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Zack Rosebrugh

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Debate watch

AOC backs Bernie. First-term congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar plan to endorse Bernie Sanders for president, the Washington Post reports.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine already.

So This endorsement sort of represents her second coming and publicly re-aligns her with the far left wing of the party going into 2020. And it all has nothing to do with Trump.

AOC’s is a powerful endorsement that won’t convince Bernie’s critics he is electable. But it does show he’s cool. Bernie also has the support of the very vocal cardi b. Thus, he must surely be doing something right.

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all

This isn't very surprising, but the endorsement was very well-timed. Sen. Sanders walked into the most recent Democratic debate with two handicaps:

01. His recent heart attack, which raised concerns about his electability.

02. He's been slipping in the polls to Sen. Warren.

The AOC endorsement all but insured that at least some of the post-debate political energy/chatter would be devoted to him—even if Warren knocked-it-out-of-the-park.

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring for others. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals.

Net positive

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Last-minute Brexit deal

There’s no uniform “European way of life” either. The remarks of the incoming European Commission president might be wishful thinking. Survey data shows a range of views across the continent—covering everything from welfare, immigrants, LGBT rights, and even democracy.

Even Europeans don’t agree on what the “European way of life” is

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission that there is a "shared European way of life" to protect. If so, what is it?

Chinese technocracy

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 :)

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Google spells out its future

Google wants to be more sustainable, but... The tech giant debuted several new devices at its hardware event today, few of which seem very recyclable.

Google wants to be more sustainable—nevermind all the new products it announced

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new devices, many of which don't seem particularly repairable or that different than what's come before. How do you square that circle?

The best tech news I've heard today: "Much like Amazon's newest Echo products, users can ask Google Assistant on the hub to turn off wifi access to specific devices connected to the network, meaning parents can wield a new level of tyranny over unruly kids and their connected devices."

Including recycled materials in device design is all well and good, but real sustainability will mean creating repairable, upgradable gadgets. Project Ara's modular smartphone always seemed like a bit of a pipe dream, and its death in 2016 wasn't a huge surprise. But long-term, could Google resurrect a similar concept?

Quartz at work

There are many paths to a dream career. Like studying salamanders in isolation, for example. The solitude of science helped podcast host Arielle Duhaime-Ross come to an important professional realization.

To find your dream career, try studying salamanders in isolation

This story resonates for me. Started my career as a Natural Resource scientist and manager. Mid-career pivot to leadership development coach. Turns out there are a lot of social skills one develops when promoting policy and management with multiple stakeholders.

See you later, friends!

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Everyone’s making money using NASA logos except NASA

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From Our Members

  • Milton Glaser, who designed the iconic I ❤️NY graphic for New York for free, would like a word about making zero dollars on an almost universally used piece of design.

  • You've probably been seeing lots of NASA logos all over the clothing world. You might even own or want one of them.

    (I sure as heck do, especially NASA MA-1 flight jacket or a pair of NASA Vans kicks.)

    HOWEVER, NASA, because it's a government logo, makes no money off of these licenses...which is a

    You've probably been seeing lots of NASA logos all over the clothing world. You might even own or want one of them.

    (I sure as heck do, especially NASA MA-1 flight jacket or a pair of NASA Vans kicks.)

    HOWEVER, NASA, because it's a government logo, makes no money off of these licenses...which is a bit worrisome.

    IDEA: 1% (or 5%?) of proceeds from NASA-licensed products across the fashion world get sent to an innovation fund that encourages younger generations about space.

    That money either gets donated to NASA or via a partnership.

  • It's tempting to think: what if the license fee could be used to fund more of the great stuff NASA does?

    But there's value in this being free (at least in the US). After all, NASA is funded by the US taxpayer. But also, because it is free, merchandising companies likely use it more widely.

    Regardless

    It's tempting to think: what if the license fee could be used to fund more of the great stuff NASA does?

    But there's value in this being free (at least in the US). After all, NASA is funded by the US taxpayer. But also, because it is free, merchandising companies likely use it more widely.

    Regardless of it being free, nice to see NASA work with companies to ensure it the logo is properly used.

  • It makes sense to me that NASA be able to make money similar to some other government agencies that are more self sufficient. This could either A. Use the money funded by taxpayers for further space exploration or B. Save the money to use somewhere that really needs it.

  • Is this headline meant to be a "duh" or sensationalist, trying to get a rise out of people?

    NASA is taxpayer funded. Why would we want our government making money off of us?? We're already paying for it to exist.

  • Interesting that they can't make money from their logo's popularity since it's a government design. I wonder if there's the political will to grant NASA an exception to that rule-- even a small percentage could be a huge amount of money compared to their pathetically small budget.

  • Poor NASA, they keep getting kicked

  • I’ve never seen anyone wearing a nasa logo. Maybe regional?