Arvind Sharma

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The backstory of Alexa’s Indian makeover: desi, agnostic, politically independent and... work in progress

She is modern, speaks fluent English, helps you book a cab, finds recipes for cooking, plays your favourite music, and gets charmed by Shah Rukh …

What Does Facebook Messenger Mean For The Future Of Political Propaganda?

The ad tech powering messaging services offers advertisers—and bad actors—new ways to target and personalize content.<p>When Facebook first unveiled News Feed in 2006, its 10 million users threatened to revolt. In a matter of months, though, the redesigned product took off with users and, ultimately, …

Chatbots

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder.<p>How do you move forward?<p>If …

What Happened When Linkin Park Asked Harvard for Help with Its Business Model

Photo by Mark Fiore<p>How do musicians make money today? Album sales are down 14%, single downloads are down 11%, and only the streaming services are up, 28%. Technology has forced music artists to completely rethink the way they approach their businesses. We’ve all had to adapt.<p>The most successful …

Innovation

How Electronic Arts stopped being the worst company in America

After being named the worst company in America two years in a row, current and former executives, employees and partners tell us how EA redeemed itself.<p>"The challenge with data is you never seek to do anything profound or inspired. You just do what the data tells you."<p>Andrew Wilson, EA's CEO

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How To Grow Every Single Herb You've Ever Wanted, Indoors

Great news, everyone. The days of throwing down $4 for a sprig of thyme are behind you. Never again will you have to fork over your last bills for some wilting basil to make a pesto, because you can grow those herbs <i>at home</i> -- yes, even if you don't have one square foot of yard to call your own. …

Gardening

All aboard the Super Savari Express: an armed tour bus for crime-ridden Karachi

It takes six gun-toting guards and a special bus in order for the wealthier residents of Karachi to see the sights of their own city<p>Dubbed “the world’s most violent megacity”, armed muggings, carjackings and extortion are part of everyday life in Karachi, where political and criminal forces vie for …

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