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    Quartz Weekend Brief—Piketty’s optimism, ferry safety, environmentalism and beauty, the iVaporizer [qz.com] Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century went on sale in the US this week, and its central message can seem like a prophecy of doom.
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      Vladimir Putin is now pushing around the markets, as well as his neighbors [qz.com] The prospect of outright war between Russia and Ukraine seemed a real possibility this week (though the tensions have eased a bit), and that made for some interesting dynamics in t…
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        A dismaying portion of the medicine in circulation is counterfeit [qz.com] Poor-quality medication—that is, counterfeit drugs, or ones not made to the right specifications—are a huge problem. Fernandez has been working for […]
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          Why nobody knows anything about that mysterious American plane in Iran [qz.com] There’s a puzzle in international aviation and diplomatic circles: How did an American jet wind up landing in Iran?
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            Spain’s Air Force One keeps breaking down, to the delight and embarrassment of Spaniards [qz.com] Earlier this week, an Airbus A-310 plane landed in Spain 45 minutes behind schedule. Why this otherwise mundane event made news across the country says something abou…
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              Who says its hard to go public? New IPOs are having their best start in years [qz.com] Whether or not we are in the midst of a tech IPO bubble right now, the first three months of the year have been the busiest for initial public offerings since 2011.
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                China just revealed a major state secret: nearly 20% of its farmland is polluted [qz.com] Almost one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, according to a government report released this week. About 19.4% of China’s farmland is polluted by cadmium, nickel and arse…
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                  In Aereo’s Supreme Court case, what’s really on trial is the cloud [qz.com] Anyone can stick an antenna in the air to watch broadcast television for free in the United States. And courts have said it’s fine to record TV shows for watching later. Customers pay […]
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                    The seven economic charts of the week you really need to see [qz.com] US retail sales were strong In March, US retail sales posted the biggest month-on-month gain since May 2012. But observers still think that the Reserve Bank won’t need to hike rates just yet.
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                      What Gillette’s new FlexBall razor and duck genitalia have in common [qz.com] Evolution can sometimes produce some rather weird results. Gillette is releasing a new razor at the end of this month called the ProGlide FlexBall, reports the Wall Street Journal (paywa…
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                        How to dress an astronaut [qz.com] When the first humans left the earth—Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes, riding the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon 900 meters above Paris —they wore the long, ornamental coats, and tricorner…
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                          The downside of being Goldman Sachs [qz.com] Being an elite brand with household name recognition has clear advantages for attracting talent. But the prestige of firms like Goldman […]
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                            What Somalia’s new internet looks like from Silicon Valley [qz.com] Somalia’s first terrestrial fiber optic cables have connected the country to the modern internet. People have been flocking to hotels and internet cafes to try out the fast […]
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                              Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Ukraine tensions, China house prices, Japan-US stalemate, another Earth [qz.com] What to watch for today More unrest in Ukraine? An election result in Algeria. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks set to win a fourth five-year t…
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                                Mutual funds are bypassing IPOs and going straight for the main course [qz.com] There are a few big new players in Silicon Valley’s funding frenzy. Large institutional investors like Fidelity, T.
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                                  Tesla can’t reach global battery supremacy without a friend [qz.com] Why hasn’t Tesla announced a partner yet for its much vaunted gigafactory?  The question is beginning to be asked, and not just by investors.
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                                    Why the Gandhi family’s strongest living politician has never entered politics [qz.com] Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has long been considered one of India’s ruling Congress Party’s untapped assets. In the midst of India’s national elections, as rival Bharatiya Janata Par…
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                                      The world’s highest voting booth is in northern India [qz.com] 4,572 m (15,000 ft.): the height of the polling station at Hikkam in Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, India, which election officials claim to be world’s tallest. Source:
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                                        The hottest young economist in America studies the media, not monetary policy [qz.com] The Jason Bates Clark Medal is usually awarded to economists studying rather traditional subjects—tax policy researchers and development experts, for example—but not the latest …