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"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works."
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A Chinese space station is going to fall out of the sky in a few weeks The Chinese space program lost contact with — and their ability to steer — the 9.4-ton Tiangong-1 in March of 2016, after it had been spinning around the earth for over four years, according to state media. Now, it’s losing speed in orbit and is expected to fall into the atmosphere sometime around the first week of April. The craft will tumble back into the atmosphere, and perhaps break up, and where it will fall is difficult to predict. Still, it’s pretty unlikely to hit anyone on reentry. - Vice
 
KITH Treats Celebrates National Cereal Day with Special Postmates Deliveries The boutique’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami and LA locations will all take part in the celebration with tees and hoodies also available for delivery. KITH Treats’ Delivery capsule features logos on the front and back with six different color schemes housed in special cereal-box inspired packaging. Once the free deliveries have concluded, KITH Treats’ confections will remain on Postmates. - Hypebeast
 
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) releases details of its first residential and hotel project in New York A new image has been revealed of the block-long site in West Chelsea, which is located near the High Line at 76 11th avenue. Titled ‘The Eleventh’, the project, which is being developed by HFZ capital group, comprises two twisting asymmetrical bronze and travertine towers connected with a skybridge. the new image also shows the evolution of the design, which was first presented in 2016. - designboom
   
BlackBerry Sues Facebook for Patent Infringement Over Messaging Apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp use some messaging capabilities that were originally designed by BlackBerry, a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. “We have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies.” - Motherboard
 
Billionaire explorer discovers sunken US WWII aircraft carrier Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier sunk by the Japanese during World War II, has been discovered 500 miles off the Australian coast by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder announced on Monday. One of the first US aircraft carriers ever built, the vessel dubbed "Lady Lex" was located at the bottom of the Coral Sea, nearly two miles below the surface by the expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel on Sunday, Allen said. - CNN
 
Photographer Captures Halos Above Rock Pinnacles Using Drones Photographer Reuben Wu is a pioneer of using LEDs mounted to drones to light landscapes at night, and his project Lux Noctis is filled with gorgeous and unusual photos created using this technique. More recently, Wu has added yet another creative touch: he adds halos above the rock pinnacles on dramatic landscapes by flying the drones in circles during long-exposure photos. “The circles are actual light paths of the modified drone I used to light the landscapes.” - PetaPixel
   
Airbnb has hired the head of Amazon Prime to run its home-sharing business Greeley joins Airbnb after almost two decades at Amazon, where he led international expansion and more recently Amazon Prime. As president of homes at Airbnb he will oversee the company’s existing listings, plus the newly launched Airbnb Plus, Airbnb Collections (rentals designed for special occasions, like weddings), and loyalty programs for both hosts and guests. His challenge is to show Airbnb can still grow, after growth slowed in the US and Europe in 2017 on increased privacy concerns and a tougher regulatory environment. - Quartz
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How Warby Parker Makes Every Point In Its Employee Lifecycle Extraordinary
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"The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book."
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‘Making A Murderer’ Is Getting A Follow-Up Series Now a new filmmaker, Shawn Rech, is showing fans a different side of the case. Convicting A Murder will serve as a follow-up to the wildly popular series and be telling Avery’s story from the prosecution’s perspective. The show will closely follow District Attorney Ken Katz and lead investigator Tom Fassbender as they (and others involved) shed new light on the case. - Nylon
 
IKEA and Teenage Engineering Tune Into the Same Frequency The entirety of the FREKVENS collection hasn’t been revealed yet, but according to IKEA will eventually include products such as an “electronic choir, vinyl player, party lighting” and other accessories – an entire collection intended to facilitate the youthful proclivity for “spontaneous” partying. - Design Milk
 
Dolce & Gabbana used drones to carry handbags down the runway instead of models Fashionista reports that audience members were asked to turn off Wi-Fi on their phones, as well as any personal hot spots. The show was also 45 minutes late to start. Seven or so drones flew down the runway, each carrying a leather and jewel-encrusted handbag from the company’s latest Fall Winter 2018/19 collection. Once the drones were done, human models returned to show off D&G’s clothes, proving that perhaps humans aren’t obsolete after all. - The Verge
 
Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor Accused of Swindling $5 Billion of Cryptocurrency “Craig forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him," lawyers for Kleiman’s family said in the complaint. “Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave’s signature on them." Kleiman’s family contends they own the rights to more than 1 million Bitcoins and blockchain technologies - Bloomberg
 
Off-White™ Opens Pop-Up Cafe in Paris To coincide with the beginning of Paris Fashion Week, Off-White™ has opened a pop-up cafe in Paris’ Le Bon Marché department store. The space is part of the store’s Logomania exhibition, and sees Off-White™ team up with Wild & The Moon, a Paris and Dubai-based juice and wild food bar. - Hypebeast
   
