Newsletter 373


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[5]Music’s Last Best Hope
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/qo4Iui

Brendan Greeley | Businessweek | 13 July 2011

Useful backgrounder on Spotify, the music streaming service from Sweden now
  poised for US launch, and its unlikely founder Daniel Ek. Can you imagine a
  world where you don't own your record collection? Here's a man who can
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/music’s-last-best-hope

[7]Murdoch, Like Napoleon, Is A Great Bad Man
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/oyIjGo

Conrad Black | FT | 13 July 2011

Murdoch rarely keeps his word. Exploits the miseries of others. Betrays
  every political leader who trusts him. Malicious myth-maker. All his
  instincts point downmarket. But he's a great businessman. And probably not a
  criminal [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/murdoch-napoleon-great-bad-man-0

[9]The Unselfish Gene
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/o0CUtY

Yochai Benkler | HBR | 4 July 2011

Superb essay challenging notion of innate human selfishness and the rational
  actor theory. Biology, sociology, experimental economics, political science.
  All contain powerful ideas about natural cooperation [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unselfish-gene

[11]The Afghan Enforcer I Knew
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rhRSMB

Ahmed Rashid | NYT | 12 July 2011

Killing of Afghan president's half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, leaves
  political vacuum at critical moment. He was the most powerful political
  broker in southern Afghanistan. However much he was loathed, what comes next
  may be worse [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/afghan-enforcer-i-knew

[13]Rise And Fall Of RIM
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nV0QU4

Jonathan Geller | BGR | 13 July 2011

Blackberry was a game-changer when it first appeared. But then the bosses of
  Research In Motion decided they were so smart that they didn't have to
  listen to the market place. Product development went way off track. Can RIM
  recover? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-fall-rim

[15]Elaine Scarry: Thinking In An Emergency
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/rrQ8Hu

David Johnson | Boston Review | 13 July 2011

Harvard sociologist talks about how communities can protect themselves in
  crises. Most important thing is preparation. You need to have most of the
  moves mapped out in advance (so stop complaining about your building's fire
  drills) [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/elaine-scarry-thinking-emergency

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Ellen de Bruin on Women and Happiness
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ellen-de-bruin-on-women-and-happiness

The  Dutch  science  journalist takes a light-hearted look at national
  stereotypes, why Dutch women are happy, and what it means to be blonde
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ellen-de-bruin-on-women-and-happiness

Featured Topic

[19]Cooking
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

If  cooking is your thing, or you want it to be, this is for you. From
  interviews with top chefs to articles that range from the perfect appliance,
  to food for athletes, to what's in your cappuccino, it's all here. Enjoy
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/cooking

Reader Recommendations

@[21]whitebluewhite The      best      TED      talk     i've     ever
  watched:[22]www.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_on_how_technology_evolves.html
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/whitebluewhite
      22. http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_on_how_technology_evolves.html
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/creationisms-trojan-horse-by-barbara-forrest-and-paul-r-gross

[26]Creationism's Trojan Horse by Barbara Forrest and Paul R Gross
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/creationisms-trojan-horse-by-barbara-forrest-and-paul-r-gross

[27]Kenneth Miller says: "This book demonstrates that there is precious
  little science behind the intelligent design movement but a great deal of
  politics and religion" [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenneth-miller-on-arguments-against-creationism
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Secret Of The Unicorn
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/secret-unicorn

Trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Tintin film. With, as Jason Kottke first
  noted, worrying echoes of "Polar Express" [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Muhammad Ali, on ageing
    Links:
      31. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ricky-gervais/lifes-too-short-to-go-with-the-flow_b_895005.html

"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30
    years of his life"

[32]More quotes
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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