Happy Friday and an early Happy President's Day weekend! But before you skip out early to enjoy the long weekend, some news to ponder as you work your way through the day.
A Day Without Immigrants
In an effort to show their solidarity against the new administration’s immigration agenda, businesses across the U.S. closed their doors yesterday. From mom and pop shops to McDonalds to schools, hundreds of businesses decided to strike and show just how disruptive new laws could be the U.S. culture and economy. The restaurant business, which is largely owned and employed by immigrants and descendants of immigrants, made up a large number of participants. The movement spread like wildfire across social media over the past several days.
Stay In Touch With Friends and…Get A Job? On Facebook?
Facebook is rolling a new application that will make it easier to find and apply to job postings. The platform, which will start to roll out in the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, is free for employers. Users apply directly through Facebook where applications are pre-populated (fudging some information on your FB profile? Don’t worry, you can alter it) and they can contact an employer via Messenger. We want to know what you think about the new platform. Would you apply to a job through Facebook? Comment below.
Speaking Of Facebook
With 1.86 billion users, 85% of those living outside the U.S and Canada., Facebook is in a good position to develop a “nation” of its own, one where the people have the power to build a global community. And in a nearly 6,000 word manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg preaches to do just that. Referred to as a “state of the union,” his letter discusses his mission for creating a democratic global community out of Facebook, one where users set content policy for themselves. Whether or not he can make this vision a reality, he does generally make mention of product developments like local community groups, customized preferences, and the use of artificial intelligence.
Yahoo Is On Sale
Verizon is another step closer to closing a deal with Yahoo. In 2016, Yahoo disclosed two embarrassing data breaches from 2013 and 2014 which prompted the wireless giant to ask for a hefty discount of $300 million. Verizon really, really wants to get into the mobile media game, apparently, as it’s willing to share the legal responsibility and cost for the breaches.
Red Nose Day
Love it or hate it (we love it), the cast of Love Actually is reuniting for a mini film as part of Red Nose Day, a fundraising campaign that helps children around the world who are living in poverty. Launched in the U.K. in the 1980s and making its way to the U.S. in 2015, Red Nose has raised $60 million, providing for better health, education, food and housing for children everywhere. What better reason for this delightful cast to reunite after 14 years? Is Colin Firth speaking fluent Portuguese yet? Is Liam Neeson’s son Sam still a hopeless romantic? Take up this guilty pleasure and stay tuned (the short film airs in the U.K. on March 25 and in the U.S. on May 25).
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