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The Best Articles of the Week – 03/18/16

Food for Thought:

  1. Ted – Teach girls bravery, not perfection
  2. VanityFair – Francis Ford Coppola’s Third Act: Italy, Wine, and the Secret of Life
  3. Atlantic – America Needs ‘Y’all’.  English has no standard second-person plural word, and it’s time for that to change.
  4. WSJ – Orderliness in School—What a Concept.   Our charter schools are under fire for being strict. Funny, students do well and parents are eager to sign up.
  5. BF – What Per Cent Millennial Are You?  Are you really part of Generation Y?
Business/Economics:

  1. Fortune – My Five Days of ‘Bleeding Green’ at Publix.  Publix may have the happiest, most motivated workforce in America. What’s the secret? Our writer spent a week inside to figure it out.
  2. Stratechery – The Amazon Tax.   Amazon Web Services is becoming a ‘tax’ on the revenue of every e-enabled company.  What is such a business worth?
  3. Economist- Shops to showrooms.  Why some firms are opening shops with no stock.
  4. WSJ – Subprime Flashback: Early Defaults Are a Warning Sign for Auto Sales.  High level of missed payments for such loans made recently has raised concerns about underwriting standards.
  5. OB – “There are fundamental differences in the way that Warren and Charlie do things”.  Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP’s Ronald Olson talks about wisdom gleaned from the Buffett-Munger partnership.
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. Fortune – Palantir Connects the Dots with Big Data.  With a growing book of corporate clients and a high-profile Syrian relief project, the data-analysis startup is branching out beyond its roots in the war on terror.
  2. WEM – How Spotify Solved for the ‘Paradox of Choice’.  When it comes to discovering new music, less is more.
  3. NYP – Blondes leading the blind — the clueless rise of ‘lifestyle gurus’
  4. NYtimes – Modeled After Ants, Teams of Tiny Robots Can Move 2-Ton Car
  5. WSJ – Go Champion Beats AlphaGo Software on Fourth Try.   South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol beat the software after three straight losses last week.

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