John Borthwick's Top Stories

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Here's the best ten of the bunch

  1. The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation
    ‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three...
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  2. Three Years on Rikers Without Trial
    Kalief Browder spent more than a thousand days confined on Rikers Island. Credit Photograph by Zach Gross In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a...
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  3. EBay to Spin Off PayPal With New CEOs for Two Publicly Traded Companies
    After resisting activist shareholder pressure to do so earlier this year, online commerce giant eBay said today that it plans to separate its eBay e-commerce business from its PayPal payments unit, creating two independent publicly traded companies....
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  4. Amazon Is Not Holding Back on Paul Ryan
    Photo“The Way Forward,” a book by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, was published by an imprint of Hachette, which has been battling Amazon over e-book prices.Credit Rick Wilking/Reuters All Hachette authors are equal, but some...
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  5. Turmoil in Hong Kong: Charlie Rose (09/30): Video
    Schell, Bequelin on Turmoil in Hong Kong Your next video will start in Pause Recommended Videos Click to email this video: Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- On “Charlie Rose,” a conversation about the turmoil in Hong Kong. Thousands of people have taken...
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  6. 22 maps and charts that will surprise you
    A good visualization helps you see what the data is telling you. The best visualizations help you you see things you never thought the data would tell you. These 22 charts and maps were, at least for me, in that category: all of them told me...
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  7. Podcasting industry starts to fulfil its financial potential
    They were too clunky to download. The topics were sometimes a little obscure. And they didn’t really make any money. Podcasts, the short-form audio files that entered the mainstream with the original Apple iPod, have been around for more than a...
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  8. Quantum bits get their first compression
    Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Many types of information — including JPEG-format images of comedian Steve Martin — can be compressed to take less space, but in quantum computers the feat presents unique challenges. Without...
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  9. Burn! | TechCrunch
    When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action...
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  10. Airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria stir anger among rebels
    Opposition to U.S. airstrikes targeting Islamist militants in Syria appears to be growing among rebel groups and their backers in the country, threatening internal support for the Washington-led aerial offensive. Since the strikes began last week,...
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