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Musk offered no details of his funding until August 7, when he told investors that he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other potential backers, even though that financing was not yet secured.
Musk's tweets may have violated U.S. securities law if he misled investors. According to an SEC rule, a company's public statements must be true. Each of Tesla's directors has received a written legal order to testify in the matter. A subpoena is a first step in a formal inquiry and subsequently, an investigation, which can take years to yield any action or none at all.
Tesla's shares fell by 3% in afternoon trading, and although the company ranks #3 overall in The Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study, and ranked #1 out of the 100 most visible companies in the U.S. for its "vision and leadership," Musk continues to face criticism for being a brash, scrappy iconoclast and it remains to be seen how his latest actions will affect the company.
Readers of the popular electric transportation and sustainable energy news site, Electrek, however support Musk's decision to take the company private. Agreeing with his key rationale for the move:
"...the reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate best. As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla, all of whom are shareholders. Being public also subjects us to the quarterly earnings cycle that puts enormous pressure on Tesla to make decisions that may be right for a given quarter, but not necessarily right for the long-term. Finally, as the most shorted stock in the history of the stock market, being public means that there are large numbers of people who have the incentive to attack the company."
Think before you post, job-seekers: Your potential employer is likely watching your social media feeds.
Seventy percent of employers said they look what job candidates post on their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other accounts, according to a survey by CareerBuilders. Fifty-seven percent of companies said they have ruled out hiring someone because of the content they found.
Job-hunters may want to keep those statistics in mind and clean up their social media presence before searching for work, said Michael Erwin, a senior career adviser for CareerBuilders.
"When it comes to social media and looking for a job, we let our guard down too often," he said. "We may be posting things that may not put us in the best light to potential employers."
That doesn't mean job-seekers should wipe your social media accounts clean. Indeed, 47 percent of employers said they were less likely to call a candidate in for an interview if they couldn't find the person online, the survey found.
The national survey, conducted by The Harris Poll for CareerBuilder, was done between April 4 and May 1. The survey sampled more than 1,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals.
In 2008, CareerBuilders found that only 22 percent of employers looked at the social media presence of job seekers, he said.
Employers aren't just eyeballing people's social media, Erwin said. About two-thirds percent of companies said they use search engines to conduct research on job candidates.
Read more at CBS News
Two NFL teams, The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, added men to their cheerleading teams, according to teams' official websites. The Rams signed on two male dancers, Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies; and Jesse Hernandez joined the Saints Saintsations. All three men made their NFL debut on Thursday, August 9, at the beginning of the NFL preseason.
The move has been widely praised as a step toward gender equality, but with the ongoing debate over player protests, it remains to be seen how fans will receive this change. According to Fortune, the "current divisive nature of the national political scene could embolden some to strongly express seeing men in roles that have historically been filled by scantily clad women."
Instead of scantily clad women, Americans (46%) want more women in leadership positions in the NFL, reports a January 2018 survey by The Harris Poll. In fact, 43% of Americans in general say more women in leadership positions in the league would increase viewership. And it seems the NFL has been paying attention. 100 women are working at EVP levels or above across the NFL’s 32 teams and even one referee on the field, according to The StarTribune.
According to a new study from Pearson and The Harris Poll titled, “Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners,” Gen Z ranked YouTube and video as preferred methods for learning by significant margins over Millennials. In fact, YouTube was second only to teachers as a learning tool, and ranked well ahead of lectures, in-person activities with classmates, learning applications and books.
“Generation Z didn’t have to adapt to new technologies like their predecessors--they have been immersed in it their entire lives,” explains Asha Choksi, Vice President of Global Research and Insights at Pearson. "This has led to students demanding changes to education, including accelerated, flexible and adaptive education options and tools.”
The study was conducted by The Harris Poll in August 2018 and it illustrates Gen Z’s educational preferences, in comparison to millennials, as well as some of their values and ambition. For instance, it revealed that by a margin of more than 20%, Gen Z respondents were more likely to say they want to make it to the top of their future profession one day versus Millennials. Other important values the study uncovered include altruism as 60% of Gen Z respondents agreed that they want to help people less fortunate, compared to 48% of Millennials; and diversity as more than 6 in 10 Gen Zers agreed that having diverse friends makes them a better person, while slightly more than half of Millennials agreed with that statement.
The research also dispelled the popular belief that Gen Zers have little regard for college as 80% of Gen Z respondents agreed that college either has a fair amount of value, is a good value or an excellent value. Only 20% of Generation Z students said college has “little value” or “no value at all.”
The study paints an insightful portrait of Gen Z that clearly distinguishes them from their Millennial predecessors —a necessary factor in rethinking how we engage this emerging generational cohort.
“To understand the future of learning—and especially higher education—we have to understand not just how the future of work and skills is evolving, but how students are changing and what’s on their minds,” says Choksi.
You can see the full report here.
Trying to take a hiatus from social media? If you’re finding Facebook the hardest to leave, you’re not alone.
According to new data from The Harris Poll, the giant social network ranked the highest in a new survey that looked at the social media apps that people find the hardest to break away from. (Facebook has 2.2 billion monthly active users.)
The survey looked at 2,043 adults aged 18 and older in the U.S. and found that 49% of respondents found Facebook the hardest to abstain from, followed by YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.
The results varied slightly by gender. Across all ages, women found it more difficult than men to break away from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest. Men, meanwhile, found it more difficult than women to unplug from YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tinder.
‘You’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology’
Sean Parker, an early Facebook investor and its first president, explained that Facebook was designed to play on dopamine, a chemical produced by our brains that motivates repeated behaviors.
“The thought process was all about, ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” Parker told Mike Allen of Axios in November 2017. “And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever, and that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you more likes and comments. It’s a social validation feedback loop. … You’re exploiting a vulnerabilityin human psychology.”
Trevor Haynes, a research technician in the department of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, further explained that “companies like Facebook will continue to do everything they can to keep your eyes glued to the screen as often as possible. And by using algorithms to leverage our dopamine-driven reward circuitry, they stack the cards — and our brains — against us.”
And taking away those dopamine hits brings its own downside: 31% of respondents to The Harris Poll said they grew anxious when they didn’t check social media regularly.
Read more at Yahoo Finance.