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The Morning Brief (September 10, 2014)

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U2’s Songs of Innocence and Rediscovery of Youth

By Kai Sacco

A t Apple’s live keynote event yesterday, CEO Tim Cook welcomed U2 onto the stage to premiere their new tune, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).” But that’s not all that happened. Shortly after the performance it was announced that the Irish rockers’ new album, Songs of Innocence, would be released on iTunes for free in a matter of seconds. Cook called it “the largest album release of all time.” With iTunes’ 500 million users in 119 countries, it is indeed a massive release.

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O Smaug the Surprisingly Entertaining

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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By Kai Sacco | September 3, 2104

W hen it was announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s bite-sized novel The Hobbit would be three films instead of the originally planned two, I rolled my eyes and sighed heavily, for no piece of literature—no matter how fine—is safe from the deep pockets of Hollywood.

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