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China's business of control

Africa's fintech

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Motorola launches a new “razr.” The mid-2000s classic is now a folding, all-screen smartphone, with the old name in lower case. It’s not clear if Von Dutch hats are also coming back.

The Motorola Razr is back as a smartphone with folding screen

The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola

The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola told me this is just the start of a new direction for the company, so we’ll see!

Growing up

Online learning can’t paper over the cracks in Indian education. Coursera, the US-based edtech platform, has 4.8 million users in India. But only 2 million Indians attend higher ed institutions, so the government has to do much more to encourage in-person learning.

Online learning can keep Indians afloat but can’t rescue India’s education system

Online education, as he rightly says here, can only be a bridge. India has many first-gen internet users and sometimes even digital tools need handholding. Online tools can advance and update the classroom experience in India, which institutions are sorely missing.

Even Nordic dads don’t take enough parental leave. Although these northern European countries are rightly hailed as some of the best places to raise children, the problem of encouraging fathers to play a substantial role in babies’ early lives is also prevalent.

Even Nordic dads don’t take their fair share of parental leave

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might almost be boring to write about. But a new report adds some nuance to the discussion by showing that, even in these progressive havens, fathers avail of relatively little parental leave.

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Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana

Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana

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From Our Members

  • Rep Blumenauer has a great point and, in my mind it’s the most important bullet point about the agreement. The President is profoundly self interested, impressively un-informable and ideologically devoid. His agreement on any issue can shift on a dime if the political, or personal winds blow in a different

    Rep Blumenauer has a great point and, in my mind it’s the most important bullet point about the agreement. The President is profoundly self interested, impressively un-informable and ideologically devoid. His agreement on any issue can shift on a dime if the political, or personal winds blow in a different direction. What amounts to a pot handshake in Colorado may be as binding as a Stormy Daniel’s NDA without Trump’s signature. The marijuana industry is booming but really can’t define itself until the Federal Government boldly decriminalizes it.....and it’s unlikely Trump has the stomach or the interest. Weed sellers still can’t open bank accounts and, literally walk around with bags of cash. There’s a long way to go but, once again....oh to be a fly on the wall in Session’s office when he first heard the news.

  • Wow, I'm so surprised that Trump has made this decision. It might be the first right thing he's done in this administration. Cannabis has so many medicinal purposes. As someone who was faced with either taking Vicodin every day and still attending classes and be drugged out of my mind, or smoke some

    Wow, I'm so surprised that Trump has made this decision. It might be the first right thing he's done in this administration. Cannabis has so many medicinal purposes. As someone who was faced with either taking Vicodin every day and still attending classes and be drugged out of my mind, or smoke some weed and still be cognizant and able to learn, the second option is the better choice. Cannabis has also helped me with chronic nausea and has helped my appetite when I've been very ill. You can consume CBD and not experience the psychoactive affects while still receiving the medicinal affects. I 100% support the legalization of marijuana and anyone who does not needs to watch the "Adam Ruins Everything" video where he debunks the criminalization of marijuana.

  • Sessions goes under the bus, again. Interesting #s here on the % of Republicans supporting legalization.

  • Just in time for Coachella. A prominent concert promoter once told me that the explosion of music festivals was inherently an Obama-era phenomenon that were only possible through lax drug enforcement. He also warned that a Sessions-led DOJ could really affect the industry.

  • Given the chaos in Trumpland, perhaps weed for everyone is the best policy.