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  • Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

    Felix Salmon and Jon Stokes, Wired | January 14, 2011

    Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising. The company behind The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires made its name by publishing the kind of news that moves the stock market. But many of the professional investors subscribing to Lexicon aren’t human—they’re algorithms, the lines of code that govern an increasing amount of global trading activity—and they don’t read news the way humans do. They don’t need their information delivered in the form of a story or even in sentences. They just want data—the hard, actionable information that those words represent...

  • The Toppling: How the Media Inflated a Minor Moment in a Long War

    Peter Maass, The New Yorker | January 14, 2011

    On April 9, 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan McCoy, commander of the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, awoke at a military base captured from the Iraqis a few miles from the center of Baghdad, which was still held by the enemy. It had been twenty days since the invasion of Iraq began, and McCoy had some personal chores to take care of—washing his socks, for one. Afterward, he walked over to a group of marines under his command who were defacing a mural of Saddam Hussein. As I watched, he picked up a sledgehammer and struck a few blows himself. The men cheered. Then he began preparing for the serious business of the day: leading the battalion into the heart of the city. He expected a house-to-house brawl that would last several days...

  • Most Detailed Image of Night Sky Unveiled

    David Shiga, New Scientist | January 14, 2011

    It would take 500,000 high-definition TVs to view it in its full glory. Astronomers have released the largest digital image of the night sky ever made, to be mined for future discoveries. It is actually a collection of millions of images taken since 1998 with a 2.5-metre telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. The project, called the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, is now in its third phase...

  • Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains

    David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times | January 15, 2011

    Power in Tunisia changed hands for the second time in 24 hours on Saturday morning, and street fighting continued in the aftermath of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight from the country, raising new questions about the shape of the next government here and who might lead it. The uprising that toppled Mr. Ben Ali continued after his exit with sporadic rioting and gunfire around the capital on Friday night, and there were reports of continuing unrest on Saturday around the country. Soldiers, police officers and young men with guns kept the streets of downtown Tunis under a tight lockdown. Clouds of smoke from the burning and looting of a major supermarket hung over the bleached city skyline. Residents huddled in their homes for fear of the police...

  • Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners

    Susanne Craig and Eric Dash, The New York Times | January 19, 2011

    Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times. They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008. Nearly 36 million stock options were granted to employees in December 2008 — 10 times the amount issued the previous year — when the stock was trading at $78.78. Since those uncertain days, Goldman’s business has roared back and its share price has more than doubled, closing on Tuesday at nearly $175...

  • Job Creation Seen As Key to China's Investment in U.S.

    John Pomfret, The Washington Post | January 19, 2011

    Ni Pin believes in the United States. He's lived here for almost 20 years. His three children were born here. And, unlike many Americans, he thinks that even in the middle of the Rust Belt, there's hope for manufacturing in this country. Ni runs the U.S. operations of a Chinese company called Wanxiang International, an auto parts giant with worldwide revenue of $8 billion. Over the past decade, Wanxiang America has purchased or invested in more than 20 U.S. firms and now employs more Americans - 5,000 at last count - than any other Chinese company...

  • Joe Lieberman Retiring From the Senate

    Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beasst | January 19, 2011

    In the end, Joe Lieberman decided he didn’t need any more tsuris. Not that the Connecticut senator would describe his decision to retire with that Yiddish term. He will offer a more philosophical explanation when he makes the official announcement Wednesday, a move that a Lieberman aide confirmed to The Daily Beast...

  • GBT On Charlie Rose: January 18, 2011

    | January 20, 2011

    Garry Trudeau and Charlie Rose discuss the strip and 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective.

  • The Chinese Mom Backlash

    Melinda Liu, Newsweek | January 20, 2011

    “Chinese moms” in China aren’t raising superior kids, actually. U.S. author Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother—and The Wall Street Journal extract of her memoir headlined “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”—has sparked huge debate inside China. But the response from what should surely be the Wild Kingdom of “tiger moms” might surprise you...

  • Sargent Shriver's America

    Adam Clymer, The Daily Beast | January 20, 2011

    Robert Sargent Shriver did more than any other New Frontiersman to heed his brother-in-law's famous call: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." In the Peace Corps and then the War on Poverty, he led thousands of Americans in taking up that challenge...