Apple hasn’t solved the smart watch dilemma

If Apple manages to come up with a thin, waterproof watch which I can wear comfortably under a shirt cuff, one where I can tell the time just by looking at it, without having to recharge it twice a day, then I’ll be interested.

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In Defense of Chain Links

As old-school chain cuff links face an existential threat, one man makes a stand for true closure.

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Slate Money Talks Dollars and Sense

Listen to Slate’s show on former congressmen working for Wall Street, dollar-store mergers, and premium bonds.

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It’s amazing how much more you earn, when you have a penis.

It’s not much of a caveat to say that if women were exactly the same as men, then they would earn the same amount as men do.

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Should you Take the Plunge?

The big interactive project I’ve been working on since May. Explore, enjoy! There’s also an IMterview I did with Chad Matlin about how he paid off his six-figure student debt in six years. And I wrote up the NY Fed’s analysis of whether going to college is worth it, too.

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House of Cards: Magic and Probability

Slate Money on card tricks, tech valuations, and investing in professional athletes.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Isn’t Going Away

But giving money to disease-specific charities is still a bad idea.

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The Ethics of Buying Stocks

Slate Money on tech deals minus the bankers, Amazon’s new payment system, and answers to listener questions.

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No need for banks in an era of intellectual capital

Silicon Valley deals are not based on factors that bankers can model

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Slate Money: The Payday Edition

Slate Money on payday loans, BuzzFeed’s latest valuation, and the value of data scientists.

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Bad Paper

My first #post-text project for Fusion: Bad Paper, a game which should help people understand the world of debt collections in a fun, immersive way. I gave it a short write-up for Fusion, but the main article it’s linked to is actually in the NYT, where the Sunday magazine is excerpting Jake Halpern’s great new book. In other words, this is a highly collaborative project: various teams of people at the NYT and at Fusion, including Mariana Santos’s brand-new interactives team, all worked with Jake to make this happen. I’m very proud it all came together.

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How to understand A16Z’s investment in BuzzFeed

If you’re looking at it asking how anybody could pay that kind of money for a bunch of listicles, you’re looking at it all wrong

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Up in smoke

How US states lost billions of dollars in tobacco settlement revenues

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Slate Money: The Impenetrable Business Jargon Edition

On financial gobbledygook, corporate “living wills” vs. “Too Big to Fail” and the battle over the estate of Robert Rauschenberg.

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Babies and Burgers

Slate Money on the business of surrogacy, a landmark McDonald’s labor ruling, and Argentina’s debt default (again).

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Argentina’s default option

The sun has risen, and Argentina is — once again — in default. NBD.

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The #GrieFault trade

Why Argentina’s bonds might be worth even more in default

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The “Of Course” Edition

Slate Money on the state of business journalism, a hedge-fund billionaire’s battle against Herbalife, and the corporate income tax.

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The Many Merchants of Death Edition

Slate Money on a big bank’s big settlement, a big merger in “Big Tobacco,” and the continuing saga of the world’s most expensive fighter plane.

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The Cupcake Indicator

Slate Money on endings: quantitative easing, the American Apparel leadership, and big cupcake.

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Slate Money: The Monetizing Others Episode

Slate Money on New York’s secretive real estate, big data in health care, and GM’s many recalls

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The stock market, in six charts

Lessons from Yahoo’s chart buttons

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Jeff Koons: a master innovator turning money into art

Jeff Koons and the art of financial innovation

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Not all winning bets are smart

Don’t speculate with your home

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From Wall Street Dark Pools to Puerto Rican Swimming Pools

Slate Money on Aereo’s Supreme Court loss, and rich people flocking to Puerto Rico

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