THE BULL AND THE GIRL

 

The girl did not stare the bull down and the bull did not stare the girl down.

They both recognized each other as equally worthy.

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Twitter (TWTR) Increases Character Limit for Tweets to 280

Twitter (TWTR) Increases Character Limit for Tweets to 280

Zacks Equity Research November 10, 2017

Recently, Twitter Inc. (TWTRFree Report) rolled out a 280-character limit for tweets, doubling it from the traditional 140 limit, in an attempt to make tweeting easier for people and to enable them to express more in a tweet.

The company has been testing the feature in a small group of users since September.

The character expansion has been made across all languages except Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Per Twitter, these three Asian languages convey more information in a single character compared to others and that is why they have not been considered for the increase.

Notably, shares of Twitter have gained 22.1% year-to-date, underperforming the industry’s gain of 28.5%.

Twitter (TWTR) rolls out a 280-character limit for tweets in order to enable users better express themselves…

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TerraVia Files for Bankruptcy – Announces Sale of Substantially All of Its Assets Subject to Competitive Bidding Process

TerraVia Holdings Files for Bankruptcy; Announces Sale of Substantially All of Its Assets Subject to Competitive Bidding Process


3:59 am ET August 2, 2017 (Benzinga) 

TerraVia Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVIA) announced today that it has entered into a “stalking horse” stock and asset purchase agreement with Corbion N.V., a Netherlands-based global leader in food ingredients and biobased technologies, to acquire substantially all of TerraVia’s assets in a sale process under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

The purchase agreement provides TerraVia with a binding bid of $20 million in cash along with the assumption of certain liabilities, which is subject to higher or otherwise better offers. As part of the transaction, Corbion will be assuming the ongoing financial obligations of the business and its joint venture ownership, therefore the total financial commitment is expected to be in excess of the cash purchase price. Through this proposed transaction, TerraVia employees, who bring with them a wide range of highly valued skills and expertise, together with its customers, have an opportunity to benefit from joining a global leader in its markets.

To facilitate its competitive transaction process, TerraVia and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”) under the Case number 17-11655. Additional information can be found at http://www.kccllc.net/TerraVia.

In addition, TerraVia also announced that it has received a commitment for debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from holders of approximately 63% of the outstanding principal amount of its senior unsecured convertible notes. The DIP financing will be used to finance the working capital needs of TerraVia’s business through the completion of the sale transaction and to support payments to vendors for post-petition purchases in the ordinary course.

The DIP financing announced today provides the necessary financing to support continued operations and TerraVia’s ability to service customer demand, while the Section 363 bankruptcy restructuring process provides the tools to execute an expedited and orderly strategic transaction. This process will create a level playing field for all interested bidders to compete to provide the highest or otherwise best offer for certain or all of TerraVia’s assets.

Pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, TerraVia intends to implement bidding procedures to allow other qualified bidders the opportunity to submit bids through a court-supervised process to purchase certain or all of the assets being sold.
TerraVia anticipates that a sale will be completed within 60 to 90 days.
Rothschild Inc. is acting as TerraVia’s financial advisor and investment banker to lead the sales process under the bid procedures and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is acting as restructuring and corporate counsel to TerraVia.


For more information > http://www.kccllc.net/TerraVia






 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘thousands of calls’ on YouTube boycott

Google was forced to make an all-out public relations push after big advertisers complained their ads ran next to objectionable YouTube videos.

Google made ‘thousands of calls’ to prevent advertisers from boycotting YouTube

  • Google execs were forced to make “thousands and thousands” of calls to calm nervous YouTube advertisers
  • Effort came after some big brand advertisers threatened a boycott
  • Uproar began after big-name brand ads found next to objectionable YouTube videos
Michael Newberg | CNBC
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.

An uproar that began with hate speech on YouTube was quelled only after a major charm offensive by Google.

The Internet giant was forced to make an all-out public relations push in recent weeks to reassure big advertisers after some well-known brands had their ads placed next to objectionable content on its video service, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said late Thursday.

In an effort led by chief business officer Phillip Schindler, the company reached out to calm “thousands and thousands” of YouTube clients nervous that their brands might be next to suffer the same embarrassment, Pichai said on a conference call with Wall Street analysts after the company’s Q2 earnings report on Thursday.

