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Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says

qz.com — HONG KONG-Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement protesters have been demanding that the city's top official, CY Leung, step down for weeks now. They may soon be joined by many more of the city's 7 million residents, after a controversial interview last night in which Leung suggested that election reforms sought by the protestors would invite undue...
Oct 20, 2014

RT @jlauf: And there you have it: Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says qz.com/284352 via @qz

Oct 20, 2014

RT @luluyilun: HK has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says-wrap up/links to CY's intv yday by Quartz bit.ly/1t6t3Br

Oct 20, 2014

RT @zseward: Wow RT @qz: Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says qz.com/284352

Oct 20, 2014

Wow RT @qz: Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says qz.com/284352

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All your #selfie questions, answered

qz.com — If this tweet by Indonesian president Joko Widodo graced your Twitter feed as it did ours, you may have glazed over the smiling faces, assuming it was just another group hug staged for social media. But a closer look begs some deep questions about the very nature of the selfie.
Oct 20, 2014

“the definition of ‘groupie’ is already taken, thanks to rabid fans of bands like the Greatful Dead and Nirvana” qz.com/283852/all-you… fail

Oct 20, 2014

“said” -> “wrote in an email” -> "suggested during a newsroom conversation on Slack” qz.com/283852/all-you…

Oct 20, 2014

Some important questions you re: selfies you probably thought you knew the answers to qz.com/283852

Oct 20, 2014

RT @zseward: Indonesia's new president took a selfie so complex that it contains at least two other selfies qz.com/283852 pic.twitter.com/SUsgbiCPtD

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We have not yet seen peak Chipotle

qz.com — The numbers: Pretty darn good. Chipotle's shares were already up more than 40% for the year, and the company just delivered another huge quarter. Sales were $1.08 billion, up a record 31.1% from the same quarter last year. That growth came primarily from a 19.8% increase in comparable store sales, the third consecutive quarter of double digit growth.

The complete guide to Apple Pay

qz.com — Apple launched its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, today in the US. It has the chance-if successful-to become the first mainstream mobile payments service in many markets. We've assembled what we think will be common questions (with answers) about Apple Pay-and its potential implications for Apple, its users, and the world of payments.
Oct 20, 2014

Second time Apple Pay (at Whole Foods) even easier, faster than first. Phone didn't even need be awake. Just works. qz.com/284068/the-com…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @fromedome: The @Qz complete guide to Apple Pay, including my best attempt to answer the real question: What's the point? qz.com/284068/the-com…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @fromedome: The @Qz complete guide to Apple Pay, including my best attempt to answer the real question: What's the point? qz.com/284068/the-com…

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Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter and is predicting a huge Christmas

qz.com — The numbers: Good and improving. Apple's September-quarter results were better than expected-showing overall strong performance, except for the already struggling iPad business. Overall, revenue passed $42.1 billion and profit reached almost $8.5 billion. That represented 12% year-over-year sales growth, which is an acceleration over the past 1.5 years of slower growth.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @fromedome: Apple earnings chart porn! qz.com/284247/apple-e… (Kinda.) Most interesting: growth accelerating, iPhone strong, Mac is back.

Oct 20, 2014

Apple earnings chart porn! qz.com/284247/apple-e… (Kinda.) Most interesting: growth accelerating, iPhone strong, Mac is back.

Oct 20, 2014

Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter and is predicting a huge Christmas qz.com/284247 by @fromedome

Jeff Bezos is either the world’s best CEO-or a terrible underperformer

qz.com — The Harvard Business Review just bestowed the title of best-performing CEO in the world on Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who last year tied with late Steve Jobs for the honor. Now, given that Jobs had been deceased for nearly a year when Harvard Business Review him the title, there's room to be skeptical of methodology...
Oct 20, 2014

Jeff Bezos is either the world’s best CEO—or a terrible underperformer qz.com/283949 Great read by @MatthewPhillips $AMZN via @qz

Oct 20, 2014

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Why music must embrace the latest wave of industry disruption

qz.com — Music was the first corner of the entertainment business to be truly disrupted by the internet. And this relentless disruption has come in multiple waves that have pounded revenues for labels and artists. First, (illicit) file-sharing smashed CD sales. Then legitimate downloads (i.e. iTunes) destroyed the industry's "bundle," as consumers bought individual songs rather than full...

British politicians may tear Europe apart trying to save themselves

qz.com — In January 2013, British prime minister David Cameron announced that, should his Conservative Party win the next election, he would renegotiate the terms of the UK's four-decade-long membership in the European Union and hold a simple in-or-out referendum on whether it should remain part of the EU.
Oct 20, 2014

British politicians may tear Europe apart trying to save themselves qz.com/283700

Do the media really have an alternative to distribution via Facebook and Google?

qz.com — The news media sector have become heavily dependent on traffic from Facebook and Google. A reliance now dangerously close to addiction. Maybe it's time to refocus on direct access. Digital publishers pride themselves on their ability to funnel traffic from search and social, namely Google and Facebook (we'll see that Twitter, contrary to its large...
Oct 20, 2014

Do the media really have an alternative to distribution via Facebook and Google? qz.com/283602 by @filloux

Oct 20, 2014

Do the media really have an alternative to distribution via Facebook and Google? feedly.com/e/cm6uiz0n

China may be hacking every iPhone user in the country

qz.com — Chinese authorities just launched "a malicious attack on Apple" that could capture user names and passwords of anyone who logs into the iCloud from anywhere in the country, the well-respected censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports. With that information, a hacker can view users contacts, photos, messages and personal information stored in the cloud.
Oct 20, 2014

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Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future

qz.com — Apple's iPad business was the lone drag in its otherwise strong earnings report today. iPad sales last quarter dropped 13% from the previous year, to 12.3 million, their third straight quarter of decline. The iPad, which once looked like it could become an iPhone-sized pillar for Apple, represented just 13% of the company's sales last quarter.
Oct 20, 2014

Tim Cook makes the optimist's case for the iPad: qz.com/284335/tim-coo… "And you can judge it as you will." pic.twitter.com/zdHM9KPzhV