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Wednesday
Aug242016

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health Care System Dysfunction

[NyTimes] : "Three times in the last two weeks, people — a patient, a colleague and my wife — told me stories about how out of control the price of EpiPens were. Monday, my New York Times colleagues recounted in detail how expensive the devices have become in recent years. All tell the tale of how much even …"

Wednesday
Aug242016

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine

[NyTimes] : "Open your Facebook feed. What do you see? A photo of a close friend's child. An automatically generated slide show<p>commemorating six years of friendship between two acquaintances. An eerily on-target ad for something you've been meaning to buy. A funny video. A sad video. A recently live video. Lots …"

Wednesday
Aug242016

Daily Report: More Clean Energy, Brought to You by the Cloud

[NyTimes] : "The cloud, as it turns out, may have a very green lining.<p>As Diane Cardwell reports, Apple is trying to meet its growing needs for electricity with green sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power.<p>A prime reason for this is the growing demand from its cloud computing centers, where Apple keeps …"

Wednesday
Aug242016

Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker.

[NyTimes] : "Nine years ago, Peter Thiel, a wealthy and secretive Silicon Valley investor, read something about himself online that he didn't appreciate. He apparently vowed revenge, eventually carrying out a plan to fund lawsuits against Gawker Media, the publisher that upset him, culminating this week with …"

Tuesday
Aug232016

SO, NASA Got Sick of all that Conspiracy Thing and Released over 10,000 Photos from the Apollo Moon Mission

[Link] : Some say it was a giant leap for humanity, some say it was fake, some even say Stanely Kubrick directed it. However, the landing on the moon is still …
Sunday
Aug212016

Facebook Live: Too Much, Too Soon

[NyTimes] : "IT'S been just over four months since The New York Times started producing live video for Facebook, but already the scoreboard is flashing. A few earned gold medals. Several others finished strong. And a lot should never have made the team.<p>One of the medalists was Times journalist Deborah Acosta, …"

Sunday
Aug212016

Bracken Darrell of Logitech: Be Sure to Tell the Boss What’s Wrong

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Bracken P. Darrell</b>, C.E.O. of Logitech, the technology accessories maker, was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant</b>.<p><b>Q. Were you in leadership roles at a young age?</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in Owensboro, Ky., a city of about 50,000 people. I ended up in leadership roles because I grew up very …"

Sunday
Aug212016

Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes a Rift Over Black Students

[NyTimes] : "With charter schools educating as many as half the students in some American cities, they have been championed as a lifeline for poor black children stuck in failing traditional public schools.<p>But now the nation's oldest and newest black civil rights organizations are calling for a moratorium on …"

Sunday
Aug212016

This Land Is My Land (And Yours, Too!)

[NyTimes] : "NOT to boast, but that image is me enjoying a pristine alpine lake I own in the California Sierras. It's property so valuable that Bill Gates could never buy it. Yet it's mine.<p>But wait! Don't stalk off — it's also yours! It's part of America's extraordinary, but now threatened, heritage of public …"

Friday
Aug192016

How most of them work and spread?

[Link] : Latest widespread death hoax of Jaden Smith flooded Facebook, last week. It infected thousands of Facebook accounts in only few days. This time, the …
Friday
Aug192016

Social Security Retreats From Cellphone-Based Online Security

[NyTimes] : "Never mind — at least, for now.<p>That's what the Social Security Administration told those with online “mySocialSecurity” accounts, two weeks after announcing that they would be required to have cellphones to receive security code texts in order to log on to the accounts.<p>Social Security recipients …"

Thursday
Aug182016

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

[Link] : It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.<p>With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with …
Thursday
Aug182016

China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

[NyTimes] : "BEIJING — China launched the world's first quantum communications satellite from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday, a major step in the country's bid to be at the forefront of quantum research, which could lead to new, completely secure methods of transmitting information.<p>Researchers hope to use the …"

Thursday
Aug182016

Why Millennials Are in No Hurry to Take On Debt

[NyTimes] : "Kids these days: They just aren't pulling out the plastic like they did in the past.<p>Data from the Federal Reserve indicates that the percentage of Americans under 35 who hold credit card debt has fallen to its lowest level since 1989, when the Fed began collecting data in a standardized way, …"

Thursday
Aug182016

A Charming Alternative Universe of You, Your Friends and No News

[NyTimes] : "This column is about escapist social networks, but let's start with Donald J. Trump because he seems more or less inescapable right now.<p>According to the research firm mediaQuant, the Republican presidential nominee has received the equivalent of around $4.3 billion in media coverage over the last …"

Tuesday
Aug162016

In the U.S., VW Owners Get Cash. In Europe, They Get Plastic Tubes.

[NyTimes] : "FRANKFURT — Volkswagen owners in the United States will receive about $20,000 per car as compensation for the company's diesel deception. Volkswagen owners in Europe at most get a software update and a short length of plastic tubing.<p>The startling gap in treatment is the result of European laws that …"

Tuesday
Aug162016

Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life

[NyTimes] : "In 2003, researchers declared Coral Castle dead.<p>On the floor of a remote island lagoon halfway between Hawaii and Fiji, the giant reef had been devastated by unusually warm water. Its remains looked like a pile of drab dinner plates tossed into the sea. Research dives in 2009 and 2012 had shown …"

Tuesday
Aug162016

With N.F.L. Deal, Twitter Live-Streams Its Ambitions

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights to live-stream National Football League games on Thursday nights.<p>Twitter, in a rare win against larger rivals, emerged victorious with the deal. The N.F.L. saw …"

Tuesday
Aug162016

A Tech Mogul’s Fight to Keep Control of a Newspaper Empire

[NyTimes] : "In early summer, after the company formerly called Tribune Publishing had rejected two takeover offers from Gannett, two of its biggest investors found themselves in an escalating dispute. The investment firm Oaktree Capital Management was publicly questioning the motives of Michael W. Ferro Jr., …"

Tuesday
Aug162016

SpaceX succesfully launches another satellite, brings home another rocket

[Link] : At 1:26am ET, SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral and, once again, recovered the first stage of that rocket on a drone ship floating in the ocean. More importantly, SpaceX successfully completed the primary mission of today’s launch by inserting their payload, the JCSAT-16 …