Day: February 6, 2021

Conspiracy theories do not belong in the marketplace of ideas

Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s personal account and purge its platform of conspiracy-peddling profiles has breathed new life into America’s free speech culture war. The usual suspects have come out of the woodwork, with conservatives lamenting that supposed liberal hegemony in Big Tech is marginalizing right-wing voices, and liberals maintaining that social media platforms have a right and a duty to remove dangerous and conspiratorial content. 

Free discourse is a valuable asset to American democracy, but dangerous online disinformation does not deserve the same sort of respect as normal political speech. As long as the American government and citizenry are wary of Big Tech and its influence over discourse, there is no reason to worry that Twitter, by banning certain users, is setting a dangerous precedent of censorship.

First, and importantly, Twitter’s ban on Trump and other conspiracy-purveying accounts is not a First Amendment issue. As any

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The C-List Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Financial Success

You missed out on that big first wave of Instagram stardom, you jumped on YouTube too late and now your Facebook page’s dwindling audience lives exclusively in Murmansk.

You feel like your landscape photography is as good as (or better than) all these big-name photographers and you just want a slice of the cake. How can you turn your landscape photography skills into dollars?

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that it is possible to make money from landscape photography, the bad news is that there are a few hoops to jump through along the way. Here is my guide to the best way to maximize your income.

Lightroom Presets

This one’s easy. Everyone’s looking for that shortcut to a winning shot — a quick and simple way of transforming a photograph from the ordinary to the exceptional. Lightroom presets will never do that —

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Coastal Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2020 Results

2020 Highlights:

  • Net income totaled $15.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, or $1.24per diluted common share, an increase of 14.0% from $13.2 million, or $1.08 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2019.
  • Basic earnings per share increased 30.0%, and diluted earnings per share increased 26.7%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
  • An $8.3 million provision for loan losses was recorded during the year ended December 31, 2020, largely due to continued economic uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Total assets grew $637.6 million, or 56.5%, to $1.77 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $1.13 billion at December 31, 2019.
  • Total loans receivable, net, including $365.8 million in PPP loans, grew $608.0 million, or 64.7%, to $1.55 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $939.1 million at December
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Super Bowl LV marks a shift in advertising tradition

The following is a guest post from James Draper, CEO of Bidstack. Opinions are the author’s own.

It’s no secret that Super Bowl spots are the crown jewel of advertising, with astronomical costs. Though their reach is incredible and can serve as a launchpad for larger marketing efforts, Super Bowl campaigns also lack the performance-driven metrics and multichannel connectedness many brands are looking for as they shift toward e-commerce and feel greater need to prove ROI.

While millions of fans will tune in to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs battle it out at Super LV, a shift is happening in the broader sports marketing sphere in the wake of a COVID-riddled season. What is typically a parade of blue-chip brand names is quickly diversifying into areas that go beyond advertising’s biggest and most expensive stage.

Look no further than the Pro Bowl, a precursor to

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Bill.com Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021–

Bill.com (NYSE: BILL), a leading provider of cloud-based software that simplifies, digitizes, and automates complex back-office financial operations for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2020.

“We delivered strong financial results and record payment volume growth driven by robust demand for our platform and its expanded payment offerings,” said René Lacerte, Bill.com CEO. “Adoption and usage continues to strengthen in this new remote environment as we are effectively guiding companies on their digital transformation path. Our offering has become a mission-critical tool for many small and midsize businesses. The increasing scale of our platform purpose-built for SMBs is automating financial operations facilitating over ten billion dollars of B2B payments each month.”

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2021

  • Total revenue was $54.0 million, an increase of 38% from the second quarter
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Abrego: The Boss Baby Boutique has new owner with new ideas | Community business

Taylor Hagen, who worked for six years at Buckle, has moved to a different location in Uptown Aberdeen.

Monday, Hagen became the owner of The Boss Baby Boutique, which sells children’s and maternity clothing. The Boss Baby Boutique also offers a multitude of accessories such as backpacks, nightlights, sunglasses and more.

Hagen has a few ideas she wants to implement to make improvements to how the business operates.

One is expanding the store’s maternity clothing selection.

“Even my friends want extended size maternity stuff, so that’s something I’ve been looking into. Just having a lot more options because maternity is … its own category. You have petite maternity, and there’s normal maternity and extended size maternity, so I would like to expand into that a little bit more,” she said.

Hagen said Walmart and Target do have some options for maternity shopping, but she hopes to sell a variety of

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