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Back in September we broke the news that Google was in talks to acquire Katango , a small Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that launched this past summer. Today, they’ve made it official: Katango just announced that it’s been acquired by Google, and that it’ll be joining the Google+ team. We’re also hearing that Google isn’t only acquiring Katango for their talent — it’s interested in their technology as well. Katango is a logical fit for Google, though their initial product was focused primarily on Facebook. The startup first debuted an iPhone app in July , setting out to made it easier to selectively share with various groups of friends on Facebook.
Ryan Grim: Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve JobsThe following post is adapted from the new book " This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America ." The letter is published with the permission of the estate of LSD-inventor Albert Hofmann. For more on events related to the book, see the Facebook page or follow Ryan Grim on Twitter . Steve Jobs has never been shy about his use of psychedelics, famously calling his LSD experience "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." So, toward the end of his life, LSD inventor Albert Hofmann decided to write to the iPhone creator to see if he'd be interested in putting some money where the tip of his tongue had been. Hofmann penned a never-before-disclosed letter in 2007 to Jobs at the behest of his friend Rick Doblin, who runs an organization dedicated to studying the medical and psychiatric benefits of psychedelic drugs.
RIP Steve Jobs... U were more than just another bro who walked the Earth searching 4 entry-level happiness. My parents wanted to buy a 'family computer' because that's what good, middle-class parents were supposed to do so their kids didn't end up 'dumb'/so they could type papers instead of having to handwrite them 'like a poor'. Back when we were tweens, Macintosh computers were branded as 'being educational.'
The Hopwood Awards are a major scholarship program at the University of Michigan , founded by Avery Hopwood . Under the terms of the will of Avery Hopwood, a prominent American dramatist and member of the Class of 1905 of The University of Michigan, one-fifth of Mr. Hopwood's estate was given to the Regents of the University for the encouragement of creative work in writing.
Shall we canonize the man already? At this point, Steve Jobs has already been hailed as a “secular prophet” in The Wall Street Journal , been blessed with iPhone vigils and enjoyed a week-long social media hashtag eulogy. From 12-year-olds on Facebook to Barry Obama , the nation’s basking in the backlit glow of reminiscence without much of a second thought. Steve Jobs, bless you.
Zeno's paradoxes are a set of philosophical problems generally thought to have been devised by Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea (ca. 490–430 BC) to support Parmenides's doctrine that "all is one" and that, contrary to the evidence of one's senses, the belief in plurality and change is mistaken, and in particular that motion is nothing but an illusion . It is usually assumed, based on Plato's Parmenides 128c-d, that Zeno took on the project of creating these paradoxes because other philosophers had created paradoxes against Parmenides's view. Thus Zeno can be interpreted as saying that to assume there is plurality is even more absurd than assuming there is only "the One". ( Parmenides 128d). Plato makes Socrates claim that Zeno and Parmenides were essentially arguing exactly the same point ( Parmenides 128a-b). Some of Zeno's nine surviving paradoxes (preserved in Aristotle's Physics [ 1 ] and Simplicius's commentary thereon) are essentially equivalent to one another.
How did we get to where we are now, with Wall Street occupied by a mini-tent city while financial instruments increasingly funnel funds towards the already-wealthy? How did we get to a state where corporations seem to have more legal (and financial) access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than the average citizen? How did we get to a point where money is invisible and computerized, yet distributed ever more unevenly? One thing is certain: we didn’t get here overnight. In his book, Life Inc ., author and media ecologist Douglas Rushkoff traces the rise and rise of the corporation, from its beginnings in the late Middle Ages, through its adolescence in the Industrial Revolution, to its present global and virtualized maturity. Life Inc. remains as relevant as when it was first published in 2009, as the public debate over the economy becomes more widespread, and the need for an accurate long view intensifies.
Benefit: The relations of social request Notes Relations of benefit are also called "relations of request" or "social order" in many Russian texts.
Most of the honey sold in chain stores across the country doesn't meet international quality standards for the sweet stuff, according to a Food Safety News analysis released this week. One of the nation's leading melissopalynologists analyzed more than 60 jugs, jars and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia for pollen content, Food Safety News said. He found that pollen was frequently filtered out of products labeled "honey." "The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies," the report says. "Without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources."
When Sharon Bialek stepped before the press this week, she wore a demure, long-sleeved black dress. The 50-year-old single mom also made sure to detail exactly what she wore when she was allegedly sexually harassed by Herman Cain. This is because she and her bulldog lawyer well know that women are judged by what, and how little, they wear.
Nutrition professor's "convenience store diet" helped him shed 27 pounds Haub limited himself to 1,800 calories and two-thirds come from junk food Haub said it's too early to draw any conclusions about diet (CNN) -- Twinkies. Nutty bars.
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My naked pelvis was 3 feet away from an 80-year-old grandfather wearing a sweater vest. Men who attend art classes must be the world’s primary consumers of sweater vests; it’s like they’re in Joseph Gordon Levitt costumes all the time . The muscle in my leg twitched as the old man squinted at me, stared at his drawing and then turned to the instructor. “I can’t get it,” he said. “I just can’t quite do the lines of the elbow.”
As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two different devices on his vehicle recently. The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. After contacting Wired and allowing a photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced with a second tracking device.
Some have said that Jobs had no significant impact on them. Here are a few things they might have forgotten… -Do you listen to music? He changed the music industry forever and for better. -Do you have things printed (business cards, stationary, flyers, posters, et al)? He changed the printing industry (making it far less expensive). -Do you record CDs and DVDs?