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PicoBrew's Beermaking Machine Offers Faster, Easier Home Brew — Four years ago, Bill Mitchell spent his days helping run Windows division and his nights struggling to craft the perfect home brew. After putting his kids to bed, the Microsoft vice president would stay up cleaning heavy pots and fermenting beer.
RT @jimaley: When managing Windows “you didn’t get a lot of people saying, ‘That’s awesome.’ You get that with this machine”…
RT @jimaley: Microsoft guy quits to do something useful: make a countertop beermaking appliance @BW
PicoBrew's Beermaking Machine Offers Faster, Easier Home Brew (aka @BW sends me out to drink beer on work time)…
RT @jimaley: Microsoft guy quits to do something useful: make a countertop beermaking appliance @BW
When managing Windows “you didn’t get a lot of people saying, ‘That’s awesome.’ You get that with this machine” @BW
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The Flu Tricked Google. Can Wikipedia Do Better? — Anywhere from 3,000 to 50,000 people die from the flu each year in the U.S. One of the principal challenges for public health officials is to identify the unique shape of a flu season early on. A new study published Thursday by two researchers at Boston Children's Hospital offers them a shortcut: Wikipedia.

Gillette's New Razor Could Overturn Its 100-Year-Old Business Model — Consumer Products , which hasn't done a whole lot on the innovation front since the Swiffer in 1999, has a new Gillette razor in the works. The Wall Street Journal got its hands on some secret documents that show a relatively standard face trimmer mounted on an orange ball bearing.

Liberal or Conservative? Brain Development May Be Key Factor — Opening Remarks "If you're not a liberal when you're 20, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 30, you have no brain." Variations of this saying have been attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, Otto von Bismarck, George Bernard Shaw, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Aristide Briand, and Winston Churchill.
Political Evolution: Why Do Young Voters Lean Left? It's in the Genes via @BW

China Wind Turbine Makers Face Consolidation as Glut Lingers (1) — Bloomberg News Consolidation may cut the number of wind turbine makers in China, the world's largest wind market, by two thirds in the next five years as oversupply pressures grow, according to an industry association.
China #wind turbine makers face consolidation as glut lingers. (via @BW)

Patton Boggs Hires Big Gun in Firefight With Chevron, Gibson Dunn — Companies & Industries Photograph by NBC NewsWire via Getty Images The clash between a proud but wounded Washington corporate law firm and one of the world's largest oil companies has escalated. Patton Boggs hired ace white-collar defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz to defend the firm against civil fraud allegations leveled by .
RT @BW: Patton Boggs has hired an ace white-collar defense lawyer for civil fraud allegations leveled by Chevron:

Radioactive Waste Booms With Oil as U.S. States Weigh Rules (1) — Bloomberg News Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take. State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and the industry, which says it's already taking proper precautions.

Review: FX's Fargo TV Miniseries — Photograph by Matthias Clamer/FX One of the most famous thought experiments in philosophy is something called the ship of Theseus. An ancient Greek warship is preserved as a monument, and as its planks rot, they are replaced, one by one, until none of the original wood remains. Is it still the same ship?
It's weird that the only review of Fargo in my feed is from Businessweek. But anyway, they like it. I'll try.…

Ethical Clothing Startups Sell Socially Responsible Apparel — Courtesy Everlane When the founders of clothing retailer Zady went to fashion trade shows looking for suppliers, they asked apparel line reps a simple question: Where do your clothes come from? Most of the answers were vague; one company said "the Orient."
Clothing retailers for “the person who shops at Whole Foods and listens to NPR.” My latest in this week's @BW

Kansas: Governor Brownback's Lab for Steep Tax and Budget Cuts — Politics & Policy Illustrations by 731; Photograph by Karen Crowe/Getty Images Sam Brownback has been a Tea Partier since before the Tea Party was born. When he became governor of Kansas in 2011, he set about making the state a testing ground for conservative principles, including cutting funding for some public education and the eventual elimination of the state's income tax.

Egypt Freedom of Speech Spotlighted After Movie Ordered Pulled — Bloomberg News Egypt's military-backed government yanked a steamy movie starring Lebanese bombshell Haifa Wehbe from the country's theaters, raising new cries that it's trampling free speech. The government, installed after the military deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, says the Egyptian-made movie, "Halawet Rooh," Arabic for "Sweetness of Spirit," must be re-evaluated by the country's censors.
MT @saharazizlaw: Egypt Freedom of Speech Spotlighted After Steamy Movie Ordered Pulled via @BW #censorship

VimpelCom Sells 51% Djezzy Stake to Algeria to Reduce Debt (2) — Bloomberg News agreed to sell a majority stake in its Algerian unit Djezzy to the North African country's government for $2.64 billion to resolve an ownership dispute and release cash to reduce debt.
VimpelCom to Sell Stake in Unit to Algeria for $2.64 Billion (1) - @BW

How Did Yahoo's Fired COO Get $58 Million? Good Timing — Financial filings from Yahoo on Wednesday gave a final look into the short, lucrative stint that Henrique de Castro spent as the company's chief operating officer. After 15 months on the job, De Castro was ousted in January and given a $58 million severance package. Beyond the jaw-dropping payout,
‘How Did $YHOO’s Fired COO Get $58M? Good Timing’ -->
15 months, failure, $58 Mil payout. - How Did Yahoo!'s Fired COO Get $58 Million? Good Timing
Silly me, I thought you wanted to work with people you admire ... How Did Yahoo's Fired COO Get $58 Million?
RT @joshuabrustein: Henrique de Castro, who Yahoo gave a $58 million kick out the door in Jan, picked the perfect time to get fired. http:/…
RT @JPaskin: Yahoo's fired COO didn't get a bonus — at all — last year. Gems from the company's proxy, by @joshuabrustein…
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Housing: Mortgage Lending Hits 17-Year Low — Interest rates rise, mortgage lending plummets, and more home buyers pay cash

Chocolate Egg Easter Surprise Is Sticker Shock on Cocoa — Bloomberg News The world's growing love of chocolate means more expensive treats for the Easter holiday. Demand is rising at the fastest pace in three years, according to Euromonitor International Ltd., and farmers in West Africa aren't growing enough cocoa to keep up.
#Easter is more expensive. #Chocolate Egg Easter Surprise Is Sticker Shock on #Cocoa - Businessweek via @BW
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