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China’s propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace

“WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “The Cold War thinking and zero sum game, this has stopped and hindered exchanges in cyberspace.Also, bully behavior in cyberspace has had a negative impact on mutual trust,” he said.The state-run World Internet Conference, one of the country’s most prominent tech conferences, takes place this year…

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China’s growth slows to 27-year low, but Trump’s trade war is only partly to blame

“The trade war that Trump declared 18 months ago has complicated those efforts, but not as much as he has claimed” writes Beijing Bureau Chief for washingtonpost.com. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6 percent in the three months to the end of September, the weakest quarterly figure since 1992.The impact from the tariffs and other restrictions has shaved only a fraction of a percentage point off the growth rate, economists say.China cannot sustain the double-digit growth rates it enjoyed until a decade ago. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Netflix Revs Up Growth As Streaming TV War Looms

“Netflix shares rallied Wednesday after its latest quarterly update showed robust subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits ahead of a major escalation in the streaming television war” reports ibtimes.com. Revenue and subscriber growth, however, came in just shy of market consensus.”The fact that Netflix has shown disappointing growth without the new competition present, is a negative omen for Netflix in 2020 and beyond.”.  Source: ibtimes.com

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U.S. Retail Sales Dip 0.3 Percent in September

“Sales at department stores were down 1.4% while sales at general merchandise stores, which include chain retailers such as Walmart and Target, fell 0.3%” writes Martin Crutsinger for pbs.org. Sales in a retail control group which focuses on key components that go into computations of GDP were unchanged in September after a 0.3% gain in August.Sales also dropped at hardware stores, grocery stores and sporting goods stores. Source: pbs.org

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China trade war goes unmentioned in Democratic debate

“Bernie Sanders’ passing criticism of Joe Biden for his support of free trade during the Democratic debate Tuesday night was the only reference to China trade, despite the Trump administration’s current pursuit of a trade deal with Beijing” reports washingtonexaminer.com. A few did criticize U.S. trade policy in general, but offered little in way of specifics on how they would approach it.”We have had a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principal reason has been bad trade policy,” Massachusetts Sen.”The principal reason has been a bunch of corporations,…

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Yemeni government, separatists seen inking deal to end Aden standoff this week

“Fighting between pro-Hadi forces and the separatists had opened a new front in the multi-faceted war and complicated United Nations peace efforts” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The Houthis have repeatedly launched missiles and drone strikes against Saudi cities during the conflict, widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Source: 95kqds.com

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Oil prices edge up as OPEC hints at deeper output cuts

“While a broader trade deal seems unlikely in the immediate future, the risks for the U.S.-China trade war have been fading.”” reports cnbc.com. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures had risen 21 cents to $58.95 by 0310 GMT, up about 0.3% from the previous day’s close.Concerns of a global economic slowdown due to a lingering trade war between the United States and China and swelling U.S. inventories also pressured prices.But gains were limited due to lingering concerns of a global economic slowdown. The U.S.-China trade war will cut 2019 global…

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Have We Gotten Any Happier Over 200 Years? Researchers Analyzed Millions Of Books To Find Out

“But we should take the new sentiment analysis study with a grain of salt” writes Dylan Scott for vox.com. But we should be very cautious about using sentiment analysis as a guide to policymaking.By applying sentiment analysis to people’s Twitter and Facebook posts, researchers have worked on predicting everything from stock market trends to seasonal mood variations to depression in patients.Over the past few years, sentiment analysis has been embraced by for-profit companies, social scientists, journalists, and many others who want quantitative tools to help them parse the changing moods…

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