For the billionaire who already has everything else, it’s a rare opportunity to buy respectability—and, potentially, influence. Will Bezos owning the Washington Post insulate Amazon from the Federal Trade Commission? Probably not. But as the Biden administration (assuming Biden wins) weighs which tech giants to target, it’s hard to imagine nobody takes the link between Amazon and the Post into account. That’s why, if Mark Zuckerberg were truly ruthless (and by all accounts, he is), he would buy every mainstream media outlet he can get his hands on. Any acquisition would be seen for what it is, a naked political play for protection, but it could still hold real value, so long as he treated his new toys with respect. (A cautionary tale here is Sheldon Adelson, who sought to fully weaponize the Las Vegas Review-Journal and ruined its reputation in the process.) … [Read more...] about Bezos, antitrust, and the power of media patronage
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“Even if tribal communities form a cooperative, or they get together and start mining there is no one who will buy products from them and let them flourish. Moreover, when mining is done by corporates the poor people are exploited and the local ecology (air, water and soil) is completely destroyed. People are left to suffer and they have nowhere to go. The state authorities whose prime responsibility is to protect the rights of people are working for corporates. Even the District Mineral Foundation funds, whose control should have been with communities, is being used by authorities for work like roads etc which should have been done for those people irrespective of the DMF,” said Oram, who focuses on land rights of the tribal people and governance in Fifth Schedule areas. Fifth Schedule areas are tribal-dominated areas identified under the Indian Constitution where special care is taken for rights and welfare of tribal communities. … [Read more...] about Whose minerals are they anyway?
We've been using the OnePlus 8 Pro for quite a while now, and there is literally nothing that the phone cannot do. The OnePlus 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with a 5G modem. The chipset is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The LPDDR5 RAM boosts memory speeds by 30-percent while lowering power consumption by 20-percent. Additionally, the UFS 3.0 storage standard offers a significant bump in read and write speeds over UFS 2.1. Our model arrives with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although the 8 Pro doesn't have a microSD card slot for storage [email protected] at 90fps on the #OnePlus8Pro #NoobGoingPro pic.twitter.com/zzT8cdBtlh … [Read more...] about OnePlus 8 Pro long-term review: OnePlus’ first ‘truly’ premium smartphone
“Through the graphic arts–which included everything from advertisements to record covers and book jackets–we showed life in America. What people were reading, what they listened to, the ads, the commercials, and packaging really gave a sense of the time to people who were really restricted in what they could see culturally since it was the height of the Cold War,” Geismar says. “That was really interesting, as were the World’s Fairs, because the questions were: What do you show? What is interesting? We were trying to emphasize creativity in America, in all aspects, whether it was going to the moon or photography.” … [Read more...] about Nixon, NASA, And How The Federal Government Got Design
I don’t want to exaggerate Amazon’s delivery operation. The company still needs the Postal Service and other delivery partners. But without this DIY delivery operation, it would have been harder for Amazon to speed up delivery times and keep pace with people’s growing desire to shop from their sofas. … [Read more...] about Amazon’s biggest leap was boring