Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Offshore Game of Online Sports Betting

The Offshore Game of Online Sports Betting
"The story of Pinnacle Sports is a case study in how bookmaking sites, illegal in the United States, manage to operate on American soil."

Oil at $50 Is ‘Gift to World’ as Abu Dhabi Sees Higher Prices

S.F. tries to fire contractor over gas leaks in Haight project

Pablo Picasso

October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso Is Born
“Cultured young men were seen to faint with delight. Ladies of uncertain age struck attitudes giving one to understand that they felt—inexpressible things.”

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’

Russia Presence Near Undersea Cables Raising Concern in U.S.

New York Philharmonic Discusses Temporary Home at Hunter College - The New York Times

Bloodbath at the Box Office

From WSJ:
No newcomers had a good weekend at the box office.

Five new movies went into wide release this weekend, and all of them flopped – some to record-setting effect.

“Steve Jobs,” “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” “Rock the Kasbah” and “Jem and the Holograms” all fell short, with only “Witch Hunter” cracking $10 million. “Kasbah” and “Jem” now rank among the worst openings in movie history.

Instead, holdovers “The Martian” and “Goosebumps” came in first and second place, respectively. “The Martian” grossed an estimated $15.9 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its total to an impressive $166 million. “Goosebumps” held strong in its second week, collecting $15.5 million for a cumulative $43.7 million. “Bridge of Spies” fell only 26% and grossed an additional $11.4 million in third place. The Tom Hanks espionage drama is now at $32.9 million and appears to be the slow-and-steady hit of the fall.

Then the box-office bloodbath begins.

“The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel in the title role, grossed a dismal $10.8 million in fourth place. “Paranormal Activity,” which has garnered significant attention thanks to an unusual distribution strategy that’s kept it from playing in most major theater chains, missed expectations and scared up only $8.2 million.

“Steve Jobs,” the biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple Inc. co-founder, was expected to lead the pack but instead collected a weak $7.3 million from its first weekend in wide release. The “Steve Jobs” opening is far below the $22.4 million debut of writer Aaron Sorkin’s last take on Silicon Valley executives, the Oscar-winning “The Social Network.” It’s barely better than the $6.7 million opening of “Jobs,” the widely panned 2013 film starring Ashton Kutcher as the voluble businessman.

Argentines Vote for President

Poland elections: Conservatives secure decisive win - BBC News

Arthritis drug doubles as hair-fertilizer

Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle

Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle
The Anopheles gambiae mosquito transmits the world’s most dangerous malaria parasite, which kills 600,000 people a year.
"Think of a deck of cards,” said Dan Larremore. Now, take a pair of scissors and chop the 52 cards into chunks. Throw them in the air. Card confetti rains down, so the pieces are nowhere near where they started. Now tape them into 52 new cards, each one a mosaic of the original cards. After 48 hours, repeat."

Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity

Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity

"The physicist Gabriela González is on the cusp of finding the first direct evidence of gravitational waves — soundlike wobbles in space-time produced by black holes and their kin."

Marquis de Lafayette, American Hero

Holly Andres’s Adolescent Fairy Tales

Leader: China and the new mercantilism

History or Propaganda?

History or Propaganda?
How Indonesians are reckoning with the atrocities of the past through film.

In World of Email, ASAP Is Relative

In World of Email, ASAP Is Relative

Age, platform, gender and a number of other factors may influence how long it takes someone to reply to your email, columnist Jo Craven McGinty finds.

How a scruffy burg acquired its glories

The Law School Debt Crisis

Gloria Cheng a forceful voice for modern piano music

China Cuts Interest Rates

UAW Notifies GM of Plans to Terminate Contract

Iceland is suddenly the hot stopover

A tail-gate-worthy pork sandwich

The deafening silence of child sex abuse victims

South Korea seeks hackers to defend against North Korean cyberattacks

The chilling self-deception revealed in his book

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Tanzania's rulers face fight for power

David Vitter Ekes Out a Place in a Runoff for Governor of Louisiana

‘Art Brut in America’ Highlights Outsider Artists, No Longer Looking In