High-Altitude Living, Bubbles and the GooglePlus War

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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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish Blend coffee, grab a comfy seat, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • New York: Life above 800 feet in a city relentlessly on the rise 
    (NYT Magazine)
  • Mark Zuckerberg's war to crush GooglePlus (Vanity Fair)
  • Warren Buffett on the age-old question: What makes a financial bubble? (Forbes)
  • A fan's guide to why you're totally screwed: Why you can't get a ticket to the NBA finals ... and every other major event on the planet (The Ringer)
  • Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer (Aeon)
  • Why you can't lose weight on a diet (NYTSee also: After 'The Biggest Loser,' their bodies fought to regain weight (NYT)
  • Rethinking knowledge in the internet age (LARB)
  • A new origin story for dogs: The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice. (The Atlantic)
  • The secret history of Tiger Woods (ESPN)
  • A day in the life of Reince Priebus, reluctant GOP peacemaker (Bloomberg Businessweek) See also: This is what the future of American politics looks like (Politico)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Steven Pinker, professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard and author of "How the Mind Works."

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