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The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice – Wall Street Journal

Instead of typing searches and emails, a wave of newcomers—“the next billion,” the tech industry calls them—is avoiding text, using voice activation and communicating with images. They are a swath of the world’s less-educated, online for the first time thanks to low-end smartphones, cheap data plans and intuitive apps that let them navigate despite poor literacy.

Fake news is bad. But fake history is even worse – The Guardian

Being afraid to come out in a country that just elected a lesbian prime minister – Mashable

Was Greenwashing bei Firmen ist, kann Pinkwashinh bei Regierungen sein:

While in public office, BrnabiÄ has never been vocal about LGBTQ rights or issues and has disassociated with that aspect of her identity, saying it actually stands in the way of her doing “her job.” So while BrnabiÄ is out, there’s no sign she is actively representing people from the LGBTQ community.

It is the view among many Serbia-watchers, as well as LGBTQ groups, that she was appointed because she’s a lesbian at a time when Serbia is aggressively pursuing its EU membership talks. Electing a lesbian prime minister in 2017 is good PR for a government that wants to look more liberal and European. And LGBTQ rights are like a barometer for many Eastern European and Balkan countries.

Andererseits:

Now that the box of having a female and openly lesbian prime minister has been ticked, the expectations for delivering actual results in terms of securing rights and freedoms of members of the LGBTQ community will be higher.

Venice: Not drowning but suffocating – The Economist

Das, was Venedig so schön macht, ist öffentlich – und damit kostenlos – zugänglich. Keine Steuereinnahmen, weniger Ressourcen, die Brücken, Gassen, Häuser zu erhalten.

Wie also dem öffentlichen Raum einen Preis zuweisen?

The proper pricing of public space could cut overcrowding and raise revenues to pay for essential activities such as dredging the canals and to subsidise the cultural activities that high-end tourists want. Buses already pay up to €650 to deposit tourists at the end of the causeway to the main island, but this is nowhere near enough to limit numbers to a reasonable level and raise the revenues Venice needs.

Citizens’ groups campaign for the “Venice Pass”, which would be a ticket for the entire city, paid on entry. This would both increase the city’s income and deter the least enthusiastic. There is precedent for this system. The Cinque Terre, a popular Italian coastal region consisting of scenic villages linked by narrow footpaths, has introduced a tourist ticket. A less radical option – turning the area around the Rialto, the Accademia and St Mark’s into a museum with paid entry – would encourage visitors to venture farther afield, to less crowded bits of the old city, or even to the tranquil islands of the lagoon, such as San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an exquisite if barely accessible Armenian monastery. But souvenir sellers, gondolas, water-taxis and some hotels and restaurants want no limits to the crowds. Running the city at over-capacity is too lucrative.

Morgen bin ich in Dubrovnik. Ich stelle mich auf ein zweites Venedig ein. Sehr schön, aber zu viele Touristen wie ich.

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

"When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.”

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