HomeBusinessUber lost $1.8B in 2Q as riders stayed home and ordered in Aug. 07, 2020 at 5:00 amBusinessCovid-19NewsTransportationUber lost $1.8B in 2Q as riders stayed home and ordered inAssociated Press10 months ago$1.8B lostbusinessCOVID-19UberFile photo. CATHY BUSSEWITZAP Business WriterUber lost $1.78 billion in the second quarter as the pandemic carved a gaping hole in its ride-hailing business, with millions of people staying home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.Its food delivery business grew as more people ordered in, but that growing part of its business didn’t turn a profit.The San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant brought in $2.24 billion in revenue during the second quarter, down 27% from the same time last year, on a constant currency basis, the company said Thursday.Uber’s mobility business, which includes ride-hailing and micro-mobility options such as scooters and bikes, saw its revenue shrink to $790 million, down 67% from $2.38 billion a year ago.Its Eats delivery business — once just a fraction of the company — brought in $1.21 billion in revenue during the quarter. That was up 103% from $595 million in last year’s second quarter.“We are fortunate to have both a global footprint and such a natural hedge across our two core segments: As some people stay closer to home, more people are ordering from Uber Eats than ever before,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.Gross bookings for Uber’s mobility business plummeted 73% from the same quarter last year. Its delivery business grew 113% on a constant currency basis, but did not turn a profit, instead losing about $232 million during the quarter.Uber’s quarterly losses included $382 million in restructuring and related charges as the company laid off 6,700 people — a quarter of its workforce — in May. Uber said at the time that it would be closing or consolidating 45 offices worldwide.Its revenue fell in the U.S. and in across the world except in the Asia-Pacific region.In addition to struggling with reduced demand for rides during the pandemic, Uber has been hit with lawsuits challenging the way it treats its drivers. California’s Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower filed complaints against Uber and Lyft Wednesday saying the companies committed wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The suit seeks to recover civil penalties and unpaid overtime and minimum wage.“This was important not only for the workers, but also for responsible employers who are undercut when companies do not pay their fair share on taxes, worker’s comp, and wages,” Garcia-Brower said in an interview. “During this time of the pandemic, it has highlighted the damage that misclassification does to our safety net.”Tags :$1.8B lostbusinessCOVID-19Ubershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCulture Watch – “This Little Light” explores religious hypocrisyCounty focuses on COVID disparities in affluent communitiesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago
HomeAsiaNews Google claims Australia code puts free services at risk Asia Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Tags Joseph Waring Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 17 AUG 2020 Google warned a move by Australia’s competition watchdog to enable domestic media companies to negotiate fair payment for news content on the search giant’s platform would harm search results and put its free services at risk.In an open letter posted on its website, Google Australia MD Mel Silva stated new government regulations would hurt how Australians use Google Search and YouTube, noting the proposed law would “force us to provide you with a dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube, could lead to your data being handed over to big news businesses and would put the free services you use at risk in Australia”.She claimed the law is set up to give big media companies special treatment and to encourage them to make “enormous and unreasonable demands”.Silva explained the proposed changes are “not fair and they mean Google Search results and YouTube will be worse for you”, as the law would force it to give an unfair advantage to one group of businesses – news organisations – over everyone else who has a website, YouTube channel or small business.At the end of July, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued the News Media Bargaining Code to address what it perceives is an imbalance in power between tech giants and local media outfits. Its plan would initially enable groups of media businesses to collectively negotiate with Google and Facebook.Creator ecosystemIn a second letter, addressed to Australian creators and artists, head of YouTube APAC Gautam Anand said the code could have a significant negative impact on the creator ecosystem in the country.Anand said YouTube would be obligated to give large news publishers confidential information about its systems, which they could use to try to appear higher in rankings on YouTube, disadvantaging other creators.He added that the new law will create an uneven playing field when it comes to who makes money on YouTube, claiming major news businesses can “demand large amounts of money above and beyond what they earn on the platform, leaving fewer funds to invest in you, our creators, and the programmes to help you develop your audience”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Author ACCC seeks input on browser, search choice Google inks licensing deals with India publishers Previous ArticleHTC posts another loss despite launchesNext ArticleSingtel takes hit from competition, Covid restrictions ACCCGoogle
