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The Best Articles of the Week – 06/03/16

Food for Thought:

  1. PG – How to Make Pittsburgh a Startup Hub.  What makes a city attractive for new business development may start with a dynamic dining scene.
  2. HBR – Stop Doing Low-Value Work
  3. ZH – FEMA Preparing For Magnitude 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake, Tsunami.  In July 2015, we highlighted a tremendous piece by the New Yorker (The Really Big One).  It appears that FEMA is finally starting to take the idea of a massive earthquake in the Pacific North West seriously.  This may sound alarmist, but it is at least worth considering the risk.
  4. WSJ – The TSA’s Summer of Lines.  They’re from the government and they’re here to make you wait.
  5. WSJ – Spy for a Day.  Former British intelligence officer Julian Fisher has used his espionage training to launch Your Mission, where clients get to act out their le Carré fantasies.
Business/Economics:

  1. BusinessWeek – How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes.  A billion-dollar system in which charitable giving is profitable.
  2. BusinessInsider – Mary Meeker’s stunning annual presentation on the state of the web
  3. WSJ – Pension Funds Pile on Risk Just to Get a Reasonable Return.  An investor used to get a 7.5% return by holding safe bonds. To earn that now, research finds, takes a more volatile mix.
  4. WSJ – PayPal Isn’t a Bank, But It May Be the New Face of Banking.  In race to shift services to web or mobile phones, the stakes are in the billions of dollars for traditional lenders and upstarts alike.
  5. WSJ – Dear Apple, Please Make the iPhone Smarter.  With Google, Amazon and Facebook creating better services for the iPhone and beyond, it’s time Apple steps up its game.
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. BusinessWeek – The Company That Cracked Image Search.  Nervve’s image-recognition software is used by everyone from the NBA to U.S. intelligence agencies.
  2. WSJ – NBA Finals: Are You a LeBron or a Curry? What your NBA superstar choice says about you
  3.  WSJ – U.S. Soccer’s Arrested Development.  Jurgen Klinsmann is sticking with the old guard for the Copa America as the progress of America’s next generation stalls.
  4.  WSJ – Posh Laundry Rooms to Make Dirty Clothes (Almost) Enjoyable. Multiple washers and dryers, rotary irons and steaming cabinets make chores easier.
  5. WSJ – How Novak Djokovic Aced the Serve.  The world’s No. 1 tennis player has transformed a ho-hum serve with suspect technique into one of the most accurate and deadly shots in the game.

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