Summary of “The Power of Pettiness”

Curiosity is the emotion that motivates exploration for new information, as hunger motivates eating.
Curiosity is seen as a cute and cuddly emotion, pleasant and smelling of old books.
Ignorance is the self-renewing resource that allows curiosity to find expression.
How do we shine a light on our own hidden ignorance – the wellspring of learning? In the second stage of curiosity, hidden ignorance is brought to light through an encounter with weirdness.
In the third stage of curiosity, all kinds of emotions – pleasant and unpleasant – motivate exploration and scrupulosity.
In the early stages of a scene of curiosity, when few people are working in the ignorance mines, the subject matter of the scene is clearly not seen as important by the wider culture; being inappropriately obsessed with the apparently trivial is a filter for working in a true scene.
For curiosity to be realized, pettiness must be suppressed and transformed into energy, gleeful malevolence transformed to honorable ends.
In my model, curiosity is not a specific emotion driving a truth-focused process, but rather the small and fragile truth-focused intersection of four cognitive processes, none of which, on its own, is entirely concerned with truth.

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Summary of “Amazon Prime is on pace to become more popular than cable TV”

Within a couple of years, more U.S. households could be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon’s popular shipping and entertainment service.
Based on Morningstar’s estimates of the average number of Prime memberships per household, that suggests about 66 million households have Amazon Prime memberships in 2017.
According to these estimates, more U.S. households may have an Amazon Prime subscription than a pay TV subscription in as soon as two years.
How we got there: If the number of Amazon Prime households increases by roughly the same pace it has, on average, for the past four years – almost 12 million per year – the number of Prime households in 2019 would be around 89 million.
Amazon knows that Prime is the core of its retail business: Prime members spend more in a year than non-Prime members do, shop more frequently than others and price-compare less, according to studies.
Correction: A previous version of this post and chart incorrectly displayed estimated Prime memberships as Prime households.
To more accurately estimate Prime households, we divided the number of memberships for the past three years by 1.2 and divided earlier years by 1.1.
We’ve updated the number of estimated U.S. households with Amazon Prime in 2017 to 66 million, instead of our previous figure of 79 million, which reflected memberships.

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Summary of “Being Honest About Venezuela”

Immediately after the 2015 elections, Maduro declared a state of emergency and suspended both gubernatorial and trade-union elections.
In 2016, the Right launched a recall referendum to bring down Maduro.
After the 2015 election Maduro could no longer rely on public support, so he used heavily packed public institutions – like the election commission – to block the initiative.
Maduro was using bureaucratic maneuvers to sidestep the Chavista constitution.
In March, when the National Assembly refused to vote for the Arco Minero project, Maduro once again tried to avoid democratic measures, by having the Supreme Court strip the body of its powers.
Maduro quickly withdrew his tame court’s decision.
Now Maduro has called for a new Constituent Assembly to convene at the end of July.
What Maduro intends remains unclear, but it will certainly involve pushing through the Arco Minero plans and privatizing parts or perhaps all of PDVSA, the state oil corporation.

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Summary of “Facebook is getting ready to test paid subscriptions with publications”

These options would seem to accommodate metered publications including Facebook skeptic The New York Times; and The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, which make a certain selection of articles free and put the rest behind a paywall.
One publisher said Facebook is leaning toward letting them be handled through the mobile web, which would eliminate a layer of complexity and the app stores’ cut and would let publishers have more control over pricing and data.
In the end, the question for publishers like the Times and Journal that have been cool on Instant Articles is whether there’s an advantage to Facebook’s proposal of letting them sell subs through Instant Articles instead of posting to Facebook the old-fashioned away and letting people subscribe by traveling to the publisher’s own site.
Facebook aims to test them with a small group of publishers at the end of the year and expand them to others in 2018.
The movement on subscription sales comes as Facebook has been trying harder to win over publishers that are getting increasingly frustrated over their lack of ability to monetize their content on the platform and are also getting in some cases what they feel is better treatment from other platform giants, Google and Apple News.
As part of its charm offensive, Facebook in January launched the Facebook Journalism Project, which has involved working with publishers to understand what they want to get from the app.
Publishers have been seeking ways to sell subscriptions since Facebook rolled out Instant Articles in 2015 and have been been clamoring for more ability to monetize their content on the platform through advertising as Google and Facebook have swallowed up more and more of the digital ad pie.
“We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook,” Campbell Brown, head of news partnerships, said via a Facebook spokesperson.

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Summary of “First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit”

Micius is a highly sensitive photon receiver that can detect the quantum states of single photons fired from the ground.
They’ve used this quantum network to teleport the first object from the ground to orbit.
The idea is to “Download” all the information associated with one photon in one place and transmit it over an entangled link to another photon in another place.
This second photon then takes on the identity of the first.
To all intents and purposes, it becomes the first photon.
Finally, they measured the photons on the ground and in orbit to confirm that entanglement was taking place, and that they were able to teleport photons in this way.
“We report the first quantum teleportation of independent single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a low Earth orbit satellite-through an up-link channel- with a distance up to 1400 km,” says the Chinese team.
This is the first time that any object has been teleported from Earth to orbit, and it smashes the record for the longest distance for entanglement.

