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The Caviar Con
When caviar-crazed Eastern Europeans flocked to Warsaw, Missouri to poach eggs from a vulnerable species of fish, federal agents went undercover and spent two years to build case against them.
caviar  food  crime  USA  Longreads  2019 
14 hours ago
The Record Label of The Future is No Label At All – Denisha Kuhlor – Medium
Spotify’s acquisitions of Gimlet and Anchor signal ambitious plans to disintermediate the music industry.
Spotify  strategy  disintermediation  podcast  forecast  Medium  2019 
3 days ago
At arm’s length: are tattoos finally becoming uncool? | Fashion | The Guardian
From Adam Levine at the Super Bowl to Justin Bieber’s Vogue shoot, tattoos are having a fashion moment. But that may not make them more sought-after
tatoo  trends  fashion  review  critique  JustinBieber  AdamLevine  Guardian  2019 
4 days ago
How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’? | Technology | The Guardian
When Seamas O’Reilly responded to all his emails for a week using only Smart Reply, our columnist’s messages suddenly became spookily jaunty. Did his friends spot the difference?
Google  Gmail  SmartReplies  personalaccount  review  Guardian  2019 
4 days ago
The Great Music Meme Scam: How TikTok Gets Rich While Paying Artists Pennies | Pitchfork
The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
TikTok  music  intellectualproperty  copyright  review  critique  Pitchfork  2019 
4 days ago
Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same - Bloomberg
Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires.
architecture  housing  wood  timber  USA  Bloomberg  2019 
6 days ago
FedEx to help retailers compete with Amazon with next-day delivery option | The Seattle Times
Package couriers face a rising threat from Amazon — which is also one of their biggest customers — as the online giant has begun expanding its own delivery capabilities by leasing aircraft and hiring independent contractors to establish a ground-delivery network. Online sales now make up about 15 percent of U.S. retail, and are growing at three times the pace of traditional brick-and-mortar.

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FedEx sees potential profit in the competitive pressure online stores face in keeping up with Amazon’s drive to reduce delivery times on purchases. About half of online purchases occur after 4 p.m., Carere said. FedEx’s new extended-hours service seeks to help retailers such as AutoZone and Best Buy to meet those demands.
FedEx  logistics  ecommerce  strategy  speed  SeattleTimes  2019 
6 days ago
Ex-Walmart exec says theft helped kill Walmart's cashierless tech - Business Insider
A former Walmart executive said shopper theft was a major reason why the company killed Scan & Go, a cashierless-checkout technology, several months after expanding it to more than 100 stores.
Walmart  retail  automation  review  critique  crime  theft  BusinessInsider  2019 
6 days ago
The Cost of Apple News – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
What is happening is Aggregation: Apple News attracts the users, which means publishers are coming onto Apple’s platform on Apple’s terms, which makes Apple News more attractive to users, making publishers ever more reticent to leave even though they aren’t getting much out of the deal.
Apple  AppleNews  aggregator  aggregationtheory  webjournalism  strategy  review  Stratechery  2019 
6 days ago
Fyre Festival Was a Huge Scam. Is Netflix’s Fyre Documentary a Scam, Too? | The New Republic
The festival's marketing agency also co-produced the film, resulting in a misleading version of who bears responsibility for the fraud.
FyreFestival  Fyre  documentary  review  critique  film  movies  NewRepublic  2019 
8 days ago
Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought | WIRED
What makes the psychology of tribalism so stubbornly powerful is that it consists mainly of cognitive biases that easily evade our awareness. Indeed, evading our awareness is something cognitive biases are precision-engineered by natural selection to do. They are designed to convince us that we’re seeing clearly, and thinking rationally, when we’re not. And Harris’s work features plenty of examples of his cognitive biases working as designed, warping his thought without his awareness. He is a case study in the difficulty of transcending tribal psychology, the importance of trying to, and the folly of ever feeling sure we’ve succeeded.
