Wednesday 10.18.17

"When in doubt, look intelligent."
– Garrison Keiller


George Soros Transfers Billions to Open Society Foundations  George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and a major Democratic donor, has given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, which promotes democracy and human rights. - New York Times

U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Have Taken Raqqa, Islamic State’s Last Urban Stronghold  U.S.-backed forces said they have captured Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, driving the extremists from a Syrian city that became synonymous with their reign of terror and was used as a nerve center to stage attacks on the West. - Wall Street Journal

The 'Amazon experience' goes live at Kohl's  Starting Wednesday, 10 Kohl's stores in the Los Angeles and Chicago markets will both sell Amazon's smart home products and accept the online retailer's returns. The arrangement should help draw more shoppers to Kohl's stores, and make it easier for Amazon's customers to bring back unwanted items. - CNBC

Amazon Studio Boss Price Resigns After Harassment Scandal  Roy Price resigned as the head of Amazon.com Inc.’s movie and TV studio after a producer detailed her allegations of sexual harassment in a news report. - Bloomberg

Apple and GE announce deep partnership  Apple and GE have committed to build a set of development tools and to develop apps together using Apple’s design sensibility and deep understanding of iOS. Also GE has committed to standardizing on the iPhone and iPad for its 330,000 employees - Tech Crunch

Who Has the World's No. 1 Economy? Not the U.S.  There are many kinds of power -- diplomatic, cultural, military and economic. So an easier question to ask is: What’s the world’s largest economy? That’s almost certainly China. - Bloomberg

Saudi airplane arrives in Baghdad, first time in 27 years  A Saudi Arabian commercial airplane arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for the first time in 27 years, the Iraqi transport ministry said. - Reuters

Google Parent Nears Deal to Build Its Vision of a City in Toronto  Google is nearing a deal to develop part of Toronto’s waterfront, the first major foray of the search-engine giant into the creation of high-tech urban space, according to multiple people familiar with the deal. - Wall Street Journal
Executive produced, and partly directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network), Netflix's new series, Mindhunter, is your next binge-worthy series. It's set in the 70's (good mustaches). It's got FBI agents. It delves into psychology (Ooo, smart), and yes, it's focused on serial killers. Dark stuff. We like it. Jump on the train.  *TRAILER*
 How the World's Best Extreme Athletes Get Their Caffeine Fix.
Very surprisingly, only one of the seven athletes interviewed got their caffeine fix from coffee. The rest are unconventional caffeine imbibers to say the least, imbibing everything from pills to a weird mix of water, raspberries and Coca-Cola. Ughhh, what? 
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