Month: November 2016

Education Secretary Pushes to End Corporal Punishment of Students — TIME

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he said would be considered “criminal assault or battery” against an adult. King released a letter Tuesday asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive disciplinary practices…

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Exclusive: PepsiCo to Acquire Probiotic Drinks Maker KeVita — Fortune

PepsiCo has agreed to fully acquire sparkling probiotic drink maker KeVita, a deal that will diversify the soda and snacking giant’s portfolio by adding another brand that taps consumer interest in healthier beverages. Rumors of a potential deal between PepsiCo pep and KeVita surfaced last month when Reuters reported the parties were close to a…

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Artificial intelligence isn’t going to save us from fake news — Quartz

It’s become clear that the algorithms Facebook and Google designed to deliver news to their users have failed. But while fake news is a headache for those tech giants right now, the underlying research question—whether and how machines tell truth from lies on the internet—is one that will persist as long as the world wide…

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Hong Kong Disneyland Is About to Get a $1.4 Billion Upgrade — Fortune

Walt Disney will expand its loss-making Hong Kong Disneyland theme park with a $1.4 billion investment to try to attract more visitors, the U.S. entertainment company and its local government partner said on Tuesday. Hong Kong Disneyland, the firm’s smallest park, has been hit by weak local retail and tourism markets and suffered its first…

via Hong Kong Disneyland Is About to Get a $1.4 Billion Upgrade — Fortune

Gigi Hadid Addresses Melania Trump Impression Backlash — TIME

Gigi Hadid has released a handwritten statement defending her impersonation of Melania Trump. The supermodel-turned-American Music Awards co-host parodied the future First Lady during her opening monologue on Sunday night, even referencing Melania’s reported plagiarism of Michelle Obama‘s speech during the Republican National Convention this summer. After facing backlash on social media, Hadid took to…

via Gigi Hadid Addresses Melania Trump Impression Backlash — TIME

Thomas Friedman: His Process For Writing Columns For The New York Times — Forbes – Leadership

I spoke to Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of the new book “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations”, about his new book, how the three forces of the market are creating change, why those changes are important, how […]

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Surprise! Warren Buffett turns out to be more prescient about stocks than politics — Fortune

As many millions of people have been reminded recently, Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t always call them right. He predicted two years ago that Hillary Clinton would both run for the presidency and win, and he never lost faith in that prospect until Election Night. On this day two weeks later, nonetheless, it…

via Surprise! Warren Buffett turns out to be more prescient about stocks than politics — Fortune

Facebook’s design is quietly training us all to be conspiracy theorists — Quartz

Recently, tech blog BGR graciously linked to an older post of mine showing that the scale at which fake news stories trend on Facebook can dwarf traditional news in terms of shares. The BGR story ended with this paragraph: On a related note, it stands to reason that most individuals prone to believing a hyperbolic…

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The most optimistic country in the EU is also one of the smallest — Quartz

One of the European Union’s smallest member states, with a population of 1.3 million, is one of its most optimistic, too. Or, put another way, it’s one of the bloc’s least pessimistic countries. Only 4% of Estonians think their children will be financially worse off than themselves, according to a recent survey (pdf) by Intrum…

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