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Black Mirror decodes our modern dread of technology

Boing Boing - 18 february 2013 - 15:04
The English have a coy euphemism for addiction: “moreish.” It summons the delightful anxiety in surrendering your control to something else, the ambivalent cocktail of desire and guilt. We feel it flickering in the periphery, and we feel our smartphones in the middle of a restaurant dinner. We live with the inability to fall asleep [...] [continue]

Avoiding Financial Armageddon at the Post Office

Business : The Atlantic - 29 october 2012 - 14:25
The USPS is an analog business being rapidly consumed by digitization. Here's a plan to update and rescue it. Reuters "Now it seems strange How we used to wait for letters to arrive But what's stranger still Is how something so small can keep you alive" --Arcade Fire, We Used to Wait It's election season. And since Candy Crowley didn't use my question in the second debate, I thought I'd ask it here: "President Obama and Governor Romney, the United States Postal Service is forecasted to lose \$5.5... [continue]

Mubadala Part of Group to Buy EMI Music Publishing

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute - 14 november 2011 - 06:57
According to the press release, “An investor group comprised of Sony Corporation of America (“SCA”), in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson; Mubadala Development Company PJSC; Jynwel Capital Limited; the Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners LP; and David Geffen (the “Group”) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement, whereby the Group will acquire EMI Music Publishing from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup, Inc.... [continue]

The revival of vinyl: Back to black

ONE common trend in many Western countries, regardless of the health of their recorded-music markets, is clear: vinyl is back. Sales of LPs were up in both Britain and Germany last year. In America vinyl sales are running 39% above last year’s level (see chart). In Spain sales have risen from 16,000 in 2005 to 104,000 in 2010. That is an increase from a tiny base, but any rise in media sales in Spain’s ravaged market is noteworthy.This is a second revival for vinyl. The... [continue]

The revival of vinyl: Back to black

ONE common trend in many Western countries, regardless of the health of their recorded-music markets, is clear: vinyl is back. Sales of LPs were up in both Britain and Germany last year. In America vinyl sales are running 39% above last year’s level (see chart). In Spain sales have risen from 16,000 in 2005 to 104,000 in 2010. That is an increase from a tiny base, but any rise in media sales in Spain’s ravaged market is noteworthy.This is a second revival for vinyl. The... [continue]