2016 was a year full of new discoveries and beautiful imagery coming from our universe.
We saw new images of Saturn’s rings and even of the surface of our own moon. We got a deeper look into the structure of one of the brightest galaxies, and witnessed stunning views taken from multiple astronauts from the NASA, ESA, JAXA agencies as they circled our planet aboard the International Space Station.
Source: The Best Space Photos of 2016 | TIME
Living without complex technology has its own difficulties, especially for people like me who were never initiated into those ways. But already I much prefer it.
Instead of making a living to pay bills, I make living my life.
Contrary to expectation, my biggest issue is not being bored, but how to do all the things I’d love to do.
Of course hand-washing your clothes can be a pain sometimes, but that minor inconvenience is hardly worth destroying the natural world over.
Source: Technology destroys people and places. I’m rejecting it | Mark Boyle | Opinion | The Guardian
.. Danone looks like its raised prices too aggressively in Activia and other categories. With too little innovation — Nestle spends five times more than Danone on research and development, says Bloomberg Intelligence’s Duncan Fox — the volume of sales has fallen.
The other route to offsetting slow growth is acquisitions. It’s the path Unilever has taken as it seeks to bolster its position in the fast-growing premium grooming market. The string of deals, the latest of which is high-end hair care brand Living Proof, further cement its position in the home and personal care business, and diversify it away from food.
Source: The Yogurt King Slips Up – Bloomberg Gadfly
The cloud continued its march, the cybersecurity game changed, Apple sputtered, government cuts faced the music, and the PC zombie reanimated.
Learn why 2016 was beautiful and terrible in tech.
- Cybersecurity: Data breaches accelerate
- Cloud: AWS built on its lead as cloud providers mature
- Apple: Can’t get out of its own way
- The PC: Dead like vinyl records
- Governments: The underfunded giants are at risk in tech
Source: The 5 biggest tech trends of 2016: ZDNet editors sound off | ZDNet
Autonomous cars have arrived — Uber has fleets in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Google’s parent company is spinning off its driverless car project in a sign it is closer to coming to market, and the federal government has begun to issue guidelines on how the cars should work.
Source: How Self-Driving Cars Work – The New York Times
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.. what most celebrities seem to miss when they engage in these kinds of efforts is that there’s a difference between attention and persuasion.
Yes, you can get millions of people to watch your video. But does that actually persuade them to change their votes to your preferred candidate, or turn out to vote when they would otherwise have stayed home?
There’s precious little evidence that it does.
Source: Dear liberal celebrities: You’re not helping – The Washington Post
The move represents the first major acquisition for Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, which is part-owned by the government, since it was bailed out during the 2007-09 crisis.
“Lloyds will be broadly doubling up its exposure to credit cards at a particularly benign point in the bad debt cycle and ahead of a potential slow-down… once the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU are reached,” Gary Greenwood of Shore Capital said.
The British lender said it would pay through cash generated by its ordinary business operations.
Source: Lloyds banks on credit card growth with $2.4 billion MBNA buy | Reuters
Linde AG (LING.DE), the German company that revived merger talks this month with U.S. rival Praxair Inc (PX.N), has come to an agreement with its counterpart on key aspects of an all-share deal to create a $65 billion industrial gases group.
Linde and Praxair, alongside rivals Air Liquide SA (AIRP.PA) and Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD.N), are struggling with slower economic growth that has weakened demand from the manufacturing, metals and energy industries and put pressure on smaller players, leading to consolidation in the industrial gases sector.
Source: Linde, Praxair agree on outline for 50-50 merger | Reuters
The responses came just a few weeks after the FCC sent letters to both operators, accusing them of breaching net neutrality rules through zero rating, which the regulator claims could “hinder competition and harm consumers.”
In AT&T’s case, the FCC questioned whether plans to launch a promotion letting customers stream video content from subsidiary DirecTV without it using their data allowance.
Source: Verizon and AT&T attack FCC over net neutrality investigations