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Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

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.

Occupy Wall Street Continues Long Tradition
Alan Brinkley, Politico | Occupy Wall Street Continues Long Tradition | October 12, 2011

Protests are usually messy, noisy and often confused. But they have produced some of the most important changes in American history — the Sons of Liberty, the abolitionists, the populists, the labor movements, the civil rights movements, the anti-war movements and many others. All were first attacked as rabble and mob rule. But our democracy would be far more fragile without them — seldom more so than during economic crises...

A Year Out of the Dark in Chile, But Still Trapped
Alexei Barrionuevo, The New York Times | A Year Outy of the Dark in Chile, But Still Trapped | October 12, 2011

After his dramatic rescue from a mine last year, Jimmy Sánchez traveled the world, cruising the Greek islands, visiting Britain, Israel, Los Angeles, Disney World — all paid for by people who were moved by the Chilean miners’ story of courage and perseverance. But today Mr. Sánchez, like many of the 33 miners who survived 69 days nearly a half-mile underground, is jobless and at wits’ end...

Hollywood's 'Devilish Angel'
Nick Summers, Newsweek | Hollywood's 'Devilish Angel' | October 10, 2011

On Nov. 22, 1995, Toy Story—the world’s first fully computer-animated film—opened to critical acclaim and $29 million in box-office receipts. One week later, Pixar, the studio that created the movie and that many had written off just months before, went public. It was the biggest IPO of the year and meant a billion-dollar windfall for Jobs. More than that, it gave Jobs back his mojo...

Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling
Robert Pear, The New York Times | Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling | October 10, 2011

In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself, new research has found...

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...