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1. Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work

By Steve Kolowich

Digest: Education
Curators: Deborah Chang, Aurelio Jimenez Romero, Vicky Guo

Amazon is offering grant funding to anyone affiliated with University of Washington to pursue “crazy” research projects that just might work and otherwise would not fit the risk appetite of government grants or venture capitalists. Read More

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2. Bringing the Internet within reach of 100 million Indonesians from 20 kms above Earth

By Google

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Indonesia’s top three mobile network operators—Indosat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata—have agreed to begin testing Project Loon balloon-powered Internet over Indonesia in 2016. Read More

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3. Is Talking About Women in Tech Helping or Hurting?

By Mattie Kahn

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Eight female tech execs personal stories about whether they believe the women in tech conversation helps or hurts. Read More

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4. Grantland and the (surprising) future of publishing

By Ben Thompson

Digest: Media
Curator: Holly Knowlman

“The flipside of writing being hard to monetize is that it is the most digestible and sharable medium, allowing folks to accrue large audiences that they can leverage elsewhere.” Read More

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5. Controlling Augmented Reality in the Operating Room: A Surgeon’s Perspective

By Justin Barad

Digest: Health
Curator: R. Scott Munro

I am absolutely psyched about the impact that AR/VR will have on the OR and medical education generally. This piece explores some of the logistical hurdles and options for controlling such technology from hand gestures, to voice recognition, to EMG based gesture tracking. Read More

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