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    Monday, March 25th, 2013
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    Music Review: Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming at Town Hall
    In signing a google sniper review arms treaty with Russia penny stock egghead hosting a major nuclear terrorism summit, President Obama has

    shown leadership on his pledge to move toward a world without nuclear weapons.
    Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Ken Loach's documentary about the 1945 election and the

    creation of the welfare statePeter BradshawXan BrooksHenry BarnesPhil MaynardCameron RobertsonHENRY W. SKINNER was on death row in Texas and less than an hour away from being executed when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. On Monday, the justices threw Mr. Skinner and others like him a lifeline.
    An unconfirmed report of a person wearing Ku Klux Klan regalia followed a month of incidents of hate speech and

    vandalism on the campus of Oberlin College in Ohio. THE BEAUTY OF the First Amendment is often most vibrantly expressed under the ugliest of circumstances.
    Such was the case Wednesday when

    the Supreme Court gave its blessing to the insensitive acts of a tiny church that has made a name for itself by mounting protests at the funerals of fallen... Jeremy Underwood scored 19 points

    to lead North Carolina A&T past Liberty on Tuesday, advancing the Aggies

    to a meeting against Louisville on Thursday.
    Most employees at the Department of Homeland Security like their work, believe it is important

    and cooperate with others to get the job done. That,

    no doubt, is a great comfort to the department's senior leaders.
    We chart the success of the architect Peter Marino, who has been riding high since his work for Barneys New York twenty years
    8:54 pm
    Barcelona's Víctor Valdés handed four-match league ban for Real red card
    As google sniper we are at the google sniper of the new Green Revolution.

    The next potential act in Airline Merger Mania 2008: United Airlines and US Airways

    are negotiating a tie-up that could have profound implications for Washington-area air travelers, according to sources familiar with the discussions.One day after President Obama submitted his budget request for fiscal 2012 to Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans assailed the document as too weak on spending. But they also signaled an openness to working with Democrats to solve the nation's financial problems. In Montgomery County, how badly you are feeling burned by the real estate downturn has a lot to

    do with the Zip code in which you live.
    award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications Lawmakers met Friday for the first time since inconclusive elections last month but were unable to fulfill one of the first orders of business -- selecting the leaders of both

    houses. The MIT Sea Grant College Program has announced that nominations are now open for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization.
    All non-tenured MIT faculty members from any Institute department are eligible.

    Department heads may submit one nomination every year.
    The deadline for

    nominations is Nov.
    16.
    The person appointed to the chair will receive $25,000 per year for two years, beginning July 1, 2012.Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of

    the ocean's resources. There are no restrictions on the area of research, and any aspect of marine use and/or management may be addressed, whether social, political, environmental, economic or technical.Final


    selection will be

    made by a committee that includes the vice president and dean for research, the dean of engineering, the dean of science, the chairman of the Sea Grant Committee and the

    director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program, following review and recommendations from the Sea Grant Faculty Committee. The vice president for research will appoint the new Doherty Professor in January 2012. While serving as the Doherty Assistant or Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization, the incumbent cannot hold another MIT-funded chair.In 2011, the award went to Kripa

    Varanasi, Assistant Professor in the Department of

    Mechanical Engineering, for his work titled, "Nanoengineered Surfaces for Hydrate Mitigation in Subsea Oil and Gas Operations." Varanasi will conduct fundamental research on emulsions under subsea conditions.
    Currently, very little is known — for example, the physicochemical and environmental effects of the demulsifiers used to break down oil in the Macondo oil well blowout are unknown.Anyone wishing to be nominated should contact his or her department head. For nomination procedures and selection criteria, consult the website, or contact Kathy de Zengotita, Room E38-330, 617-253-7042, kdez@mit.edu. Most important: He is running the magazine’s Twitter account this
    8:52 pm
    American Airlines, Delta Post Steep Losses as Oil Costs Soar
    The google sniper review & Poor's 500-stock index gained for a third week google sniper review a row, pushing it toward the biggest monthly advance since 1991, after a government plan to rid banks of toxic assets and improving economic reports ignited a rally. PM calls for introspection by last government after Labour MP demands sacking of NHS chief executive David NicholsonDavid Cameron raised the stakes in the row over the future of the NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson when he indicated that ministers in the last Labour government should consider their position.Labour
    sources accused the prime minister of a "cheap and shabby" attempt to politicise the Mid Staffordshire tragedy after Cameron blamed in part the "very top-down" targets of the last government for the tragedy.The row erupted after a marked change in tone by the prime minister, who responded last month to the Francis report into the Mid Staffordshire scandal by saying that

    it would be wrong to seek scapegoats.But at prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Cameron responded to a call by the Labour MP Graham Stringer to sack

    Nicholson by saying: "What I would say about David Nicholson is that he has very frankly and candidly apologised and acknowledged the mistakes that were made."It is an important point because everyone has to think of their responsibilities with regards to the dreadful events that happened at the Staffordshire hospital, including the fact that part of the problem was people following a very top-down, target-led agenda which led to patient care being put on the back burner."Now David Nicholson has made

    his apology and wants to get on with his job of running an excellent NHS,

    and other people, frankly, should be thinking of their positions too."Downing Street insisted that the prime minister's remarks, which follow an intense campaign by the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph for Nicholson to resign, were consistent with Cameron's initial

    response to

    the Francis report. "It is completely consistent, there is no inconsistency," a No 10 spokesperson said.But
    Labour regarded the prime minister's remarks as an attempt to politicise the Mid Staffordshire scandal by in effect calling for the resignation of the shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, who apologised as health secretary when the first Francis report was published.A
    Labour source said: "This seems a pretty shabby and cheap attempt to politicise the Francis report.
    It made clear that no ministers were to blame.
    It is not the right thing to try and politicise what was a human tragedy in Mid Staffordshire."In
    his response to the Francis report on 6 February, Cameron said that the inquiry highlighted a

