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Iraqi Kurdish oil may finally be freely for sale as the US seems to be dropping its threats

qz.com — The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such...
Jul 24, 2014

RT @stevelevine: US may ease off threats to buyers of Iraqi Kurdish oil, possibly easing the way to independence. qz.com/239532 @qz

Jul 24, 2014

Exclusive from @stevelevine: Kurdish oil production could hit global markets again as the US drops objections qz.com/239532/iraqi-k…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @stevelevine: US may ease off threats to buyers of Iraqi Kurdish oil, possibly easing the way to independence. qz.com/239532 @qz

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Quartz Daily Brief, SRCCON Edition

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Jul 24, 2014

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Jul 24, 2014

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Jul 24, 2014

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Jul 24, 2014

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American TV shows might look more diverse, but their writers aren’t

qz.com — There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming fall TV season being the most diverse one in terms of casting, from ABC's new show Black-ish to Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine entering its second season. But behind the scenes, the writers' room remains largely the domain of white men.
Jul 24, 2014

American TV shows might look more diverse, but their writers aren’t qz.com/238696 via @qz

Jul 24, 2014

RT @Sonali_Kohli: A story I'm proud I wrote - TV shows may look diverse, but their writers aren't qz.com/238696/tv-show… @qzglass @qz

Jul 24, 2014

RT @Sonali_Kohli: A story I'm proud I wrote - TV shows may look diverse, but their writers aren't qz.com/238696/tv-show… @qzglass @qz

Jul 24, 2014

TV shows are getting more diverse in their casts. Not so much in their writing rooms qz.com/238696

Why boarding an airplane feels unfair and chaotic

qz.com — Boarding an airplane these days can be as vexing as enduring the flight itself. Mobs of passengers elbow past each other to get close to the boarding aisle, only to find that there's no apparent rhyme or reason to their boarding order.

These four charts break down India’s complex relationship with Hindi

qz.com — The Census data shows India has 122 languages with at least 10,000 native speakers. It makes striving for homogeneity in the choice of language of communication a challenge, as was evident from the reaction to the recent directive of the Narendra Modi administration to its officials to actively use Hindi on social media and in...
Jul 24, 2014

These four charts break down India’s complex relationship with Hindi qz.com/239073 via @qzindia

Jul 24, 2014

RT @qzindia: Only 12% of Hindi speakers are bilingual. Read more on India’s complex relationship with Hindi qz.com/239073 pic.twitter.com/2mNw4ML5AA

This new-era brokerage company thinks it can help people profit from the news

qz.com — News you can really use: that's the innovative plan of upstart online-trading firm Motif Investing. Based in California, the company, run by former Microsoft executive Hardeep Walia, says it is hammering out a deal with an as-yet-unnamed news organization, to which it will to pay fees to drive customers to Motif's concept-based investing platform.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @TimFernholz: This isn't going to result in retail investors losing their shirts, oh no. Oh no no no. Never! qz.com/239263/this-ne…

Jul 24, 2014

This isn't going to result in retail investors losing their shirts, oh no. Oh no no no. Never! qz.com/239263/this-ne…

Why narcissistic CEOs get paid more, even though they don’t perform better

qz.com — Larry Ellison towered again among the top ranks of the highest-paid CEOs in 2013 with total compensation of $78 million. He is in plentiful company. Sixty-five chief executives took home annual pay of more than $20 million last year. What prompts boards of directors to grant such astounding sums? And why would individuals, who by...
Jul 24, 2014

RT @qz: Why narcissistic CEOs get paid more, even though they don’t perform better qz.com/238854

Jul 24, 2014

RT @qz: Why narcissistic CEOs get paid more, even though they don’t perform better qz.com/238854

At this rate it will take Spain until 2016, at best, to recover all of the jobs it lost

qz.com — ¡Felicidades España! For the first time in ages, Spain recorded a year-on-year gain in jobs. In fact, the 1.1% gain in employment in the year to June was the first rise in six years, according to data published today (pdf, in Spanish). Coming a day after Spain's central bank upped its forecast for GDP growth, this...

GM’s ongoing recall nightmare erased more than a billion in profit

qz.com — The numbers: Weighed down heavily by the company's ongoing series of recalls. General Motors had to account for repair costs and one-time charges related to compensating victims hurt or killed in accidents caused by an ignition switch flaw, and also to account for future recalls totaling more than a billion dollars.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @qz: GM’s ongoing recall nightmare erased more than a billion in profit qz.com/239871 pic.twitter.com/JwFwjCScDd

VCs in India ask women entrepreneurs a different set of questions from the men

qz.com — I have found it fascinating to observe the behaviour of women entrepreneurs. I have seen three categories. The first one is a girl straight out of an engineering or business school, full of beans, cheered on by friends, encouraged by her favourite professor, to start a business.
Jul 24, 2014

VCs in India ask women entrepreneurs a different set of questions from the men qz.com/239155 via @qz

Mexico’s completely sensible anti-soda tax is working

qz.com — It might not be popular. But it's working. Latin America's largest Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Femsa, yesterday reported weak Mexican sales volumes, which slipped 2.8% during the quarter excluding the impact of mergers and acquisitions, as a new excise tax on soda ate into consumer demand for sugary drinks.
Jul 24, 2014

Mexico’s completely sensible anti-soda tax is working qz.com/239478 via @qz

A big myth about connectivity in the developing world, busted

qz.com — Almost everyone on earth has a mobile phone, if you believe the mobile industry's data on active mobile connections. Just take a look at the numbers for "mobile penetration" from GSM Association (GSMA), a trade group for mobile operators: The numbers map well onto figures released by the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency.

China’s hunger for timber is wrecking Mozambique

qz.com — China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world's biggest importer of wood products. And in its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf). The nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency compared Mozambique's official harvest numbers to global import numbers and calculated that 93% of Mozambique's timber was illegally...

The exciting new seedless mango Indian scientists just produced is neither seedless nor new

qz.com — This week, Indian news outlets announced the development of a new seedless mango by scientists in Bihar, describing it as "the ultimate delicacy." While the Sindhu mango may be palatable, it's not entirely seedless. Nor it is entirely new. In fact, it has been around for more than two decades.
Jul 24, 2014

But it is a mango! RT @qz: The exciting new seedless Indian mango is neither seedless nor new qz.com/239189/the-exc…

Malaysia Airlines’s rebrand rests on the forgiveness of one group

qz.com — In its 41 years of flying, Malaysia Airlines had only two fatal accidents prior to 2014. With the airlines' twin tragedies of flight MH17, being shot down in eastern Ukraine last week, just four months after MH370 went missing, it's hard to imagine how the airline will bounce back.
Jul 24, 2014

Really interesting survey of how Asian airlines have rebranded after devastating crashes qz.com/239314

Jul 24, 2014

Malaysia Airlines’s rebrand rests on the forgiveness of one group qz.com/239314

Jul 23, 2014

But Koran and Hadith are proof enough, says @ghoshworld // No, Indonesia is not proof that Muslim democracy can work qz.com/239314/malaysi…

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