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The day big oil was broken

I have mentioned the case of Standard Oil a few times in the past year when the topic of Amazon’s antitrust risks came up. Right after the U.S. government broke Standard Oil into 34 companies, the shareholders (Rockefeller the largest […]

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What’s happened to Equifax since the breach?

Imagine a business that’s built on selling proprietary data about consumers. Then imagine that business gets hacked and a bunch of that data gets leaked on the internet. You might imagine that customers would leave, consumer lawsuits would erode profits, […]

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My favorite LinkedIn profile

Roy Bahat, who runs VC fund Bloomberg Beta, seems like an awesome person. I recommend reading his profile in full. “I tried writing my LinkedIn to be honest to both my successes and the other stuff – so you can […]

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It’s hard to be a spy in the digital age

This is a fascinating article that discusses in great detail the challenges for the CIA of running spies in foreign countries as the internet, networked cameras and biometrics continue taking hold. I am troubled by the sources being entirely anonymous […]

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Lusitania: the epic battle over its biggest mystery

The Lusitania sank in 18 minutes and helped push the U.S. into World War 1. “Retired venture capitalist Gregg Bemis owns the salvage rights to the Lusitania — and he thinks he can solve the 100-year-old mystery of why it […]

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It’s 2020 and you’re in the future

Wait But Why’s Tim Urban reminds us that time flies. “The Wonder Years aired from 1988 and 1993 and depicted the years between 1968 and 1973. When I watched the show, it felt like it was set in a time […]

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Fast

Sometimes people can accomplish big things quickly. One sample: “Dee Hock was given 90 days to launch the BankAmericard card (which became the Visa card), starting from scratch. He did. In that period, he signed up more than 100,000 customers.” | learn […]