25th July 2015
1) Easy DNA Editing Will Change the World
“We now have the power to quickly and easily alter DNA. It could eliminate disease. It could solve world hunger and it could provide unlimited energy. It could really get out of hand.”
2) In 2008 Airbnb approached 7 prominent investors in Silicon Valley. They were attempting to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation. That means for $150,000 you could have bought 10% of Airbnb. Two investors didn’t bother replying and the other 5 sent rejection letters. Airbnb have just published them.
3) Great fun – An obsessively detailed map of American literature’s most epic road trips. All your favourites are here including On the Road and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
4) Nikkei, pips Axel Springer to buy The Financial Times from Pearson for $1.3 billion (in cash). Former Financial Times editor Richard Lambert told the BBC World Service he was surprised the group was bought by Nikkei. Asked why Pearson was selling the FT, he said: “They’ve lost interest. They are now a book publishing company, education publishing company, there isn’t anybody there who is particularly interested in newspapers and I guess they want to deploy the assets somewhere else.” Here is the deal as explained by Pearson Chief Executive, John Fallon on this FT.com video (subscription may be needed).
5) Google Map’s new tracking tool records everywhere people have been. A new tool, called “Your Timeline”, uses Maps to record all of the places you have been for the purpose of retracing steps after the fact.
6) In the week that Earth 2.0 was discovered, Tim Urban from Quartz points out, that there are 100 Earth-like planets in the universe for every grain of sand in the world; so where are all the Aliens?
7) The growing business of generating fake enthusiasm – from flash-mobs to the Presidential campaign trail.
8) No time for binge watching TV series from HBO and the like? Here to help ,from Wired, is their binge watching guide.
9) Charming. You will fall in love with the #FollowMeTo couples honeymoon pictures.
10) As I know you’re interested…. Here is that Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj twitter feud explained.
The traditional image of the productive and creative thinker is one who takes time to contemplate and consider a problem independently and at length.
1) Networking site LinkedIn’s shares fell 15% on weak earnings outlook– apparently ‘looking for new sources of revenue’ – Read More
2) ….and Twitter’s valuation took a battering at the end of last week –read more. I only recently reported that Goldman Sachs had endorsed the company’s high valuation, as they considered Twitter was ‘the new Google’ – ‘The enhancements include incremental improvements in existing ad products and targeting capabilities similar to the evolution of Google’s Adwords platform’. Just goes to show that market valuations are extremely unreliable at best – Read More
3) Great piece here from @rorysutherland in Wired – Why appeals to altruism are dangerous – read more.
Appeals to altruism are dangerous precisely because they absolve the practitioner from too much criticism or sceptical questioning about the real consequences of their actions, focusing instead on the spirit in which they are carried out. This may explain why we hate Nazis so much more than we hate Maoists or Stalinists: unlike the latter two mass murderous groups, the Nazis didn’t even pretend to be well-intentioned.
4) The New York Times gets into big data – and hires a chief data scientist in order to boost subscriptions – Read More
5) The Twilight of the Brands – The New Yorker on the interminable decline of the Great Brands and branding – Read More
6) Irrefutable evidence that Millenials have it worse than previous generations – Read More
7) Designs of the Year announced. Including one striking ‘Teletubby style’ building from Baku – Read More
8) So the app phenomenon that was Flappy Bird is over, apparently the creator thought it was ‘too addictive’ – read more. Thank goodness then for the Sesame St alternative – Read More
9) For all Game of Thrones obsessives – this is what is coming in season 4 – Read More
10) Pretty windy on Wednesday wasn’t it? This is what Blighty looked like from space – read more. And this from the US – when bad weather is a good thing – Thousands make the trip to see ice caves made accessible by frozen Lake Superior – Read More