The effort came after a slew of well-known brands, including McDonald’s, Audi and AT&T, said they would temporarily suspend advertising on YouTube after the Times of London discovered ads placed next to racist, sexist and xenophobic content.

The uproar caused at least one financial analyst to downgrade the company’s shares…

Finish reading: Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘thousands of calls’ on YouTube boycott


AFP Comment: Hey, what’s good for one is good for the other. Maybe we should ask those You Tube people if they want the ads of McDonald’s, Audi, AT&T and others placed next to their videos. I’ve seen some pretty horrible stuff placed next to my posts and I have no control over it. That’s not fair. Word Press always says they can’t control it, so how is it that You Tube can?

The point isn’t to get an upgrade and pay for not having the ads placed next to your stuff. The random practice of placing ads plus the purposeful practice of placing ads next to people you want to bump out or compete with are the problems with ad placement.

Think about this, who in their right mind would want to put foot fungus and pus-dripping enlarged eyeballs or Oprah Winfrey (the multibillionaire who can’t stop crying in public) beside and beneath the same posts with food pictures? It’s grotesque and used to not only sell a product (even though no one likely knows what the product is), but to encourage people to look away from the writer’s post at something putrid. It’s an assault of the writer’s brand. It doesn’t even have to be about the ad agency or the company it represents selling foot fungus products.

No one is going to want to make a recipe that has foot fungus images attached to it. It’s a disgusting trick that ad people use. They blow off your post and make the image so disgusting that people can’t help but click on the ad just to see what’s on the other side.

Equally disgusting is the financial analyst who downgraded You Tube’s shares because the big companies didn’t like where their ads were being placed. Yeah right. They didn’t like it, but they engage in the very same tactics. And who tattled? Oh! A Brit! No surprise there. It probably was British Secret Intelligence Service (what are they called MI6?) having a bland afternoon and decided to stir the stink.

So what is a person to do? What does the person who is not a big company nor even a little company do with all those thorns in their sides, put there by unscrupulous companies and ad agencies?

Follow this thread and you’ll be seeing soon enough. I don’t know much about Audi, but I have a lot to say about McDonald’s and AT&T.






 

I WANT AN ANIMAL-FREE MALL

MALL SKETCH

I WANT AN ANIMAL-FREE MALL

That’s right. A mall. Animal-free. A big one. With lots of glitter and big lights. With every kind of shop. Grocery, bakery, deli, shoe store, pet supply shop, clothes, hair salon using only cruelty-free products, and on and on, restaurants too. Good ones. I have a vision. And it’s a nice one. No fur, no leather, no skins, and those who enter must wear all animal-free attire. This place has rules. No cruelty here. Yes, that’s right. That’s what I want. A happy place too. No vegetarian snobbery. There’s no place for arrogance in the animal-free world of Sharon Lee. No suffering looks on the faces of people who feel they’re being deprived.

Now that I mention it, I see that on a lot of vegetarian faces. Faces that still have Big Mac lines on them, so it’s not the deprivation causing the look. But it’s there. Maybe it’s the prejudice and discrimination directed at such folks that makes them so unhappy, especially when they’re doing something so right.

It’s okay to have fun while you do what’s right. It’s okay to laugh. God, my God, wants happiness. Every burst of laughter coming from one of It’s animal’s mouths delight’s It to no end. That’s one more frown It doesn’t have to turn upside down. So, laugh. Have fun. Enjoy your life. Just don’t kill the animals. That’s all. Not a lot to ask. And don’t participate by eating the catches of other people. If you do, try harder next time, till you get it right. I’m tired and sick and fed up and depressed (that doesn’t mean I’m not happy) over walking down the aisles of death in every supermarket in the world.

I’m offended and pained at being forced to view and smell the tortured, dismembered bodies of my animal friends. When is it all going to end? Entrepreneurs is what we need. Animal-free entrepreneurs. People with dreams. Big ones. Investors with money that flows in a cruelty-free world. Not just the small, never grow any bigger, shops sprouting up here and there. Though that’s a start and we have to start somewhere, so we’ll support them too. But bigger stores, and big chains of every conceivable market transformed into animal-free.