    "preoccupation with a narrow set of top-down targets pursued, in the case of Mid Staffordshire, to the exclusion of patient safety".
    But the PM said that Francis had not blamed Burnham.Cameron said: "Francis does not blame any specific policy, he does not blame the last secretary of state for health and he says that we should not seek scapegoats."The
    PM made his remarks after Stringer, the Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, called on him to sack Nicholson. Stringer said: "David Nicholson showed wilful

    and culpable ignorance while more than 1,000 people died needlessly in the NHS.
    How can the public have any confidence in the administration of the NHS while this man remains? Will the prime minister not sack him immediately?"Downing Street is keen to hold on to Nicholson for the moment because he is one of the few people in Whitehall who understands the health reforms introduced by Andrew Lansley. No 10 also believes that he is best placed to introduce the "Nicholson challenge" of introducing £20bn in NHS efficiency savings.Mid
    Staffordshire NHS TrustNHSHealthDavid CameronAndy BurnhamAndrew LansleyNicholas Wattguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
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    is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More FeedsEuropean commission said the software firm had failed to give European users a choice of web browser when they logged into Windows computersMicrosoft has been

    fined €561m by the European commission for failing to give users a choice of web browser when they logged into Windows computers in Europe between May 2011 and July 2012 – breaking a binding commitment it had made in 2009.The error arose when Microsoft's own programmers forgot to include a single line of code that would have automatically triggered the "browser choice" program on versions of Windows 7 running its first major update, called Service Pack 1 (SP1).A source close to Microsoft explained: "It was a single line in the code that triggered the browser choice program. It had a list of versions of Windows to test against: if the version was found in that list, the program would run.
    They didn't include Service Pack 1, which is effectively a different version of Windows, in that list. And so the program didn't run."That meant that an estimated 15 million users were not presented with the alternatives such as Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, Opera and other browsers.The
    fine works out to about €37.40 per user affected, or more than €1.3m
    per day.
    But Microsoft could have been fined as much as 10% of its fiscal 2012 revenues - equivalent to €5.9bn. The fine on Wednesday, though large, is substantially less than that.The two sides have given varying estimates of the time and number of

    users affected: Microsoft suggested it was 28 million people, between February 2011 and July 2012; the European commission, in announcing the fine, put it at 15m and with a starting date of May 2011.Microsoft made a five-year commitment in 2009 to offer users a choice of different browsers, after the EC's competition commission determined that the combination of its dominance on the desktop – where Windows runs around 95% of machines – gave the pre-installed Internet Explorer browser an unfair advantage over rivals.
    At

    the time that negotiations first began, in the early 2000s, IE had a share of over 80% among browsers.The commission implemented the "browser choice" system to create a level playing field - and said that once in use, it was very effective: "The choice screen was very successful with users," Joaquín Almunia, the competition commissioner, said

    in a statement. "For example, until November 2010, 84 million browsers were downloaded through it."It
    was Microsoft itself which realised that it was not complying with the directive after the release of SP1, a major update to Windows 7 released in February 2011. On discovering the

    error in July 2012, it got in touch with the EC's competition arm to admit the error.The penalty is the first time that the EC has had to fine a company for failing to comply with a so-called "commitments decision".
    It said that the size of the fine had been calculated by considering "the gravity and duration of the infringement, the need to ensure a deterrent effect of the fine and, as a mitigating circumstance, the fact that Microsoft

    has cooperated with the commission and provided information which helped the commission to investigate the matter efficiently."Microsoft said it took "full responsibility" for the technical error that caused the problem and that it had apologised for it.The company added: "We provided the commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or

    anything similar – in the future."MicrosoftComputingTechnology sectorEuropean commissionEuropean UnionEuropeUnited StatesCharles Arthurguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Need advice about how to handle your personal finances? Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.
    Two decorators warm up a loft with vivid prints, florals and splashes of pink. Jorge Mario Bergoglio has made history as the first pontiff from Latin America, but his distant cousins in

    a hilltop hamlet in northern Italy claim Argentina's Pope Francis as one of their own. KABUL - The International Monetary Fund has recommended that Afghanistan's largest and most troubled bank be placed in receivership and then sold off to recover from reckless lending that brought it to the brink of collapse last year. In this Hollywood awards season, the piles of free stuff being handed to celebrities ? nominees, award presenters, performers and members of their entourages ? is
    8:50 pm
    D.C.'s cozy election oversight
    Including google sniper Sacre's imperious win, Liam Treadwell's perfectly google sniper move on Carrickboy and Oscar Delta's costly jinkPerformance: Sprinter Sacre, Queen Mother Champion ChaseCould hardly be anything

    else after a display in the feature

    event on Wednesday that established Nicky Henderson's chaser as one of the finest two-milers

    in living memory. Physically, he could almost be a different breed to his opponents, and he has the ability to match it, jumping and galloping his rivals into submission a long way from home.
    He is set to be a Festival fixture for several seasons to come, the only hope being that he will find a worthwhile opponent at some stage. Unless Simonsig, the Arkle Trophy winner, steps up, Sprinter Sacre, left, is likely to

    scare everything into the Ryanair.Ride: Liam Treadwell, Byrne Group PlateRuby Walsh's perfectly judged front-running ride on Champagne Fever in the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Tuesday was an early contender, but it is a

