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, began his interview by claiming that Facebook's attacks on children on the Internet were a "single issue" from what he called "political censorship." Haugen said, however, that taking steps to support children would help the platform as a whole and would not mean delving into the delicate world of procedural political content. "A lot of the things I advocate for are about changing the mechanism of reinforcement, not about picking winners and losers in the market of ideas," she said, referring to Twitter's new requirement that users be on one Click the link before sharing. "Small actions like this friction don't require a selection of good or bad ideas, they just make the platform less nervous and less reactive." However, some experts are concerned that government supervision of technical algorithms is not the right solution and could create more problems. than she would solve. The government regulates the algorithms of tech companies, ”Miller said, adding that government regulation of the Facebook algorithm would be“ scary ”because it would mean a far greater government impact on journalism and freedom of expression than a single newspaper would close or webpage. Instead, Miller argues, giant tech companies like Facebook need to be smashed before they are so powerful after all. "This is impossible to regulate without a precedent, and the only way is to resolve it so that no single company has that much leverage," he says. Still, Haugen's whistleblower testimony forced senators on both sides of the aisle to say they wanted to act.