Venezuela, the Future of Money, and Spyware for Teens
Weekend Reads: February 1, 2019
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A Netflix for Video Games? Why a Longtime Dream Is Closer Than Ever to Coming True.
Brian Fung | The Washington Post | Retweeted by Brent Skorup
Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have completely changed the way consumers watch TV shows and movies. Thanks to new technological innovations, this could now be possible for video games.
Yes, Venezuela Is a Socialist Catastrophe
Bret Stephens | The New York Times | Tweeted by Matthew Mitchell
In recent coverage of Venezuela, the word “socialism” has been left out. In the age of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a history lesson on Venezuela’s tumultuous government is needed.
The History of Money and the Future of Cryptocurrency
Brian C. Albrecht | American Institute for Economic Research | Retweeted by David Beckworth
To fully understand the role of cryptocurrency and its path to viability, the history of money and government’s role in monetary policy must be rehashed.
5 Psychological Studies That Require a Second Look
Todd P. Kashdan Ph.D. | Psychology Today | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok
After ten years of research, this psychologist looks back on five of his published studies that may have something wrong with them.
I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything
Kashmir Hill | Gizmodo | Shared by Tyler Cowen
A reporter tried to stop using Google in an effort to cut out the five biggest tech giants from her life, but it’s difficult to cut out a company that is unknowingly running in the background of our lives.
Facebook Pays Teens to Install VPN That Spies on Them
Josh Constine | TechCrunch | Retweeted by Brian Knight
Facebook sought out users (including teenagers) to give up their data, including private messages and location data, for $20 a month. Apple revoked their ability to do this because it violated their policies.
Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye
Douglas Irwin | CityLab | Tweeted by Emily Hamilton
Recently, Buffalo residents have noticed fewer parking spaces downtown. Two years ago, they became the first city to overhaul archaic zoning regulations to allow for more development.
Meet the Man Behind a Third of What's on Wikipedia
Errol Barnett | CBS News | Retweeted by Tyler Cowen
Named one of the most influential people on the internet by Time Magazine, Steven Pruitt has made almost 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles all for the love of history and the free flow of information.
Reddit’s r/changemyview Is a Template for How All Online Discussion Should Be
Bryan Clark | The Next Web | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston-Skees
Encouraging healthy debate and discussion, this subreddit facilitates a healthy exchange of ideas and helps people change their viewpoints.