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At the bar, my recently rediscovered heads-up
display—aka my eyes—revealed a person next to me, and for several hours I found myself in a fascinating conversation with one of the dancers from the Broadway musical Spider-Man.

Baratunde Thurston, arguably one of the most connected celebrities there are, took 25 days away from the Internet. Here’s what he learned. 
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
In a pro-consumer attempt to foster innovation, European regulators are banning roaming fees. 
Now you can use Microsoft Office on your iPhone (if you suscribe to Office 365 and you have access to their cloud).
Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.
Google is winning big in mobile advertising. This year the search engine giant is expected to take home more than half the mobile ad revenues generated worldwide.
Seasoned directors and movie industry kings Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warn film students that the tech industry will cause a “massive implosion” of Hollywood. 
President Obama has approved giving U.S. military aid to Syrian rebels after it was confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
And more news from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: U.S. government agencies routinely swap data with civilian firms.
Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Photo via digg.tumblr.com]

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:

The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week. 
Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed News Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:

We hope you have a lovely day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Do you use Flipboard? 
Now it has customizable ‘mini magazines’ that will allow you to personalize your daily news intake even more! Here’s the story.
What do you think of this move? What does it say about the future of information consumption?
 

Do you use Flipboard?

Now it has customizable ‘mini magazines’ that will allow you to personalize your daily news intake even more! 

Here’s the story.

What do you think of this move? What does it say about the future of information consumption?

 

Al Jazeera is doing some of the most innovative journalism in the world. Case in point: Somalia Speaks, the first ever large scale survey of citizen sentiment in that region, and rather than using traditional methods they are collecting data via sms text messages. 

Al Jazeera partnered with several organizations to bring the project to life. Middle Eastern classified advertisement NGO Souktel (whom Fast Company has written about before), mapping non-profit Ushahidi (ditto), enterprise crowdsourcing platform Crowdflower (…and ditto again) all contributed to the project, along with another organization called the African Diaspora Institute. Souktel managed the SMS gateway, Ushahidi provided the project’s mapping platform and assistance, and Crowdflower is assisting with offering a mechanism for crowdsourced analysis and translation of replies.

Al Jazeera is doing some of the most innovative journalism in the world. Case in point: Somalia Speaks, the first ever large scale survey of citizen sentiment in that region, and rather than using traditional methods they are collecting data via sms text messages. 

Al Jazeera partnered with several organizations to bring the project to life. Middle Eastern classified advertisement NGO Souktel (whom Fast Company has written about before), mapping non-profit Ushahidi (ditto), enterprise crowdsourcing platform Crowdflower (…and ditto again) all contributed to the project, along with another organization called the African Diaspora Institute. Souktel managed the SMS gateway, Ushahidi provided the project’s mapping platform and assistance, and Crowdflower is assisting with offering a mechanism for crowdsourced analysis and translation of replies.

Two Words: Cat Cafés!
They’re all the rage in Japan. Seriously.

Many people were there, their focus directed exclusively to one cat or  another. They held them on their laps, sat beside them, stroked, patted,  and murmured sweet nothings in their ears. All the while, the cats  purred the deep purrs of creatures entirely satisfied with their lots in  life. After a cup of coffee and brief interactions with three separate  cats, my time was up, and I could now say I’d had the full cat café  experience.

Read more…

Two Words: Cat Cafés!

They’re all the rage in Japan. Seriously.

Many people were there, their focus directed exclusively to one cat or another. They held them on their laps, sat beside them, stroked, patted, and murmured sweet nothings in their ears. All the while, the cats purred the deep purrs of creatures entirely satisfied with their lots in life. After a cup of coffee and brief interactions with three separate cats, my time was up, and I could now say I’d had the full cat café experience.

Read more…


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Our new sister site, The Atlantic Cities, is now live! The Atlantic Cities explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods. By bringing together news, analysis, data, and trends, the site is an engaging destination for an increasingly urbanized world.

To learn more, read this post by Sommer Mathis, check out the website, and let us know what you think.