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Read on The New York Times , by The New York Times, Published: November 29, 2011 Woman wearing a badge adorned with a picture of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s opposition leader. Credit : The New York Times and International Herald Tribune YANGON, Myanmar — The waves of change sweeping Myanmar are trickling down to the broken sidewalks and potholed streets of this dilapidated city. Automated teller machines, ubiquitous in the world’s major cities but absent here during years of economic stagnation, are now being installed at a handful of banks. Street vendors hawk coffee mugs, key chains…

When asked at the e-G8 in Paris about the role of Facebook in the revolutionary movement currently sweeping through the Arab world and which has led to the overthrow of three dictatorships so far in Maghreb and Mashrek, Mark Zuckerberg minimized its impact. “My own opinion is that it would be extremely arrogant for any specific tech company to claim any meaningful role in (the uprisings),” he said. The truth of the matter, as has been widely chronicled, is that social networks have indeed played a crucial role in this liberation movement, if only because their role is far more…

Since the launch of the Atlantic Dinners almost two years ago, one thing has become obvious to us organizers: the biggest names aren’t always the most inspiring speakers. No need for a Bill Gates or a Nouriel Roubini to say something remarkable during a dinner for guests to be thrilled by the time they leave – having had dinner with the father of modern computing or with “Dr. Doom” is pretty cool in itself. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great privilege to have welcomed such iconic figures, and we will continue to do so for months, years and,…

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When asked at the e-G8 in Paris about the role of Facebook in the revolutionary movement currently sweeping through the Arab world and which has led to the overthrow of three dictatorships so far in Maghreb and Mashrek, Mark Zuckerberg minimized its impact. “My own opinion is that it would be extremely arrogant for any specific tech company to claim any meaningful role in (the uprisings),” he said. The truth of the matter, as has been widely chronicled, is that social networks have indeed played a crucial role in this liberation movement, if only because their role is far more…

Since the launch of the Atlantic Dinners almost two years ago, one thing has become obvious to us organizers: the biggest names aren’t always the most inspiring speakers. No need for a Bill Gates or a Nouriel Roubini to say something remarkable during a dinner for guests to be thrilled by the time they leave – having had dinner with the father of modern computing or with “Dr. Doom” is pretty cool in itself. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great privilege to have welcomed such iconic figures, and we will continue to do so for months, years and,…

www.ted.com Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-provoking talk, she shows the “Talk to Yourself Hat”, the “Inflatable Heart”, the “Glacier Embracing Suit”, and other unexpected devices.

The Atlantic Dinners have some fine days ahead of them but of their Pacific cousins of the Pacific, I’m not sure I can say the same. Even the Japanese are more interested in the former than in any initiative labeled “Pacific” whatsoever – commercial treaties exempted of course… Be that as it may, no matter – I was given free rein from by my local agent: the first two Japatlantic Dinners will take place in Tokyo in 2012! I’m bouncing off the walls as Japan truly fascinates me. At the Tokyo fish market, at about five o’clock this morning, I…