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Platforms are the future—but not for everyone

May 19th, 2016  |  Source: The Economist

“INTERESTING thesis, but don’t use the word ‘platform’ in the title. No one knows what it means.” That was the reaction of a professor at MIT in 2000 upon reading the dissertation of Annabelle Gawer, now co-director of the Centre for Digital Economy at the University of Surrey. She ignored the advice and kept the title.


States Are Missing Out on Billions in Legal Marijuana Revenues

May 18th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

A new report shows that marijuana prohibition comes with a cost.

In the few years since Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, an overwhelming body of research has refuted the idea that legal pot comes at the expense of our civil society. In fact, a new study suggests quite the opposite: that marijuana prohibition comes with a cost to state coffers.


‘One of the Biggest Mistakes in Modern Medicine’

May 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

More groups are working to find ways to curb the opioid epidemic in America.

The overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.


Fossilized culture, not lack of funding, put news media on deathwatch

May 16th, 2016  |  Source: Monday Note

Legacy media mismanaged change and missed most of the critical trains of the digital revolution as a result.


Boston is now ranked the best city to launch a startup

May 13th, 2016  |  Source: Quartz.com

There has been a lot of conversation recently about how Silicon Valley is no longer the best place to launch a startup. There are growing tech ecosystems around the US—Silicon Alley (NY), Silicon Beach (LA), Silicon Mountain (Denver), among others.


Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says

May 12th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

First serious public split revealed among commissioners over the release of the secret ‘28 pages’ that detail Saudi ties to 2001 terrorist attacks

A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said Wednesday he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.


Consolidation and Mergers Are Eating Our Farm and Food Economy

May 11th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

What’s happening to the U.S.’s food market is relevant to anyone who makes, sells, or eats in America.


'Kleptocracy Tour': London sightseeing with a difference

May 10th, 2016  |  Source: AFP

London (AFP) - A black bus winds its way through some of London's most expensive neighbourhoods for a sightseeing tour with a difference -- a guided visit around luxury houses bought by shady international tycoons and officials.

The "Kleptocracy Tour" was set up by anti-corruption campaigner Roman Borisovich, who aims to expose dirty money fuelling the high-end London property market and the teams of British "enablers" who make it happen.


London’s New Mayor: I Won’t Be Able To Visit The U.S. If Donald Trump Wins

May 9th, 2016  |  Source: HuffPo

“I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith,” Sadiq Khan said.

Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wants to travel to the U.S. to collaborate with other mayors — but he won’t be able to if Donald Trump wins the presidency.




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