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Amazon’s strategy is to beat a cyclical trap known as the “wheel of retailing”
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Jeff Bezos has been defying conventional retail wisdom since Amazon opened its virtual doors in 1995. By purchasing Whole Foods, he may be doing it…
Do CEOs have to be nice now?
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
In the aftermath of Travis Kalanick’s ouster as CEO of ride-sharing behemoth Uber, Silicon Valley is grappling with an age-old management question. Namely: Do business…
The neuroscience that explains the awful truth that anyone is capable of accidentally killing their child
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
An average of 37 children each year in the US die of overheating after being trapped in cars. In more than half of these cases,…
An artist painted life-size images that aren’t complete until visitors participate
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Tezi Gabunia’s latest exhibition will never be done. The Georgian artist says each life-sized painting is an unfinished story that can only be completed with…
An economist explains why education won’t save us from being replaced by robots
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
In 1964, a group of professors, activists, and scientists put together a report that warned US President Lyndon B. Johnson of three impending threats, including…
The best way to remember a word that’s on the tip of your tongue
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
A few years ago when I was driving home from work, the song “Rock Me Amadeus” came on the radio. I smiled thinking back on…
Steve Jobs taught me that before employees can be creative, they have to feel psychologically safe
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
I was once in a meeting with Steve Jobs where he admitted he has been wrong. I was involved in the design of the common…
Kids with the skills to succeed in life are better at lying too
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
It may be hard to believe, but for young kids, lying is hard. It requires that they know what is truthful and what is false…
Google’s huge antitrust fine in Europe is being spun into a debate about American patriotism
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Google was hit by a record-breaking fine for antitrust violations in Europe today. The European Commission will levy a €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) penalty on…
One metric shows that race in America is about to experience a dramatic shift
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The demographics of the United States are changing quickly, and there is no simpler way to understand that than to look at the most common…
Investors are more excited about Macron than Trump at this stage in his presidency
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Financial markets have a new hero. France’s 39-year-old president, Emmanuel Macron, has charmed his peers on the world stage and taken investors under his spell…
Europe is about to make most of its stock market off-limits to secretive “dark pools”
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
What do Unilever and Rolls-Royce have in common? Both companies’ stocks will probably be blocked from “dark pool” trading when new EU regulations kick in…
How the map of Jammu & Kashmir could have been significantly different today
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The 1947-48 war with Pakistan was baptism by fire for independent India’s armed forces and, contrary to common perception, much of its contemporary DNA can…
It’s stupid to sell online, says one of India’s biggest retailers
June 27th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Retail majors, both Indian and global, are undoubtedly kicked about the Indian e-commerce space. Jeff Bezos of Amazon on June 25 assured prime minister Narendra…
How Japanese partnerships and Indian whiskey spawned a $9 billion automotive giant
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Before Vivek Chaand Sehgal made a name for himself in the business of building car components and the craft of forging lucrative partnerships, he was…
Mumbai has the world’s second-largest collection of Art Deco buildings but no one notices them
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Visitors to Miami rarely miss an opportunity to admire the city’s Art Deco heritage. In the historic architectural district, you’ll find tourists capturing every painstakingly…
The things jobless engineers should do to get back into India’s IT game
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Whether you’re fresh out of engineering college or a few years into your career, all the bad news surrounding India’s IT industry is understandably a…
I’m sad for my friend Liu Xiaobo, and for a China that can’t cherish its finest
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and one of China’s greatest thinkers and pro-democracy activists, is in dire health, diagnosed with terminal…
People around the world have more confidence in Vladimir Putin than in Donald Trump
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
In the final weeks of Barack Obama’s presidency, he admonished the 37% of Republican voters who said they approved of Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Ronald…
In premodern Japan, it was common for aristocrats and samurai to pursue male lovers
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku district…
The photos of doorless shops hidden in Beijing’s alleyways that China is censoring
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Hutong, the slender alleyways flanked by single-story courtyard homes, were once ubiquitous in old Beijing. While these traditional neighborhoods are fast disappearing, locals and tourists…
Cantonese isn’t dead yet, so stop writing its eulogy
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
When I decided to start studying Mandarin as a teenager, friends and family approved. China was enjoying explosive economic growth, so speaking the country’s lingua…
You can download Apple’s latest software right now—if you’re a daredevil
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
If you’re fine with living your digital life a little bit on the edge, you can now download the latest versions of Apple’s mobile operating…
A man who knows all about struggle and pain celebrates JK Rowling’s genius in perfect tweets
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
In a world of Muggles, the best thing you can do to mark the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book is find your…
Neil Gorsuch’s early opinions reveal a deeply conservative Supreme Court justice
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
