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12.14.17

“We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”
- Marcus Aurelius




 

Disney Agrees to Buy Key Parts of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 Billion Deal  Disney’s acquisition includes the company’s Twentieth Century Fox film and television studio and its international and cable TV businesses. In the deal Disney will also assume about $13.7 billion of debt of 21st Century Fox. - Wall Street Journal

IBM teams up for quantum computing push  IBM has signed up several prominent banks as well as industrial and technology companies to start experimenting with its quantum computers. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays Bank Plc are among the 12 organizations IBM selected to get early-access to its latest quantum computing technology, which could eventually help solve difficult problems that are beyond the reach of any conventional supercomputer. - Bloomberg

Denmark just opened the "worlds most humane" maximum security prison  The Danish island of Falster is now home to the world’s most humane maximum security penal institution, Storstrøm Prison. Designed by Danish architects C.F. Møller, the building has been hailed for its strategic features that create a vibrant community for the inmates, in lieu of the severe living conditions typically found in prisons around the world. - Inhabitat

Target is buying Alabama-based, same-day delivery service Shipt for $550 million  Target, is buying the Alabama-based delivery startup Shipt in a $550 million all-cash transaction. A combination of Shipt’s delivery services, with Google Express and its voice-enabled shopping options, provides a kind of upside-down universe for retailers that are worried about the Amazon monolith. - Tech Crunch

Nearly 5 Million Americans in Default on Student Loans  The number of Americans severely behind on payments on federal student loans reached roughly 4.6 million in the third quarter, a doubling from four years ago, despite a historically long stretch of U.S. job creation and steady economic growth. - Wall Street Journal

China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter  It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology. The chase was a stunt set up to illustrate just how powerful and effective the Chinese government’s surveillance system can be. - Tech Crunch

The North Korean soldier who defected is getting a lifetime supply of Choco Pie  When the North Korean soldier who defected regained consciousness in South Korea, the first thing he asked for was Choco Pie. Upon learning this, the South Korean confectionery company Orion sent 100 boxes of the sugary treat. - Quartz
 
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