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[5]Looking For Someone
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/jreWrG

Nick Paumgarten | New Yorker | 27 June 2011

Everything you wanted to know about Internet dating. Long, fun ride from
  1960s NY to today's smart algorithms (much like Netflix, except the movie
  doesn't have to like you back). And how we set ourselves up for success or
  failure [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/looking-someone

[7]The Paulson Sino Forest Loss
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jLeHOP

John Hemptom | Bronte Capital | 26 June 2011

Hedge-fund goliath John Paulson was gulled by a dodgy Chinese timber company
  that he didn't research thoroughly. OK. That's the price of his investment
  strategy. He runs a small team, acts quickly, places big bets, often wins
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/paulson-sino-forest-loss

[9]You Are Being Gamed
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/k57J76

Dan Ariely | Dropbox | 25 June 2011

How online companies trick you into sharing more, joining more, and spending
  more. And how, sometimes, we end up gaming ourselves. Case studies from
  Amazon, Netflix, Zynga, Groupon, Apple and Facebook (PDF) [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/you-are-being-gamed

[11]Poor Little Rich Country
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/jOYgb9

Patrick French | Foreign Policy | 24 June 2011

India gives billions of dollars in aid to African countries, has a space
  programme and a fast-growing economy. Yet a substantial portion of its
  population remains desperately poor, and Britain still sends it aid. What
  gives? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/poor-little-rich-country

[13]Chinese Art Of Elegant Bribery
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/mExIOr

Anthony Ou | Open Economy | 25 June 2011

One reason for boom in Chinese art prices is rising demand for artworks to
  use as bribes. Officials love art because the gift is discreet, the works
  hold their value, and, if caught, you can always say you thought it was a
  fake [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chinese-art-elegant-bribery

[15]Drunk On America
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/mbAiPO

Ryan O'Hanlon | Run Of Play | 24 June 2011

Soccer turns into an American national sport. "We’re slowly taking a piece
  of it and painting with some vaguely American strokes. Now our soccer team
  doesn’t suck we can spend an afternoon getting drunk and thinking we're the
  best" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/drunk-america

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Patricio Navia on Politics of Latin America
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patricio-navia-on-politics-latin-america

The political scientist tells us what to read if we want to know why Latin
  American  voters elect left-wing leaders, and how those leaders end up
  governing differently from each other [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patricio-navia-on-politics-latin-america

Featured Topic

[19]Financial Crisis
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
  include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
  articles [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why? by Paul Krugman and Robin
  Wells | The New York Review of Books - [22]goo.gl/6bBpj #[23]browsings
  [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://goo.gl/6bBpj
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/bad-science-by-ben-goldacre

[26]Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/bad-science-by-ben-goldacre

[27]Tim Harford says: "This book changed the way I thought about my own
  writing and it changed the way I thought about the world. It really is one
  of the best books I have ever read" [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-harford-on-unexpected-economics
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Snail Attack
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/snail-attack

Who said snails were slow? You won't, after watching this
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Clay Shirky, on public choice
    Links:
      31. http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2010/04/the_shirky_prin.php

"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the
    solution."

[32]More quotes
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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