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Akibat sengatan panas berlebihan, menggunakan handuk basah di kepala (The Express Tribune) Seorang penumpang akibat sengatan panas atau heatstroke ditemukan lemas oleh staf Metro di Stasiun Wuhan, Hubei, Cina. Wanita tersebut saat turun dari kereta bawah tanah tampak pucat karena sengatan panas tersebut.Baca juga: Suhu Panas Ekstrem Melanda Swiss, Lintasan Kereta Api Terpaksa di Cat PutihKepala stasiun Metro yang bertugas hari itu, Hua Wei mengatakan, penumpang wanita tersebut saat turun masih dalam keadaan sadar dan mengira dirinya menderita gula darah rendah. KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman shine.cn (1/8/2018), untungnya ada seorang penumpang wanita lain yang membantu penumpang yang terkena sengatan panas itu. Penolong dengan berbaju biru itu mengaku memiliki pengalaman medis yang kemudian memastikan bahwa wanita itu kemungkinan besar terkena sengatan panas dan menyuruhnya untuk tenang serta tetap membuka matanya. Dia juga menyarakan agar penumpang tersebut dibawa ke ruangan yang lebih dingin atau ruangan ber-AC dan memberikannya minum.Staf stasiun kemudian membantu penumpang itu berbaring di beberapa kursi yang disatukan. Sayangnya, setelah membantu dan memastikan penumpang yang terkena sengatan panas itu pulih dengan baik, wanita berbaju biru itu kemudian pergi tanpa memberitahukan namanya.Tak hanya itu, belum lama ini, seorang penumpang wanita di India meninggal dunia karena sengatan panas tersebut. Wanita tersebut saat itu bepergian bersama sang suami Muhammad Sharif yang menggunakan Hazara Express dan tiba-tiba kondisinya memburuk karena panas dan kelembaban yang sangat tinggi.Saat berhenti di Stasiun Malakwal, Sharif langsung membawa istrinya ke rumah sakit kereta api, tetapi sayangnya tidak tertolong. Seorang penasihat terkait sengatan panas mengatakan, saat sedang dalam cuaca panas dan merkuri sedang naik lebih baik di rumah dan tidak bepergian.Selain itu enam anak sekolah pingsan di Daka dan sekitarnya karena sengatan panas tersebut. Pejabat kesehatan India mengatakan agar masyarakat sat ini menghindari paparan sinar matahari karena sengatan yang cukup panas.Baca juga: Terjebak di Kereta Karena Salju, Penumpang Southeastern Tarik Alarm Darurat dan Melompat TurunBila harus keluar rumah baiknya mengambil tindakan pencegahan secepat mungkin. Mereka juga mengatakan beberapa tanda peringatan sengatan panas yakni demam, sakit kepala berat, bibir dan lidah kering serta muntah dan tremor.Gunakan pakaian berbahan ringan saat keluar rumah dan menutupi kepala dengan kain basah jika panas berlebihan. Sebab sengatan panas menjadi serius ketika tubuh tidak mampu mengatur suhu dan saat suhu tubuh meningkat dengan cepat maka mekanisme berkeringat akan gagal serta tubuh tidak mendapatkan pendinginan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAntisipasi Panas Ekstrem, Jaringan Kereta Api Jepang Terapkan Teknologi Mutakhir!17/07/2019In “Featured”Stasiun Gandhinagar Jaipur, Gunakan Seluruhnya Petugas Wanita!22/02/2018In “Darat”Akibat Kebocoran Freon, Asap Putih Mengepul dan Bikin Panik Penumpang MRT Singapura14/01/2020In “Darat”
Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger – The German star is settling in well in place of Gary Cahill, who may struggle to win his place back, despite being captain. 11 Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – Click the right arrow above to see how Chelsea could look when the transfer window shuts, in a 3-5-2 formation… – Willy Caballero may have been signed but the Belgian will be No.1 for the Blues for the foreseeable future. 11 11 Attacking midfield: Eden Hazard – With Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alonso down the flanks, Hazard, once he returns from injury, could pick up a role as a traditional No.10. Right wing-back: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Antonio Conte will want the player for his versatility but, for the moment, he is likely to start ahead of Victor Moses on the right, if he arrives at Stamford Bridge. Central midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko – Bakayoko says he is not scared by the prospect of Drinkwater’s arrival, and he should be confident of keeping his place in the starting XI on a regular basis. Centre-back: David Luiz – He may have been masterful in midfield against Tottenham but his rightful place is in the Chelsea backline. Chelsea have had a summer of upheaval and still have plenty of irons in the fire ahead of transfer deadline day.A host of stars like Nemanja Matic, Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado, John Terry, and more, have left Stamford Bridge, with Diego Costa set to follow.And while Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, and Antonio Rudiger have joined, Blues boss Antonio Conte is desperate for extra players to add to his squad.Numerous stars have been linked with switches, but how could Chelsea look, in a 3-5-2 formation, when the window finally shuts? Click the right arrow above… 11 11 11 11 11 Left wing-back: Marcos Alonso – The Blues may have wanted both Alex Sandro and Danny Rose but, after a great start to the season, the Spurs slayer will keep his role at Stamford Bridge. Central midfield: Danny Drinkwater – Set to be reunited with his old Foxes team-mate Kante, Drinkwater will add great depth to the Blues midfield. 