Summary of “SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time”

Instead, sources at SoundCloud tell TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “Until Q4” – which begins in just 80 days.
Another employee from a different office described the all-hands as “a shitshow” and said “I don’t believe that people will stay. The good people at SoundCloud will leave. Eric [Wahlforss] said something about the SoundCloud ‘family,’ and there were laughs. You just fired 173 people of the family, how the fuck are you going to talk about family?”.
At the same time, this content comes with copyright problems and SoundCloud has had trouble monetizing it.
Despite the startup’s financial troubles, Ljung told those in attendance at the all-hands meeting he was adamant about SoundCloud staying independent and there’s no intention to sell the company.
One of the facts that was most frustrating to SoundCloud staff was that the company continued hiring people into positions that would soon be eliminated, with some workers joining SoundCloud as little as two weeks before the layoffs.
Stavik is now exploring legal action against SoundCloud because he says his signed job offer included four weeks notice of dismissal, yet “SoundCloud claims they are not going to pay me my salary during those 4 weeks.”
The company hasn’t given employees any updates on the stats, either, with one telling TechCrunch “I think no one within SoundCloud believes the user number. I think they’ve been going down for a while now.”
One source said Ljung explained that SoundCloud is not a giant streaming company and didn’t want to directly compete with the $9.99 plans like Spotify.

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Summary of “43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make”

“Colin emigrated from Ireland to the United States” means the same as “Colin immigrated to the United States from Ireland.”
The first word should actually be “Bated,” which stems from the verb “Abate,” meaning to stop or lessen.
To pique means to arouse, so the correct phrase is “Piqued my interest,” meaning that my interest was stimulated.
The word “Chock” is an Old English word which means “Cheek” as well as “Full to the brim.” In other words, “Chock-full” means “Mouthful.”
Mute means silent, so would you really want to make a point that doesn’t say anything? A point that is “Moot” is debatable or doubtful.
Since “Jibe” means “To agree,” the correct phrase would be “Jibe with the facts.”
If you use the correct version you’ll sound intelligent to the grammarians of the world but you risk alienating a certain percentage of people who will not understand your meaning.
The correct word is “Peek,” which means a quick look.

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Summary of “Why 99 Percent of All Meetings Are a Complete Waste of Money”

Here’s an elephant in the meeting room that no one ever discusses: Meetings are hugely expensive.
If the money came out of your pocket, would you have the meeting?
Any meeting that won’t directly generate revenue or cost savings-either in the form of a key decision or a concrete plan of action-is a complete waste of money.
If the group needs to make a decision during a meeting, shouldn’t they have the information they need to make that decision ahead of time? Send documents, reports, etc.
Holding a meeting to share information wastes the entire group’s time…and the company’s money.
So a meeting that will start at 9 is usually scheduled to run until 9:30 or 10, even if 10 minutes is all that is required to make a decision.
Don’t forget…if you only need 10 minutes, do you really need to hold the meeting?
Great meetings result in decisions, but a decision isn’t really a decision if it’s never carried it out.

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Summary of “Interview Magazine”

I’ll think of certain people when I’m writing certain types of jokes.
At the end of the day, the music isn’t for me; it’s for people who are going through their struggles and want to relate to someone who feels the same way they do.
The more people I meet, the more cultures I start to embrace, the more people I open myself up to-it’s a growing process I’m excited about.
The best thing I did was go back to the city of Compton, to touch the people who I grew up with and tell them the stories of the people I met around the world.
Mos is of the belief that a person with a platform has a responsibility to other people.
I think some people can make conscious records, and some people can make booty records, and other people can make whatever the fuck they want records.
You know what I’m saying? The more and more I get out and talk to different people, I realize they appreciate that-me being unapologetic in whatever views and approach I have.
There are so many people pulling at me at one time-some want the business, some want my love, some just want my support, just to be there or to acknowledge them the same way I used to.

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Summary of “How Politico’s Next Generation Took Over Washington”

It’s been a year since Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman took over Politico’s Playbook newsletter, the always insightful, relentlessly insidery bible for Washington’s swamp-creature class.
Lippman had helped Allen with his column since 2014, but he took over full-time with Palmer and Sherman one year ago, on July 11, 2016.
People did like what they were doing with Playbook.
Sherman: We have readers in all 50 states, and we see Playbook as the connective tissue, not just for people in Washington involved in the political game but for people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, who are involved, interested, or need to understand it to conduct their daily business.
More people are reading Playbook than ever before and more people are opening it than ever before and it’s making more money than ever before.
Palmer: We’ve been focused on people who are new in town.
Palmer: One memorable thing we’ve done is to create the Playbook Interview, which has been a way to interview high-level people on the news when people want to send a signal to Washington, like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates.
We talked to people at C.A.A. about that and they said, “Wow, we like that book too.” So we are doing it with Crown and it is coming out in March 2019.

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Summary of “The Power of Pettiness”

Curiosity is the emotion that motivates exploration for new information, as hunger motivates eating.
Curiosity is seen as a cute and cuddly emotion, pleasant and smelling of old books.
Ignorance is the self-renewing resource that allows curiosity to find expression.
How do we shine a light on our own hidden ignorance – the wellspring of learning? In the second stage of curiosity, hidden ignorance is brought to light through an encounter with weirdness.
In the third stage of curiosity, all kinds of emotions – pleasant and unpleasant – motivate exploration and scrupulosity.
In the early stages of a scene of curiosity, when few people are working in the ignorance mines, the subject matter of the scene is clearly not seen as important by the wider culture; being inappropriately obsessed with the apparently trivial is a filter for working in a true scene.
For curiosity to be realized, pettiness must be suppressed and transformed into energy, gleeful malevolence transformed to honorable ends.
In my model, curiosity is not a specific emotion driving a truth-focused process, but rather the small and fragile truth-focused intersection of four cognitive processes, none of which, on its own, is entirely concerned with truth.

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Summary of “Full transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ interview with The Islander – The MIHS Islander”

So I think once in awhile, people understand if we want to vote people into office that say “Let’s stop this, stop working on other people’s problems.” But I think eventually, as Winston Churchill put it, once the American people exhaust all the alternatives, they’ll do the right thing.
If you want to really change it in the long term, I think it comes down to doing so through education of the young people.
The short answer is, get the political end state right and then give it the full effort and explain to the American people and the American congress what you’re doing and get the whole world behind you.
TEDDY: How can the United States create an atmosphere of trust with the Arab people, especially in Iran?
Until the Iranian people can get rid of this theocracy, these guys who think they can tell the people even which candidates they get a choice of.
For so long when Russia vetoed the United Nations so they couldn’t do anything about it, the only reason that Assad is still in power and has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people and allowed the terrorists a place to set up camp and millions, literally millions of people, forced out of their homes with nothing but what they could cram into a car or put on their back, it’s all because of Iran.
Most of the Iranian people, I’ve known enough Iranian people or talked to Americans who grew up in Iran and it’s not them, it’s the regime.
I’ve sat behind then Secretary of Defense Gates who said the American people are not going to keep paying more than you for this defense.

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Summary of “Home Prices: How To See If They Are Rising Or Falling Where You Live”

Home prices have finally clawed their way back to the peak of the housing bubble.
A new tabulation of home price data by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies lets you do just that.
You can zoom in on an interactive map to see what prices are doing in various parts of the country.
San Francisco, Nashville and Pittsburgh are among the 15 percent of housing markets around the country where prices have actually risen above their prior peaks in the mid-2000s after adjusting for inflation.
Less fortunate are Cleveland, Phoenix and much of Florida, where prices are still at least 26 percent below where they were before the bubble burst.
In terms of how the overall housing market has been doing lately, it’s recovering but not yet recovered, says William Wheaton, a housing economist at MIT. “There’s a lot of discussion right now about how sales should be more robust and they’re not, given where we are in this stage of the economic recovery,” he says.
“It’s a huge difference in how people are moving around the country today than they did a generation ago,” says Greg Kaplan, an economist at the University of Chicago.
Kaplan says, if you want to live in Kansas City or Phoenix, maybe to stay close to friends and family, there’s a more diverse range of job opportunities in more parts of the country.

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Summary of “This is your brain on Disneyland: A Disney addict's quest to discover why he loves the parks so much”

My name is Todd and I am addicted to Disney theme parks.
If anyone should be able to articulate why we love Disney parks, it’s a former head of Walt Disney Imagineering who wrote speeches for Walt.
Irving Biederman, a professor of psychology at USC, has been to some Disney parks and his gripe is one I regularly hear from friends: too fake.
Disney devotion can connote endless adolescence, but as Biederman began to interview me, the ways in which I engage with the parks became more clear.
Other times, I’ll bring work, sit with my laptop in the lobby of the Grand Californian, only venturing into one of the parks when I need to clear my head. Increasingly, I’ve been approaching the parks from a more studious perspective, investigating its history and reporting on new developments.
It’s no secret that many gravitate to Disney parks for family bonding experiences, which the parks leverage at every photo op.
“You could speak to a stranger. You feel safe. You know you’re going to be respected. Everything is clean. It’s an example that you take back to your own community. ‘Why can’t it be like this? Why can’t we treat people like we get treated at the Disney parks? Why can’t our streets be as clean as it is at Disney?'”.
Theme parks are a thoroughly modern invention based as much on technology as the belief in pixie dust, and we’re only just beginning to understand their growing role as a storytelling medium.

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Summary of “Drinking more coffee can lead to a longer life, new studies say”

One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality, and found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality.
The new study shows that there is a stronger biological possibility for the relationship between coffee and longevity and found that mortality was inversely related to coffee consumption for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
“We looked at multiple countries across Europe, where the way the population drinks coffee and prepares coffee is quite different,” said Marc Gunter, reader in cancer epidemiology and prevention at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the UK, who co-authored the European study.
In the European study, people who were drinking coffee tended to have lower levels of inflammation, healthier lipid profiles and better glucose control compared with those who weren’t.
The studies complement work that has been done on coffee and mortality, he said, and it has been reasonably documented that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death.
With all observations from previous studies it’s difficult to exclude the possibility that coffee drinkers are just healthier to begin with, Gunter said.
People who avoid coffee, particularly in places like the US and Europe where drinking the beverage is very common, may do so because they have health problems.
“The takeaway message would be that drinking a couple cups of coffee a day doesn’t do you any harm, and actually, it might be doing you some good,” he said.

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