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How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist

Stop reading the latest news if you want to be better informed — Quartz

Stop reading the latest news if you want to be better informed — Quartzhttps://qz.com/1222019/stop-reading-the-latest-news-if-you-want-to-be-better-informed/Instead of focusing on what everyone is already talking about, hunt down unusual knowledge. Writer and futurist Richard Watson may teach London business students and Silicon Valley tech companies how to think about crafting tools for tomorrow, but he’s not even on Twitter. Instead of focusing on what everyone is already talking about, Watson hunts down unusual knowledge.

The secret to Germany’s happiness and success: Its values are the opposite of Silicon Valley’s

Germany is successful and happy because its values are the opposite of Silicon Valley's — Quartz

Germany is successful and happy because its values are the opposite of Silicon Valley’s — Quartzhttps://qz.com/1087893/the-secret-to-germanys-happiness-and-success-its-values-are-the-opposite-of-silicon-valleys/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethitsGerman cultural values do not center on individual wealth, recognition, or even careers.

Gab is suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws

Gab is suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws - The Washington Post

Gab is suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws – The Washington Posthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/09/15/gab-is-suing-google-for-allegedly-violating-antitrust-laws/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-technology%3Ahomepage%2FcardThe lawsuit is the latest salvo in a battle pitting right-leaning technologists against Silicon Valley giants. Gab alleges in the lawsuit that “Google deprives competitors, on a discriminatory basis, of access to the App Store, which an essential facility or resource.”

Farewell Walt Mossberg, the scourge of Silicon Valley

Farewell Walt Mossberg, the scourge of Silicon Valley | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/04/farewell-walt-mossberg-scourge-of-silicon-valleyHis pioneering journalism held the industry to the same standards as other manufacturing sectors. It’s not often that we celebrate a journalist, but this is a time to make an exception. So let us wish Walt Mossberg a long and happy retirement.

Apple’s new campus has just about everything, except day care

Apple's Spaceship campus doesn't have daycare - CNET

Apple’s Spaceship campus doesn’t have daycare – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/apples-campus-apple-park-spaceship-has-just-about-everything-except-daycare/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756The futuristic “Spaceship,” aka Apple Park, features trees and a massive gym but no help for young parents. The question people in Silicon Valley are asking is: Should it?

AI and Bitcoin Are Driving the Next Big Hedge Fund Wave

by Cade Metz @ wired.com

JEFFREY TARRANT IS a Wall Street guy. He spent the last thirty years investing in new hedge funds. As the founder and CEO of a firm called Protege Partners, he compares himself to Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator. What Altman does for Silicon Valley tech startups, Tarrant does for hedge funds. “I help seed them and incubate them,” he says.

The analogy has never been more true than right now. Tarrant is beginning to explore hedge funds built on ideas that have sparked so many companies and created so much wealth in Silicon Valley—ideas that span artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing, and digital currencies. He believes the hedge fund world is on the verge of a new revolution, a revolution he calls the Third Wave.

Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

by Emerging Technology from the arXiv @ MIT Technology Review

Innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed, many universities and institutes, along with regions such as Silicon Valley, cultivate this process.

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And yet the process of innovation is something of a mystery. A wide range of researchers have studied it, ranging from economists and anthropologists to evolutionary biologists and engineers. Their goal is to understand how innovation happens and the factors that drive it so that they can optimize conditions for future innovation.

This approach has had limited success, however. The rate at which innovations appear and disappear has been carefully measured. It follows a set of well-characterized patterns that scientists observe in many different circumstances. And yet, nobody has been able to explain how this pattern arises or why it governs innovation.

Pure Genius S01E07 (A Bunker Hill Christmas)

by CBS @ imdb.com

Silicon Valley tech titan James Bell runs a state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine.

When a young leukemia patient comes to Bunker Hill in need of a miracle, James hopes a new t-cell cancer treatment will save her life, as her optimism inspires him to become a better person.

Toyota’s 2013 All-Electric RAV4 SUV

From hybridcars.com: Toyota joined forces with upstart Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla Motors to co-develop and co-engineer the latest all-electric RAV4. Toyota did the vehicle’s design, ride and handling, safety systems and its human-machine interface. Tesla supplied the RAV’s electric drivetrain, including the battery and electric motor, which it shares with Tesla’s base Model S luxury sedan. The battery-powered RAV4 is available for sale only through select dealers in California’s major metro market areas of Los Angeles / Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento.