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Texas Teachers Weigh In On Augmented Reality Books – WBUR

Monday, October 09, 2017

Getting kids to read books can be a challenge. Now, there’s a new tool that’s making its way into classrooms: augmented reality books. Augmented reality books use smartphones or tablets and add 3-D models and interactive video to traditional books. In Texas, teachers are working to ensure the books aren’t a toy. Paul Flahive (@paulflahive) of Here & Now contributor Texas Public Radio reports.

Handyman flees country with $225K in stolen rare comic books – New York Post

Monday, October 09, 2017

Holy felony! A Brooklyn handyman stole over $225,000 in rare comic books and artwork from a New Jersey home he was repairing and after selling some — including a rare “Daredevil” worth $15,000 — blew the money for a vacation in Italy, police said Monday. Sparta police Lt. John Lamon said the theft happened in July when handyman Francesco Bove, 64, was called in to repair an unoccupied home that…

Entries open for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin House prize for young writers – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 09, 2017

Long before he entered politics, Benjamin Franklin became a successful author with a series of annual pamphlets, Poor Richard’s Almanack, first published when the American founding father was in his late twenties. Today’s young writers have the chance to make their mark even earlier, with a literary prize set up in Franklin’s name celebrating the best essay by an author under the age of 25. Awarded annually, the Benjamin Franklin House Literary…

What’s so funny about tragedy? Some new books try to answer – Chicago Tribune

Monday, October 09, 2017

At a Saturday afternoon memorial service for journalist Wade Nelson, many funny stories were told and much laughter echoed through the stately Unity Temple in Oak Park. There were also plenty of tears. That’s the way it is, isn’t it, sorrow and humor often in some existential balancing act? But why? I have been for decades searching for an answer, and recently I discovered a new one. It comes in…

Cops: Target burglar says ‘Naruto’ books were ‘teaching him how to be a ninja’ – WSB Atlanta

Monday, October 09, 2017

by: Raisa Habersham\/AJC Updated: Oct 9, 2017 – 1:50 PM “); } if ($(imageDivId).length == 0) { $(“#wrapper”).after(contentText); } })(jQuery); DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Some thieves steal money. Others steal jewelry. And then there are those who steal “Naruto” books to learn how to “be a ninja and … enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post Monday.  Christopher Zahyeer Atkins, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was arrested…

‘Experiment I’ turns a literary event into performance art – Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 09, 2017

Live, unabashed nudity is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rarity at public literary events. Dance, performance art, wigs, one-liners, keyboards, skateboards, popcorn, dental floss, video loops, audience participation, and even, quite frankly, unfettered joy, also make infrequent appearances on the reading circuit, but Sept. 29 at the newly opened Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, a free event called “Experiment I” managed to contain all this and more. “People want a playful…

Michael Jordan Wants Amazon to Build Its Second Headquarters in Charlotte – Fortune

Monday, October 09, 2017

NBA all-star Michael Jordan wants Amazon to put its much-vaunted second headquarters (HQ2) in Charlotte, N.C. The former University of North Carolina and Chicago Bulls superstar put his pitch in a letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last week, according to the Charlotte Observer. Jordan owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets franchise and has deep roots in the state, having grown up in Wilmington, N.C. and attended UNC. The…

Google has reportedly found Russia-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, and search – The Verge

Monday, October 09, 2017

Google has found evidence that a Russian government campaign used the company’s platforms to spread propaganda, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The report follows investigations from Facebook and Twitter that uncovered similar ads, apparently designed to influence Americans around the time of the 2016 election. Google’s investigation is still in its early stages, according to the Post, which reported that the company is in the process…

Apple shares to soar on Trump tax reform, Bank of America predicts – CNBC

Monday, October 09, 2017

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Sony Aibo is reportedly returning with Amazon Echo-like features – TechCrunch

Monday, October 09, 2017

Sony’s getting the old crew back together for one more job. According to a new report out of the Nikkei Asian Review, the electronics giant is reuniting the team between its beloved, bygone robotic dog Aibo, in order to develop a new version of the bot for the age of smart assistants. The dog is said to be the first of a number of consumer offerings from the company designed…

Amazon’s Sales Tax Fight Is Heating Up as States Crack Down – Bloomberg

Monday, October 09, 2017

Amazon shoppers will probably pay sales tax on more of their purchases this holiday season.  Right now, consumers pay tax on goods purchased directly from Amazon, but they don’t in many cases if they buy from third-party merchants on the e-commerce giant’s marketplace. That could change on Dec. 1, when some merchants are expected to start collecting taxes in exchange for partial amnesty from back taxes in about half of U.S. states—among them Florida,…

From Lloyd George to Brexit: 10 of the best books on British politics – The Guardian

Monday, October 09, 2017

The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield (1935) This landmark book described how the Liberal party, apparently unassailable after their 1906 landslide, went into decline less than a decade later, never to lead a government again. The reasons, as Dangerfield set out, went far beyond parliamentary arithmetic. This was a ruling class failing to understand the pressures of the new century: suffragism, the trade union movement and Irish…

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms – Washington Post

Monday, October 09, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the…

Wal-Mart promises 30-second returns in stores, as Amazon tries to catch up – CNBC

Monday, October 09, 2017

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Amazon’s success is unparalleled — and ‘Type 2 decisions’ are a major reason why – Business Insider

Monday, October 09, 2017

Amazon and Jeff Bezos, pictured, have risk-taking down to a science. Getty In his 2016 shareholder letter, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos distinguished between Type 1 and Type 2 decisions. Type 1 decisions are irreversible and should be made with caution. Type 2 decisions are reversible, like “two-way doors,” and should be made quickly. Amazon’s willingness and ability to make Type 2 decisions has been a major factor in its success. That’s…

Apple’s New iPhone X Has A Nasty Surprise – Forbes

Monday, October 09, 2017

Apple ’s hotly anticipated iPhone X will launch soon, right? Wrong. Thanks to a highly credible new leak, the reality is everyone who wants the most radical and expensive iPhone ever made is in for a nasty surprise…  ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines. Apple iPhone X problems are mounting due to its Face ID facial…

Amazon’s success is unparalleled — and ‘Type 2 decisions’ are a major reason why – Business Insider

Monday, October 09, 2017

Amazon and Jeff Bezos, pictured, have risk-taking down to a science. Getty In his 2016 shareholder letter, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos distinguished between Type 1 and Type 2 decisions. Type 1 decisions are irreversible and should be made with caution. Type 2 decisions are reversible, like “two-way doors,” and should be made quickly. Amazon’s willingness and ability to make Type 2 decisions has been a major factor in its success. That’s…