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Tag: Hong Kong

Read : 2019-08-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hong Kong protestors overwhelm airports for second day“, by Jon Emont (Wall Street Journal, 2019-08-13).
  2. Protests put Hong Kong on collision course with China’s communist party“, by Javier C. Hernández & Amy Qin (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  3. With pens, paper and motorcycles, journalists chronicle Kashmir crackdown“, by Sameer Yasir & Jeffrey Gettleman (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  4. Two ebola drugs show promise amid ongoing outbreak“, by Amy Maxmen (Nature, 2019-08-12). Two drugs, REGN-EB3 and mAB114, are derived from ebola antibodies. Both led to a 90% survival rate when administered shortly after initial infection.
  5. Harry Reid: The filibuster is suffocating the will of the American people“, by Harry Reid (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  6. It’s 2043. We need a new American dream for the A.I. revolution“, by Baobao Zhang (NY Times, 2019-08-12).

Read : 2019-06-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Telegram hit by DDoS attack! Blames China” (Ciso Mag, 2019-06-13). The attack coincides with political protests in Hong Kong against the mainland government; protestors reportedly use Telegram to coordinate, and Telegram founder Pavel Durov claimed the attack came mainly from IP addresses in China. The article clearly explains a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
  2. ‘Brave like Gabe’: Remembering the runner who never gave up in the face of an unbeatable opponent“, by Tim Layden (Sports Illustrated, 2019-06-11). What a rousing end to the story, how fitting given Gabe’s foundation, and how lovely the parallel to athletics, were this once unbeatable opponent taken down by team effort in the (near?) future.
  3. The U.S. is purging Chinese cancer researchers from top institutions“, by Peter Waldman (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2019-06-13).
  4. How Washington learned to love debt and deficits“, by Kate Davidson & Jon Hilsenrath (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13).
  5. Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, libra, gets big backers“, by AnnaMaria Andriotis, Peter Rudegeair, & Liz Hoffman (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13).
  6. Who ‘deserves’ to go to Harvard?“, by Heather Mac Donald (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13). One extreme, as told by the other? Power imbalances exist; systemic inequities exist; feelings of entitlement exist. Each can be protected against, exploited, mitigated, exacerbated. As for the “capitalist ethos”,…what’s described sounds more like a “meritocratic ethos”, no?
  7. The Engadget staff on ‘Neon genesis evangelion’“, by Daniel Cooper (Engadget, 2019-06-14). Netflix is set to release the 24-year-old Japanese series on its platform 21 June.

Read : 2019-06-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hong Kong extradition: police fire rubber bullets at protestors” (BBC News, 2019-06-12).
  2. Draft bill proposes 10-year prison term for dealing in cryptocurrency” (India Today, 2019-06-08).
  3. What happened to Taylor Swift’s girl squad?“, by Shelby Slaughter (InStyle, 2018-12-13).
  4. The first US women’s soccer team took needle and thread to their own uniforms“, by Sean Braswell (OZY, 2019-06-12).

Read — 2018/01/31

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Fact check: Trump’s State of the Union address” (NPR).
  2. The mistakes you make in a meeting’s first milliseconds“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).

In crypto news:

  1. U.S. regulators subpoena crypto exchange Bitfinex, Tether“, by Matthew Leising (Bloomberg, 2018-01-30).
  2. The Lightning Network could make bitcoin faster — and cheaper“, by Sandra Upson (Wired, 2018-01-19). Exciting idea. In a nutshell, pay once to open a private channel on top of a crypto-asset network, and (!) be able to connect that private channel to other private channels.
  3. Hong Kong to educate public on crypto and ICOs“, by Wolfie Zhao (CoinDesk, 2018-01-30). In theory, an admirable if paternalistic use of public funds and public power. In practice, it sounds like the campaign is the government using people’s funds to remind them they must mind their taxes and regulations.
  4. German regulator orders crypto exchange to halt brokerage business“, by Sujha Sundararajan (CoinDesk, 2018-01-30).
  5. Cryptocurrency scams are just straight-up trolling at this point“, by Louise Matsakis (Wired, 2018-01-30). Disgusting greed.
  6. A debate about bitcoin that was a debate about nothing“, by Erin Griffith (Wired, 2018-01-29). Sad times.
  7. Inside the group chats where people pump and dump cryptocurrency“, by Paris Martineau (The Outline, 2018-01-23). Remember, in most regulated markets in most developed countries, market manipulation is illegal. And even if it weren’t, do you really want to get rich by screwing your neighbor?
  8. South Korea won’t ban crypto trading, says minister“, by Daniel Palmer (CoinDesk, 2018-01-31). South Korea’s Minister of Finance Kim Dong-yeon is quoted as saying “there is no intention to ban or suppress cryptocurrency”.

Read — 2014/06/30

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. BNP Paribas’s Looming U.S. Settlement to Cap Troublesome Period“, by David Gauthier-Villars, Christopher M. Matthews, & Noémie Bisserbe (Wall Street Journal). At issue are $30 billion in transactions that the French bank secretly concluded with Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by the U.S.
  2. Inequality Is Not Inevitable“, by Joseph E. Stiglitz (NY Times). The preeminent economist Joseph Stiglitz blames American policies and politics for “ersatz capitalism”, asking “why is America one of the advanced countries where the life prospects of the young are most sharply determined by the income and education of their parents?”
  3. Au Japon, la remarque sexiste de trop“, par Sylvie Kauffmann (Le Monde).
  4. Avec le maestro Seiji Ozawa, dans son école suisse“, par Marie-Aude Roux (Le Monde). À Rolle, le retour d’un roi.
  5. China Resumes Control of Hong Kong, Concluding 156 Years of British Rule“, by Edward A. Gargan (NY Times, 01 Jul 1997). On this day, 1997. Writes the journalist 17 years ago, the transfer “ushered a time of uncertainty over whether China would honor its pledge to maintain Hong Kong’s way of life largely unaltered for the next 50 years”. Echo the words of the last colonial Governor Chris Patten:

    Hong Kong’s values are decent values. They are universal values. They are the values of the future in Asia as elsewhere, a future in which the happiest and the richest communities, and the most confident and the most stable too, will be those that best combine political liberty and economic freedom as we do today.

Read — 2014/06/28

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever.“, by Steven Erlanger (NY Times). A look at the legacy of World War I.
  2. Hong Kong’s Democracy Supporters Chafe at Inequality and Beijing’s Sway“, by Chris Buckley & Michael Forsythe (NY Times). Pro-democracy residents of Hong Kong push against mainland influence in business and politics.
  3. Droit à l’oubli : Google commence à retirer des résultats de recherche“, par Martin Untersinger (Le Monde).
  4. Egalité filles-garçons : le gouvernement abandonne les ABCD“, par Mattea Battaglia (Le Monde).

Read — 2014/06/13

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Terror’s new headquarters” (The Economist). ISIS expands its region of control in Iraq.
  2. Alarm in Hong Kong at Chinese white paper affirming Beijing control“, by Tim Hume (CNN). Rising tension between Hong Kong and Beijing.
  3. Mechanically detecting and avoiding the quantum fluctuations of a microwave field“, by Suh et al. (Science). Research on back-action evading.
  4. Urban Gardnening Taken to New Heights“, by Dorothy Hong (Wall Street Journal). A slide show of rooftop gardens.
  5. Haircuts by Christiaan: 16 Iconic Moments from the Master of Short“, by Mackenzie Wagoner (Vogue).