CNBC on China’s new social media craze: Paying random people to shower you with over-the-top compliments. (Luckily, I’m well covered by all of your letters to the Editor…)

+ Quartz: Celery Was Once As Sexy As Kale. (That explains all the stalkers…)

+ “Faced with Wi-Fi that too often slowed to a crawl during the middle of class, Purdue University has taken a bold step to restore order to its network: It has banned Netflix.”