January 6th, 2016

The Short: 'Facebook's "Free Internet" Program Hits A Roadblock In India'

by The Economist

"Who could possibly be against this?” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s boss, asked in an editorial in the Times of India on December 28th. The “this” in question is “Free Basics”, a programme that gives its users free access to Facebook and a handful of other online services on their smartphones in 36 poor countries."

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The Long: 'The Easiest Way to Lose 125 Pounds Is to Gain 175 Pounds'

by Bill Barnwell

"I lost just over 128 pounds this year, which is one of those things you’re proud to do but not proud of having needed to do. In addition to trying to put some closure on a particularly dispiriting part of my past, I’m writing this in the hopes of helping people who find themselves in a similar boat, who have approached the New Year with the sort of drastic self-improvement plans that I held this time last year.”

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