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Friday
Sep222017

You can now buy a Volvo like an iPhone

[Link] : Volvo wants to make it as easy to get into a sensible Swedish sedan as Apple has made it to buy an iPhone. Right now, you can apply online (or in-store), let Apple run a quick credit check, and walk out with an iPhone on an installment plan in a matter of minutes. It was a smart way for Apple to …
Friday
Sep222017

Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain

[NyTimes] : "Tom Vaughan, a photographer then living in Colorado's Mancos Valley, kept a hummingbird feeder outside his house. One morning, he stepped through the portico door and noticed a black-chinned hummingbird dangling from the side of the red plastic feeder like a stray Christmas ornament.<p>At first, Mr. …"

Friday
Sep222017

Avoiding Cameras While Training the Lens on Food

[NyTimes] : "<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Pete Wells, The Times's restaurant critic, discussed the tech he is using.</i><p><b>How has tech transformed the world of dining?</b><p>There are lots of incremental, behind-the-scenes changes that affect restaurants more …"

Friday
Sep222017

Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment

[NyTimes] : "On Wednesday, in response to a ProPublica report that Facebook enabled advertisers to target users with offensive terms like “Jew hater,” Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, apologized and vowed that the company would adjust its ad-buying tools to prevent similar problems in the …"

Friday
Sep222017

Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein In a Wild Web

[NyTimes] : "On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam.<p>They marched him to a police station and made their demand: Hand over your Facebook password. Mr. Tuan, a computer engineer, had recently written a poem on the social network called “Mother's …"

Friday
Sep222017

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

[Link] : In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of<p>Nestlé’s …
Thursday
Sep212017

How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)

[NyTimes] : "EDEN, Utah — One morning last month a group of roughly 60 people, including doctors, C.E.O.s and internet entrepreneurs, gathered under a big white dome to hear the mission statement of their host, a 45-year-old man named Jamie Wheal.<p>As he paced back and forth in front of an altar bearing shiny …"

Thursday
Sep212017

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Last month, Facebook and Google came out forcefully against a bill that would hold companies accountable for hosting sex trafficking on their websites. They said that while they worked hard to combat sex trafficking, changing the law “jeopardizes bedrock principles of a free and open …"

Thursday
Sep212017

Monsanto’s New Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

[NyTimes] : "Farmers planted a new kind of seed on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton fields this year. Developed by Monsanto, the seeds, genetically modified to be resistant to a weed killer called dicamba, are one of the biggest product releases in the company's history.<p>But the seeds and the weed killer …"

Wednesday
Sep202017

DuckDuckGo: The Solopreneur That Is Beating Google at Its Game - The Four-Week MBA

[Link] : <b>Why DuckDuckGo?</b><p>It all started when one day I was checking the referral traffic of my blog. This is something I do often to see what are the channels …
Monday
Sep182017

A Down Payment With a Catch: You Must Be an Airbnb Host

[NyTimes] : "“If only we had the down payment” may be one of the most frequent complaints among aspiring home buyers in cities across the country.<p>Yifan Zhang, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who often hears this lament among her friends, has come up with a service that tries to help.<p>When she bought a townhouse in …"

Monday
Sep182017

Gin Wong, Who Designed Futuristic Buildings in Los Angeles, Dies at 94

[NyTimes] : "Gin Wong, a Chinese-born architect whose modernist designs helped define the postwar landscape of Los Angeles in structures as diverse as a gas station, CBS Television City and Los Angeles International Airport, died on Sept. 1 in Beverly Hills. He was 94.<p>His death was confirmed by his daughter …"

Sunday
Sep172017

States flexing their power, just as our Founders intended

[Link] : Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>What is the state of our republic today? If you look at the dark clouds over Washington, D.C., where both presidential and …
Sunday
Sep172017

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here

[NyTimes] : "The suburbanization of America marches on. That movement includes millennials, who, as it turns out, are not a monolithic generation of suburb-hating city dwellers.<p>Most of that generation represents a powerful global trend. They may like the city, but they love the suburbs even more.<p>They are …"

Sunday
Sep172017

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

[NyTimes] : "As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems."

Sunday
Sep172017

Are publishers making money on Facebook? “Not really,” a new report finds

[Link] : For years publishers have held onto the hope that all their investments in Facebook will, at some point, pay dividends when it comes to revenue. But a new report from WAN-IFRA suggests that, for most publishers, that’s still far from the case — and they’re not happy about it.<p>Surveying nearly 50 …
Thursday
Sep142017

Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle

[NyTimes] : "In 2002, James Freeman gave up on being a professional clarinetist and began pursuing his other passion, roasting coffee.<p>Mr. Freeman started out in a 183-square-foot potting shed in Oakland, Calif., and named his newborn business Blue Bottle Coffee, after a storied Viennese coffee house. Fifteen …"

Wednesday
Sep132017

Screw My iPhone, I Just Want The New Apple Watch

[Link] : LTE FTW.<p>The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 suck. Unless you are one of those sporty people, they are at best accessories for your iPhone. At worst, they are just dumb bling for your wrist. But the new series 3? The new series 3 makes me want to ditch my phone for the first time.<p>That’s because LTE, high …
Wednesday
Sep132017

At the Apple Keynote, Selling Us a Better Vision of Ourselves

[NyTimes] : "Talking about the new iPhone's augmented-reality features at Apple's announcement event Tuesday, Philip W. Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing, showed how an app could overlay an image of the constellations on a live camera picture of the sky. This got him excited. “This …"

Wednesday
Sep132017

Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8 Models as It Upgrades TV Set-Top Box

[NyTimes] : "Apple unveiled iPhone X, its first premium-tier phone, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. Here's what else the company had to say.<p>• iPhone X is priced at $999, the most expensive ever for a new iPhone model. It will ship on Nov. 3. (Pro tip: The X is pronounced 10, and not “ex.”)<p>• The …"