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Outsourcing Tradition: My New, Globalized Diwali

For commentator Sandip Roy, the Indian festival of Diwali usually brings to mind the warmth and comfort of tradition. But this year the holiday seems more commercial than ever before. He has this essay on celebrating the festival of lights in a globalized India.
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The (Basketball) Show Must Go On

It's a desperate time for fans of the NBA. Frank Deford provides an alternative entertainment idea for basketball junkies.
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Autumn Raspberries: Worth The Tantalizing Wait

The slow, patient art of growing your own fruit can be frustrating. However, commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in waiting for perfectly ripened raspberries. She has this essay on those plump, fall sweets.
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Steve, Myself And i: The Big Story Of A Little Prefix

The "i" prefix began as an abbreviation for the word "Internet," but ended up being much more than that. "By the time i- was fleshed out, Apple had transformed itself from a culty computer-maker to a major religion," says linguist Geoff Nunberg.
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New Bio Quotes Jobs On God, Gates And Great Design

Biographer Walter Isaacson draws on more than 40 interviews with the late Apple co-founder in his new book, Steve Jobs. Isaacson describes how Jobs grappled with being adopted, how he became a notoriously demanding boss, and how he fought the cancer that eventually killed him.
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Cornel West, A Fighter, Angers Obama Supporters

The Princeton professor, who is on sabbatical, has spent much of the past year battling with incensed Obama supporters who resent his criticism of the president. But although West says he expects Obama to be re-elected, he wants a "robust conversation and debate" so the president doesn't "end up with just uncritical adulation."
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It's A Girl! The New iPhone Speaks

Siri is the name of a new talking virtual assistant feature on the latest iPhone that can tell you when you have an appointment, where to find a Thai restaurant, and what the pollen count will be. Why are the voices that emanate from our machines so often female?

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