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  • #16
    Who's buying that Apple watch?

    About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc's smartwatch according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook's first new major product.

    The poll showed the watch, marketed by Apple as a high-fashion item as well as a new frontier in technology, appealed to fewer than 4 percent of women compared with 9 percent of men.

    Ipsos polled 1,829 U.S. adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. The poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N628820150415

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    • #17
      Monday morning find: An unusual 1940s art deco skeleton watch

      Sometimes vintage watches are downright weird. This is one of those.

      This Marvin dates to the 1940s and has an unusual skeletonzied structure. The case is 35mm, which is much larger than the manually-wound movement powering the watch. This itself is not uncommon at all—in fact, many collectors look for this and prize watches whose movements fully fill out the case as a result—but Marvin chose to do something strange with that extra space. Instead of covering it with a dial, they left it open, keeping the dial the same size as the movement.


      More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...skeleton-watch

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      • #18
        Royal Ontario Museum caught up in looted antiquities investigation

        The Royal Ontario Museum insists it followed strict internal guidelines when it purchased a Buddhist stupa from Subhash Kapoor, a Manhattan art dealer who has since been charged by the Indian government with trafficking in stolen artifacts.

        The stupa — a small stone urn used to house the remains of monks — and the ROM have now become caught up in an international investigation by U.S. immigration and security officials, who are also investigating a large illegal antiquities operation allegedly directed by Kapoor, the ROM acknowledged when queried by CBC News.

        In 2004, Toronto's ROM paid Kapoor $125,000 for the miniature reliquary, money that came from private donations.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/rom-kapo...ties-1.3375051

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