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    Forget first class: Delta is going to start upgrading select customers to private jets [qz.com] No more cramped seats, crying babies, or whatever else ails you when flying commercial. Delta is planning an upgrade for its top customers that will…
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      Google has started extracting Google+ from itself [qz.com] The slow death of Google+ continues. Today Google announced that it will be slicing out its social network from the rest of its services, meaning…
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        Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—China’s rollercoaster, Twitter results, Syrian buffer zone, “half beards” trending [qz.com] What to watch for today Where will China’s rollercoaster of a stock market go next? The country’s securities regulator said that a state-own…
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          The annual US report card on human trafficking draws fire as Malaysia gets a passing grade [qz.com] The US state department compiles an annual report card scoring countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking. Malaysia rose higher in this year’s rankings,…
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            Boston falls out of the running to host the 2024 Olympics [qz.com] Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic is heading to an early grave. After months of protest from Bostonians, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)…
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              LaGuardia Airport will be completely rebuilt in a $4 billion renovation [qz.com] New York State announced a $4 billion overhaul of LaGuardia Airport that will completely remake the facility that US vice president Joe Biden once likened…
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                “Daily fantasy sports” isn’t quite gambling—and it has some major league investors [qz.com] Fantasy sports is an unstoppable juggernaut in the United States. Once a cultish underground hobby, it has ascended to the mainstream of American culture—the subject…
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                  Photos: Members of China’s largest Muslim minority make a new home in Turkey [qz.com] An estimated 10 million Uighurs live in the People’s Republic of China. They are the country’s largest Muslim minority, and they’re leaving by the thousands.…
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                    Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of scientists want to keep AI out of our weapons [qz.com] Maybe we should take the warnings of RoboCop more seriously. Famous scientists, engineers, and businessmen are banding together to call for a ban on a…
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                      If you think Amazon is huge now, wait until it becomes America’s biggest fashion retailer [qz.com] Amazon’s growth has been astounding. Last week, it hit a major milestone when it passed retail giant Walmart in market value. It got to this…
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                        India’s most famous rocket scientist—and former president—dies at 83 [qz.com] Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam—India’s 11th president and its most famous rocket scientist—has died. Kalam, who was 83-years-old, reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed…
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                          Teva’s deal with Allergan continues a massive year for pharma M&A [qz.com] Allergan announced today that it would sell its generic drugs business to Israeli off-brand giant Teva in a $40.5 billion megadeal. It’s the 9th biggest…
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                            Attention hipsters: An Italian high-jumper is pioneering the “half beard” look [qz.com] Why decide between clean-shaven and going full hipster beard when you can have both? Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, who finished second in the men’s…
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                              Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologized for its role during Apartheid [qz.com] This past weekend, South Africa’s biggest media group, Naspers, did something it should have done 19 years ago: apologize for the key role it played…
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                                Wary Chinese investors are ditching stocks for real estate [qz.com] The Chinese government’s determined efforts to recreate a bull market in stocks—perhaps we should call it a mechanical bull?—are getting pretty bumpy, as the Shanghai…
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                                  Oh dear: Now what has Yanis Varoufakis said? [qz.com] Few thought that Yanis Varoufakis would hop on his motorcycle and ride off into the sunset, never to be heard from again. If anything, the…
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                                    Chinese stocks haven’t had this many bad days since 2008 [qz.com] The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index fell 8.5% in Monday trading, the worst daily drop since Feb. 27, 2007. The current volatility underscores the running…
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                                      Hackers say, “We know one of them females in the cover,” after New York magazine’s website goes down in an attack [qz.com] New York magazine’s website was taken down, apparently by hackers trying to silence it, just hours after publishing the accounts of 35 women …
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                                        To master any skill, use the learning technique that scared Bruce Lee [qz.com] Once a week, I crush my 13-year-old at tennis until she cries. I feel I only have a one or two year window to do…
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                                          Burger King is beating McDonald’s in sales growth thanks to chicken fries, pulled pork, and a fancier cheeseburger [qz.com] Less than a week after McDonald’s announced another disappointing quarter, its old rival Burger King is asserting some bragging rights. The …