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In the News 21.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 21.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. The Fall of Facebook

“A decade after Facebook emerged from the Ivy League dorms in which it started, it is the most powerful information gatekeeper the world has ever known. It is only slightly hyperbolic to say that Facebook is like all the broadcast-television networks put together. But instead of programming executives choosing what Americans see, programmers are. And while, once upon a time, everyone with a TV and an antenna could see “what was on,” Facebook news feeds are personalized, so no one outside the company actually knows what anyone else is seeing. This opacity would have been impossible to imagine in previous eras.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atantic

 


 

2. Firestone and the Warlord

“Firestone wanted Liberia for its rubber. Taylor wanted Firestone to help his rise to power. At a pivotal meeting in Liberia’s jungles in July 1991, the company agreed to do business with the warlord.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Pro Publica

 


 

3. The Secret Life of Passwords

“Several years ago I began asking my friends and family to tell me their passwords. I had come to believe that these tiny personalized codes get a bum rap. Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, book passages. Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


 

4. The amazing brains of the real-time interpreters

“Neuroscientists have explored language for decades and produced scores of studies on multilingual speakers. Yet understanding this process – simultaneous interpretation – is a much bigger scientific challenge. So much goes on in an interpreter’s brain that it’s hard even to know where to start. Recently, however, a handful of enthusiasts have taken up the challenge, and one region of the brain – the caudate nucleus – has caught their attention.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The BBC

 


 

5. Bankruptcy and Beyond for Detroit

“Decades of dysfunction, marked by a long record of political corruption, fiscal mismanagement and population flight, worsened the hollowing out of public schools and accelerated a steady exodus of business, industry and jobs. Tax revenue declined, property values slumped, paying property taxes became a voluntary exercise, and people left — a population decline of roughly one third in the decade beginning in 2000.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Detroit News

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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  • Natacha said...

    Dear This is Glamorous,
    I thank you so much for these articles (Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets). It’s always intelligent and has a great quality. I really enjoy reading them (I can’t read the whole selection because it takes me longer than others, as English is not my mother tongue, but I never regret reading anything that comes from it. I’m amazed everytime by the cleverness!).
    Again, thank you!
    Natacha

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