Democratic Socialists group endorses Sanders for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his second run for president.

The New York-based group says its National Political Committee voted Thursday to endorse Sanders and move forward with “an independent campaign” to elect him and “advance a class-struggle agenda.”

The 56,000-member organization calls Sanders “the only democratic socialist running for president in 2020” and “the only socialist in American history with a serious chance of winning the presidency.”

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist. He announced his Democratic presidential bid last month, saying his campaign is about “creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Sanders spoke to striking university workers in Los Angeles this week and complained about “a war being waged against the working people.”

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Google’s has built its empire on ads, but analysts say it will have to find another way to make money for its new gaming service Stadia (GOOG, GOOGL)

Video gamers streaming

Ads in games are a $3 billion market today, according to Eric Haggstrom, a forecasting analyst at eMarketer. But most of that revenue is in-game ads for mobile games, which are generally a less refined experience than the high-end games Stadia plans to offer.

Still, Haggstrom thinks having ad space within Stadia games could be a compelling offer for game publishers.

“If you’re a new battle royal game that just came out and you want to get people playing your game, ultimately the best place to advertise would be within other games that are similar,” Haggstrom said.

Haggstrom thinks the Google service is likely to adopt a similar approach to the mega-popular Fortnite, which doesn’t charge players to download its game, but instead allows for in-game purchases of “skins” and other cosmetic items. This type of in-game purchase model could make sense, he believes, given Stadia has been touting an open platform with very few barriers to entry.

Not everyone’s in the dark

For one important group however, Google is being a bit more forthcoming. Google’s Buser said he’s already been sharing Stadia’s revenue model with game developers to help get them on board.

“Some games can take years to make so in order to get a game developer to create for your platform you have to show them that it’s going to be financially viable for them,” Buser said.

Given what’s a stake, Google can’t afford to lose game developers.

If Buser and the Stadia team finally find a way to create a meaningful business outside of advertisements for Google, the ramifications for how that model could be applied elsewhere across the tech giant’s properties could be massive.

Google wowed the world when it unveiled its new game streaming service, Stadia, on Tuesday, but it failed to address how the service will make money.
Despite the lack of information around a monetization approach, one thing analysts that we spoke to agree on is that an ads-based model will not be enough to sustain Google’s ambitious gaming project.
Having to add an alternative revenue stream to ads may be difficult for Google, given its spotty track record with ‘for-pay’ services, but if successful, it could have massive ramifications for the company.

Google wowed the world when it unveiled its new game streaming service, Stadia, on Tuesday. But it left one important question unanswered. How much will it cost to play?

The answer is important not just for eager gamers, but for Google’s business as well.

Depending on how Google plays it, Stadia could take the internet giant’s business model to an entirely new level that it’s struggled to reach for years.

Right now, the speculation is that Google’s forthcoming game streaming service will make consumers pay to play. That would mark a big departure from the free, ad-supported business that Google has mastered over the years.

Patrick Moorhead, Principle Analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, said that a pure ads-model would be an ideal revenue stream for Stadia, given Google’s spotty track record with subscription-based services, but that those chances are highly unlikely.

“In a perfect world for Google, it would be an ad-based model as the company isn’t that successful in ‘for-pay’ services,” Moorhead said. But he thought it unlikely that Google’s ad expertise could be parlayed successfully into the gaming world, at least not in the near term.

“The reality is that it would take decades to get the gameplay and content optimized for that model,” Moorhead …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou had a MacBook, iPhone and iPad when she was arrested

The Huawei Matebook X Pro.

This is not a piece of serious news. I don’t think it’s a huge indictment that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — who’s currently under house arrest in Canada while she fights extradition to the US — happened to be carrying a 12-inch MacBook, an iPhone 7 Plus, and an iPad Pro when she was taken into custody.

Because even though that’s a matter of record now…

Just in: Court order issued this morning in Vancouver reveals for the first time the makes and models of electronic devices that were seized from #Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou when she was arrested Dec. 1, 2018 at Vancouver International Airport. #China #Cdnpoli #nerdalert

— (@theBreakerNews) March 22, 2019

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