    more difficult trick to pull off on a 50-1 chance in a fiercely contested handicap, so the nod

    goes to Liam Treadwell on Venetia Williams's Carrickboy in the Byrne Group Plate on Thursday. Treadwell, below, picked the ideal moment to kick on approaching the second-last fence, and had enough in the tank to repel the late challenge of Vino Griego in the last 100 yards. Bad news for

    most punters, but a fine advertisement for the skills of Carrickboy's jockey, who rode 100-1 chance Mon Mome

    for Williams when winning the 2009 Grand National.Shock: Oscar Delta and Jane Mangan, Foxhunter Challenge ChaseA collective gasp sounded from the crowded grandstands as Oscar Delta, clear and heading towards the winning post and certain victory, suddenly jinked left on the run-in, hitting a plastic post and a rope where there is no permanent rail.
    His 18-year-old rider, Jane Mangan, was thrown off.
    Horse and rider escaped unscathed but Mangan

    seemed inconsolable as she trudged back while Salsify made his way towards the winner's enclosure.
    Mangan, right, a daughter of Jimmy Mangan, who trained Monty's Pass to win the 2003 Grand National, said: "He just thought we were going for another circuit, then he jinked."Ante-post bet: Cue Card, 2014 Ryanair Chase Cue

    Card could have taken on Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase on Wednesday but his connections opted to go for the Ryanair and it proved a shrewd decision.
    One that is likely to be repeated next year too, as there is little reason to race for second place behind a 1-4 favourite when the trip in another Grade One suits him so well.
    Cue Card skipped around the New Course on Thursday and then put the race

    to bed with a burst of speed between the last two fences.
    Though

    the Ryanair could get quite congested next season with stables taking refuge from Sprinter Sacre, the 6-1 on offer about a repeat win for Cue Card, right, is perfectly fair.Coup:
    Ted Veale, County HurdleHe was one of the favourites for the County Hurdle, but Ted Veale, below, trained by the canny Tony Martin, had any amount in hand in what is normally one of the most competitive events at the meeting. Bryan Cooper, the rising star among Irish jockeys, was toying with the long-time leader Tennis Cap from a long way out and won with a flourish. The biggest betting near-miss was a £500 five-horse accumulator placed with Hills that would have returned half a million had Silviniaco Conti won the Gold Cup.
    He fell three out,

    too far out to know where he might have finished, but was still travelling smoothly at the time.Cheltenham Festival 2013Cheltenham FestivalHorse racingguardian.co.uk
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    events at "Maximum India" festival.The 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, “The Story and the Algorithm,” featuring the world’s top media organizations, community leaders and technologists, will broadcast and blog its sessions live this Monday and Tuesday,

    June 18 and 19.
    The conference (civic.mit.edu/conference2012) is the leading gathering of media innovators shaping the future of news and information; winners of the first Knight News Challenge of

    2012, on networks, will be announced during the conference.
    The MIT Center for Civic Media was the Knight News Challenge’s first large grant recipient, allowing

    the Center to partner with Knight Foundation in its

    core mission to foster informed and engaged communities. This year’s MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference will explore the intersection between data and narrative, algorithms and stories. Speakers and panelists will discuss new ways to tell stories based

    on data, examine new platforms for reporting and sharing news, and discuss the limits of exclusive

    focus on either narrative or data alone in complex situations.
    Film critics’ first picks for the first week

    of New Directors/New Films, the annual venture of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. Vice President Joseph R.
    Biden Jr.’s
    stature is likely to rise with the departure of other foreign-policy heavyweights. Washington State is the latest college to

    enter the meat market, offering premium beef, alongside its longtime staple, Cougar Gold, cheese in a can.
    The State Department wanted to know whether Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was on medication.
    American diplomats in Brazil, meanwhile, heard that Bolivia's indigenous president, Evo Morales, had a tumor. Simon Romero, The Times’s former Caracas bureau chief, reflects on the presidency of Hugo
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    Episcopalians Reject Gay Candidates
    Maria T.
    google sniper review the E.A.
    Griswold Professor of google sniper will become MIT’s next vice president for research, President L. Rafael Reif announced today. Zuber chaired MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from 2003 to 2011, and has held leadership roles associated with scientific experiments or instrumentation on nine NASA missions over the past two decades.Claude R. Canizares, who has served since 2006 as MIT’s vice president for research and associate provost, has been tapped by Reif for a new vice presidential post with responsibility for MIT’s major international partnerships. Reif

    made the announcement this morning in an email to the

    MIT community.
    Zuber and Canizares will assume their new roles effective Jan.
    16.Maria
    Zuber named vice president for researchMaria Zuber has been a member of the

    MIT faculty since 1995; she

    was previously on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.
    She has also served, since 1994, as a senior research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
    “Well-versed in the ways of Washington, with a deep awareness of the needs of world-class research teams, a broad understanding of the research enterprise at MIT and a proven ability to orchestrate complex processes and build effective teams,

