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WeWork gets worse

SoftBank takes over WeWork. The board of the shared office company chose the Japanese conglomerate over a competing offer from JP Morgan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Co-founder Adam Neumann will lose control of WeWork—but get a $1.7 billion payout.

Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control

Being a big fan of WeWork’s service, it is sad to see the devaluation hitting this level. Moreover, the payout to Adam N is beyond silly for a company that is going to need a major structural face lift.

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed to unrealistic valuations.

And now SoftBank will have to live with the creature it helped create...

Marking 30 years of the web

China's new place in the world

India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Lebanon protests inequality

Making immigration work

Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agendas

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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We should care more about the deep sea than we do deep space

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  • The golden age of nautical storytelling is behind us, replaced by sci-fi set in space. But what if we treated the deep sea with the same imagination as deep space?

    This piece looks at our past history of sea-faring adventurers and how we've replaced them with universe-exploring astronauts and aliens

    The golden age of nautical storytelling is behind us, replaced by sci-fi set in space. But what if we treated the deep sea with the same imagination as deep space?

    This piece looks at our past history of sea-faring adventurers and how we've replaced them with universe-exploring astronauts and aliens. The lack of stories based around of oceans also mean we're not thinking as much about how important they are. So what if re revived the era of Moby Dick and Treasure Island? Would we start to care about the watery environment more here on earth than putting men on Mars?

  • What about caring about both?

  • It is not a choice between valuing and understanding our planet and exploring space- we can and should do both. The exploration of space has only confirmed the unique and fragile nature of Earth.

  • Inner space is human future but outer space our dream.

    Outer space with its stunning visual appeal sterile machines doing what is impossible on earth. It makes great tv and cgi movies.

    Inner space to most people is unseen. It is often opaque and is is certainly cold and dangerous the deep is unforgiving

    Inner space is human future but outer space our dream.

    Outer space with its stunning visual appeal sterile machines doing what is impossible on earth. It makes great tv and cgi movies.

    Inner space to most people is unseen. It is often opaque and is is certainly cold and dangerous the deep is unforgiving.

    To those of us who are fortunate to have seen the small fraction of what nature allows us the underwater world far more exciting than any movie.

    In the competition for human attention outer space is the movie star and inner space needs a better agent.

  • Or we could simply decide for ourselves what we choose to care about and let others do the same, encouraging them not to care for our issues but to instead care deeply for their own. Then many problems would diminish.

  • Extremely important and relevant in the days Jacques Cousteau was evangelizing. Today it is more a matter of cleaning up and preserving what is left for posterity.

  • While exploring the deep sea should be on our sights, just taking a look at space debris will tell you the story of how it’ll impact our oceans and environmental problems: it won’t.