Authors no longer have to impress stodgy English majors to get their book a quality review: new research from the Harvard Business Review shows that the aggregate rating of Amazon reviewers are every bit as good as professional book critics.
Professional book critics, on the other hand, suffer from nepotism: critics give more favorable reviews to their colleagues, authors who agree with their ideological slant, and if the book has been given an award by other critics.
Markets jolted by news of new Greek election and the possibility anti-bailout forces could take over15 May
GREEK NEO-NAZI LEADER DENIES GAS CHAMBERS
The head of the Greek neo-Nazi party elected to parliament during May 6 elections has denied in an interview the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps during the Second World War.
The comments drew a sharp rebuke from the outgoing government, with a spokesman saying they distorted history and were an affront to Holocaust victims.
From Columbia University:
Many strands of Eric Kandel’s life come together in his latest work, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present. The 82-year-old University Professor and co-director of the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative was born in Vienna, where, as a boy of 8, he witnessed the Nazis march into the Austrian capital.
Ten designers including Christian Louboutin, Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic, House of Worth, Giles Deacon and Agent Provocateur have contributed one-off couture tutus to the auction, which raises money for the ballet.
It's beautiful, check these out!
House of Worth's
This feathered piece is my fav!!
iPad (s AAPL) textbook publisher Inkling is partnering with college bookstore provider Follett. Starting this fall, Follett will sell "hundreds of Inkling titles" in its over 900 college bookstores -- including Stanford and UC Berkeley -- and on its website.
Titles include popular undergraduate textbooks as well as specialized MBA, medical and scientific titles. Students can purchase the entire textbook or "'Pick 3': a cost-saving alternative that allows students to buy just three chapters for a fraction of the price of a full textbook." Then they can read the textbooks on the Inkling iPad app or on Inkling's soon-to-be-launched web platform.
Smule has been churning out scores of popular music-making iOS apps for years now, but they've been notoriously gun-shy about bringing those apps to other platforms.
As of today though, that streak has finally come to an end -- the company has just released their auto-tuning Songify app into the Google Play Store.
Originally developed by Khush (whom Smule acquired…
WASHINGTON — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign said on Tuesday JPMorgan Chase & Co’s huge trading losses were an unfortunate part of a free market economy.
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told NBC that, while Romney supports some financial regulation, the losses at one of the nation’s largest banks involved investors, not taxpayers, and that rules for Wall Street shouldn’t hamper investments.
US retail sales rose 0.1% month-over-month in April following a jump of 6.6% in March. The difference is likely attributed to the warmer weather and the early Easter holiday pulling sales ahead from April. The gain was the same even excluding sales of autos and auto parts.
Economists were expecting a rise of 0.2%, both with and without auto sales, so the numbers are slightly lower than estimated.
I've become a fan of wooden architecture. Can't imagine a healthier living environment than that. Here is a barn style house in Southern Burgenland (Austria), which also contains rooms for wine production (very common in that area) and a cellar.
As the house is not inhabited during winter months, it is possible to shut down the whole house with folding and flap shutters.
Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's expected asking price is too high.
The company Mark Zuckerberg created as a Harvard student eight years ago is preparing for what looks to be the biggest Internet IPO ever.
Located on Turnpike Lane in London, world-renowned street artist Banksy‘s latest coincides with Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign as part of the royal Jubilee Celebration to mark the occasion. Utilizing the Union Jack that has been draped across a wall, Banksy applied his signature stencil to put a necessary spotlight on child labor issues that are a pervasive problem. Even after worldwide acclaim and gallery shows that have earned him millions of dollars, it seems the Bristol-born artist hasn’t grown tired of what got him noticed in the first place.