10 Weekend Reads: Netflix, Infomercials and Wasting Time

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Here are my longer-form weekend reads:

• The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History (Businessweek)

• The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think (Atlantic)

• The Search for a Blockbuster Insomnia Drug (New Yorker)

• The Economics of Infomercials (Priceonomics)

• Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture (New Republic)

• Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now (New York Review of Books), see also Pentagon's bosses thwart accurate audit of DOD's main accounting office (McClatchy)

• The Anti-Reactionary FAQ (Slate Star Codex)

• Forging an Art Market in China (NY Times)

• Statistically, Who's the Greatest Person in History? (New Republic)

• How To Waste Time Properly (Nautilus), speaking of which: The 80 Most Powerful Photos of 2013 (The Roosevelts)

What are you up to this weekend?

Central Banks Warn of Bitcoin Risks

Source: WSJ

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