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Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of about $100 billion. Take that down to $99.5 billion and nobody working at any Amazon facility in America would need assistance to eat.

newrepublic.com/article/146540/amazon-thriving-thanks-taxpayer-dollars/

It’s OK That Kendrick Lamar Didn’t Ether Donald Trump on Live TV

It’s OK That Kendrick Lamar Didn’t Ether Donald Trump on Live TV

Seeing Kendrick rip Donald Trump would’ve been amazing. But, he didn’t and that burden shouldn’t fall on him.

noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/kznnvx/its-ok-that-kendrick-lamar-didnt-ether-donald-trump-on-live-tv/

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

Dolphins can also use tools to solve problems. Scientists have observed a dolphin coaxing a reluctant moray eel out of its crevice by killing a scorpion fish and using its spiny body to poke at the eel.

www.theguardian.com/science/2003/jul/03/research.science

Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again

Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again

On January 1, 2019, every book, film, and song published in 1923 will fall out of copyright protection—something that hasn’t happened in 40 years.

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/hollywood-says-its-not-planning-another-copyright-extension-push/

A Knockoff Roomba Forever Changed My Life

A Knockoff Roomba Forever Changed My Life

Mainly, people want to know, “Is the Roomba good?” to which I say, always, “HIS NAME IS DEEBOT, and, yes.”

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbyyxm/deebot-n79-review/

A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win

A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win

It turns out that you — the named person you consider yourself, with hands and a brainful of electricity, the individual who profoundly wants absolute control over this existence and moreover to win — is utterly dispensable. In fact, the game plays better when you’re not running it.

www.polygon.com/2018/1/9/16851376/everything-best-games-2017-year-in-review/

Karl Smith is a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. He's an art and design, tech, and pop culture enthusiast. Previous gigs include musician, concierge, picture framer, designer and product manager.