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Origami blossoms in a light-up robot garden
CNET
As if robots weren't already super-cool, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has built an entire garden out of robots to entice kids to get into programming — particularly girls. The garden has two functions: an aesthetically appealing enticement to children to learn about programming; and a showcase for the team's latest work in distributed computing.
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Feb. 20: Chicago early registration closes
GWA
Due to popular demand for the GWA meeting at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the sign-up deadline for early discounted registrations was extended, but that ends this weekend. The Show, held each March at Chicago’s Navy Pier (March 14-22), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long, cold Chicago winter. Join Region III as we enjoy the inspiring featured gardens; roses are back for the first time in more than 10 years! In Chicago! In March! They will be stunning.
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Feb. 20: Early registration ends for GWA regional meeting in Charleston, SC
GWA
Join fellow garden writers in March on a first-ever GWA tour of two of the oldest and most famous gardens in America — Magnolia Plantation & Middleton Place, both in Charleston, SC. This special opportunity is timed to be at the height of the seasonal bloom of azaleas and camellias on two plantations with huge collections.
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Feb. 20: FINAL registration for YGP in Portland, Oregon, ends
GWA
Don't miss out on Region VI's event on Feb. 27 at the YGP show as they link up with like-minded groups in the horticulture industry and create the chance for better communication between the groups and more opportunities to promote the entire industry, fulfilling a desire by the GWA Board.
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March 15: GWA Member Directory profile info updates due
GWA
Please log in to update your profile for this year's directory. In support of GWA's continuing efforts in sustainability, the 2015-16 Directory will be available both in printed and electronic formats. The file will be available online in the Members Area in a read-only Adobe PDF format. If you wish to support our sustainability efforts, you can log in to the GWA and opt out of receiving the printed version of this year's directory.
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Job opening: Grow Your Own Groceries seeking freelance article author
GWA
Blog publisher is looking for relevant, well-written articles for the blog at growyourowngroceries.org. This blog is meant to be a resource for people of all skill levels who are trying to grow and preserve their own food and medicine.
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UCLA, heirs wrangle over fate of a tranquil Japanese garden
Los Angeles Times
Half a century ago, the man who built the Broadway department store chain and his wife gave to UCLA their house and the Japanese garden that spilled down the hillside below it near the Hotel Bel-Air. The UC regents, UCLA's governing body, promised to maintain the garden forever.
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Why Pinterest is banning affiliate links
Read Write
Pinterest has lowered the hammer on affiliate links — a way for social-media users to make a small commission in return for recommending a product. Ostensibly, the move helps keep the site tidy. But unsurprisingly, money is also involved. According to an email many pinners received, Pinterest is removing all affiliate links on "pins," the Pinterest term for an image-centric post.
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To go direct, publishers must mean business
Digital Book World
The arithmetic of publishing is fairly straightforward: Sell plenty of books at as high a margin as you can manage, and don't spend all that margin on overheads. To make that sum work, there are a number of levers a business can pull in order to improve its fortunes.
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The platform-publisher race is heating up and LinkedIn is gaining
GigaOM
Everywhere you look, a social platform of some kind is either looking to become a publisher or has already done so, whether it’s by hiring writers and editors, as Medium has, or by encouraging media companies to allow their content to live on its platform, as both Snapchat and Facebook do. While other platforms get most of the publicity, however, there is one player on the field that seems to be consistently underestimated as a competitor, and that's LinkedIn.
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Inside The New York Times' Instagram strategy
Digiday
To appeal to a new generation of news consumers, The New York Times is going all-in on Instagram. Over the past few weeks, the Times started new Instagram accounts for its video team, sports desk, marketing department and events team. Those four joined existing Times accounts for food, travel, fashion and T Magazine content.
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Facebook 'legacy contact' will manage your account when you die
PC Magazine
It's hard to imagine the world still turning after you pass away. But the sun will continue to rise and set, the oceans will continue to ebb and flow, and Facebook will still be home to cat videos and politically fueled arguments. But what about your social media profiles?
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