Technology Dependence, Sleep Science and the Gangs of Chicago

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 illy coffee, grab a seat by the window, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad (The Guardian)
  • Want to learn way too much about stock market factors? Read this paper. (Alpha Architect)
  • Sam Altman's manifest destiny: Is the head of Y Combinator fixing the world, or trying to take over Silicon Valley? (New Yorker)
  • Super-size: The dizzying grandeur of 21st-century agriculture (NYT Magazine)
  • The world-wide cage: Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency (Aeon)
  • The science (and business) of sleep: Tech companies have joined the multi-billion dollar rush to help us get a better night's rest. Are they making a difference? (Curbed)
  • 'Obama bros' learn to love Hillary: By artfully trashing Trump, four ex-White House aides help draw millennials to Clinton (Politico)
  • Dispatches from the rap wars: ,y 18 months inside one of Chicago's most notorious gangs. (Chicago Mag)
  • How rock and roll became white, and how the Rolling Stones -- a band in love with black music -- helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future (Slate)
  • Donald Trump is rearing the NFL apart: an examination of the football locker room electorate reveals that America's most popular sport is just as politically divided as the nation itself (Bleacher Report)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Martin Barnes, chief economist at BCA Research.

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