I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently.
- An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer To Death – it feels like we’re on the brink of a cancer breakthrough and this concept has been gaining traction lately. [NY Times]
- The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Guide to Trading on Inside Information – the story of an insider trading scandal involving golfer Phil Mickelson and why our wacky laws resulted in him not being charged. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
- Why ISIS Is Winning The Social Media War – ISIS is effectively crowd-sourcing it’s violence to anyone who feels marginalized [Wired]
- How This Company Makes $70 Million Selling Random Stuff on Amazon – it took a while to get to the punchline. They’re buying products on secondary markets from “diverters” and using software to undercut sellers on Amazon. Smart, but, as one of the commenters put it “dang they look like a sleazy bunch” [Inc]
- The Braves Play Taxpayers Better Than They Play Baseball – this isn’t unique to the Braves. Teams swoop in with promises of “revitalizing” communities, stick tax payers with the bills for millions to build a new stadium, then leave before the next one is built. Cities are afraid to say no because they don’t want to miss out. If they all said no, teams would have to finance their own stadiums (which they absolutely can afford to do) and towns wouldn’t go broke [Bloomberg Businessweek]
- A Leak Wounded This Company. Fighting the Feds Finished It Off – this is scary. An employee accidentally exposed a file with social security numbers to a file sharing service, another company discovered it and reported them to the FTC when they refused to pay for their services. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
That’s it for this month. If you’re interested in more stories like this check out the Monthly Link Roundup archive.