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Saturday
May272017

1Password adds a ‘travel mode’ to keep your passwords safe at the border

[Link] : 1Password received a handy new feature last week that allows the app to temporarily remove all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s devices. The feature is called Travel Mode, and it was created to protect users worried about running into trouble with security agents while …
Saturday
May272017

NASA Spacecraft Finds a Chaotic Dance of Storms at Jupiter’s Poles

[NyTimes] : "The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are actually immense storms hundreds of miles across. The planet's interior core appears bigger than expected, generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields. Auroral lights shining in Jupiter's polar regions seem to …"

Saturday
May272017

Waiting for the Credits to End? Movies Are Naming More Names

[NyTimes] : "It is now a standard feature of the typical Hollywood blockbuster. You watch scenes that have become more complex and dazzling than ever in their visual effects and technical mastery, then sit through end credits that feel almost novelistic in length: hundreds, or frequently thousands, of names in …"

Thursday
May252017

Where Nestlé Guzzles Water, Locals Doubt Claims of Negligible Impact

[NyTimes] : "EVART, Mich. — The creek behind Maryann Borden's house was once “a lovely little stream that just babbled along and never changed for decades,” she says. Now it is perhaps 12 feet across — half what it was, she reckons — with grassy islands impeding what used to be an uninterrupted flow.<p>“What …"

Thursday
May252017

You May Not Know Jack Antonoff. But You Probably Love His Music.

[NyTimes] : "The first time Jack Antonoff hit it big — more than a decade after he began touring as a teenager in crowded vans that often arrived at empty rooms — he walked away.<p>The band Fun. had started as a side project for Mr. Antonoff, a chronic multitasker. But by 2012, after placements in “Glee” and a …"

Thursday
May252017

The Science Behind the Flamingo’s One-Legged Stance

[NyTimes] : "Squat down as if you're going to sit in a chair. Make sure to keep your back straight, use your hips as a hinge and push your butt backward. Try not to lean forward. Maintain your knees and ankles at 90-degree angles. Now try it on just one leg, and then swap that one with the other. To make it …"

Wednesday
May242017

Apple launches app development curriculum for high school and community college students

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Wednesday
May242017

Amazon Sets Up Shop in the Heart of the Publishing Industry

[NyTimes] : "Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, has often struck a defiant tone when asked about the company's dominance of the book industry.<p>“Amazon is not happening to book selling,” he said in a 2013 interview. “The future is happening to book selling.”<p>But when he made that remark four years ago, …"

Wednesday
May242017

The Rise of the Fat Start-Up

[NyTimes] : "In 2003, Keith Rabois, a longtime Silicon Valley investor and executive, had an ambitious idea: He wanted to start a website that would instantly offer a fair price for your home. If you accepted the offer, the site would agree to buy your house immediately, closing the deal in a matter of days.<p>To …"

Tuesday
May232017

How the Fyre Music Festival Turned Into an Epic Fail

[NyTimes] : "A few days after the spectacular collapse of the Fyre Festival, just as federal investigators began to circle the wreckage, the event's would-be mastermind, Billy McFarland, was still making promises.<p>His failed event was sold on social media by the likes of Kendall Jenner as an ultraluxurious …"

Tuesday
May232017

California Engages World, and Fights Washington, on Climate Change

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact — drafted largely by California — to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there on a campaign to curb …"

Monday
May222017

Simple math is why Elon Musk’s companies keep doing what others don’t even consider possible

[Link] : Physicist Richard Feynman returned over and over to an idea that drove his groundbreaking discoveries. His approach was documentedby his Caltech colleague David Goodstein in the book <i>Feynman’s Lost Lecture</i> about physics classes Feynman taught in the 1960s:<p>Once, I said to him, “Dick, explain to me, …
Monday
May222017

Uber’s Future May Rely on Predicting How Much You’re Willing to Pay - Bloomberg

[Link] : Uber drivers have been complaining that the gap between the fare a rider pays and what the driver receives is getting wider. After months of …
Monday
May222017

Genetic Tidying Up Made Humped Bladderworts Into Carnivorous Plants

[NyTimes] : "Greetings, human. Have you met the humped bladderwort?<p>This unusual plant grows pretty, yellow flowers, and it has no roots to hold it down. To get the nutrients it needs, it spends its time floating in lakes and waterways eating miniature crustaceans, called water fleas, and other things. It …"

Sunday
May212017

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

[Link] : Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …
Sunday
May212017

4-Year-Olds Don’t Act Like Trump

[NyTimes] : "The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.<p>But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it's unfair to children. The scientific developmental research of the past 30 years shows that Mr. …"

Sunday
May212017

Lisa Su on the Art of Setting Ambitious Goals

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Lisa Su</b>, chief executive of <b>AMD</b>, a semiconductor company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I was born in Taiwan and came to the United States when I was 2. Like many Asian parents, mine were very focused on education.<p>My dad would …"

Sunday
May212017

Mercedes-Benz is building cars that know the road better than you do

[Link] : As we approach a blind corner on a twisty mountain road above Sunnyvale, there's a moment when I'm sitting in the passenger seat of a pre-production Mercedes-Benz S-Class and I'm not sure that the updated Intelligent Drive will really slow the car down in time for what's up ahead. It does and …
Saturday
May202017

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

[Link] : One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …
Saturday
May202017

Americans Are Paying $38 to Collect $1 of Student Debt - Bloomberg

[Link] : The federal government has, in recent years, paid debt collectors close to $1 billion annually to help distressed borrowers climb out of default and …