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What Apple Card’s sexism row tells us about algorithms

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BusinessLine Forgive my ignorance, what’s an Apple Card? Well, it’s a credit card from Apple, backed by financial services giant Goldman Sachs. The tech giant calls it a new kind of credit card. It is stored in your iPhone, and gives you a unique identity numb... More »

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Fifty years old, and thriving on the Web!

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BusinessLine Who, Incy Wincy spider? Well, you’re closer. We’re talking about the Internet, which celebrated its 50th birthday this Tuesday. Golden Jubilee? That calls for some celebration! Yes! It was on October 29, 1969, that the human race was able to send ... More »

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The importance of being Greta Thunberg

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BusinessLine Climate change meets Oscar Wilde? Well, if you remember, The Importance of Being Earnest, the wittiest and arguably most popular play from Wilde, is the story of people who don fictitious identities to skirt social duties they find hard to meet. I... More »

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Where have all the plants gone?

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BusinessLine Always and forever. But now we are discussing the way our plants have been vanishing from the face of the Earth, bringing us closer to a calamitous future many scientists have been warning us about. Oh, that’s telling indeed, but what’s new about ... More »

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Remembering the Periodic Table and Dabholkar

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BusinessLine Well played, your headline has caught my attention. Well, as you’d know already, 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). Scientists, students, policymakers and the public at large in many geographies ... More »

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The Cheatsheet: How Internet shutdowns hurt the economy

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BusinessLine Yes, and more. As we write this, the internet shutdown in Kashmir — reportedly the 51st in Jammu and Kashmir since January this year and the 179th since 2012 — is continuing and there is an alarming uncertainty over when the curbs on communication... More »

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When 301,878 books were murdered in Turkey…

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BusinessLine Death of books? What exactly happened? Since 2016, the government of Turkey has pulled back from its schools, stores and libraries, and destroyed, over three lakh books. And that’s according to official estimates — revealed this week by none other... More »

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Apollo 11, Chandrayaan-2 and the lunar economy

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BusinessLine I see you’re moonstruck. Yes, and for two good reasons. For starters, this week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in the first landing of humans on the moon. NASA is observing a series of events to remember that... More »

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Boredom blues, in all its hues

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BusinessLine Who’s the bored here? All and sundry; yours truly included. Why? Because we all have become prisoners to what some sociologists call the tyranny of routine. And our understanding of evolutionary biology tells us that if we have the same routine ev... More »

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With ‘Chinese pig’ gaffe, UBS reaps what it sows

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BusinessLine I see you’re pigging out on porcine metaphors… Oink, oink! You could say I’m going the whole hog! But why are you ODing on ham? Because of what happened to a UBS economist last week. The entire episode, centred around the economist’s unintentional... More »

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Google News, whose news? – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Fooling around with search words? What’s the harm in trying? After all, everybody loves some vertical mobility on Google search hierarchy. That said, this headline is pure plainspeak; an important question, rather. On what? Here’s some background:... More »