Thursday 10.05.17

"The plan was to drink until the pain over /
But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover?"

– Kanye West


Boeing-backed, electric-hybrid airliner set to hit market in 2022  A Seattle-area startup backed by the venture arms of Boeing and JetBlue Airways Corp plans to bring a small hybrid-electric airliner to market by 2022 that can dramatically reduce the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles. - Reuters

Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature  Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature for uncovering “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday on awarding the $1.1 million prize. - Reuters

General Motors Just Made a Lot More Self-Driving Cars  GM self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, has more than doubled the size of its test fleet of robot cars in California during the past three months. - Fotune

‘Mind-Boggling’ Math Could Make Blockchain Work for Wall Street  Known as a “zero-knowledge proof,” the new code will be included in an Oct. 17 upgrade to the ethereum blockchain, adding a level of encryption that lets trades remain private. Previously, users were able to remain anonymous but transactions were verified by allowing everyone on the network to see them. - Bloomberg

3 US Army special operations commandos killed in Niger  U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. - Associated Press

Google launches new phones, speakers in hardware push  Yesterday, Google unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple and Amazon. - Reuters

Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS  Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan - Bloomberg

Verizon’s Top Media Executive Marni Walden to Leave  Verizon said its top media executive, Marni Walden, is leaving in February and her responsibilities will be split among existing executives at the telecom giant. - Wall Street Journal


  This Podcast Host Is Spending Hundreds of Hours to Dissect the Genius of Kanye West

Cole Cuchna started the Dissect series—a serialized podcast that dedicates each season to diving deep and breaking down every detail of a single album, one song at a time. A one-man operation, Cuchna spends over 20 hours putting together each episode and hundreds of hours over the course of a season.

Taking advantage of a background in classical music composition and an incredible eye for detail, Cuchna sets the stage for each album he dissects by running through its cultural significance and context before analyzing every last lyric, chord progression, and sample.

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