Apple confirms it uses Google's cloud for iCloud Apple periodically publishes new versions of a PDF called the iOS Security Guide. For years the document contained language indicating that iCloud services were relying on remote data storage systems from Amazon Web Services, as well as Microsoft's Azure. But in the latest version, the Microsoft Azure reference is gone, and in its place is Google Cloud Platform. Before the January update, Apple most recently updated the iOS Security Guide in March. - CNBC
   
The 2018 Oscars Stage Will Dazzle with 45 Million Swarovski Crystals Get a sneak peek at designer Derek McLane’s sets for the 90th Academy Awards. The proscenium, which is the arch surrounding the stage in front of the curtain, is a brand-new design this year—and perhaps McLane’s favorite element of the show. “It feels a little bit like a geode, or a kind of sculpture made out of crushed glass,” he says. - Architectural Digest
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
Picked yearly by MIT, 2018's list highlights everything from 3D metal printing to the perfect "smart city" to artificial embryos. These are all real things, and some of them will no doubt have major implications on the the future of society.
The Rise and Fall of the Sunken Living Room: A History
Tracing the origins, the rise and the fall of an interior architectural trend that seems to us like it could be an awesome piece of design to experience with the right group of friends/music/other things...
 
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February 22, 2018
"I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match."
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Airbnb Is Adding Hotels and a Loyalty Program At a company event on Thursday, Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s co-founder and chief executive officer, outlined a roadmap designed to make his service more mainstream. The efforts include highlighting hotels on the website, a loyalty program, and the ability to match guests with accommodations that fit their budgets and tastes. - Bloomberg
 
Harley Davidson’s EV debut could electrify the motorcycle industry Harley Davidson will launch its first production e-motorcycle in 2019. Yes, the iconic symbol of American steel and piston popping internal combustion is shifting to voltage. “We announced we’ll invest more aggressively in…electric technology in premium motorcycles,” Harley Davidson CEO Matt Levatich said on the company’s recent earnings call. - Tech Crunch
 
Frieze Will Officially Launch a New Art Fair in Los Angeles Next Year It’s finally a done deal: Frieze is coming to Los Angeles. The international art fair will launch a West Coast edition at Paramount Studios from February 14–17, 2019, with around 60 galleries expected for its inaugural edition. The news comes almost two years after the Hollywood entertainment, sports, and fashion company Endeavor (formerly WME-IMG) bought a majority stake in Frieze. Rumors of a Frieze LA began circulating soon after the deal was signed. - artnet
 
Drake May Leave Jordan Brand for adidas According to footwear industry insiders close to Drake, as well as HYPEBEAST’s own sources, the rapper is unhappy with his Jordan Brand partnership and is seeking a deal more to his liking. Adidas informed HYPEBEAST that it had a major announcement planned for last weekend’s 747 Warehouse St. activation. However, that announcement was postponed by Saturday. Still, we’ve noticed that Drake has been liking some of our Instagram photos of various adidas silhouettes, something he hasn’t done in the past. - Hypebeast
 
Chris Tucker Confirms ‘Rush Hour 4’ Is in the Works When asked if Tucker would ever be teaming up with Chan again to revive their wildly popular, crime-fighting duo of the 2000s, the actor said: “It’s happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.” Last year, Chan stated: “For the last seven years, we’ve been turning downs cripts. But yesterday we agreed.” - Highsnobiety
   
Street Debater tool helps homeless people earn money Kihara presented Street Debater at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa this week. His project consists of a set of scales, which are used to pose multiple-choice questions to passersby. People are invited to cast a vote for their preferred answer, by placing coins on one side of the scales. - dezeen
   
Frame Awards 2018 Winners Announced The 2018 Frame Awards winners were announced last night in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The Awards identify and honour the world's best interior projects and the people behind them. Ramdane Touhami, Cheungvogl Architects, KAAN Architecten and ACDF Architecture are among the winners of the first ever Frame Awards. 28 winners were recognized from across the Spatial, Executional and Societal categories. - Dexiner
Stick The Landing -@The Player's Tribune
An inside look at the physical and mental toughness it took to become the first American woman to land the jump on Olympic ice.
 
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"The media's the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."
Malcolm X
 
USA defeats Canada in shootout to win the gold medal in women's hockey Mission accomplished. The United States scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game, and went on to defeat Canada 3-2 in a thrilling shootout to win the gold medal. Lamoureux-Davidson netted the final game winner with a jaw-dropping deke. The last time USA won gold was in 1998. - NBC Olympics
 
Elon Musk is stepping down from the $1 billion AI organization he helped found On Tuesday, OpenAI announced that the billionaire entrepreneur is exiting his role at the company to avoid potential conflicts of interest with his work at Tesla. Founded in 2015 with $1 billion in funding, OpenAI is a non-profit organization focused on research about artificial intelligence technology and on examining its potential social implications and safety risks. - Business Insider
 
HBO to build an actual Westworld town outside Austin Experience the first vacation destination where you can live without limits. Westworld is a meticulously crafted and artfully designed park offering an unparalleled, immersive world where you have the freedom to become who you’ve always wanted to be—or who you never knew you were. Exist free of rules, laws or judgment. No impulse is taboo. - Discover Westworld
 
