Walter Russell Mead:
Yes, you’re reading that graph right. Texas—oil hungry, SUV-driving, fracking-friendly Texas—reduced its carbon emissions more than the usual green suspects of California, Germany, and Europe. The Energy Information Administration released a report yesterday full of emissions data for the fifty states over the first decade of this century. The state with the biggest absolute emissions reductions: Texas….
Despite the reductions, Texas still has higher carbon emissions than any other state. Greens are seizing on this fact as evidence that the Lone Star State is environmentally derelict, but focusing on the total emissions rather than the sharp downward trend misses the larger point: Texas is finding ways to become more carbon-efficient without gutting its energy industry.
via Texas: A Global Green Paragon | Via Meadia.
Composed of a number of Internet companies, system integrators and security providers, theFIDO Alliance went public in February. Since that time, Barrettsaid, the level of interest and growth of the organization has been”extreme.”
“Passwords are running out of steam as an authentication solution,” he added. “Theyre starting to impede the development of the internet itself. Its pretty clear that we cant fix it with a proprietary approach.”
“Our intention is to really obliterate within a certain number of years both passwords and PINs, including internally inenterprises,” Barrett added. “Starting this year you will see FIDO-enabled devices appearing in the market.”
via PayPal Says Its Time to Ditch Passwords and PINs, and Apple may lead the way with iPhone 6 – Digital Lifestyle – Macworld UK.
The New York Times’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century….
Now, let me explain why the Times can do it. And for that I will point to Hollywood again. One of the reasons why Hollywood studios succeed with the multi-tier approach to their “product” is because they do their best to ensure that they create an optimum experience. And they can do that with the right story, the right stars, the right production values and, most importantly, they have distribution. And gobs of money.
The Times and other big media companies have a lot of those same capabilities. They have great stars (real people, for god sake, are better stars than anything Hollywood can produce — see the Cleveland samaritan), they have great storytellers (editors and reporters, whose Pulitzers are testimony enough) and they have the ability to create the right production values (photographers, visual artists and designers). The Times also has a big audience – 35 million monthly visitors to their website in the U.S. alone, according to comScore – which means it has a lot of attention, which can be channeled effectively to promote new concepts.
via How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future — Tech News and Analysis.