These are probably all legit businesses. But how can you know for sure?Google Maps In the latest version of how everything good eventually gets ruined, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google Maps has been widely hijacked: Google’s ubiquitous internet platform shapes what’s real and what isn’t for more than 2 billion monthly users. Yet Google Maps, triggered by such Google queries as the one Ms. Carter made, is overrun with millions of false business addresses and fake names, according to advertisers, search experts and current and former Google employees. The ruse lures the unsuspecting to what appear to be Google-suggested local businesses, a costly and dangerous deception. Back when Google Maps was a good way to navigate around town but not much else, it was pretty accurate. But then millions of people started using it to locate businesses too, and that made it a target for scammers. It’s an example of what I was talking about yesterday: motivations … [Read more...] about Scammers Are Ruining Google Maps
As we all know, Joe Biden screwed up big time in remarks at a fundraising event on Tuesday. His topic was civility in politics. Here’s the pool report: Mr. Biden then recalled his time serving in the Senate. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Mr. Biden said, briefly channeling the late Mississippi senator’s Southern drawl. Mr. Biden said of Mr. Eastland, “He never called me boy, he always called me son.” Mr. Biden then brought up a deceased Georgia senator, “a guy like Herman Talmadge, one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys. Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.” Linguistically, the question is whether Biden was downplaying the racism of … [Read more...] about Is Joe Biden Toast?
Grocery Outlet debuted on the Nasdaq Thursday, and investors ate it up. The Emeryville discount grocer began trading on the Thursday under the ticker symbol “GO.” Its share price quickly jumped to $31, up more than 30 percent. “We’re proud and excited about people’s reception to the company,” CEO Eric Lindberg said. “The time is right for us to go public.” Grocery Outlet was founded in 1946 by Jim Read and initially sold surplus military supplies. It has since evolved into offering a wide variety of groceries and household items for cheap. The company gets overstocked or soon-to-be discontinued goods from its suppliers, and offers household name brands and fresh produce in its stores. “Out stores work in urban, suburban and rural settings,” said MacGregor Read, vice chairman of Grocery Outlet and grandson of the founder Jim Read. “Because it appeals to a wide demographic, it gives us versatility to expand.” The … [Read more...] about Grocery Outlet surges on Nasdaq debut
The Warriors have acquired the No. 41 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft from the Hawks for $1.3 million and a 2024 second-round selection, league sources confirmed with The Chronicle. ESPN was first to report the news. This comes a day after Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters, "We’d like to have as many picks as we can." Myers views the draft as an important way to add relatively affordable, young talent to a roster facing heavy constraints to sign free agents. The Warriors, already deep into the luxury tax, have only the $5.7 million taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to ink players this summer. If Kevin Durant returns and the NBA rules that his Achilles injury will sideline him until June 15, 2020, Golden State could also be awarded a $9.2 million disabled player exception. With potentially three starting spots — shooting guard, small forward and center — to replace, the Warriors are interested in drafting prospects who can slide into … [Read more...] about Warriors acquire No. 41 pick in NBA draft from Hawks
Lejos de ser aquel capitán azulcrema que en el entorno deportivo defendía a la causa contra las provocaciones rojiblancas, ahora Oribe Peralta no confrontó a quienes hoy lo ven como traidor.El nuevo delantero del Guadalajara dijo entender el malestar de los aficionados azulcremas por abandonar Coapa aún con contrato vigente, para así aceptar el reto personal de llegar al redil de las Chivas y probarse que aún puede.“A toda la gente (azulcrema) quiero decirles que estoy muy agradecido por todo el apoyo que me brindaron en el momento en que estuve en América. Si mi decisión les afectó... es como que los ciclos terminan. Así como hay vida, hay muerte, entonces son ciclos que terminan y yo creí que mi ciclo había terminado y ahora estoy iniciando uno nuevo, un reto nuevo, con muchas ganas de crecer y de seguir mostrando, hacerle a la gente ver que crean en los mexicanos, que crean y confíen un poco más en … [Read more...] about Peralta: ‘Con América mi ciclo terminó’