During a US presidential debate in October, then candidate Donald Trump said he would be looking to appoint Supreme Court justices “in the mold” of…
Trump proclaimed June the official month of many things—with one glaring omission
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Here’s a list of things that US president Donald Trump has proclaimed June 2017: Great Outdoors Month National Caribbean-American Heritage Month African-American Music Appreciation Month…
The US Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s travel ban helps neither refugees nor national security
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Donald Trump’s attempt to stop letting citizens from six (originally seven) majority-Muslim countries into the US was one of his first moves as president, and…
What re-reading my strip-poker Harry Potter fan fiction from 2004 taught me about being a writer
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
“One Christmas night, when Hermione and Ron get themselves into a thought-provoking game of cards, they start wagering more than just their Bertie Bott’s.” This…
The US Supreme Court just sided with religion in one of the most important church and state cases of our time
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Child’s play got very serious indeed at the US Supreme Court today (June 26). The justices decided a major case about separation of church and…
The Republicans’ health-care cuts would affect 62% of the Americans in nursing homes
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The Republican attempt to re-write the US health-care system is the main story in Washington this week, and the focus is largely on how the…
Google will no longer mine your emails for advertising data
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Google announced in a blog post on Friday (June 23) that it will no longer scan emails in personal Gmail accounts to pull out data…
Seattle’s minimum-wage increase made the most vulnerable workers poorer
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The fight for $15 has become the rallying cry of low-wage workers in America. It is nearly impossible to support yourself with a low-paying job.…
A judge has ordered that Salvador Dali’s body be exhumed for a paternity test
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Trouble has found him again. When Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died of heart problems in 1989, at age 85, the New York Times obituary said…
The unshakable nostalgia of Harry Potter for a generation of fans
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
On July 21, 2007, the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released worldwide. In New…
Putin is closing in on Stalin as the greatest person in history according to Russians
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Since 2012, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s domestic approval rating has climbed from the 60s to more than 80%, according to the Levada Center, Russia’s last…
The 10 laziest attempts by JK Rowling to name something in Harry Potter, ranked
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Today (June 26) marks 20 years since the publication of the first book in JK Rowling’s momentous Harry Potter series. And it truly is a…
UK prisons are housing a record number of elderly offenders
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The makeup of Britain’s incarcerated population is dramatically changing. Prisons are now providing residential care for an increasing number of elderly men in England and…
Put your lighters up for Pandora, the music service that briefly changed the world
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
You know the myth. Pandora, a fallible human created by the gods, opens a box without knowing the full consequences, and her actions change the…
These are the highest-grossing films directed by women—of which “Wonder Woman” now sits on top
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Four weekends into its theatrical run, Warner Bros.’s Wonder Woman has become the most successful live-action movie ever helmed by a woman. The DC superhero…
Nigeria’s first ever diaspora bond has raised $300 million
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Nigeria’s diaspora population sent home $21 billion in remittances in 2015 and the government wants in on some of that cash. Through its first ever…
Finally a perk economy passengers want: ‘Neighbor-free’ seating
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
One of the most annoying things a fellow airline passenger can do is sit down next to us. Now Etihad Airways is selling a solution.…
The new, post-Kalanick Uber needs to raise fares and focus on the taxi business, or it will fail
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
CEO Travis Kalanick’s departure from Uber is not a surprise to those who have been following this company for the last several years. In my…
Nobody wants an electric guitar anymore
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Rock and roll is dead. No, it isn’t! Or is it? Fewer new rock albums are being made and sold these days than in decades…
Air China will lose dominance over Beijing when the capital’s new airport opens
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
China Eastern and China Southern will each be guaranteed 40% of passengers in Beijing’s new airport.
There’s no universally correct way to be polite, according to linguistics
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
There’s no universally correct way to be polite. You wouldn’t ask your mother for a favor the same way you’d ask an acquaintance. You wouldn’t…
How doctors, the government, and big pharma teamed up to pump Americans full of opioids
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
In the first five years that OxyContin was on the market, Purdue Frederick, the pharmaceutical company that had launched the drug in 1996, conducted over…
The US government wants to let India buy 22 surveillance drones
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
The US government approved the sale of 22 unarmed surveillance drones to India.
A British company lasted only 81 days after Apple dropped it
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Apple stopped using the chip designs of British company Imagination Technologies in April, and just 81 days later, the firm is up for sale.
Hufflepuff is the best house in Harry Potter—and the most misunderstood
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
One day several years ago, my friend Ehren got to talking with some buddies about which Hogwarts house they would be in. These conversations always…
Kenya thinks a five-fold tax hike on its betting sector can deter child gambling
June 26th, 2017, 05:54 AM
Kenya’s government has introduced a five-fold tax hike on online betting in a bid to discourage minors from gambling, and to raise funds that would…