Fourth US man dies hunting for buried $2m treasure in the Rocky Mountains Murphy was seeking the fortune of New Mexico millionaire Forrest Fenn. The antiques dealer wrote a 24-line poem in his 2010 memoir that he claimed led to the treasure. He said he wanted to encourage people to spend more time outdoors, using the hunt as a way to "get the kids off the couch and away from the game machine". The Romanesque chest, he says, is buried above the elevation of 5,000ft somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Canadian border. - BBC
 
Moog is bringing back a modular synth from 1969 for $35,000 Originally released in the late 1960s, the Moog Synthesizer IIIp was the company’s first portable system, coming in roadworthy flight cases, and was used by artists like Isao Tomita and George Harrison. The company says only 40 units will be handcrafted, and each one will feature the original’s documentation, art, and circuit board files. - The Verge
   
Gucci's tweedy, embroidered, nerdy style is on a huge winning streak ince Alessandro Michele took over as Gucci’s creative director in 2015, he has breathed a strange new life into the label, boosting sales by 40% to €6.2 billion ($7.6 billion) last year. How did Michele and Gucci follow this astounding performance on their first runway outing of 2018? By sending models down the catwalk carrying their own heads. - Quartz
   
The 40 Best Sneakers Releasing This Week & Where to Buy Them As always, a ton of great kicks from a wide range of brands are releasing, so we rounded them up here for convenience. We’ll also have a “past releases” section that will be updated daily with the best kicks that have already dropped and are still available to purchase. - High Snobiety
   
Soft Cell Reunite for Farewell Show Soft Cell, the pioneering synth-pop duo of Marc Almond and Dave Ball, have announced a farewell reunion concert. Their first in 15 years, the show will take place at London O2 on September 30, marking their 40th anniversary as a duo. Of the one-off show, Almond said in a press release, “With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished. This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan.” - Pitchfork
The Media Exaggerates Negative News, And Its Consequences Are Dire. This Is How/Why They Do It, And Why You Should Avoid It -@The Guardian
This article articulates the very thoughts that led us to create New Library. Backed by psychology and data research, the article discusses how the constant barrage of negativity is having real consequences and truly miscalibrating our view on the world and each other. We think this should be taken very seriously.
 
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February 21, 2018
"A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact."
Daniel Kahneman
(Thinking Fast and Slow)
 
Jeff Bezos just revealed video of the massive 10,000-year clock being built inside a West Texas mountain The clock is 500 feet tall and powered by the Earth's thermal cycles, Bezos said in a tweet Tuesday. "It's a special Clock, designed to be a symbol, an icon for long-term thinking," a blog post signed by Bezos says. The clock has been in the works for nearly three decades, according to the post, and is designed to tick once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. - CNBC
 
Bigelow's New Company Wants to Build a Space Station to Compete with China On Tuesday morning, the billionaire hotelier and noted believer in extraterrestrials Robert Bigelow announced at a press conference that he had created a new company called Bigelow Space Operations to capitalize on demand for human operations in Low Earth Orbit. The company is a public facing partner of Bigelow Aerospace, which was founded 20 years ago and is focused on manufacturing inflatable human space habitats. - Motherboard
 
Facebook’s next project: American inequality The company is making the user data available to a team led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty, a favorite among tech elites for his focus on data-driven solutions to the nation's social and economic problems. Facebook and Chetty declined to talk about the full scope of the research, but veterans of Washington's domestic policy debates say the social network's involvement could turbo-charge efforts to map out how geography and social connections play into economic inequality. - Politico
 
Coinbase to Launch SegWit Upgrade Coinbase Inc., the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, is planning to roll out a long-awaited software update in an effort to reduce transaction fees customers pay when sending Bitcoin. The upgrade, called Segregated Witness or SegWit, was first made available by developers in August as Bitcoin’s growing popularity led to congestion in the network. - Bloomberg
   
The world's tiniest life-jacket is 50 times smaller and sits around your neck 1/50th the size of a regular foam-based life jacket, the ploota is compact, taking up 50 times less space than average life-jackets. Another remarkable feature is that the device is extremely lightweight, weighing only 280gms and allowing users to engage in high-intensity water sports. When it inflates refillable-CO2 cartridges in the front are engaged, inflating two bags on the side and above the shoulder immediately, bringing you to the surface of the water. - designboom
   
The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018 The 2018 edition of Fast Companies World's Most Innovative Companies spans more than 350 enterprises across 36 categories, from the world's most valuable firm and its continuing transformation of consumer electronics to a small outfit selling natural gum to preserve rainforests. We hope you're as inspired learning from these businesses as we were in selecting them. - Fast Company
   
