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Deal for $10b Defense Department data contract "rigged" in Amazon's favor

Aug 16 2018: Vanity Fair reports that a $10 billion deal to move all of the Defense Department's data, both classified and unclassified, to the cloud appears to be rigged in Amazon's favor. The Defense Department's request for proposals was written with a "host of technical ...

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Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sir VS Naipaul dies aged 85

Aug 12 2018: Novelist V.S. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London aged 85. He was born in rural Trinidad in 1932 and wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.

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UK bookstore stormed and vandalized by far-right protestors

Aug 08 2018: Bookmarks Bookshop, a socialist bookstore in Bloomsbury, in London, has received outpourings of support after 12 far-right protesters stormed in and vandalized the store on Saturday evening, the Guardian reported.

As two staff members were closing the store on August 4...

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Amazon grew 20% in UK in 2017 but halved its taxes

Aug 06 2018: Although Amazon's sales in the U.K. continue to grow--rising 20%, to $11.4 billion, in 2017--for the second straight year the company was able to halve the amount of corporate tax it paid.

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Is Dr. Seuss's Lorax Real?

Jul 30 2018: New research suggests that Dr. Seuss's Lorax is based on a particular monkey that the writer encountered in Kenya...

Recently, a group of researchers posited that the Lorax is not entirely invented, like Sam I Am or Things 1 and 2. Instead, it’s inspired by a ...

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Why is China afraid of bookseller Gui Minhai?

Jul 30 2018: The Washington Post asks why China is so afraid of author and book publisher Gui Minhai (also known as Michael Gui):

Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish citizen, was riding a train from Shanghai to Beijing in the company of two Swedish diplomats in January when 10 ...

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Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them

Jul 29 2018: Do you have a habit of picking up books that you never quite get around to reading?

If this sounds like you, you might be unwittingly engaging in tsundoku - a Japanese term used to describe a person who owns a lot of unread literature.

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10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)

Jul 28 2018: One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world.

As the northern hemisphere heads ...

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