SamHarris  rationality  bias  review  critique  Wired  2019 
10 days ago
John Humphrys’s dismal legacy | Prospect Magazine
The Today presenter preferred to score political points rather than properly interrogate his interviewees
JohnHumphry  journalism  profile  critique  BBC  RadioFour  UK  Prospect  2019 
13 days ago
Was Architecture Better Under Socialism? | Boston Review
Yugoslavia’s distinctive history within the Eastern Bloc produced a thrilling variety of buildings that frequently departed from the prefabricated monotony of Soviet construction.
architecture  modernism  design  Yugoslavia  EasternBloc  review  BostonReview  2019 
14 days ago
So, poorer Brexiters voted to be worse off? There’s nothing wrong in that | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
Many working-class leavers were not motivated by self-interest, but by values. Well-off liberals who back tax rises should understand that
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  workingclass  values  UK  review  author:GaryYoung  Guardian  2019 
14 days ago
How I learnt to loathe England | Prospect Magazine
Ever since the referendum, friends from across the world have been enquiring whether it is true that the British have gone mad. Without those six years in London, I would have unhesitatingly said “yes.” “A temporary bout of insanity” still seems the preferred explanation in much of Europe and among many British Remainers. But years of immersion in English culture and society have convinced me that actually, the Brexit vote should instead be seen as the logical and overdue outcome of a set of English pathologies.
Brexit  socialclass  EuropeanUnion  UK  review  personalaccount  critique  Prospect  2017 
15 days ago
A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary | Travel | The Guardian
Explore Silk Road heritage, deserts landscapes, Tashkent’s metro and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country encouraging tourists with new, relaxed visa policies
Uzbekistan  guide  travel  tourist  Guardian  2019 
15 days ago
How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything | GQ
The trendy DIY teen hip-hop genre went from a goofy punch line to the preposterously lucrative engine driving a whole new golden age in the music biz. But, wow, is it messy.
hiphop  music  culture  trends  Soundcloud  GQ  2019 
15 days ago
How to design a logo
Art director and graphic designer Peter Saville talks to Vogue Business about the process of redrawing the logos of internationally famous brands – and how fetish and the Badminton Horse Trials inspired his Burberry sans serif
PeterSaville  interview  Burberry  brand  typography  fashion  VogueBusiness  2019 
15 days ago
Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich | Cities | The Guardian
An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower
architecture  skyscrapers  urbandevelopment  trends  airrights  NewYork  Guardian  2019 
15 days ago
It’s a Theater, With Craft Beer and D.J.s Until 6 a.m. - The New York Times
The Yard opened in 2011 in a warehouse in Hackney Wick — a district of East London that was once run-down but has recently gentrified. The theater venue, with a 110-seat, purpose-built auditorium inside a former warehouse, was meant to be temporary; eight years later, it still has a rough-and-ready feel, all recycled wood and corrugated roofing. Beyond staging some of London’s most avant-garde theater productions, there is a large bar that hosts club nights for as many as 250 people.
TheYard  Hackney  HackneyWick  review  tourist  guide  London  NYTimes  2019 
15 days ago
Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013
There are ways in which Silicon Valley is nothing like this: it’s clean, quiet work, and here to stay in one form or another. But there are ways in which technology is just another boom and the Bay Area is once again a boomtown, with transient populations, escalating housing costs, mass displacements and the casual erasure of what was here before. I think of it as frontierism, with all the frontier’s attitude and operational style, where people without a lot of attachments come and do things without a lot of concern for their impact, where money moves around pretty casually, and people are ground underfoot equally casually. Sometimes the Google Bus just seems like one face of Janus-headed capitalism; it contains the people too valuable even to use public transport or drive themselves. In the same spaces wander homeless people undeserving of private space, or the minimum comfort and security; right by the Google bus stop on Cesar Chavez Street immigrant men from Latin America stand waiting for employers in the building trade to scoop them up, or to be arrested and deported by the government. Both sides of the divide are bleak, and the middle way is hard to find.
Google  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  gentrification  personalaccount  review  critique  LondonReviewofBooks  2019 
15 days ago
Is Alexa working? — Benedict Evans
There are a couple of obvious strands to think about. Alexa’s capability to control ‘smart home’ devices might expand to enable more delivery models (‘open the garage door automatically when an Amazon delivery robot arrives’, or more prosaically just ‘unlock the door for the Fedex delivery’, and send me a video of it happening), or more automated ordering (the washing machine can order more soap for itself, perhaps). Another thing to ponder is the ways that brands can use Alexa to help customers with products. For example, there could be an Alexa skill that talks you through how to use a product when you need ongoing instructions and can’t use your hands. I don’t know what the answer is, and that’s really the point - Amazon is deep in experimentation mode. Indeed, this is an experimentation company, as seen in the Fire Phone and Tablet and indeed in the new crop of retail store pilots.
