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In the News 07.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 07.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

In the News 07.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

In the News 07.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

In the News 07.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. On Kindness

If leaving her husband had been a disappointment, subsequently falling in love with a “colored” man was outright treasonous. My grandfather immediately disowned my mother, telling her before she walked out of his modest Akron home for the last time, “I never want you in our lives again.” A few weeks later, at Christmas, my mother nonetheless decided to send some gifts to her father in an effort to show him that her love was unwavering. She returned home shortly thereafter to find all the presents sitting on her front porch. Attached was a note: “When I said never, I meant never.

 
Read the rest of this article at Matter

 


 

2. The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare

“Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Rolling Stone

 


 

3. The War of the Words

“This past year has seen hostilities between Amazon and the publishers, which had been simmering for years, come out into the open, filling many column inches in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, not to mention numerous online forums. The focal point of the dispute has been a tough negotiation between Amazon and the publisher Hachette, with some public sniping between the companies’ executives (who have otherwise kept out of view). Hachette, it should be said, is no slouch: it is owned by the large French media conglomerate Lagardère. The other big publishers are similarly well backed. HarperCollins is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Simon & Schuster is a part of CBS. Macmillan and Penguin Random House are owned, or co-owned, by hefty German corporations. Nonetheless, all the publishers feel bullied by Amazon, and Amazon, in turn, feels misunderstood.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Vanity Fair

 


 

4. Virgin group: Brand it like Branson

“One of the biggest inconsistencies is that his public persona – that of an entrepreneur running a multifarious business empire – does not reflect reality. In fact, Sir Richard manages very little. His Virgin Group owns stakes – few of them majority ones – in a vast range of businesses, but as an investor rather than a manager. Indeed it most resembles a huge “family office” with a portfolio run by professional investment managers and the profits channelled – via a number of trusts and a network of holding companies – to the Branson family.”

 
Read the rest of this article at FT

 


 

5. The 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

“… at the very top of this tree are 36 users who demonstrate Wikimedia in its most concentrated form: the stewards. They wield “global rights” — the ability to edit anything — and respond to crises and controversies across all Wiki platforms. They come from all around the world, receive no compensation, and rarely, if ever, encounter each other offline. You definitely don’t know them — but their work is essential to understanding how Wikimedia’s unique existence has thrived.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Matter

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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  • Great curation of articles! Thanks for helping keep me up to date on the goings-on of the world 😉

  • Marie Elisabeth Cabel-Wagner said...

    I just love and enjoy going through your articles …it makes my day. Thank you.

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