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PW Picks: Books of the Week, October 23, 2017 – Publishers Weekly

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Post-Truth, book review: The facts about ‘alternative facts’ – ZDNet

Friday, October 20, 2017

Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World • by James Ball • Biteback Publishing • 306 pages • ISBN: 978-1-785-90214-7 • £9.99 The opposite of truth isn’t lies; it’s bullshit. Liars are still invested in the difference between truth and fiction, whether their lying is a means to an end, a habit, or a pathology. Bullshitters don’t care what’s true, and can therefore be far more damaging, as Buzzfeed reporter James…

OK, Amazon, here are some cities you should consider calling ‘home’ – CNBC

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade – TechCrunch

Friday, October 20, 2017

With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update. It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available…

Google will reimburse customers who overpaid for Pixel 2 at pop-up … – The Verge

Friday, October 20, 2017

I spent a good amount of time at Google’s New York City pop-up shop this morning, and while the product demo areas were great — and felt true to what you’d imagine a Google retail store to be — the actual buying process was anything but. Most of the staffers spread around the Flatiron location definitely seem to be Google employees, as they’re all fairly knowledgeable about the Pixel 2,…

Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape – TechCrunch

Friday, October 20, 2017

When Apple announced its partnership with GE this week, it would have been easy to dismiss it as another random collaboration from a company people don’t generally associate with the enterprise. After all, Apple killed off their enterprise server product years ago. You might rightly ask, what exactly do they have to do with the enterprise these days? But if you consider the notion of digital transformation and what it…

Stitch Fix is worried about Amazon, but not for the obvious reason – CNBC

Friday, October 20, 2017

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind – NPR

Friday, October 20, 2017

The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death….

‘Historical Fiction’ at Duke – Wall Street Journal

Friday, October 20, 2017

It’s become almost a punch line that the academic left seeks to label as “white supremacist” any idea they don’t like—and are unable to rebut. But a Duke University professor’s attempt to smear a giant of the economics profession hasn’t been very funny. Now the question is whether it was all the result of a simple mistake. In July this column described the reaction to “Democracy in Chains: The Deep…

What I Learned From Binge-Writing Nine Bad Novels – Lifehacker Australia

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo via Visualhunt This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it’s part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I’ve never published these novels, but I grow as a writer and as a human being every time I write one. Let me tell you why it’s worthwhile. What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month (or NaNo for short) is a challenge to write a 50,000-word work…

Subway Book Review: Books help us remember ‘we are part of the same human storyline’ – The Lily

Friday, October 20, 2017

Books are part of our identity. They represent our fears, our secrets, our hopes. Asking a stranger, “What are you reading?” has become my way of gaining a new perspective on life. For the past four years, I’ve talked to strangers on the New York City subway about their books and have collected hundreds of stories. In doing Subway Book Review, I’ve realized that it’s important to see what people…

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade – TechCrunch

Thursday, October 19, 2017

With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update. It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available…

OK, Amazon, here are some cities you should consider calling ‘home’ – CNBC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Apple falls on reports of low iPhone 8 sales – CNBC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Winning Amazon’s second headquarters has pros and cons – USA TODAY

Thursday, October 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE These 10 cities have the best chance of being the home to Amazon’s new headquarters. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60 The Amazon building in Seattle. Memo to the many places vying for Amazon’s second headquarters: It ain’t all food trucks and free bananas. For years now, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks, with dozens of enormous…

Bill Gates: These 3 books ‘opened a new world for me’ – CNBC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials PRIMETIME Careers Careers 3 Hours AgoCNBC.com Foege has served as a mentor to Bill and Melinda Gates since 1999 and has helped inform their global health philanthropy ever since. Beyond answering questions and giving academic advice, Foege gave Gates a list of 81 books and reports on global health issues. “All these books opened a new world for me,” writes…

Male writers still dominate book reviews and critic jobs, Vida study finds – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 2016 Vida count has been released and it demonstrates yet again that the media can’t seem to locate enough female writers. Every year Vida – the New York-based organisation for Women in Literary Arts – counts the writers featured in dozens of literary journals and periodicals across the world, and finds that the authors represented, and the critics who are evaluating those authors, are consistently about two thirds men….

Subway Book Review: Books help us remember ‘we are part of the same human storyline’ – The Lily

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Books are part of our identity. They represent our fears, our secrets, our hopes. Asking a stranger, “What are you reading?” has become my way of gaining a new perspective on life. For the past four years, I’ve talked to strangers on the New York City subway about their books and have collected hundreds of stories. In doing Subway Book Review, I’ve realized that it’s important to see what people…

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind – NPR

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death….