Author Archives: Felix

The Podcast Podcast

Slate Money on the business of podcasting, with special guests Alex Blumberg and Will Mayo.

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I made a bet that there’s an even worse investment than Bitcoin

Bitcoin might be an idiotic investment, but it’s not as bad as penny stocks.

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How Facebook could kill the news brand

If Facebook continues to grow as a trusted news source in its own right, then the result could be an existential crisis for news organizations with old-fashioned things like editors and fact-checkers and clear ethical guidelines.

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Greece’s debt crisis: How did we get here?

It all starts 15 years ago…

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The Literary Edition

Journalist Alissa Quart shares her first book of poetry, then chats with Slate Money about Wall Street bonuses and the late David Foster Wallace’s tax advice.

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SXSW is no longer a tech conference

Or rather, it is still a tech conference, but in the same way that every company (even McDonald’s!) is a tech company.

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The Automatic for the People Edition

Slate Money on odious debt as an international power play, Charles Schwab’s plan to create a robo-adviser, and the Apple smartwatch.

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Gigaom’s biggest problem: it stayed private

In Silicon Valley, either you raise money at ever-higher valuations, or you’re probably going to die.

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The Money for Nothing Edition

Slate Money on whether Wu-Tang Clan’s album can sell like fine art, a stock plunge for Lumber Liquidators, and the reasons why we have patent trolls.

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Naming Wrongs

David Geffen paid $100 million to get his name on a concert hall at Lincoln Center. Yes, that’s kind of gross.

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Sorry, Darlene: Not everyone should learn to invest

A case can be made that investing is a way of making poor people poorer.

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Mediterranean islands wine contest

This year’s wine contest was another great one. The theme was red wine from Mediterranean islands – which meant, in practice, Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica. We had 11 contestants, with 7 wines from Sicily, 3 from Sardinia, and 1 from … Continue reading

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The Shiny New Things Edition

Slate Money on the new Panoply podcast network, Google’s new headquarters, and students taking a stand against college debt.

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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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