☕️ Good Saturday morning from Oshvegas, a.k.a. Oshburg ... Oshkosh, Wis.
Situational awareness: Shoppers are being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren't before, after more than two dozen states took advantage of a Supreme Court ruling allowing them to require more companies to collect sales tax online. (AP)
Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif., this month. (Noah Berger/AP)
In three increasingly strident reports — two in the past two months — scientists reach the dire, unified conclusion that global warming is already costing lives and inflicting a mounting economic toll, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
The latest report, with the release buried by the Trump administration on Black Friday, warns under the present course of emissions, "It is very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent."
The takeaway: The pace and extent of economic growth will be increasingly curtailed by a sweltering, flooded and more hostile planet.
How it's playing ... N.Y. Times 2-column lead, "U.S. CLIMATE STUDY HAS GRIM WARNING OF ECONOMIC RISKS: Reduction of Up to 10 Percent in G.D.P. — Findings Are at Odds With Policies."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The features that made Black Friday "a cultural phenomenon — the discounted electronics, the predawn openings, the curbside campsites, the incivility — are changing with the broader retail landscape," the N.Y. Times' Tiffany Hsu reports:
It was just this summer "that investors were placing odds on the first U.S. stock to reach a trillion-dollar market value. Apple won the race, crossing the symbolic mark in early August. Amazon.com followed suit, though its trillion-dollar dalliance lasted less than a day," Tae Kim of Barron's writes:
"For investors, the selloff is also a chance to step back from the FAANG obsession that has dominated investing since the acronym became popular in 2015. (The original incarnation of FANG didn’t include Apple.)"
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The Frost Moon, a full moon named by Native American tradition, rose yesterday behind the Empire State Building, as seen from Newark.
Predictim, an online service that uses artificial intelligence to assess a babysitter’s personality, scans a candidates' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram post to offer an automated "risk rating" for drug abuse, bullying, harassment, being disrespectful or having a bad attitude," the WashPost's Drew Harwell writes.
"[T]he recruitment-technology firm HireVue, which works with companies such as Geico, Hilton and Unilever, offers a system that automatically analyzes applicants' tone, word choice and facial movements during video interviews to predict their skill and demeanor on the job. (Candidates are encouraged to smile for best results.)"
P.S. "China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident." (Bloomberg)
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The FAA "is significantly behind earlier schedules for crafting airborne-identification rules for drones, causing industry officials to worry the delay could stymie their most ambitious plans for years," the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor reports (subscription).
The state of play: The FAA could propose standard regulations this month allowing small drones to fly over crowds and populated areas, per the WSJ. But other regulations will take years to iron out.
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Toy trends: Adults want cozy, kids want gross ... Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples, per AP retail writers Joseph Pisani and Anne D'Innocenzio:
Store trends ... "Walmart ... recently introduced WalmartToyLab.com, a new digital playground where shoppers can play with 20 top toys on their computer or tablet. They can also share their favorites on a digital wish list. At the store, Walmart's app now helps shoppers find the exact location of a particular item."