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What comes after the iPhone?

Brexit deal reached

The EU and the UK agreed on a Brexit deal, but there are many hurdles ahead. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it’s still not backing the deal, BBC reports. Their support is essential if Johnson wants to pass it through parliament on Saturday.

Brexit deal reaction as PM heads to EU summit - BBC News

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this deal, making it unlikely it’ll get through Parliament.

The pound surged on Brexit deal news. It was a rollercoaster day for the sterling: It sank after the Democratic Unionist Party said it didn’t support the deal. It surged to $1.29 against the dollar after the EU and the UK announced a deal had been reached. It’s a five-month high.

The pound is rallying on a highly uncertain Brexit deal

The Brexit news is rippling through global markets, but the pound’s gain is fading and much remains uncertain. A key question is how much prime minister Boris Johnson can promise members of parlaiment to get his deal over the line. Devolved powers to Scotland and Northern Ireland, perhaps? And would that be enough?

The future of work

Is there age bias in your workplace? The “global lead of cross-generational intelligence” at software analytics company SAP spoke with Quartz on identifying and addressing ageism.

Is there age bias in your workplace? These simple exercises will tell you

I like the idea of someone tasked with “cross-generational intelligence”. Gender parity and good representation of ethnic minorities and LGBTQ at work are still important. Yet as we live longer, being inclusive on colleagues who are “older” is equally critical.

UK transit protests

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Surprising discovery

Marking 30 years of the web

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.

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The Trump Kim Deal: Let's Lay Cynicism Aside To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Trump Kim Deal: Let's Lay Cynicism Aside To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

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From Our Members

  • In general I think “let’s see what happens before we dump all over it” is a reasonable approach. Talking is still better than not talking so I supported the idea of a NK/US summit. But the optics turned my stomach.

    The President with the two hand handshake, Kim with his hand on POTUS’ back as they go

    In general I think “let’s see what happens before we dump all over it” is a reasonable approach. Talking is still better than not talking so I supported the idea of a NK/US summit. But the optics turned my stomach.

    The President with the two hand handshake, Kim with his hand on POTUS’ back as they go through the door. The gratuitous compliments , the warm smiles. I wanted to scream. Kim starves, imprisons and tortures his own people, kills relatives he perceives as a threat to his power, and the Otto Warmbier death is unforgivable. I want a de-nuked NK . A business meeting, I’m in. The chumminess was beyond offensive.

  • It may be two steps forward and one step back but at the end of the day America and the World a little ahead of where we were

  • Sorry to be cynical but it seems very obvious to me that Trump is more than willing to appease Russia, and Asian countries because those are the two territories where the Trump brand has the biggest growth potential. Whereas he has no qualms about pissing off America’s allies in territories where the

    Sorry to be cynical but it seems very obvious to me that Trump is more than willing to appease Russia, and Asian countries because those are the two territories where the Trump brand has the biggest growth potential. Whereas he has no qualms about pissing off America’s allies in territories where the Trump brand is virtually dead, which is an attempt by him to bolster his sagging brand in the USA.

    Let’s face it, Trump has never done anything throughout his entire life & career for anyone other than himself. Every action taken and every word spoken before he ran for president was done to grow the Trump brand. So his presidency is no different. His allegiance isn’t to the American people it’s to the Trump brand/his pocketbook.

  • Nice to see some pragmatism and objectivity in surmising the overall situation, from this journalist. There’s been a bunch of some of the other stuff.

  • Do two negatives make a positive? A firm maybe.

  • I don’t know how the article writer can justify claiming this summit will work towards a “better future” when they also admit in the same breath that we have no real idea of the substance of these two leaders’ claims; i.e., what actions are they really taking here? Criticism is a far cry from cynicism

    I don’t know how the article writer can justify claiming this summit will work towards a “better future” when they also admit in the same breath that we have no real idea of the substance of these two leaders’ claims; i.e., what actions are they really taking here? Criticism is a far cry from cynicism and as far as I’m concerned the former is vital in this historical moment. This isn’t the first time NK has “agreed” to denuclearize and if we look at Trump’s position with other world leaders, who lose respect for him and the US every day, is it so implausible that Kim saw a way to soften relations with the West, get a major nuclear power on his side, by convincing one of the most vapid and deluded leaders in American history that he’d acquiesce to his demands? This works well for both parties on a purely PR basis, and the proof of that is already in Trump’s tweets touting this as an “historic moment” that, if criticized by any party (*cough* Democrats), will merely reveal the lack of patriotism in that party, not in the “deal” itself.

    There is no substance here, as of now. Sure, let’s wait and see where it goes. But lauding Trump or Kim for this is frankly unnerving. The President has now cozied up to two major oppressive leaders with historically tense relations with America and the rest of the West (not to mention his praise of psychopaths like Duterte). The overall trend here is extremely unnerving and should be viewed extremely critically as such. Now is not the time to be convincing each other that this is worthy of praise. Sure, try to be optimistic. But don’t get your hopes up. And don’t dismiss those of us who are skeptical or cynical or wary of these developments. They are incredibly worrisome.