Weekly newsletter 68


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

[6]How Apple And Amazon Security Flaws Led To My Epic Hacking
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-apple-and-amazon-security-flaws-led-my-epic-hacking

[8]Big Med
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/big-med

[10]What Happened To Europe?
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-happened-europe

[12]At The Olympics: Hype vs Reality
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/olympics-hype-vs-reality

[14]Downfall Of A Tuscan Paradise
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/downfall-tuscan-paradise

[16]Raging Bulls: How Wall Street Got Addicted To Light-Speed Trading
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/raging-bulls-how-wall-street-got-addicted-light-speed-trading

[18]Meet Olafur: The Coolest Guy At The Olympics
    Links:
      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]Comments
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meet-olafur-coolest-guy-olympics

[20]I Was One Of America's Top Psychics
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-was-one-americas-top-psychics

FiveBooks Interview

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

Featured Topic

[24]Time
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/whistling-vivaldi-by-claude-steele

[30]Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/athene-donald-on-women-science
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]Izhar Cardboard Bike Project
    Links:
      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
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Robert Samuelson, on happiness
    Links:
      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
    rectitude"

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

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