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Technology

Today
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc reported a 27.7 percent drop in quarterly profit as the company recorded a previously announced charge related to a record $2.7 billion fine imposed on its Google unit by the EU. [...]
2017-Jul-24
Source: Reuters: Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Commission said on Monday it has granted New York-based LedgerX, a bitcoin options exchange, the first ever license to clear and settle derivative contracts for digital currencies. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said it appointed chief executive of its Google unit, Sundar Pichai, to its board. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Monday his country and its citizens were exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive material from an IT-contract that one official said had been rushed. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc plans to meet on Wednesday with a dozen U.S. ranchers, seeking to expand distribution of organic and grass-fed meats as it takes over Whole Foods Market Inc, according to the meeting's organizer. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jana Partners has made an investment in Pandora Media Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, seeing the stock as under-valued with an opportunity to grow its advertising revenue. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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BIRMINGHAM/ LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a 246 million-pound ($320 million) fund on Monday to boost the development and manufacturing of electric batteries, a major growth area for the car and energy sectors. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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LONDON (Reuters) - "I've only got one pair of hands", is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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MILAN (Reuters) - Departing Telecom Italia (TIM) Chief Executive Flavio Cattaneo has defended what is likely to be a multi-million euro severance package, saying he delivered on many of his goals ahead of time, according to La Repubblica newspaper. [...]
2017-Jul-24
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Earlier
We're going to have radio silence here at Text Patterns for a while — I'm coming to the end of a year of research leave and have a number of projects, small and large, that I need to wrap up before school resumes in August. One of those projects is [...]
2017-Jun-27
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
I have many questions — real, deep, sincere questions — about this.Does Katherine Dettwyler really believe that a person deserves torture and death for stealing a poster? Or does she, rather, believe that a person deserves torture and death for being a clueless privileged culturally-imperialist white male? Or does she, [...]
2017-Jun-27
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Few writers have meant as much to me, as consistently, over many years as Loren Eiseley — I say a bit about my teenage discovery of him in this essay. I am now writing a piece on the new Library of America edition of his essays for Education and Culture, [...]
2017-Jun-26
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
In his blog-through of the works of H. G. Wells, Adam Roberts has reached Tono-Bungay, and there's much food for thought in the post. Real food, not patent medicine like Tono-Bungay itself. Much of the novel, in Adam's account, considers just that relationship: between the real and the unreal, the [...]
2017-Jun-26
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
At Macdrifter, Gabe Weatherhead makes a vital point: But Apple has a blind spot that I think might mean the iPad never has parity with the Mac. The App Store just doesn't encourage big powerful app development. The price point on the iOS App Store is too low for many indie [...]
2017-Jun-24
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I've just read Janet Browne's two-volume biography of Charles Darwin, and it's a magnificent achievement — one of the finest biographies I've ever read. I especially admire Browne's judgment in knowing when to stick with the events of the life and when to pull back her camera to reveal the [...]
2017-Jun-21
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Bruno Latour shares with Timothy Morton a determination to overthrow the concept of “nature” because he believes that that concept “makes it possible to recapitulate the hierarchy of beings in a single ordered series.” Therefore any genuine (non-anthropocentric) “political ecology” — of the sort I briefly described in a previous [...]
2017-Jun-20
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Q: Why are you reading all this stuff, anyway? It seems pretty obvious that you don't have much sympathy for it.A: That's a good question. I could give several answers. For one thing, I'm not as lacking in sympathy as you think. I have respect for any good-faith attempts to [...]
2017-Jun-19
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Lately I've been reading the philosopher Timothy Morton, who has a lot to say about living in the Anthropocene, and I see that he has a forthcoming book called Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People. On his website the book is described thus: What is it that makes humans human? As [...]
2017-Jun-17
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
This is a fabulous idea by Mark Sample: studying digital culture through file types. He mentions MP3, GIF, HTML, and JSON, but of course there are many others worthy of attention. Let me mention just two:XML: XML is remarkably pervasive, providing the underlying document structure for things ranging from RSS [...]
2017-Jun-16
Source: New Atlantis: Technology