Has the Internet ruined broadcast journalism?

My appearance on Jorge Ramos’s show with Jeff Jarvis.

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Why staying private sucks, if you’re a tech company

It’s not at all obvious that venture capitalists are preferable to public shareholders.

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Fertile Ground

Imagine you’ve traded lives with a young woman in South Dakota, on the cusp of an important decision. Her fate is in your hands. Change her life at the end of each chapter.

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Two wage inequality numbers that prove Patricia Arquette is right

When Patricia Arquette used her Oscar acceptance speech to declare that “it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all,” she wasn’t just talking about Hollywood millionaires; she was talking about all American women.

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Leafing through the biggest magazine launch of 2015

If it succeeds, it will be proof of the continued importance of print in journalism. So it’s worth asking, on the strength of this debut issue: has it succeeded?

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The Don’t Be Evil Edition

Slate Money on the secretly evil world of government debt collectors, not-so-evil employee pay raises at Walmart, and oversize valuations for an uber-evil car sharing service

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Apple just proved that the zero lower bound still exists

Can companies be paid to borrow money? It’s theoretically possible — but it hasn’t happened yet.

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Meet the tweet-deleters: people who are making their Twitter histories self-destruct

An article by Kevin Roose, annotated by me

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The Exotic Fantasies Edition

Slate Money on Greece’s showdown with its European lenders, Expedia’s takeover of the online travel industry, plus Fifty Shades of Grey and the sexiness of billionaires.

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Christian Grey and the allure of fake billionaires

The fictional Christian Grey can teach us a lot about how real-world wealth works, and what the word “billionaire” actually means.

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Dear budding journalist,

Words of advice for young journalists

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The Flipping and Flopping Edition

Slate Money on President Obama’s flip-flop on the 529 college savings plan, the FCC’s flip-flop on net neutrality, and Shake Shack’s flipping of burgers but not (yet) flopping on the public stock market.

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The ingredients of a great newsletter

Thursday’s Stratechery newsletter, annotated.

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Adding up wealth is a silly way to measure inequality

We can’t learn anything useful by comparing the wealth of the super-rich to the aggregated net worth of the bottom 50% or even 90% of the population.

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Why tomorrow’s technology needs a regulatory revolution

We need a regulatory revolution commensurate with the technological revolution that is going to happen anyway.

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Measles makes a comeback. Should we blame millennials?

One of the biggest public-health issues facing American children today is a terrifying rise in the number of unvaccinated kids. The kids themselves, of course, are blameless: it’s their parents who are to blame. And who are those parents? Overwhelmingly, they’re millennials.

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Buying at Sotheby’s just got more expensive – again

One consequence of rising buyer’s premiums is that the auction houses are becoming less transparent every year.

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The Sports Edition

Slate Money on paying college athletes, the real cost of sports stadiums, and the outsized salary of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Sovereigns, Vultures and Ignoble Cowardice

Atrocious jurisprudence has plunged Argentina into an unwanted default and upended the world of sovereign debt.

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How stupid is a Davos audience, anyway?

All of us have occasionally applauded a speech we haven’t listened to.

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The Davos Edition

Slate Money on what actually happens when you go to Davos, when the European Central Bank tries quantitative easing, and when the U.S. capital gains tax goes up.

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Davos: Fear ascendant

I suspect that 2015 is going to be the year that fear becomes self-fulfilling.

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Fact check: How many jets actually flew into Davos?

The headlines, it seems, are off by an entire order of magnitude.

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Oxfam’s misleading wealth statistics

My first attempt at evergreen journalism: a recapitulation and update of a post I wrote at Reuters in the wake of Oxfam’s last report.

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The “Crazy Currencies” Edition

Slate Money on the ups and downs of bitcoin and the Swiss franc.

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