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M&A skipped its usual summer vacation and hit record highs instead

qz.com — Historically a slow month for mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street, August dealmaking is at its highest level since 2000. The corporate merger machine appears to be on overdrive, registering a record $293 billion in global M&A as of Aug. 28, according to Dealogic.
Aug 28, 2014

M&A skipped its usual summer vacation and hit record highs instead qz.com/257301 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

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Would you like a cat with your mortgage?

qz.com — Sberbank, Russia's largest lender, is offering an unusual perk to homebuyers-if you take out a loan with the bank, it will throw in a free cat. Mortgage borrowers don't get to keep the feline, but bank officials will bring one of 10 cats to wander around a newly-purchased property before the new owners enter, which according to...
Aug 28, 2014

Like a cat with your mortgage? Sure thing, says Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender. (Just don't expect to keep it) qz.com/note/257004/

Aug 28, 2014

RT @EGSophiaFurber: Would you like a cat with your mortgage? Russia's Sperbank will throw one in for free when you take a loan qz.com/note/257004/ via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

If you get a mortgage with Russia's Sberbank, it will throw in a free cat. qz.com/note/257004/

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Asia has gotten too rich for the global poverty line

qz.com — Where is the line between "poor" and "not poor"? The international standard says that anyone making under $1.25 per day should be considered poor. Above that, not poor. Now that line is looking too low to be relevant in Asia, a testament to the scale of the economic growth on the continent in recent decades.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @nsonnad: Almost all Asian nat'l poverty lines are well above the global one, which is looking outdated qz.com/257067/asia-ha… pic.twitter.com/m7rmvrX8zl

Aug 28, 2014

Almost all Asian nat'l poverty lines are well above the global one, which is looking outdated qz.com/257067/asia-ha… pic.twitter.com/m7rmvrX8zl

Aug 28, 2014

RT @qz: Asia has gotten too rich for the global poverty line qz.com/257067

The Times of India’s new contract to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest”

qz.com — The Times of India issued a new social media policy on Wednesday, a day after Quartz reported on a bizarre new contract that would have forced journalists to establish official accounts, hand over passwords, and allow the employer to post on their behalf. The bottom line: India's largest media company isn't actually changing much.
Aug 28, 2014

The Times of India’s to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest” (@sruthijith via @qz) ow.ly/AP3A6 #MustReads

Aug 28, 2014

The Times of India’s new contract to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest” qz.com/256794 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

RT @PBSMediaShift: The Times of India’s to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest” (@sruthijith via @qz) ow.ly/AP3KN #MustReads

Aug 28, 2014

The Times of India’s new contract to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest” qz.com/256794 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

.@TOIIndiaNews' new contract to journalists: Giving up personal tweets is “in YOUR interest” qz.com/256794 via @qz (ht @subhajitb)

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Perfect: David Lynch takes the Iced Coffee Bucket Challenge and nominates Vladimir Putin.

glass.qz.com — How would the creator of Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, and a trove of performance art pieces interpret the Ice Bucket Challenge? Wonder no more......
Aug 28, 2014

#GENIUS: David Lynch nominates Vladimir Putin for the Ice Bucket Challenge: glass.qz.com/notes/1308

Aug 28, 2014

RT @zseward: Try to imagine David Lynch taking the ice bucket challenge. Now realize your dreams: glass.qz.com/notes/1308

Aug 28, 2014

Try to imagine David Lynch taking the ice bucket challenge. Now realize your dreams: glass.qz.com/notes/1308

Inside Chipotle’s quest to be the fastest fast-casual restaurant

qz.com — One of Chipotle's biggest obsessions, along with the way it sources food and manages its employees. is constantly increasing throughput, the rate at which it serves customers at peak hours. The company can serve between 100 and 120 people an hour during peak lunch hours, and continues to up its average speed quarter after quarter....
Aug 28, 2014

RT @zseward: Come for the "four pillars of throughput," stay for the improved tortilla press. Chipotle's burrito velocity secrets: qz.com/256884

Aug 28, 2014

Come for the "four pillars of throughput," stay for the improved tortilla press. Chipotle's burrito velocity secrets: qz.com/256884

