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Morning Reading – Friday, December 04, 2020

Barack and Michelle: Scenes From a Marriage – The New York Times

She’s a get-to-the-point woman, in gait and gab. He’s a politician. She has no use for the type. He gets tangled up in fancy talk. She cuts through the fluff. He smoked. She loathes the smell of cigarettes.

Software Ate the World, and Soon It Will Write Itself – WSJ

Established companies are being eaten alive by new competitors employing automated strategies to write software faster, shipping updates every day to deliver new capabilities to customers.

‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards – The New York Times

The city estimates that 3,500 taxis have left the streets since June. They are stashed in parking lots, warehouses, garages and fields all around the capital.

Investors Seek Growth Now in Paying Later – WSJ

What distinguishes today’s BNPL is being fully digital, accessible almost instantly, even for small purchases, and very often at zero interest.

Who’ll Be 2020’s Margaret Chase Smith? – WSJ

If your McCarthy is saying a whole national election was rigged, an entire system corrupted, you’d recognize such baseless charges damage democracy itself. You wouldn’t let election officials be smeared. You’d stand against a growing hysteria in the base.

Trump’s Lesson for the Media – The New York Times

Journalists should never again allow someone to create an alternative reality in order to seize the presidency.

The pandemic’s lessons are clear and simple. We must act now. – The Washington Post

The greatest mistake would be not to learn the lessons of this catastrophe. Mr. Trump has not. We still can.

Chinese Scientists Claim Breakthrough in Quantum Computing Race – Bloomberg

The breakthrough represents a quantum computational advantage, also known as quantum supremacy, in which no traditional computer can perform the same task in a reasonable amount of time and is unlikely to be overturned by algorithmic or hardware improvements

What puzzles and poker teach us about misinformation | Financial Times

Often people see false claims and share them impulsively, not because they cannot figure out that the claims are false, but because they didn’t stop long enough to try.

A piano in the home – Austin Kleon

I feel like everybody, even if you don’t play the piano, you should have a piano.

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