11 11 Centre-back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Arguably, the Spanish star is the Blues best defender. Hes vital for Antonio Contes men as they look to retain their Premier League title. 11 Striker: Alvaro Morata – Two goals and two assists in just 188 minutes show the Spaniard is taking well to the Premier League. Hes not the finished article but proof there is life after Diego Costa. Central midfield: N’Golo Kante – France star Kante is undroppable no matter who Chelsea sign before the transfer window shuts.
Sharing our lives through social media, rather than living our lives on itLet’s be clear: Social media and the technology that drives it is not going away, and I’m not advocating that it should. Fact is, unless there’s “Zombie Apocalypse” in our near future (and if there were, we’d have bigger problems to worry about), no one is putting the social media genie back in the bottle. A 2017 report compiled by Hootsuite and “We Are Social” and published by The Next Web found that there are 3.028 billion active social media users around the globe—roughly 40 percent of the world’s population. This is an amazing testament to the powerful nature and connective influence that these platforms and communities have had on how we live our lives—at work, at home, and everywhere in between. The recent phenomenon of the #HRTribe has afforded so many of us the opportunity to truly connect, share ideas and grow. Yet, studies have also shown that there can be a downside to all this connectivity, particularly for the next generation of our workforce. A January 2018 Washington Post article describes the effects of screen time and social media among today’s adolescents in the U.S., based on the findings of the study “Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Screen Time During the Rise of Smartphone Technology.” One of the sobering trends shows that the psychological well-being of today’s adolescents decreases the more they are on their smartphones and online. And with the ubiquity of devices and social media, the question remains: How do we strike a balance between all the positive that social media and technology provides us while still tending to our real-life relationships, particularly in today’s workplace? Please join @SHRMNextchat at 3 p.m. ET on May 2 for #Nextchat with one collective special guest, the #HRTribe! This week’s topic: navigating social culture. We will chat about how to manage the challenge of sharing our lives through social media, rather than living our lives on it. And, when we do choose to network via social media, how do we adhere to a set of behaviors that makes the experience rewarding—for all of us? Q1. How do you use social media to help your personal and professional growth? What platforms do you think are most beneficial and why? Q2. What are some of the characteristics that make a good social media site? Q3. If you could change one thing about people’s behavior online, what would it be? How would you go about changing it?Q4. How do we prepare ourselves—and our employees—to handle trolls and the like online? Do you have any formal training in place? Q5. How do we strike a balance—personally and professionally—between time spent online and offline? Is a balance even necessary? Q6. Why does the #HRTribe work? What’s unique about it, and what does it mean to you? Q7. Looking 20 years into the future, what will we be saying about social media? How To Participate in an #HR Twitter Chat
How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With DesignYou are here: Amazon displays sponsored products on a search results page before organic products. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) HomeWeb DesignHow To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design Amazon shows a table of similar products to customers for easy comparison. