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Social inclusion and early intervention can improve education, which can help countries create competitive advantage: my piece for SGI News, cross-posted on the OECD's educationtoday blog.
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The spread of the internet means there's never been a time when people read more. I try to remember this every time I'm saddened by a misplaced apostrophe or a reality TV show's viewing figures.
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Old library data shows that even in the good old days, no one read the classics

By +Audrey Watters

"People don't read anymore," Steve Jobs once told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/rWKg7N). It's a fairly common complaint, one that certainly predates the computer age — television was to blame, then video games. But our knowledge about reading habits of the past is actually quite slight. That's what makes the database based on ledgers from the Muncie, Ind., public library so marvelous.

The ledgers, which were discovered by historian Frank Felsenstein, chronicle every book checked out of the library, along with the name of the patron who checked it out, between November 1891 and December 1902. That information is now available in the What Middletown Read database (http://bit.ly/uZ53CT).

In a New York Times story (http://nyti.ms/uUEw6g) on the database, Anne Trubek notes that even at the turn of the 20th century, most library patrons were not reading "the classics":

"What do these records tell us Americans were reading? Mostly fluff, it's true. Women read romances, kids read pulp and white-collar workers read mass-market titles. Horatio Alger was by far the most popular author: 5 percent of all books checked out were by him, despite librarians who frowned when boys and girls sought his rags-to-riches novels (some libraries refused to circulate Alger's distressingly individualist books). Louisa May Alcott is the only author who remains both popular and literary today (though her popularity is far less). "Little Women" was widely read, but its sequel "Little Men" even more so, perhaps because it was checked out by boys, too."

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My first computer was a Macintosh Plus. My sister was given one for a year when she was in university, as part of one of Apple's education initiatives - not least of the reasons why the company has always been on the side of the future.

I was 9. Somewhere on floppy disk, we still have the choose-your-own-adventure stories I created with HyperCard, the drawings I made with MacPaint and probably even a few saved games of Dungeon Revealed. Starting my computing life with Macintosh is one of the main reasons why technology never scared me - even then, it just worked. I never saw the BSoD til many years later - only the (much friendlier) sad Mac, and even s/he was usually happy again once you switched it off and on again.

Steve Jobs understood that technology is and should be part of how we live. More than a tool, it's a medium, like paint and paper both - a place to express our humanity. And you should have to spend as little time thinking about its insides as you do about your paintbrush's. He changed the world with that idea, and it's a better place because of it.

Thanks, Steve, and goodnight. I hope right now you're filing suit about patent infringement on the staircase to Heaven. 
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interesting thesis, though i think he overstates the case a little. but this point is key to understanding chinese diplomacy:

'China's conception of itself is that of a benign, non-hegemonic power, one that does not interfere in the domestic philosophies of other states in the way the United States -- with its busybody morality -- does. Because China sees itself as the Middle Kingdom, its basis of dominance is its own inherent centrality to world history, rather than any system it seeks to export.'

we covered chinese naval power at the european council on foreign relations earlier this year: http://ecfr.eu/content/entry/china_analysis_chinas_sea_power_reaching_out_to_the_blue_waters
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just got an invitation to the DIASPORA* alpha - not vaporware after all! first impressions: it's no google+. anyone wants invite, let me know.
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i like this reciprocal social network invitation thing we have going on here. yours was better than mine, though. anyway, invite sent.
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just searched for myself on google, with search plus world turned off. almost the entire first three pages are taken up with google plus posts, tweets and people search directories. in the same search on bing, the first three pages bring up links to my work.

i'm afraid google have screwed up badly here, and it's a shame - hope they do something about it soon. but rather than push any actual information about me further down the search list for anyone who's thinking about talking to or hiring me in future, from now on i'll be staying out of any public conversations on google plus.
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"This isn’t just about Facebook. This is about Google, Apple, and Amazon. It’s Microsoft and Yahoo. It’s every social network, every location-based service. It’s the entire online ecosystem, this new bazillion-dollar industry, this global force that is disrupting every industry in the world by introducing a model where instead of paying for stuff with money you pay with your personal information. What are you going to do? Opt out of everything on the Internet? Good luck with that."
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+Dan Lyons imagines what Mark Zuckerberg might have said if he dared to be brutally honest with Facebook users.

"Dear #Facebook Members,

Facebook has always believed in giving users complete control over how their private information gets shared. That’s why we have repeatedly faced complaints from users, and why the Federal Trade Commission investigated us and charged us with deceiving consumers, and why we now have settled those charges by agreeing to a bunch of lame-ass new rules that we will not actually follow and which would not accomplish anything even if we did.

The truth is, we have no interest in protecting your privacy, and if you still believe that we do, then you are stupider than we thought, and believe me, we already thought you were pretty stupid. Think about it. The only way our business works is if we can track what you do and sell that information to advertisers. Did you honestly not realize that?

You are not our customer. You are the product that we sell. For us to say we’re going to protect you is like the poultry industry promising to create more humane living conditions for chickens. Sure, they say that. But you know they don’t mean it."
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New China Analysis is out - on China's efforts to increase its influence in Central Asia.
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BREAKING NEWS: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO - Reuters

Letter from Steve Jobs to Apple Board of Directors:


To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board
sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve
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Too bad for Steve. I think he's about to plunge into that bottomless hole we call Death soon... he wants to soften the blow.
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reuters reports rebels inside gaddhafi compound, 'firing into air in celebration'

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE77M0QA20110823
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