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Lorenzo Gritti

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Democratic debate watch

Twelve (possibly angry) Democrats are on stage in Ohio. The remaining candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination take part in the fourth debate of the campaign, Reuters reports, and the first since the start of an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

Factbox: Six things to watch at the Democratic debate in Ohio

If the candidates do sound angry and focus on foreign policy it will make a good change from earlier events when they just sounded like insurance sales people. still, I think Biden will have trouble tonight because though he may have done nothing wrong, being at the heart of Trump’s Ukraine dealings hasn’t made him appealing.

Net Positive

The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots. Susan Kare designed the icons for Apple’s first computer, the Macintosh; many are still in use today. To create these early icons, Kare drew inspiration from surprising sources, from Swedish campgrounds to ancient hieroglyphics.

The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots

This is so cool—the friendly design of early Apple icons made computers much more appealing to consumers.

The internet, contrary to how many of us think of it, is not a self-propagating entity—it’s created and shaped by humans. Susan has had an outsized impact in the way we experienced the web, both in its early days and today.

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

Apple is at crossroads. It revolutionized the way we communicate with the iPhone nearly 13 years ago, but its longtime cash cow has started to waver. Apple has a host of new bets in the works, some that could also change the world as the iPhone did. But will any of them actually be able to do it?

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch as to how they would turn it around by either building a full ecosystem of products/services or new revolutionary ideas.

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of change with Apple’s introduction of screen time, grayscale, health monitoring, which potentially forecasts the company’s testing of a new experience that combats the addictive tech dependencies and negative impacts of its tentpole product. Holding out hope for a re-imagining as Apple approaches an anniversary year :)

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

Sports get political

In sport, society and geopolitics, we have LeBron James... The Los Angeles Lakers star has waded into the row between the NBA and China by saying Houston’s Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated about the situation at hand” when he tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters, ESPN reports.

LeBron: Rockets' Morey 'wasn't educated' on China tweet

LeBron on China.

A profound embarrassment.

But at least he’s saying it as a Laker.

Lebron is a brilliant man, but even he is not immune to motivated reasoning. There is a lot of the money on the line for Lebron in deciding his stance on the Hong Kong protests, and my guess is that he will find any evidence that helps him believe that Morey wasn't educated on the matter.

The escalating Syria conflict

Trump’s Italy connection

Literary polemics

China’s culture wars

China’s propaganda app can snoop into users’ phones. The Chinese Communist Party bills its app as a fun educational tool. But it can learn the habits of more than 100 million users.

An app to teach Xi Jinping thought can study the phones of its 100 million users

Funny, you’d figure the CCP would have co-opted Weibo to do exactly the same thing - but with a great many more users. Of course, there is nothing that says it hasn’t done that also. More of the same from China’s all glorious, just and far seeing Communist Party.

It might be the end of the last online sanctuary for China’s liberals. For years alternative thinkers found a refuge on a platform that appeared to pass under the radar because of its relatively small size. Now its users fear its days are numbered.

“We feel like cyber-refugees”: The decline of the last online sanctuary for China’s liberals

Imagine your FB timeline starting from one day the only updates showing up are your own posts. Everyone else’s stopped on Oct. 5/6. It feels like a time freeze. Having been a Douban user for a decade, I’m empathetic to the platform—at least the “pause” is temporary, the broadcast function will resume, the site will continue.

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  • Like a runaway train, readers should note burning carbon-based organisms like trees and grass releases even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, further exacerbating the greenhouse effect, causing more fires, etc. There will be no going back, only adjustment to a new reality.

  • Climate Change is the modern day Pascal’s Wager.

    400 years ago Pascal argued that a rational person should operate as if God exists, because it costs you little to do so, but the costs of getting it wrong are infinite.

    The cost of believing and operating as if Climate Change exists is minimal. The

    Climate Change is the modern day Pascal’s Wager.

    400 years ago Pascal argued that a rational person should operate as if God exists, because it costs you little to do so, but the costs of getting it wrong are infinite.

    The cost of believing and operating as if Climate Change exists is minimal. The cost of getting it wrong is extinction.

  • Climate change is always a tough one... Although I’m a huge believer on human impact (how can we not acknowledge that our actions have a cause and effect?), I also think we’re naive in believing that every anomaly has more to do with humans and less to do with our lack of fully understanding the Earth’s

    Climate change is always a tough one... Although I’m a huge believer on human impact (how can we not acknowledge that our actions have a cause and effect?), I also think we’re naive in believing that every anomaly has more to do with humans and less to do with our lack of fully understanding the Earth’s weather patterns and its 5 billion year history.

  • It’s undeniable the climate is shifting and changing. Whether that is man-made or a result of polar changes and the speed of which this occurs is still to be determined.

  • If you are buying into the story arguing against the scientific consensus on climate change, and if you believe that man-made destructive climate change is not real, then you have been duped by the multi-billion dollar reach of the Kochtapus propaganda machine. Congratulations!

  • With the mountains smoldering 30 minuets from my house, I’m certain this is going to be a common occurrence for summers to come. Trying to adjust...but it’s a horrifying thought that this is the new normal.

  • Proof against this issue has been presented time and time again and it’s extremely concerning that some, politicians especially, refuse to acknowledge its urgency. It’s even more concerning that there are still many that don’t even believe it’s a problem in the first place.

    I recently read the book

    Proof against this issue has been presented time and time again and it’s extremely concerning that some, politicians especially, refuse to acknowledge its urgency. It’s even more concerning that there are still many that don’t even believe it’s a problem in the first place.

    I recently read the book A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright and it perfectly highlights the mistakes we’re making, including with regards to climate change.

    Unless the problem directly affects people they don’t seem to care or believe it. Sadly, by that point it may be too late.

  • Surprisingly hot here in the west coast of Canada too

  • Weather is not climate. The facts and the human cause of global warming are blatantly obvious. Knowing that the misinformation funded and liberally disseminated by fossil fuel billionaires is believed by so many is just dumbfounding. This breathtakingly beautiful planet can become unlivable in such a

    Weather is not climate. The facts and the human cause of global warming are blatantly obvious. Knowing that the misinformation funded and liberally disseminated by fossil fuel billionaires is believed by so many is just dumbfounding. This breathtakingly beautiful planet can become unlivable in such a short amount of time. Yet, we fiddle while it burns. Just heartbreaking.

  • Hydrogen energy is the answer. clean and available for infinity. just needs to be profitable for investment to get us to the break even point and then look out

  • Came very close to passing out in a parking lot last week. Might have died if a waitress hadn’t called 911. The folks in ER said I was dehydrated. I was flabbergasted because I had had a large iced tea and half a glass of water during lunch. Please everybody take care of yourselves and drink plenty of fluids.

  • I know we're experiencing drier winter's and hotter summers here in Northern California. Last year's fires in the Wine Country, and fires in Southern California both last year and this year have been terrible. This past winter the snowpack in the Rocky Mountains was 30% of normal, which affected so many things.

  • Climate change is real. Seriously.

    It hit 40 degree in Japan. oh well.

  • Daniel Swain, a climate researcher at UCLA, told Axios: "From my perspective as a climate scientist, one of the most striking (and disconcerting) aspects of this is that we’re now seeing decades-old scientific predictions being validated in the real world, right before our eyes," he said via email.

  • Got up to 67 degrees for our high here in Wyoming