The ridiculously troubled country with the world’s best-performing stock market

qz.com — It's Argentina. Yes, economically, the country is a mess. With dwindling foreign reserves and threadbare credit that prevents it from borrowing, Argentina has turned to devaluation to finance itself. The result is a nasty case of stagflation. GDP growth is just barely puttering forward. Private estimates of inflation hover around 40%, according to the Eurasia group.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @WSJForero: The ridiculously troubled country with the world’s best-performing stock market. It's Argentina, of course. See why: qz.com/256239

Aug 28, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: The world's best performing stock market lately is...Argentina?!? (Local currency terms) qz.com/256239 via @qz

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Amazon's new slate of pilots is out.

glass.qz.com — In order of how excited you should be about them:...
Aug 28, 2014

Your guide to the slate of Amazon pilots released today: glass.qz.com/notes/1309 (TLDR: Watch Whit Stilman's, safely ignore the rest.)

The standing desk industry may have a new target: kids

qz.com — Now that office workers have been indoctrinated about the health benefits of standing desks, health researchers have moved onto a new target: kids. Texas A&M associate professor Mark Benden recently tested standing desks using hundreds of elementary school students and measured changes in their calorie expenditure and classroom engagement.
Aug 28, 2014

Schools should equip classrooms with standing desks for both kids and teachers qz.com/257224

Aug 28, 2014

The standing desk industry may have a new target: kids qz.com/257224

A Texas megachurch is preaching the gospel of drones

qz.com — Imagine that there's a powerful, invisible force hovering above you in the sky. It sees everything, controls everything-you can keep no secrets from it. If it wanted to, it could kill you instantly. Now what do you see-a drone? Or God?
Aug 28, 2014

Pastor at a Texas megachurch says drones are God, or something qz.com/256437/a-texas…

Aug 28, 2014

"he uses drones as a metaphor for God, who, in Young’s conception, is essentially a massive surveillance system." buff.ly/1plxk3p

These seven charts explain how Ferguson-and many other US cities-wring revenue from black people and the poor

qz.com — In its violent crackdowns on demonstrations since a white police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in early August, Ferguson police revealed a fresh proclivity for abusing its citizens. However, the city's finances suggest the St. Louis suburb's criminal justice system has been stealthily exploiting residents-particularly those who are black or poor-for years.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @sinoceros: These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from black people and the poor ift.tt/1rCP9N7

This hidden leading indicator tells us that the US job market is getting even stronger

qz.com — Each month we spotlight the so-called "jobs differential," an indicator that's buried in the Conference Board's monthly update on US consumer confidence. The jobs differential is basically the difference between the number of people who said jobs were "hard to get" and those who said jobs were "plentiful" in the the non-profit research group's monthly...
Aug 28, 2014

This hidden leading indicator tells us that the US job market is getting even stronger: qz.com/257421 pic.twitter.com/mPdbAO9IaL

What can the US and NATO do to prevent Putin from defeating Ukraine?

qz.com — The new incursion into Ukrainian territory by Russian forces has led some veteran US foreign policy hands to call for a quick and highly visible Western airlift of military equipment to Kyiv. The aim: to prevent a Russian rout of Ukraine. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, former US secretary of state George Shultz and ex-defense...
Aug 28, 2014

A call for US-NATO arming of Kiev and troops in the Baltics. qz.com/257023 @qz

Miranda July’s new app turns users into performance artists

qz.com — One shame of modern technology is the way it cuts down on the sorts of random, serendipitous, and downright odd encounters we used to have before we were all staring into our cell phones all the time. Artist and filmmaker Miranda July seeks to change that with her new iPhone app, Somebody.

As Erdogan ascends to the presidency, Turkey’s star is in freefall

qz.com — Newly sworn in as Turkey's president, Recep Tayip Erdogan is now a few constitutional amendments from becoming his country's most powerful leader since Kemal Ataturk. The task of delivering those amendments falls to Ahmet Davutoglu, Erdogan's longtime foreign minister and now his successor as prime minister.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @ghoshworld: 'Zero Problems' to 'Many Problems': The rise and fall of #Turkey's prestige under #Erdogan and #Davutoglu: qz.com/257012 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

'Zero Problems' to 'Many Problems': The rise and fall of #Turkey's prestige under #Erdogan and #Davutoglu: qz.com/257012 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

RT @ghoshworld: My latest: As Erdogan ascends to the presidency, Turkey’s star is in freefall qz.com/257012 via @qz

Aug 28, 2014

My latest: As Erdogan ascends to the presidency, Turkey’s star is in freefall qz.com/257012 via @qz