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Amazon’s New Customer – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
This is the key to understanding the purchase of Whole Foods: to the outside it may seem that Amazon is buying a retailer. The truth, though, is that Amazon is buying a customer — the first-and-best customer that will instantly bring its grocery efforts to scale.
amazon  business  economics  strategy 
2 days ago
Different languages: How cultures around the world draw shapes differently — Quartz
Americans tend to draw circles counterclockwise. Of nearly 50,000 circles drawn in the US, 86% were drawn this way. People in Japan, on the other hand, tend to draw circles in the opposite direction. Of 800 circles drawn in Japan, 80% went clockwise.
culture  drawing  symbol  semantics 
8 days ago
China debuts driverless train that only needs white painted lines as tracks
Its maker, Chinese rail transit firm CRRC, is calling it a "smart bus," but it's a lot more than that. Like a train, it's modular and carriages can be added on; but like a bus, it runs on the road.

Amazingly, the carriage will follow a preset path and won't need a driver — but it won't need tracks to be laid, either. The train is equipped with sensors that'll allow it to follow white-dotted lines on the road.
transit  publictransport  train  tram  china  computervision  technology  smartcities 
15 days ago
The Hollow Men by T S Eliot - Famous poems, famous poets. - All Poetry
Between the idea
    And the reality
    Between the motion
    And the act
    Falls the Shadow
poetry  quote 
19 days ago
Notes From An Emergency
But real problems are messy. Tech culture prefers to solve harder, more abstract problems that haven't been sullied by contact with reality.
discourse 
20 days ago
Toposcape - YouTube
An audiovisual piece made up of over four thousand still images pulled from Google Earth, individually edited, and then manually sequenced to Midnight by Caravan Palace.
satellite  music  video  editing 
20 days ago
What’s brewing in Germany?: How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain | The Economist
Mrs Merkel’s comments today illustrate how much Trumpandbrexit has hurt America and Britain in the past months. They have made it not just possible but also electorally beneficial for a friendly leader of a crucial partner to bash them in public. And more than that: to do it with sincerity. 
politics  germany  trump  brexit  america  britain 
28 days ago
Inside AdWords: Powering ads and analytics innovations with machine learning
Today, we're announcing Google Attribution, a new product to answer the question that has challenged marketers for ages, “Is my marketing working?” For the first time, Google Attribution makes it possible for every marketer to measure the impact of their marketing across devices and across channels
google  retail  advertising  marketing  analytics 
29 days ago
Cold as Ice: How Downtown Chicago Keeps Cool : Sustainable Chicago
District cooling is a mode of distributing thermal energy, usually via chilled water, through an interlinked delivery system.
infrastructure  water  chicago 
4 weeks ago
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