Thursday 08.24.17

"When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic - what defines a human being - is to work with others. Even animals know how to sleep. And it's the characteristic activity that's the more natural one - more innate and more satisfying." –Marcus Aurelius

Powerball ticket sold in Massachusetts wins $700 million jackpot  The owner of a Powerball ticket sold in Massachusetts won more than $750 million on Wednesday, one of the largest prizes in the lottery's history. - Reuters

Google’s US search results will let people check if they’re depressed  New mobile feature lets you take a clinically validated screening questionnaire. People in the US who search Google for “depression” on their mobile phones will soon have the option to take a screening questionnaire to test whether they’re depressed. - The Verge

Yellen, Draghi Head to Jackson Hole Amid Inflation Unease  The annual Jackson Hole conference hosted by the Kansas City Fed kicks off in Wyoming today, with the main event for markets coming tomorrow when both Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi are due to speak. - Bloomberg

In photos, North Korea signals a more powerful ICBM in the works  With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile more powerful than any it has previously tested, - Reuters

Facebook teams up with Stadium to live stream 15 college football games  Facebook will team up with Stadium to broadcast 15 college football games, nine Conference USA games and six Mountain West games. - Silicon Beat

Harvey Likely to Be First Hurricane to Strike Texas Since 2008  Harvey, which is set to strengthen into the first hurricane to strike Texas since 2008, forced workers off Gulf of Mexico platforms, sent cotton rallying and has airlines preparing for flight disruptions. - Bloomberg

Amazon deal for Whole Foods wins U.S. regulatory, shareholder approvals  Amazon received approvals from U.S. regulators and Whole Food's shareholders, two of the biggest hurdles it needed to close its $13.7 billion acquisition. - Reuters<  

  'They Could Destroy the Album': How Spotify's Playlists Have Changed Music Forever

Custom playlists on the streaming site can bring unknown artists to millions. But are they altering how songs get written? ...“The industry is getting much smarter at understanding the Spotify playlist portfolio,” says Ergatoudis. “There are pitches for specific playlists more often now. This didn’t happen even a year ago.”
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