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Here's how Uber got its start and grew to become the most valuable startup in the world

But the road hasn't been easy.<p>Uber has fought rivals and regulators as it has transformed from a black-car service into a sprawling logistics company gunning for a future of self-driving cars. It has confronted threats from the taxi industry and even its own drivers.<p>But its valuation has continued …

Startups

The Value of Not Understanding Everything: Grace Paley’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.”<p><i>“As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,”</i> the editors of <i>The Paris Review</i> wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist <b>Grace</b> …

13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

Two armadas sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to invade Japan decimated by legendary 'kamikaze'<p>Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century.<p>The ship is the second to be located off southern …

School Administration

Roberto Bolaño’s 12 Tips on “the Art of Writing Short Stories”

For some certain romantic reasons, a segment of the English-language reading population fell in love with Roberto Bolaño in the first few years of …

Literature

Simple tests may hint at Alzheimer's 18 years before diagnosis

A new study suggests a relatively easy way to gauge whether people are more likely to wind up with an Alzheimer's diagnosis as far as 18 years down the road: memory and thinking tests.<p>A study out of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago tracked more than 2,000 people with an average age of …

Dementia

An Illusion of Everything Making Sense

<i>This is a transcript of a conversation at 356 Mission last month, between publisher (and author) Chris Kraus and one of her authors.</i><p>¤<p><b>CHRIS KRAUS: I</b> …

For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.<p>At last count, there were 4,300 Americans studying at German …

Higher Education

SpaceX Rocket Explodes Moments After Launch

A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule broke up shortly after launch on a mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Sunday morning. …

The Incredible True Story Behind 'Amazing Grace'

When President Obama turned to the soaring lyrics of Amazing Grace to comfort the grieving families in Charleston, South Carolina this week, he was …

The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing

I’ve known about this joke for nearly as long as I’ve worked in book publishing. It goes like this: “More than 80% of people say they have a book …

Writing

Why J.K. Rowling Needs to Let Harry Potter Go

Last February, mystery author Lynn Shepherd committed an unforgivable offense: she advised J.K. Rowling to stop writing. Her piece, titled “If J.K. …

Killer timing: why comedy and crime writing share a secret weapon

This July, at the Theakstons Old Peculier Harrogate crime writing festival, I’ll be talking to the acclaimed comedian Eddie Izzard. In fact, there is something of a comedy/crime theme running throughout the festival this year, with Lee Child interviewed by Rory Bremner and Fred MacAulay in …

Creative Writing

One Crime Writer's Thoughts On Noir

Support the news<p>The ARTery asked me what I thought about a recent quote by Dennis Lehane in the Boston Globe Magazine: "At the end of the day, the …

How to Maximize Your Free Storage Space on Every Cloud Service

Between Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and a half dozen other services, the sky's the limit on how much cloud storage you can get for free. Here are …

Greece sours German relations further with demand for war reparations

Alexis Tspiras, the Greek prime mininster, says Berlin has ‘a moral obligation’ to make amends for years of Nazi occupation<p>Greece’s strained relations with Germany took a turn for the worse on Wednesday when Athens’ leftist-led government raised the spectre of seizing German assets for war …

Europe

The Forgiveness Boost

Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.<p>On New Year’s Eve in 1995, Frances McNeill, a 78-year-old woman who lived alone in Knoxville, Tennessee, went to bed early. …

Confessions Of A Former 'Sweet Valley High' Addict

Often, when people ask me what I read as a young girl, I lie. Or, I should say, I lie by omission. I tell them about my brilliant fourth-grade teacher, Miss Artis, who assigned us <i>Johnny Tremain</i> and <i>Where the Red Fern Grows</i> and <i>Tuck Everlasting</i>, all books that made an impression on me. And people nod …

Inside the Vaper's Den: E-Cigarette Salvation and New Dangers

At a vaping bar beneath neon lights, fingers tap on the wooden counter. A vial of "vape juice" pours into a pen-shaped device. With the click of a button, electricity flows, a coil heats, and flavored, diluted, liquid nicotine transforms to a gas. It's inhaled and exhaled in a vanilla custard …

Public Health

Amazon: Friendly giant or unstoppable bully?

“There’s enough ruthless intrigue in this profile of the machine also known as Amazon,” writes the widely followed Twitter pundit who posts as …

Remains could be those of American missing in Mexico

Harry Devert left a job as a trader in finance to take a transcontinental motorcycle journey from the United States to Latin America.<p>Six months ago, he vanished after sending his girlfriend in New York an ominous text message from a troubled region in Mexico, about being escorted from "an area too …

Eric Holder Concerned Foreign Fighters In Syria Are Working With Yemeni Bomb Makers

By Timothy Gardner<p>WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned fighters from Europe and the United States who are supporting violent insurgents in the Syrian civil war are joining forces with Yemeni bomb makers.<p>"In some ways, it's more frightening than …

China national charged in hacking plot to steal US military data

<b>US authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of Boeing and other firms with large defence contracts.</b><p>Su Bin, who was arrested in Canada last month, is accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects and sell it to …

Cybersecurity

The formal cat fantasy portraiture of Eldar Zakirov

Man, I love this guy's work--particularly the cats. Eldar Zakirov is on DeviantArt, and you can support his high weirdness by purchasing prints. He …

Mexican Chopper Crosses Into AZ, Fires on U.S. Border Patrol Agents

A dangerous situation reportedly unfolded at the southern border early Thursday, with a Mexican military helicopter crossing into Arizona and firing …

Prostitution charges pending

Judson V. Sutherland, an Austin attorney and founding partner of J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge (including its Houston restaurant), was …

Is the Taliban Still Considered a ‘Terrorist Group’? Jay Carney Won’t Say

As White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded questions about the prisoner swap that led to the release of a U.S. Army sergeant from captivity by the Taliban, he didn’t give a yes-or-no answer on a key question.<p>AP<p>Asked directly whether the U.S. still regards the Taliban “as a terrorist group,” …

Bowe Bergdahl Trade: Afghan Government Protests U.S. Deal To Exchange POW For Taliban Prisoners

KABUL, June 2 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government protested against a U.S. deal to free five high-ranking Taliban militants in exchange for a U.S. soldier arguing the transfer of the men from a Guantanamo Bay jail to Qatar violated international law.<p>The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday …