Summary of “Apps Like mSpy, Teen Safe, and Family Tracker Can Help You Spy on Your Kids-But at What Cost?”

With tracking technologies such as mSpy, Teen Safe, Family Tracker, and others, parents can monitor calls, texts, chats, and social media posts.
A parent’s desire to spy might have less to do with keeping kids safe, and more to do with a burning desire to lower his or her own anxiety.
The researchers asked the kids about whether their parents respected their privacy.
“There’s a lot of research indicating that kids who grow up with overly intrusive parents are more susceptible to those mental health problems, partly because they undermine the child’s confidence in their abilities to function independently,” says Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University and author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence.
According to Darling, kids are more likely to feel their privacy has been invaded when parents intrude on personal issues, like eavesdropping on a conversation or secretly reading their texts.
Most kids realize that parents have legitimate authority over safety issues, such as making rules about drug use and knowing where kids are going after school.
In many communities, a parent’s desire to spy might have less to do with keeping kids safe, and more to do with a burning desire to lower his or her own anxiety.
Still, it’s probably safe to say that most parents who download spy apps aren’t doing it to have quality conversations with their kids.

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Summary of “How ‘BoJack Horseman’ Got Made: An Oral History”

The email from Raphael Bob-Waksberg to Lisa Hanawalt on March 22, 2010, was to the point: “Hey, do you have a picture of one of your horse guys, by himself? I came up with this idea for a show I’d like to pitch. Tell me what you think: BoJack the Depressed Talking Horse.”
Raphael Bob-Waksberg: The question was: “Could it be sports? Instead of a former sitcom actor, could he be a former racehorse? And what would that look like?” I had some pitches for that, and how the story would change, but I said, “I really like the show-business angle and here’s why “.
Steven A. Cohen: I think one of the great things about Michael is that he’ll come in and try to push something to a certain place – or maybe try just to push Raphael for the first time, to see how much he really believes in this idea.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg: The whole tagline for Secretariat – “He’s tired of running in circles” – came out of that meeting with Michael about BoJack, where we talked about how BoJack is tired of running in circles and he wants to do something else.
The script process, once we hired Raphael to write the script, was also the beginning of knowing how it would be to work with him.
Noel Bright: I love how Raphael tells the story about how the casting went: “Can we get this person?” “Sure!” “Wait – we really can get that person?” And then, all of a sudden, “Yeah, that person just said yes.
The culmination of more than three years of talking, writing, drawing, and animating saw Raphael’s “Depressed Talking Horse” become BoJack Horseman at the stroke of midnight on August 22, 2014, when the series went live.
Raphael could have made that show just a funny cartoon for grown-ups, and it probably would have been fine.

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Summary of “Stop Spending So Much Time In Your Head”

I bet you spend A LOT of time in your head. You know, thinking, worrying, stressing, freaking out – call it whatever you want.
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
Before I learned that skill, I would spend hours and hours inside my head. Just think about how much you think.
Put your brain to use and think about how you can solve problems.
If you’re constantly thinking, it’s because you haven’t’ trained your mind yet.
You’re probably thinking so much that you’re missing out of life.
If your answer is no, you definitely need to get out of your head. Stop thinking and start feeling.
Now, you might think: “How do I train myself to stop thinking useless thoughts?” Awareness.

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Summary of “Primary care startup Parsley embraces functional medicine”

My Parsley Health experience started with a kindly bloodwork technician coming to me to draw a sample, pack it in his duffle bag, and drive away to the lab.
Parsley Health is meant to foster a close, long-term doctor-patient relationship where both parties are committed to addressing the underlying reasons of health problems.
Amid bearded, juice-slugging entrepreneurs on their laptops, I settle into the Parsley Health “Office,” located within WeWork Playa Vista, California.
In 2013, while advising several health startups, Berzin saw an industry that was ripe for her vision of what medicine could ultimately look like.
In 2015, Berzin launched Parsley Health with just one doctor: herself.
Moving forward, Parsley Health intends to open more clinics across the country, as well as beef up its online content platform.
The biggest challenge, says Berzin, is educating the public about the benefits of functional health.
With Parsley Health, membership equates to a little under $5 a day.

