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After 16 years behind the desk, Jon Stewart announced Tuesday night that he intends to step down from hosting duties of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” His departure date hasn’t been set. Brace yourself, because the entire Web on Wednesday will be a paroxysm of piping-hot takes about Stewart, meaningless aggregations of him saying things about stuff, rampant speculation about his successor, and people complaining about the preceding items. I recommend avoiding the space entirely. [The Wall Street Journal]
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SpaceX on Tuesday delayed the launch of a weather satellite for the second time. The company — run by Elon Musk, the billionaire industrialist who is one more bad day away from super-villainy, if you ask me — called off the launch within 12 minutes of takeoff because of inclement weather, 115 mph winds that were miles higher. [Associated Press]
Local governments are “phallible”: The council of Aukland, New Zealand, spent NZ $160,000 — about $118,500 USD — on a set of wire sculptures for a public art installation. The work looks like a penis, and people aren’t happy. As someone who went to an all-boys Catholic high school, allow me to assure you there’s no way this was unintentional. [Hyperallergic]
Apple is putting up $850 million toward a solar farm in Monterey, California, with the intention of using the generated power for its operations in the state. The 1,300-acre farm would produce 130 megawatts, enough to power 50,000 homes. [The Verge]