The ... Edition Monday, May 29, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook To Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Don't Pass Discriminatory Laws, by Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News

The CEOs of 14 top companies, including Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, have sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott urging him not to pass discriminatory legislation.

"As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas' reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families," the CEOs wrote Abbott in a letter dated May 27. "Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.

Where Is eBook Interoperability?, by Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

If music has managed to shed DRM, why have ebooks resisted? Part of what caused Jobs to issue his statement was a European Commission investigation into interoperability of digital files; why have there been no similar investigation regarding ebooks?

How The QR Code Has Forever Changed China’s Social Habits, by Stephn Chen, South China Morning Post

To consumer behaviour researcher Chen Yiwen, we are witnessing the dawn of “codeconomy”.

“China has started the transition to a cash-free economy faster than anyone could have imagined, largely because of the viral spread of two-dimensional barcode,” said Chen, a professor and researcher with the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. “It creates a new economy based on scannable codes.”

Bottom of the Page

When we look at laptops from the 90s and, even, the 2000s, one thing we all probably noted is how incredibly thick these laptops were.

I guess in a few decades from today, we will look at the current MacBooks and iPads and make the same comment about their thickness while typing on laptops and tablets that are paper-thin, that can be rolled up or folded up and stuffed in pockets and wallets.


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