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Daily Briefing

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Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

A Pig's Life in Sounds
Kiera Butler | A Pig's Life in Sounds | October 10, 2011

Matthew Herbert has devoted a large chunk of his life to listening. Since the '90s, the UK-based electronic musician has been collecting and recording everyday sounds and making them into music. The result is an eclectic list of albums: One is made of sounds from kitchen objects; another from the human body; yet another samples food sounds, from noises inside an industrial poultry factory to thousands of people taking a bite of an apple at the same time.

But his latest effort, One Pig, is different: Over the course of a year, Herbert recorded the life of a pig, from the time it was born till its last hours in a truck on its way to the slaughterhouse...

Occupy Wall Street Photos
The Christian Science Monitor | Occupy Wall Street Photos | October 9, 2011

Photograph from Occupy Wall Street demonstrations around the country...

Folger Shakespeare Library Celebrates 400th Anniversary of King James Bible

Under dim lights in a grand hall of the great Folger Shakespeare Library lies the “Wicked Bible,” called so because it omits one distinctly important word from the Seventh Commandment. It is a word with the power to prevent sin.

“Thou shalt commit adultery,” the Wicked Bible commands...

Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen
Charlie Savage, The New York Times | Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen | October 9, 2011

The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document...

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
John Markoff, The New York Times | Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56 | October 6, 2011

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday. He was 56...

Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments
The Daily Beast | Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments | October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments...

The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering the Apple CEO
Jason Ol. Gilbert, The Huffington Post | The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering the Apple CEO | October 6, 2011

Here's a look back at all of the most memorable quotes from Steve Jobs, on computers, life and death, and everything in between...

Will a Fat Tax Make Denmark Healthier?
Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post | Will a Fat Tax Make Denmark Healthier? | October 5, 2011

Over the weekend, Denmark became the first country to tax saturated fats...

Apocalypse on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Who Love to Vote No
David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post | Apocalypse on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Who Love to Vote No | October 5, 2011

On Capitol Hill, they are the apocalypse caucus. Twenty lawmakers, from both parties, who calculate that the best way to fix government is to act as if you wouldn’t mind if it burned down...

The Pathological Altruist Gives Till Someone Hurts
Natalie Angier, The New York Times | The Pathological Altruist Gives Till Someone Hurts | October 5, 2011

Some years ago, Dr. Robert A. Burton was the neurologist on call at a San Francisco hospital when a high-profile colleague from the oncology department asked him to perform a spinal tap on an elderly patient with advanced metastatic cancer. The patient had seemed a little fuzzy-headed that morning, and the oncologist wanted to check for meningitis or another infection that might be treatable with antibiotics...