Alexa  Amazon  growth  opportunity  strategy  forecast  BenedictEvans  2019 
16 days ago
New Zealand Vowed 100,000 New Homes to Ease Crunch. So Far It Has Built 47. - The New York Times
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, consistently ranks among the world’s 10 least affordable housing markets in the annual Demographia International report.
housing  income  affordability  research  NewZealand  NYTimes  2019 
19 days ago
How an Olympic Hopeful Robbed 26 Banks on His Bike
Tom Justice was once a cyclist chasing Olympic gold. Then he began using his bike for a much different purpose: robbing banks.
cycling  crime  bankrobbery  banking  USA  Chicagomagazine  2019 
20 days ago
RA: Sonideros: The mobile soundsystems of Mexico City
Max Pearl reports from the Mexican capital on a timeless DJ tradition that stretches back to the 1950s.
Sonideros  cumbia  music  Mexico  MexicoCity  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
22 days ago
'No one likes being a tourist': the rise of the anti-tour | Cities | The Guardian
With the tourism explosion affecting even smaller cities such as Porto, visitors and locals alike are looking for more ‘authentic’ days out. But is that possible?
tourism  authenticity  walkingtours  Porto  guide  Guardian  2019 
22 days ago
The next Homeland? The problems with Fauda, Israel's brutal TV hit | Television & radio | The Guardian
The Netflix smash – about a ruthless Israeli unit hunting down terrorists – has been praised for its evenhanded portrayal of the Palestinian conflict. But are there glaring omissions?
Fauda  television  review  critique  Netflix  Israel  Guardian  2018 
22 days ago
The Plot Against George Soros
How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
GeorgeSoros  antisemitism  Hungary  politics  EliBirnbaum  ArthurFinkelstein  Buzzfeed  2019 
23 days ago
Introducing: The Nu Jazz Lad - VICE
Shoestring belt holding up Dickies, tiny hat, bang into Ezra Collective? If you're not this guy, you know him.
culture  trends  jazz  Vice  2019 
23 days ago
Zen and the Art of Hotel Living by Glenn O’Brien
  Hotels clear your head. A long-term stay in a hotel is a vacation from your stuff, all that detritus of your personality that reinforces who you are. Staying in a place that reflects your taste only in the abstract, that you have no responsibility for, is a real palate cleanser, a psychic relief from responsibility. You wake up and have breakfast delivered. You take a shower and throw your towels on the floor. You get dressed, have your laundry picked up, go out, and voila: you return and your pajamas are no longer on the floor, the empty wine bottle is gone, and the bed is made. Think of all that time and energy you can use for thinking instead. You’re like a yogi in a mountaintop cave, but with much better food.
hotels  accommodation  advocacy  StandardHotels  2015 
23 days ago
The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist | The New Yorker
The skilled climber and thief Vjeran Tomic, whom the French press referred to as Spider-Man, has described robbery as an act of imagination.
VjeranTomic  crime  art  thief  Paris  France  NewYorker  2019 
23 days ago
The cost of studying the arts at Oxbridge - British universities
Many gifted arts students would struggle to crunch numbers. But for those who can excel at both, the cost of sticking with the arts, in terms of forgone wages, is steep. Cambridge creative-arts students have a-level scores close to those of economics students at Warwick, but earn about half as much. That is tantamount to giving up an annuity worth £500,000.
Cambridge  Oxford  Oxbridge  education  university  income  incomeinequality  UK  Economist  2019 
23 days ago
Too Ugly to Be Saved? Singapore Weighs Fate of Its Brutalist Buildings - The New York Times
Singapore’s own take on the Brutalist style, Mr. Ho said, evolved to reflect local sensibilities and a tropical climate, so he said a better term for it would be “Singapore modernist.”
brutalism  architecture  design  Singapore  history  NYTimes  2019 
23 days ago
The BuzzFeed Lesson – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That’s the thing, though: all of the big aggregators have been pursuing similar policies for years. To point to short-term pressure, whether that be falling China iPhone sales or Facebook ad load saturation is to miss the broader point: the more dominant an aggregator the more powerless the supply, and none of these companies are in the charity business.