    Professor Zuber is extraordinarily well-prepared to lead MIT in federal research policy and administration,” Reif said. “As uncertainty prevails around federal research funding, she will be a compelling advocate for farsighted federal investment in university research.”As vice president for research, Zuber will be responsible for research administration and policy at the Institute.
    She will oversee more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers, including the David H.
    Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and the Haystack Observatory. The vice president for research is also responsible for research integrity and compliance, and plays a central role in research relationships with the federal government.“The
    research enterprise is the heart and soul of MIT,” Zuber said. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to shape the organization to be optimally responsive to faculty needs and

    to articulate the importance of investment in science and technology. I look forward to building on the strong foundation established by Claude Canizares to enable more cross-disciplinary endeavors that can be game-changers within and beyond MIT.” Since 1990, Zuber has held leadership roles associated with scientific experiments or instrumentation on nine NASA missions; at present, she remains involved with six of these missions.
    Since 2008, she has served as principal investigator of

    the space agency’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, an effort to map the moon’s gravitational field.
    By precisely measuring changes in distance between twin spacecraft orbiting the moon, she and other scientists

    hope to answer fundamental questions about the moon’s evolution and internal composition.Currently,
    Zuber also holds leadership positions on two research projects that are part of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission: as investigation lead on the laser ranger project and as deputy principal investigator on the lunar orbiter laser altimeter project.Zuber’s research bridges planetary geophysics and the technology of space-based laser and radio systems; she also has extensive experience in leading large scientific projects.
    GRAIL has been recognized for its achievements in science, technology and education; Zuber’s management brought the mission in on time and under budget.Zuber holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, awarded in 1980, and an ScM and PhD from Brown University, awarded in 1983 and 1986, respectively. She has received awards and honors including MIT’s Killian Faculty Achievement Award; the American Geophysical Union’s Harry H.
    Hess Medal; and numerous NASA awards, including the Distinguished Public

    Service Medal and the Outstanding Public Leadership Medal.Claude Canizares named vice presidentClaude Canizares came to MIT as a postdoc in 1971 and joined the faculty in 1974. He served as director of the MIT Center for Space Research (now the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research) from 1990 to 2002.
    From 2001 to 2006 he served as the Institute’s associate provost before becoming vice president for research and associate provost in 2006.
    During Canizares’ tenure, the Office of the Vice President for Research assumed primary responsibility for the Office of Sponsored Programs, and helped establish and oversee the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre (SMART), MITEI, and the David H. Koch

    Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Among other notable accomplishments as vice president for research, Canizares took a leadership role in initiating a consortium to build the new Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke; helped to

    establish the new Institute of Medical Engineering and Science; and fostered stronger ties between MIT’s main campus in Cambridge and Lincoln Laboratory, a research laboratory in Lexington, Mass.,
    that MIT operates for the U.S. Department of Defense.  “Year after year, despite a challenging funding environment, Claude Canizares led MIT to remarkable success in securing research support, while also helping to launch bold new initiatives, from Singapore to Skolkovo,” Reif said. “We are all grateful for his untiring dedication and creative leadership.”In
    his new role, Canizares will oversee MIT’s portfolio of international engagements, which has seen four major additions in the past five years: MIT assisted in the 2007 creation of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in

    Abu Dhabi, a graduate educational and research institute devoted to advanced energy and sustainable technologies. Since 2008, Institute officials have partnered with the Singaporean government to establish SMART and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. And in 2011, MIT joined in the

    creation of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, envisioned as a world-class graduate research university.
    Canizares will also continue to oversee Lincoln Laboratory.“It
    has been a great privilege

    to serve as associate provost and as vice president for research,” Canizares said. “I look forward to being able to concentrate my attention on our present and future global engagements, and on continuing to strengthen the ties between our campus and Lincoln

    Laboratory.” Canizares holds a BA, MA and PhD in physics from Harvard University. He is an authority on high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and plasma diagnostics of supernova remnants and clusters of galaxies; X-ray studies of dark matter; X-ray properties of quasars and active galactic nuclei; and observational cosmology.
    He led the development of the Chandra High-Resolution Transmission Grating Spectrometer at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
    Canizares is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been honored for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, and has received two NASA Public Service Medals, as well as the Goddard Medal of the American Astronautical Society.Canizares’ appointment as vice president will run until June 2014.
    A meeting between Secretary Jacob J.
    Lew and Xi Jinping was the first high-level encounter between U.S.
    and Chinese officials in Mr.
    Xi’s presidency.Xan
    Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Nicole Kidman in Lee Daniels' The PaperboyPeter BradshawXan BrooksHenry BarnesPhil MaynardCameron Robertson March 17-20 — Annual league meeting, Phoenix As in all major government takeovers of private companies in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez declared that seizing beer-and-food giant Polar's facilities here would mark another victory for the poor in the country's march toward socialism. Michael Moss discusses his new book, “Salt Sugar Fat.”
    WASHINGTON -- Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far.
    The VLT, located in Chile, collects and focuses light from distant stars on to a detector, providing vital information about the universe and our place in
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    Report: Amazon building $600M cloud for CIA
    Some movies come penny stock egghead review and steer right onto the fast penny stock egghead to the Academy Awards.
    Others take a wrong turn. Filed under: Research

    RevealsWhile leading a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's headquarters in Annapolis, Mary Tod Winchester stepped into a restroom and waved her hand across a toilet as elegantly as a game-show model on "The Price Is Right." In 2004, a trio of researchers at Columbia University began an online experiment in social-media marketing, creating nine versions of a music-download site that presented the same group of unknown songs in different ways.
    The goal of

    the experiment was to gauge the effect

    of early peer recommendations on the songs’ success; the researchers found that different songs became hits

    on the different sites and that the variation was unpredictable.“It’s natural to believe that successful songs, movies,

    books and artists are somehow ‘better,’” one of the researchers wrote in The New York Times

    in 2007.
    “What our results suggest, however, is that because what people like depends on what they think other people like, what the market ‘wants’ at any point in time can depend very sensitively on its own history.” But for music fans who would like to think that talent is ultimately rewarded, the situation may not be as dire as the Columbia study makes it seem. In a paper published in the online journal PLoS ONE,