Sybarite Design Joseph's New Store in Miami Design District Sybarite has completed luxury fashion label Joseph's new store in Miami's Design District. Sybarite designed over 50 stores for the fashion house, and the new flagship is the largest Joseph store globally. Present throughout the new store are Joseph's signature design details: strong geometric lines and a play on opposites - black and white, masculine and feminine. - Dexiner
Will intelligence enhancement split humans into two species? Can you hack your cognitive abilities through both legal and illegal means? This guy thinks so. His life goal is also "to be a god." So, yea. 
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February 20, 2018
"The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood."
Voltaire

 
NASA's Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only expected to last just 90 days. Opportunity is just one of two rovers currently functioning on the Red Planet, along with NASA’s Curiosity rover.
- The Verge

 
The US Figure Skating Team has already made history 3 times at the Winter Olympics Mirai Nagasu is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics. Vincent Zhou is the first person to land a quadruple lutz at the Olympics. Nathan Chen is the first person to land six quadruple jumps in a performance at the Olympics. Watch video of history-making moments here.
- Business Insider

 
Richard Branson Unveils Hyperloop Plans for India The transportation system in India would connect the city of Pune with the planned new airport in Mumbai in 25 minutes, saving about three hours. A demonstration track will be built in two to three years from the signing of the final agreement, while the second phase will aim to complete construction of the full Pune-Mumbai route in five to seven years. - Bloomberg
 
Snapchat Opens A Store–And Takes Aim At A Trillion-Dollar Industry Snap had limited success selling its own Spectacles glasses, despite releasing special kiosks in cities across the world to launch them. But maybe the company will have more luck with sneakers: at an NBA All-Star event in downtown Los Angeles, Snap began selling Jordan brand shoes within Snapchat. It’s part of a new plan that could one day make Snap a sizable competitor in the $3 trillion world of e-commerce. - Co.Design
   
Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke. This can then be used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event — such as a heart attack — with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods. - The Verge
   
'Black Panther': All The Box Office Records It Broke (And Almost Broke) In Its $235M Debut The numbers are in and Black Panther is a monster hit. More than that, it has already earned a place in the box office history books in just its first three-to-four days of release. The movie earned a $201.8 million Fri-Sun weekend and will earn an estimated $235m over the Fri-Mon holiday. Please enjoy eight box office records that Black Panther has already broken and ten more where it came awfully close to the top of the mountain.- Forbes
   
Artwork hidden under Picasso painting revealed by x-ray Beneath the mournful image lies another painting, a landscape, researchers have revealed after using non-invasive imaging techniques to examine the work. The study has also shed light on previously hidden features of Picasso’s early attempts at his desolate figure. “This is where technology allows us to get into the mind of the artist, so we can actually understand the creative process of Picasso and how he actually started producing this work of art,” said Marc Walton of Northwestern University. - The Guardian
   
Meditations is perhaps the only document of its kind ever made. It is the private thoughts of the world’s most powerful man giving advice to himself on how to make good on the responsibilities and obligations of his positions. 
Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Should we break em' up?
 
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02.16.18
“I have all these things that I want to do, but I don't have to do them right away. Because it's not just about winning, it's about succeeding, which to me are two different things.”
– Mikaela Shiffrin



 

Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Is for Sale for $9.27 Million  Once owned by Michelangelo—yes, the Renaissance master Michelangelo—this stone villa is a historic treasure, with details dating from the 11th century. Michelangelo purchased the classic Tuscan farmhouse in 1549, and the property remained in the Buonarroti family until 1867.  - Architectural Digest

Monstrous Black Holes Are Outgrowing The Galaxies They Inhabit  These celestial phenomena are so hungry for matter that they are actually outgrowing the star formations that surround them. The image is evidence of a blackhole swallowing immense amounts of hot gas from the galaxy surrounding it, a process that was then illustrated by an artist’s rendition.  - Inverse

America's Vincent Zhou Makes History By Landing a Quadruple Lutz at the Olympics  First-time American Olympian Vincent Zhou became the first figure skater to land a quad lutz in any Olympic Games when he nailed the jump at the opening of his short program. The 17-year-old was one of three skaters set to try the quad lutz in their short program, according to the Associated Press. It is considered one of the most difficult jumps that skaters currently perform at the Olympics.  - Time

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution  The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometres (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.  - Independent

Trader Charged With Stealing $2 Million in Cryptocurrencies  A Chicago trader working for Consolidated Trading LLC faces charges he stole $2 million in cryptocurrencies from his firm to cover his losses and then lied about it to cover gambling debts. Joseph Kim, 24, was charged with one count of wire fraud on Thursday in the first criminal prosecution involving the cryptocurrency trading industry to be brought by John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for Chicago. Kim is scheduled to appear in federal court in Chicago on Friday.  - Bloomberg

Skier Lost in New York Has No Idea How He Ended Up in California  In a bizarre, mysterious turn of events, a Canadian firefighter who went missing during a New York ski trip last week was found wandering Sacramento, California, on Tuesday with no clear memory of how he got there. He was even wearing the same ski gear he had disappeared in, had a fresh haircut, $1000 in cash, and absolutely no idea what day it was.  - Vice

