Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. The now-16-year-old Thunberg rose to prominence in August of 2018 when she began protesting outside the Swedish Parliament with a sign reading “School Strike for Climate.” Since then, her action has spurred tens of thousands of teens and young adults to strike for climate change around the world. In this regard, Thunberg recently has brought more awareness to the impending climate catastrophe than any other person on the planet. As Time explains: The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution. But she has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change. She has offered a moral clarion call to those who are willing to act, and hurled shame on those who are not. She has persuaded … [Read more...] about Greta Thunberg was just named ‘Time’ magazine’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’
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Earlier this month, Foursquare launched a special feature for users in Austin, Texas, called Hypertrending. The idea was to show off the company’s location tracking technology to attendees of the South by Southwest conference by creating a heat map of the city. The Hypertrending map ranked all of the public places in Austin based on how many people were in each location; during the conference, the Austin Convention Center was ranked first, with the local airport and the University of Texas second and third. You could also look at the most crowded restaurants, events, and nightlife–ostensibly to understand which places were happening and which weren’t. advertisement advertisement The experiment was only accessible in Austin and for the two weeks of the conference. And though it may have seemed innocuous to some, it also raised larger questions: Did Foursquare’s app really have enough users to create an accurate heat map? Was the company getting … [Read more...] about I tried to understand location tracking. It’s nearly impossible
Netflix Inc is testing longer subscription plans in India as it looks to attract more users in a highly competitive market where smartphone and internet usage is soaring.New users of Netflix in India may have the option to choose from three-, six- and 12-month plans at discounts of up to 50%, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.The Los Gatos, California-based company has previously used India as a testing ground for new features, launching a mobile-only monthly plan starting at 199 rupees ($2.79) this year.Close Including the mobile plan, the company currently offers four plans in India, with its premium plan costing 799 rupees per month. related news Oil prices fall as US crude stocks jump Trump will have final say on US-China trade deal: White House trade adviser "We believe that our members may value the flexibility that comes from being able to pay for a few months at once. As always, this is a test and we will only introduce it more broadly if people find it … [Read more...] about Netflix tests cheaper, yearly subscription plan in India
Eddy Cue doesn’t look like a man in the midst of his toughest year in decades. Sporting an untucked apricot camp shirt and blue jeans over camouflage socks and a pair of blue leather racing shoes from Germany, Apple‘s SVP of Internet software and services pulls up a chair at one of the marble-topped tables outside Caffé Macs, the employee restaurant at the heart of Apple’s 23-year-old Cupertino campus. (The company will begin to move into its new “spaceship” HQ next year.) Cue dives right into telling me about his latest horror story: advertisement advertisement The collapse, two nights earlier, of his beloved Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, which Cue had the dismal pleasure of observing from a courtside seat. “Am I in mourning?” he asks of his team’s loss to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers. “You better believe it. I’m not watching ESPN, I haven’t gotten onto a sports website, I … [Read more...] about Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook’s Apple
In 1996, Dwayne Betts, then 16 years old, walked out of a courtroom with a sentence for nine years in prison; he’d flashed a gun at someone in a suburban mall and stolen his car. Betts, now a lawyer who represents young people facing trial, still remembers what the judge said to him before sending him off: “I am under no illusion that sending you to prison will help.” advertisement advertisement That was almost 20 years ago. Even if Betts’s judge knew the justice system was a flawed solution, there was no energy around seeking an alternative. But now, “outrage over the criminal justice system has become a defining civil rights issue,” host Kai Wright says in the first episode of Caught, a new nine-episode podcast from WNYC airing throughout March. “People are talking about the excesses of cops and courts with a new urgency.” But that conversation, Wright says, tends to focus on the end of that story–when someone receives a … [Read more...] about What Happens When You Ask Kids In Prison How To Fix The Justice System?