    researchers from the MIT Media Laboratory’s Human Dynamics Lab revisit data from the original experiment and suggest that it contains a clear quantitative indicator of quality that’s consistent across all the sites; moreover, they find that the unpredictability of the experimental results may have as much to do with the way the test sites were organized as with social influence. Numbers gameIn their analysis, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Science, his graduate students Coco Krumme — first author on the new paper — and Galen Pickard, and Manuel Cebrian, a former postdoc at the Media Lab, developed a mathematical model that, while simple, predicts the experimental results with high accuracy.
    They divide the decision to download a song into two stages: first, the decision to play a sample of

    the song, and second, the ensuing decision to download it or not. They found that, in

    fact, the percentage of customers who would download a given song after sampling it was consistent across sites. The difference in download totals was due entirely to the first stage, the decision to sample a song in the first place.And
    that decision, the researchers concluded, had only an indirect relationship to the songs’ popularity.
    In the original experiment, one of the sites was a control, while the other eight gave viewers information about the popularity of the songs, measured by total number of

    downloads.


    But on those eight sites, the number of downloads also determined the order in which the songs were displayed. The MIT researchers’ analysis suggests that song ordering may have had as much to do with the unpredictability

    across sites as the popularity information.“We’ve known forever that people are lazy, and they’ll pick the

    songs on the top,” Pentland says. “There’s all this hype about new-age marketing and social-media marketing. Actually,

    it comes down to just the stuff that they did

    in 1904 in a country store: They put certain things up front so you’d see them.”Quality, not quantityIn their work, the MIT researchers interpret the likelihood that sampling a song will result in its being downloaded as a measure of quality.
    Since that measure was

    consistent across sites, using it, rather than volume of downloads, to order song listings would probably mitigate some of the unpredictability

    that the Columbia researchers found.Even on sites where the number of downloads determines song ordering, high-quality songs will gradually creep up the rankings, because, by definition, they net more downloads per sample than low-quality songs do. But “it does take a long

    time for the market to fully equilibrate,” Krumme says. “Precisely how long it would take for the highest-quality songs to rise to the top depends on the specifics of a particular market.”“The
    model that they propose does a good job of providing insight into what’s happening in the experiment,” says Matthew Sagalnik, an assistant professor in the

    Department of Sociology at Princeton University, who as a graduate student at Columbia was lead author on the original paper.
    “I think it’s neat that such a simple model is able to reproduce the results of the experiment with pretty high fidelity.”“I
    think that their predictions about the long-run dynamics are interesting,” Sagalnik adds, “and I hope that they would be tested with additional experiments.”
    Moammar Gaddafi's troops enter the eastern rebel stronghold, forcing thousands to pack their cars and flee in the direction of the Egyptian border. Having just ended a 101-year wait for major silverware, Swansea supporters could probably put Arsenal's current eight-year hiatus in perspective but this is no time for frivolity at the Emirates,

    despite Wednesday's impressive but ultimately futile win in Munich.
    Arsène Wenger's side have 10 games to haul themselves into the top four, and cannot afford a repeat of December's meeting in north

    London when Michu's late double earned Swansea

    a 2-0 win. Leon Britton and Luke Moore should be fit for the home side. Paul ChronnellVenue Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pmTickets £45Last season Swansea 3 Arsenal 2Referee J MossThis season's matches 16 Y51, R1, 3.25
    cards per gameOdds Swansea 11-5

    Arsenal 13-10 Draw 11-5SwanseaSubs from Tremmel, Tate, Dyer, Cornell, Lamah, Monk, Tiendalli, Shechter, MooreDoubtful Britton (hip), Moore (calf)Injured Agustien (hip, 30 Mar), Flores (ankle, 30 Mar), Taylor (ankle, 30 Mar)Suspended NoneForm guide LWLWLDDisciplinary record Y46 R2Leading scorer Michu 15ArsenalSubs from Szczesny, Mannone, Martínez, Yennaris, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Miquel, Diaby, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Gervinho,

    ArshavinDoubtful NoneInjured Sagna (knee, 30 Mar), Podolski (ankle, 30 Mar), Gibbs (thigh, 30 Mar), Wilshere (foot, 6 Apr)Suspended NoneForm guide LWWWDWDisciplinary record Y28 R3Leading scorer Walcott, Cazorla 11Match pointers• Ashley Williams has made a league-high 40 blocks this season, only 26 fewer than Arsenal have in total (66 being a joint-low)• Six of the seven goals scored in games between Arsenal and Swansea this season have come

    in the closing 10 minutes• Swansea are looking to win four Premier League home games in a row for the first time• This will be the fourth competitive meeting between Arsenal and Swansea already this season, with both teams having a W1 D1 L1 recordSwansea CityArsenalPremier Leagueguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
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    A legend and her charming squire:

    that would describe Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming on Wednesday evening at Town
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    • Parisse was banned penny stock egghead insulting google sniper in league game• Italy No8 denied abuse and appealed against decisionThe Italy captain Sergio Parisse will be available for his country's Six Nations encounter against England at Twickenham on Sunday.Italy's
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    29, was banned for 40 days – 10 days of which were suspended

