The week’s year’s almost over afternoon reads:

• Amazon Sees Its Biggest Holiday Season Ever (Tech Crunch)
• 7 Retirement Planning Myths Debunked (Yahoo Finance)
• Tenants Feel Pinch of Rising Rents (WSJ)
• State-by-State breakdown of high-risk, private equity holdings by public pension funds (Watchdog City)
• Make it an Amazon 3-fer:
…..-Light Reading: How the Kindle Paperwhite Works (NYT)
…..-‘The Cloud’ Challenges Amazon (NYT)
• Carnegie Mellon University wins record $1.17 billion verdict against Marvell Semiconductor (Ars Technica)
• The media doing what it does best these days, feeding us disinformation (Fabius Maximus) see also How to fix the media ownership debate (Columbia Journalism Review)
• A Colossal Year: The Top 15 Posts on Colossal in 2012 (Colossal)
WTF? Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Complains Of Facebook Privacy Breach (Buzz Feed) see also Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About ‘Human Decency’ (readwrite)
• YouTube’s most popular videos of 2012 (USA Today)

What are you reading?


Home Prices Hit a Milestone

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

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10 Responses to “10 Thursday PM Reads”

  1. Mike in Nola says:

    Re: Amazon and Netflix

    That description of the Netflix outage reminds me of when we were watching a two part British detective show on Netflix. Finished the first part. When we went back the next night to see the conclusion, it was missing. Appears that Netflix’s deal for the series had expired overnight. We now have Amazon Prime.

  2. PeterR says:

    Fa(r)ceBook smacked by ZuckSister.

    Too much!

    Repeat after me: “Fa(r)ceBook . . . . Fa(r)ceBook . . . ” (ad infinitum) . . .

  3. PeterR says:

    Apple watch coming?

    AAPL at EMA(409) and 500 is also at the edge of a cliff IMO. The next support is around 400-420.

  4. willid3 says:

    what happens to those whose prophecies fails to happen? seems they become even stronger believers

  5. willid3 says:

    hm…AT&T and Verizon and cable companies have made peace. so much for competition. prices will continue to sky rocket

  6. 10x25mm says:

    Andy Xie looks at the near and far term macroeconomics of China:

    Some interesting recommendations which will not sit well with local government politicians in particular.

  7. CharlesII says:

    FabiusMaximus looks like a global warming denialist site to me, but the writing is so incoherent that it would take too long to figure out whether there is any sense to it or not. An article asserting that the media is acting as a propaganda organ without mentioning who owns the media or which forces influence its reporting (like, say, advertising from petroleum companies) is not up to the linking standards of Big Picture.

    Yes, the media report the issue poorly (because journalists are not scientists), yes there is some diversity of opinion within the scientific community about global warming (but a lot less than people think), but so what? We have to make a decision where one branch is believed to be ca. 95% probable of causing massive disruption if we do nothing (5% chance of no harm) and the other branch being equally likely of costing a very small fraction of world GDP to prevent catastrophe while incidentally reducing pollution and improving the quality of life (vs. 5% chance of “wasting” some money cleaning up the environment). If we had a media whose advertisers were environmental organizations, doesn’t anyone think these facts would be widely known?

    The scientists that I know are furious that their disciplines are being put up to a vote by people with no qualifications but clear conflicts of interest. Whether it’s tobacco company-funded “the science is unclear about the connection of smoking to emphysema/cancer/heart disease” propaganda, fundamentalist-inspired insertion of creationism/”intelligent design” into the schools or coal company-funded global warming denialism, it is corruption of yet another area of life where professionals should be just allowed to do their jobs. If people want to ruin their lungs, turn their children into idiots, or destroy the planet, fine: but let it be clear that the science is indeed settled.

  8. mathman says:

    Looks like this coming year will be at least as much “fun” as the one we just lived through: