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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Lead item

Wave of volatile trading unsettles US markets "An automated stock trading program suddenly flooded the market with millions of trades Wednesday morning, spreading turmoil across Wall Street and drawing renewed attention to the fragility and instability of the nation's stock markets."

New York Times
 
 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

General item

The coming tyranny of digital data "Just west of Seoul, on a man-made island in the Yellow Sea, a city is rising... It will be the world’s first 'smart city.' The city of Songdo claims intelligence not from its inhabitants, but from the millions of wireless sensors and microcomputers embedded in surfaces and objects throughout the metropolis."

The New Republic
 

The story of a people smuggler "They waited to be picked up by the Australian navy – this, Agung had been told, was the point of the journey – and were taken to Christmas Island... Agung genuinely believed he would be released and sent home. He still maintains he had been assured by the organisers that ferrying people to Australia, as opposed to fishing, was legitimate."

The Monthly
 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

General item

Vertigo tops greatest film poll, ending reign of Citizen Kane "The 1958 film topped the British Film Institute's much-respected Greatest Films poll, which it has been conducting once every decade since 1952. Vertigo managed to end the reign of Orson Welles's Citizen Kane, which has topped the list since 1962." (List: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All time)

Guardian
Film, Film criticism
 

And finally

The adventures of Boris Johnson (video) Boris gets stuck on a wire

Guardian