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Data Sheet—Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, China Edition

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Was it only last year that wags at the annual gadget-fest in Las Vegas joked that what CES really stands for is the “Chinese Electronics Show“? This year, Chinese companies at the sprawling event are lying low. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports that the number of Chinese vendors registered to exhibit this week at CES totaled 1,211, a 20% decline from the 1,551 Chinese vendors who signed up in 2018.

Chinese companies still account for more than a quarter of the conference’s exhibitors, and are outnumbered only by firms from the United States. CES organizers said the smaller number of Chinese firms participating this year reflects a decision to allocate more space to larger vendors, not a Chinese retreat. Many of the big Chinese tech firms–including Alibaba, Baidu, DJI, JD.com, and Lenovo–increased their presence at this year’s show. Even so, in the global tech press, the general consensus is that Chinese exhibits are not only fewer in number but feel far less exuberant this year than last.

China’s subdued presence at CES has been widely ascribed to the U.S.-China trade war. Huawei Technologies, whose CEO delivered a rousing CES keynote last year, has a large booth at this year’s show. But this year, with its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou detained in Vancouver and awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges of financial fraud, the world’s largest telecoms manufacturer kept senior executives at home. Other notable Vegas no-shows include ZTE, which was almost tipped into bankruptcy last year by U.S. penalties for its lax compliance with export sanctions against Iran, and Xiaomi, whose stock price has plunged far below last year’s IPO.

Concerns about friction between the U.S and China cast a pall over Apple too last week as CEO Tim Cook blamed a sluggish Chinese economy and “rising trade tensions with the United States” for a sharp downward revision in the company’s first quarter profit estimate. But Cook’s assertion drew immediate criticism from analysts and customers in China who argued that Apple’s real problem is that its new phones are overpriced and haven’t kept pace with the innovations offered by domestic competitors. Many have noted that Apple has lagged Chinese rivals like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo in rolling out high-performance cameras, dual SIM card capability, and other features.

In Shanghai, meanwhile, Elon Musk defied the China gloom by breaking ground on a new, $ 5 billion Gigafactory on the outskirts of that city. Musk says Tesla expects to complete construction of the factory in summer, begin producing Model 3 vehicles for the China market by year-end, and shift to “high volume production” of as many as 500,000 vehicles per year by 2020. The factory is a huge coup for Musk. Producing vehicles in China will spare Tesla the expense of import tariffs and shipping to a crucial market; China is, by far, the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. Tesla is the first U.S. auto manufacturer to take advantage of a new change in Chinese investment rules allowing foreign carmakers to have full ownership of Chinese plants, meaning the company won’t have to share profits and technology with a local partner.

And yet, like Apple, Tesla will face stiff competition from nimble domestic players including BYD, NIO, Xpeng, and Geely. Winning in China will require every ounce of Musk’s entrepreneurial genius.

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Lagging indicator. It’s been a tough year so far for Apple, but shed no tears for CEO Tim Cook. Thanks to the boffo performance of the company in its prior fiscal year, Cook’s pay rose 22% to almost $ 16 million. Bloomberg points out that he also got $ 121 million from vesting a portion of a 2011 10-year stock grant. Cook was out earning his keep on Tuesday, telling CNBC’s Jim Cramer that everything’s fine. “When I look at the long-term health of the company, it has never been better,” Cook said. “The product pipeline has never been better. The ecosystem has never been stronger. The services are on a tear.”

Isn’t it ironic? On the subject of tech giant CEOs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg revealed his annual personal improvement goal: promoting conversations about how technology is affecting society. “Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting,” Zuck writes. “These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media.”

Feed them on your dreams. The country of Finland wants to make sure it stays relevant as technology advances. So a recent initiative is aiming to teach 1% of the population, or about 55,000 people, the basics of artificial intelligence in a free course. The idea is not create more coders, but to help people in different fields realize how they could apply A.I. in their fields.

But does it have an Infinite Improbability Drive? Most of the new products unveiled at CES are for consumers, but IBM is showing off its new quantum computer dubbed The Q System One. The finicky calculator, which should be able to crunch massive amounts of data, has to be kept in a super-chilled container and encased in half-inch-thick borosilicate glass. It also looks super cool.

Please, sir, may I have some more? It was the previous CEO of Verizon who bought what was left of AOL and Yahoo and combined them into Oath. Current CEO Hans Vestberg has been slowly moving away from the bet on digital advertising. On Tuesday, ahead of a speech at CES, Vestberg told Axios that the units will “need to survive on their merits” and won’t get access to the carrier’s extensive data about its phone customers.

Pretty soon you’re gonna suffer from fistaphobia. Speaking of data the carriers collect, are you worried about marketers tracking your location via smartphone? That’s not the half of it. A reporter for Motherboard paid a “bounty hunter” a few hundred dollars for real-time location tracking of his phone with data that originated from carriers T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint. The data is apparently sold through legitimate data partners of the networks, who say the practice violates their terms of service.

Unskippable. As cord-cutting continues apace, Internet video service Hulu says it grew almost 50% last year to 25 million subscribers. Ad revenue hit $ 1.5 billion, though the private company is believed to operate deeply in the red.

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A few years ago, a survey by Princeton Professor Alan Krueger and Harvard Professor Lawrence Katz made headlines with its claim that 5% of workers were in more independent and non-traditional jobs like Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts, representing the future of work. But more detailed surveys of the workforce have since revealed that the so-called gig economy is much smaller, probably less than 2% of workers. The Wall Street Journal‘s Josh Zumbrun explains how the two economists got things so wrong.