Fast food. Animal-Free Chefs. Veggie Burgers. Veggie Deli’s. Veggie Pizza Parlors. No animals nor animal products. Veggie cheese. Plant meats that taste like baloney, ham and turkey, but without the suffering. We don’t need featherless chickens; we need to free the chicken. International animal-free cuisines. I’m tired of having my animal-free products supplied by purveyors of torture. Why should I have to eat my vegetarian meal in a slaughterhouse? Why should I have to buy my clothes at a slaughterhouse? Aren’t you sick of it too? Being given your little vegetarian or vegan corner of somebody else’s house of cruelty? Just to satisfy a small segment of the market? Small segment?

Well, it wouldn’t be so small if more animal-free entrepreneurs with big ideas and big investors gave people what they really wanted: a cruelty-free world, which means a cruelty-free shopping mall. We could do it if we’d stop thinking so small. Big. Think big. Demand big. Stop trying to get your animal-free products in slaughterhouses. How absurd. Build your own stores. Start small if you want, but grow, by golly, grow. Give the people what they want before they ask for it. You know what people want. You’ve been silent too long. Too complacent. Okay, ‘I guess I’ll take whatever vegetarian crumbs they throw my way’ type of silence.

Plan the future. Make the future. See the future through God’s eyes. See big. See beautiful. I want an animal-free shopping mall. And then another, and another till we put the slaughterhouse malls out of business. Till we close the doors on the business of cruelty. I want an animal-free mall. And, I know you want it too. One for all people–and all other animals too. No zoo here, but a place where our animals can come shopping with us. Day care, mall care, for our furry family members while we shop. A mall with style, flair, with sparkle and bright lights. I can see it. I know you can too. Cause I’m looking through God’s eyes now and so are you.


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Why I’m Bullish on “The Robot Revolution”

Every time pundits warn us that technology will swamp job creation, they are proved wrong.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy openly fretted about how we would “maintain full employment at a time when automation is replacing men.”

At the time, total U.S. employment was 55 million. Today it is 144 million.

The lesson here? People and businesses adapt. They always have. They always will.

Embrace – better yet, invest in – the Robot Revolution. If you’re interested, there’s even an ETF devoted to the idea: ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO)…

Read More: Why I’m Bullish on “The Robot Revolution” 






FOLLOW MY INVESTMENTS

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https://www.nyse.com/index

I’m new to investing.

You know, you don’t have to invest a lot and it’s kinda fun.

If you buy one share in a company, then you own part of that company.

Know your rights as a shareholder. http://www.investopedia.com/articles/01/050201.asp

Right out of the gate, I figured I wanted to be part owner of a bank. Why not?

Second, I figured gold is gold, so why not invest in a company that invests in precious metals?

These are my 2 starters:

1 – FITBI (First Third National Bank Corp.) I bought in at 30.92$ per share on 08-01-2016

COMPANY PROFILE: Fifth Third Bancorp is a bank holding company and a financial holding company. The Company conducts its principal lending, deposit gathering, transaction processing and service advisory activities through its banking and non-banking subsidiaries from banking centers located throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern regions of the United States. The Company operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Investment Advisors. It offers commercial and industrial loans, commercial mortgage loans, commercial construction loans, commercial leases, residential mortgage loans, home equity, automobile loans, credit card, and other consumer loans and leases. The Company offers various types of deposits, such as demand deposits, interest checking deposits, savings deposits, money market deposits, transaction deposits and other time deposits.

2 – GGN (Gamco Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust) I bought in at 6.60$ per share on 08-05-2016

COMPANY PROFILE: GAMCO Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust (the Fund) is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to provide a high level of current income. The Fund’s secondary investment objective is to seek capital appreciation consistent with the Fund’s strategy and its primary objective. The Fund will attempt to achieve its objectives by investing approximately 80% of its assets in equity securities of companies principally engaged in the gold and natural resources industries. As part of its investment strategy, the Fund intends to earn income through an option strategy of writing (selling) covered call options on equity securities in its portfolio. Its portfolio includes investments in sectors, such as metals and mining, energy and energy services and the United States Government obligations, among others. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, which is affiliated with GAMCO Investors, Inc.

