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September 30, 2014 at 8:53pm
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FireChat App Takes Off Amid Hong Kong Protests

FireChat App Takes Off Amid Hong Kong Protests

That’s the subject of a brief story I wrote yesterday:

A new mobile messaging app that enables users to communicate in the absence of cellular or Internet connections is seeing a surge in downloads among Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

The free FireChat app, which launched in March, was downloaded 100,000 times in Hong Kong between Sunday morning and Monday morning, said Micha Benoliel,…

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2 Stories from Last Week: BlackBerry Passport Exclusive and Evernote CEO Interview

2 Stories from Last Week: BlackBerry Passport Exclusive and Evernote CEO Interview

Just briefly, two stories I wanted to point out from last week.

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you might have missed ‘em.

First, in a Wall Street Journal exclusive, I broke the news Monday that BlackBerry’s new square-shaped smartphone, the Passport, will cost $599:

BlackBerry Ltd. plans to sell its new square-screen smartphone at a lower price than rival products, as the company attempts to…

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September 27, 2014 at 8:29am
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Presented Without Comment: ‘Killing Bigfoot’

Embedded above on and on Vimeo here: trailer for “Killing Bigfoot,” which begins Oct. 17 on Discovery’s Destination America. Via BB.

September 21, 2014 at 7:06pm
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A Novel I Really Loved: Adam Johnson’s ‘Parasites Like Us’

A Novel I Really Loved: Adam Johnson’s ‘Parasites Like Us’

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At the airport on my way to a recent beach getaway I picked up a copy of Adam Johnson‘s “Parasites Like Us.”

It is a remarkably good novel.

Though the book was published ten years ago, I hadn’t heard of it. (Johnson’s 2012 novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “Parasites Like Us” is his debut novel.)

It tells the story of an eccentric anthropology professor, his…

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September 20, 2014 at 10:14am
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'1984: Pop's Greatest Year'

‘1984: Pop’s Greatest Year’

Rolling Stone:

From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara’d hard rock and “Weird Al” Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-“Billie Jean” MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of this landmark year, here are the 100 best singles from the year pop popped. To…

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September 18, 2014 at 6:35am
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Jérémy Ménez’s Insane Goal for AC Milan

Jérémy Ménez’s Insane Goal for AC Milan

AC Milan’s French midfielder Jérémy Ménez scored an outrageous goal against Parma in a recent 5-4 win in Italy’s Serie A.

Embedded above are a couple of Vines and a longer YouTube clip. Crazy stuff. Goal of the year, no?

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September 17, 2014 at 6:43am
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The Alibaba IPO Roadshow Came to Singapore Yesterday

The Alibaba IPO Roadshow Came to Singapore Yesterday

And some colleagues and I wrote it about it here:

Alibaba on Tuesday wrapped up its roadshow in Asia as it nears what could be the world’s largest initial public offering, with investors seeming to shrug off concerns about a higher valuation and focusing on the Chinese e-commerce firm’s growth prospects.

Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma, along with other top executives at the Chinese…

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September 9, 2014 at 7:16am
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Quote of the Day, Crossfit Edition

Quote of the Day, Crossfit Edition

BloombergBusinessweek, in a story headlined: “Is CrossFit Dangerous?“:

CrossFit Inc. doesn’t just want to make people fit. It wants to be fitness. A reputation for injuries, accurate or not, stands in the way of that.

More on my experiences with Crossfit here (2009) and here (2011).

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September 4, 2014 at 6:43am
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Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

If you’re interested in Southeast Asia travel, you might enjoy listening to this podcast interview with Stuart McDonald, founder of the travel site

McDonald has been traveling in the region for more than 20 years, and has some interesting thoughts on how travel — and travelers — have changed over time.

He talks mainly about Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia, and…

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September 3, 2014 at 6:48pm
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Video of the Day

YouTube user sciu89: “Walter, is a Labrador. He’s a special dog, who really loves the sea!