Spy for a Day and How Google Beat Yahoo

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.”
Read More.
a | A

We do live in interesting times; make them even more interesting with our morning train reads:

  • The Value of Active Management: A Journey Into Indexville (Philosophical Economics); see also Eager to Be Wrong (Farnam Street)
  • This cartoon explains how the rich got rich and the poor got poor (Vox)
  • Lessons From Losing Big (A Wealth of Common Sense); see also The Hidden Danger of Being Risk-Averse (Harvard Business Review)
  • The Most Important Investors Of All Time (The Irrelevant Investor)
  • The complete timeline to self-driving cars (Re/code); see also Autonomous-Driving Venture Targets Heavy Trucks (Wall Street Journal)
  • Poll: Election 2016 shapes up as a contest of negatives (Washington Post)
  • Here’s the advantage that keeps Silicon Valley ahead of the world (Vivek Wadhwa); see also Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet (TechCrunch)
  • Cranky young sun could have kickstarted life on Earth (New Scientist)
  • Top Islamic State official suggests the militants are feeling the heat (Washington Post); see also The U.S.’s show of power against the Islamic State (Washington Post)
  • Spy for a Day: Former British intelligence officer uses espionage training to launch Your Mission, where clients get to act out their le Carré fantasies (WSJ)

What are you reading?

When Elections Aren’t About the Economy   

Source: The Upshot

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

To contact the author of this story:
Barry Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Brooke Sample at bsample1@bloomberg.net