    – after being sent off in a Top 14 fixture between his club Stade Français and Bordeaux Bègles. His initial punishment meant he was sidelined until 18 March, with the Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni taking over as captain against Wales.But
    the Azzurri will now have the 93 times-capped No8 Parisse back in their ranks to face England, and then Ireland in Rome six days later."We learn with satisfaction the news that the disqualification of Sergio Parisse

    was reduced

    to 20 days," Troiani said. "Therefore, the player will be available for the next two days of Six Nations.
    Sergio is an important element for this group, and we could not be

    happier to be able to make [him] available to the [head coach] Jacques Brunel for matches against England and Ireland."Parisse, whose appeal was heard on Wednesday, will now link up with the Italian squad in Rome.
    He was suspended by French league chiefs following the incident with the referee Laurent Cardona, although Parisse vehemently denied he had insulted the official.His
    availability is a huge boost for Brunel as Italy look to recover from the Wales defeat, when they failed to score a try and were destroyed in the scrums.
    Although they started their Six Nations campaign by recording a memorable victory over France, the Azzurri then succumbed 34-10 to Scotland before Wales were similarly comprehensive winners in Rome.Italy are currently fifth in the Six Nations table, two points above France, and they will head to Twickenham as rank outsiders against an unbeaten England team chasing a first grand slam since 2003.Paddy Jackson is in line to start for Ireland in Saturday's clash with France following a fitness test on Thursday.
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    | More Feeds A return to the Jaffna Peninsula, where the spiritual life and a welcome to visitors are being renewed.From Ophelia to Captain Ahab, the novelist considers literature's most watery endingsThis list of imaginary drownings was inspired by one of the most infamous factual ones. In July 1822, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley went down in a storm off the Italian coast.
    He'd been warned

    about the onset of bad weather, and when the storm came his over-rigged and unstable boat was quickly in trouble, but for some unaccountable reason he refused the help of another vessel. His body was not found for 10 days.His behaviour that last day is far from the only unanswered question about the poet's life, and having spent the last two years researching and then re-creating him for A Treacherous Likeness, I was struck how the idea of drowning had haunted Shelley, long before it claimed his own life.His first wife, Harriet, was found floating in the Serpentine in 1816, two years after he had left her for

    Mary Godwin, and images of drowning and shipwreck thread through his work, not least in a strange early poem where he describes a young girl who shrinks, Ophelia-like, from a "yawning watery grave".And it's with Shakespeare's heroine that I'll begin my list.1. Ophelia in HamletPerhaps the most famous literary drowning of them all, immortalised in Millais' painting, though the effect is somewhat dampened – if you'll forgive the pun – when you realise poor Lizzie Siddal modelled for it in a cold bath. But the pity and beauty of Shakespeare's poetry can withstand even that Pre-Raphaelite passing-off: "Her clothes spread wide; And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up … but long it could not be Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, Pull'd the poor wretch … To muddy death."2. Maggie Tulliver in The Mill on the FlossGeorge Eliot's portrayal of the headstrong Maggie Tulliver is so tender, so insightful, so moving, and the complexities of her relationship with her brother and lovers so perceptively described. But it's those very complexities that capsize the book in the end.
    Eliot writes Maggie into such an impossible corner that death is the only

    way out. Brother and sister are reconciled, and drown together "in an embrace never to be parted".3. Eustacia Vye in The Return of the NativeEustacia Vye is one of Thomas Hardy's most charismatic heroines – I'll never forget his description of her winter-dark hair, and how when it caught in thorn bushes on the heath, she would retrace her steps and pass against the branches a second time, purely to repeat the sensation. In seeking to escape the confines of her birthplace she brings catastrophe first to the hero, Clym Yeobright, and then to Damon Wildeve, the wayward husband of another woman. Ninteenth-century society cannot forgive her, and Hardy cannot forgive her, and she enacts her own punishment by throwing herself into Shadwater weir.4. James Steerforth in David CopperfieldSteerforth is David's childhood friend and protector, a darkly charismatic man who later seduces "Little Em'ly", the niece of David's housekeeper, Clara Peggotty.
    Steerforth abandons Emily to go to sea, and in one of those coincidences that Charles Dickens can never resist, Emily's broken-hearted fiancé, Ham, eventually gives his own life in a futile attempt to rescue a sailor from a ship going down in a storm, and that sailor turns out to be none other than Steerforth.5. Captain Ahab in Moby-DickWater, water everywhere in Herman Melville's leviathan classic. After 600-odd pages, there's a certain piquant satisfaction when this

    particular ancient mariner is drowned by the same great sperm whale he has set out to slaughter.
    In their last desperate struggle Ahab tries to spear the whale with his harpoon,

    but the rope catches him about the neck and Moby Dick drags him down into the depths, "and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."6. Camille in Thérèse RaquinThe first of two decidedly dubious drownings. In this case, the murder of the sickly and self-centred Camille Raquin by his wife Thérèse, and her lover Laurent. With its shocking subject-matter and grim petit-bourgeois setting, Thérèse Raquin was both commended and censured in almost equal measure when it was first published. Émile Zola certainly doesn't pull his punches in the description of the murder, as Camille sinks his teeth so deep into his murderer's neck that when Laurent casts him into the river, Camille "carried a piece of his flesh away with him."7.
    Henleigh

    Grandcourt in Daniel DerondaThe union of the spirited Gwendolen Harleth and brutal Henleigh Grandcourt is one of the most horrific marriages in Victorian fiction. Grandcourt is a bully and a sexual sadist, and when he meets a watery end off the coast of Italy no one is likely to grieve, least of all his wife.
    Though

    there remains a question whether her husband could have been saved, if she had acted more quickly: "I had the rope in my hand - his face [was[ above the water – and he cried again – and I held my hand, and my heart said 'Die!' – and he sank…"8. Jack Stapleton in The Hound of the BaskervillesI was tempted to choose Holmes's own death here, but as the Baker Street sleuth didn't really end

    his days at the Reichenbach Falls, that seemed as much of a legerdemain as Arthur Conan Doyle resurrecting him. So I've chosen instead the grim death of Jack Stapleton, the villain of The Hound of the Baskervilles, whose vile crimes and misdemeanours find a fitting end when he is sucked down into the Grimpen Mire, "the huge mottled expanse of green-splotched bog which stretched away until it merged into the russet slopes of the moor".9. Rosanna Spearman in The MoonstoneAnother death by quicksand, but a much sadder one.
    Rosanna is

    a maidservant who falls in love with Wilkie Collins's hero, Franklin Blake.
    She knows her love is doomed, but when she witnesses Blake apparently stealing Rachel Verinder's jewel, she convinces herself there's

    one immense service that only she can do for him. She conceals his nightgown with its incriminating paint smear, and allows suspicion to fall on her instead, as a former thief. She leaves Blake a last letter telling him what she's done, but it's a letter he doesn't receive until it's far too late.


