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07
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Citigroup fires tech executive who ran popular QAnon website

Citigroup has fired a senior vice president in the bank’s technology department after probing his outside job running the most prominent website devoted to QAnon, a debunked yet popular conspiracy theory. 

Jason Gelinas was put on paid leave in September after being identified as the person behind the site QMap.pub and related mobile apps. His role was first reported by Logically.ai, a fact-checking site.

“Mr. Gelinas is no longer employed by Citi. Our code of conduct includes specific policies that employees are required to adhere to, and when breaches are identified, the firm takes action,” a spokesperson for the bank told CBS MoneyWatch.

“As outlined in our code of conduct, employees are required to disclose and obtain approvals for outside business activities,” the spokesperson added.

It was hardly a typical side hustle, according to media accounts of Gelinas’s alleged moonlighting. The former Citi executive is credited with helping transform an obscure and incoherent conspiracy cult into one affecting mainstream politics, with QAnon supporter and Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene expected to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Popular among a group of supporters of President Donald Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory includes claims that celebrities routinely participate in child sex trafficking and pedophilia. At its center is “Q,” an anonymous user who started writing about the conspiracies on website 4chan.

Gelinas was raking in more than $3,000 monthly from a crowdfunded Patreon site dedicated to supporting the QAnon site, which he said helped cover its operating costs, according to Bloomberg News.

Along with his Wall Street job and running QAnon’s largest news-aggregation hub, Gelinas lived what appeared to be a normal suburban life, with a house, wife and children in New Jersey, according to the business news service.

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07
Oct
2020
Posted in software

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06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

TikTok passes Instagram as second-most popular social app for U.S. teens

  • TikTok has surpassed Instagram as teenagers’ second favorite social media app, according to a report published on Tuesday. 
  • The report found that 34% of teens list Snapchat as their favorite social app followed with 29% picking TikTok and 25% picking Instagram. 
  • Teen usage shows that Instagram remains in first place with 84% engagement, followed by Snapchat at 80% and TikTok at 69%, up from 62% in the spring.



Liskula Cohen et al. posing for a picture: TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas attends TikTok After Party at Bowlmor Lanes at Anaheim Garden Walk on July 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California.


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TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas attends TikTok After Party at Bowlmor Lanes at Anaheim Garden Walk on July 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

TikTok has surpassed Instagram as U.S. teenagers’ second-favorite social media app, according to a report published Tuesday. 

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The short-video app is now favored among teens second only to Snap’s Snapchat, according to Piper Sandler. The report found that 34% of teens list Snapchat as their favorite social app followed with 29% picking TikTok. Trailing Snapchat and TikTok was Facebook’s Instagram, with only 25% of teens picking it as their favorite social app. TikTok placed No. 3 in the spring 2020 version of the Piper Sandler report. 

Usage was a different story, according to the report. In that regard, Instagram remains in first place with 84% engagement, followed by Snapchat at 80% and TikTok at 69%, up from 62% in the spring.

The report shows TikTok is continuing to gain market share among young U.S. users, which are a key demographic for social apps. These users are next a key demographic for advertisers, which are the main source of revenue for social apps. 

To circumvent the growing TikTok threat, Facebook in August released Reels, a copycat version of TikTok that lets Instagram users make short video clips of them lip syncing, dancing or doing skits. 

TikTok is owned by China’s ByteDance. Last month, President

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

3 Popular Robinhood Stocks That May Go Bankrupt

A wild year of volatility for equities has brought investors of all sorts out of the woodwork. Although the ferocity of the first-quarter decline was a bit unnerving for all, it provided one heck of an opportunity for long-term investors to put their money to work in high-quality businesses.

The same can’t be said for short-term traders, or those chasing whatever happens to be this week’s or month’s hot stock on Wall Street. A quick glance at the investment activity by members of online investing app Robinhood confirms that some awful companies are being purchased.

Robinhood has been particularly successful at courting young and/or novice investors; the average age of its members is 31. Don’t get me wrong — it’s fantastic to see young people starting early and putting their money to work in the stock market. However, Robinhood is failing to provide the tools or education necessary for these newbies to succeed. As a result, the company’s leaderboard (i.e., the 100 most-held stocks on the platform) is a mishmash of bad businesses.

Three of these top Robinhood stocks may go bankrupt within the next couple of years.

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Nikola

As of today, fuel cell electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Nikola (NASDAQ:NKLA) has an abundance of cash. It ended its first quarter as a public company (following its reverse merger) with $698.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, and appears to be closing in on a $2 billion equity investment from industry titan General Motors (NYSE:GM) as of Tuesday, Sept. 29. This deal would undoubtedly give Nikola plenty of financial flexibility to execute its vision of mass-producing the Badger EV fuel cell truck by as soon as next year. 

But just because Nikola has plenty of cash now doesn’t mean the company’s vision will translate to success. Nikola