Will E-Books Build An African Book Culture?

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“More than 160 million people are now connected throughout the continent, mostly on mobile phones. With internet access surging and connectivity increasing, the doors are being thrown open to digital publishing.”

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Elizabeth Streb Pushes Dance With Physics

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“I force myself on scientists and try and ask some odd questions about quantum physics and particle physics and what would happen if you morphed up those extra six dimensions from superstring theory and put them on the body, what would the body look like? Or – I mean, what does it mean to go […]

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TV Show Tweets Out Its Script To Build Fans

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Beginning Monday morning, the script of the first episode, written by the show’s creator, Frank Darabont, who developed “The Walking Dead” for AMC, will be released in a stream of Twitter messages in its entirety — except for the surprise ending.

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Ambitious (But Failed) New Orleans Arts Center To Be Sold

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“Once built, it was supposed to become an instant Crescent City tourist attraction. But there was a costly redesign required to preserve an existing historic building and then the usual spate of construction complications. Then came Hurricane Katrina, and later, a national economic downturn. But those troubles were surmountable. The real trouble was intrinsic; ArtWorks, […]

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What Happens When The Machines Can Tell How We Feel?

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“If the future of advertising lies in the processing of nonlinguistic traits, then whoever controls the sensory infrastructure for analyzing and monetizing them—the “emotion sharing apparatus,” as Samsung calls it in one its patents —will be the successor to today’s moguls of online advertising.”

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How Vermeer Became A Superhero

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To see Vermeer as “a god” makes him “a discouraging bore.” But if you think of him as a genius artist and an inventor, he becomes a hero: “Now he can inspire.”

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Radio As We Know It Is Dead (So Here’s How To Fix It)

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“So where does this leave plain old over-the-air radio — you know, the kind that fades away when you drive out of town? Simply put, in a new context. That context is the Net. It’s the new broadcast band. Here on the Net (where you are right now), audio servers are the new transmitters and […]

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Baryshnikov Still Kicking At 65

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“The words “Baryshnikov” and “sucked” don’t naturally fit together comfortably, but in sitting with Baryshnikov for a spell, you get the strong sense that he’s less interested in perfectionism in his artistic endeavors than in mind-expanding adventurism. And these days, he prefers to succeed or fail with collaborators.”

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