What are we reading? December 6, 2018

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

It’s been yet another not-so-fabulous week for Facebook, what with the revelation of its internal emails on its corporate culture. - The New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/facebooks-very-bad-month-just-got-worse

 

If you’ve been watching My Favourite Friend on HBO, you’ve been treated to a taste of the wondrous work of Elena Ferrante. The issue is her mystery, and this essay wonders if she is actually only one person. - The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/12/elena-ferrante-pseudonym/573952/

 

The Seattle Mariners were on the cusp of becoming a contending baseball team. Now they’ve torn the place apart with some trades. - The Ringer

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/12/6/18128754/seattle-mariners-jerry-dipoto-rebuild-robinson-cano-james-paxton-edwin-diaz

 

Hayley Woodin, reporter:

The economic implications of a different kind of housing crisis: one where American cities with ageing homes and low property prices struggle to recruit families and talent. - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/the-other-housing-crisis-cities-where-home-prices-are-low-because-people-have-left/2018/11/28/9eec6b3a-cb19-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html?utm_term=.5bbb86c1f79b

 

TD economists share their analysis of what to expect from central bankers  in the U.S. and Canada next year. A short primer on how central banking policies in both countries have evolved over the last few years, and where they are anticipated to go. - TD Canada

https://economics.td.com/ca-market-insight-central-bankers-2019

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Glassdoor’s 2019 list of the best places to work in Canada, as ranked by employees, has an interesting mix of sectors. Microsoft tops this year’s list in a roster that is heavy on tech but also includes health care, ecommerce banking, telecom and service. – glassdoor.com

https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-Canada-LST_KQ0,26.htm

 

Is your TV in cahoots with criminals? The increasing interconnectivity of home appliances has given hackers a hand in launching malicious cyberattacks - CBC

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cybercrime-internet-security-attacks-1.4934409

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Good long read on the remarkable tale of John Chau, who made contact with the isolationist people of North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea and about his preparations to meet a tribe of people who are known for killing strangers with bows and arrows – a fate that befell Chau. - New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/world/asia/john-chau-andaman-missionary.html

 

Nelson Bennett, reporter:

China has won plaudits for its aggressive investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles, in an attempt to reduce its reliance on coal power. But because it is also aggressively building coal power plants in other countries, China is merely shifting its its emissions. - Phys.org

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-china-unbridled-export-coal-power.html

 

One of the best tools for addressing climate change isn’t a technology or a tax, but a tree. According to one study, reforestation and afforestation has the potential to take a 37% bite out of global carbon emissions, but receive only 2.5% of climate change related funding. - Scientific American

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-best-technology-for-fighting-climate-change-isnt-a-technology/