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Deal for $10b Defense Department data contract "rigged" in Amazon's favor
on August 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm
Vanity Fair reports that a $10 billion deal to move all of the Defense Department's data, both classified and unclassified, to the cloud appears to be rigged in Amazon's favor. The Defense Department's request for proposals was written with a "host of technical stipulations that only Amazon can meet," and put together only after Secretary James Mattis hired Sally Donnelly, a lobbyist who had previously consulted for Amazon. Even the language in the RFP mirrors Amazon's descriptions of its own technology. […]
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sir VS Naipaul dies aged 85
on August 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Novelist V.S. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London aged 85. He was born in rural Trinidad in 1932 and wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas. […]
UK bookstore stormed and vandalized by far-right protestors
on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 am
Bookmarks Bookshop, a socialist bookstore in Bloomsbury, in London, has received outpourings of support after 12 far-right protesters stormed in and vandalized the store on Saturday evening, the Guardian reported. As two staff members were closing the store on August 4, a dozen men, one of them wearing a Donald Trump mask, entered the store and began "knocking over displays and ripping up magazines while chanting far-right slogans." It is believed that the men took part in demonstrations earlier that day protesting the "censorship" of Alex Jones's website InfoWars. […]
Amazon grew 20% in UK in 2017 but halved its taxes
on August 6, 2018 at 10:00 am
Although Amazon's sales in the U.K. continue to grow--rising 20%, to $11.4 billion, in 2017--for the second straight year the company was able to halve the amount of corporate tax it paid. […]
Is Dr. Seuss's Lorax Real?
on July 30, 2018 at 10:00 am
New research suggests that Dr. Seuss's Lorax is based on a particular monkey that the writer encountered in Kenya... Recently, a group of researchers posited that the Lorax is not entirely invented, like Sam I Am or Things 1 and 2. Instead, it's inspired by a particular real-life species, a fuzzy-faced primate called the patas monkey that Geisel got to know in Kenya. Their conclusion, a paper called "Dr. Seuss and the Real Lorax," was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this week. […]