Grab a cup of coffee and start your Sunday right with these reads:

• Turkey bans Twitter — and Twitter explodes (Washington Post) see also The Day the Turkish Government Banned Itself From Twitter (Medium)
• Can the Bloomberg Terminal be “Toppled”? (Matt Turck)
• The Intelligent Investor: Will Stock Buybacks Bite Back? (WSJ)
• So You Want to Compete Against Amazon? (Jeff Jordan)
• Apple After Jobs: Pretty Much the Same as Ever (Bits)
• Why the Dollar Endures (NYT)
• US fishermen throw back 20% of their catch—often after the fish are already injured or dead (Quartz) see also Key climate-change measurement imperiled (USA Today)
• Why San Francisco Is Not New York (Bits)
• How Obama Crippled a Russian Bank with a Stroke of a Pen (Fiscal Times)
• Eau de Condo: Developers are using custom scents to get buyers to warm to a home (WSJ)

What’s for brunch?


Roll Over Beethoven

Source: Economist

Category: Financial Press

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7 Responses to “10 Sunday Reads”

  1. greydogg says:

    Spain ‘Marches for Dignity’: Massive March Against Austerity @ Sunday READ – 23 March 2014

  2. rd says:

    The Mauna Loa CO2 collection station is toast. It generates data which is nowhere near as useful as theory, opinion, and models.

  3. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips (

    Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TED 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada….

    “If we actually printed this out, we’d need a billboard as big as the Rose Bowl Stadium to display it,” said Robert Hurt, an imaging specialist at NASA’s Spitzer Space Science Center in Pasadena, Calif. “Instead, we’ve created a digital viewer that anyone, even astronomers, can use.”

    The 20-gigapixel mosaic uses Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope visualization platform. It captures about three percent of our sky, but because it focuses on a band around Earth where the plane of the Milky Way lies, it shows more than half of all the galaxy’s stars. …

  4. Jojo says:

    This was a link out from your Neil Young/Mp3 post last week. Since most people don’t tend to follow internal links, I thought I would post this very interesting article:
    24/192 Music Downloads
    …and why they make no sense

    Articles last month revealed that musician Neil Young and Apple’s Steve Jobs discussed offering digital music downloads of ‘uncompromised studio quality’. Much of the press and user commentary was particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads. 24/192 featured prominently in my own conversations with Mr. Young’s group several months ago.

    Unfortunately, there is no point to distributing music in 24-bit/192kHz format. Its playback fidelity is slightly inferior to 16/44.1 or 16/48, and it takes up 6 times the space.

    There are a few real problems with the audio quality and ‘experience’ of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of them. While everyone fixates on 24/192 as a magic bullet, we’re not going to see any actual improvement.

    • rd says:

      Steve Jobs also designed his hardware without a lot of memory and without the ability to expand the memory. So to then claim that you need to have large files to hear music proprly flies in the face of his hardware designs.

  5. Jojo says:

    Big oops!
    Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

    By Mark Ames
    On March 22, 2014

    “British medieval ordinances of Bristol cobblers in 1364 state, ‘Masters are forbidden to poach workers from other members of the craft.’”

    — Orly Lobel, Talent Wants To Be Free

    Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

    This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

    Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.

  6. hue says:

    Unraveling Bolero (Radiolab) the first time I heard Bolero was in the movie 10 with Bo Derek

    Unravelling Boléro: progressive aphasia, transmodal creativity and the right posterior neocortex (Oxford Journals)

    GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control (FiveThirtyEight) so the Rs could repeal Obamacare, but not enough votes to override a veto