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Fiery stuff I’ve been ingesting
Microsoft buys into healthcare voice with Nuance at $20bn (via Benedict Evans)
Microsoft is spending $20bn to buy Nuance, a pioneer (pre-ML) of voice recognition, which has built a big business in healthcare. Windows and Office are the legacy businesses and the future is cloud, and in tools and building blocks for other people to build cloud applications. (It does interest me how little Microsoft is doing in user-facing cloud tools, though.
Reuters goes paid (via BE)
Reuters will put its public-facing news site behind a pay wall. This might make sense for the company, but there are fewer and fewer public, non-paywalled, non-metered, global news sites left.
Measuring the news and its impact on democracy (link)
Some quick data on news consumption.
According to Google Scholar, since January 2017, more than 5,000 English language publications with “fake news” in the title have appeared in academic journals spanning economics, political science, computer and information science, communications, law, and journalism. To put this number in perspective, fewer than 100 such publications appeared in all the years leading up to the end of 2016, while fewer than 600 publications have appeared since 2017 containing “television news” or “TV news.”
33 Good Technical Writing Examples (link)
The advancement in technology inevitably leads to people training their skills in technical writing, a valuable asset. The skill is crucial, especially for those who work in tech-related businesses. Learning how to make technical writing examples gives you the ability to communicate knowledge. Technical writing skills don’t just involve understanding information and writing it down in a document but also taking high-level information and processing it into a more “digestible” content.
Make before you manage (Tim Ferriss)
Each morning, before plugging holes, fixing things, calling vets, answering text messages, delegating things, or yanking out dead raccoons, this mantra was a reminder to make something.
Signal VS. Noise moves to HEY World, as they turned their attention to personal blogs rather than a whole-company blog. For example, Jason's writing over here and David's over here. And other Basecamp employees may launch their own personal blogs on HEY World in time. The archives will remain available until the end of the internet.
NASA has selected SpaceX to build its proposed manned lunar lander. Pulp scifi in the golden age of the 1930s always expected space travel to be pioneered by crazy dope-smoking billionaires rather than government agencies. (Link via BE)
Stuff worth mentioning (stolen)
BR IdeaCast – Harvard Business Review weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.
TED Talks Daily – from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology and everything in between — given by the world's leading thinkers and creators.
TED Radio Hour – exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers.
Mindfulness For Beginners – the basics of mindfulness and meditation.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – from Comedy Central’s Podcast Network.
Above & Beyond: Group Therapy – weekly music show from Above & Beyond.
👽 My latest YouTube video
Weird desires and laziness drive innovation. And while we do still have the laziness part inside of us, I feel like most people don't have bizarre aspirations anymore. We hit a plateau, as we normally come up with ideas to satisfy our desires.
Weird Desires Drive Innovation
🐦 Tweets for thought
Tom Cotton @TomCottonARWe have a major under-incarceration problem in America. And it's only getting worse. https://t.co/guYdE7aHdb
Ari Benjamin @arisbenjaminNew preprint! Does V4’s tuning to hue on artificial stimuli tell us about its tuning to hue on natural images? Not really. (Twitterified in the thread below) https://t.co/mgij81aN06 with @desipoika, @jugoguj, Matthew Smith, and @KordingLab https://t.co/c7Bu8JFHsm
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