Monday, October 12th, 2015


Family Values

In The Godfather, Don Corleone admonishes his eldest son, "Never tell anybody outside the family what you're thinking." During an era when we've determined that moving money is a form of political speech, I'm guessing the Don would not be a big fan of the NYT's interactive feature in which they lay out how just 158 families have provided nearly half of the early funding for efforts to capture the White House (proving once again that you can be really rich and still be terrible with money).

+ And Vox provides some additional context on the numbers.


Da Bear’s Bull Market

If you watch any sports on television, you'd be forgiven for assuming that, together, FanDuel and DraftKings sponsor the entire television business (and maybe everything else as well). The Fantasy Sports craze could be even bigger than the online poker craze that preceded it. And, like with most forms of betting, when it comes to fantasy sports, there's a good chance you'll lose your money. Rolling Stone's Jeb Lund explains: You're Screwed, Because You're Supposed to Be.

+ In the NYT, Joe Drape and Jacqueline Williams provide some background on the recent "insider trading" scandal that hit the top fantasy sites.

+ And how did the scandal impact that bottom line? In a twist we should have expected, It basically served as more advertising. DraftKings and FanDuel had their best weekend yet.


Guilty Verdict in Iran?

Iranian TV is reporting that WaPo journalist Jason Rezaian has been convicted of espionage. The Post's executive editor Martin Baron called the verdict "an outrageous injustice" and "contemptible." Between the nuke talks and Russia's move into Syria, Rezaian could be a pawn in a global chess game.


The Princeton and the Pauper

"His research has helped transform the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and development economics." So said the panel that named Princeton professor Angus Deaton the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in economics for his work in helping us better understand consumption, poverty and welfare.

+ WaPo: The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money.

+ The Atlantic: When neighborhoods gentrify, why aren't their public schools improving?


Your Resume Writes Itself

An editor could someday "put job applicants in an MRI scanner and determine if they're going to be good writers." A very nervous Wired writer on a recent study that suggests scientists can already predict intelligence from brain activity.

+ How AI is finding gender bias in the workplace.


Hurts So Good

On Friday, I shared a link to What Hurts, the new podcast I'm starting up with the most-excellent Phil Bronstein. For most of you, the link was broken (which helps to explain why I was found that afternoon, naked and drenched with sweat in South Park as I tearfully muttered something about technology ruining my life). So I really hope that this link works. It's still a beta project, so I'd love to get your feedback, and if you like it, please hit it with five stars in the iTunes store. My strategy with such projects is to gain early momentum and then systematically squander it. (Pro-tip: If the link doesn't work, stay out of South Park this afternoon.)


The Bunker

"On Jan. 29, 2013, a volatile man with a grudge against the government kidnapped a 5-year-old boy from a school bus in Midland City, Ala., and held him by force in an underground bunker. It was one of the most difficult and dangerous hostage cases ever handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation." The always interesting Michael M. Phillips takes you inside the case by way of stories, documents and audio recordings: A Stolen Boy, an Angry Loner, an Underground Bunker.


Information Highway to Dell

"The short version? Very, very big. In fact, it's arguably the biggest in all of tech." Dell ties up EMC in a massive $67 billion deal. (Yeah, it turns out Dell is still a pretty big player in tech.)


The Notebook

Columbus Day is to Native Americans as Uber Day would be to taxi dispatchers. Many schools and other institutions are off today. Vox celebrates with a rundown of nine reasons Christopher Columbus was a murderer, tyrant, and scoundrel.

+ The Oatmeal was less flattering.


Bottom of the News

"As you can see, I've been punched in the face twice already." At long last, here's the true meaning of Facebook's new emoji's, explained.

+ Buzzfeed: A group of beard enthusiasts were reported to the police because someone thought they were ISIS. (How about just reporting them to police because they call themselves beard enthusiasts?)

+ Jezebel: The NYC housing market is now so bleak that people would happily live in a bar bathroom.