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How Warren Buffett thinks about Berkshire’s newspaper holdings

At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting, the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett shared a dismal outlook on print media.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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Capturing Shawmont Station before its $1,000,000 preservation begins – the oldest extant passenger rail station in America

Originally a 18′ by 36′ stone house (Wissahickon Schist), the structure wouldn’t have stood out from the other country homes in this part of Philadelphia, at the tip of the Manayunk Reach, situated at the end of today’s Manayunk Canal Towpath.

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Water, sand, and societal change

The other Hershey (and its railroad)

Cuban town Camilo Cienfuegos might be one of the least expected places to find remnants of America’s great 20th-century industrial expansion – that is, until you hear its pre-revolutionary name: Hershey.

On Henri Rousseau, age, and naivety

A 2009 visit to the Barnes Museum in Lower Merion introduced me to Rousseau, whose style I instantly adored and whose story I came to respect.

La Colombe raising some prices, just please don’t touch the sparkling water

Quick note after stopping at the Dilworth-adjacent La Colombe this morning. Prices on some drinks, cappuccinos for example, will be raised next Wednesday September 6. Exact prices weren’t ready yet, at least at the counter, but it sounds like iced coffee will be unaffected by this round of price increases (currently $3 for a draft coffee and $3.50 for a draft latte).

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As Local News is Decentralized, Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

If 1,300 daily newspapers are replaced by 10,000 smaller local online news outlets, it will upend how products serving publishers are designed, priced and sold.

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The Last Days of Time Inc.

An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.

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How to pack an Amazon Prime Plane

So cool. So efficient. Still don't trust Bezos but love logistics porn.

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Universities can help preserve the web

How do we prevent digital deterioration? I like this proposal from Dave for universities to play a major role. Librarians in particular seem well-suited to the challenge.

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Oncologists: High confidence in medical marijuana despite limited clinical research

Oncologists are comfortable discussing and recommending medical marijuana, even though clinical research hasn't quite caught up.

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Prince Albert shows off stunning renovations of East Falls’ Kelly House

The TODAY Show's Hoda Kotb (my favorite!) visited the Kelly house in East Falls to see its recent renovations with Prince Albert II.

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