Welcome to Bespoke Brunch Reads — a linkfest of the favorite things we read over the past week.  The links are mostly market related, but there are some other interesting subjects covered as well.  We hope you enjoy the food for thought as a supplement to the research we provide you during the week.

Mega Tech

Apple’s $1 Trillion Milestone Reflects Rise of Powerful Megacompanies by Matt Phillips, NY Times

Social Problems

Tech giants are still stumbling in the social world they created, AP

Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned by Cecilia King and Kate Conger, NY Times

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter by Li Yuan, NY Times

Socialism Problems

America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill. by Brian Riedl, Vox.com

Straw Problems?

The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There by Corrine Ramy and Bob Tita, WSJ

Infrastructure

How 2,000-year-old roads predict modern-day prosperity by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

The quest to redesign NYC’s garbage cans by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Fast Company

Impacts

We May Never Understand the Ocean-Wide Damage Done by Industrial Whaling by Peter Brannen, The New Yorker

Markets and Trading

End of pension fund tax break looms over Treasury market by Joe Rennison, Financial Times

Winton’s David Harding on Turning Away From Trend Following by Rob Mannix, Risk.net

Vanguard Warns of Worsening Odds for the Economy and Markets by Jeff Sommer, NY Times

Online Stock Trading Has Serious Security Holes by Brian Barrett, Wired

Intrigue

Behind Hollywood’s McDonald’s-Monopoly Article Bidding War by Chris Less, Vulture

A Strike is Looming

Baseball’s Best Players Should Be a Lot Richer by Owen Poindexter, Slate

Ponder

Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition by Kaidi Wu and David Dunning, Scientific American

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