Ritholtz's Reads: Alphabet and a Comedy Revolution

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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Pour yourself a mug of strong joe, settle into your favorite easy chair, and get ready for another great set of longer-form weekend reads:

  • The Silicon Valley Boys Aren’t Just Brilliant—They’re Part of a Comedy Revolution (Wired)
  • The Lobbyist Who Made You Pay More at the Drugstore (Wendell Potter)
  • Learning Larry Page’s Alphabet: When Google became Alphabet, the rationale seemed simple: that a company of companies can innovate faster than a single large beast. But that’s only the start. (Fast Company), see also Andy Grove And The iPhone SE (Stratechery)
  • Machines That Will Think and Feel (WSJ)
  • House Arrest: How Low Inventory Is Slowing Home Buying (Trulia)
  • You won’t believe how Nike lost Steph Curry to Under Armour (ESPN)
  • Sugar tax: how will it affect behaviour? (Behavioural Insights Team)
  • Spitfire funds: The ‘whip-round’ that won the war? (BBC)
  • Where did ISIS come from? The story starts here. (Boston Globe
  • Fatal mistakes: Doctors and nurses make thousands of deadly errors every year. They are reprimanded. Do they also deserve support? (Vox), see also What Are the Chances? It was supposed to be a simple operation at one of Boston’s greatest hospitals. It turned out to be anything but. (Boston Magazine)

Be sure to check out our new Masters in Business interview with University of Pennsylvania professor Philip Tetlock, co-author of "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction."

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Source: WSJ

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