🌍 Newley's Notes 99: Foreign Students and Red States; Amelia Earhart Clue?; Uber-able 7-Elevens

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🌍 Newley's Notes 99: Foreign Students and Red States; Amelia Earhart Clue?; Uber-able 7-Elevens
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📝 What I Wrote in The WSJ
–> Political Lines Shape U.S. College Picks of Some Foreign Students – A story with my colleague Doug Belkin in Chicago about how some international students are steering clear of universities in red states. 
One student here in New Delhi told me that he wanted to apply to Rice University in Texas, but his parents wouldn’t let him – due to the state’s liberal gun laws.  
📲 5 Must-Reads in Tech
1. The origin story of the world’s most ubiquitous computer desktop background. You know that Windows XP image showing the rolling green hills and clear blue sky? Turns out it involves a pest infestation and a very attentive photographer
2. “News flash: Cars in 2017 equal airplanes in 1983.” So says a NASA research psychologist on the topic of autonomous cars, showing why companies like Tesla may have a tough road ahead.
3. Speaking of Tesla, the company’s stock slid in recents days amid Volvo’s announcement that all of its new cars beginning in 2019 will have hybrid or battery-powered electric engines
4. A photographic clue to Amelia Earhart’s disappearance? Okay, we’re talking early 20th-century aviation tech here, any only then tangentially, but this is fascinating. A newly uncovered photo may – and that’s a big, big may – indicate the famed aviator crashed in 1937 in the then-Japanese Marshall Islands
5. What purpose do title sequences serve in the age of streaming video? The Verge provides a history of the feature, which really took off when “The Sopranos” debuted in 1999. 
💫 1 Fun Thing
1. Now available in China: A convenience store on wheels. The Moby Mart is part of an Uber-meets-7-Eleven prototype project now operational in Shanghai
What’d I miss? Send me links, rants, raves, juicy news scoops and anything else. Thanks for reading, amigos. 
Fist bump  👊  from New Delhi,
Newley
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