“After sifting through the new evidence,” Mr. Krueger said, “Larry Katz and I now conclude that there was a modest rise in the share of the workforce in nontraditional jobs over the last decade–probably on the order of one to 2 percentage points, instead of the five percentage point rise we originally reported.”

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This is an odd one and it comes courtesy of blogger Jason Kottke. Bird watcher Nicholas Lund has found an entirely new and untrammeled locale to practice his hobby: inside the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. He’s even posted a “field list” on the Audubon Society’s web site listing the almost 60 birds he saw in the game, everything from the Yellow-Billed Loon to a Great Horned Owl. “My mom always used to tell me to stop playing video games and go outside, but this is the first game that made me want to,” Lund writes.

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Great tips for visiting Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is one of the coolest places in the world. Whether you want to see Elton John in concert, go on a crazy shopping spree, stand at the top of a half-sized replica of the Eiffel Tower or gamble your life savings on red, there is so much to do, see and explore in Vegas. Here are some top insider tips on how to make the most of your fantastic trip!

Never pay full price for a hotel room!

One of the biggest attractions in Vegas is the hotels, and because there are so many, the competition is hot, and so there is never any reason to pay the full amount for a room. Do some research on the best deals you can get for when you go, and remember that part of the fun of Vegas is nosing around other hotels so it’s not like you will miss out!

Get that room upgrade

So, you’ve found yourself a great price for a hotel room, but why not be a little cheeky and ask for an upgrade too? When you check in, handover a twenty and ask if there are any upgrades available. If there are, fantastic, they will keep the tip and upgrade your room. If there aren’t any upgrades, they will usually give you your twenty dollars back, and you won’t have lost anything. Also, if you are celebrating a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary or birthday, make sure you let them know, and often you will get a little treat such as a bottle of champagne!

Escape the strip

The strip is the main stretch of Vegas and is where most of the action is happening, however, if you want to buy a bottle of water, for example, just walk one block away from the strip, and you will be able to get it for much cheaper! Locals will often avoid the strip due to the tourist markups, so look for discounts (and quite often better offerings regarding food, drink and even casinos!) just off the strip where the locals tend to go.

Catch the Deuce

Although the strip looks walkable, it’s a lot longer than it looks and in the desert heat, it can be a real struggle. The Deuce bus goes all the way along the strip, and even downtown so get one of the passes that allow you unlimited journeys over several days and hop on and off as you please. It’s also a great way to see all the sights and different hotels without shelling out for a pricey cab!

Choose the slow season

Vegas is always going to be busy; however, July, August, and mid-December are known as the slow season when things are a little quieter. This means prices should be a bit lower at least and queues for attractions will be somewhat shorter. You’ll have a much better time if you go during a quieter period, but unlike a lot of other places with off-season periods, the atmosphere will still be there!

Full doesn’t always mean full

If you are driving around Vegas and looking for a parking space, do not be disheartened by a “full” valet parking sign. If you slip the valet 20 bucks, they will usually manage to find a spot for you. Money talks in Vegas!

The most important tip for visiting Vegas is to enjoy every second! There is so much more to explore than just the casinos, so make sure you pack in everything you can and have an amazing trip!

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Say What Now? Nuns Accused Of Embezzling Half A Million Dollars From Catholic School To Gamble In Vegas [Video]

Two nuns at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, allegedly embezzled as much as $ 500,000 in tuition, fees and donations.

Authorities say they spent some of the money on trips and gambling at casinos while telling parents the school was operating on a shoestring budget.

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Bank records show Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang were embezzling from the school for at least 10 years, the Press-Telegram reports.

Kreuper, who retired as the school’s principal earlier in 2018, handled all tuition checks and fees. She allegedly withheld some checks and deposited them into a secret account only she and Chang were aware of.

While investigators found the two gave some of the stolen money back to the school, the rest was used for their “personal gain.”

They kept up the charade, telling parents that the school was operating on a tight budget, all the while using the embezzled funds for lavish vacations and trips to the casino.

The report claims the archdiocese and the church are not pursuing criminal charges after the nuns said they’re sorry.

This is the ‘Sister Act 3′ storyline we deserve.

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At 2,282 square-feet, the new store carries women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, kids, lingerie, eyewear and fragrance collections. The architecture is designed to represent the same balance of masculine and feminine in the designer’s collections, along with the decision to move away from traditional luxury materials in favor of handmade, organic and sustainably sourced materials. Walls are finished in handmade ceramic and bespoke fluted concrete. Glass cubes and linear brass railings complement the space. A central monolith houses shoe and accessories walls and interchangeable fixtures throughout the store allow for reactive merchandising.
The store’s furniture was developed using reclaimed wood, while the fabric and carpet are completely natural. Stools in the fitting room are covered in fabric made from reclaimed waste and the bench in the shoe department is pink cruelty-free Fur Free Fur from previous

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The Italian luxury brand on Friday will open a 1,937-square-foot boutique at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas.
The store will feature a new design that is centered around the brand’s exclusive fabric collection. For example, the chairs and sofas, furniture and curtains are all created from the fabrics also used for clothing. Walnut wood, similar to that used at the Kiton headquarters in Arzano, Italy, and its Palazzo Kiton in Milan, is used as an accent, and special pieces of artwork commissioned for the store will serve to decorate the space.
The store will sell the men’s and women’s apparel collections as well as accessories. It will also offer Kiton’s bespoke service with a special selection of products that are exclusive to the Las Vegas store.
Kiton, which has been in the U.S. market since 1980, has 20 retail stores or in-store shops in this country.

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