August 2017

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New York City, August 15, 2017

★★ What the morning lacked in brightness it made up for by the intensity of the smells on the damp air. A light but increasing rain fell on the short, straight-line walk to get lunch, a rain unimportant enough for umbrellas to be effective against it. There was no going out afterward; the rain got […]

Business

7 best burns from Martin Shkreli’s jury selection process

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When you’re as publicly reviled as Martin Shkreli is, finding a dozen of your peers who aren’t predisposed to hate your guts can be a tall order.

The “pharma bro,” who first rose to infamy when he hiked the price of a life-saving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent, was convicted of securities fraud earlier this month—a charge completely unrelated to his more notorious exploits.

That didn’t stop hundreds of would-be jurors from taking the opportunity to skirt jury duty by ripping on Shkreli before the trial even started. The jury selection process quickly devolved into a Comedy Central-style roast. Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg slams neo-Nazis and ‘polarization’ after Charlottesville

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We can now add Mark Zuckerberg to the growing list of CEOs and public figures who have weighed in on the events of Charlottesville.

Writing in a Facebook post Wednesday, the CEO said white supremacists and neo-Nazis are a “disgrace,” while criticizing the “polarization in our culture.”

“With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm,” Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook’s policies have long banned violent threats and hate speech, but the platform has sometimes struggled with enforcement.  Read more…

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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

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President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he’s not racist this week.

What with blaming “many sides” and the “alt-left” after this weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he’s making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed “both sides,” emboldening the KKK and white supremacists.  Read more…

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Why Apple’s not going to sell an OLED TV

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It’s no secret Apple really, really wants to reinvent the TV. On his deathbed, Steve Jobs expressed great interest in fixing the crummy TV watching experience, telling his biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked it.”

Jobs said he wanted to create an “integrated television set that is completely easy to use” and “would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.”

In 2014, leakers and analysts repeatedly said Apple would release its own TV set, which many speculated could have been powered by Siri. No such Apple-branded TV was ever released and many believe Apple shelved it. Read more…

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Not-so-sneaky kid tries to get past dad’s security cam

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One kid was practicing his secret agent skills to get past his dad’s security camera, and it didn’t really work out.

In a YouTube video posted by Jeremy Gabrysch, Gabrysch wrote that his elementary school-aged kids had been coming down “to party” in the middle of the night. 

The dad happened to bust the kids each time, but they didn’t know how. After spotting that there was a security camera hidden in the living room, the son decided to take matters into his own hands and tried to disable it by slithering on the floor so he’d go unseen. 

Unfortunately for him, he was definitely caught on camera trying his luck. Maybe next time the kids should just enjoy their parties in the daytime when it’s safe.   Read more…

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. NEW: Looking for a single page to bookmark to always access the latest Significant Digits? Say no more. 0 Number of NBA teams that will play four games in a five-night span this year, which is part of a league-wide scheduling […]