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Category: Global

The Top 6 Things to Know Before Alibaba Goes Public

Massive Chinese e-tailer Alibaba has announced plans to launch an IPO in the United States, leading to a flurry of speculation about the potential for investors to bet on the Chinese web-shopping boom. But if you think Alibaba is just Amazon-East, you're only seeing part of the picture. Here are 6 key facts you should know about this retailing giant - and about the future of China's web-savvy middle class.

Appreciating the Cultural Significance of the Veggie Burger

Contemporary meatless eating has come along way since its days as a hippie fad in the 1960s. Starting in specialty health food stores and macrobiotic restaurants, it really began to impact the mainstream by the early '70s. And a new article in Smithsonian points out that much of its success since that moment has been spearheaded by the veggie burger, invented by Londoner Gregory Sams and initially known as the VegeBurger.

Bidding Farewell To Banksy

October was a busy month for hipsters here in New York. British street artist Banksy released a new artwork in a different part of the city every day; some were traditional graffiti, while others leaned toward sculpture or performance art. Each piece had something to say about New York city, and each immediately became a part of the city as locals flocked to see, photograph, deface, or try to make off with a piece of the artwork.

Wikipedia Goes Lo-Fi

 

The impact of the internet can feel inescapable, and when you're inundated with technology news every day it can be easy to forget that all of those startups and apps are irrelevant to a large chunk of the global population. 

Sweet Software

Google has a longstanding tradition of naming each new iteration of its Android operating system after a dessert. We've seen Jellybean, Cupcake and even Froyo over the years – but the software giant is shaking it up a bit with the new Android 4.4, codenamed.... KitKat!

Toasting Brain Health

Some would say that Champagne is responsible for a lot of us acting pretty stupid - but a new study suggests that it could also responsible for a lot of us being pretty smart.

Mobile Tracking Takes to the Streets

 

WikiCells Turn Ice Cream into Finger Food

 

Sina Weibo "Friends" Facebook

 

American Burgers Head Across the Pond

It's hard to think of a food more steeped in American culture (and, perhaps, culinary values) than the hamburger. Last week, two of our most promising premium burger chains, Shake Shack and Five Guys, crossed the Atlantic and opened up shop in London, where the upmarket burger trend is already going strong. By all accounts, the burgers are nearly indistinguishable from those served at their stateside locations– Shake Shack even went so far as to import its famous potato buns from the States.

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