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The Week’s Best Articles – 10/28/16


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Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – How Taking a Gap Year Can Shape Your Life.  Looking back, adults who took time off before or during college say they have no regrets.
  2. NR – Why Friday’s Massive Internet Outage Was So Scary – Credit JC – Hackers have turned our cheap electronic devices against us. And at this rate, it’s only going to get worse.
  3. QZ – This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms
  4. MM – 3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught YouA little PG-13 language, but some good wisdom here.
  5. Vulture – David S. Pumpkins, the King of Halloween You Didn’t Know You Needed


  1. Activate – Tech and Media Outlook 2017
  2. IMA – The Dangers of Dividend Obsession
  3. Medium – Millennials and Retail: The myth of shut-in nation – Credit SB –
  4. WSJ – What the AT&T Merger Can Learn From AOL-Time Warner – Steve Case, the CEO of AOL, reflects on what it takes for success in a mega-deal.  Marrying content with distribution makes sense. But culture and structure matter just as much.
  5. WSJ – Instavest: The Startup That Wants to Uproot Hedge Funds. – Credit AB – A social media-style platform for investors is looking to democratize asset management. But can Instavest retain its top talent?


  1. TheAtlantic – Football Alters the Brains of Kids as Young as 8.  New evidence of the danger of the sport.
  2. BI – Apple’s cord situation is completely out of control
  3. Engadget – Google’s AI created its own form of encryption.  Just two neural networks passing secret notes without you.
  4. WSJ – For Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky, Greatness Began in an Icy Backyard. he sports legend reflects on his homemade rink in Canada and learning to sense opponents’ next moves.
  5. Fortune – How Steve Cohen Amassed a $1 Billion Art Collection

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