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“Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people's lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society.”
-Zaha Hadid



 
Mark Zuckerberg's goal for 2018: 'fixing' Facebook  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, publicized his 2018 New Year’s resolution; this year he is aiming to take on the widely known problems that Facebook has encountered in 2017, from abusers targeting others on the platform to false information continuing to go viral. - Facebook

Blizzard Triggers a 60-Fold Surge in Prices for U.S. Natural Gas  Spot prices for the fuel used to heat homes and generate power reached a record $175 per million British thermal units in New York, according to Consolidated Edison Inc. That’s a far cry from the $2.93 that U.S. gas futures have been averaging on the New York Mercantile Exchange this winter. - Bloomberg

Kalanick to sell 29% of stake in Uber  Former Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, who has long boasted that he’s never sold any shares in the company he co-founded, plans to sell about 29 percent of his stake in the ride-hailing company, people with knowledge of the matter said. - Bloomberg

Weinstein Co. Close to Sale for Less Than $500 Million  Weinstein Co. is nearing the end of a sale process in which the embattled independent film studio could go for less than $500 million and its shareholders may lose all of their equity. - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones Surpasses 25,000 for the First Time as Stocks Rally Despite Winter Storm  Stocks rallied around the world on signs the global economic expansion that pushed benchmarks to records in 2017 remains intact. The dollar slipped and U.S. Treasuries declined as a private report showed U.S. employment strengthening. - Fortune

North Korea just agreed to go on a date with South Korea — by fax  North Korea accepted an offer from Seoul Friday to hold talks on Jan. 9 — the first high-level dialogue between the adversaries in more than two years. Despite North Korea reconnecting the hotline to the South earlier this week, the confirmation came via fax - Vice

Animaniacs Is Returning With New Seasons on Hulu  Yakko, Wakko, and Dot’s “pay-or-play contracts” have been renewed. The much-loved Warner Bros. animated series Animaniacs is being brought to Hulu with all-new seasons and executive producer Steven Spielberg is along for the ride. - Gizmodo

Boardriders Inc to buy Australia's Billabong for about $155 million  Australian surfwear seller Billabong agreed to a buyout from its top shareholder and major lender Oaktree Capital Management LP on Friday, in a deal valuing the company at about $155 million. - Reuters
 
 13 Skyscrapers That Will Change London's Skyline by 2026
New CGI renderings, commissioned by the City of London Corporation, reveal how the London skyline is set to look within the next decade, with the addition of 13 skyscrapers, including one expected to be 290 metres high.
 The Difference Between Amateurs & Professionals
Why is it that some people seem to be hugely successful and do so much, while the vast majority of us struggle to tread water?
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