An Open Letter to Elena Ferrante, Whoever You Are
- You kept your strategic silence even after the bombshell in the fall of 2016, when the Italian investigative journalist Claudio Gatti posited that the person writing under your pseudonym was Anita Raja, a retired librarian and freelance literary translator for your Rome-based publisher.
- I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking again about your work at this moment, as the television adaptation of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, arrives on HBO and RAI, the Italian state broadcaster.
- You work these larger issues quite self-consciously into the Neapolitan novels, which are constructed as a frame within a frame, a story told by Elena, now in her 60s, looking back on the span of her life after learning that Lila has gone missing.
Snowstorm grounds more than 1,400 flights as airlines waive change fees
- Airlines canceled more than 1,400 flights over the weekend, as a wintry storm from Virginia to Florida snarled air travel, with disruptions likely to spill over into the work week.
- American Airlines said it canceled 1,100 flights that were scheduled for Sunday, on top of 225 that were called off Saturday, as it wound down operations ahead of the storm at its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
- American waived date-change fees for travelers affected by the storm if they can fly through next Saturday, and Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways also waived date change fees.
- Southwest Airlines doesn't not charge travelers a flat fee to change their dates, but said customers wouldn't have to pay the difference in fare for changing their dates, if they can travel within two weeks of the original.
China has threatened the US with 'further action' if Huawei's CFO isn't freed
- China has upped the pressure on the US over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive in Canada, threatening "further action" if she is not released.
- China's foreign ministry summoned US ambassador Terry Branstad on Sunday to lodge a "strong protest" over the detainment of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and said the United States should withdraw its arrest warrant.
- Meng's arrest sent shockwaves through the global markets, with fears that her detainment could escalate the trade war between the US and China.
- Huawei, which makes telecommunications kit and smartphones, is the poster child of China's technological and economic boom, and recently overtook Apple as the world's second biggest smartphone seller behind Samsung.
- Its founder, Ren, was an engineer in China's military, and his ties to the Communist Party have triggered international concerns that Huawei's telecommunications kit may be compromised.
The 31 most popular cities in the world for travelers
- Euromonitor International released its annual ranking of the most visited cities in the world this week, measuring the appeal of some of the world's most famous destinations to international travelers.
- The UK-based market-research firm looked at 600 cities worldwide and ranked the 100 that attracted the most international tourists in 2017, and projected estimates for 2018 using part-year data.
- Seven American cities made the cut this year, led by New York City, which attracted more than 13 million tourists in 2017, good for eighth in the global rankings.
- Meanwhile, Asian cities dominated the top of the list, comprising seven out of the top 10 most popular cities.
- One Asian tourism powerhouse retained its title for the eighth consecutive year, leading the world with nearly 28 million international visitors.
Crypto Custody Startup Raises $8 Million from ConsenSys & Two Sigma Ventures
- Venture firm Two Sigma and Ethereum development studio ConSensys have invested $8 million into digital asset custody solution provider Trustology, Business Insider reports.
- The funding from the investors is expected to be used to create new products, support more digital assets classes and attract international customers for its services.
- Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Ventures and Goldman Sachs placed a $15 million bet in the crypto wallet and security company BitGo Holdings in October.
- International asset manager Fidelity Investments also announced its rollout of crypto custodial services next year.
- Tom Jessop, head of its digital assets arm, Fidelity Digital Assets, went as far as to suggest that the organization might change the structure of its custodian solution to support up to five cryptocurrencies, as they continue to evaluate the demand from investors.
Inside China's audacious global propaganda campaign
- You’re combining journalism with a kind of creative writing.” Another former employee, Christian Claye Edwards, who worked for Xinhua news agency in Sydney between 2010 and 2014, says: “Their objectives were loud and clear, to push a distinctly Chinese agenda.” He continued: “There’s no clear goal other than to identify cracks in a system and exploit them.” One example would be highlighting the chaotic and unpredictable nature of Australian politics – which has seen six prime ministers in eight years – as a way of undermining faith in liberal democracy.
- Edwards, like other former employees of China’s state-media companies, felt that the vast majority of his work was about domestic signalling, or telegraphing messages that demonstrated loyalty to the party line in order to curry favour with senior officials.
The 17 most shocking airline stories of 2018
- They include the Delta Air Lines passenger who stepped in the leftover feces of an emotional support dog, the United Airlines flight attendant who was said to be "drunk and disorderly" while onboard the plane, the monkey who escaped an American Airlines flight at San Antonio International Airport, the man who hopped the fence at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto the tarmac in his underwear, and, of course, the emotional-support squirrel.
- A man was reportedly arrested at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after police said he ran onto the tarmac in his underwear and jumped on the wing of a plane.
- A passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight claimed he stepped in dog feces while boarding the plane, and the airline did not assist in helping him clean up the mess.
Amazon's Cashless Stores Might Be Coming To An Airport Near You
- On top of physical bookstores, the first Amazon Go store opened in Seattle in January, and has arrived or is slated to arrive in other cities including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.
- Amazon is reportedly planning on expanding its cash-free operations to even larger stores, potentially including the recently acquired Whole Foods grocery chain.
- According to emails obtained through Reuters’ public records requests, Amazon reached out to various airports this summer, including the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the San Jose (California) International Airport (SJC).
- While airport officials from both Los Angeles and San Jose told Reuters that there haven’t been further conversations about the endeavor, it’s no secret that Amazon is looking to expand.
- Considering that one in seven Americans reportedly missed their flights over the course of the year due to long security lines, maybe Amazon can tackle the TSA next?
How the CRISPR babies experiment threatens China’s military dreams
- But in this age of increasingly collaborative science, the furor could unleash repercussions throughout the Chinese research community — and perhaps even have an impact on China's military strength.
- One hit comes in the form of reputational damage in the international system of science and technology research.
- A group of American scholars recently issued a warning, through a report by Stanford University's public policy think tank the Hoover Institution, that Chinese actions violating intellectual property rights and international norms warrant stepping up "constructive vigilance" and backing away from cooperation.
- International collaborations— especially those projects that achieve truly novel breakthroughs — require open cooperation, intense communication and a level of trust (often attached to reputation) that cannot be requisitioned with funds or forced by increasing the numbers of people working on it.
Morgan Stanley joins the chorus of Apple price target cuts: 'China smartphone market to blame'
- Morgan Stanley slashed its price target on Apple to $236 a share from $253 a share on Friday, citing a weak market in China for iPhones because people are taking increasingly more time to replace their old phones.
- Apple shares fell 0.7 percent in premarket trading.
- The stock is firmly in a bear market, down more than 25 percent from recent highs.
- Wall Street defines a bear market as a fall of more than 20 percent from a stock's 52-week high.
- Morgan Stanley joins a number of Wall Street firms cutting expectations for Apple's stock: Goldman Sachs (on the lackluster international reception of the iPhone XR), Guggenheim Partners (on declining iPhone unit sales next year), UBS (on warnings from suppliers and weak overseas sales), HSBC (on over-dependence of a single product) and Rosenblatt Securites (on a lowered iPhone shipment estimates).