Emerging tech site VatorNews has an unconfirmed report this morning that the search giant bought deal-of-the-day site Groupon for $2.5 billion. Neither Groupon nor Google have commented on the report at the time of this writing.
The source seems a bit dodgy. I’m going to keep an eye out for reports from more legitimate outlets.
More on the source: Site reporting the Groupon sale is run by Bambi Francisco, formerly columnist at MarketWatch. She has managed Vator.tv full time since 2007
“What do you consider to be more or less basic factors making for happiness in the human mind?" Jung answered: "1. Good physical and mental health. 2. Good personal and intimate relationships, such as those of marriage, the family, and friendships. 3. The faculty for perceiving beauty in art and nature. 4. Reasonable standards of living and satisfactory work. 5. A philosophic or religious point of view capable of coping successfully with the vicissitudes of life.”—The Happiness Project: 5 Basic Factors for Happiness, According to Carl Jung.
“Shankar Vedantam of Slate hypothesizes that people continue to procreate, despite overwhelming evidence that parenting isn’t very fun, for much the same reason that cocaine users can’t quit: they’re addicts. Comparing oxytocin to narcotics, Vedantam writes: “The unexpected, kind, and loving things that children do produce chemical surges in their parents’ brains like the rush of the pipe or the needle. Like addicts, parents will sacrifice anything for the glimpses of heaven that their offspring periodically provide.” Furthermore, the roller coaster of parenting seems designed to ensure addiction. “The unpredictability of those moments of bliss is an important factor in their addictiveness,” writes Vedantam. “If you give animals a predictable reward — say, a shot of sugar every time they press a lever — you can get them to press that lever quite regularly. But if you want irrational and addictive behavior, you make the reward unpredictable.”—The Parent Trap: Addiction - NYTimes.com
“Think of other things you could be doing with your time spent on Facebook. If you find yourself spending, say, 10 hours a week on Facebook, make a list of all the other things you could accomplish in that time. You could:
* pick up a part time job and invest that money in stocks
* teach a child how to throw a football
* get fit
* get a girlfriend
* Spend real time socializing with people really in your life
* build a gas scooter or an adobe wall
* clean your room
* calculate the center of gravity
* Read a book
* teach yourself a new language
* make a papasan chair cushion
* Listen to music and make it a routine. An album per day or so”—How to Quit Facebook - wikiHow
“Michelle A. Rhee …. issuing one last warning Thursday, this one to ineffective teachers and the undergraduate education programs that granted them degrees. “Now we have a new teacher evaluation system where we know who’s ineffective, minimally effective and highly effective,” she told a hotel ballroom filled with educators attending a College Board forum. “We’re going to back-map where they came from, which schools produced these people. And if you are producing ineffective or minimally effective teachers, we’re going to send them back to you.”—