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Thursday
Aug092018

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

[NyTimes] : "NASA has named the astronauts chosen to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station, the research laboratory that orbits around Earth.<p>Their voyages are scheduled to begin next year, and they would be the first American astronauts to launch from …"

Wednesday
Aug082018

I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential

[Link] : When you write about augmented reality headsets, you’re supposed to start by describing something impossible — like a pastel dinosaur stomping its feet in a quiet office space in Florida. This dinosaur is made of fist-sized blocks that look like candy, and the office belongs to Magic Leap, a …
Tuesday
Aug072018

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

[NyTimes] : "HONG KONG — Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020.<p>Mr. Wei is typical of Chinese teenagers in another way, too: He has never heard of …"

Tuesday
Aug072018

Welcome to the World, Little Fish. In 14 Days You’ll Start Making Babies.

[NyTimes] : "Killifish are a family of freshwater fish that have evolved to survive in the most difficult of situations. Here in the United States, for instance, the Atlantic killifish is known for having adapted to live in heavily polluted places like the Lower Passaic River.<p>But in small murky puddles that …"

Tuesday
Aug072018

Why Apple Is the Future of Capitalism

[NyTimes] : "With Apple Inc. now exceeding $1 trillion in market capitalization, it's tempting to understand this moment in terms of the dominance of all-too-large companies and technology in our lives.<p>Those interpretations obscure Apple's other accomplishment — pioneering a financial model that is the envy of …"

Wednesday
Aug012018

Nissan's Senior VP of Design, Alfonso Albaisa, on His Design Process, Working in Japan & Advice for Young Designers

[Link] : "The pigeons we're looking at now in this park are cute pigeons, but they're filthy. In Japan the pigeons look like they got blow dried."<p>Nissan's …
Wednesday
Aug012018

Stumbles? What Stumbles? Big Tech Is as Strong as Ever

[NyTimes] : "You may have heard that the tech giants are on their heels.<p>Over the last two years, lawmakers and the public around the globe have been awakened to fears about the expanding powers of the largest technology companies, particularly the ones I've called the Frightful Five: Apple, Amazon, Google, …"

Tuesday
Jul312018

The Fight for the One-Piece Swimsuit Emoji

[NyTimes] : "The Miss America pageant is not the only establishment rethinking the swimsuit portion of its offering.<p>The Unicode Consortium — that is, the emoji overlords (or, more officially, the nonprofit organization “devoted to developing, maintaining, and promoting software internationalization standards …"

Tuesday
Jul312018

As Easy as Riding a Bike

[NyTimes] : "You probably remember the before and after of learning to ride a bicycle — and perhaps the joy of helping your children learn how. Riding together is a wonderful family activity — good exercise, outdoor time, and it even gets you places. But safety is a vital part of what parents should be teaching.<p>…"

Monday
Jul302018

‘Lopping,’ ‘Tips’ and the ‘Z-List’: Bias Lawsuit Explores Harvard’s Admissions Secrets

[NyTimes] : "He had perfect scores — on his SAT, on three SAT subject tests and on nine Advanced Placement exams — and was ranked first in his high school class of 592. An admissions officer who reviewed his application to Harvard called him “the proverbial picket fence,” the embodiment of the American dream, …"

Monday
Jul302018

For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

[NyTimes] : "LOWELL, Mass. — Three thousand high school students from across the United States recently trekked to a university sports arena here to attend an event with an impressive-sounding name: the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many of their parents had spent $985 on tuition.<p>Months …"

Sunday
Jul292018

Has Zuckerberg, like Frankenstein, lost control of the monster he created? | John Naughton

[Link] : Who – or what – is Mark Zuckerberg? Obviously he’s the founder and CEO of Facebook, which is, in theory, a public company but is in fact his fiefdom, as a casual inspection of the company’s SEC filings confirms. They show that his ownership of the controlling shares means that he can do <i>anything</i> he …
Sunday
Jul292018

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why | Robert Reich

[Link] : Starting in the 1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers have fought against unions<p>The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.<p>But …
Saturday
Jul282018

Australia's Wendy Tuck wins Clipper Round the World yacht race

[Link] : After an exhausting 11 months racing a fleet of 11 yachts, the Australian Wendy Tuck has become the first female skipper to win the Clipper Round the World race.<p>Tuck arrived to throngs of spectators lining Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock on Saturday, having completed 40,000 nautical miles across six …
Saturday
Jul282018

Moviepass crashed because it ran out of money – and future looks uncertain

[Link] : The MoviePass app, which offers a subscription-based movie ticket service, went down on Thursday because the company ran out of money to pay partner cinemas. The company had to request an emergency $5m loan just to reinstate the service.<p>Any of the app’s 3 million users that attempted to see a movie …
Saturday
Jul282018

This record-breaking Everest climber has reached the summit nine times. She makes $11.50 per hour washing dishes at Whole Foods.

[Link] : Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed to the top of Mount Everest a record-breaking nine times. That's more summits of the world's highest peak than any other woman, dead or alive.<p>She's not done yet — the 44-year-old mountain climber is gearing up for climb number 10 in 2019.<p>When not on the mountain, Sherpa …
Saturday
Jul282018

Idaho Inmates Hacked Prison Service for $225,000 in Credit

[NyTimes] : "Hundreds of prison inmates in Idaho found a way to add hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of credit to their personal accounts, officials discovered this month.<p>The prisoners were not inflating their bank accounts, but rather their JPay accounts. JPay is a service that inmates can use to …"

Thursday
Jul262018

7 design lessons from Silicon Valley’s most important failure

[Link] : From Tony Fadell to Megan Smith, six influential members of the 1990s startup General Magic share their advice for designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs.<p>The head of AI at Apple. The founder of Nest. The head of Google’s speech recognition. The CTO of Twitter. The CTO and cofounder of …
Thursday
Jul262018

Over $118bn wiped off Facebook's market cap after growth shock

[Link] : More than $118bn (£90bn) has been wiped off Facebook’s market value, including a $16bn hit to the fortune of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, after the company told investors that user growth had slowed in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.<p>Facebook’s shares plunged by 19.5% on Thursday when …
Thursday
Jul262018

The World Economy Runs on GPS. It Needs a Backup Plan

[Link] : Duke Buckner was enjoying his breakfast at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, looking out on the city marina, on the day that time stuttered. Buckner …