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For some teenagers, wearing last season's jeans will always be unthinkable. But a growing number consider texting on a dated smartphone even worse. For teenage apparel retailers, that screen-obsessed teenager poses a big threat in the still-important back-to-school sales season. Muscle shirts and strategically ripped jeans no longer provide an assured spot for retailers like Hollister and American Eagle Outfitters in the marketplace of what's cool at an American high school. The social cachet these days involves waving the latest in hand-held technology. "Clothes aren't as important to me," said Olivia D'Amico, a 16-year-old from New York, as she shopped at Hollister with her sister and a friend.   more...
 
 
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One persistent criticism of the tech industry is that it no longer works on big ideas. For all of Silicon Valley's talk of changing the world, critics say, Google and Facebook mainly hire armies of coders to figure out how to serve you more relevant ads, while Apple and Amazon just want to keep selling you new stuff. These are crude takes, but they get at the disillusionment with an industry whose recent innovations do not seem to have resulted in measurably more prosperous lives for most Americans. Yes, the phone you carry today is far more powerful than the one you had a decade ago.   more...
 
 
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BAGHDAD - As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis, including many military officers under Saddam Hussein, overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment. At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while a prisoner in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center.   more...
 
 
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OMAHA - The Omaha police chief said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of a crew member filming the television show "Cops" by one of his officers was an "unfortunate incident" and that it appeared that the three officers involved had acted professionally. Police officers responded to a report of a robbery at a Wendy's restaurant in Omaha on Tuesday night with two crew members from the reality television show riding in the backseat of their patrol car for a night of filming. After a standoff with a suspect inside the fast-food restaurant, both the robbery suspect and a sound supervisor for the show, Bryce Dion, were killed by police gunfire.   more...
 
 
... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-08-27 21:54:36 in Journals / Architecture
Openings and Events On Wednesday, Pookie and Louisa Burch, daughters of the C. Wonder founder Chris Burch and onetime stepdaughters of the designer Tory Burch, will open a SoHo store for their sportswear line Trademark. The line, previously sold online, offers a modern take on iconic American minimalist design. The new three-story space, with blue-tinted concrete flooring, was designed in collaboration with the Swedish architecture firm Bozarthfornell. You'll find signature pieces like a cable-knit sweater ($298) and calf loafers ($428), all meant to be worn as one's own trademark. At 95 Grand Street.   more...
 
 
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HOLMDEL, N.J. - In hip-hop tours this summer, two has trumped one. There was the juggernaut teaming of Jay Z and Beyoncé, who have love (or maybe not, a tension they slyly played with) and oodles of collaborations between them. After that came the grand-scale mash-up of Eminem and Rihanna, who share some hits and, it turns out, not much else. From a distance, the "Drake vs. Lil Wayne" tour, which came to the PNC Bank Arts Center here on Tuesday night, was the smallest of the three. The others played stadiums; this one mostly outdoor amphitheaters.   more...
 
 
... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-08-27 20:56:29 in Journals / Architecture
RIO DE JANEIRO - Belmopan, Belize. Astana, Kazakhstan. Brasília, Brazil. Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Abuja, Nigeria. And now, Santiago del Estero, Argentina? When Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, said this week that the country should start discussing moving the capital from Buenos Aires, she pointed to Santiago del Estero as a potential choice, making that provincial city in northern Argentina a contender to join a long list of other places in the global hinterlands chosen to be national capitals. "Sometimes we should start thinking of a new territorial design, because the world has changed," Mrs. Kirchner said Tuesday while visiting Santiago del Estero.   more...
 
 
... via busybee@blogtrottr.com on 2014-08-27 20:54:39 in /graphics8.nytimes.com /
On the hilly streets of Whitestone, Queens, the Hamptons-bound helicopters buzzing overhead were ruining the afternoon quiet. A collapsed storm drain was a trap for unsuspecting children. And each dilapidated house was another sign of middle-class malaise amid the million-dollar properties. Tony Avella, the state senator who represents the district and who will be the defender in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9, seemed to be channeling his constituents' frustrations. "One of the principal aspects of my job is to try and preserve this quality of life, which is suburban life in the city of New York," Mr. Avella said during a door-to-door campaign for voters' support one day last week.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-08-27 20:53:32 in Journals / Ideas
Nick Hanauer has gone public with another stage of his plan for the US economy. Essentially, raise wages for everyone and she'll be fine. The problem with this is that Hanauer is simply factually wrong in a major example that he uses to bolster his case and then remarkably uninformed about the economics of the situation. So much so that it's entirely fair of me to call this latest iteration of his plan "near insane", as I did an earlier version of it. As Hanauer himself points out: On June 19, 2013, Bloomberg published an article I wrote called "The Capitalist's Case for a $15 Minimum Wage."   more...
 
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