For now I’m flying with TD Ameritrade. Their site is a lot easier to navigate and understand than the New York Stock Exchange site. And they provide educational tools to help you along.

Happy investing to you.

I’ll get back when I choose my next venture.


Time’s up. I decided to back 3D printing. There’s definitely a future there. So here’s my third starter:

3 – DDD (3D Systems Corp.) I bought in at 16.15$ per share on 08-25-2016

COMPANY PROFILE: 3D Systems Corporation is a holding company. The Company provides three-dimensional (3D) products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, parts services and digital design and manufacturing tools. Its ecosystem supports applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room. Its precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices, as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. Its brands include Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, VisiJet, Quickparts, Gentle Giant and Simbionix. Its customers can use 3D printing to design and manufacture parts. Its customers include companies and small and midsize businesses in a range of industries, such as automotive, aerospace, government, defense, technology, electronics, education, consumer goods, energy and healthcare. It operates through subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.


It’s been a while, but when I thought the time to be right, I invested in the marijuana market.

MASSROOTS IS ONE OF THE LEADING TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY.

4 – MSRT (Massroots Inc.) I bought in at 0.98$ per share on 01-23-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: MassRoots, Inc. (MassRoots) is a United States-based company, which offers technology platforms for the cannabis industry. The Company’s mobile applications enable consumers to provide community-driven reviews of cannabis strains and products, enabling consumers to make cannabis purchasing decisions. Through its mobile applications and Web portal, users utilize MassRoots to share their cannabis content, stay connected with the legalization news and follow their preferred dispensaries. Its mobile application features dispensary finder and menus; product pages and reviews, and Sponsored Posts 2.0. It provides business dashboards featuring MassRoots’ product data in actionable formats. The Company focuses on introducing other features for users and index the network’s public content on Google for software engine optimization (SEO) value. The Company gains insights into consumer trends by aggregating data from various cannabis consumers.


5 – TVIA (TerraVia Holdings, Inc.) I bought in at 1.00$ per share on 02-15-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: TerraVia Holdings, Inc., formerly Solazyme, Inc., is engaged in creating food, nutrition and specialty ingredients from algae. The Company operates through two segments, which include Algenist, and Ingredients and Other. The Company’s platform uses microalgae to produce triglyceride oils, proteins, fibers, micronutrients and other ingredients. The Ingredients and Other segment includes the sale of its Encapso product and oils. The Company develops and commercializes products for specialty food and nutrition ingredients, animal nutrition ingredients and specialty personal care ingredients. The Company offers Algenist branded skin and personal care products. Its primary products are oils and fats; powdered ingredients, including proteins, lipids, fibers and micronutrients, and other bioproducts. The Company offers AlgaVia Microalgae Food Ingredients and AlgaPur algae oils. The Company offers a range of food oils, including AlgaWise High Stability, AlgaWise Ultra Omega-9 and Thrive.

TerraVia/Motto:
“Harnessing the power of algae, the mother of all plants and earth’s original superfood”

6 – AHT (Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc.) I bought in air 6.53$ per share on 02-03-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (Ashford), together with its subsidiaries, is an externally advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through direct hotel investments segment. It is focused on investing in the hospitality industry with a focus on full-service upscale and upper-upscale hotels in the United States. The Company owns its lodging investments and conducts its business through Ashford Hospitality Limited Partnership, its operating partnership. Its hotels are operated under the brands of Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotels Group. The Company’s hotels portfolio is asset-managed by Ashford LLC. The Company is focused on direct hotel investments and it may invest in a range of lodging-related assets. Its investments may include direct hotel investments; mezzanine financing through origination or acquisition; first-lien mortgage financing through origination or acquisition, and sale-leaseback transactions.


