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Tuesday
May172016

Why U.S. Infrastructure Costs So Much

[Link] : The U.S. ought to be spending more on infrastructure. This is the view of all right-thinking people, <b></b>and as a right-thinking person I of course …
Tuesday
May172016

HP's New 3-D Printer Goes Beyond Fabrication; It Can Be Used for Actual Production Too

[Link] : In 1984, HP introduced the first mass-market inkjet printer. Called the DeskJet, it helped redefine what was possible for home printing, pushing …
Tuesday
May172016

Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Trucks May Come First

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you. You relax because it is keeping a safe distance and seems to be obeying the speed limit. Now imagine that truck is driving itself.<p>Despite Silicon Valley's enthusiasm for self-driving cars, …"

Sunday
May152016

Bubble Indemnity

[NyTimes] : "When Silicon Valley venture capitalists get themselves into image trouble, it's usually because they've been too candid with their low estimate of other people's intelligence. For example, after India recently prevented Facebook from offering free Internet service there, Marc Andreessen suggested …"

Sunday
May152016

Marco Tempest

[NyTimes] : "Marco Tempest is a Swiss-born magician known for using emerging technology to create and enhance his mind-bending tricks and illusions.<p><b>READING</b> I'm reading a fascinating book called “The Joy of Ambiguous Solids” by Kokichi Sugihara, a professor of engineering in Tokyo. It explains how to create some …"

Sunday
May152016

Sexual Freelancing in the Gig Economy

[NyTimes] : "A FRIEND of mine complains about how many of the men she meets on Tinder use corporate language to chat her up. First, they “reach out.” Then, after spending the night together, they “follow up.”<p>This kind of flirting is banal, but it makes sense. We constantly use economic metaphors to describe …"

Sunday
May152016

What Was the Greatest Era for American Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

[NyTimes] : "We're in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue.<p>We're in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. That's what some skeptical economists …"

Sunday
May152016

Beer Purity Law, a German Tradition (and Marketing Tool), Turns 500

[NyTimes] : "INGOLSTADT, Germany — A pair of Bavarian dukes came to this pretty town on the Danube River 500 years ago and laid down what Germans claim as their source of beer-brewing prowess: the purity law.<p>Only hops, water and barley should go into beer, decreed the dukes. Wheat, above all, should be spared …"

Sunday
May152016

Details Emerge on Global Bank Heists by Hackers

[NyTimes] : "Just how securely are banks moving money around the world?<p>New details emerged on Friday about a pair of related attacks on banks that use the Swift message service, which allows financial firms and companies to transfer payments around the world.<p>Computer security researchers briefed on the …"

Sunday
May152016

When Websites Won’t Take No for an Answer

[NyTimes] : "Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites that seem to maneuver people into signing up for services they might not actually want.<p>He even has a name for the exploitative …"

Sunday
May152016

New Crowdfunding Rules Let the Small Fry Swim With Sharks

[NyTimes] : "If you've always dreamed of being Mr. Wonderful from “Shark Tank,” now is your chance.<p>Starting Monday, new rules will permit anyone, not just the moneyed, to risk $2,000 a year or more investing in small companies in exchange for a stake in the business. Companies can raise up to $1 million a year …"

Sunday
May152016

Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration to Settle Workplace Disputes

[NyTimes] : "Tara Zoumer thought she had found her dream job when she was hired at WeWork, a $16 billion start-up that rents office space to young entrepreneurs. The walls were adorned with Pop Art. Neon light fixtures encouraged employees to “Hustle harder,” and there was beer on tap.<p>“It was like walking onto …"

Friday
May132016

Let’s Talk About Amazon Reviews

[Link] : Like a lot of people, we read Amazon reviews as part of our product research. Getting broad feedback on a product can be very useful when looking for …
Friday
May132016

Facebook Issues Its Policy on News Content

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the largest social media network, published internal editorial guidelines on Thursday, the company's latest attempt to rebut accusations that it is politically biased in the news content it shows on the pages of its 1.6 billion users.<p>The 28-page document details how both …"

Thursday
May122016

Google Has Open Sourced SyntaxNet, Its AI For Understanding Language

[Link] : If you tell Siri to set an alarm for 5 am, she’ll set an alarm for 5 am. But if you start asking her which prescription pain killer is least likely …
Thursday
May122016

New Breach Reported in Global Bank Network

[NyTimes] : "Thieves have again breached what was thought to be the most secure financial messaging system in the world and stolen money from a bank. The crime appears to be part of a broad computer attack on global banking.<p>New details about a second attack involving the system, Swift — used by thousands of …"

Wednesday
May112016

Google takes a stand against predatory lending ads

[Link] : From July, the search engine will stop showing ads offering payday loans with short repayment terms.<p>From July 13th, Google will ban adverts that promote predatory lending and other dubious financial products. In a blog post written by David Graff, the firm's director of policy, it's said that …
Wednesday
May112016

Suicide on Periscope Prompts France to Open Inquiry

[NyTimes] : "PARIS — French officials have opened an investigation after a distraught young woman recorded herself on Periscope, the live video-streaming app, describing her despair, and then killing herself by jumping in front of a commuter train in suburban Paris.<p>The woman leapt in front of a train around …"

Tuesday
May102016

In Narcisse, Around 75,000 Snakes Are Waking Up From a Nap

[NyTimes] : "A slithering carpet of 75,000 snakes in a space the size of a living room. It's hard to imagine wanting to get close to such a scene, but every year it happens, and visitors from around the world attend the unusual reptilian display in the remote hamlet of Narcisse in Manitoba, Canada.<p>The peak of …"

Tuesday
May102016

What Do Our Online Avatars Reveal About Us?

[NyTimes] : "Every time I send an email, I see myself staring back at me. I always have a slight, knowing smile on my face, even if the content of my emailis confused, distressed or brimming with unrestrained glee. I chose the image (maybe unconsciously) because it seemed professional and direct, and also …"