Al Gore on Steve Jobs: “the experience of failure really caused him to dig deep”

Al Gore on Steve Jobs: “the experience of failure really caused him to dig deep”

ON JUNE 10, 2014

“I never knew him to smell bad,” laughed Vice-President Al Gore on stage at Southland this morning, reflecting on his decades-long friendship with the late Steve Jobs and the supposed image of Jobs as a shoeless, shower-avoiding young entrepreneur in the late 1970s.

As Gore relayed, he and Jobs first met after the release of the Apple II in 1976. The tax system was not friendly to computer companies at the time, and Jobs came to meet with Gore when he was a new congressman from Tennessee. Gore ended up co-sponsoring a bill to put Apple II computers in schools and, as Vice President in the Clinton White House, Gore was reported to have the only Mac computer in the administration. Read more of this post

Alibaba to buy out UCWeb in China’s ‘biggest’ internet merger

Alibaba to buy out UCWeb in China’s ‘biggest’ internet merger

2:21am EDT

By Paul Carsten

BEIJING (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Wednesday it will buy all the remaining shares of mobile browser firm UCWeb in the biggest merger in Chinese internet history, as the e-commerce giant steps up its spending spree ahead of its U.S. listing.

Alibaba’s latest deal, hot on the heels of a string of investments which already total $4.8 billion in the past six months, will be larger even than Baidu’s $1.9 billion acquisition of 91 Wireless last year, Alibaba said. Read more of this post

The “brain drain” that has afflicted developing countries for decades is now going into reverse. But success requires more than plugging a leak; economic development requires countries to make active efforts to attract talent


Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

JUN 8, 2014

The Brain Regain

DUBAI – In 1968, while studying at the Mons Officer Cadet School in the United Kingdom, I needed to visit a hospital. There I met a doctor who, to my surprise, spoke fluent Arabic. I learned that he was new to the UK, so I asked if he intended to stay long or return home. He replied with an Arabic saying that translates as: “My home is where I can eat.” Read more of this post

Chobani’s Science Lesson: A controversial message on yogurt lids has people talking about anti-science sentiment in America, and the power of social media to change it.

Chobani’s Science Lesson


JUNE 10, 2014 11:37 AM 4 Comments

The Greek yogurt company Chobani raised hackles last week with a message under some of its lids that read, “Nature got us to 100 calories, not scientists. #howmatters.” The company has apologized, but some scientists say the controversy suggests something bigger about anti-science sentiment in America. Read more of this post

Writing can be an artificial arena where we mash the world into a shape we can stand to look at

Controlling the Narrative


JUNE 9, 2014 8:20 PM 31 Comments

Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

I used to be a polemicist. I was an editorial cartoonist, and wrote what I called “artist’s statements” to accompany my cartoons each week, which over the two terms of the George W. Bush administration lengthened and sharpened from rants into something more like essays. I became practiced at using language as a weapon. My role models were hilarious, elegant and brutal humorists from Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken through Hunter S. Thompson and Matt Taibbi, who raised American invective to an art form. This is a fine and honorable tradition when practiced with a certain amour-propre and panache, but in the last couple of decades it’s become our dominant mode of public discourse, degraded by hacks and amateurs who ape its cruelty but are rhetorically illiterate and tone-deaf to humor. They’re just parroting talking points with profanity. Read more of this post

Oracle’s Database of Youth: Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chief, has positioned the new version of his flagship database as a great marriage of stability and change from a company now worth more than IBM

Oracle’s Database of Youth


JUNE 10, 2014 6:00 PM 3 Comments


Noah Berger/ReutersLawrence J. Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chief executive, tried to show how his company’s newest database, called Oracle 12c, would take Oracle closer to the hot trends of cloud computing and big data analysis.

Lawrence J. Ellison may have figured out a secret to seeming young: Ignore getting older, and act cutting-edge. Read more of this post

Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos; Amazon, embroiled in a standoff with a book publisher, is using the same hardball techniques with new movies from Warner Home Video

Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos


JUNE 10, 2014 7:48 PM 21 Comments

The Everything Store is shrinking again. Amazon customers who want to order forthcoming Warner Home Video features, including “The Lego Movie,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Winter’s Tale” and “Transcendence,” are finding it impossible to do so.

The retailer’s refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another major confrontation with a supplier to become public in recent weeks. Read more of this post

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