Yesterday, Observer Culture Editor Sarah Douglas reported from a talk that Jeff Koons gave about his own work last week at Basel's Beyeler Foundation. Among his topics: biology, breasts, testicles. As many have noted, Mr. Koons is a remarkably eloquent, if bizarre, interpreter of his work. What has been less frequently addressed is his skill at posing with his sculptures. Perhaps…
Not likely. Through boom and bust alike, Stanford University has nurtured some of the most disruptive innovations in business and technology. President John Hennessy told Fortune why -- and how.
FORTUNE -- When John Hennessy became the tenth president of Stanford University in 2000, Silicon Valley was at the height of the dot-com bubble. More than a decade later, the Internet has matured and a new crop of companies built on top of it are fueling another investment boom.
The Internet is mostly noise, with small kernels of insight thrown into the technological soup. There are the rare Tweets and blog posts that transform a fact into an idea, that turn a random concept into something meaningful and personal. It’s the same commentary that is so valuable for advertisers, so rare for readers, and so hard to find. The biggest problem, though, is that it is almost impossible to teach a computer the difference between valuable content and content not worth its space on the hard drive.
Swype just announced the newest version of its type-faster-better keyboard for Android smartphones, currently in beta. The promise of the software? The more you use it, the smarter it gets.
Swype replaces the tap-tap-tap of smartphone text entry with lines that you swipe on your keyboard from letter to letter. Based on your swipe pattern, the software guesses what you're trying to spell and presents options for you to tap.
A key differentiator in Windows Phone 8 will be an updated start screen, which is an evolution of the current version with customizable tiles for greater personalization.
The new start screen still uses the Metro design language and live tiles still live on but WP8 now offers smaller icons in addition to medium and "double wide" tiles. To resize any tile you simply need to long press to move or scale.
The very hip artist's collective Still House has joined with the very powerful art collector and adviser Mark Fletcher to present a group show in Manhattan opening next week that marks Still House's first "New York City group exhibition since 2010."
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is extending a program intended to further lower long-term interest rates, noting hiring has weakened, consumer spending is rising more slowly and the economy needs more support.
The Fed will continue Operation Twist through the end of the year. The Fed has been selling $400 billion in short-term Treasurys since September and buying longer-term Treasurys. It says it will shift another $267 billion through December.