FDA Approves Blood Test That Can Detect Concussions  The FDA has approved a new blood test that can quickly detect concussions, which may in turn help reduce patients’ exposure to radiation from brain scans. The blood test can be administered within 12 hours of the injury, and results can be obtained within three to four hours.   - Smithsonian

 
Telling A Story? Look to Abe Lincoln As To How You Should Structure It For Mass Effect. @Inc
Here Are 330 Free Courses From Ivy League Universities
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02.15.18
“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
– Benjamin Franklin 



 

Solar storm could light up the sky over U.S. tonight: How to see the Northern Lights  A solar storm is due to reach Earth tonight, and it might just light up the skies near you. If you live in the northern tier of the U.S., look upwards Thursday and Friday and you could spot the northern lights. On Monday, the sun belched out a slew of charged particles in a moderate solar flare. These particles are now making their way towards Earth.   - Newsweek

‘Cars Are to Us What Books Are to Amazon,’ Uber CEO Says  Ultimately, Uber’s business is getting people from “point A to point B,” he said at a Goldman Sachs-hosted event on Wednesday. Achieving such goals means the company will continue to lose money, he acknowledged, a day after Uber reported a loss of $4.5 billion for 2017 on $7.5 billion in net revenue. To drive home his point, Khosrowshahi compared Uber to Amazon on more than one occasion. While Amazon had almost $178 billion in sales in 2017, net income was $2.24 billion. “Cars are to us what books are to Amazon,” he said. Khosrowshahi said that by 2023, he could imagine Uber providing the entire transportation network for a city.  - Bloomberg

Ikea Wants To Replace Your Crappy Posters With Real Art  While Ikea’s budget prints currently leave a lot to be desired, that’s soon to change. The Scandinavian furniture giant has signed a deal with camera manufacturer Hasselblad, to feature eight new prints by the company’s elite photographer pool. The new collection will feature both portraits and natural landscapes by Dmitry Ageev, Lars van de Goor, Hans Strand, Bára Prášilová, Ali Rajabi, Tom D. Jones, and Joachim Schmeisser.   - Co.Design

Amazon surpasses Microsoft in market value for the first time  Amazon's market value — its closing share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding — rose to $702.5 billion on Wednesday, and for the first time passed Microsoft, which is worth $699.2 billion as of the close of trading. Only Apple and Alphabet are now ahead of Amazon among the most valuable companies in the world.  - CNBC

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's President, mired in corruption scandal  Jacob Zuma has quit as President of South Africa, finally succumbing to a slew of corruption scandals that have drained support from his ruling African National Congress party. The announcement came after the ANC took the extraordinary step of calling for a no-confidence vote in the leader on Wednesday, a day after it publicly demanded his resignation.  - CNN

UK blames Russia for cyber attack, says won't tolerate disruption  Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser. The so-called NotPetya attack in June started in Ukraine where it crippled government and business computers before spreading around the world, halting operations at ports, factories and offices.  - Reuters

Tech Luminary Peter Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley  Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, people familiar with his thinking said, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and its most prominent conservative. Mr. Thiel has also discussed with people close to him the possibility of resigning from the board of Facebook Inc.   - WSJ

 
These Are The 13 Virtues That Benjamin Came Up With When He Was 20 to Becomea A Better Person
Creating one's own set of definitive principles to live by is an activity commonly shared by extremely successful people, and good ole' Benny Franklin - one of the most famous public, motivational, and self-improvement espousing public figures, is no exception. His accomplishments are clearly strong evidence to follow his lead. 
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02.14.18
“I remember thinking that I'd way rather give my parents my money, and not have to like have them go to work anymore, you what what I mean? Because I'd way rather spend more time with them.”
Shaun White (watch)



 

The 10 Toughest Questions We Get: The Annual Letter of Bill & Melinda Gates  "This is our 10th Annual Letter, and we’re marking the occasion by answering 10 tough questions that people ask us. We will answer them as forthrightly as we can, and we hope that when you’re finished reading, you’ll be just as optimistic as we are."   - Gates Notes

[Must] Watch Shaun White win USA's 100th Winter gold  Shaun White has reclaimed his Olympic halfpipe title and won the United States' 100th all-time gold medal at the Winter Olympics. And he did it in dramatic fashion, landing back-to-back 1440s as part of a final run that knocked Japan's Ayumu Hirano out of the top spot.  - NBC Olympics

Landlord Who Destroyed 5Pointz Must Pay Graffiti Artists $6.7M  Money can’t bring back 5Pointz—the bright yellow warehouse in Queens that became a "graffiti mecca" for street artists from around the world. When the building's owner, Gerald Wolkoff, unceremoniously whitewashed its art-covered walls one night in 2013, an unparalleled cache of world-class street art was irreversibly destroyed.  - VICE

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize  This strontium atom is emitting light after being excited by a laser, and it’s the winner of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography award. The EPSRC announced the winners of its 5th annual contest yesterday. Winning photographer David Nadlinger, from the University of Oxford, was just excited to be able to show off his research.  - Gizmodo

