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The Decline of Wikipedia

The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3649 words)

Malaise Is Ahead For Malaysia's Bubble Economy

I recently wrote about how Indonesia’s economy has devolved into a classic credit and asset bubble-driven growth story, and its neighbor Malaysia is on the same path along with most other…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 15, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (514 words)

How Spotify Engineered the New Music Economy

Steve Cooper didn’t expect much from Spotify. When the New York-based band Spirit Animal released “The Black Jack White” last spring, the band’s frontman didn’t…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 6, 2013
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6003 words)

Luke was going to become Vader, destroy the Rebels and become Emperor

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. To celebrate, Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler has created another of his gorgeous coffee-table books, chock full of…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2217 words)

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

Out of the ­10,000 news stories you may have read in the last 12 months, did even one allow you to make a better decision about a serious matter in your life, asks Rolf Dobelli. Photograph:…
PUBLISHED: April 12, 2013
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1480 words)

Buying Apple Products Is an Exercise in Narcissism | Wired Opinion

Photo: Bryan Derballa/WIRED “When Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh computer in a California auditorium in 1984, the screen displayed a photo of him. At one level, it was merely a way of…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (943 words)

Could this gloomy song really inspire a person to commit suicide?

Rezső Seress and László Jávor's song "Gloomy Sunday" may be one of the most depressing songs ever recorded, and is commonly called "The Hungarian Suicide Song" because of its…
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1178 words)

How A Video Game Called Infinity United The Disney-Pixar Universe

One afternoon in 2010, John Blackburn arrived at Pixar's Emeryville, California, offices to pitch a new video-game idea to the animation studio's revered longtime leader, John Lasseter. Blackburn had…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1434 words)

Meet the Windows Phone developers risking everything to save Microsoft's platform

Windows Phone might have over 160,000 apps, but there are still some big names missing. Microsoft has tried to bridge the app gap between iOS / Android and Windows Phone, but much of the innovation…
AUTHOR:Tom Warren
SOURCE:The Verge
PUBLISHED: Aug. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1266 words)