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Maureen Dowd’s pot overdose inspired Colorado’s newest drug safety ad

I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall.

Jeff Bezos is teaming up with Elon Musk’s biggest rivals in space

The private space race is heating up, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space firm Blue Origin inking a deal designed to set back the ambitions of Tesla founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

One of the world’s most frenetic cities is holding a competition to chill out

South Korea, land of tech giants like Samsung and LG, is one of the most wired countries in the world; its smartphone penetration rate is 70%, compared to 58% in the US.

CEOs see a world where they’re more intimately involved in your health

In the United States, companies pick up a great deal of the bill for a healthcare system that spends the most but accomplishes the least among industrialized nations.

Tim Cook’s Apple has ended the company’s obsession with tiny, secret teams

It’s no secret that Tim Cook is stylistically different from his predecessor, the brilliant but mercurial Steve Jobs. The leadership transition has has had a dramatic effect on the company’s culture and structure, as documented by Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest interview with Cook.

This is the iOS keyboard app for emoji power users

Apple’s new iOS 8—which launched today—now supports third-party custom keyboard apps. The early ones include Swype, which lets you type—faster, some say—by swiping around a keyboard.

You are probably underestimating the economic momentum in US housing

America’s homebuilders see good things on the horizon. A key gauge of homebuilder sentiment surged in September to its highest level since November of 2005.

The US is about to learn once again that air power alone can’t defeat an insurgency

Barack Obama says that there aren’t going to be US combat troops fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the world’s billionaires

The ranks of billionaires expanded 7% to 2,325 this year, according to a billionaire census conducted by UBS and Wealth-X, a private research firm that studies the ultra-rich.

Beware if your kids wear Crocs and ride escalators

Beware the end of the escalator, our mothers always said—if you don’t hop off quickly, your shoe will get caught.

The Apple Watch shows that Jony Ive is finally getting serious about type design

The jury is still out on the Apple Watch, but one small design element may offer a peek into Cupertino’s broader user-interface strategy: the custom typeface.

Is the Kremlin trying to grab another oligarch’s oil company?

The Kremlin is being accused of a big new asset grab in a murky case against Russia’s largest mobile telephone operator.

Apple’s iOS 8 is launching today—read this before upgrading

Apple is releasing iOS 8—its new operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches—today. It’s a free upgrade for gadgets that can run it, which includes iPhones back to the 4S and iPads back to the 2.

Why Sony must wish the smartphone was never invented

Sony, the Japanese consumer electronics colossus, had some bad news for its shareholders last night. The company that once made Walkmans and still makes Playstations and televisions (and owns major film studios and record labels) said it expects its annual loss to be nearly five times as much as previously anticipated.

The changing landscape of American fast food can be summed up with this one word

Chipotlification. Coined by the Washington Post this week, it’s the perfect term to describe a certain burrito chain’s pervasive influence on quick-service restaurants across the United States.

China’s not stimulating its economy. It’s just keeping it from freezing up

Yesterday, the People’s Bank of China leaked to the press that it had pumped 500 billion yuan ($81 billion) into its financial system.

China’s ambassador to Iceland has been allegedly detained for leaking secrets to Japan

Chinese ambassador to Iceland Ma Jisheng and his wife, Zhong Yue, have been arrested (link in Chinese) by Beijing on suspicion of leaking national security secrets to Japan, according to a Chinese-language media report.

UN says Brazil is now rich enough to feed itself

Brazil reached a significant milestone on Tuesday in its long transformation into a global economic power: The United Nations finally removed the country from its World Hunger Map.

Why TV time slots still matter for new shows

The fall season—TV’s annual version of Thunderdome—is almost upon us. During the next month, the US broadcast networks will debut 20 new series they hope will connect with audiences (with three additional new shows premiering slightly later in the fall).

Do half of China’s millionaires really want to emigrate? Not exactly

Half of China’s wealthiest men and women are eager to leave their home country, according to a report from Barclays released this week.