Monday, April 20, 2009

NewsDesk: China, Twitter, Hawking, Obama

  • China’s Influence Grows Along With Its Car Sales After a century in which American tastes largely set the course of the global automotive market, China is poised to increasingly take on the role of global trendsetter.
  • The Twitter Revolution The company is hiring like crazy -- it expects to double its size in the next month or two .... Even faster than Google, Amazon and eBay in their days, the three-year-old Twitter has become deeply embedded in the culture.
  • Twitter & LSD - 25 Similarities LSD alters users’ perceptions of time. What seems like a minute can actually be hours....... Just as mundane experiences can appear fantastic-plastic while on LSD, so too can the experience of otherwise trivial bits of information appear mind-expanding.
  • Stephen Hawking Very Ill Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks
  • Oracle Buys Sun ..... deal halts a downward spiral for Sun ... marks a continuation of Oracle's half-decade-long acquisition tear
  • History Of Silicon Valley plucky entrepreneurs who start from nothing and against all odds, build a successful company.



  • Bush And The Rule Of Law The use of torture is part of the laws of war and only Congress has the constitutional authority
  • Heat Advisory For San Francisco
  • How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write Every genuinely revolutionary technology implants some kind of "aha" moment in your memory
  • 29 Years Of Robert Mugabe The once prosperous, successful nation has since devolved into a lawless state under the rule of the same man who fought for independence nearly 30 years ago.
  • Iran's President Slams Israel, Prompts Walkouts Ahmadinejad described the Holocaust as a "pretext" for aggression against Palestinians
  • Facebook's Recruiting Problem, Explained Facebook's people problem isn't limited to executive retention. The hot startup with over 200 million users also has a surprisingly hard time recruiting new employees -- from top executives to college grads to star Googlers.
  • Crowd Forms Against an Algorithm On Monday, confessed to “an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error” that caused thousands of books — a large proportion of them gay and lesbian themed — to lose their sales rankings, making them difficult to find in basic searches.
  • Obamaism: Charm and Disarm The Barack Obama global charm offensive continues unabated as he returns to Washington from Trinidad and Tobago where he spent two days as the main attraction and the great hope at the Fifth Summit of the Americas. In a single weekend, Obama completely transformed the diplomatic landscape of the region, by saying the most reasonable, middle-of-the-road things—We are interested in a different kind of relationship with Cuba. Venezuela is no threat to us; why not be courteous?

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