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If you want to be rich and powerful, majoring in STEM is a good place to start

Originally posted on Quartz:
The standard narrative today is that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education is important because we need more data scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. But promoting STEM education is critical for another reason: it teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today. STEM education is…

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The best argument yet for net neutrality comes from Major League Baseball

Originally posted on Quartz:
Among the more than one million comments about net neutrality received by the US government this year was a submission by… Major League Baseball (MLB). The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently reviewing new rules that could allow internet providers to charge content companies for a more direct connection to customers.  Some big…

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OkCupid experimented on users and proved everyone just looks at the pictures

Originally posted on Quartz:
All that time you spent filling out questions for your OkCupid profile? Pointless. Barely anybody reads the answers. That’s what the dating website learned from observing its users. (It turns out Facebook isn’t the only social media site experimenting on its users.) OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder has blogged about three experiments that the site…

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Tech savvy attorney, turned CA congressional candidate, says she’ll accept bitcoin donations. Obviously.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:
In what is becoming an increasingly common strategy for politicians seeking support of the left-leaning Internet community, democratic congressional candidate Christina Gagnier from California’s 35th district (Inland Empire) has decided to accept campaign contributions in bitcoin. Gagnier tells CoinDesk that the decision was influenced by requests from constituents looking to make virtual…

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The Day Hollywood Woke Up

TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER OF REBECCA SCHAEFFER   On this day in 1989, 21-year old Rebecca Schaeffer, the co-star of the sitcom My Sister Sam, was shot to death in her home by an obsessed fan.  The fan was able to hire an investigator to obtain the actress’ home address from DMV records, after learning that stalker…