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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
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Best of the Week

[6]How Apple And Amazon Security Flaws Led To My Epic Hacking
      6. http://b.rw/Nlg7j8

Mat Honan | Wired | 6 August 2012

"In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed."
  Honan's Google account was compromised and deleted; his Twitter account
  spued out racist tweets; and all data was erased from his iPad, iPhone
  and MacBook. Here's how [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-apple-and-amazon-security-flaws-led-my-epic-hacking

[8]Big Med
      8. http://b.rw/MAMGZI

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 6 August 2012

"Big chains thrive because they provide goods and services of greater
  variety, better quality, and lower cost than would otherwise be
  available. Size is the key." Why not for healthcare too? Gawande weighs
  the case for and against [9]Comments
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-med

[10]What Happened To Europe?
      10. http://b.rw/OZhs46

Amartya Sen | New Republic | 2 August 2012

Masterful essay assesses history of European integration, and the
  political and economic challenges facing single currency. "It is
  difficult to see austerity as a soundly reasoned economic solution to
  the European malaise" [11]Comments
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-happened-europe

[12]At The Olympics: Hype vs Reality
      12. http://b.rw/RiS34B

Mike Marqusee | Mike Marqusee | 4 August 2012

"The boosterism is relentless. Commentators rush to squeeze the events
  and results into preferred narratives and to draw an apposite moral
  lesson. These lessons are invariably platitudes." So here's a different
  interpretation [13]Comments
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/olympics-hype-vs-reality

[14]Downfall Of A Tuscan Paradise
      14. http://b.rw/QJWnfH

Alexander Smoltczyk | Spiegel | 7 August 2012

Siena used to be model city. Beautiful, prosperous. Now it's probably
  bust. Familiar Italian story—but with a twist. City controls Banca
  Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and used it as giant slush fund. Whoops.
  Billions down drain [15]Comments
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/downfall-tuscan-paradise

[16]Raging Bulls: How Wall Street Got Addicted To Light-Speed Trading
      16. http://b.rw/PGKiki

Jerry Adler | Wired | 3 August 2012

Outstanding article on high-frequency trading. "Stock quotes are always
  to the penny, but real prices can go to six decimal places. No sane
  person would haggle over a ten-thousandth of a cent. But computers
  don’t get bored" [17]Comments
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/raging-bulls-how-wall-street-got-addicted-light-speed-trading

[18]Meet Olafur: The Coolest Guy At The Olympics
      18. http://b.rw/QcU7qI

Joe Posnanski | Sports On Earth | 7 August 2012

Handball. It's a bit of a mystery to many of us. Joe Posnanski goes to
  a game expecting to write about the valiant-but-sure-to-lose Great
  Britain team. He stumbles, enjoyably, across something else entirely
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meet-olafur-coolest-guy-olympics

[20]I Was One Of America's Top Psychics
      20. http://b.rw/RiFp5M

Mark Edward | Alternet | 3 August 2012

"Yes, I can see the future, given the right perspective and
  information, and of course I can read the paw of your pet poodle. I may
  have a great gift, but it's the gift of gab mixed with a healthy dose
  of imagination and nerve" [21]Comments
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-was-one-americas-top-psychics

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Andrei Codrescu on Fantastical Tales
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

The Romanian-born poet tells us about his love for fantastic and
  magical tales – particularly bloody ones with cannibalism, necrophilia
  and alienated heroes [23]Read on
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

Featured Topic

      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

What is it? Why isn't it the same everywhere? Can we travel through
  time? Will there be an end to time? Read on to find out [25]Read on
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k Why Israel Should Withdraw From the West Bank—Now - Jonathan
  Tepperman - The Atlantic [26]t.co/8EPqshSZ h/t @blakehounshell
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
      26. http://t.co/8EPqshSZ
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Book of the Day
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/whistling-vivaldi-by-claude-steele

[30]Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/whistling-vivaldi-by-claude-steele

[31]Athene Donald says: “The author demonstrated that a lot of people
  underperform because they expect to underperform – because of
  'stereotype threat'” [32]FiveBooks Archive
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/athene-donald-on-women-science
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]Izhar Cardboard Bike Project
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/izhar-cardboard-bike-project

"It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap. But what I like about it the
  most is it's made out of cardboard"
  [34]More videos
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Robert Samuelson, on happiness
      35. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-global-happiness-derby/2012/07/22/gIQAJWi8JT_story.html

"Only in the mid-1700s — the Enlightenment — did happiness become
    socially acceptable. Before that, religious dogma encouraged austere

[36]More quotes
      36. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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