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How the Volkswagen Logo Signals a Fresh Start

The iconic logo of one of Europe’s leading auto brands has undergone the design equivalent of cosmetic surgery. Volkswagen officially unveiled its refreshed logo at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany today. Accompanying the automaker’s “New Volkswagen” brand concept, … Read on.

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The Fortnightly Column

As a weekly columnist for a 140-year-old newspaper, I’m an endangered species. I’m like a steak, cooking backwards: rarer by the second. More so now that the run of my column is being halved. There was a contraction in the … Read on.

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Herb Caen Never Had to Make an Em Dash on a Chromebook

Those of a certain generation may recall Herb Caen, the erstwhile?San Francisco Chronicle?columnist who anchored the Macy?s ad next to his daily forays into what he called ?three dot journalism.? I never met Caen but my mother, when … Read on.

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Chipotle Cups are Publishing’s New Porn

It used to be the pornographers who pioneered innovative ways to distribute their product, from the banal (like matchbooks and playing cards) to the once-cutting edge province of the Interweb. In the mid-90s, the Federal Communications Law Journal published an … Read on.

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Literary Criticism by Robots

Writers who fear that computers will someday displace them may shudder to learn that the machines won?t just write the books, they will read them too.

In recent months, both researchers and literary critics are harnessing computational power to ?read? … Read on.