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92nd Street Y Launches a New Online Archive with 1,000 Recordings of Literary Readings, Musical Performances & More

Kurt Vonnegut once commented, in an interview with Joseph Heller, that the best audience he had ever encountered was at the 92nd Street Y in New …

Michio Kaku Explains the Physics Behind Absolutely Everything

"It's turtles all the way down," a possibly apocryphal old lady once said as a way of fully explaining her concept of the world supported on the back …

Netflix Not Cannibalizing Traditional TV Viewing (Study)

Subscribers are watching the same amount of programming as non-users, according to data obtained by TiVo Research and Analytics.<p>Despite persistent …

Media Management

Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy

Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each …

How Tencent is slowly transforming into one of gaming's biggest investors

Yesterday, Chinese Internet and investment-holding company Tencent purchased a minority stake in Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard. Tencent is a small part of an $8.17 billion deal that freed Activision Blizzard from majority shareholder Vivendi.<p>Tencent partnered with Activision chief …

Is it possible to have morality in a free market?

<i>This speech was delivered today at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY.</i><p>Are the markets moral? Should we expect them to be? Moral according to whom? And if they’re not moral, are they immoral? Amoral? Or value-neutral?<p>The bigger the questions, the more likely we are to be heading into some …

Great Depression

Grooveshark Makes The Google Autosuggest Blacklist, Joining The Pirate Bay And Others

Google’s autocomplete search results can be a great help when you know part of what you’re looking for, or when you want to be lazy, but they also carry a certain political weight. What they don’t offer up is as telling as what they do, and now Grooveshark joins the illustrious ranks of options …

YouTube keeps pushing viewers to use channels, takes subscribe button everywhere

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: YouTube<p>YouTube (s GOOG) really wants you to subscribe to more channels, and it’s now taking the ability to do so …

Oculus VR Plans Three-Week Game Jam to Make Virtual-Reality Games

Oculus VR, maker of the unreleased but much anticipated virtual-reality gaming headset Oculus Rift, said today that a three-week “VR Jam” in August …

What We’re Reading: Summer Edition, Volume III

<i>Summer reading plans from the New Yorker staff. This third installment follows parts one and two.</i><p>I’m writing a book this summer—revisiting Rwanda—and as long as I’m at it my reading is woefully restricted to the consumption of relevant material. This is one of the god-awful things about topical or …

100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

Historical Photos Colorized And Brought Back To Life

In a world of continual status updates, countless photos, millions of videos and internet speeds that continue to bring us information faster than …