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Wednesday
Dec132017

Touring the Gigantic New Singapore A380 Suite at Airbus HQ

[Link] : Last month in Singapore, the country’s namesake airline unveiled its biggest product refresh to date — all four A380 cabins would be getting some …
Tuesday
Dec122017

Estonia, the Digital Republic

[Link] : Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water’s edge. …
Tuesday
Dec122017

In Spending Spree, Shopping Mall Operator Bets on Westfield

[NyTimes] : "LONDON — In the era of online shopping, a European property company is making a nearly $16 billion bet that shoppers will find enduring appeal in New Jersey's Garden State Plaza and shops in the World Trade Center.<p>Unibail-Rodamco said on Tuesday that it had agreed to acquire the Westfield …"

Tuesday
Dec122017

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

[Link] : San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning, his office said.<p>The sudden news came in an email from the office at 2:23 a.m. It read: “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San …
Monday
Dec112017

France to impose total ban on mobile phones in schools

[Link] : France is to impose a total ban on pupils using mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting in September 2018, its education minister has confirmed.<p>Phones are already forbidden in French classrooms but starting next school year, pupils will be barred from taking them out at breaks, …
Monday
Dec112017

Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

[NyTimes] : "When you slice into a salami, you are enjoying the fruits of some very small organisms' labor.<p>Like other dried sausages, salami is a fermented food. Its production involves a period where manufacturers allow microbes to work on the ground meat filling to create a bouquet of pungent, savory …"

Sunday
Dec102017

JONY IVE: THE FUTURE OF DESIGN

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Sunday
Dec102017

How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy

[NyTimes] : "About two years ago, Sydney Wiseman had a challenging assignment for an engineer at her family toy company.<p>Could he design a small robotic toy that resembled a pygmy marmoset, a tiny Amazonian monkey that Ms. Wiseman had been obsessed with since she was a child growing up in Montreal.<p>Sure, the …"

Sunday
Dec102017

Letter of Recommendation: iNaturalist

[NyTimes] : "One Christmas, when I was about 8, I received a modern bestiary, a large photo-dense encyclopedia of animals. I had loved animals from toddlerhood — and had begun assembling a small menagerie that would eventually include fish, a rabbit and a fire-bellied toad — but I was not yet acquainted with …"

Sunday
Dec102017

The Return of the Techno-Moral Panic

[NyTimes] : "The July 3, 1995, cover of Time Magazine featured, below the glowing face of an awe-struck child, a blaring, bold-type neologism that needed no explanation: “Cyberporn.” “A new study shows how pervasive and wild it really is,” read the cover line. “Can we protect our kids — and free speech?” The …"

Sunday
Dec102017

In Eataly, an Italian Amusement Park for Foodies

[NyTimes] : "A million square feet of Italian delicacies.<p>That was the first thing I heard about FICO Eataly World, the new culinary attraction in Bologna, Italy.<p>Like many food lovers, I knew Eataly for its grocery stores: Years earlier I'd visited the original Eataly mega-delicatessen in Turin, and I'd seen the …"

Sunday
Dec102017

Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute

[NyTimes] : "NEW ORLEANS — Late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, Eric Housen sensed that something was amiss as he sorted through gear in the visiting locker room at the Smoothie King Center.<p>The Warriors' Kevin Durant and the Pelicans' …"

Sunday
Dec102017

We Need to Talk About Balthus

[NyTimes] : "Several days ago two sisters, Anna Zuccaro, 26, and Mia Merrill, 30, began an online petition asking the Metropolitan Museum of Art to remove, or at least reimagine the way that it presented, a painting, “Thérèse Dreaming,” of a young girl in languorous, erotic recline.<p>The artist, Balthasar …"

Sunday
Dec102017

Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You

[NyTimes] : "In most places, a dollar is a dollar. But in the tax code envisioned by Republicans, the amount you make may be less important than how you make it.<p>Consider two chefs working side by side for the same catering company, doing the same job, for the same hours and the same money. The only difference …"

Saturday
Dec092017

Earth - The largest living thing on Earth is a humongous fungus

[Link] : Italian chef Antonio Carluccio says it is delicious with spaghetti and red chilli. But to gardeners it is a menace that threatens their hedges, roses and rhododendrons.<p>The parasitic and apparently tasty honey fungus not only divides opinions; it is also widely seen as the largest living organism on …
Saturday
Dec092017

Trading Stocks on Facebook Messenger Is Becoming a Big Thing

[Link] : Investors now have more options for how they trade stocks: Facebook (FB) messenger.<p>TD Ameritrade launched a bot in October allowing its investors to …
Saturday
Dec092017

10 Hot Toys That Changed the Way People Play

[NyTimes] : "The Fingerling Monkey may be this year's hottest toy, but its popularity is far from unparalleled. A new must-have toy seems to arrive every holiday season. Richard Gottlieb, the chief executive of Global Toy Experts and publisher of Global Toy News, discussed some of the Fingerling's craze-making …"

Friday
Dec082017

Meet the man behind the most important tool in data science

[Link] : Wes McKinney hates the idea of researchers wasting their time. “Scientists unnecessarily dealing with the drudgery of simple data manipulation tasks makes me feel terrible,” he says.<p>Perhaps more than any other person, McKinney has helped fix that problem. McKinney is the developer of “Pandas”, one …
Friday
Dec082017

What’s the Deal With That Guy’s Fluffy Hair?

[NyTimes] : "The buzz around Leon Wieseltier, the former literary editor of The New Republic, began years ago, and it had nothing to do with the sexual harassment allegations that made headlines in October.<p>Rather, it was about his exuberant hair.<p>“He has very important hair!” Gore Vidal exclaimed in a 1995 …"

Friday
Dec082017

Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal

[NyTimes] : "WORCESTER, Mass. — Hundreds of protests were staged across the country on Thursday in the latest uproar over a repeal of rules ensuring an open internet. The drumbeat of action can in good part be traced back to a yellow Victorian house in this leafy New England city.<p>The home is the nerve center …"