This former Uber (and Lyft) exec just raised $15 million for his controversial e-scooter startup: Bird  VanderZanden’s dockless electric scooter company is the talk of Santa Monica, Ca., where it’s based. That’s largely because over the last six months, Bird has plunked roughly 1,000 “Birds” on the streets of the city — and people are riding them: 50,000 people so far have taken 250,000 rides, he says.   - TechCrunch

Apple Has a Deep Bench of Potential Tim Cook Successors  Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook addressed succession at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, saying that eventually "passing the baton" properly is one of his most important roles. The company has a deep bench of experienced managers who could fill Cook’s shoes when the time comes. Cook, 57, has been CEO since succeeding Steve Jobs in 2011.   - Bloomberg

Run the Jewels Announce New Craft Beers  Run the Jewels have announced new beers. Following last year’s “Stay Gold” IPA, named after a song from their album Run the Jewels 3, the duo of El-P and Killer Mike have announced the “Panther Like a Panther” Stout, which drops later this month. Additionally, even more RTJ3 songs will be receiving the beer treatment in 2018. The “Legend Has It” Pilsner will be released in April, followed by the “Down” Double IPA in October.  - Pitchfork

 
The Flying Tomato Would Rather You Not Call Him That Anymore @NYT
A profile of the now 3x Olympic Gold medalist from back in 2014. USA.
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02.13.18
“Style is the way Clark Kent took off his glasses. The way Jean Cocteau rolled up the sleeves of his suit jacket when he read Le Monde. The way Louis Armstrong played the cornet with a handkerchief draped over it. The way Michael Jordan wore his shorts. The way Sinatra held a cigarette. Style is in the details, in the nuance.”
Glenn O'Brien



 

Watch 17 Year Old Chloe Kim dominate in snowboard halfpipe to win Olympic gold  By the time her final run came around, the gold medal was secure and Kim was free to take a victory lap. Instead, she attempted to add an exclamation point by landing her most technical sequence of tricks — the back-to-back 1080s. Kim stomped both of her 1080s, then landed the rest of her run. The final score from the judges: 98.25. And with that, Kim was officially the new Olympic champion. - NBC Olympics

Lions eat 'poacher' near the Kruger National Park in South Africa  The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit. "It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions," Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP. "They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains." - BBC

Ex-Yankee pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested after 44 pounds of cocaine found at rental home  Loaiza, 46, was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 44 pounds of suspected cocaine worth an estimated $500,000, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.He made just over $43.7 million in his major league career. - ESPN

New Horizons Snaps Farthest Image Ever Taken From Earth  In 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft turned its camera toward Earth and took a famous photo called “The Pale Blue Dot” from 3.75 billion miles away. That image has held the record for the farthest ever taken away from Earth—until now. As Ben Guarino reports for The Washington Post, the New Horizons spacecraft has set a new record, taking an image of objects in the Kuiper Belt while 3.79 billion miles from home.  - Smithsonian

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors  Science fiction no more — in a new article out in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice. These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs that can cut off their blood supply, shriveling them up and killing them.   - TechCrunch

BIG and Carlo Ratti design Singapore tower with trees bursting through facade  The tower, at 88 Market Street in the city-state's financial district, will contain 29 floors of office space and 299 apartments, along with gardens spread through the building. BIG and CRA's design shows the glass and steel facade of the 51-storey tower being "pulled apart" at the base, mid and upper levels to allow trees and plants to protrude out.  - dezeen

Engineered Garments Teamed Up with Barbour on a Bulletproof Outerwear Collaboration  The whole point of a collaboration is to bring two brands together to create a product that neither would be able to make on its own. Otherwise, it's just a marketing gimmick. And there's nothing wrong with that. But the best brands collaborate sparingly, only doing so for good reason. Engineered Garments proves once again that it’s at the top of its game. - GQ

Putting a Price on Heat, Legal Aid Threatens to Sue Housing Authority The Legal Aid Society has threatened to take the New York City Housing Authority to court unless the agency agrees to refund up to $15 million in rent to tenants who were left without heat or hot water during this winter’s cold snap.  - The New York Times

 
33 Apps That Will Save You Real Money
From airfare to shopping, to budgeting & investing. Pick a couple out that fit your lifestyle, download em', create an app folder on your phone and call it $aving $. You are welcome. 
The Man Who Taught Men To Love Clothes -@GQ
Todd Snyder is the man who slimmed down your suit, persuaded you to shop in a liquor store, and got you to buy a turtleneck. He's created a world where men can care about furniture. And American manufacturing. And the kind of boots usually seen on construction sites. Here, the most influential menswear designer of his generation explains how he convinced ordinary guys to care about what they wear.
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01.31.18
“Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.”
Shunryu Suzuki


Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes is Missing at Sea   Pierre Agnes' boat was found beached this morning at Hossegor after the 54-year-old Quiksilver CEO delayed his return from a fishing trip due to thick fog.  - Surfer Mag