Buzzfeed  webjournalism  aggregator  Facebook  Journalism  decline  Stratechery  2019 
23 days ago
A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ - The New York Times
The challenges in Texas illustrate problems that Apple would face if it tried to move a significant amount of manufacturing out of China. Apple has found that no country — and certainly not the United States — can match China’s combination of scale, skills, infrastructure and cost.

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, helped lead the company’s shift to foreign manufacturing in 2004.
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Apple  manufacturing  supplychain  onshoring  review  critique  USA  China  NYTimes  2019 
23 days ago
Amazon Ruined Online Shopping - The Atlantic
But there’s a reason that we used to have shoe stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, bookstores, and all the rest: Those specialized retail spaces allow products, and the people with knowledge about them, to engage in specialized ways of finding, choosing, and purchasing them. On Amazon, everything gets treated the same. The problem with an Everything Store is that there’s no way to organize everything effectively. The result is basically a giant digital flea market. Amazon is so big, and so heterogenous, that the whole shopping experience is saturated with caprice and uncertainty. It’s not that Dash purchases alone might produce a result different from the one the buyer intended, but that every purchase might do so.
Amazon  ecommerce  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2019 
29 days ago
The Pepys Estate, Deptford: for ‘the peaceful enjoyment and well-being of Londoners’ | Municipal Dreams
The Pepys Estate was famous, then it was infamous, now it just looks and feels like a pretty decent place to live.  It was a GLC showpiece before it became (or was portrayed as) a ‘nightmare’.  Its stories of crime and race and controversial regeneration can stand for a wider narrative of council housing over these years but a closer examination of their detail will take us far beyond the crude headlines.  This post focuses on the Estate’s origins.
PepysEstate  housing  modernism  brutalism  Deptford  London  MunicipalDreams  2015 
4 weeks ago
Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab
Netflix’s hit show has everyone tidying up, but that's not the only reason second-hand stores are being flooded with donations.
MarieKondo  Netflix  television  fastfashion  clothing  opshop  review  trends  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2019 
4 weeks ago
5G: if you build it, we will fill it — Benedict Evans
In 2000 or so, when I was a baby telecoms analyst, it seemed as though every single telecoms investor was asking ‘what’s the killer app for 3G?’ People said ‘video calling’ a lot. But 3G video calls never happened, and it turned out that the killer app for having the internet in your pocket was, well, having the internet in your pocket. Over time, video turned out to be one part of that, but not as a telco service billed by the second. Equally, the killer app for 5G is probably, well, ‘faster 4G’. Over time, that will mean new Snapchats and New YouTubes - new ways to fill the pipe that wouldn’t work today, and new entrepreneurs. It probably isn’t a revolution - or rather, it means that the revolution that’s been going on since 1995 or so keeps going for another decade or more, until we get to 6G. 
5g  telecoms  mobile  opportunity  forecast  BenedictEvans  2019 
4 weeks ago
Michel Houellebecq's 'Serotonin': An Indictment of the EU - The Atlantic
Other French critics have commented on Houellebecq’s evolution from the darling of left-wing magazines like Les Inrockuptibles to that of far-right ones like Valeurs Actuelles. But Houellebecq has captured something in his trajectory from the alt-weekly to the alt-right. It’s not so much that his views have changed, but that the political landscape around him has changed in ways that reflect his outlook. Maybe he is a visionary after all. And his is a grim vision indeed.
MichelHouellebecq  Serotonin  books  review  politics  TheAtlantic  2019 
5 weeks ago
BBC - Culture - The Sopranos: A revolutionary show we’ll talk about forever
Twenty years on from when it was first aired, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong looks back at a drama so perfectly timed, it reinvented not only the genre, but how we watch TV.
