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Broken teeth, broken guitar: Is social media the ultimate leveller?

The victim, Dr David Dao and (inset) Oscar Munoz president and chief executive officer of United. No adult in the world with an internet connection would have missed David Dao’s recent agony on board a United Airlines aircraft. Grainy, moving images of the 69-year-old being dragged down the aisle — and horrified reactions from fellow passengers and global viewers — ... Read More »

Venture capitalists look beyond tech to the dietary supplements market. Scientists express worry

How do you stay sharp and fit despite fatigue and age? By consuming substances extracted from blueberries, flowers and algae, say the makers of a new group of unregulated and unproven health pills. Trusting natural chemicals to solve inevitable ailments is familiar to anyone who has visited a GNC store or contributed to the $30 billion spent annually in the ... Read More »

Alphabet claims Uber was hiding the self-driving technology that it allegedly ripped off

A new court filing from Alphabet claims that Uber hid a key piece of self-driving technology that it allegedly copied from Waymo, the Google parent company’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary. “They were hiding a device,” Alphabet said in a filing today, supporting its motion for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Uber from working on self-driving technology. Uber says it isn’t ... Read More »

The Effectiveness Dilemma

The most important factor in a student’s academic success is an effective teacher, most education policy experts agree. In fact, high quality instruction can counter crippling disadvantages, like those associated with low socioeconomic background. That’s why Florida’s Palm Beach County school district, where about 65 percent of its 190,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch, ... Read More »

The anti-chemical weapons technology that could help rebuild Syria

The US “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (Darpa) is an elite organisation tasked with developing secretive military technologies. True to form, its logo is oddly reminiscent of a supervillain’s – imposing and stark. Some of its projects, too, are futuristic weapons with darkly amusingly self-aware names, such as Mahem – a kind of self-forging molten metal spear that can penetrate armour. But ... Read More »

Leak reveals the next Moto Z smartphone might have a dual-lens camera

Lenovo might be joining in on the dual-lens camera trend with its upcoming sequel to the Moto Z. A purported image from @Slashleaks showing the phone reveals a slightly different external design than the original; there’s now a larger fingerprint sensor (like the Moto G5) and Lenovo’s logo has been added the side. The MotoMod connectors are in the exact ... Read More »

The Market For Ad-Tech Startups Is As Inhospitable As Ever

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Hagai Tal, CEO at Taptica. At the beginning of last year, ad tech saw a market correction. After several years of overvaluation, investors had finally sobered up. By late 2016, the outlook for ad tech ... Read More »

The power — and the impotence — of social media

United Airlines’ travails this week are certainly a sign of the power of social media. But other news shows the stark limit of that power: Friday was the third anniversary of the horror that launched #BringBackOurGirls, but the girls still aren’t back. In April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists abducted 276 Nigerian schoolgirls from the village of Chibok. Within the month, ... Read More »

ICYMI The story of Microsoft’s Solitaire and volleyball-blocking robots

Way back in 1988, Wes Cherry was a Microsoft intern and during his time at the company he created the biggest time waster the world has ever known: The Solitaire computer game. Cherry built the game out of boredom instead of being directed by his superiors. But he bosses — including CEO and founder Bill Gates — liked the game ... Read More »

Easing access to the US community colleges go global

And yet, only around 3% of international undergraduates in the US have attended community college – compared with 46% of students who graduated from a four-year degree nationwide in 2014. International enrolments at community colleges are eking up slowly, up 1.4% in 2013/14 and 4.2% in 2014/15 to 91,648, but this follows four years of decline. The problem isn’t with the ... Read More »