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Disney unveils Disney+

Twitter Disney-fied. Ahead of its November 12 launch, Disney posted a massive Twitter thread listing every single movie and show set to air on the service, TechCrunch reports. There's also a 3-hour long YouTube promo.

Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing IP to lean on when trying to convince people to join its service.

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?

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.

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.

Economics Nobel prize

The Nobel prize for economic sciences was announced. The joint winners are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for their work in alleviating global poverty.

Three professors won the 2019 Nobel prize for economics for their work on fighting poverty

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any congratulations to only the tenth Nobel laureate of Indian origin.

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that the work of Esther Duflo and her longtime collaborator and partner Abhijit Banerjee (as well as Michael Kremer) has been recognised in this way. That too, just days ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a rather anodyne designation, but now given a new focus. A different-strokes-for-different-folks approach that truly tries to understood how the poor make decisions about housing, healthcare, hygiene products even.

Online in China

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.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

More places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The growing recognition of the alternative celebration represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

America really must deal with the facts of its history so that we can actually achieve our levels of greatness. How can we know who we are when we won’t acknowledge the darkness we’ve come from?

Acknowledge the REAL historical facts so that we can have some real national pride not this fabrication that’s come from politics.

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity now — to enforce “Gods will” and bring glory to the crown of Spain. His fervor justified the intentional massacre of an entire group of people. And he didn’t hide it either. He’d detail in his journal how many they would kill, methods of killing, and also various observations about the supposed inferiority of the Taino people.

Until reading this article, I knew nothing about the US immigration agenda behind promoting Columbus Day — which is full of irony. Fast forward 400 years later, we have Columbus’ kin people seeking acceptance in a new country, only to be unwelcomed and experience discrimination.

Humans are weird. We’ve created categories all over the world used to impose hierarchies of positional superiority/inferiority. For what reason? Power. Nothing’s really changed. The same game still exists, just different players. But I’d like to hope that public awareness is shifting — thanks to movements like Indigenous People’s Day. History has multiple perspectives.

CEO-ing

Making sure the kids are alright

One in three young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health. Over a six-month period, people who are lonely are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.

1 in 3 young adults are lonely—and it hurts their mental health

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after climate change) will be about how we can help build meaningful social connections and protect the vulnerable, both old and young, from isolation and its corrosive effects on mental and physical health.

Totally true. This is among the many reasons why depression has been reported to be up to six times higher among Ph.D. students when compared to the general population. Their isolation is real...

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End the Plague of Secret Parenting

If mothers and fathers speak openly about child-care obligations, their colleagues will adapt.

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From Our Members

  • It’s a relief to work at a company where kids can be brought to work, the male and female employees talk about them openly, and family responsibilities are acknowledged and even celebrated. But I know I’m in a minority. I wish more companies were like mine. Makes a big difference to wellbeing and productivity.

  • This is like telling women in Hollywood that if we all share our real age, then ageism will die. Or telling rich parents that if they all send their kids to public school, then every child in the nation will benefit. It may well be true, but no one wants to be the sacrificial lamb. Every time I have

    This is like telling women in Hollywood that if we all share our real age, then ageism will die. Or telling rich parents that if they all send their kids to public school, then every child in the nation will benefit. It may well be true, but no one wants to be the sacrificial lamb. Every time I have to reschedule a meeting or request a deadline extension because of a parent-related issue, I lie. Because experience has taught me to. I commend the author’s call for people in the top rungs of organizations to lead this charge — they are the only ones who can afford to.

  • I appreciate that the author wants to work with data but her sources seem screwed to high-paying careers. Additionally, there is an unpopular but necessary point that needs to be made about parenting and the workforce: some parents are unable to reasonably balance the requirements of a job and the responsibilities

    I appreciate that the author wants to work with data but her sources seem screwed to high-paying careers. Additionally, there is an unpopular but necessary point that needs to be made about parenting and the workforce: some parents are unable to reasonably balance the requirements of a job and the responsibilities of a parent. Granted, some jobs are easier to balance with parenthood than others and companies should be more flexible to parents to a degree. However, they cannot be so flexible to one employee that it effects the other workers’ ability to complete their responsibilities.

  • With unemployment as low it is, it is hard to find good employees to begin with, especially for small business that offer less perks. I found that being up front with my flexibility toward parenting has greatly helped me find good candidates who are willing to accept less for a flexible work schedule

    With unemployment as low it is, it is hard to find good employees to begin with, especially for small business that offer less perks. I found that being up front with my flexibility toward parenting has greatly helped me find good candidates who are willing to accept less for a flexible work schedule. I highly recommend it to anyone hiring right now.

  • If I have a family obligation, I share it openly at work, and I encourage others to do the same. We're not automatons. We're people with lives. The more we realize, recognize, and respect that, the more likely we are to have treatment and policies that reflect our humanity and a positive, supportive workplace culture.

