Batteries + more things

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How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination – Bloomberg – but has the technology moved on at a pace to really justify this upsurge? The chemistry in lithium ion batteries was developed back in the 1970s and commercialised by Sony and Asahi Kansei, with the first batteries appearing in 1991.

Beans – pretty sure that this isn’t an ad, but nicely played. It looks and feels more like a creative calling card that are usually sent to agencies. In this case the video effects house that created this animation. You have a mix of computer animation, green screen backdrop for the moon and . More related content here.

Fifa threatens action against BeoutQ for infringement of broadcast rights | The Drum – this is interesting. beoutQ is a pirate pay television broadcaster serving Saudi Arabia. Established in 2017, the service primarily simulcasts the programming of Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports, with beoutQ on-air logos overlaid over the original ones. beoutQ has similarly taken content from other broadcasters, and its set-top boxes also contain access to various IPTV services carrying other forms of live channels and entertainment content. The service launched shortly after beIN was forced to stop selling its services in Saudi Arabia, due to the then-ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab countries over alleged government support of terrorist groups. beoutQ set-top boxes and subscriptions have since become widely available in Saudi Arabia. The owners of beoutQ aren’t known. It is suspected that they may have a connection to the Saudi government as it was considered to be a way of attacking Qatar-owned media that come under the gulf states stand off with Qatar.

Opinion | Hey Boss, You Don’t Want Your Employees to Meditate – The New York Times – nails it. Why mindfulness and meditation isn’t great for a lot of businesses.  (paywall)