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In the News 17.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 17.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 17.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 17.03.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

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‘It required a team with diverse skills… It took ingenuity and brute force,” reporter Declan Lawn speculated on BBC television three weeks after what was already being called “the greatest heist in British history,” the audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s diamond district. The crime was indeed epic. So much cash, jewelry, and other valuables had been taken that the loot, worth up to $300 million according to estimates at the time, had been hauled out of the vault in giant trash containers on wheels. Lawn demonstrated the acrobatic feats the gang must have used, and London’s newspapers were filled with artists’ renderings of the heist, featuring hard-bodied burglars in black turtlenecks doing superhuman things. Experts insisted that the heist was the work of a foreign team of navy-SEAL-like professionals, likely from the infamous Pink Panthers, a Serbian gang of master diamond thieves. Retired Scotland Yard detective Barry Phillips believed it was the work of a highly technical team, assembled by a so-called “Draftsman”—who financed the heist and assembled the players, probably from the U.K. He speculated that no member of the gang would have known any of the others, in order to preserve “sterile corridors,” making it impossible for any perpetrator to rat out the others.

Read the rest of this article at Vanity Fair

Instagram is Going to Be the Next Facebook

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The other day Instagram announced that they will change the way photos appear on the home stream: instead of showing most recent uploads, Instagram will use an algorithm which shows the “most relevant” photos on the tip (based on your history of what photos you liked in the past).

This is a pretty huge deal. When I started to use Instagram, the appeal was that all of the photos I uploaded would appear on the feed of my followers. The problem with Facebook was that it used a “news feed optimization” algorithm that only showed you selective updates and photos. Which means, Facebook didn’t show you the photos of all the people you followed and Facebook fan pages you “liked”.

Read the rest of this article at Eric Kim

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G.O.P. Path Recalls Democrats’ Convention Disaster, in 1924

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A presidential candidate who banked on support from the Ku Klux Klan. Blunt demands to ban certain religions and races from playing a full role in society. Violence and disorder at campaign rallies.

And a political party that tore itself apart not only over whom it would nominate for president, but also over whether religious and racial bigotry would be visible in its fabric.

Welcome to the 1924 Democratic National Convention, held at Madison Square Garden in New York, when the most powerful bloc in the Democratic Party was the Klan, fiercely opposed by the Tammany Hall Democrats. It was the longest political convention in American history, going 16 days and requiring 103 ballots before a compromise candidate was selected.

The convulsions of the Democrats in 1924 are, in broad movements, mirrored in the rived and bedraggled pilgrimage of the Republicans in 2016 as they stagger toward their convention behind Donald J. Trump and his rivals.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

The Real Reason Kendrick Lamar Dropped a Surprise Album

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At this point, most people would likely accept it if Kendrick Lamar turned into the Terrence Malick of rap: an intensely private auteur who collaborates with whomever he wants and quietly emerges with a new god-size work every few years — the exact length of time that it takes to puzzle out the meanings of the last one. Lamar already has a CinemaScope-size quasi-autobiographical debut to his credit and a “difficult,” inward-looking follow-up that united critics and spawned a bona fide protest anthem. By one measure, he’s the sixth hip-hop messiah; few would deny that he’s somewhere in that holy order.

Many of Lamar’s peers on the bleeding edge of 21st-century rap — think Drake and Future, working from a blueprint perfected by Lil Wayne in the mid to late 2000s — are consistently engineering collaborations, mixtapes, and side projects to keep their music in the pop-cultural bloodstream. This is a smart nod to the very real fact that their medium is so relentlessly forward-looking that slipping out for too long can render one immediately out of touch. Yet Lamar, who seemingly draws more from post-Coltrane astral jazz and Nixon-era funk than anything on rap radio or DatPiff, cuts a public figure that draws much of its energy from what’s not there. Elusiveness is part of his presence.

Read the rest of this article at MTV.com

The Future of Fashion – Series 2 Episode 2

How does PR work and who invented normcore? Alexa Chung continues to investigate some of the more interesting career trajectories in the fashion world as she meets Brian Phillips of Black Frame PR, and Greg Fong and Emily Segal of art collective turned trend forecasting agency, K-Hole.

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