  • Having taken sabbaticals or retired twice to be a stay at home & classroom Dad, really VERY sympathetic to the issues discussed here. The author has a good opinion, but it is anectdotal and opinion. While intuition tells us at an emotional level this is sound reasoning there should be much more data and analysis.

  • I would argue the solution here is actually the opposite - we should stop justifying our work constraints altogether. If you don’t take meetings after 5pm, don’t take meetings after 5pm. As long as you meet your goals, it shouldn’t matter if your schedule is built around your kids, your dog, or your

    I would argue the solution here is actually the opposite - we should stop justifying our work constraints altogether. If you don’t take meetings after 5pm, don’t take meetings after 5pm. As long as you meet your goals, it shouldn’t matter if your schedule is built around your kids, your dog, or your medical condition. In a world where we value productivity over presence, your actual work should be more important than when, where, and how you work.

  • I talk about my kids all the time at work and probably annoyingly so.

  • Given the implied focus on parenting among conservatives that is the antiabortion movement, you think we would be better as a society at accommodating mothers and fathers.

  • I work for a multibillion-dollar international professional services firm, and I'd say sometimes people imagine taboos where they don't exist.

    At least where I work, this isn't a thing.

  • Can we stop having conversations about working mothers from the perspective of educated "career" women? For every working mother in a mid-level management job worried about not being promoted because she can't work late like her single female counterparts, there are at least 5 or more admins, cafe workers

    Can we stop having conversations about working mothers from the perspective of educated "career" women? For every working mother in a mid-level management job worried about not being promoted because she can't work late like her single female counterparts, there are at least 5 or more admins, cafe workers and cleaning women, who are afraid of being fired if they have to take off work for a sick kid.

    Everytime I'm ready to dismiss complaints about liberal elites being tone-deaf when it comes to the working class, I read an article like this.

  • Parental leave solves a problem during infancy... But then it's the other 16-18 years that need figuring out. Companies can do a better job of providing their employees with more remote collaboration solutions.

    Technology enables us today to do a lot remotely, and it opens the door for parents to have

    Parental leave solves a problem during infancy... But then it's the other 16-18 years that need figuring out. Companies can do a better job of providing their employees with more remote collaboration solutions.

    Technology enables us today to do a lot remotely, and it opens the door for parents to have more flexibility on juggling schedules and locations.

    That of course does not solve for the jobs that have strict location/timing requirements (like meeting with customers, managing a shift in a production line or working in Healthcare).

  • Today I was late to breakfast with a Political Minister who was already accommodating my request to not meet at 5:30pm so I could be home with family before traveling because our daughter cut herself which I thought about blaming on traffic which is easy these days in dc, but decided to own up to it

    Today I was late to breakfast with a Political Minister who was already accommodating my request to not meet at 5:30pm so I could be home with family before traveling because our daughter cut herself which I thought about blaming on traffic which is easy these days in dc, but decided to own up to it. I was surprised at his sympathetic response and thankfully am not secret parenting as laid out in this thoughtful provoking article.

  • Ok. Work life is always kept seperate from home life, regardless of the excuse. Being an irresponsible liar is completley unacceptable in any situation.

  • Excellent article. The more our work environments support us being human first and workers second, the better our lives will be and the better the performance we’ll get from our workers. It reminds me of another issue we’re facing as a society: sleep deprivation. Taking care of ourselves and our loved

    Excellent article. The more our work environments support us being human first and workers second, the better our lives will be and the better the performance we’ll get from our workers. It reminds me of another issue we’re facing as a society: sleep deprivation. Taking care of ourselves and our loved ones should be the foundation of good work and a healthy society. It should not come as an afterthought.

  • Fewer secrets might help considerably and possibly fewer prejudgements

  • Noting that we have "sêcret parẻnting",

    not parlẻnting secrets.

  • I don't really buy into this perceived taboo. The article mentions that almost all parents she interviewed have great leave policies, yet alludes to some "climate". But, there is only 1vague mention of an example of said climate (the silent fathers in the team the one woman worked on). All the other

    I don't really buy into this perceived taboo. The article mentions that almost all parents she interviewed have great leave policies, yet alludes to some "climate". But, there is only 1vague mention of an example of said climate (the silent fathers in the team the one woman worked on). All the other evidence the author points to appear to be self-imposed rules of conduct, rather than workplace expectations. Without giving more examples of which factors (external to the parent) are creating such a climate, the article doesn't convince me that this so-called plague actually exists.

    I work in a woman-dominated profession and in all the places I've worked, parents proudly peddle pictures and videos of their offspring. They share war stories about their teens. As soon as a staff member (or their spouse) gets pregnant, all the other staff fall over themselves offering congratulations, salivating over ultrasound blurs, and cooing over expanding bellies. I work with a man who actually Facetimes with his kid while at the office, even though they'll see each other when Dad gets home in an hour (before 5 pm). In my experience, these people are the ones who are deemed most worthy of workplace accommodation and I have yet to hear anyone tell their co-worker or subordinate to stop talking about their children.