    By then Rosanna has drowned herself on the Shivering Sands, and the mystery of the moonstone has made suspects of them all.10.
    Monsieur Paul in VilletteIn conclusion, an inconclusive.
    In the last lines of Charlotte Brontë's novel, the heroine Lucy Snowe writes of her lover, Monsieur Paul, returning to her by sea from three years' enforced exile in the West Indies. But then there's a sudden "wild south-west storm" that leaves the Atlantic strewn with wrecks. So is it a happy ending, or a tragic one? Are they reunited, or does he drown? I'll let you decide. "… Leave sunny imaginations hope. Let it be theirs to conceive the delight of joy born again fresh out of great terror, the rapture of rescue from peril, the wondrous

    reprieve from dread, the fruition of return… "• Lynn Shepherd is the author of "literary mysteries - one part literary fiction, to one part mystery and crime".
    Her first book was Murder at Mansfield Park, followed by Tom-All-Alone's. The latest, A Treacherous Likeness, is published by Corsair.

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    It's unsophisticated in style, but Hans Fallada's story of ordinary people's struggle against the Nazi regime gives us a sense of emotional truthAlone in Berlin was the overwhelming popular choice when we were deciding on this month's Reading Group title, but it has had a mixed reception since. No one has denied the book tells an incredible story, but quite a few people have questioned the way it is written.Dylanwolf,
    for instance, wrote:I read Alone in Berlin very quickly; its simple writing is easy to gallop through and although I will admit that the plot development kept

    me entertained, I did feel rather short-changed when it came to

    being given any great insight into the characters' actions and feelings. They did all seem to be rather like cardboard cut-outs.Strange
    to reflect then that the book is based upon real characters and real events. What was Fallada's relationship to this case? Why did he choose to fictionalise it? Did he think it was particularly revelatory, significant, worthy or under-publicised (all of which I'm sure it is)?Everythingsperfect added:"I probably won't finish the book.
    I read more than 100 pages very quickly last night, but have a strong reluctance to read on. I find the book oppressive, not just because of the

    subject matter, but the heavyhandedness of the writing. There is something emotionally stunted about it, which may mirror the society it describes, but … Primo Levi can write about much worse horrors and inhumanity with a luminosity that compels me to read him.
    It becomes a kind of moral duty to read on. If he can write about it, the least I can do is to read it. I don't feel the same way about Alone in Berlin."I can sympathise.
    I remain an admirer of Alone in Berlin – and believe that its virtues far outweigh its vices – but clearly there are problems. I'm reading the novel for a second time, and noticing a few more issues this time around than I did originally. Now I'm not so involved in the revelation of the story, and have a more distant perspective

    on what's happening, I'm noticing a few stagey bits of speechifying, some information-dumping (new characters with potted biographies) and a few sharp edges, such as the following odd observation:"This little chump, who cared about nothing in the world except his horses – and all his knowledge of them was through the tabloids – this creature that was capable of feeling neither love nor hate, this idle creep who had devoted every winding of his pathetic brain to the avoidance of real exertion, this pale, modest, colourless Enno Kluge

    developed such a fear of uniforms from that time forth that meeting any Party member was enough to paralyse his brain."PrivankaV


    points out an even clunkier

    moment:"Did anyone miss the morbidly funny metaphor when the Gestapo round up

    the workers at Otto's factory and the poor guys continue to pile up coffins while waiting to hear from them? Did anyone miss Fallada's explanation of

    the metaphor twice in the same paragraph?"Part of the problem is probably that I've hit Fallada while still immersed in Proust (Those who followed last month's reading group

    will be pleased to hear I'm now more

    than halfway through book two, and still loving every word. That's right. All of them).
    Turning to Alone in Berlin feels like stepping from a baroque palace into a log cabin. Where once there was endless space, glitter and elaborate decoration concealing the masonry, now the joins are all visible, you can see how the walls are held up, a couple of the windows rattle.
    Everything is cruder, more claustrophobic, more basic. And while Proust builds around you an impenetrable fortress, a world in and of itself, Fallada's cabin leaves you exposed to the outside wind. The world beyond the writing is always present. You can see him dragging in the source material;

    you can see how he structured his writing and forced it into shape. In the manic intensity of the best passages, you can almost hear him hammering away at his typewriter.
    And

    while Dylanwolf and everythingsperfect raise valid objections to this rough and ready approach, I would also argue that it's one of the book's great strengths.MythicalMagpie agrees:"I wonder if the cardboard cut-out effect is not so much a result of Fallada's skill or otherwise as a writer so much as of the fact that we are at the source of the raw data.
    We see a small trickle where we have been trained by later authors to expect a flood.I
    read The Book Thief not so long ago, and it too deals with similar themes. It pulled at my emotions, played on my heart strings and I may even have shed a

