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In the News 09.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 09.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

1. Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet

“When an unsuspecting researcher followed a mysterious command on a 4chan board, he found himself drawn into a scavenger hunt that led him down the darkest corridors of the internet and stretched across the globe. But in a place where no one shows his face and no one plays by the rules, how do you tell where the game ends and reality begins?”

 
Read the rest of this article at mental_floss

 


 

2. The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

“Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic

 


 

3. There’s an app for that

“HANDY is creating a big business out of small jobs. The company finds its customers self-employed home-helps available in the right place and at the right time. All the householder needs is a credit card and a phone equipped with Handy’s app, and everything from spring cleaning to flat-pack-furniture assembly gets taken care of by “service pros” who earn an average of $18 an hour. The company, which provides its service in 29 of the biggest cities in the United States, as well as Toronto, Vancouver and six British cities, now has 5,000 workers on its books; it says most choose to work between five hours and 35 hours a week, and that the 20% doing most earn $2,500 a month. The company has 200 full-time employees. Founded in 2011, it has raised $40m in venture capital.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Economist

 


 

4. Find the Right Expert for Any Problem

“There’s a growing awareness among R&D managers that tapping the expertise of people in distant, analogous fields can yield highly novel solutions to innovation problems. But finding these experts poses a significant challenge of its own. Who and where might they be? The prospect of searching for them can seem overwhelming.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Harvard Business Review

 


 

5. Suburbs and the New American Poverty

“Americans admire the military as they do no other institution. Through the past two decades, respect for the courts, the schools, the press, Congress, organized religion, Big Business, and virtually every other institution in modern life has plummeted. The one exception is the military. Confidence in the military shot up after 9/11 and has stayed very high. In a Gallup poll last summer, three-quarters of the public expressed ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in the military. About one-third had comparable confidence in the medical system, and only 7 percent in Congress.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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