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Facebook is playing a cat-and-mouse game with Russian censors

qz.com — On Saturday (Dec. 20), Facebook blocked access to an event page in Russia. The page calls for a demonstration on Jan. 15, the day that opposition activist Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg are due to be sentenced on what their supporters say are trumped-up embezzlement charges.
Dec 21, 2014

Why is Russia letting new pages about the @navalny Manezh protest stay up? Here’s my analysis: qz.com/316353/

US politicians don’t really care about income inequality

qz.com — The political system's indifference to the needs of the American people could not have been made clearer in recent days. At a time when economic inequality is increasing and the US racial divide is ever more evident, Congress negotiated a massive spending bill behind closed doors and further empowered the country's economic elite.
Dec 21, 2014

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Why Americans care more about experiences than possessions

qz.com — The signifiers of success used to be simple. Own a home (or two) and a car (or two) and voilà! You've achieved the American Dream. Ownership, however, is a complicated concept for an increasing number of Americans (this writer and her sister, included)-and not for all the reasons you might think.
Dec 21, 2014

Why Americans care more about experiences than possessions fb.me/4AnNX2Jcs

The future of management training is simulations

qz.com — Overnight, after spinning off its research based drug business into AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories found itself a very different company. It didn't just completely switch up what it sold. The parts of the world and people that mattered most changed, too. Half of its profit, 70% of its sales, and a majority of employees now came from countries outside the...
Dec 21, 2014

The future of management training is simulations qz.com/297033 via @qz

Why 2014 was the year of the movie trailer

qz.com — Film, as a whole, had an up and down 2014. If the first half of the year was mostly bereft of quality movies (here's to you, The Grand Budapest Hotel), then the second half has been absolutely packed with excellent films that justify the Academy's decision a few years ago to expand the Best Picture nominee...
Dec 21, 2014

I'm not a movie hype person, but this is a really interesting essay! Why 2014 was the year of the movie trailer qz.com/308514

The patented Nike shirt that could track your heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise

qz.com — Nike appears to be looking into new uses for the Nike+ sensor it first released in 2006. A patent awarded to the company on Dec. 9 shows a device that looks very similar to the Nike+ sensor slotting into a sleeveless shirt that has, as the patent says, the ability to monitor various levels and send the...
Dec 20, 2014

The patented Nike shirt that could track your heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise fb.me/45b7NQTQN

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mcwm: The patented Nike shirt that could track your heart rate and blood pressure as you exercise qz.com/315924 pic.twitter.com/cY2PuU0FTf

Dec 20, 2014

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An open letter to America from a public school teacher

qz.com — Dear America, I'm sorry. You entrusted me with your children, and I have failed them. Please know that I had the best of intentions. I didn't want to leave a child behind. I wanted to help them win this race to the top. You asked me to test them, and I tested them.
Dec 20, 2014

An open letter to America from a public school teacher qz.com/313639 via @qz

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Sonali_Kohli: "This is a standardized, multiple-choice world. I know that now." qz.com/313639/an-open… @qz

Dec 20, 2014

RT @HeatherLandy: RT @qz: An open letter to America from a public school teacher qz.com/313639

Dec 20, 2014

RT @qz: An open letter to America from a public school teacher qz.com/313639

Dec 20, 2014

RT @qz: An open letter to America from a public school teacher qz.com/313639

“Panic Saturday”: the new British name for the last miserable shopping day before Christmas

qz.com — Christmas is about families coming together at the end of the year to put aside our differences and be thankful for what we have. But more importantly, Christmas is about gifts: what are we giving, what are we getting, and "Thanks for breaking a five, how quickly can I return this?"
Dec 20, 2014

RT @qz: “Panic Saturday”: the new British name for the last miserable shopping day before Christmas qz.com/316282

Dec 20, 2014

The Brits have imported all our silly US shopping "holidays." Now they have one all their own: “Panic Saturday” qz.com/316282

Dec 20, 2014

RT @qz: “Panic Saturday”: the new British name for the last miserable shopping day before Christmas qz.com/316282

Why black Americans love Fidel Castro

qz.com — When it came to matching words with deeds on the topic of racial equality, the most stalwart leader of the Western hemisphere, over the course of the 20th century, was Fidel Castro. I say this as a black American who came to bond closely with Latin America as an adult, living in Mexico for almost two...

Here’s where all those cheap Santa hats and plastic snowmen come from

qz.com — The Chinese city of Yiwu, about 250 kilometers from Shanghai, is often referred to as China's "Christmas village" thanks to the massive amount of holiday-related merchandise made there. Xinhua, China's state-news agency, claims that 60% of the world's Christmas goods come from Yiwu. The products are often assembled by hand in primitive conditions.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CasketArt: In #Yiwu China, whence all those cheap Santa hats and plastic snowmen come ->citylab.com/tech/2014/12/h… @HeathaT @CityLab http:/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Studio360show: Spoiler: it's not the North Pole MT @CityLab: The city where the world's holiday merch is made trib.al/mQAcTyY pic.twitter.com/uaFrydwSrI

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What BMW’s China fender bender reveals about the country’s slowing economy

qz.com — Targets are great motivational tools-to both deceive as well as achieve. In China, the government's promotion system sees local officials overstate their provincial outputs to the tune of a few trillion yuan, for example. It's not just Communist Party cadres with a knack for embellishment, though.
Dec 20, 2014

