Saturday links: detecting bubbles

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.

Finance

A dozen things learned from Howard Marks. (25iq)

New tools provide regulators with ways to detect bubbles, but will it help?  (Institutional Investor)

Companies

Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo! ($YHOO)?  (Businessweek)

Did Goldman Sachs ($GS) overstep its bounds when it went after its former programmer for stealing code?  (Vanity Fair contra BI)

Economics

Roger Altman on why the economy could pop (in a good way).   (Time)

When is the last time you encountered out-of-stock items?  (FT Alphaville)

Companies are loath to hire the long-term unemployed.  (HBR)

On the costs of excess home ownership.  (FT)

Inequality

Is there a ‘Laffer Curve’ for inequality?  (Justin Fox)

Can a fast food company compete and still pay its employees an above minimum wage?  (Daniel Gross, ibid)

Startups

Glow is the app that will help you get pregnant.  (Quartz)

Hey startups, start calling your customers!  (Pando Daily)

Why Mormonism is the world’s most entrepreneurial religion.  (Pando Daily)

Technology

Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly?  (New Yorker)

Whatever happened to municipal wi-fi?  (Economist)

Stuff that shouldn’t be hackable.  (Minyanville)

Science

How much longer will humans have an edge at pattern recognition?  (Big Think)

Has this team found a key to fighting cancer?  (Philadelphia)

Society

Ready or not, adaptive education programs are coming to college campuses.  (Scientific American)

Look up from your phone! Pedestrian deaths are once again on the rise.  (WSJ)

It is time to move beyond the traditional grass lawn.  (Scientific American)

Health

Is it possible to “recover” from autism?  (Scientific American)

Where’s the male (contraceptive) Pill?  (Aeon via @thebrowser)

The vitamin myth: why we think we need supplementation.  (The Atlantic)

Food

Have we pit ‘peak soda‘ in the US?  (The Daily Beast)

Can new genes save the orange?  (NYTimes)

In pursuit of the art of “sour beer.”  (New Yorker)

Supermarkets are opening sit-down restaurants.  (Time)

Sports

This year’s America’s Cup is the “gnarliest” ever.  (NYTimes)

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally is Moneyball for the soccer set.  (NYTimes)

Entertainment

Why do all Hollywood movies lose money?  (Priceonomics)

The Great Recession changed Las Vegas.  (NYTimes)

Books

Do people buy books to actually read them?  (Digitopoly)

Why vacation is a necessity, not a luxury from Tony Schwartz author of Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live.  (Dealbook)

An excerpt from Amanda Ripley’s The Smartest Kids in the World—and How They Got That Way.  (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Can we make pundits suck less?  (Priceonomics)

Happiness is a false goal. Meaning is where it is at.  (The Atlantic)

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