Ritholtz's Reads: Patent Wars, Coral Reefs and Reid Hoffman

(Bloomberg View) -- The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Sakona Coffee Roasters, grab a seat overlooking the harbor, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Can Anyone Beat Jeff Bezos? Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook have remade the economy in their image. So what happens if they turn on each other? (Vanity Fair)
  • How UBS Became Home to Half the World’s Billionaires (Bloomberg)
  • Eight Things Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Probably Won’t Tell You (Great Wall Of Numbers)
  • The Coming Software Apocalypse (The Atlantic)
  • How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down: At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from. (New York Times)
  • The Futurism Industry’s Blind Spot (Slate)
  • Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part: The iPhone maker pays $2 billion a year in patent fees, and it’s had enough.  (Bloomberg)
  • Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity (Evonomics)
  • Reid Hoffman is using his fortune, and his Silicon Valley network, to take on Trump (Recode)
  • Building a Better Coral Reef (New York Times)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Fred Fox, founder and CEO of Planalytics, a company specializing in business weather intelligence — the study, development and commercialization of weather analytics.

The most important economic fight right now

Ritholtz's Reads: Patent Wars, Coral Reefs and Reid Hoffman

Source: Wonkblog

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Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”

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