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) The next two rows do contain organic search results. However, the products either don’t have any reviews or high enough ratings to rave about.To make matters worse, Amazon adds three more rows of sponsored products to the end of this page: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled to make a decision on Amazon, only to discover one of these comparison tables and immediately been able to make up my mind. It’s just so much easier to see a bunch of lookalike products all at once and to say “This one definitely won’t fit in my kitchen” or “That’s the exact color I’m looking for”.You can do this with other kinds of websites, too. Verizon Wireless, for example, uses a side-by-side comparison to make choosing between its plans easier. The next page of the Sotheby’s search process starts to show matching results, but not before letting them know that there are “55 Luxury Homes for Rent in London”. And if that number is just too much to handle, that’s fine. Directly to the right of that note is a filters widget. There are scroller dots below this block that indicate to customers that there’s more to be found. All they have to do is scroll to reveal more plan options. And because the scroller breadcrumbs are kept to a reasonable amount, this doesn’t seem like that burdensome of a task.The next block over, for instance, contains the information for the 4GB plan: A search for “snowboard socks” on Amazon yields 728 results. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) Sotheby’s helps visitors narrow down their choices even further with comprehensive filters. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) Notice how the top of the page isn’t littered with an inventory. Instead, the primary focus is on the Halloween sale.This is clearly BarkShop’s big rock right now. If they don’t get their Halloween items out the door by October 31, they run the risk of losing money on the seasonal inventory. And while they could leave it up to their visitors to assume there are Halloween toys and treats available, why do that?It’s hard enough showing up on a site like this and deciding what you’re going to buy for your dog this month. So, let your big rock become their guide.You can see that it’s not just about the Halloween line either. Just below the banner, BarkShop has prioritized its top-trending toys. This is another trick you can use when designing product inventories and news sites. Display the most popular or top-rated/shared items first. There’s a greater likelihood they’re going to click on something that others have shown interest in than a bunch of random items they have to explore on their own.Another way you might tackle big rocks in design is to go the way of Apple: There are 728 matching results for snowboard socks. While that’s nothing compared to the size of Amazon’s marketplace, it’s still way too many results to sift through on one’s own.So, the shopper decides to narrow their search down to “knee-high snowboard socks antimicrobial compression”, which hits all of the key features they’re looking for: Again, Apple could’ve shown a bunch of its iPhones and iPads here or pointed visitors to different categories of products and accessories to explore. Instead, it’s put its big rock right up front: the iPhone 11 Pro.Sure, there are probably plenty of Apple customers who come here looking for older models. But what makes more sense?Showing a bunch of similar-looking smartphone graphics that visitors are immediately put into analysis paralysis mode with?Or showing them the latest model that everyone wants?You can do this with other kinds of websites, too. Blogs, for instance, will use the sticky post feature to show off their “big rocks” to every visitor who stops by. This might be the most popular post of all time or it could be something relevant to something happening at the moment.Whatever it is, there’s a conscious decision made to stop visitors in their tracks and give them a moment of calm before they have to enter decision-making mode.Gate Off the ChoicesWhile you want your visitors to know that there’s a plenitude of things available, you don’t need to tell them how much there is. It’s only going to add to the pressure of the decision-making process.So, whenever you can, gate off the choices.eHealth Insurance is a website where Americans can purchase health insurance for themselves or their companies. With a wide variety of healthcare providers and dozens of plans available for each, a service like this is necessary for insurance-wielding U.S. citizens. Essentially, Amazon has tripled the number of products the shopper has to look at now. Not only that, but one could argue that it’s polluted the search process with so many paid products.It’s just a poor experience all around.It’s a similar story on mobile. The main difference is that, when the narrow search is applied, only five results remain. That said, Amazon continues to muddle search results by prioritizing sponsored posts. This is what the shopper sees above the fold: Once the shopper scrolls, they’ll see two organic products (with no ratings, much less) before being shown yet another sponsored product: Amazon fills mobile search results with paid product listings. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) What should have been a succinct product search page ends up running on and on with sponsored listings and Amazon recommendations. As you can imagine, this is an even bigger problem for mobile shoppers who don’t have the patience or time to waste.How To Simplify Decision-making With DesignPsychologist Barry Schwartz gave a TED talk on this exact problem and explained how it doesn’t just lead to abandoned purchases, but to less satisfying purchases.Essentially, Schwartz argues that too many choices cause consumers to:Have too-high expectations whereby no option ever seems perfect or satisfying.Focus on minute details or features they missed out on by not making a different choice.Regret the option they settled on even if it proved to be the best.Blame themselves for spending too much time analyzing a decision and still making the “wrong” choice.In other words, an abundance of choice puts your audience in the wrong state of mind. And if your site or PWA can’t afford to process returns or watch visitors walk away at a rate that a company like Amazon can, then you can’t let paralysis analysis become part of the decision-making process to begin with.Here are some things you can do to make decision-making more bearable, even with too many options available.Prioritize Your “Big Rock”There’s a productivity hack called the “Big Rocks” method. Essentially, it says that if you want to get more stuff done, you have to take on your biggest challenge or priority first thing. All of the smaller tasks and requests nagging at you get slotted in once you’ve tackled the most critical ones.And now I’m suggesting you do something similar with your design.Basically, what you want to do is this:Look at all of the “stuff” you’re trying to put in front of your visitors.Ask yourself (or your client): “Which one takes top priority right now?”Then, stick it to the top of your home page.Why do this? Well, for starters, it’s much less overwhelming to show one thing than to throw everything you have at your visitors right away — or to force them to dig around and figure out where to start. Plus, chances are good that there’s something especially pressing you want every visitor to see.BarkShop shows us one way you might do this: The home page of the BarkShop website displays a Halloween sale banner. (Source: BarkShop) (Large preview) Even though the specs can’t be seen see side-by-side, the details are simply broken down and are consistently laid out. So, when someone moves from plan to plan, the same details are in the same place which makes flipping back and forth quite easy.Another thing I really like about this is the summary provided at the top of each card. The 2GB one tells customers right away that it’s the best plan if you mostly talk and text whereas 4GB is better if you stream a lot of content and surf the web. This way, if all the technical details don’t mean much to customers, the layman’s summary will help them more confidently decide.While I realize side-by-side comparisons might be something you’d normally try to avoid on mobile screens, these two examples show that it is possible to do so without introducing too much friction to the experience.Wrapping Up As I said before, you can’t do anything about scaling back the multitude of options your clients want to present their audiences with. If they want to sell thousands of products to customers that are demanding them, then good for them.That said, the way you design around these options can have an impact on how well or poorly they’re received. Just remember what Barry Schwartz teaches us about the psychology of choice. If your visitors, users or customers walk away feeling overwhelmed, drained or disappointed with the experience, it’s going to cost you. So, be mindful of how much you present the options to them. (ra, yk, il) The eHealth Insurance form asks qualification questions of visitors to help list the right options. (Source: eHealth Insurance) (Large preview) That takes the list of 728 products down to a more manageable 8. However, there are a number of problems with this.For starters, Amazon doesn’t actually present only eight options. The first thing it shows is a banner with sponsored results: Posted on 11th November 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Amazon search results display only sponsored products above the fold on mobile. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) An Amazon search results page promising 8 results is full of sponsored products. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) Once filled out, eHealth Insurance shows the user a list of providers and plans that are available in their area. This keeps the consumer from having to:Visit individual health insurance websites to do their own research.Sift through hundreds of options all at once (some of which they’d probably be ineligible for and others that would just be a bad fit).Websites like these typically allow you to compare up to three items at once, making the decision-making process even simpler.Another way to gate off your choices is by asking visitors to start narrowing their choices from the moment they arrive as Sotheby’s International Realty does: The first thing the Sotheby’s International Realty PWA asks visitors to do is narrow down their search results. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With DesignSuzanne Scacca 2019-11-11T10:30:00+00:00 2019-11-11T12:35:39+00:00 A search for “knee high snowboard socks antimicrobial compression” on Amazon yields 8 results. (Source: Amazon) (Large preview) The only decision it asks visitors to make is what kind of insurance they’re looking for. It then asks them to fill out a simple enough form. It’s what eHealth Insurance uses to pare down the options: Sotheby’s helps visitors narrow their searches by location. (Source: Sotheby’s International Realty) (Large preview) From our sponsors: How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design Sotheby’s filters are great. Not only are all the essentials covered, but it’s even divided up the filters by category.Let’s recap how smooth this experience is going to be for already-anxious home-buyers or renters:The first thing they see on the Sotheby’s home page is a search bar.If they do the search, the next thing they see is the number of properties in the area.If that number is too intimidating, the filters widget is there to help them narrow the list even more.By keeping the rentals off of the home page and even away from the top of the fold of the internal page, Sotheby’s can control how calmly visitors go through the decision-making process.Enable Side-by-side ComparisonInternally, there’s not a lot you can do about choice overload except giving your visitors a really great set of sorting and filtering tools. Even then, once they start to see lists of related products, recommendations on previous purchases and so on, the analysis paralysis is going to creep back in.One thing you can do to make this less stressful is by including side-by-side comparisons.It’s similar to laying out pricing plans side-by-side. Rather than make prospective customers review their options one-by-one, stack up the top few choices. Then, align the specifications so it’s as easy as looking across a row to weed something out because it doesn’t fit the budget or the product is too large.Although Amazon doesn’t handle analysis paralysis flawlessly, I do like what it does with its side-by-side product comparisons: The eHealth Insurance website gates off its insurance provider options and plans. (Source: eHealth Insurance) (Large preview) The Apple home page banner advertises only its iPhone 11 Pro. (Source: Apple) (Large preview) Verizon Wireless displays the details for its 4GB wireless plan. (Source: Verizon Wireless) (Large preview) This way, consumers aren’t distracted by all the great-looking properties or even the attractive prices. They’re still focused on taking action (e.g. finding a rental), but it’s more about taking baby steps towards the desired result which makes it much less intimidating. It’s also going to lead to a more satisfying result in the end as they won’t spend time looking at rentals they can’t afford, that don’t allow cats or that are too far away from their kids’ schools. As a web designer, you do your best to remove friction from the decision-making process. You place only one CTA above the fold. You keep interactive elements to a minimum. You make the menu only as large as it needs to be.But what happens when the content itself causes analysis paralysis?There’s an overabundance of choice all around the web, from e-commerce stores with thousands of products to content generation machines pushing out new posts every day. While you can’t do anything to stop the flood of information or items going out to your visitors, you can design your interfaces in a way that makes the decision-making process easier to bear. What’s more, you can help them walk away feeling more confident with their choice, too.Let’s look at what it is about the psychology of choice that can be detrimental for conversions and what you can do to keep your PWA visitors from succumbing to it.Why Analysis Paralysis Is Hurting Your Conversion RateParalysis by analysis is what happens when someone finds a situation or decision too overwhelming or difficult. Despite thinking over the circumstances or options, they’re unable to make a clear choice, often leading to no action at all.It’s the exact opposite of what we want to happen with our visitors and customers. And, yet, we see it all the time.Take Amazon, with its hundreds of millions of products. Let’s say a shopper is looking for socks for an upcoming snowboarding trip. 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NEW SKYLINE: The first phase of a housing project is readyRabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is fast becoming a theatre of war. Santiniketan, the university town founded by the Nobel laureate in Birbhum district in West Bengal, has been the centre of a brewing storm over the rash of real,NEW SKYLINE: The first phase of a housing project is readyRabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is fast becoming a theatre of war. Santiniketan, the university town founded by the Nobel laureate in Birbhum district in West Bengal, has been the centre of a brewing storm over the rash of real estate development that threatens the founder’s vision of it as a tranquil seat of learning. Recently, a group of well-known intellectuals and celebrity residents filed a public interest petition in the Kolkata High Court against “the indiscriminate selling off of Santiniketan”. Their objection is against builders Bengal Ambuja, which are planning to turn the Khoai, the picturesque laterite basin caused by erosion, into a housing complex.There are many such basins in Santiniketan, but the Khoai of the lawsuit is said to have been immortalised by the writings of Tagore and the paintings of Ram Kinkar Baij and Nandalal Bose. While the recent