TheSopranos  legacy  television  review  HBO  BBC  2019 
5 weeks ago
Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? | Outside Online
Current guidelines for sun exposure are unhealthy and unscientific, controversial new research suggests—and quite possibly even racist. How did we get it so wrong?
health  sunscreen  research  VitaminD  skincancer  bloodpressure  Outside  2019 
5 weeks ago
In 2019, blockchains will start to become boring - MIT Technology Review
After the Great Crypto Bull Run of 2017 and the monumental crash of 2018, blockchain technology won’t make as much noise in 2019. But it will become more useful.
cryptocurrencies  blockchain  review  opportunity  growth  smartcontracts  TechnologyReview  2019 
5 weeks ago
The Sopranos, glorious pioneer of today’s TV golden age | Dorian Lynskey | Opinion | The Guardian
Twenty years on, prestige TV has attained overwhelming dimensions, empowering scores of creators who couldn’t have thrived in the rule-bound world of pre-Sopranos television. While the success of The Sopranos was made possible by the economics of cable channels, DVD binge viewing and episode-by-episode TV criticism, affluent streaming platforms such as Netflix have opened the floodgates. The vast amount of brilliant, idiosyncratic television that we now enjoy is due in no small part to David Chase’s refusal to be full of shit.
TheSopranos  television  review  advocacy  legacy  Guardian  2019 
5 weeks ago
How Google software won 2018
But it's not just what's outside that matters. When it comes to Google's products, software can not only make up for lackluster hardware, but even give the company's devices an edge over competing gadgets. This year, Google delivered thoughtful software and truly helpful AI that made some of its otherwise mediocre devices surprisingly compelling.
Google  software  review  advocacy  hardware  Pixel  Pixel3  CallScreening  GoogleAssistant  PixelSlate  ChromeOS  Engadget  2018 
5 weeks ago
Apple’s Precarious and Pivotal 2019 – 500ish Words
All of the above points to a rocky year ahead for Apple, but also a pivotal one. The transition from the iPhone company to a Services company is now officially underway. It is clearly happening earlier than Apple had planned. How will Apple adapt to this new era?
Apple  strategy  results  review  services  500ish  2019 
5 weeks ago
The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires – Foreign Policy
China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?
bikeshare  cycling  review  decline  China  ForeignPolicy  2018 
5 weeks ago
Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities - WSJ
A tech-driven concentration of talent since the 1980s has helped the rich get richer. But it has also sharpened an urban-rural divide that, some say, threatens growth.
cities  urbandevelopment  winnertakesall  centralisation  NewYork  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  Austin  Boston  Seattle  review  USA  WallStreetJournal  2018 
6 weeks ago
The Chinese takeover of Indian app ecosystem | FactorDaily
2018 is likely to be remembered as the year when the Chinese took over Indian smartphones. In December 2017, the top 10 mobile apps on Google Playstore looked a lot different than what they look from a year later. The Playstore rankings for India in 2018 have China written all over it. Five out of the top 10 mobile apps in India are Chinese — versus two at the end of 2017.
mobileapps  growth  marketshare  India  China  FactorDaily  2019 
6 weeks ago
Apple and Samsung feel the sting of plateauing smartphones - The Verge
Smartphone markets are slowing down in large part because they’ve served their purpose. We wanted phones with great displays, fast connectivity, all-day battery life, and a few extra luxuries thrown in, and now we’ve got them in abundance. The system works. When the next truly compelling upgrade shows up on the horizon, consumers will once again throw money at the latest and greatest products. But until then, all this competition makes for a bumpy ride for any company venturous enough to be in the phone-selling business, including those at the very top.
smartphones  sales  decline  innovation  review  critique  China  Apple  Samsung  TheVerge  2019 
6 weeks ago
Wandering Through Georgia, the Eden of the Caucasus | Travel | Smithsonian
There is beauty and drama at every turn in the country’s rugged landscapes, at its feast-laden tables, in its complex history
tourist  guide  food  culture  Georgia  Smithsonian  2018 
6 weeks ago
Bathroom renovations for Instagram are on the rise - Vox
Hotels and restaurants are hoping you’ll take a selfie in one of their novelty bathrooms.
selfies  bathroom  restaurants  hotels  socialmedia  Instagram  trends  Vox  2018 
6 weeks ago
Childhood's End | Edge.org
The genius — sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental — of the enterprises now on such a steep ascent is that they have found their way through the looking-glass and emerged as something else. Their models are no longer models. The search engine is no longer a model of human knowledge, it is human knowledge. What began as a mapping of human meaning now defines human meaning, and has begun to control, rather than simply catalog or index, human thought. No one is at the controls. If enough drivers subscribe to a real-time map, traffic is controlled, with no central model except the traffic itself. The successful social network is no longer a model of the social graph, it is the social graph. This is why it is a winner-take-all game. Governments, with an allegiance to antiquated models and control systems, are being left behind.
