Tencent, March of the Penguins
Bruce Einhorn & Brad Stone | Businessweek | 4 August 2011
$3bn in revenues. 11,400 employees. 647m users. This is the story of China's
home-grown internet giant. “If you are a Silicon Valley guy and you don’t
have Tencent on your radar, you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind”
Washington And The Art Of The Possible
Raghuram Rajan | Project Syndicate | 4 August 2011
Interesting piece with slightly different line on US debt crisis. Focuses
not on castigating politicians, but on the two key divisive factors – income
and age – that have led to the polarisation of the electorate Comments
Who Is The Guilty Party?
Anonymous | Inside-Out China | 2 August 2011
On the difficulties of trying to be honest in China. Writer buys flat.
Previous owner has rigged electricity meter to show only 10% of consumption.
You'd think the power company would want to put it right, yes? But nothing
is simple Comments
Algae Could Solve World's Fuel Crisis
Von Philip Bethge | Spiegel | 28 July 2011
Will genetically modified algae farms produce our climate-neutral biofuels
of the future? Possibly. Needs only algae, sunlight, seawater, CO2. Lab
tests work. Now tricky process of large-scale algae farming can begin
Beyond Angry Birds
Tom Bissell | Grantland | 2 August 2011
"Console games do everything in their power to form a relationship with you.
Which can be great. iPad games are like someone you meet in a bar and find
yourself screwing in the bathroom 10 minutes later. This is not a criticism"
Amy Wallace | GQ | 4 August 2011
Interview with Jerry Lewis "original lord of lowbrow, king of the pratfall,
last surviving link to the bedrock of American comedy—vaudeville, burlesque,
slapstick". Got his first onstage laugh aged 5, still pumping out gags at 85
Marc Lynch on Origins of the Arab Uprising
The Middle East scholar tells us what to read if we’re to understand where
upheaval in the Arab world came from, and where it’s going Read on
Crime & Thriller Writing
Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and whodunnits
_@zachprague_ great _#browsings_ RT _@edwardlucas_ RT _@newsbrooke_ RT
_@scatatkins_ v good piece on what it's like to interview a celebrity
bit.ly/oZ8kNa More like this
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Maria Sveland says: _“It’s one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I
read it again recently and it felt so accurate, even though things have of
course changed”_ FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
"We Are At A Tipping Point"
Pimco's Bill Gross on debt ceiling debate, "misguided" stimulus programme
and the US economy
Quote of the Day
Simon Jenkins, on bombing Libya
"The iron law of plunging into someone else's civil war is choose the side
most likely to win and make sure it does"