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Tuesday
Jul042017

Amazon images broken by Photobucket's 'ransom demand'

[Link] : <b>Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms.</b><p>Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs.<p>The problem has been caused by Photobucket introducing a charge for allowing …
Tuesday
Jul042017

Why Fog Lamps Are Starting to Disappear

[NyTimes] : "Add another item to the list of once-common features — including ashtrays, spare tires and turn-the-key ignition switches — disappearing from new cars: fog lamps.<p>Several makers of luxury vehicles have quietly omitted the front fog lights from many of their latest models, including Audi, Cadillac, …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Why Some Men Don’t Work: Video Games Have Gotten Really Good

[NyTimes] : "If innovations in housework helped free women to enter the labor force in the 1960s and 1970s, could innovations in leisure — like League of Legends — be taking men out of the labor force today?<p>That's the logic behind a new working paper released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Apple Disrupts Silicon Valley With Another Eye-Catcher: Its New Home

[NyTimes] : "CUPERTINO, Calif. — Things change when a spaceship comes to town.<p>Tourists stroll by, whipping out their iPhones to get a photo. New businesses move in. And real estate prices go up even more.<p>Apple's new home in Cupertino — the centerpiece being a $5 billion, four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot ring …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Video Review: A Family-Friendly Ferrari, for the Family of Means

[NyTimes] : "Few of us have the disposable income that allows a choice between a useful crossover and a Ferrari. But for the fortunate few, Ferrari, the automaker from Maranello, Italy, provides a family-friendly choice. The GTC4Lusso seats four fairly comfortably, though its high performance may scare the …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Independent Press Is Under Siege as Freedom Rings

[NyTimes] : "Happy Birthday, America, I guess.<p>You're old enough to know that you can't always have a feel-good birthday. And let's face it: This Fourth of July just isn't going to be one of them.<p>How could it be when one of the pillars of our 241-year-old republic — the First Amendment — is under near-daily …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Disbelief as Trump Posts a Video of Him ‘Wrestling’ CNN

[NyTimes] : "President Trump posted a short video to his Twitter account on Sunday in which he is portrayed wrestling and punching a figure whose head has been replaced by the logo for CNN.<p>The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Sample Questions from the Trump University Final Exam

[Link] : <i>Below you will find three examples of questions from previous final exams at Trump University. Use these sample questions and the answer key provided to prepare for next week’s big test.</i><p>1. Two plus two equals what?<p>(a) Maybe four.<br>(b) Could be four. Could be. Lotta people saying it’s five.<br>(c) I’m not …
Tuesday
Jul042017

‘Morning Joe’ Row Is Fresh Sign of TV’s Iron Grip on Trump

[NyTimes] : "There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media maelstrom involving President Trump: about his sensitivity to criticism, his impulsivity, the way he talks about women and the ease with which he can still hurl the basest of insults.<p>But the episode is also a striking example of how a …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

A Stunt Turns Deadly for a Couple Seeking YouTube Fame

[NyTimes] : "Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minn., and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks: Mr. Ruiz climbing onto a tenuous tree branch and falling a short distance, or Ms. Perez feeding him a …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

What It Actually Costs to Open a Restaurant in San Francisco

[Link] : Dollar for dollar, a comprehensive look at the agony of building a business<p>For chef <b>Adam Tortosa</b>, opening a restaurant is more than just a pipe dream — it’s about proving something. Tortosa, a fair, lanky 31-year-old from San Diego, was first introduced to the Bay Area when he opened 1760 with the …
Tuesday
Jul042017

A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.

[Link] : <i>This article has been updated.</i><p>The framed copy of Time magazine was hung up in at least five of President Trump’s clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump.<p>“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the big headline said. Above the Time …
Tuesday
Jul042017

A Costly Retraction for CNN and an Opening for Trump

[NyTimes] : "In CNN's newsroom, it is called the Triad: a three-pronged internal system designed to ensure that sensitive reporting by the network's journalists is unimpeachable before it runs.<p>Last week, the Triad fell short — and by Tuesday, the consequences were being felt across the news industry and in the …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

New Cyberattack Spreads From Russia to Britain

[NyTimes] : "Computer systems from Russia to Britain were victims of an international cyberattack on Tuesday in a hack that bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.<p>As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its …"

Tuesday
Jun272017

Alexa, What Happens if the Echo Has a Screen? You Get This Review

[NyTimes] : "A week ago, I began testing Amazon's Echo Show, a new smart speaker that has a touch screen. For due diligence on the device's capabilities, I ran it through a battery of tests, including its ability to play podcasts, book a restaurant table and list movie showtimes.<p>Halfway through, I started to …"

Monday
Jun262017

In Advertising Paradise, Reality Is Just a Conversation Away

[NyTimes] : "CANNES, France — The top hitters in media and advertising descended on the beaches of southern France last week, lounging on yachts and sipping wine and frozen rosé slushies as the sun sparkled on the cerulean water of the French Riviera. They networked and cut deals at parties in chic hotels — the …"

Sunday
Jun252017

Pogue, Levy, Baig, and Mossberg on what it was like to review the first iPhone 10 years ago

[Link] : Ten years ago this week, the iPhone went on sale.<p>The decade’s statistics are pretty impressive: more than 1 billion phones sold, over 2 million apps …
Sunday
Jun252017

Switching to Grayscale Is the Perfect iPhone Trick to Combat Distraction

[Link] : A ten-second trick to save your attention span<p>If your love–hate relationship with your iPhone is more on the hate side, having morphed from curious fascination into all encompassing obsession, well, join the club.<p>We all spend too much time engrossed in our phones, idly unlocking them only to be …
Sunday
Jun252017

A Street Fight Among Grocers to Deliver Your Milk, Eggs, Bananas

[NyTimes] : "Every couple of days, Sinclair Browne fights through traffic in Times Square, squeezes his delivery truck into a parking spot, walks up four flights of stairs and delivers groceries to a guy whose order he knows by heart.<p>“I'm fast,” said Mr. Browne, slicing his hands in the air, ninja style. “In …"

Saturday
Jun242017

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

[Link] : “Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you,” the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, “save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot.” …