Blackstone to Buy Thomson Reuters Unit in $20 Billion Deal  A group led by Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy a majority stake in Thomson Reuters Corp.’s financial and risk unit in a deal that values the business at $20 billion, sealing plans for the firm’s biggest buyout in a decade..  - Bloomberg

In-Flight Wifi Is About to Get a Lot Faster  With in-flight Wi-Fi finally emerging from its role as a punch line, there’s good news for sky warriors who routinely curse their connection, or lack thereof. The cost of buying and installing better hardware has fallen far enough that many airlines have begun upgrading to faster speeds, and smaller airlines are adopting Wi-Fi for the first time..  - Bloomberg

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies — including bitcoin and ICOs  Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in an effort to prevent people from advertising what the company is calling “financial products and services frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.”  - Recode

Nerf Has 6 New Blasters - Here Are All Of Them Little brothers and sisters of the world, run for cover. Nerf has unveiled six new blasters with range-extending, rapid-firing, and aim-assisting features, which means foam darts will soon start raining down on your little noggins with greater accuracy, greater speed, and from longer distances. All of these Nerf toys will be available this fall, so consider this a preview.   - Wired

Amazon is creating a health care company with the help of Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase  Amazon announced plans to work with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create a new health care company with the aim of “reducing healthcare’s burden on the economy while improving outcomes for employees and their families,” Bezos said in the announcement.  - Recode
 


 
Book Excerpt: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind 
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Shunryu Suzuki
The book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is one of the most famous zen-related texts as it approaches a way of thinking that ultimately shuns intellectualism, and empowers us to lead a life of original thinking. "If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few." We are big fans of this way of thinking. 
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01.30.18
“I don't get attached to anything. I'm like a good antique dealer. I'm prepared to sell my most valuable table.”
Ridley Scott



 

Product Hunt's Golden Kitty Awards Winners   The most upvoted product of the year, Station, held its lead over fan favorite, FireFox Quantum, to win Product of the Year. This is the first time the year’s most upvoted product is also the winner of the top product category.  - Product Hunt

Soderbergh's iPhone-shot thriller 'Unsane' looks appropriately lo-fi  Director Steven Soderbergh has been pushing the limits of filmmaking in different ways lately. Be it independently releasing his last feature, working with HBO on its interactive Mosaic series, or, now, shooting a suspense movie entirely on an iPhone.  - Engadget

Keurig Is Buying Dr. Pepper Snapple to Create a Caffeinated Behemoth  Keurig Green Mountain is buying Dr Pepper Snapple, the companies said on Monday, in a deal that will create a coffee and soda giant that will compete with everyone from PepsiCo to Coca-Cola and Dunkin’ Brands. Combined the companies posted $11 billion in revenue last year.  - Fortune

Health Experts Ask Facebook to Shut Down Messenger Kids  A coalition of 97 child health advocates sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday asking him to discontinue Messenger Kids, a new advertising-free Facebook app targeted at 6-to-12-year olds. Advocates say the app likely will undermine healthy childhood development for preschool and elementary-school-aged kids by increasing the amount of time they spend with digital devices.  - Wired

Tell your boss: When U.S. workers stay home, they save 2 billion billion joules per year Americans are spending more time at home—so much that from 2003 to 2012, U.S. homebodies cut national energy consumption by a whopping 1.8%, according to a new study.   - Science

Google Bets a Billion Dollars More Brains Can Help Take On Apple  Google officially closed its $1.1 billion deal with HTC Corp., adding more than 2,000 smartphone specialists in Taiwan to help the search giant chase Apple Inc. in the cut-throat premium handset market. The deal will help Google wade deeper into designing its own consumer hardware and special-purpose chips -- like Apple.  - Bloomberg
 
   Podcast Listeners Really Are The Holy Grail Advertisers Hoped They'd Be
Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped.
  Harvard is Releasing A Free Architecture Course from its Graduate School of Design 
The 10-Week course, The Architecture of Imagination, will cover topics ranging from learning to “read” buildings as cultural expression to technical drawing and modeling exercises.
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01.29.18
“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
Albert Einstein



 

Grammys 2018 Winners: The Full List  This year’s Grammys are hosted by James Corden. JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Lorde, and Childish Gambino lead the nominations. JAY-Z garnered the most nods with eight in total. His 4:44 album is up for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is also up for the same categories; Kendrick has seven nominations.  - Pitchfork

Nine intriguing facts about Ingvar Kamprad and his IKEA empire   Ingvar Kamprad, the entrepreneur who created IKEA, died on Saturday. Here are some surprising facts about the quirky Swedish tycoon and the low-cost furniture revolution he began.   - Quartz

Who said what at Davos 2018  From comments on global trade, the depreciation of the dollar and women's rights, the World Economic Forum has made headlines once again. CNBC takes a look at the most memorable quotes over the past few days from the snowy Swiss Alpine resort of Davos.  - CNBC

