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I am glad someone is writing about this. As important as Net Neutrality is, this is more vital and more important as it strikes to the heart of the problem - the lack of competition. 
Chattanooga, Tennessee's internet is faster and cheaper than yours—and will remain that way.
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I think it is hard to know what B&N's plan is given how erratic they have been over the past five years between their various splashing bets (MS investment) and management shakeups.

My guess is that the existing management and shareholders have decided they cannot become a vertically integrated company that can compete with Amazon, Apple, et. al. for readers.

B&N's existing management knows one thing well, running a retail bookstore business. I think they are trying to split off and/or sell anything not directly related to that business. Doing so creates cash for existing shareholder and/or long term bets via the stock splits as with the text book spin-off.

That leaves a profitable, if low margin, retail business that can generate a profit and a dividend payment which has been suspended since 2011. It is a model that seems more reasonable now, versus three years ago, that ebooks growth has slowed.

The Nook unit, as ever, remains the albatross. It is a property that no one wants and one that continues to loose value. The only positive (for B&N) was their buyout, at discount, of Microsoft's and Pearson's stake in the Nook unit.
B&N's College Bookstore Bid Faces More Problems Than Just Amazon Barnes & Noble, Bookstore, College Barnes & Noble's announcement on Thursday that they were spinning off their college bookstore division into its own company might be a good business mo
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One thing you have to give Mark Cuban, he is a damn good speaker. The fact that he in the same speech criticizes the FCC for moving both too fast and too slow is sort of amazing. I find his arguments disingenuous at best.
As someone who takes her cues on net neutrality from Gigaom’s resident expert Stacey Higginbotham or, failing that, John Oliver, this is hard to admit: Mark Cuban may have a point on why the proposed net neutrality regulations may be a cure that’s worse than the disease. If adopted, he maintained, these regs will open the door to more…
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After watching Bob's Burgers for the first time, Episode 37 of Archer suddenly seems a lot funnier.
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Making things is hard in general. Making complex things that requires lots of people is incredibly hard. Until you make things, or work for a company that makes things, it is hard to comprehend the challenges.
Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor. I worked there from 2006 to 2010 and specialized in highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about games development.
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I appreciate the intent but one of the biggest misconceptions of the Medieval Period was that it was even a period of time "...from the 5th century CE to the 15th century CE..."

The Medieval period was an uneven and localized affair as the Western Roman Empire slowly dissolved. The many, many cultures subsumed by the Roman and entities that opposed them began to reassert their identity. Critical apparati of the Empire - trade, religion, etc - slowed and failed. New institutions had to be developed.

Some areas of western Europe changed rapidly, others less so. What also occurred during this time was rapid innovation as new power structures came into being, particularly innovation around trade.

The boundary between the Late Medieval period and the Early Renaissance is equally nebulous and just as highly localized.

This also completely ignores the importance of the Islamic and Jewish cultural/scientific contributions during this time period.

So what is my point? If you want to combat these sort of tropes, it starts with understanding that the "Medieval Period from 5th CE to 15th CE" is just as much an overly reductive bad trope as the items in the listicle. Acknowledging that simple point, by default, disproves many bad tropes due to their inherent reliance on the perceived homogeneity of the Medieval Period..
Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages.
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A single expensive point of failure is exactly what I need. "Honey, can I borrow your watch to start the car?" No thanks.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a..
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"Breast movement might be dictated by a simulation system that lets developers add "springs" to breasts."

I read this line and the first thing popped to mind was the "bag of sand" line from 40 Year Old Virgin.
Breasts swing. They sag. They flop. They can move. Over the years, many games have tried to emulate the way breasts behave. There's even a term for it: "Breast physics."
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"This cooperation between Google and the US carriers is a surprising development."

Prior to Apple Pay, yeah, I would agree. But now that Apple Pay is basically eating everyone's lunch, old battle lines are being redrawn. So, this move is not surprising. The only thing surprising is that it took this long to happen.
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Ignoring Iggy, the 'hatred and pettiness' aspect of this story is why I generally engage social media at a largely superficial level. The more heavily you engage, the more heavily the 'internet' resists you in some sort of perverse Lorentz factor except with trolls versus light.
Calling the internet "the ugliest reflection of mankind there is," rapper Iggy Azalea said last night that she would be leaving Twitter to get away from the negativity she finds online. "I feel the...
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Making cars is hard. No further proof is needed than the millions GM has recalled due to defects in manufacturing.

At this point, why would anyone underestimate Apple? Even if they have to figure it out from scratch, they have the means to do so via managerial talent and a mind boggling bank balance.

In my opinion, the largest roadblock Apple potentially faces is the regulatory regime surrounding the manufacturing, distribution, and sales of cars. Look no further than Tesla and their issues with dealerships.
Dan Akerson, who ran General Motors for less than three and a half years, issued a stern warning to Apple this week against making a car. In an interview with Bloomberg, he noted that making cars...
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