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In the News 20.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 20.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

1. The Rich Man’s Dropout Club

“In September 2010, when Mr. Thiel unveiled his alternative, the global economy was in the tank and concerns about college costs were growing. Interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, an annual conference focused on start-ups, Mr. Thiel launched into a now-familiar narrative. Silicon Valley, where he had become rich by creating PayPal and investing in Facebook, seemed “strangely disconnected” from the rest of the world. It buzzed with energy, yet American society was in stasis.”

Read the rest of this article at Chronicle



2. The Great Sim Heist

“AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.”

Read the rest of this article at Intercept



3. The Artist, The Conman and the $15 Million Fraud

“They were the perfect team, the artist and the conman: a recluse whose unschooled talent and meticulous research produced an astounding array of forged art and a natural fraudster who saw his son’s gifts and exploited them. Together, Shaun and George Greenhalgh Sr. peddled at least 120 fakes to museums, galleries and auction houses around the world with a potential face value of nearly fifteen million dollars. Olive, George Sr.’s wife and the matriarch of the Greenhalgh clan, helped plot the backstories.”

Read the rest of this article at Narratively



4. No More Late Nights

In Stewart’s hands, “The Daily Show” levelled up, from a program that resembled “Weekend Update”—a delivery device for over-it potshots—to a consistently scathing and original media critique. For young viewers in particular, “The Daily Show” provided a more trustworthy daily news summary than almost any show on Fox News or CNN (a low standard, admittedly). But Stewart’s series also provided a psychic salve, especially during the worst parts of the past few elections and the run-up to the Iraq War. If you were driven nuts by the twenty-four-hour shouters, if you couldn’t bear to watch any more flashing chyrons and Sam the Eagle gravitas, here was your catharsis. Like “Get Your War On,” David Rees’s post-9/11 comic strip, “The Daily Show” became a gathering place for the disenchanted—a place that let viewers know they weren’t crazy.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker



5. What ISIS Really Wants

“The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.”

Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic



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