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Summary of “It’s time to break up Facebook”

“We live in America, which has a strong and proud tradition of breaking up companies that are too big for inefficient reasons,” Wu told me on this week’s Vergecast.
“We need to reverse this idea that it’s not an American tradition. We’ve broken up dozens of companies.”
“I think if you took a hard look at the acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, the argument that the effects of those acquisitions have been anticompetitive would be easy to prove for a number of reasons,” says Wu. And breaking up the company wouldn’t be hard, he says.
Breaking up Facebook could be simple under the current law, suggests Wu. But it could also lead to a major rethinking of how antitrust law should work in a world where the giant platform companies give their products away for free, and the ability for the government to restrict corporate power seems to be diminishing by the day.
Making a case for breaking up these companies will rely on showing a different type of harm than high consumer prices – something like anticompetitive practices, or that innovative businesses get suffocated when they’re absorbed by their gigantic acquirers.
Won’t getting bigger and bigger lead companies like Facebook and Google to make mistakes, become slower, and create opportunities for new challengers? That has largely been the belief of the tech industry, which has seen the fortunes of companies like AOL, Myspace, and Yahoo dramatically rise and fall.
“A whole generation of companies – Google, Facebook, some of these early companies – they don’t owe everything to antitrust, but they owe a sizable debt to the antitrust law,” he says.
“If you wait long enough, maybe 100 years, they’ll go away. But we could very well have Facebook – an inefficient, ineffective, obsolete company – hanging around for another 20 years,” says Wu. “I’m just not really sure that’s what we need.”

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Summary of “Human intelligence and AI are vastly different”

Everywhere you look, AI is conquering new domains, tasks and skills that were previously thought to be the exclusive domain of human intelligence.
The answer to that question is: It’s wrong to compare artificial intelligence to the human mind, because they are totally different things, even if their functions overlap at times.
The AI is even able to mimic natural human behavior, using inflections and intonations as any human speaker would.
Let’s stop comparing AI with human intelligence.
In contrast, human intelligence is good for settings where you need common sense and abstract decisions, and bad at tasks that require heavy computations and data processing in real time.
AI and human intelligence complement each other, making up for each other’s shortcomings.
A human analyst, on the other hand, is not very good at monitoring gigabytes of data going through a company’s network, but they’re adept at relating anomalies to different events and figuring out which ones are the real threats.
As AI becomes adept at performing more and more tasks, we as humans will find more time to put our intelligence to real use, at being creative, being social, at arts, sports, literature, poetry and all the things that are valuable because the human element and character that goes into them.

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Summary of “If You Are Reading This, You Are Already Ahead”

Like many people who invest a lot in their education, she assumed that literally every single other person on planet earth is doing the same.
In my experience, the percentage of people who invest in their education after school is meager.
That’s why it’s easy to assume that everyone is trying to get ahead. So if you ever worry about your “Competition” at work or in the business world, DON’T. Even though you might be surrounded by people who learn a lot, online or offline, we’re still part of the minority.
The majority of people still prefers a life of entertainment and leisure.
Realize that every single minute you spend on your own education and development, you’re getting ahead of the people who are not.
A lot of people say that there’s a difference between knowing something and doing something.
Most importantly: Focus on how YOU can help other people or businesses.
Because why would you even care about what other people are doing? That’s just fear.

