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Daily Archives: May 8, 2018

Good News – Life gets better after 50: why age tends to work in favour of happiness

The Guardian – Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve, was relieved to find an explanation for his gloom – academics say adulthood happiness is U-shaped

“Academics have found increasing evidence that happiness through adulthood is U-shaped – life satisfaction falls in our 20s and 30s, then hits a trough in our late 40s before increasing until our 80s. Forget the saying that life begins at 40 – it’s 50 we should be looking toward. Rauch, a senior fellow at the US thinktank the Brookings Institution, was so relieved to have found an explanation for the gloom that hit him and, he believed, many others in middle age that he became evangelical about spreading the word. He has written a book, The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 (out in the US 1 May and UK 14 June), which includes personal stories, the latest data and illuminating interviews with economists, psychologists and neuroscientists…”

New research – successful entrepreneurship is not the sole domain of the young

Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship. Pierre Azoulay, MIT and NBER; Benjamin F. Jones, Northwestern University and NBER; J. Daniel Kim, MIT; Javier Miranda, U.S. Census Bureau. March 23, 2018 “Abstract – Many observers, and many investors, believe that young people are especially likely to produce the most successful new firms. We use administrative data at the… Continue Reading

Advocacy Groups Push Tech Companies To Be More Transparent and Accountable About Censoring User Content

“EFF, ACLU of Northern California, Center for Democracy & Technology, New America’s Open Technology Institute, and a group of academic experts and free expression advocates today released the Santa Clara Principles, a set of minimum standards for tech companies to augment and strengthen their content moderation policies. The plain language, detailed guidelines call for disclosing… Continue Reading

ProPublica – investigative report on Defense Environmental Restoration Program Sites

ProPublica – Abrahm Lustgarten: “For much of the past two years I’ve been digging into a vast, $70 billion environmental cleanup program run by the U.S. Department of Defense that tracks tens of thousands of polluted sites across the United States. In some places, old missiles and munitions were left buried beneath school grounds. In… Continue Reading

Wikipedia Founder – Internet Users Are Adrift In The ‘Fake News’ Era

NPR – “At any given moment, volunteers and paid workers are writing fictional narratives that they present online as news stories, and some of those will get picked up and shared — perhaps thousands of times — on social media. Hoaxes are presented as fact, conspiracy theories are offered as truth, and some of them… Continue Reading

The Register – Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers – 146 million people, 99 million addresses, 209,000 payment cards, 38,000 drivers’ licenses and 3,200 passports – “Equifax has published yet more details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen by miscreants after they hacked its databases in 2017. The good news: the… Continue Reading

Gmail’s Smart Compose will write emails for you

Google Blog: SUBJECT: Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail – “From your greeting to your closing (and common phrases in between), Smart Compose suggests complete sentences in your emails so that you can draft them with ease. Because it operates in the background, you can write an email like you normally would, and Smart… Continue Reading

Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

CNN – President Trump announced on May 8 2018 that the US is withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal – Signs Presidential Memorandum to reinstate economic sanctions – and via EveryCRSReport.com – Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement, May 8, 2018: “The legal procedure through which the… Continue Reading