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If you have either HBO or Prime Video, you should be watching Years & Years, a futuristic family drama. Watch it after you finish Succession, which is back, and Indian Summers, a Netflix series about the end of British rule in India and rise of Gandhi.
It's been a long and winding road for Tumblr, the blogging site that launched a thousand writing careers. It sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion dollars in 2013, then withered as Yahoo sold itself to AOL, AOL sold itself to Verizon, and Verizon realized…
francine hardawayOh, I really like that Matt Mullenweg bought Tumblr. He will figure out a way to revive it or make it part of his Wordpress empire.
– Aug 14, 2019, 11:54 AM
At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees or higher. The ovens' owners aren't sure why this happened, and June tells The Verge that user error is at fault. The company is planning an…
francine hardawayHilarious. Smart oven is not so smart. When it's 114 in Phoenix, the last thing I want is for my oven to turn on.
The New York Times
– Aug 14, 2019, 2:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — At 9:30 on most weeknights, Ricky Lopez, the head chef and owner of Top Round Roast Beef in San Francisco, stacks up dozens of hot beef sandwiches and sides of curly fries to serve hungry diners. He also breads chicken…
francine hardawayI've thought about this for a long time. When you walk into any Chinese restaurant, it can be totally empty and still do very well just on takeout and delivery. Now more restaurants do that. Why? Because Netflix.
Wall Street Journal
– Aug 15, 2019, 7:24 AM
Angela Calderon/The Wall Street Journal Angela Calderon/The Wall Street Journal Like many advertisers, Fidelity Investments wants to avoid advertising online near controversial content. The Boston-based financial-services company has a lengthy…
francine hardawayWow. If this isn't the death of journalism, nothing is. I can understand airlines not wanting to appear on the same page as plane crashes, but ALL hard news?
The New York Times
Donald G. McNeil Jr.
– Aug 14, 2019, 11:50 AM
TSAKANE, South Africa — When Tsholofelo Msimango joined a clinical trial of new tuberculosis drugs, she was 20 years old and weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of tuberculosis, Ms. Msimango was terrified. She was to be…
francine hardawayTB seems to recur every few years in drug resistant strains. We keep curing it.
As the spy gear piles up on my desk, my 10-year-old son asks me what my mission is. “I'm hiding,” I whisper, pointing in the direction I think is north, which is something I should probably know as a spy. “From Silicon…
francine hardawayWant to try to hide> A fun story on how Joel tried to do it. That's for the 20% of Americans who still value privacy.
– Aug 14, 2019, 10:59 AM
MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea…
francine hardawayIf you've seen Chernobyl it definitely does.
National Real Estate Investor
– Aug 13, 2019, 7:51 AM
More than half (54 percent) of young people about to graduate from college plan to move back home to live with their parents, according to a new report from Apartment Guide. “As recently as a few years ago, it was almost embarrassing to move…
francine hardawayWhat does this say about rents? More important, what does it say about college degrees?
– Aug 11, 2019, 2:53 PM
We in the tech industry are fond of marketing how “disruptive” our new products will really be. And in most cases, especially if we are out raising money, the more disruptive the better. But today I got a glimpse of how disruption…
francine hardawaySigh. My husband's profession. Disrupted.
By 2080, summer in Charlotte, North Carolina may be almost 4 degrees warmer and 73 percent wetter. Winter in Vancouver may be more than 4 degrees warmer and almost 25 percent drier. These are the trends in just two of the 540 cities that…
francine hardawayWhat's interesting is that McKinsey is not a marginalized environmentalist company, it's a global strategic powerhouse. Climate change is real, folks.