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Amazon And Ebay Opened Pandora’s Box Of Chinese Counterfeits And Now Don’t Know What To Do – Forbes

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Counterfeit luxury goods are displayed by customs (L) and police (R) officials following a record seizure at the customs headquarters in Hong Kong. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) A few years ago in California, a professional cartoonist, a designer of golf putters, a surfer, and a self-professed geek got together and formed a company. No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke, it’s the very real story of four guys and…

Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes … – The Verge

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Apple has reportedly dismissed an engineer after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral on YouTube. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog earlier this week, which included a trip to the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. Peterson’s video was quickly picked up by sites like 9to5Mac, and it spread even further on YouTube. Peterson now claims her father has been fired as…

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. – Quartz

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different. Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie studio, a fashion designer, a hardware maker, a cloud services provider, and far, far more. The private equity firm Pitchbook estimates…

Donald Bain, ghostwriter of dozens of books under other people’s names, dies at 82 – Washington Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Donald Bain, a little-known but versatile writer who sold millions of books, most of them published under other people’s names, died Oct. 21 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his literary agent, Bob Diforio. Considered one of the pre-eminent ghost writers in the publishing world, Mr. Bain wrote more than 100 books, including most of the best-selling “Capital Crime”…

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. – Quartz

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different. Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie studio, a fashion designer, a hardware maker, a cloud services provider, and far, far more. The private equity firm Pitchbook estimates…

Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes … – The Verge

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Apple has reportedly dismissed an engineer after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral on YouTube. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog earlier this week, which included a trip to the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. Peterson’s video was quickly picked up by sites like 9to5Mac, and it spread even further on YouTube. Peterson now claims her father has been fired as…

How to customize your Google Chrome and Chromebook searches … – The Verge

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I just reviewed the Google Pixelbook and I think it’s great — but Chrome OS is much more limited than either macOS or Windows when it comes to customizing how the core OS works. One of my favorite tools on the Mac is called Alfred, a tool that pops up a little search bar that can do basically anything you can think to program into it. I use it so…

These are New Yorkers’ favorite books to check out – New York Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a city by its favorite books. Psychological thriller “Into the Water,” by bestselling author Paula Hawkins, was the most popular book throughout the New York Public Library’s 88 branches in August — with 1,568 checkouts total, data obtained by The Post show. No. 2 was the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, with 1,011…

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. – Quartz

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different. Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie studio, a fashion designer, a hardware maker, a cloud services provider, and far, far more. The private equity firm Pitchbook estimates…

Amazon is bringing Audible support to its cheapest Kindle – The Verge

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis has some cool new features. It’s waterproof, but it also supports Audible, if you have have a set of bluetooth headphones or speakers handy. According to a listing on Amazon, it looks as though that functionality is coming to its cheapest kindle model as well. According to the Kindle’s product page (via The Digital Reader), it will support Audible “in the coming months.” It looks as…

Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes viral – The Verge

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Apple has reportedly dismissed an engineer after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral on YouTube. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog earlier this week, which included a trip to the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. Peterson’s video was quickly picked up by sites like 9to5Mac, and it spread even further on YouTube. Peterson now claims her father has been fired as…

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. – Quartz

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different. Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie studio, a fashion designer, a hardware maker, a cloud services provider, and far, far more. The private equity firm Pitchbook estimates…

How to customize your Google Chrome and Chromebook searches – The Verge

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I just reviewed the Google Pixelbook and I think it’s great — but Chrome OS is much more limited than either macOS or Windows when it comes to customizing how the core OS works. One of my favorite tools on the Mac is called Alfred, a tool that pops up a little search bar that can do basically anything you can think to program into it. I use it so…

How the ghost of Christopher Marlowe haunts English literature – Vox

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of October 22, 2017. Chrome has a new Library Extension that will pop up if you’re looking at a book on Amazon or Goodreads and tell you if your local library has a copy. Yay libraries!…

Do we need literary festivals? They’re an escape from Emojiland – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Three dates of importance in the history of Cliveden House. 1666: George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, acquires estate to build a house for mistress. Wife not too pleased. 1961: John Profumo meets and begins affair with Christine Keeler. Wife not too pleased. 2017: I attend inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival. Wife delighted. I have loved literary festivals from the first time I went to Hay-on-Wye in the 1980s and sat in…

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ghoulish goodies abound for picture-book fans this Halloween, including I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien (Walker). Asked what sort of story he’d like to be in, Little Monster demands a scary one. But a spooky forest and haunted house prove too perturbing – and he wants to be the one doing the scaring … This is beautifully structured for reading aloud; a vibrant, viewpoint-flipping picture book that…

Science Fiction To Science Fact: The Rise Of The Machines – Seeking Alpha

Saturday, October 28, 2017

By Mat Gulley, CFA, Executive Vice President, Head of Alternatives and Co-Head IM Data Science, Fintech & Rapid Development; Ryan Biggs, CFA, Research Analyst The rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) has generated a lot of excitement, but also some (perhaps justified) paranoia. Will computers replace-or even overtake-human beings? Mat Gulley, executive vice president and head of alternatives at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Ryan Biggs, research analyst at Franklin Equity…

Do we need literary festivals? They’re an escape from Emojiland – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Three dates of importance in the history of Cliveden House. 1666: George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, acquires estate to build a house for mistress. Wife not too pleased. 1961: John Profumo meets and begins affair with Christine Keeler. Wife not too pleased. 2017: I attend inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival. Wife delighted. I have loved literary festivals from the first time I went to Hay-on-Wye in the 1980s and sat in…

Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why? – The … – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

PARIS — Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of the lonely urban saunterer and existential ennui. To say the least, the French do not seem to mind. This month, the aging titan of American letters won one of this country’s highest literary honors — an exceedingly rare accolade for a living author,…

How characterisation builds up the story in ‘The Whale Rider’ – Daily Nation

Saturday, October 28, 2017

By LUCY KAMAU The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera is a mythical story told alongside Kahu’s story. It is rich in characters, some being human and the others being whales. A character analysis is done by what the characters do and say, what others say about them, what the character’s feelings and aspirations are and how the characters react towards situations and events. Character analysis also goes beyond what and…