7 – TOFB (Tofutti Brands, Inc.) I bought in at 2.10$ per share on 08-02-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: Tofutti Brands Inc. is engaged in the development, production and marketing of TOFUTTI brand non-dairy frozen desserts and other food products. TOFUTTI products are soy-based, non-dairy products, which contain no butterfat, cholesterol or lactose. The Company operates through the segment of development, production and marketing of soy-based, non-dairy frozen desserts, frozen food products and soy-based cheese products. Its non-dairy products include frozen desserts, soy-based cheeses and spreads, and other frozen food products. The Company’s products include TOFUTTI, TOFUTTI CUTIES, TOTALLY VANILLA TOFUTTI CUTIE, YOURS TRULY, TOTALLY FUDGE POPS, CHOCOLATE FUDGE TREATS, COFFEE BREAK TREATS, MOJITO BAR, MARRY ME BARSa, BETTER THAN CREAM CHEESE, TOFUTTI SOY-CHEESE SLICES, BETTER THAN RICOTTA CHEESE, BETTER THAN RICOTTA, TOFUTTI PIZZA PIZZAZ, TOFUTTI BLINTZES, TOFUTTI BETTER THAN CREAM CHEESE and TOFUTTI RAVIOLI.


8 – TWTR (Twitter Inc.) I bought in at 18.72 $ per share on 10-13-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: Twitter, Inc. offers products and services for users, advertisers, developers and data partners. The Company’s products and services include Twitter, Periscope, Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Its Twitter is a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Periscope broadcasts can also be viewed through Twitter and on desktop or mobile Web browser. Its Promoted Products enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products and services, amplify their visibility and reach, and extend the conversation around their advertising campaigns. Promoted Accounts appear in the same format and place as accounts suggested by its Who to Follow recommendation engine, or in some cases, in Tweets in a user’s timeline. Promoted Trends appear at the top of the list of trending topics for an entire day in a particular country or on a global basis. Its MoPub is a mobile-focused advertising exchange. Twitter Audience Platform is an advertising offering.


9 – GE (General Electric Company) I bought in at 18.28 $ per share on 11-16-2017

COMPANY PROFILE: General Electric Company is a global digital industrial company. The Company’s products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, and oil and gas production equipment to medical imaging, financing and industrial products. Its segments include Power, which includes products and services related to energy production; Renewable Energy, which offers renewable power sources; Oil & Gas, including liquefied natural gas and pipelines; Aviation, which includes commercial and military aircraft engines, and integrated digital components, among others; Healthcare, which provides healthcare technologies in medical imaging, digital solutions, patient monitoring and diagnostics, and drug discovery, among others; Transportation, which is a supplier to the railroad, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries; Energy Connections & Lighting, which includes Energy Connections and Lighting businesses, and Capital, which is a financial services division.


10 – PHVAF (Phivida Holdings Inc.) I bought in at 0.91 $ per share on 2-23-2018

Based in Canada. No company Profile available. https://phivida.com/ Hemp infused products.


BUY, SELL OR HOLD AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

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Here’s Why PETA Bought One Share of LVMH

PETA BECOMES SHAREHOLDER TO CONFRONT HERMES ABOUT EXOTIC SKINS

Why PETA Buys Stock in Companies it Protests






Inventively, PETA became a shareholder in Hermès to confront it about its use of exotic skins

Last June, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released the gruesome details of an investigation into farms in the US and Zimbabwe that were cutting crocodiles and alligators open while still alive to harvest their highly valued skins. Those skins, it says, were destined for French luxury house Hermès. (The brand didn’t deny the charges, but called it an “isolated irregularity” missed by audits designed to prevent such practices.)

About a month later, to put pressure on the company to stop using such suppliers, PETA employed an unusual tactic: The group, known for its showy protests, bought shares of Hermès International on the Paris stock exchange to voice its views as an Hermès shareholder.

Yesterday (May 31), PETA showed exactly how it is putting those shares to use. PETA representatives attended the Hermès annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris, and the animal rights group used the opportunity to publicly confront Hermès CEO Axel Dumas.

In front of hundreds of shareholders and the press, a PETA France spokeswoman, Isabelle Goetz, read out allegations of cruelty to animals. “Will Hermès some day stop using exotic skins?” she asked Dumas and other board members, according to AFP.

 

Finish reading: Inventively, PETA became a shareholder in Hermès to confront it about its use of exotic skins — Quartz






 

Investors Take Note: Plant Diets Cure Disease