12/18/15 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • James Altucher talks with Gabriel Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo, and author of “Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth.” (jamesaltucher)
  • The problem with shortcuts is that they are made by experts and used by amateurs. (behaviorgap)
  • On the rise of A/B testing. (npr)
  • Rebuilding the Middle Class the Army Way (nytimes)
  • The 2016 CWS Buy List is here. (crossingwallstreet)
  • Amazon ($AMZN) may be building its own air logistics capability. (businessinsider)
  • What US CEOs are saying about the economy (and the Fed). (skrisiloff.tumblr)
  • Pharma M&A is always high stakes. (bloomberg)
  • What GoPro ($GPRO) needs to do to survive. (qz)
  • Jay Yarow and Farhad Manjoo talk with @startupljackson. (soundcloud)
  • A spoiler-free review of “The Force Awakens” and then add some spoilers on top. (filmspotting)
  • A discussion with Ashlee Vance author of “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.”* (longform)
  • November was a good month for the US housing economy. (bonddad.blogspot)
  • The Case for the Empire: Everything you think you know about Star Wars is wrong. (weeklystandard)
  • Not every part of the US is doing well. (blogs.wsj)
  • An extended discussion with John Seabrook author of “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory.”* (longform)
  • 10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction-Less (becomingminimalist)
  • Why the banks win all sorts of ways when they manage tech IPOs. (wsj)
  • How does a wine “portfolio manager” work? (player.fm)
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: what full-employment looks like. (wsj)
  • A history of real interest rates. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Amazon Is Capturing Bigger Slice of U.S. Online Holiday Spending (bloomberg)
  • 9 apps from 2015 that are worth keeping on your phone. (businessinsider)
  • The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad (decider)
  • Where is the bull market exactly? (thereformedbroker)
  • Marc Maron talks with super-producers Brian Grazer author of “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” (wtfpod)
  • Seriously billionaires you will regret buying a newspaper. (fusion)
  • Case closed: Apple’s dud might do alright (macworld)
  • Why the Feds came down on Martin Shkreli. (bloombergview)
  • The future for podcasting is bright. (niemanlab)
  • Bill Simmons talks with retiring soccer star Abby Wambach. (soundcloud)
  • Mining Wikipedia to find the most influential universities in the world. (technologyreview)
  • Leaked: Secret catalog of gadgets police and feds can use to spy on your cellphone (boingboing)
  • Global X is the king of ‘themed ETFs.’ (bloomberg)
  • How I Turned My iPhone Into a Simple, Distraction-Free Device (lifehacker)
  • The Junk Bond Rout That Wasn’t (nytimes)
  • Why Are Drug Monopolies Running Amok? Meet Deborah Feinstein (theintercept)
  • Why are Americans better than British at making podcasts? (theguardian)
  • Where the “ultimate stock pickers” did well (and poorly) in 2015. (news.morningstar)

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