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15:02 UK time, Monday, 24 October 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

New York Times headline
In the heart of the technology universe, you'd be forgiven for thinking children playing computer games would be nothing unusual. But the New York Times' most emailed piece finds that employees of "Silicon Valley giants" eBay, Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard prefer to send their children to a school which has banished computers. It would even prefer children didn't use computers at home, which may be tricky. It's difficult to tell how effective the method is as the school has also eschewed tests.
Atlantic magazine
Among the musings about the effects of Colonel Gaddafi's death is Atlantic's popular article that says it will be felt over the other side of the world in North Korea. It says that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il will see Col Gaddafi's death as a cautionary tale on how not to be a dictator. The one mistake he made, it says, is to give up his nuclear weapons in 2003, making it possible for the West to interfere. And the reminder comes just as US and North Korean officials are meeting in Geneva to see if they could exchange nuclear weapons for aid. The deal, it says, now may not look so enticing.
Daily Beast headline
The Daily Beast readers are flocking to find out the motivations of hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, just convicted of insider trading. The piece is intrigued why he didn't plead guilty. "Wouldn't the balancer of risk and profit have realised that the smart thing to do was to take the plea and hope for a reduced sentence, rather than risk dying in jail?" asks the Daily Beast story. The reasons are a little unexpected. The article claims he'd gone to Sri Lankan astrologers who had told him he'd be acquitted.
Time headline
The world was meant to end on Friday, according to Harold Camping. So Time readers are turning to Time magazine's countdown of other forecasts that haven't come to pass. These aren't quite to the scale of the world coming to an end. But there are plenty of missed opportunities thanks to personal misjudgements - like the prediction that the Beatles were unlikely to take off as the guitar band was passe, no-one would want a computer in their home and they most certainly wouldn't want to buy clothes from home.

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