What BMW’s China fender bender reveals about the country’s slowing economy ift.tt/1Ci7PTs

Dec 20, 2014

Poorly designed incentives strike again MT @qz: What BMW’s China sales really say about China's slowing economy qz.com/315488

America’s next presidential election is about to look like an episode of “Dynasty”

qz.com — When asked last year about the prospect of her son Jeb running for president, former first lady Barbara Bush responded that "...we've had enough Bushes." Apparently not. On Dec. 16, former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced that he was "actively exploring" running for president, becoming the highest profile Republican to make such an announcement about...
Dec 20, 2014

.@qz thanks for running my story on potential 2016 race involving Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton. Cc:@NewAmerica qz.com/316021

Dec 20, 2014

RT @amratner: My latest on Jeb vs. HRC: America’s next presidential election is about to look like an episode of “Dynasty” qz.com/316021 via @qz

Dec 20, 2014

RT @qz: America’s next presidential election is about to look like an episode of “Dynasty” qz.com/316021

Dec 20, 2014

My latest on Jeb vs. HRC: America’s next presidential election is about to look like an episode of “Dynasty” qz.com/316021 via @qz

Photos: An intimate look inside the Indian community that defies gender labels

qz.com — In April, following the example set by Nepal and Bangladesh, the Indian Supreme Court officially introduced a "third gender" in official identity documents. The judgement that created the third gender was meant to include the group traditionally known as kothis, defined (in the judgement itself) as: biological males who show varying degrees of 'femininity'-which may be situational.
Dec 19, 2014

@candyfight's lovely intimate images of a community in India that defies gender labels. qz.com/309398/photos-…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @lpolgreen: “A woman in my heart.” Another stellar writeup of @candyfight’s extraordinary photographs. qz.com/309398/photos-… pic.twitter.com/AQliHFQ1jh

Dec 19, 2014

RT @lpolgreen: “A woman in my heart.” Another stellar writeup of @candyfight’s extraordinary photographs. qz.com/309398/photos-… pic.twitter.com/AQliHFQ1jh

Dec 19, 2014

RT @lpolgreen: “A woman in my heart.” Another stellar writeup of @candyfight’s extraordinary photographs. qz.com/309398/photos-… pic.twitter.com/AQliHFQ1jh

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In North Korea, kids don’t even know the internet exists. So how did the country pull off the Sony hack?

qz.com — So the FBI has now formally accused North Korea of being behind the gigantic cyber-attack that has brought Sony Pictures to its knees over the past month-culminating in Sony's decision yesterday to pull The Interview, which is about a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, from theaters.
Dec 19, 2014

Military hackers are the most talented, and rewarded people in North Korea qz.com/315969/in-nort…

Dec 19, 2014

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RT @ghoshworld: In North Korea, kids don’t even know the internet exists. So how did the country pull off the Sony hack? qz.com/315969 via @qz

Dec 19, 2014

In North Korea, kids don’t even know the internet exists. So how did the country pull off the Sony hack? qz.com/315969 via @qz

Dec 19, 2014

RT @qz: In North Korea, kids don’t even know the internet exists. So how did it pull off the Sony hack? qz.com/315969

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The US is going to get a new, capitalist Cuba-and it might not like it

qz.com — Cuba is already far from being the place it used to be. The once proudly tattered mansions of central Havana sport fresh paint jobs and modern fittings. Those magnificent old American gas guzzlers not reduced to rust or scrap have largely been turned into tourist limos.
Dec 20, 2014

Brief and insightful RT @qz: The US is going to get a new, capitalist Cuba—and it might not like it qz.com/316254 @glichfield

American college students say they would rather study with real books, not laptops

qz.com — Ebooks, tablets and computer-based learning might be pervading elementary and middle schools throughout the US, but college students are still old-school. A Student Monitor survey of about 1,200 students in 100 American colleges in October found that for almost every type of schoolwork, students prefer to use a book rather than a computer.

Pay your bills, or we take the cat.

qz.com — Tax collectors in Russia have come up with an incredibly effective new tactic-threatening to seize people's cats until they clear their debts. The Siberian region of Tomsk placed four pedigree Scottish Fold kittens "under arrest," for example. And so, delinquents often find the money-and fast.

That surge pricing everyone loves to hate? Uber is trying to patent it

qz.com — Uber has been heavily criticized for its practice of implementing "surge pricing" during times of high demand, perhaps never more so than earlier this week when prices for rides in Sydney increased dramatically amid a hostage crisis. But it's clear the app-enabled car service sees surge pricing, which boosts its bottom line, as a key piece...

America is much more interracial than it thinks

qz.com — Some argue that America's less a melting pot than a salad bowl-a bunch of people of different races and ethnicities that might live side by side, but don't mix. Well, according to a sweeping study of US genetics, there's a lot more melting going on than some may realize.
Dec 19, 2014

America is much more interracial than it thinks ift.tt/1zHs9OS

Dec 19, 2014

1 in 10 self-identified European-Americans have African ancestry in some parts of the south: qz.com/315756/america… pic.twitter.com/JTUVDpXEio

Dec 19, 2014

And then there's Minnesota. RT @qz America is much more interracial than it thinks qz.com/315756