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The End of Absence

Aug 26 2014 4:30am CDT | Source: reveries

Michael Harris thinks we need to limit our intake of technology just as we do fat and sugar (The Economist 8/16/14). Michael is author of The End of Absence, in which he argues that putting ourselves on a high-tech diet may be the last best hope, of those who still remember life before the web, to pass along healthier habits to the next generation. His premise is that when "our insatiable appetites — for information, stimulation, validation" — are ins ...
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Yahoo to buy Tumblr in $1.1 bn deal?

Source: Ad Balla | May 20 2013, 12:42am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr

Yahoo to buy Tumblr in $1.1 bn deal?
Washington, May 20 (IANS) The board of web pioneer Yahoo has reportedly approved a deal to buy popular blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, according to various media reports.
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Improbable Insights

Aug 19 2014 4:02am CDT | Source: reveries

"You can’t have world-changing discoveries without allowing apparently pointless research," writes Steven Poole in a Wall Street Journal review of This Is Improbable Too, by Marc Abrahams (8/9/14). This is "not only because the latter sometimes turns into (or at least inspires) the former, but because there’s no way to tell what will be important before the results are in." You may recognize the book’s author as the founder of the Ig Nobel prizes for "improbable researc ...
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Aug 8 2014 4:02am CDT | Source: reveries

"We survive by understanding others and knowing what they’re up to," writes Matthew Hutson in a Wall Street Journal review of Riveted by Jim Davies (8/2/14). In other words, we need gossip "because, for millennia, humans lived in small groups in which everyone’s activities would have been vitally important. Gossip is recon about others’ morals or proclivities or weaknesses. We use it to keep people in line and monitor changes in social status. One study found ...
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Latest stories

US reporter requests privacy after release
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The US journalist, who was freed this week by the miltants in Syria after two years in captivity, Wednesday thanked everyone for their efforts to secure his release and asked for privacy to be with his family. | by IANS
James Foley in last message: 'Granny, please take your medicine...'
Washington, Aug 26 (IANS/EFE) American journalist James Foley had sent a personal message to his family through a fellow hostage who was freed just days before the reporter was decapitated by Islamic State (IS) jihadis in Syria. | by IANS
Too much make-up not good for youngsters: Expert
Los Angeles, Aug 26 (IANS) Parents are being urged to ensure that their children aren't using too much make-up particularly if they're young as it can lead to major skin problems, says an expert. | by IANS

Word of Mouth

Aug 6 2014 4:01am CDT | Source: reveries

The way Americans experience food has changed radically over the past half century, reports Moira Hodgson in a Wall Street Journal review of Word of Mouth by Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson (7/30/14). When Julia Child wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking, most Americans "were far more interested in quantity than quality," and Ms. Child "had to adjust her recipes for American cooks, doubling the amounts she’d have given ...
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Jul 10 2014 2:08pm CDT | Source: kid screen

Why big players in tech and entertainment are getting in on the crowdfunding act (Wall Street Journal) YouTube’s latest streaming video site to shame ISPs for slow service (Quartz) Why Aereo now considers itself a cable provider and continues to fight for its services (Tech Crunch) Maturing market? Shipments for tablets decline for the first time (PC Magazine) A closer look at top YouTubers and how they work with brands (alistdaily) Speaking of YouTube, ...
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Jul 10 2014 10:53am CDT | Source: kid screen

Animation Guild to review new report on supposed 'no poaching' agreements between Disney and DreamWorks Animation (Variety) Say what? Social network pops up with no members and a US$4 billion valuation (Wall Street Journal) Netflix earns a whopping 31 Emmy nominations (Mashable) Kids watching fewer ...
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YouTube files lawsuit against Russian watchdog

Source: Ad Balla | Feb 13 2013, 6:04pm CST | by Luigi Lugmayr

YouTube files lawsuit against Russian watchdog
Moscow, Feb 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) YouTube has filed a lawsuit against Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor over a controversial Russian content-restricting law, its parent company Google said.
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