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This holiday season, 34 long reads to explore

Post-feast, pour another glass of wine and savor some of 2015’s best long reads, published on the Guardian and elsewhere<p>You’ve made it: your belly is full, and you’re now sitting on the couch with a glass of scotch in hand.<p>You now have a few hours to kill, so here’s a list of incredible features …

Single Mom Leads Double Life On The Streets Of Shanghai

<i>Editor's Note: NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi as a summer job. He decided to do it again, this time offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. Here's his latest installment.</i><p>I was driving to work one morning …

Supreme Court refuses to hear Google's appeal in Java patent case

The decision curtails Google's efforts to avoid paying Oracle licensing fees for using Java code in the Android mobile operating system.<p>Google has again come out the loser in a court decision that could cost it a hefty chunk of cash.<p>On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it will not hear an …

Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? …

Europe

You won’t steal our music anymore: The fraction of a cent that saved the major labels

Watching rap videos with his grandson, a vilified music executive had an aha moment that changed everything<p>American music executive Doug Morris was the target of satirical cartoons and a great deal of vicious Internet flaming. The website Gawker, reblogging other people’s work with characteristic …

Celebrity Substance: Amy Schumer

<i>This blog post is part of a series called, “Celebrity Substance.” I will be using celebrity careers from a variety of professions as examples, discussing what can be learned from their successes and failures.</i><p>Amy Schumer is having a moment.<p>This year, her show on Comedy Central, <i>Inside Amy Schumer</i> won …

Comedy

I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded

In the summer of 2009, I was finishing the first—and toughest—year of my doctorate. To help me get through it, while I brewed chemicals in test tubes during the day, I was also planning a crazy experiment to cheat sleep.<p>As any good scientist would, I referred to past studies, recorded data, and …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Taylor Swift has snubbed Apple Music

Taylor Swift has previously been an outspoken critic of free music streaming. She argues that it devalues artists' work, and she removed "1989" from market-leader Spotify late last year following a dispute over its free, ad-supported tier.<p>However, it had previously been thought that Swift's album …

Music Industry