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North Korea might be hiding a pig catastrophe. African swine fever has reportedly spread across the country, Bloomberg reports. If left unchecked, the epidemic may spill over into South Korean and Chinese farms.

Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune of millions - trying to curb the epidemic. With raising pigs as one of the few ways North Korean’s can feed themselves or earn money, it makes a devastating problem worse.

China is suffering from this on a catastrophic level as well, with China accounting for the vast lion share of total pork consumption world wide. Despite the aforementioned efforts to halt the epidemic, it presses forward.

Not to change the general tone of the story, however if you’ve ever dealt with pigs first hand, they’re clearly very intelligent and emotionally complex animals. They’re smarter and more cagey than most often realize. “Because China” did an excellent documentary short speaking with a large Chinese pig rancher operating in mainland China. When speaking about his having to kill his pigs en mass for this reason, it brought him to tears, and it definitely wasn’t just because of his investment losses in that otherwise very lucrative domestic Chinese pork market.

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease could affect the entire Pacific eastern seaboard (Japan, ROK, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam) where Pork forms a major chunk of the diet if sufficient quarantine measures are not put in place.

Fortnite has ended—or so it seems. After an elaborate stunt in which the game's universe appeared to collapse into a singularity, Fortnite is no longer playable and its livestreams have gone dead, CNET reports.

Fortnite season 11 event ends with a cosmic explosion and is now gone

So the theory I’ve seen out there is that the new map requires the servers to go down and they turned it into a brilliant marketing move. Might even be down for a whole day or two.

The screams OMG OMG OMG in our house were hilarious. I saw the final moments and then blackness. Then my son went outside to ride his bike with his friends so thanks, Fortnite.

The universal thought for millions of players after the shock of the singularity wore off: “Wow, feels good to blink.”

A gutsy and creative move. For an already ravenous base of players, it only raises the appetite and desire for the next iteration. Not many can get away with a play like that, but Fortnite can.

Quartz Members: What comes after the iPhone?

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.

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Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

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How Airbus’s A380 Went From Wonder to Blunder

How Airbus’s A380 Went From Wonder to Blunder

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  • The production complexity of the A380 is understated. As passengers, we often take for granted the engineering, manufacturing, and logistics needed for today’s aircrafts. The 787 faced issue after issue too. Airbus management simply took on a project that was too complicated for them - and perhaps anybody

    The production complexity of the A380 is understated. As passengers, we often take for granted the engineering, manufacturing, and logistics needed for today’s aircrafts. The 787 faced issue after issue too. Airbus management simply took on a project that was too complicated for them - and perhaps anybody. The Co-CEO structure made the situation worse. No clear leadership while embarking on producing the most complex and expensive plane in the history of the world? That’s just bad business judgment by the board. Lastly, forecasting more robust demand than what is achieved can happen to any company, especially given the Great Recession. But getting barely any orders from European carriers didn’t tip off Airbus earlier? Wow. Lessons learned, I guess. I’m sure someone at HBS is already writing the case on the A380 and leadership.

  • I have never flown on one of these beasts, but the sight of them up close is intimidating. The notion of being packed into a middle seat in coach from Hong Kong to LA terrifies me. It was a horrible enough experience on a 747.

  • AN HBR case study on how to misunderstand consumer demand, societal shifts and one’s own culture in an attempt to compete for a market that had already changed.

  • I can relate to the comment about the middle seat horror of a long haul flight.

  • The motivation behind this product was predicated on a great idea that was considerably subsidized by the government. A successful product outcome is motivated by an inquiry into market demand and value prop.