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exactly what we care about
by noteworthy at 5:38 am EDT, May 5, 2015

Paul Goodman:

The recent history of technology has consisted largely of a desperate effort to remedy situations caused by previous over-application of technology.

Daniel Dennett:

One out of six Americans is already a None; by 2050, the figure will be one out of four, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

Jonathan D. Rockoff and Ed Silverman:

Since 2008, branded-drug prices have increased 127%, compared with an 11% rise in the consumer price index.

Anand Giridharadas:

As of 2006, there were more payday lenders in Ohio than outlets of McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's combined.

Amir Mizroch:

Facebook last week said its main social network increased to 1.44 billion monthly users, up from 1.39 billion in the 2014 fourth quarter. The company added that it now has 4 billion video streams every day.

Ron Amadeo:

The scale of YouTube gets more breathtaking every year. It has a billion users in 61 languages, and 12 days of video are uploaded to the site every minute -- that's almost 50 years of video every day.

Pew, via John McDuling:

In the US, 39 of the top 50 news websites now get more traffic from mobile devices than from desktop (and laptop) computers.

Christopher Ross:

0 Apple products [are] used in the Gates household. They don't plan on getting Apple Watches either.


In 2013, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,908 kilowatthours (kWh), an average of 909 kWh per month. Louisiana had the highest annual consumption at 15,270 kWh, and Hawaii had the lowest at 6,176 kWh.

Annalee Newitz:

The kids of tomorrow won't freak out over terabytes of storage. They'll freak out over kilowatt-hours.

Alex Peysakhovich:

The things we can measure are never exactly what we care about.

Richard Holbrooke:

Only with hindsight can one look back and see that the smartest course may not have been the right one.

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