Data Sheet—Why It Makes Sense To Charge for Online News

I have more than a passing interest in legacy brands defending their turfs against digital upstarts. With that in mind, I met last week in San Francisco with John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times Group, publisher of the storied British newspaper that’s now owned by the Japanese financial news organization Nikkei. Ridding has presided […]

Data Sheet—How Apple, Facebook, and Oracle Compete For Best Silicon Valley Headquarters

Silicon Valley and beauty don’t typically go together. Sure, the hills surrounding the office parks are drop-dead gorgeous. But the buildings? The compound adjective “low-slung” is how I most typically hear them described. From the air, though. Ah, that’s where the mystery and what we used to call man-made majesty of the technology industry’s edifices […]

They’re the World’s Best Recyclers. Even They’re Confounded by the Scourge of Plastic 

Jillian York thought she knew how to recycle. After all, she had spent a childhood diligently recycling in New Hampshire, and was living in San Francisco. But when she moved to Berlin in 2013, she faced an urgent question. Where do the glass bottles go? The paper and plastic was simple enough: collect and sort […]

The Minimalist Design Wave Taking Over Classical Rome

While Milan might be known as Italy’s fashion and design capital, throughout the last decade, Rome has started punching well above its weight, embracing a unique marriage of old and new. The open-air museum that is the Italian capital is synonymous with chaos, winding cobblestone streets, and reminders of history at every turn. The Eternal […]

First All-Woman Spacewalk Scrapped for Lack of Spacesuits in Female-Friendly Sizes

A giant leap for (wo)mankind will have to wait. Earlier this month, NASA announced that two female astronauts, Anne McClain and Christina Koch, would participate in a history-making first: an all-woman spacewalk at the International Space Station. They were going to be supported by a number of women on the ground and a female flight […]

OxyContin Outcry Forces Purdue’s Sackler Family to Suspend Arts Donations

The family that controls Purdue Pharma is halting new donations from its trust after a series of rejected donations from high-profile arts institutions last week. A lawsuit against Purdue naming eight Sackler family members charges the company with aggressively marketing OxyContin despite being aware of its addictive qualities, contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic. The […]

Starbucks Sets Greener Goals for its Cups

Starbucks is taking another step toward going green. After pledging last year to phase out plastic straws from all of its locations by 2020, Starbucks announced plans this week to test recyclable and compostable cups. The coffee chain aims to “double the recycled content, recyclability and compostability, and reusability” of its cups and packaging by […]