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This week’s highlights: Cheaper healthcare, Brands strike back, and the importance of body language.

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Fifteen on Friday – 08/11/17 – Issue 248

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – On Health Care, Who Needs Congress?  Regardless of whether Congress enacts health care reform, the private sector isn’t waiting.
  2. WashPo – Rise of the machinesCredit DH – Robots are increasingly being deployed to fill jobs for which there aren’t enough qualified applicants.
  3. GuardianUK – How the middle class hoards wealth and opportunity for itself.  This is thought provoking – “American society is dominated by an elite 20% that ruthlessly protects its own interests”
  4. Medium – I stopped checking Facebook for a year, without deleting the app. Here’s what I learned.  The habit to break isn’t Facebook, but something else.
  5. USA Today – I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me. – Credit JC – ‘Brain hacking’ Internet monopolies menace public health, democracy, writes Roger McNamee

Business/Economics:

  1. NYT – Despite S.E.C. Warning, Wave of Initial Coin Offerings Grows  46 new coin offerings have been announced and an additional 204 are moving toward fund-raising, according to data from Tokendata.io.
  2. Bloomberg – Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions.  Life expectancy gains have stalled. The grim silver lining? Lower pension costs
  3. NYT – The Potential and Peril of Giving a Brand a Human Face
  4. WSJ – Brands Strike Back: Seven Strategies to Loosen Amazon’s Grip Some give local stores first dibs on new products; others seek to enforce minimum advertised prices.
  5. Engadget – All Apple had to do to sell iPads was make them cheaper.  It turns out Apple’s customers just wanted a plain old iPad for not a lot of cash.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – He Can Hit a Golf Ball 445 Yards. Can He Become a Golfer?  For long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski, turning lightning-strike drives into consistent birdies is the key to earning a spot on the PGA Tour.
  2. WSJ – The Men Who Trade ISIS Loot.  The middlemen who buy and sell antiquities looted by Islamic State from Syria and Iraq explain how the smuggling supply chain works.
  3. TED Talks – This is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email.  
  4. CNET – Firefox Fights Back.  Inside Mozilla, CEO Chris Beard and his team are preparing to outmaneuver Google’s Chrome browser. The battle begins in November, with their release of Firefox 57.
  5. BI – Body language is more important than you think — and it can even outweigh your IQ

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