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Why I Switched from iPhone to Android -“I used to feel that, to get the best smartphone software and hardware experience, I had to live in Apple’s walled garden. Now, the walls are getting higher, and life outside the garden looks better and better.”
Why you shouldn’t believe ‘Facebook backlash’ numbers – The lack of alternatives to Facebook means that many dissatisfied members probably will not delete. their accounts altogether. It’s more likely that they may be clamping down on privacy controls.
M.I.A.’s agitprop pop
NY Times – What Maya wants is nearly impossible to achieve: she wants to balance outrageous political statements with a luxe lifestyle; to be supersuccessful yet remain controversial; for style to merge with substance.
What’s the matter with Sweden? – Think the cool Swedish indie band you’ve just heard of on the radio made it out of the Nordic wild all by themselves? Think again. Across the western world, different states have long played, and some still are, a vital role in the promotion of music.

How China is trying to go green
Newsweek – As China gets richer, it will slowly but surely create its own equivalent of a Whole Foods buying, eco-tourism-enjoying middle class. That’s the very group that will be most likely to question the cost of unbridled development.
Positive sign: Worker mobility
The Big Picture – The natural wanderlust of a segment of employees was suppressed, and is now busting out again.
Where the smart people live – Looking at educational attainment density measured as college degree holders per square mile, here are the cities and counties that made it to the top.
Are there too many psychopaths in Corporate America? – The prevalence of psychopathic traits in corporate professionals is higher than that found in community samples.


Does Obama recognize the great global shift? – What are we to make of the fact that countries the United States wishes would play a larger role in the world are now doing so, but in a way that frustrates American goals?
How Angela Merkel’s selfishness is killing Europe – While Germans may feel liberated in the short term by thumbing their noses at their allies, Merkel’s isolationism will eventually mean a less comfortable neighborhood and a weaker Germany.
An update on the concentration of income in Canada – In Canada, the uber-rich are still getting richer, while the wealth of the kind-of-rich are staying put.
Weak euro could whack summer boxoffice – If European currencies remain at present levels for the balance of the summer, studios would take an 11% hit in seasonal grosses.

A new sort of togetherness
The Economist – In recent years, diasporas are beginning to interact with their homelands in more creative ways.
In India, banking on the morning after – Among urban India’s increasingly educated and independent women, emergency contraception has taken over the market.
Prostitutes blamed for property bulge – Beijing authorities are scrambling for a scapegoat for their failure to bring the property market under control. This time, blame goes to prostitutes and mistresses.

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