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Thursday, November 02, 2017

A new chapter begins: Manchester named Unesco City of Literature … – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, November 02, 2017

When the announcement was made that Manchester had been awarded Unesco City of Literature status my social media feeds filled up with photographs of victorious colleagues and acquaintances who had worked fantastically hard across different institutions to make it happen. They looked happy and tired in equal measure. Manchester is home to two thriving creative writing MA programmes – at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University (where I…

Heroic Book Review – National Review

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I’d like to add my voice to the chorus praising Scalia Speaks, the recent compendium of speeches given by the late, great justice. In doing so, let me offer a couple of points that I’ve not seen made elsewhere. First, because this is book is not only entertaining and thoughtful but also accessible to nonlawyers — the speeches are divided into six categories, only one of which is “On…

Gannett domestic publishing head John Zidich to retire in April 2018 – USA TODAY

Thursday, November 02, 2017

John Zidich(Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic) McLEAN, Va. — After more than 40 years with Gannett, John Zidich is ready to hand off the responsibilities of the media company’s domestic publishing portfolio. Zidich said Thursday he plans to retire April 3, 2018, as president of domestic publishing and publisher of USA TODAY. Zidich’s role at Gannett has involved oversight of the company’s 109 local media properties and USA TODAY.  Before moving into…

Amazon should buy these companies if it wants to get into selling drugs – CNBC

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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Apple is about to show that it doesn’t need a new iPhone to bring in a boatload of cash – Quartz

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Apple has been on a tear in recent quarters, returning to growth, and finding massive revenue streams beyond the all-consuming iPhone. After posting $45.4 billion in revenue last quarter—a gain of 7% over the same quarter last year—Apple’s stock has soared. Every single one of its businesses—the iPhone, the iPad, Mac computers, services, and its miscellaneous “Other products” bucket—is now the size of a Fortune 500 company. There’s no indication…

Google’s AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun, which is a problem – The Verge

Thursday, November 02, 2017

From self-driving cars to smart surveillance cams, society is slowly learning to trust AI over human eyes. But although our new machine vision systems are tireless and ever-vigilant, they’re far from infallible. Just look at the toy turtle above. It looks like a turtle, right? Well, not to a neural network trained by Google to identify everyday objects. To Google’s AI it looks exactly like a rifle. This 3D-printed turtle…

Amazon Just Bought 3 Cryptocurrency Web Addresses and Nobody Knows Why – Fortune

Thursday, November 02, 2017

What, if anything, is Amazon planning to do in the cryptocurrency space? That’s the question after the cloud and retail giant was spotted registering three web domains relating to the field this week. As first reported by Domain Name Wire, on Tuesday Amazon’s legal department secured the following web addresses: amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. The company already has amazonbitcoin.com, but that registration took place in 2013—the address now automatically forwards…

A big number Wall Street will look for in Apple’s earnings: $85 billion – CNBC

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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Book review: Slow down by painting watercolors as you travel and explore – Seattle Times

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I love this book. I love everything about it. Full disclosure: I started painting small watercolors as I traveled in my 20s, starting with wildflowers in New Zealand and tropical blooms in Hawaii. Simple stuff, done in an hour on a beach or in a garden, long before I ever heard the term “plein air.” I enjoyed how it made me slow down. Seattleite Molly Hashimoto took her passion for…

Book Review – ‘The Mechanic’, by Marc Priestley – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Marc Priestley has published an account of his years as a mechanic with McLaren, from pranks and revenge with Kimi Raikkonen to an employee’s perspective on the 2007 season, from Spygate to intra-team tensions. As a devoted bookworm, my early F1 passion was fuelled not only by the action on track, but also by the human narratives surrounding the sport. Early in my fandom I trawled through Amazon…

Apple earnings: X things to watch – Financial Times

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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Apple earnings: X things to watch – Financial Times

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Google will pull its QPX Express API in April 2018, cutting off its … – TechCrunch

Thursday, November 02, 2017

As Google gradually builds out its footprint in travel search, the company is also making a move to shut down one of its data feeds to others in the travel space. The company has quietly announced that in April of next year, it will shut down its QPX Express API, an airfare search feed that launched out of Google’s $700 million acquisition of ITA in 2010/2011. (For a blast from…

Google will pull its QPX Express API in April 2018, cutting off its … – TechCrunch

Thursday, November 02, 2017

As Google gradually builds out its footprint in travel search, the company is also making a move to shut down one of its data feeds to others in the travel space. The company has quietly announced that in April of next year, it will shut down its QPX Express API, an airfare search feed that launched out of Google’s $700 million acquisition of ITA in 2010/2011. (For a blast from…

Amazon buys crypto domains – CNBC.com – CNBC

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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Amazon buys crypto domains – CNBC.com – CNBC

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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The iPhone X won’t solve Apple’s China problems – CNNMoney

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Apple has lost its luster in China, and the iPhone X probably isn’t going to bring it back. The company’s highly anticipated new device is expected to sell well in the world’s largest smartphone market. But experts say it’s unlikely to reverse Apple’s loss of market share to aggressive Chinese rivals. China is one of Apple’s most important markets, and CEO Tim Cook pays regular visits. He and other business…

The iPhone X won’t solve Apple’s China problems – CNNMoney

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Apple has lost its luster in China, and the iPhone X probably isn’t going to bring it back. The company’s highly anticipated new device is expected to sell well in the world’s largest smartphone market. But experts say it’s unlikely to reverse Apple’s loss of market share to aggressive Chinese rivals. China is one of Apple’s most important markets, and CEO Tim Cook pays regular visits. He and other business…

The days of writers being part of the jet set are over. Except at Ubud – The Guardian

Thursday, November 02, 2017

It was a couple of years ago at the Sydney writers’ festival when I caught up with one of my mentors, the writer and journalist Robert Wainwright. We were having breakfast in a five-star hotel on Sydney harbour. As guest writers, we were put up in suites with water views; there were presents from sponsors in the rooms (thank you Aesop!) and at night publishing parties with good wine. All…