Why did Uber's IPO flop?

Is WhatsApp safe?

WhatsApp had a crazy hack! Hackers were able to get on your phone just by calling it. That's been patched but it's a reminder nothing is ever completely safe in 2019.

Why didn't Uber's IPO perform as promised?

Because they're losing tons of money. Because Lyft didn't do that well. Because their expansion into international markets, where they planned to go, has been harder than expected. Tough times at Uber.

Will cutting Huawei off from American technology hurt?

Trick question! Will it hurt Huawei? Yes, definitely. Will it hurt the American companiesthat supply Huawei? Yes definitely. Will it hurt consumers everywhere? Probably. Unless it changes the dynamics of the U.S. - China trade relationship in such a way that helps everybody, which is possible.

Should more cities ban facial recognition technology?

There's a tradeoff between privacy and safety. San Francisco just blocked facial recognition technology to help privacy but I think most cities are going to care more about their police departments being maximally effective and will choose safety.

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Where does the US-China trade war go from here?

Did the Philippine midterm election strengthen Duterte?

It certainly did. He won almost all the Senate seats that were up. He has the ability now to move ahead with constitutional reform. Something that has been challenging for him. Any economic and pro-investment pieces he wants to do, also aligning more with China because he wants more inbound investment. Even though it's not all that popular domestically. His drug war on the other hand is quite popular domestically. It's not internationally and certainly not with the drug lords.

How likely is a conflict in the Persian Gulf?

It's getting a little bit more likely. The Iranian economy is falling apart. The Americans are pressing and the Europeans can't help very much. And that means the Iranians are starting to pull themselves out of the nuclear deal something they really wanted to avoid doing. They were hoping they could last Trump out of one term administration. That means that the potential for an accident leading to escalation is growing still not likely but it's absolute something to worry about.

Where does the US-China trade war go from here?

Well it goes to Tokyo, where Trump and Xi Jinping are going to be meeting at the G20 summit. We've got to be worried about that, but I'm still kind of optimistic because the next round of tariffs, if they were to hit, are the ones that go directly on all the goods Americans buy - the iPhone for example - lots of things from China you see those prices go up. It's going to be much worse than what we've seen so far. I suspect that on balance it's close. It's not easy. It's publicly difficult. But I still think on balance we're going to end up with a deal between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump.

Can Pompeo build a European coalition against Iran?

Will Pompeo manage to build a European coalition against Iran?

Well, that depends. Certainly not on the issue of the nuclear deal. The Europeans are solidly behind it. To go back on the efforts that have been undertaken over decades to take back Iran from the nuclear brink would be exceedingly foolish. And then there is a lot of worries here in town that the escalatory rhetoric from the US, and from Tehran, will increase the likelihood of the region, which is really rather combustible at the moment, stumbling into a war that no one should really want.

Who will win the Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv?

I haven't the faintest idea. But I guess that the Icelanders would get all the publicity.

How the US-China trade war hurts Americans

How much will the China trade war hurt American citizens?

It's already hurting them a lot, particularly farmers. It's going to hurt more now that China is retaliating again. And if we go to 25% tariffs on everything China exports to the United States, that's much higher consumer prices, bad for consumers, bad for markets, going to hurt.

Does all the impeachment talk help Donald Trump's re-election effort?

I don't think so at this point. I certainly don't think it drives swing voters to him. I think if it drags on forever and Democrats don't make a decision, then it could be beneficial to Trump, but right now I don't see it helping him motivate his hardcore base - but they're already motivated.

Is breaking up Facebook becoming a litmus test for Democrats?

I don't know about quite breaking it up, but certainly talking about the possibility and more broadly about the power of Facebook and other big tech giants is definitely important for all Democratic candidates.

Will Don Jr. testify before the Senate?

He certainly doesn't want to, his father doesn't want him to. Plenty of Republican senators say don't do it. I don't know how he ultimately avoids it but he's going to try to delay it. His lawyers will try to delay it so it could take some time.

Will giving up your daily latte make you a millionaire?

I see advice that I should give up my daily latte, invest the money, and retire a millionaire. Is this good advice?

Answer: No, it's not. That's because in order for this to happen, over the next 40 years, you need to take that $5 a day you save and invest it and earn a 10% after-tax, after-fees return. Hmm.


Question 2: Is that likely?

Answer: No. The stock market has gone up, let's call it 5.6% annually over the past five years, so you gotta get close to doubling. Individual investors have earned about 1.9% over the same period, so less than the stock market has. So is it possible that individual investors could do five times better? I guess it's possible. I guess anything is possible. It's not likely. 10% better? That's a stretch. 20% better? That's huge. Five times better? I wouldn't bet my retirement on it.

Question 3: Anything else bother you about this advice?

Yeah, you know, it's a little simplified, a little bit "give up the small luxuries," and a little bit — since so much of it tends to be aimed at women, and women finishing rich, and retiring rich — it tends to be a bit patronizing. The litmus test of this is if they're not talking about it on CNBC, if Jim Cramer and Mike Santoli aren't discussing it, you know … meh.

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Is it still dangerous for journalists in Myanmar?

Yes, unfortunately. So the good news is that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters reporters were freed. However, they were pardoned, which means they're still considered criminals. And there has been a real chilling effect on the press in Myanmar. The Irrawaddy, which is an independent newspaper, is being investigated. There are people being investigated for Facebook posts that the authorities don't like. So absolutely still dangerous.

Game of Thrones made a huge mistake last week. What is the best way to check your work?

Yes. Game of Thrones left a coffee cup on a Winterfell table. Not a good look. So, process is really the best way. Making sure that there are multiple people looking at your work and editing it, which I'm sure is the case at HBO. But you can still miss things. A trick that I use is changing the font or the layout on an article when I give it a last read. Or you can read it backwards. On video you can play with brightness, color saturation, and you can play just a sound, or just the image. Really anything that will trick your brain into thinking that you're looking at something new and therefore you can have fresh eyes and better see mistakes.

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