GeorgeDyson  information  informationtechnology  evolution  review  Edge  2018 
7 weeks ago
A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta » Nieman Journalism Lab
Though it’s too early to assess the implications of this approach, Ocasio-Cortez’s uses of Instagram seem to be less about humanizing an individual politician than about politicizing humans; that is, bringing more humans, particularly young humans, into the fold and representing electoral politics as something they have a genuine stake in. Ultimately, this may be a more meaningfully inclusive form of candor than what has come before.
AlexandriaOcasioCortez  politics  socialmedia  Instagram  review  NiemanJournalismLab  2018 
7 weeks ago
I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. | HuffPost
A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.
cableTV  internet  employment  personalaccount  USA  HuffingtonPost  2018 
7 weeks ago
What Is Breadcrumbing - Why Breadcrumbiing Is the New Ghosting
Breadcrumbing, defined by Urban Dictionary as “the act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (ie "breadcrumbs") in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort,” equates to leading someone on. Don't do that! Don't be this duck either!
relationships  breadcrumbing  socialmedia  trends  Cosmopolitan  2018 
7 weeks ago
Orbiting, Another Thing for Online Daters to Worry About - The New York Times
Digitally observing a prospective love interest, or an ex, online is yet another way that people are confusing each other romantically.
relationships  socialmedia  trends  orbiting  NYTimes  2018 
7 weeks ago
The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant — Information is Beautiful Awards
Almost half of Americans believe that immigrants make crime worse. But the data tells a different story. This visual piece examines the relationship between immigration and crime in American cities over the past 40 years.
migration  immigration  crime  datavisualisation  USA  MarshallProject  casestudy  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
7 weeks ago
Bussed Out: How America Moves Its Homeless — Information is Beautiful Awards
Each year, US cities give thousands of homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town. An 18-month nationwide investigation by the Guardian reveals, for the first time, what really happens at journey’s end. Through the combined use of (scrollytelling) data visualizations, video, photography, and of course, text, the article explains the impact of the homeless moving around the US. Both from the perspective of the homeless and the cities that are sending them away.
homelessness  migration  webjournalism  datavisualisation  Guardian  USA  casestudy  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
7 weeks ago
Here’s How America Uses Its Land — Information is Beautiful Awards
How do Americans use their land? Bloomberg’s exploration uses a series of unique 8,000-pixel maps in a distinctive, scrolling web experience.
landuse  geography  datavisualisation  Bloomberg  casestudy  USA  InformationisBeautiful  2018 
7 weeks ago
Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality | VentureBeat
So are DNNs the harbinger of superintelligent robots? Demis Hassabis doesn’t believe so — and he would know. He’s the cofounder of DeepMind, a London-based machine learning startup founded with the mission of applying insights from neuroscience and computer science toward the creation of artificial general intelligence (AGI) — in other words, systems that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can.
artificialintelligence  artificialgeneralintelligence  machinelearning  forecast  review  VentureBeat  2018 
7 weeks ago
The Post-Advertising Future of the Media - The Atlantic
Mid-century newspapers were as broad and unobjectionable as department stores, because department-store advertising was their business. News media of the future could be as messy, diverse, and riotously disputatious as their audiences, because directly monetizing them is the new central challenge of the news business.
media  journalism  webjournalism  onlineadvertising  decline  neutrality  partisan  forecast  TheAtlantic  2018 
7 weeks ago
“Succession” ’s Satisfyingly Nasty Family Ties | The New Yorker
The great strength of the show is that it manages to deepen its monstrous characters—to grant them meaningful context, even pathos—without glamorizing them.
Succession  review  television  HBO  NewYorker  2018 
7 weeks ago
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