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Summary of “Full transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ interview with The Islander – The MIHS Islander”

So I think once in awhile, people understand if we want to vote people into office that say “Let’s stop this, stop working on other people’s problems.” But I think eventually, as Winston Churchill put it, once the American people exhaust all the alternatives, they’ll do the right thing.
If you want to really change it in the long term, I think it comes down to doing so through education of the young people.
The short answer is, get the political end state right and then give it the full effort and explain to the American people and the American congress what you’re doing and get the whole world behind you.
TEDDY: How can the United States create an atmosphere of trust with the Arab people, especially in Iran?
Until the Iranian people can get rid of this theocracy, these guys who think they can tell the people even which candidates they get a choice of.
For so long when Russia vetoed the United Nations so they couldn’t do anything about it, the only reason that Assad is still in power and has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people and allowed the terrorists a place to set up camp and millions, literally millions of people, forced out of their homes with nothing but what they could cram into a car or put on their back, it’s all because of Iran.
Most of the Iranian people, I’ve known enough Iranian people or talked to Americans who grew up in Iran and it’s not them, it’s the regime.
I’ve sat behind then Secretary of Defense Gates who said the American people are not going to keep paying more than you for this defense.

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Summary of “Making the Most of Working From Home”

How is it possible to work from home and be productive with so many distractions and temptations? Your mindset and environment are just as important as good old-fashioned self-discipline as a recipe for remote work success.
Offsite workers tend to be productive even when they’re sick, and typically work five to seven more hours per week than their on-site counterparts.
One of the biggest perks of working alone in your home is boundary blurring.
Working in a chaotic house full of teens or kids, or just an elbow’s length away from a sink full of dirty dishes are both distractions you don’t need.
Work in small, intense periods of time, and can get work done in significant chunks.
“I work from home three days a week and am able to keep work and home separate simply because I have a six-year-old that demands my attention once she gets home from school,” says Beth Faris.
Many off-site workers stay glued to their work space all day, even when they can take breaks.
Ultimately, working off-site is best if you’re disciplined.

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Summary of “The Complicated Future of Spider-Man”

With Spider-Man: Homecoming kicking off Spidey’s third film franchise in 15 years and with the comics at a five-year sales low point, the character is facing a foe he’s never met before: an uncertain future.
While characters like Thor or Captain America have costumes that reveal at least part of their identity, Spider-Man is anonymous.
As Nick Lowe, the Marvel executive editor and vice president of content, digital publishing, who heads the Spider-Man line, said, “The amount of people who shouted Superior Spider-Man down at first and then were mad it was ending was amazing.
“Before we brought him , I said, ‘If we’re going to be in a world where Peter Parker is Spider-Man, then we just have to be very bold and clear with our statement to our audience that Miles is Spider-Man, too,'” he said.
“Naming Miles’s book Spider-Man doesn’t make him the Spider-Man,” Sava said.
While the Spider-Man movie universe is rapidly expanding - there’s also the upcoming Venom film starring Tom Hardy, and Silver & Black, a Gina Prince-Bythewood-helmed movie featuring supporting characters Silver Sable and Black Cat - the franchise’s fate rests in familiar hands: Peter Parker’s.
The third Spider-Man franchise in 15 years is launching July 7, as Spider-Man: Homecoming welcomes Tom Holland to the titular role under the direction of Cop Car’s Jon Watts.
While it’s unlikely that a third Amazing Spider-Man would have bombed at the box office - no Spider-Man film has made less than $708 million worldwide - restarting the franchise and inserting the character into the MCU was a smart move, as it reignited the excitement audiences had for Spider-Man and turned a potential obstacle into a strength.

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Summary of “Why using Airplane mode is an immensely powerful productivity hack that can level up your life”

Airplane mode is a feature that is baked into every device you have, designed to do nothing more than cut you off from the outside world, in the best possible way.
I want to talk about why you need to put your phone on Airplane mode at the right time, for the right reason, because if you can do that, you are going to level up the quality of your life in a major way.
Most of the time, we use Airplane mode out of respect to others.
We’ll put our phones on Airplane mode in meetings, at events, in a movie theatre etc.
We very rarely use Airplane mode out of respect to ourselves.
Start using Airplane mode to block yourself out from the distractions and news and endless, churning cycle of crap that our smartphones have us tuned into.
My phone stays on Airplane mode for that period, and I’m cut off from the endless stream of New Shit that comes down the pipeline constantly.
Airplane mode is a key to this, and I really, really want you to give it a shot.

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Summary of “The Five Questions You Need to Answer About Your Startup’s Strategy”

Michael Porter wrote the seminal book on strategy in the early 1980s.
Called Competitive Strategy, I think it should be required for anyone starting a company.
Strategy is a seemingly murky amorphous intangible concept, but Porter brilliantly prescribes the five questions strategy should answer.
Amazon’s consumer value proposition is simple: the most selection at the best prices delivered fastest to all internet consumers in the US. How do you tailor the value chain to suit your company? Porter wrote about two different types of value chains: internal value chains and external ones.
As Joan Magretta writes in Understanding Michael Porter, “The essence of strategy and competitive advantage lies in the activities, and choosing to perform activities differently or to perform different activities from those of rivals.” This is what Porter means by tailoring the value chain to suit your company’s strategy: picking the internal activities that will differentiate it.
What trade-offs does your business offer to differentiate itself from competitors? Every strategy has a trade-off.
How strong is the value proposition across the value chain? This is a nuanced question that tries to get at the leverage the strategy creates in the business.
How does your strategy endure over time? If market conditions change, does your strategy survive? Bezos insulated Amazon’s strategy from the fickleness of the consumer by promising them three things they would always want: more, faster, cheaper.

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