Banyan – Big parts of the Great Barrier Reef are dying | Asia

Apr 16th 2020 OVER THE southern hemisphere’s summer, mercifully now at an end, Australia burned under a pitiless sun. Bush fires down the continent’s eastern flank consumed 46m acres of countryside, destroying homes, taking lives and driving rare animals towards extinction. To many Australians, the satellite pictures showing huge plumes of smoke drifting off to […]

In Trump’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details

WASHINGTON — President Trump told a group of governors on Monday that he was pulling back from efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, reasoning that with the end of the individual mandate already in force, the law was basically “not Obamacare anymore.” About an hour later, the White House released a budget proposal for […]

How Big a Hit Is ‘The Witcher’? New Netflix Show Stirs Debate.

Is it the biggest new TV series, or a niche hit buoyed by questionable statistics? Is the show a confusing jumble that only a predisposed fan could love, or a bold new serving of fantasy that conjures a realm on par with Middle-earth or Westeros? In the Balkanized world of television in 2020, “The Witcher” […]

9 Big Brands That Are Headquartered Where You Least Expect

Some of the country’s biggest companies aren’t anywhere near Silicon Valley or New York. January 24, 2020 7 min read In the U.S., there’s no denying that San Francisco is the undisputed king of tech and New York is the undisputed king of finance. Apple, Google and Facebook all call the Bay Area home, and […]

Netflix’s Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

When it comes to evaluating if a movie is a hit or a miss, at least commercially, there’s a very easy metric for that: box office numbers. Movies need to make money; to make money, they need to sell tickets at theaters. Ticket prices can vary depending on where you live, the time of day, […]

‘The Longing for Less’ Gets at the Big Appeal of Minimalism

As a millennial who graduated from college in 2010, in the lingering wake of the financial crisis, the cultural critic Kyle Chayka haltingly admits to being a minimalist, but only “by default.” When he began writing “The Longing for Less,” he was put off by how minimalism had become commodified — a smug cure-all that […]

Tesla Value Hits $100 Billion. Will Elon Musk Get a Big Bonus?

Tesla’s share price hit a record high on Wednesday, surpassing a threshold that could ultimately unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in bonus compensation for its chief executive, Elon Musk. The award is contingent on a $100 billion market capitalization for Tesla — the milestone reached Wednesday — over a sustained period. The stock closed […]

Out for the count – America’s census looks out of date in the age of big data | International

Jan 20th 2020 A DOG-SLED or a snowmobile is the surest way to reach Toksook Bay in rural Alaska, where Steven Dillingham, the director of America’s census bureau, will arrive to count the first people in the country’s decennial population survey on January 21st. The task should not take long—there were only 590 villagers at […]

Sanders and Warren’s Big Debate Dust-Up Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Let’s get this out of the way first: A lot of the chatter online last week has been about Ukraine. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, click these links to catch up. In other corners of the internet, though, things were different. In those realms, folks were excited about a green dog, talking […]

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

David Barnett, a former philosophy professor and the founder and CEO of PopSockets, says his interactions with Amazon have often amounted to “bullying with a smile.” Like many companies, PopSockets, which makes a popular plastic grip that can be attached to smartphones, discovered several years ago counterfeit versions of its products available for sale on […]

Pressured by Simmons Over Exposé, Oprah Winfrey Faced a Big Decision

In an online video, Mr. Simmons discussed how to challenge the credibility of women by asking “how many times they went to jail, to a mental institution, have they accused five or more people, what does their father say.” He added: “Questions that were not asked before may now be asked, and our sister may […]

Schumpeter – Big Oil has a do-or-die decade ahead because of climate change | Business

Jan 18th 2020 AS REVOLUTIONARY SLOGANS go, it hardly had the resonance of ¡No pasarán! But when Repsol, a Spanish oil company, said in December it would reduce the net carbon footprint of everything it produces to zero within 30 years, it marked the most powerful pledge so far by a big oil firm to […]

Chaguan – Communists are fascinated by contradictions. China faces a big one | China

Oct 31st 2019 ON PAST FORM, boasts of China’s openness to the world will come thick and fast when President Xi Jinping addresses the Second China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 5th. Speaking at the inaugural edition of that trade fair last year, Mr Xi cast China as a champion of free trade […]

Boris Johnson’s big win – Britain’s general election

GRIMSBY SUMMED UP a fantastic night for the Conservatives and a terrible one for Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Although Great Grimsby had been a Labour seat for 74 years, supporters of all parties were conceding in the pubs by mid-afternoon that the Tories had won there. Even before hearing at 3.39am that she had […]

Why Apple, Google, and other big tech companies create their own fonts

After its famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial, Apple officially unveiled the Macintosh 128k, the “.” The Mac revolutionized personal computing. And it was Apple designer Susan Kare’s job to create digital fonts and icons to usher in this new age.  “I was a typical customer that they were trying to attract, someone for whom the […]

A lawsuit against face-scans in China could have big consequences

GUO BING, a legal academic in the eastern city of Hangzhou, likes to spend his leisure time at a local safari park. But when the park informed season-pass holders like him that admission would require a face-scan, Mr Guo objected. Late last month he filed a lawsuit, claiming the new rules violated his privacy. Facial-recognition […]