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Summary of “The Shaming of Geoffrey Owens and the Inability to See Actors as Laborers, Too”

I remembered Geoffrey Owens not from “The Cosby Show,” on which he played Elvin Tibideaux for five seasons, but from my sophomore year at Yale, where he was teaching undergraduate acting.
In other words, Owens is what we think of as a successful working actor: known but not a “Celebrity,” with an IMDb page that rarely skips a year.
Apparently, that’s why a woman shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, in Clifton, New Jersey, was so jarred to see Owens bagging groceries that she snapped his photo and sent it to the Daily Mail, which ran the headline, “From learning lines to serving the long line!” Fox News picked up the story, and on Saturday a Twitter storm erupted-most of it shaming Fox News for shaming Owens for working for a living.
The editor Max Weiss wrote, “RT if you think Geoffrey Owens took a much more honorable path in his life than Bill Cosby.” Even Dana Loesch, the N.R.A. spokeswoman, weighed in: “I hate stories like this. He’s a man working hard, there’s shame in publishing this story but not in this man’s job.”
We don’t tend to think of actors as laborers, despite the robust unions that represent them-Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. The most visible actors serve as aspirational figures, celebrated for their glamour and luxury.
As plenty of people pointed out on social media, conservative outlets like Fox paint Hollywood actors as coastal √©lites, out of touch with working Americans, only to turn around and “Expose” one of them for earning a paycheck.
There was, of course, a racial element as well, which the writer Mark Harris described as a subtext that begins “See? Even when you give them every opportunity, they still end up….” One wonders if Owens would have drawn any attention if he’d been spotted working as a coal miner or some other “Salt of the earth” job thought of as honorable and manly, rather than in a “Softer” form of labor that is itself suffering from what The Atlantic called “The Silent Crisis of Retail Employment.”
Geoffrey Owens and Cynthia Nixon both became famous after starring on beloved sitcoms, which means that their work had value for millions of people.

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Summary of “Brands are paying influencers $75K+ to trash their competitors”

Bennett claims the influencers offered to trash a competing product in comparison to Bennett’s products in exchange for $75,000 to $85,000.
The demands and threats of “Influencers” and their management have GOT TO STOP. The lack of disclosure by top-level influencers is FRAUD and it’s time for the Federal Trade Commission to step in, start charging fines and shut this bullsh*t down.
In a video entitled “My truth regarding the beauty community,” Stell admits that her company has struggled over the past year with finding influencers to rep her products.
“It’s dishonest not to alert your followers/subscribers that the vendor is compensating your review Unfortunately, many influencers don’t, because they know people wouldn’t be so quick to trust their recommendations if they were aware that the glowing review was in actuality a compensated sales pitch.”
Influencers with massive followings, like James Charles, generally don’t negotiate their own sponsorship deals with brands and other potential partners, PrettyPastelPlease explained.
Smaller influencers generally can’t afford such a luxury, and instead flock to a host of gig economy-esque digital marketplaces that are designed to connect brands with wannabe sponconers.
“There are websites like that we can log on to and there’s hundreds if not thousands of brands that are posting things there like: We want an influencer to talk about our new skinny weight loss tea, or we want an influencer to talk about our makeup mirror, or we want an influencer to talk about our nail polish,” said PrettyPastelPlease.
In the video, PrettyPastelPlease mentions that she’s seen brands offer higher rates for influencers who agree to “Compare” the company’s product to a specific competitor, with higher paychecks available for those who emphasize the particular company’s superiority.

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Summary of “The Imam’s Widow”

Alauddin, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh, was the imam at the nearby mosque and devoted to his religious obligations.
Minara, his wife of nearly 30 years, was devoted to making sure the imam met those obligations.
Minara found her husband laid out on the sidewalk, his white robes stained with blood.
For Minara, there was no question about the gunman’s motive: Alauddin had been targeted because of his faith.
In Alauddin, Minara found a man a lot like her father.
In 2008, Minara’s first child, Naima, moved to the U.S. to live with her husband.
Of Morel’s conviction, and his continued claims of innocence, Minara said: “There’s another judgment day for when he will have to answer for his crimes.”
People from the mosque asked that Minara share with them some of her husband’s items.

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