This week’s highlights: Amazon’s Wild West, LaCroix, and the Cleveland Browns

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Issue 344

by David Wells – Nashville TN
Happy Friday Everyone,
Best,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  WSJ – Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products

Why It Matters:   This may be behind the Wall Street Journal’s paywall.  I personally have seen this in Amazon orders for Gillette razor blades where clearly counterfeit product is sold by Amazon and fulfilled by Amazon.  “Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site.”

Consider as well:

  1. TheAtlantic – White Claw Is What Happens When Being Cool Becomes Exhausting
  2. Esquire – Inside the Twisted, Worldwide Hunt for a $7 Million Stolen Car
  3. NYT – The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter  New-gadget season is almost here, but our columnist has concluded, after testing hundreds of gizmos over the years, that it pays to wait.
  4. IndyStar – Purdue’s Mitch Daniels: ‘The Henry Ford of higher ed’  Mitch Daniels has shaped Purdue into the national model for making college affordable, attainable and actually worth it.

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  BusinessWeek – Battle of the Bubbles

Why It Matters:  The House of LaCroix – “The early darling of fizzy water is losing ground to big soda, and shareholders are questioning its management.”

Consider as well:

  1. II – Can Steve Schwarzman Be Replicated?  Private equity “beta” can be replicated by quants for a fraction of the costs. But will investors sign on?
  2. CNN – Insiders are selling stock like it’s 2007
  3. Jalopnik – Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say
  4. NYT – Hotels Have Piled On the Brands. In a Downturn, That Could Be a Problem.

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week:  SI – Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders

Why It Matters:   For the NFL’s centenary, a historically hexed franchise and an agonizingly vexed fan base are eagerly anticipating a resurrection of Biblical proportions. Thanks to some bold moves and brash personalities, the league’s biggest losers of the last two decades—yes, the Cleveland Browns—are Super Bowl contenders.

Consider as well:

  1. NatGeo – Inside the search for Amelia Earhart’s airplane  Many attempts have been made to discover the famed aviator’s fate,
  2. OCT – The Rise of Regular Beer Maybe some times people just want something cold and simple.
  3. Engadget – The safest messaging apps Not all encrypted messaging apps are the same.
  4. NYT – Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?  How the first Williams sister changed the course of women’s tennis.