Tuesday 10.17.17

"Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence."
David Byrne


Netflix adds more subscribers than expected, shares hit record  Netflix has added more subscribers than expected around the world in the third quarter and projected growth in line with Wall Street forecasts, saying it had a head start on rivals as internet television explodes globally. - Reuters

Venmo users can now shop online anywhere PayPal is accepted in the U.S.  PayPal this morning announced its mobile payments service Venmo is now available at over 2 million online U.S retailers, allowing Venmo users to shop on the mobile web at almost everywhere PayPal is accepted today - Tech Crunch

UK hate crimes surge on Brexit and militant attacks  Hate crimes in Britain surged by the highest amount on record last year, official figures showed on Tuesday, with the vote to leave the European Union a significant factor. - Reuters

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting  Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Yet in federal records, the deaths are not being attributed to distraction or mobile-phone use. - Bloomberg

LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time  Astronomers announced on Monday that they had seen and heard a pair of dead stars collide, giving them their first glimpse of the violent process by which most of the gold and silver in the universe was created. - New York Times

Netflix to Plow Billions More Into Original Content  Netflix said Monday that it would spend as much as $8 billion on content next year to continue growing its giant subscriber base and outpace its competitors. 25% of the company’s content budget goes to original programming, including the upcoming next season of “Stranger Things” and a new film with Will Smith called “Bright”. - NBC News

Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year  GM’s Cruise Automation will expand its test pool, while keeping a focus on city driving, something it has said gives it an edge in the autonomous driving space, in a move that will also make it the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles in the city. - Tech Crunch

New Jersey Offers $7 Billion in Incentives to Lure Amazon to Newark  Republican Gov. Chris Christie joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Sen. Cory Booker, both Democrats, in Newark on Monday to tout the city’s progress in the past decade and highlight its transportation options, educational institutions, technology infrastructure and businesses that have made Newark home. - Wall Street Journal

  Diddy's Favorite Musician, Chad Bear of Toro y Mo

"...Months later, after their first studio session together, Bear found himself off the Miami coast, bouncing off the froth on a speedboat with the multiplatinum hitmaker and entrepreneur, surrounded by rap producers. Combs “was playing the best disco I’d ever heard—from the seventies, all seventies stuff. And he really knows his shit.”

Here's our Best of Toro y Moi Playlist, in case you haven't previously immersed yourself in Chaz's groovy vibes.
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