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The ‘Amazon experience’ goes live at Kohl’s – CNBC

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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New Zealand library solves mystery of missing books – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A New Zealand library has finally solved the mystery of why some books were going missing from its shelves. Auckland Libraries staff were bewildered after finding some books were being hidden in random places. They initially thought kids playing pranks were to blame, but later discovered it was the city’s rough sleepers who were actually stashing the books so they could return the next day to continue reading. “A lot of…

Can Coloring Books Demystify Bike-Lane Design? – CityLab

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Last year, county planning staff launched an online bicycle stress map, which won an award from the American Planning Association.  The map rates streets according to a measure called Level of Traffic Stress, which quantifies the amount of stress that cyclists feel based on traffic speed, traffic volume, number of lanes, ease of intersection crossings, and other variables. On a low-stress street, most people would be willing to ride their…

Literary publications get mixed reviews on gender parity – The Sun Herald

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity. A new survey of top literary publications finds that the ratio of women to men ranges from roughly equal in The New York Times Book Review and Granta to men substantially outnumbering women in The Atlantic, the Paris Review and other publications. The so-called VIDA Count was launched in 2010 and helped spark an industry discussion by…

Top 10 imaginary drugs in fiction – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Science-fiction writers are always looking for ways to bring about change, whether in society, in the nature of the physical world or in the human mind. And making up new drugs is a powerful way of inducing alteration on all these levels. In my own work I’ve invented drugs such as Vurt, Metaphorazine, Lucidity, Wave, Haze and many more. My latest novel A Man of Shadows sees people enjoying a…

Sony Music Entertainment has opened its own game publishing label – PC Gamer

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It looks like Sony has grown tired of just having one video game company, after selling Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Studios) a couple of years ago. Sony Music Entertainment is now throwing its hat in the ring, announcing the launch of its own publishing label, Unties.  It sounds like Unties will publish indie games that have maybe slipped through the cracks. Here’s what Sony Music Entertainment has to say…

Trump calls journalists ‘fiction writers’ in latest media attack – The Hill

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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‘I Am Full Of Contradictions’: Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family – NPR

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A 3-year-old Amy Tan appears with her brother Peter in this 1955 family photo. Peter died in 1967 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Courtesy of Amy Tan hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Amy Tan A 3-year-old Amy Tan appears with her brother Peter in this 1955 family photo. Peter died in 1967 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Courtesy of Amy Tan Growing up as a…

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library staff grew increasingly puzzled when books kept turning up in unusual places, tucked under tables and chairs and hidden in hard-to-find spots around the library. “It was really odd and we couldn’t quite figure it out, we were finding books delicately tucked under shelves…

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library staff grew increasingly puzzled when books kept turning up in unusual places, tucked under tables and chairs and hidden in hard-to-find spots around the library. “It was really odd and we couldn’t quite figure it out, we were finding books delicately tucked under shelves…

‘I Am Full Of Contradictions’: Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family – NPR

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A 3-year-old Amy Tan appears with her brother Peter in this 1955 family photo. Peter died in 1967 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Courtesy of Amy Tan hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Amy Tan A 3-year-old Amy Tan appears with her brother Peter in this 1955 family photo. Peter died in 1967 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Courtesy of Amy Tan Growing up as a…

Trump calls journalists ‘fiction writers’ in latest media attack – The Hill

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York – New York Times

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

She unearths so many strange, wondrous facts that my exclamation marks in the margin resemble elaborate Morse code. Advertisement Continue reading the main story “You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now,” Colson Whitehead wrote in his ode to his hometown, “The Colossus of New York.” The palimpsest of the city is Wertz’s obsession. She draws the route…

China Literature’s Secret Sauce – Bloomberg

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In China, it may be better to have private backers than friends in high places. An initial public offering slated for Hong Kong later this year will put that theory to the test. China Literature Ltd., a unit of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and the country’s largest online publishing house and e-book seller, is expected to raise as much as $800 million in the city and may be valued at around $5.7…

Cardi B Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: ‘Bodak Yellow Is Only the Beginning’ – Billboard

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cardi B, who recently became the first unassisted female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly 19 years, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The Bronx native behind “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” is “one of a rare breed of unique artists who the industry only witnesses occasionally,” said Sony/ATV co-president Rick Krim in the announcement. Cards B’s debut hit spent three weeks atop the…

Google introduces Advanced Protection for those at high risk of targeted online attacks – The Verge

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Google is creating an even more secure login process for users at high risk of online attacks. The new Advanced Protection feature focuses on defending against phishing, accidental sharing, and fraudulent access to accounts. The feature has been introduced for users such as journalists who need to protect their sources, or campaign staffers during an election. The program will use Security Keys, which are small USB or wireless devices required…

Amazon is now literally building its way into people’s lives – Quartz

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Online retailer Amazon wormed its way into the lives of Americans with books, then with e-books, then with Kindle, then with loads of stuff besides books, then with “free” shipping at Prime, then with personal assistant Alexa. Now the e-commerce giant is coming directly into your home, not by drone, but physically, by partnering with some of the nation’s largest apartment landlords. The Wall Street Journal reported today (Oct. 17)…

Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook will all go away within 50 years, says author – MarketWatch

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scott Galloway, a professor and former entrepreneur, sees an uncertain future for Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google in his new book on the powerful tech giants. Galloway, who now teaches marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, dissects the success of Amazon …

Amazon’s Second Headquarters Bidding Process Is Being Hit With Criticism – Fortune

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amazon’s plan to build a second headquarters in one lucky city across the U.S. is being met with some criticism from civic leaders who are concerned the company won’t do enough to help the community it will ultimately choose. In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, leaders at 73 civic groups from cities across the U.S. made some demands on the e-commerce giant. In the letter,…

Roy Price Quits Amazon Studios After Sexual Harassment Claim – New York Times

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mr. Price, who could not be reached for comment, made no secret of his departure from Amazon. Shortly before 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, he updated his Facebook page to say he had left his job. The move followed the firing and Hollywood-wide denunciation of the mogul Harvey Weinstein, which resulted from the many accusations of sexual harassment and assault against him. (Mr. Weinstein, through his spokeswoman, has denied…