petition concerns only one project, residents allege there are at least two others that will be out of tune with Tagore’s idea of Santiniketan.They say Bengal Peerless Group’s 13-acre housing scheme is launching its own assault on the Khoai and that it is also about to bring in a “nightclub culture” that is alien to Santiniketan. The 27-acre ecopark to be constructed by Surji Consultants also allegedly involves draining a 17.7 acre waterbody called the Laha Bundh. Discordant notes: Work for an ecopark in progress at Laha BundhMany prominent citizens of Kolkata and three local groups are readying for a second PIL (to begin by the end of this month) against construction at Laha Bundh. Adding to the uproar is the fact that there are other builders eyeing Santiniketan. It is not hard to seewhyBengalis are sensitive, touchy even, about the place.Quite apart from the associations with their favourite poet, the sleepy little university town, just 150 km from Kolkata, continues to be the hottest weekend getaway and post-retirement retreat for the city’s well-heeled. “The new projects are going to bring a certain kind of culture that will ruin the ambience and charm of Santiniketan,” says Sushanto Tagore, the poet’s grand-nephew. At the receiving end of all this ire is the Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority (SSDA), the government instituted body that is in charge of all development activity in these twin towns and their neighbour, Bolpur. Residents are upset by the indiscriminate and rapid green lighting of projects.It is not just the SSDA that is attracting the ire of concerned citizens. Also named in the lawsuit is Viswabharati University, as the designated upholder of Tagore ‘s ideals. According to the Act which brought the university under the Centre in 1951, Viswabharati’s territorial limits extend to about 3,000 hectares around it. The activists argue that if that is so, then the disputed projects are definitely encroaching on its land and should be thrown out by the university. No such thing is likely to happen anytime soon. Mainly because, as Vice-Chancellor Sujit Kumar Basu puts it, “Territorial limits do not necessarily mean ownership. We are investigating to see how much land the university actually owns.”At a basic level, the current controversy has to do with the fact that land ownership and jurisdiction rights is a fuzzy subject in Santiniketan. In 1863, Tagore’s father Debendranath took on lease of 20 bighas (6.6 acres) from the erstwhile owners, the Sinha zamindars of Raipur.Since then, lessees have changed hands many times, and large tracts have been deemed vested land. Some of that has now been acquired by the SSDA, though the question of whose authority holds-the SSDA’s or the university’s- is still an open one.SSDA Chairman Somnath Chatterjee, high-profile CPI(M) leader and parliamentarian, maintains there is no dispute about land ownership. “The three project areas do not fall within the land belonging to theViswabharati,”he says. “The government has given this land to the SSDA.” Executive Officer A.K. Das adds: “The site of the Ambuja housing scheme is not at the Khoai at all. At least not the Khoai Tagore wrote about.” Das is, however, tightlipped about the other projects, particularly the forthcoming draws for the ecopark. The Laha Bundh is bone dry, with loaders scooping up mud round the clock. “We are only dredging the bundh,” says Das.”We will refill the tank and have the ecopark in the 10 acres surrounding it.”The recent lawsuit has opened up a whole new debate about Santiniketan’s future. Does leaving it untouched imply (and risk) keeping it backward? Or should Santiniketan be allowed to become the Gurgaon of Bengal-and benefit from malls, a sports complex, hostels for students, bypass roads, a polyclinic and trauma centre and a host of other projects on the anvil? “This alleged concern is based on deliberate misinformation and crocodile tears for Santiniketan,” says an angry Chatterjee. “Those who are protesting do not want to know that there is a binding on every housing project cleared by the SSDA to provide a public service.”Something that is essential for a Santiniketan that was once primarily agrarian, but is fast changing. Over 70 per cent of the 1.26 lakh population (of the three towns taken together) is opting for “other” jobs. It is, however, not clear what these jobs are-and certainly there are not enough to go around.advertisementadvertisement”Birbhum has only one industry, and that is the Viswabharati University,” says Basu. “Everybody thinks they need only to come here to get a job. But the university cannot accommodate them all. So the new projects should be welcomed if they generate employment.”Santiniketan’s other revenue earner is an iffy tourism trade, with about five lakh visitors dropping in for the town’s two main events, the Pous Mela and the Vasantotsav. The administration thinks the activists are repressing a possible boom.Recently, when residents protested the granting of bar licences to four hotels in the town, a government officer brushed it off with: “You have to give the tourists something to do in the evening.” The problem is that nobody is clear at what cost.