    tear or two. It's a beautifully written book and did exactly what I expected it to.
    I felt the full horror of the second world war, but that doesn't change the fact that the author was not there.
    He was not even born when the war ended. He grew up in Australia of all places.Fallada
    though, he is the real deal. His novel may be fiction, but his characters will likely be closer to reality, more genuine, not so much cardboard as pared back, and free of the embellishment

    of the descriptive language which has become almost standard when creating novels dealing with the war."So too does Jmschrei:"I agree.
    It is important to remember that a novel like this is neither an extensive biographical study nor is it historical fiction. Fallada was writing about immediate events using the experiences

    and actions of real people (who apparently did not impress him much when he first encountered their story). It does feel like a stripped down effort to begin to make sense of what Germany had just experienced from the perspective of the many ordinary people caught up in events that were so much larger than they were."I must also include an excellent series of points from RabBurnout:"Fallada's writing has an authenticity and intensity of someone writing about a world

    they they know deeply. Someone who has

    experienced the pain of outsiderdom, someone who knows

    of the world of the working-class and the marginalised – and also, importantly, of this particular world of totalitarian terror – and can write about it

    in a way more 'sophisticated' writers can't do.Like
    Bukowski and other 'outsider' writers in this respect - someone who knows the world of the factory worker and the drunk, and everyday oppression and humiliation, because they have been there themselves.Fallada's work has

    this compelling authenticity, I think, besides being great, powerfully moving storytelling

    – where you really care about the characters depicted."This
    last comment goes someway to answering Dylanwolf's original, fascinating question: "Why did he choose to fictionalise it?" Of course, there's an easy answer: Fallada was asked to produce the book by an East German propaganda minister. But a more interesting response is to ask why write a novel about anything "real" at all? Isn't the source story of Alone in Berlin fascinating by itself? What benefit is there to reading a novel rather than a straight history? Especially since a novel is likely to alter crucial facts and remove key details.

    Would we have been better off reading the police transcripts and court records? Then

    we would all know,

    for instance, that unlike in the book, Otto and Anna's real-life counterparts betrayed each other to the police. Under the intolerable pressure of questioning, desperate not to die, they cracked – which perhaps tells us

    something about human nature that the book avoids …I'd suggest that the answers lie in the book's 300,000 plus readers. Fallada's novel may not get all the facts straight, and may set some of them down in a workman-like style, but it does give us a sense of emotional truth.
    It doesn't just explain the motive of the Quangels, it helps us understand how they must

    have felt, why they were so outraged and how that helped them overcome the dreadful fear of the police

    and, worse still, their neighbours. For all his faults, Fallada allows us to walk in the shoes of his characters. He makes their world seem real and helps us to sense their peril. I won't go so far as to say that 300,000 readers can't

    be wrong: Dan Brown is all the argument you need against that notion.
    But this time, at least, they are definitely on to something …Hans FalladaFictionSam Jordisonguardian.co.uk
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    belief in freedom of expression, they have ignored calls for decades to reform libel law. They know it has no resonance on the doorstep, so why bother?Lord (Anthony) Lester begged to disagree with my cynical view of political timidity and apathy. Even ahead of drafting the bill, he was convinced that, this time around, parliament would do the

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    the bill that would introduce a low-cost arbitration system for people who believe they have been libelled or had their privacy compromised.This
    seemed like a terrific anti-Cameron wheeze at the time. Labour's ennobled ranks were delighted to embarrass the prime minister by recording a massive defeat for the government.But party politics is about to scupper the bill because, as Lisa O'Carroll has reported, Cameron will not proceed with the

    libel reform bill unless the controversial amendment is dropped.She quoted the eminently sensible John Whittingdale, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, as referring to the loss of the reform legislation as "a tragedy" caused by "political gamesmanship."Lester believes that if the

    bill is not returned to the Commons within the next 10 days it is

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    to survive into the next legislative calendar.Speaking of his frustration and disappointment should the bill fall, he added: "I think that the public should punish whoever is responsible for killing the bill at the next election."I doubt that.
    After all, they can't punish everyone involved. Every party - in different ways - is responsible for what has happened. Labour promoted the Lords amendment. The coalition, along with Labour, are responsible for not dealing decisively and transparently with Lord Justice Leveson's proposals. But there is time to rescue this unfortunate turn of events. Cameron and Clegg must make an on-the-record

    pledge in the Commons to introduce a proper system of low-cost arbitration within an overall Leveson settlement. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, must accept that promise and ensure the amendment is withdrawn.If not, the defamation bill will fall and freedom of expression for authors, academics and journalists will continue to be inhibited. I most definitely do not want my November 2010 prediction to come true.Media lawDavid CameronEd MilibandNick CleggCity University LondonLeveson reportLord Justice LevesonRoy Greensladeguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    spite of its success, the director has declined the chance to direct another Bond film, citing theatre projects as a prioritySkyfall director Sam Mendes has confirmed he won't be returning to the next Bond film, despite Skyfall's stellar success.Speaking to Empire magazine, Mendes said it had been a "very difficult decision" to decline producer

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    "We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam, he directed our most successful Bond movie ever, Skyfall. We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again."Mendes
    cited forthcoming stage productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear as the main factors in his decision; he is also attached

    as director to Netherland, adapted from the Joseph O'Neill novel, and has producer credits on a number of other forthcoming projects.Skyfall's staggering box office impact – it is by far the most successful Bond film, with a worldwide take currently standing at $1.11bn – had led to suggestions that Mendes might take up the reins again. But with a track record of Oscar-bait dramas including American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, Mendes will be reluctant to become identified with a blockbuster action franchise. He did, however, leave the door open for the future. "I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family," he said, "and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future."James
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