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Posted on Jan 15, 2014

A man was shot dead in Florida for texting his daughter during a movie; two police officers were acquitted after beating a mentally ill man into a coma; meanwhile, MOMA has been turned into a department store. These discoveries and more below.

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Man Fatally Shot for Texting in Movie Theater
A man at a movie theater in Florida was shot dead by another patron after an argument erupted over his texting during a screening.

Did a Federal Court Just Kill the Open Internet?
The court said that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to impose regulations that ensure “net neutrality.”

Trojan Cans: How Did the Self-Service Economy Emerge?
Classic business history links the evolution of markets and consumption to underlying macro, classic, and web-like infrastructures such as energy grids, transportation systems, and communication networks, which have transformed the economy.

A California Jury’s Baffling Verdict
A video shows two former police officers beating a mentally ill man into a coma. So why were they acquitted?

MoMA’s Faux-Populist Expansion Makes it Look Like a Department Store
This is how you ruin a cultural institution.

Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous
American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain.

Downtown Tel Aviv Is Nearing a Racial Boiling Point
For some people, it’s all very simple: The Africans in Israel are refugees; they must be recognized as such and must be given their rights and the opportunity to live and work there.

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