Massive Cryptocurrency Heist Spurs Call for More Regulation  At 2:57 a.m. on Friday morning in Tokyo, someone hacked into the digital wallet of Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. and pulled off one of the biggest heists in history. Three days later, the theft of nearly $500 million in digital tokens is still reverberating through cryptocurrency markets and policy circles around the world.  - Bloomberg

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company. The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and share it with others.  - The Guardian

ATM makers warn of 'jackpotting' hacks on U.S. machines  Diebold Nixdorf Inc and NCR Corp, two of the world’s largest ATM makers, have warned that cyber criminals are targeting U.S. cash machines with tools that force them to spit out cash in hacking schemes known as “jackpotting.”  - Reuters

Amateur astronomer discovers a revived NASA satellite  WAfter years in darkness, a NASA satellite is phoning home. Some 12 years since it was thought lost because of a systems failure, NASA’s Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) has been discovered, still broadcasting, by an amateur astronomer.  - Science

 
   My Year of Living Ignorantly: I Entered a News Blackout The Day Trump Was Elected
"Being a news junkie made me simmering with rage. Unplugging from the media made me feel better, but is it a cop out?"
  Most of What You're Going to Read Today is Pointless
We spend hours consuming news because we want to be well informed. But is that time well spent? News is by definition something that doesn’t last. And as news has become easier to distribute and cheaper to produce, the quality has decreased.
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01.16.18
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



 

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022  Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022.  - BBC News

U2, Best Coast, Liz Phair, More React to Death of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan  President of Ireland Michael Higgins, Questlove, Garbage, Duran Duran, and more also pay tribute  - Pitchfork

Researchers discover book fragments aboard Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge  The fragments eventually were determined to be from a 1712 first edition of a book by Capt. Edward Cooke titled “A Voyage to the South Seas, and Round the World, Peform’d in the years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711.”  - Associated Press

CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others  The nation's largest drugstore chain will also require other makeup and beauty brands that sell products in its aisles to commit to a photo-manipulation ban by 2020 or face having an alert label placed on the images.  - Bloomberg

The last Sears department store closes its doors for good  Sears Canada, a long-time staple of the country’s retail landscape, declared bankruptcy last year and announced in the fall that it would liquidate its remaining stores and lay off thousands of employees. Sunday was to be the company’s final day of sales.  - The Province

South African court authorizes freezing of $130 million in McKinsey case  The Pretoria High Court made the decision in December after a request by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to freeze the fees earned by McKinsey and local consultancy Trillian for advising South African power utility Eskom.  - Reuters

Citigroup Discloses Gender and Racial Pay Gaps, Plans Raises  Citigroup will increase the pay of women and U.S. minorities as well as others where raises are warranted to close the gap, the bank said in a statement. It also promised to do similar analyses in other countries where any of its more than 200,000 employees work.  - Bloomberg

 
 How Forums Paved The Way For Streetwear
Somewhere between the intersection of word-of-mouth, face-to-face interactions and instant social media gratification existed forums — the now extinct mode of communication for streetwear enthusiasts. The perfect vehicle for communication and community building peaked in the early 2000’s as the internet was still free from the grasps of Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Snapchat.
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01.12.18
“Try to realize it's all within yourself, no one else can make you change, and to see you're only very small and life flows on with you and without you.”
-George Harrison



 

Facebook will now show you more posts from friends and family than news  Major changes are coming to Faceboo as Mark Zuckerberg prioritizes "meaningful social interactions" on the platform's News Feed versus "relevant content." Users will start seeing less public content from businesses or publishers and more posts from their friends. - Newsroom

Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO  Dropbox Inc., the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the potential listing - Bloomberg

NBC almost sold out on ads for Super Bowl  U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Thursday it has sold out all but a handful of TV spots for the Super Bowl and expects ad sales revenue to exceed $900 million for this year's Olympic Winter Games, both of which take place next month. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, is charging on average more than $5 million for 30-second spots for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 - Yahoo

GM unveils autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, plans for 2019 launch  General Motors has revealed that it’s on track to put its first self-driving car on roads in 2019. The company revealed that the fourth generation of its electric driverless vehicle, the Cruise AV, will not have any manual controls, such as pedals or a steering wheel. - Venture Beat

Treasury says 90% of workers will see increase in take-home pay starting next month  The Treasury Department released its withholding tables for the new tax laws on Thursday, which lay out how much tax employers should withhold from employee paychecks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it is expected that about 90% of workers will see an increase in their take-home pay. - Fast Company

Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers  Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge. Sam's Club has not said how many employees are losing their jobs. Each Sam's Club warehouse employs about 175 people, meaning more than 11,000 people could be impacted. - Business Insider

Why one small Washington town has seen so many bitcoin miners move in  A small town three hours east of Seattle is turning into the epicenter of bitcoin mining in the United States. The reason? Power is extremely cheap — between 2 to 3 cents per kilowatt hour, becasue a series of dams on the Columbia River provide abundant hydroelectric power. - CNBC