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[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes a raid of Amazon’s Japan office by that country’s competition agency.
  • Bloomberg View looks at paranoia about Pokémon Go and suggests China is not trying to overturn the world order.
  • CBC reports on the popular music and dance of Brazil’s slums, and reports on the diet of ancient humans.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that African farmers could feed the world, but first they need to work on their infrastructure.
  • MacLean’s shares the images of 25 Canadian websites of note in the days of the early Internet.
  • Open Democracy calls for reform of British agricultural funding and reports on Venezuela’s hard landing.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the closure of Poland’s frontier with Kaliningrad, looks at how Google is beating out Facebook in helping India get connected to the Internet, notes British arms makers’ efforts to diversify beyond Europe and examines the United Kingdom’s difficult negotiations to get out of the European Union, looks at the problems of investing in Argentina, looks at the complications of Germany’s clean energy policy, observes that the Israeli government gave the schools of ultra-Orthodox Jews the right not to teach math and English, examines the consequences of terrorism on French politics, and examines at length the plight of South Asian migrant workers in the Gulf dependent on their employers.
  • Bloomberg View notes Donald Trump’s bromance with Putin’s Russia, examines Melania Trump’s potential immigrant problems, and is critical of Thailand’s new anti-democratic constitution.
  • CBC looks at how some video stores in Canada are hanging on.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that the Olympic Games marks the end of a decade of megaprojects in Brazil.
  • MacLean’s approves of the eighth and final book in the Harry Potter series.
  • The National Post reports on a Ukrainian proposal to transform Chernobyl into a solar farm, and examines an abandoned plan to use nuclear weapons to unleash Alberta’s oil sands.
  • Open Democracy looks at the relationship between wealth and femicide in India, fears a possible coup in Ukraine, looks at the new relationship between China and Africa, examines the outsized importance of Corbyn to Britain’s Labour Party, and looks how Armenia’s defeat of Azerbaijan has given its veterans outsized power.
  • Universe Today notes proposals for colonizing Mercury, looks at strong support in Hawaii for a new telescope, and examines the progenitor star of SN 1987A.
  • Wired emphasizes the importance of nuclear weapons and deterrence for Donald Trump, and looks at how many cities around the world have transformed their rivers.

[ISL] “New P.E.I. film Pogey Beach seeks crowdfunding”

CBC News’ Sara Fraser describes how the people behind the web series Just Passing Through have started Kickstarter campaign to fund a related project, the satiric soap Pogey Beach.

Pogey Beach is already two things: first, it’s the actual beach at Tracadie, P.E.I., so called by some because it borders P.E.I. National Park and is just as scenic — but doesn’t require a park pass.

And, Pogey Beach is a show-within-a-show: the television fictional soap opera enjoyed by the P.E.I. characters on the web series Just Passing Through.

Now, JPT’s producers want to take Pogey Beach from the small screen to the big screen.

“It’s extremely low-budget, it’d be a micro-budget,” said Jeremy Larter, speaking with CBC Radio: Mainstreet host Kerry Campbell from his home in Toronto.

“We’re going to continue to look for other sources of funding, but we do want to shoot the film this September before the frost sets in,” Larter said

Written by Randy McDonald

July 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto Has a Wi-Fi Problem”

Torontoist’s Anders Marshall writes about the yawning digital divide in Toronto.

According to Mayor John Tory, Toronto has a culture of “haves” and “have nots”: those with privilege, with access to resources and services—and those without them. It’s our job, the mayor told a crowd at Thorncliffe Park’s Public Library branch last month, to bridge that divide.

“I believe the best thing to do is build people up, to allow them to be everything they can be,” Tory says.

Among the resources unavailable to many is access to internet. The city has a Wi-Fi problem: though it is a necessity when it comes to job searches, education, and employment, many Torontonians cannot afford home internet packages.

In an effort to improve access, the Toronto Public Library has begun a partnership with Google Canada to create a Wi-Fi hotspot rental program.

The program completed its pilot phase in June, beginning with 210 individual mobile units. Aside from Thorncliffe, branches participating in the program include Albion, Cedarbrae, Evelyn Gregory, Parliament Street, and York Woods. Users can rent hotspots from any participating branch for six months at a time, and are allocated 10 gigabytes of data to use each month.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Discover introduces its new blog Astrobeat.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at our operations throughout our solar system.

  • Dangerous Minds shares recordings from Prince’s Sign o’ The Times tour rehearsals.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study of gas giant HD 95086b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence for pre-European trade in eastern Polynesia.
  • Gizmodo notes that a large vertical farm is being built in New Jersey.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Kim Davis is being accused of hiding requested public documents.
  • The LRB Blog notes that the Chilcot report proves Blair’s culpability.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the weakness of Deutsche Bank, looks at how the weak pound won’t help Britain, and observes Italy’s weakness.
  • Steve Munro considers reviving the Scarborough LRT proposal.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes Australia’s problems with Internet speed.
  • Supernova Condensate looks at the Juno probe’s arrival at Jupiter.
  • Transit Toronto notes that high speeds have slowed down rail transit in Toronto.

[PHOTO] “Instagram Now Has Half a Billion Users”

Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier reports. That Instagram is so tightly integrated with Facebook is, I’m sure, an added bonus for that social network.

Instagram passed 500 million users, and growth is accelerating as the photo sharing app clears a hurdle that has stalled competitors.

The most recent 100 million users joined up faster than the previous 100 million, indicating the app owned by Facebook Inc. won’t be hindered any time soon by the growth plateau that plagues competitor Twitter Inc. Instagram said daily active users have reached 300 million. That’s about double what Snapchat Inc. and Twitter see.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for about $750 million. Since then, the photo network has grown exponentially due to the ease of sharing images—a medium that can cross language barriers and create connections between people even without formal social ties. About 80 percent of Instagram’s users come from outside of the U.S.

Instagram was able to rely on the world’s largest social network to assist growth, while tapping into Facebook’s advertisers to start ramping up its business. In the last year, Instagram started focusing on being a destination for photos and video from events.

“It’s all about knowing what’s happening in the world right now and coming to Instagram as a media destination,” Kevin Systrom, the company’s chief executive officer, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang. He understands that he’s echoing words also said by Twitter Chief Jack Dorsey. “What social media outlet doesn’t say this? That’s the great opportunity of our time.”

Written by Randy McDonald

June 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • The BBC reports from Asmara, Eritrea’s capital, on the eve of war.
  • Bloomberg notes the economic problems of Hong Kong and Singapore, looks at the final day of campaigning in the Brexit referendum, and notes the interim president of Brazil’s desire to oust Rousseff.
  • Bloomberg View takes issue with the rejection of nuclear energy in the name of the environment and reports on how Russians are being hurt by their association with Putin.
  • The CBC reports on the ongoing trial of Led Zeppelin over the authorship of “Stairway to Heaven”.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the homophobia of a rural Manitoba MP.
  • The Independent notes a poll suggesting most Brexit supporters believe the referendum will be fixed.
  • MacLean’s notes the demand of a northern Ontario First Nation for mercury to be cleaned up.
  • At Medium’s Mel, Jay Rachel Edidin writes about the fears for their husband post-Orlando.
  • The National Post notes that the Commonwealth is not going to replace the EU for the UK.
  • Open Democracy argues for a right to online anonymity.
  • The Toronto Star notes the visit of Prince Edward and his wife to the Union-Pearson Express.
  • U.S. News and World Report suggests/a> Clarence Thomas may not speak much because he’s afraid of his native Gullah surfacing.
  • Wired looks at online mockery of Trump’s campaign finance issues.

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