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5:10pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Business

Is The Internet Domain Land Rush A Land Rush At All?

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 6:07 pm

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, president and chief executive Rod Beckstrom, speaks on expanding the number of domain name suffixes during a press conference in London in 2012.
Tim Hales AP

There's a land rush going on right now. At least that's how everyone seems to be describing the opening up of vast amounts of Internet real estate with so-called top-level domains.

Pretty soon, there's going to be a lot more than .coms out there, and a lot of big companies and a few upstarts are bidding huge amounts to get the new Internet addresses.

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3:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Remembrances

How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 9:42 am

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

In the course of a long and eventful life, author Doris Lessing was many things.

She was a mother — and a self-described "house mother" for a procession of starving artists, writers and political refugees. She was a refugee herself, from bourgeois respectability in 1940s Rhodesia. She was a campaigner against racism, a lover, an ardent communist, and a serial rescuer of cats.

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3:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Book Reviews

Secrets Mar The Gloss Of 'Youth' For These Heroines

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 5:10 pm

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It's a funny thing to read a book and realize two things simultaneously. One: some people you know, whose taste you trust, will really love it. Two: some people you know, whose opinions you value, will want to toss it across the room.

For me, the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is a great example. He's one of the biggest authors in the world, a global bestseller. Millions of people love that guy, myself included. But I also know many people, readers and writers, who think he's a total sham.

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3:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
World

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Pushes Diplomacy Online

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 5:10 pm

A screen grab from NuclearEnergy.ir. The English-language website makes Iran's case for its controversial nuclear program.
Screen grab from NuclearEnergy.ir

On Wednesday, diplomats from the United States and Iran — along with five other world powers — go back to Geneva and the negotiating table. They'll be discussing a possible deal to limit Iran's controversial nuclear program, which has sparked international tensions for a decade.

The previous meeting between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members (Britain, China, France, Russia, the U.S.) plus Germany failed to produce an agreement.

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8:13am

Sun November 17, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eric Thayer for NPR Music

In the classical music world right now, many eyes are focused on Jeremy Denk.

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