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How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market

One of the most astute takes on the Watch I’ve yet read.

Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos

“Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children.” If you weren’t sure that we are living in a dystopian sci-if novel, here ha go.

The Feel-Good Gene

(thanks, y)

  <blockquote>        <p>Scientists have demonstrated that a genetic variation in the brain makes some people inherently less anxious, and more able to forget fearful and unpleasant experiences. This lucky genetic mutation produces higher levels of anandamide — the so-called bliss molecule and our own natural marijuana — in our brains</p>  </blockquote>

Shitphone: A Love Story

“I was an iPhone man once, like you. Then Shitphone changed everything”

Smash-hit Chinese pollution doc Under the Dome taken offline by government

After 200 million views

Sandro Lisi and the Chamber of Secrets

Something awesome is happening with the Lisi trial, but it’s under a publication ban so Goldsbie is being extreeeeeemely cagey.

Daring Fireball: Apple Watch Prelude

Gruber doubles down on his “expensive watch” theory. I think the prices will be lower than he thinks -$500 ish for the steel base price. I do think the bands will be expensive though.

Honest Ed's development plan envisions 1,000 rental housing units

Surprisingly progressive development proposal for the Honest Ed’s site. 30 stories is too tall though.

The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved

“Perhaps someday, the Apple Watch could do the impossible: it could make you stop using your phone.”

Perhaps in eight more years we’ll need something to save us from our Watches.

Edward Snowden says Canadian spying has weakest oversight in Western world

Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event; Apple TV still coming

But probably nothing March 9 except Watch, Watch Watch and maybe Retina Air

The games industry is wrong about kids, gaming and gender


 <blockquote>        <p>Only 39 percent of high-school aged boys surveyed preferred to play as male characters, while 60 percent of high-school aged girls preferred to play as female characters. That 21 percent delta, the authors say, is more than enough reason for game developers to rethink who their main characters should be going forward.</p>  </blockquote>

HBO In Talks With Apple To Be Launch Partner For Coming Web Service 'HBO Now'

Standalone service for $15/mo. Wonder how hobbled it will be.

No Man's Sky is so big, the developers built space probes to explore it for them

More details about the indie game with a procedurally generated universe

I Heard the $5 Million Wu-Tang Album That Won’t Be Played Again in Public for 88 Years

Someone’s got to liberate this thing. The public gets A Better Tomorrow and some rich idiot gets this?

NBC plans to bundle SNL and Tonight Show in new service for cord cutters

For cheap – $2.50 / month, maybe (US only I’m sure)

China Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever

Medicating Women’s Feelings

“At least one in four women in America now takes a psychiatric medication, compared with one in seven men. Women are nearly twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder than men are.”

The Roots' Questlove on Hiphop and Black America

I had one of these articles caught in my Instapaper for some time, and I finally just read the whole series. It’s a little meandering, but highlights include some consideration of “black cool”, and a brief history of disco. I might as well link them up for ya. Here:

Mystery tunnel built by two young guys ‘to hang out,’ police say

Not very dramatic ending to a rather wonderful mystery